Category: Indiana District of Kiwanis

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club has hosted a Flag Program in Scott County for over fifty years Every major holiday, sleepy residents wake up to see Kiwanis Flag Teams slowly pulling four trailers with nearly fifty American Flags each reaching out to the four corners of Scottsburg.  These teams post the national colors on businesses and residences who are flag partners.  These flag partners donate $30 a year to the Scottsburg Kiwanis to support programs and projects for kids in Scott County and in return the Kiwanis mount a bracket in front of their business/residence and raise an American Flag eight holidays each yearIt’s an important fundraiser for the Kiwanis and a great community service to make our community more festive and patriotic during the holidays.  It’s also become a tradition that residents expect to see early morning and early evening as the flag trailers return to retrieve the national colors.  In many cities and towns the local government owns the flags and hires someone to post the flags on important occasions.  In Scottsburg it’s the citizens and the local Kiwanis Club who own the flags, put them out and take them in each holiday.
Monte Roth, fellow Kiwanian, usually pulls the trailer to post flags on the City Route.  He has been most successful in getting youngsters to help put out the flags.  Some of the kids are Boy Scouts, some are members of Service Leadership Clubs the Kiwanis sponsor in Scott County Schools.  All are often accompanied by proud parents.  These pictures from Patriots Day show Billy Harris and his son Will helping post flags on the City Route around the SquareA new generation providing a priceless service.
Sometimes we don’t know how much people notice what we do in Scott County.  I attended a commemorative service for 911 at Scottsburg High School that morning after we had put the flags out.  I was proud of the comments I heard from several students who told me they knew September 11th was an important day because as they rode their buses to school the American flags were flying all along the bus routes. 
John Mastin was Chair of the Flag Program for many years and did a superb job.  He’s one of a long line of Kiwanians who have made this program special.  This is one of our signature programs.  We should never take it for granted.  It touches the hearts of members of our community in ways we may not always know.    We owe a special thanks to our flag teams.  Some of the current members are John Mastin, Brent Inman, Terry Davis, Ross St Clair, Don Cooper, Chris Wakeman, Monte Roth, Dave Church, Dave Kilburn, Bob Riley, Jim Lakner, and Jim Lewis.  Thanks also to all our Flag Partners, nearly 190 plus, whose support of this program allows Scottsburg to put on its colors every holiday, rain or shine, snow or ice, heat or cold

Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle from the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club attended the 99th Kiwanis Indiana District annual convention in Muncie, Indiana


Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle from the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club attended the 99th Kiwanis Indiana District annual convention in Muncie, Indiana Pictured are from left to right, Jack McWhirter, Indiana District Governor David Dixon from the Muncie Kiwanis Club and Al RiggleThe convention consisted of keynote speakers, workshops, a meeting of the House of Delegates to vote on next year’s Governor and Governor Elect, transition of the new District Board of Directors to include installation of the new Division Lt Governors and a memorial service for those Kiwanians who passed away this yearSteve Ingram from the Valparaiso Club was elected District Governor for 2017-18 and Jud Roush from the Plymouth Club was elected Governor ElectTeresa Tanner from the Henryville Club was installed as the new Lt Governor for the Scenic Hills Division which includes the Scottsburg Kiwanis ClubJack and Al presented the Scottsburg donation of $600 for Riley Children’s Hospital and carried up a box of donations for the Parent Comfort Cart at Riley Children’s Hospital.  The donation was raised during the annual Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner.  The Parent Comfort Cart is manned by Kiwanis volunteers and provides personal hygiene items, snacks, and puzzles to support parents who are at Riley while their children are undergoing treatment The Indiana District of Kiwanis has a 90 plus year history of supporting Riley Children’s Hospital.  Thanks to all those who supported the spaghetti dinner or donated items to the Parent Comfort Cart.


Miracle Treat Day

Good afternoon KIDS!

I hope that you are all enjoying your summer! I just wanted to remind all of you that tomorrow is Miracle Treat Day! Indulge in a Blizzard Treat on Thursday, July 27th and participating Dairy Queen locations will donate $1 or more to Riley Hospital. What better reason to treat yourself to ice cream?! 

Please let me know if there is any way that I can support your club! Thanks again for all that you do to support the kids and families at Riley!

For the kids,


Amber Miller

Associations and Radiothon Coordinator

Riley Children’s Foundation


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Indianapolis, IN 46204


Tammy Walker, with the Scott County Office of Purdue Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service


Tammy Walker, with the Scott County Office of Purdue Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service, recently spoke at a Kiwanis dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in Scottsburg.  Tammy has been with the Purdue Extensive Service since 2002, and before that she worked at the University of Arkansas and Montana University.  Pictured are Kiwanian LL Lowry and Tammy Walker.
She began her presentation by saying that she wanted to talk to the club “about the history of extension, then we’ll talk a little bit about what’s happening in the community today.”
In 1785 the first Agricultural Society was established in Philadelphia to promote and share information related to agriculture.  The concept spread.  These societies promoted agriculture through publications, idea exchanges, and agricultural fairs.  So here is the key to extensions: it was in Ag Societies, which is where all of the United States and the territories were.
  The United States was the very first country to set up university education for the ‘every man,’ and they did it through land grants.  The Morrill Act of 1862 donated federal lands to states to sell with proceeds utilized for the ‘endowment, support, and maintenance’ of a college focused on agriculture, mechanics, and military tactics’ in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.  Seaman Knapp, often known as the ‘Father of Extension,’ pioneered the concept of demonstration work which served as a pedagogical model for Extension.  The Morrill Act of 1890 provided further support for Land-Grant Universities and authorized funding for separate institutions for blacks in states that denied access to the 1862 land-grant universities.  This act paved the way for black Land-Grant Colleges to contribute to the growth and development of Extension.  George Washington Carver pioneered the concept of the ‘movable school,’ a horse-drawn ‘Jessup Wagon’ from which he provided direct education to local farm families.
  For education everybody except the very wealthy looked to Extension in their local communities.  Because the grown-ups were set in their ways and were disinclined to pay attention to new ideas, they were not as likely to listen to new ideas about how to better produce crops, so boys’ corn clubs and girls’ tomato and canning clubs were developed across the country and were utilized as vehicles for extending university knowledge to adults through their children.   These clubs were a way of extending university knowledge to adults through their children. These were the precursors of 4-H.
  The Extension model was created on the same concept as the missionaries.  A lot of the things that we do in Extension is trust-building.  Extension was the vehicle for facilitating communication between farmers and neighbors.
  In 1906 W.C. Stallings was appointed by the USDA as the first County Extension Agent [in Smith County, Texas].  The idea spread and the number of county agents grew to 450 in 1910 and 580 in 1911.  The Smith-Lever Act of 1914 established Cooperative Extension as a partnership between the land grant universities and the USDA.  Extension’s purpose was to diffuse useful and practical information to the people in areas related to agriculture, home economics, and rural energy.
  At this time the Homemakers clubs were started.  A lot of times those women were the only people giving parenting advise to young mothers.  And so those women’s clubs started teaching them best practices, helping to diffuse that information across the communities.
  Extension agents’ primary job is to help the community analyze its problems in the light of available information and so to organize itself that the necessary actions can be taken.
  Extension was created on the missionary model.  Your job is to get to know the locals.  Live in the community and become a local.  Win trust.  Then you become a conduit between the community and the university.  The extension agent fits into the community and then serves as a conduit to the university.
  Extension has six program areas: 4-H Youth Development; Agriculture; Leadership Development; Health and Human Sciences; and Community and Economic Development.
  Walker’s job is split 50-50 between H-H Youth Development and Health and Human Sciences, but she also helps in other areas as needed.  The other Extension agent in the Scott County office focuses on Ag and Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Development.
  There are Extension office in every county in every state.  The extension service provides educational programs and assistance on all kinds of issues and subjects.  They also help people to develop and present their own programs.  They are facilitators, jacks of all trades.  They teach classes when asked to, and they assist others is developing programs and presentations.  “It’s pretty much the most entrepreneurial job that I could ever think of, that isn’t entrepreneurial.”
  They teach community outreach courses, work with the Scott County Coalition, and try to identify needs, and then develop methods and programs to deal with them.  They are facilitators. The Kiwanis thanked Tammy for her interesting and informative presentation.


#1 Club of our Indiana District!

And no ceremony is complete without a cake to celebrate.


Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.  It was a great opportunity to bring so many community partners together in one place at one time to celebrate the good things going on in Scott County for our kids!  The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club appreciate the partnership with so many outstanding groups and individuals and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work together to benefit our kids!



The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club is Honored!


Kiwanis Named Outstanding Club for District of Indiana

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club was named the Outstanding Club in the District of Indiana by Gov Kris Bowers at the Mid Year ConventionChartered in 1961, the Kiwanis Club has earned Distinguished Club honors six times.  This is the first time they’ve been awarded the Outstanding Club Award.  There are 184 Kiwanis Clubs in the District of IndianaScenic Hills Division Lt Governor Matt Vanover from the New Albany Kiwanis Club presented the Outstanding Club Banner at a ceremony in Scottsburg hosted by Kiwanis Corporate Member Scott Memorial HospitalPictured are Lt Gov Vanover presenting the banner to President Terry Davis, Immediate Past President David Wilson and Secretary Al RiggleThe honor is bestowed on a club for making a significant difference in their community, increased membership, number of service hours per individual member and fundraising/donations per individual memberThe Scottsburg Kiwanis Club in partnership with Scott County School District 1 and 2 sponsor two Key Clubs (AHS and SHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES)They also sponsor BUG Programs (Bring Up Grades) at all five elementary schools in the county.  Several members from the community spoke about significant programs and projects the Kiwanis do in Scott County for our kids.  Heather Crites, SCSD2 Health Coordinator, spoke about the Vision Screening Project conducted in partnership with Kiwanis International and OneSight Foundation to help identify kids with vision problems and assist them getting the needed corrective lens or professional care to improve their vision, thereby improving their ability to be successful in school.  One hundred sixty-six tenth graders were screened this year and nineteen were identified as needing some kind of assistance.  Tiffany Barrett spoke about the K-Kids clubs sponsored at VFES and LES for 4th and 5th graders to develop leadership skills through community service and the BUG Program and the impact it has on third graders to improve their grades.  She talked about the ability of BUG to reach some students to motivate them to improve their grades who were in danger of flunking out of school. Nancy Riley spoke about the support Kiwanis provides to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, an incredible literacy program that provides free books to kids in Scott County from birth to age five.  Over 900 kids in Scott County receive these books monthly due to the support of Kiwanis and many groups and individual donors in Scott County.  Juanita Lowry spoke about the Flag Program and how it makes the county and city festive during holidays, promoting patriotism while raising money for Kiwanis programs and projects.  This is the oldest program sponsored by the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club having been conducted for over fifty years on eight holidays each year.  Chuck Rose talked about the ability of Kiwanis members to listen to needs in the community and then act on those needs.  One such program was the birth of the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School in Lexington.  Kiwanis have supported this school since its conception providing our kids the opportunity to be prepared when they start Kindergarten.  Judy Davidson spoke about the support the Kiwanis provide Clearinghouse and especially the Salvation Army Bell Ringing during the holidays to raise money for Clearinghouse.  Last year over $23K was raised through the bell ringing.  Lisa Sutton talked about the Builders Club and how it develops leadership skills in middle school students and teaches them the importance of community service and making a difference in the community.  This year the SMS Builders Club raised over $800 for the Child Abuse Prevention Program.  She also talked about the Math Incentive Program.  The Kiwanis funded this program to give SMS Math teachers the means to provide incentives to students as they reached milestones and made progress throughout the school year in the math programs.  Jene Bridgewater spoke about the various programs Kiwanis support at the Scott County Community Foundation including the Summer Meal Program ensuring good food is provided some of our most needy kids in Scott County during the summer.  Deanna Jackson spoke about Kiwanis support for CRADLE.  She highlighted Wes Clark and the modifications he does to donated baby beds to ensure they meet current safety standards and are available to be donated to moms.  She talked about the service project conducted at CRADLE where rooms have been added, electricity installed in the storage building and repairs have been conducted on the roof.  Over fifty people attended the celebration and enjoyed food provided by Adrian Smallwood.  The Kiwanis thank all their community partners for the opportunity to work together on projects and programs to support the kids in Scott County.  None of these successes would have been possible without the teamwork of all the partners.  The Kiwanis are honored to bring this award home!  Kiwanis believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community!  Anyone interested in learning more are welcome to attend their regular club meetings on Thursday evenings at 6:30 at The Kitchen on the Square in Scottsburg.

Ross St Clair receives the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor


The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club recently recognized Kiwanian Ross St Clair with the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor and pin for 25 years of service to Kiwanis and the kids in Scott CountyPictured are from left to right Kiwanis President Terry Davis, Ross, and Kiwanis Scenic Hills Division Lt Governor from the New Albany Club, Matt VanoverRoss has been active in various programs and projects with the Kiwanis including the Flag Program, Taco Wagon, Pancake Breakfasts, Spaghetti Dinners and is a former club Secretary. He donates hours of service each year to Kids First.  Congratulations to Ross for his service to our kids!