Category: 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

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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.

 

The last scholarship recipient of a Kiwanianne’s scholarship was Brittany Walsh

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Brittany Walsh recently attended and spoke at the Scottsburg Kiwanis weekly dinner/meeting at The Kitchen on The Square in ScottsburgPictured with Brittany is Millie Cooper.  Millie is a former Kiwanianne.  The Kiwaniannes were a women’s auxiliary of the Kiwanis for years until the 1980’s when women could join the Kiwanis.  At that time the Kiwaniannes were disbanded.  However, the Scottsburg Kiwaniannes were such an active, involved group serving the kids in Scott County that they continued to meet till just a few years ago.  The Kiwaniannes used to give out scholarships to students each yearThe last scholarship recipient of a Kiwanianne’s scholarship was Brittany Walsh Brittany attended Ball State University and received a Kiwanianne scholarship in 2013She graduated this spring and has earned a teaching certificate.  Brittany will begin teaching sixth grade near Muncie, IN this fall.  She felt so strongly about the support she received from the Kiwaniannes that she wanted to come back and personally thank them for the scholarship and bring them up to date on her studies and achievements since receiving the scholarship.  The members of the club were touched by Brittany’s presentation and shared in her pride in her accomplishments.  The Kiwanis wished her the best as she begins her teaching career.  Brittany’s sister, Abby, now attends Ball State University.  Abby was a four year member of the SHS Key Club where she served as its president and served at the Indiana District level as the Bulletin Editor where she earned special Governors recognition Abby is now a member of the Circle K Club at Ball State University.  Her youngest sister, Lily, is a member of the SMS Builders Club and will be the Vice President this year.

 

Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk – August 26,

 

 

Kiwanis 5K Run/Walk for the Kids August 26

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk at Hardy Lake State Park starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 26.  The regular fee for admission to the park will be waived for race participants.

The Race will start and finish at the beach area, just a short distance from where the Friends of Hardy Lake will be serving a marvelous breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. (only $6.50 for adults, $3.00 for kids ages 3-12, and free for kids under 3).

The fee for race participants is $20 per person.  Runners and Walkers can register directly with the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, in which case the registration fee will go directly toward funding the Kiwanis Club’s many programs that benefit the children or Scott County, or they can register through any of our Participating Organizations, which will retain 50% of the fees collected to support their own programs.  Those Participating Organizations include CASA, CRADLE, Scottsburg Boys Basketball Team, Lexington Good Faith PreSchool, and the Youth Grantmaking Council.

Runners and Walkers are encouraged to get Personal Sponsors to benefit the organization which they are supporting.  100% of the money collected from Personal Sponsors will go to the organization which the Runner or Walker is supporting.  Three Special Awards will be given to 1) the Participating Organization that raises the most money from Personal Sponsors, 2) the Participating Organization sponsoring the individual Runner or Walker who raises the most money from Personal Sponsors, and 3) the Participating Organization sponsoring the individual Runner or Walker who has the most Personal Sponsors.  (Participating Organizations are eligible to receive a Special Award in only one category.)

Special Awards with be given to the first male finisher and the first female finisher, the first finisher with a child in a stroller, and the finisher with the best costume.  In addition, certificates of recognition will be given to the male and female runners and the male and female walkers with the best times in the following age groups: 19 and under; 20 through 39; 40 through 59; 60 through 69; and 70 and older.

For registration forms and other information contact Kiwanis 5K Coordinator Guy Townsend at guy@guytownsend.net or 812/889-2522.

 

#1 Club of our Indiana District!

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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!

 

 

Ross St Clair receives the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor

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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!

 

 

K Kids visit to the preschool

One of the most successful efforts our Kiwanis Club has embarked on the past six years is the sponsorship of Service Leadership Programs in Scott County.  As Kiwanis, we believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community. Our Service Leadership Programs do that
There are two different types of Service Leadership Programs we sponsor in Scott county, programs like the BUG Progrram and Clubs like K-Kids, Builders Club and Key ClubOur Kiwanis Club in cooperation with both SCSD1 and SCSD2 sponsor the BUG Program in all five elementary schools in Scott County (~300 Students)We also sponsor two Key Clubs (SHS and AHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES).  All of these clubs develop leadership through community service.  We have outstanding Faculty Advisors, Angela Bray (SHS), Rusty Jones & Chandra Tally (AHS). Lisa Sutton (SMS), Katie Sawin (VFES) and Lee Anna Willett (LES).  We have a strong team of Kiwanis Advisors to help me with these clubs, Terry Davis (AHS), Monte Roth (SHS and LES), and Eric Mullins (VFES)
All these students are learning how to think about how they can improve their community and school, how to plan projects, how to organize and schedule, how to speak and promote projects.  They are all making a difference in our community and our schools and I couldn’t be more proud of the students and advisors.  Several of our graduates are now in Circle K (the college version of SLP) continuing their development as leaders and community servants
A great example is the project the LES K-Kids just completed at the end of the school year.  They volunteered to assist with the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School giving up their recess to volunteer with these young pre-school students.  Just look at the pictures to see how much fun these students had serving these younger members of their community.  These are our leaders of the future
Thank you for the opportunity to work with them!  Thank you to all our faculty advisors and Kiwanis advisors.  You are making a difference and I’m proud to serve with you!