The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club hosted their annual Spaghetti Dinner to raise money for Riley Children’s Hospital at the Scottsburg United Methodist Church. This year the focus for Riley was to help with the Three Wishes Program to improve the early detection and treatment of early childhood development issues such as autism and developmental delay. Dr Swigonski from Riley Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University’s Medical School had visited Scottsburg a few weeks earlier to give a couple of presentations to the medical community and to child care providers, teachers and volunteers who work with young children such as CASA and CRADLE. The community support for this effort has been nothing short of outstanding. Congratulations for making this spaghetti dinner the best in memory of any of our Kiwanis members. The Kiwanis cooked spaghetti, and the SHS Key Club and SMS Builders Club bused tables and made baked goods to sell as dessert with all proceeds going to Riley Children’s Hospital. With your help we are able to donate $965 to Riley. The proceeds will help Riley and the Indiana District of Kiwanis ensure screening kids are available to communities all over the State of Indiana and that treatment and educational materials are available in all our communities. Thank you all for your generosity and support! Pictured are some of our guests that evening enjoying the spaghetti dinner, Sam Everett from the SHS Key Club washing dishes and outstanding chef, Chris Wakeman in the kitchen. Thank you again for your outstanding support of Riley Children’s Hospital and the kids in our community who will benefit from this program.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club and Vienna Finley Elementary School chartered the VFES K-Kids three years ago. The K-Kids learn leadership skills while planning service projects in their community and school. Kara Dulaney is the Faculty Advisor and Al Riggle and Eric Mullins are the Kiwanis Advisors. Student officers are President Chloe Mullins, Vice President Sophie Gricius, Secretary Tonya Huffman, Treasurer Cadee Hutton, 5th Grade Director Sophia Kirkman and 4th Grade Director Cason Owens.
Pictured are the students meeting during recess to form teams to work on various service projects. There are 67 students in the VFES K-Kids. The teams will meet to plan and organize their projects. One of the projects they’re planning is to participate in the Scott County Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids Sake. They hope to enter two teams and are raising money for this project. Please let me or Eric Mullins know if anyone would like to donate to their efforts.
Debbie Inman was inducted into the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club as its newest member at a ceremony held at the Kiwanis weekly dinner meeting at the Roadhouse. Debbie was presented her membership certificate, membership pin and club name badge. Jack McWhirter, Kiwanis Secretary and Brent Inman, sponsor are pictured with Debbie. Debbie is retired Air Force and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills to the Kiwanis. Congratulations to Debbie Inman!
Jack McWhirter, Secretary of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, recognized Nick South at a recent weekly meeting of the Kiwanis at The Roadhouse. Nick was presented the Kiwanis International Legion of Honor for 35 years in Kiwanis and for being a past president of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club. Nick is active in most projects and programs conducted by the Kiwanis in Scott County. Kiwanis believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids. Nick epitomizes that philosophy. Congratulations to Nick from all the kids he’s served over the years.
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 year. It’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 Square. A 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.