The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club presented the first annual CASA Volunteer of the Year Award to Sheilah Williams

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club presented the first annual CASA Volunteer of the Year Award Wednesday, 26 Oct at the Scott County Courthouse to Sheilah WilliamsThe presentation was part of an annual CASA Program to honor it’s volunteers, donors, sponsors and partners Wes Clark made the plaque and John Ragusa helped us get the plates affixedWe will engrave the name of the volunteer of the year and affix it to the plaque annuallyPictured is Al Riggle Kiwanis President and Kelly Shelhamer, CASA Director presenting the award to Sheilah Williams.
 
During the program, Kelly Shelhamer, presented the Duvall Award to the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club for outstanding support of CASA during the yearPictured is Kelly presenting the award to Bunny & Nick South, Don & Millie Cooper, Jack & Maryrose McWhirter and Al RiggleNot pictured but present was Chris Wakeman.
 
Thank you to all our Kiwanis and Kiwanis Family members who have helped support CASA.  They do an incredible job providing a voice for  some of our most vulnerable kids.  Your support is critical to their program.

Twice Told Tales

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Twice Told Tales will be open Saturday, September 24, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The used book store is at 765 S Main, Scottsburg.
For this sale only all non-fiction, including biographies and autobiographies, are half off. Also available for half-off is any book by popular author, Fern Michaels. Hardbacks will be 50 cents and paperback will be 25 cents.
Mix and Match, 5 books for $1, authors are Agatha Christie, Ian Fleming, Patricia Cornwell, Catherine Coulter, and John LeCarre.
The new-to-the-store shelves have again been re-stocked and include the first three books of the GRACE CHAPEL INN series.
Several new titles have been added to the ‘Books into Movies” table.
Operated by the Friends of the Library, all proceeds benefit the Scott Co Library System and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

 

Vickie Copeland, Program Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Southern Indiana

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Vickie Copeland, Program Director for the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program in Southern Indiana recently spoke at the Kiwanis dinner meeting at the Quality Inn in Scottsburg, INPictured are from left to right Kiwanis President David Wilson, Vickie Copeland and Millie CooperThe Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) is a national organization which receives funding from the United States Government, RSVP began in Scott County in the early 1970s.  Gordon Julian, a member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, was the first RSVP volunteer in Scott County.
 
Membership is free, and individuals must be age 55 or older to join.  RSVP find volunteers to work on numerous projects in Scott County and the neighboring counties of Southern Indiana. For more information and to volunteer, please contact Vickie by phone at 812-752-9152 or by email at vcopeland@hopesi.org.
The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club thanked Vickie for her presentation, and for the many hours that members of RSVP give in service to our community.

Lexington Party in the Park

 

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The Kiwanis Family grilled hotdogs to give away again this year at the Lexington Party in the Park for young families and kidsThis program sponsored by Kimberlin Creek Baptist Church, local businesses in Lexington, the Scott County Sheriff’s Dept, Lexington ES and many other individual volunteers provided entertainment, activities, food and a movie free to participantsThe focus of the event which has been conducted the past four years is on our kids and young families.  The turnout was great and everyone seemed to be having a great timeKiwanis family members who participated are Darryl Griffith, Monte Roth, Guy Townsend, David Wilson, Valerie Wilson, Wes Clark, Al Riggle and SHS Key Club members Sarah Thomas and Olivia ReulThe team grilled and gave away over 400 hotdogs which were donated by Daniel Brunner and Scottsburg Kiwanis Club corporate member New Washington State Bank.This is the third year they have donated the hotdogs for this free family event.

 

The PAX Student Exchange program

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The PAX Student Exchange program is currently seeking host families in Scottsburg and the surrounding areas (Madison, Jennings Co, New Washington, Rising Sun, and Milan)

PAX students are 15-18 years old, have studied English for at least three years, and are motivated to learn more about the U.S. by attending high school and living with a host family. PAX students are eager to experience American activities—backyard barbecues, birthday celebrations, and holidays—with their host families. They are covered by their own comprehensive medical insurance and have their own spending money for clothes, school registration/sports fees, toiletries, outings with friends, and other incidental expenses.

Volunteer host families provide PAX students with a bed (can share a room with a sibling of same gender and similar age), a quiet place to study, meals at home, a warm and supportive home environment, and encouragement to engage in everyday American life. With their exchange students, host families experience such activities through fresh eyes while also learning about the exchange student’s country and culture. All types of families—single parents, young couples, retirees, and parents with teenagers—are welcome to host.
 

Families choose their student that has similar interests and hobbies. Students come to learn about typical life in the US – Families are not obligated to take them on trips, vacations, or to entertain them. Students arrive late July/early August and return home within 2 weeks of school ending. 
 
The local coordinator is the student’s advocate during the home stay, provides support to the host family, 
organizes occasional gatherings for students, and communicates monthly with the student and host family.
 
Families are required to fill out an Application to host and complete criminal background checks – both are done on-line. Once completed, families meet with the local coordinator at least twice before the student arrives to discuss any questions or concerns and to cover student rules and basic hosting information.  Families are never alone in hosting a student – they always have support available to answer any questions.  
 
PAX also offers a referral incentive to any non-profit organization, including church groups, school clubs/teams, and community groups. PAX will pay $150 for each family referral that hosts a student.  
 
For those not sure about hosting – PAX also allows for “Welcome Families”. Welcome families greet students at the airport, help them get acquainted with their new school and community, and get to enjoy the fun of sharing so many “firsts” with the exchange student they welcome into their home. The PAX community coordinator then works to identify another family in the same school community–perhaps among the exchange student’s new school friends–who are able to host the student for the remainder of the school year. TEMPORARY “WELCOME” FAMILIES MAY HOST FOR 6-8 WEEKS.  The time could be shorter depending on the permanent placement
 
If you or someone you know has interest in hosting an exchange student, please contact me today. There are many exchange students still waiting for their American Family for this fall – and the start of school is just around the corner.
 
Please help us get the word out, 
 
Carol Schroeder
812.599.2259