Youth Protection Training

Edna Smith, Ph. D. This past Tuesday, fellow Kiwanian Edna Smith, Ph.D. led the club through our annual update on Youth Protection Guidelines for all members who work with kids in any Kiwanis-sponsored format or gathering. As a retired educator, Dr. Smith is highly-qualified to lead us through club training from her experiences over a…

Give 5, Read 5

Peggy Harris Peggy Harris, a retired elementary school teacher, talked to the Club this morning about the ‘Give 5- Read 5’ program. As Peggy said, “Give 5 – Read 5 is a reading initiative June Atkinson, former N.C. State School Superintendent of Public Instruction introduced across our state. During 2015 she challenged civic groups and…

NAMI 

Chuck Eldridge Chuck Eldridge, president of the local NAMI chapter was our guest speaker this past Tuesday. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and is one of the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Chuck was here to tell us…

PEP

Tammie Parris Tammie Parris, President of the Pender Education Partnership (PEP) Board of Directors was on our speaker this Tuesday to talk about this partnership that promotes learning and scholarship in the Pender School District. Pender County Schools’ Dr. Steven Hill, Superintendent was in the audience in support of PEP. Tammie is very passionate about…

Holly Ridge

Jeff Wenzel and Scott Franko Mayor Jeff Wenzel, Town of Holly Ridge brought his usual high level of enthusiasm to our Club meeting this week. He was proud to announce that Holly Ridge is the 2nd fasting growing town in North Carolina! Back in the day, Holly Ridge was the Highway 50 gateway to Topsail…

Sky Watch Bird Rescue

Dave Glenn Dave Glenn, a volunteer, from SkyWatch Bird Rescue in Castle Hayne, NC brought long-time resident Micro, a red shouldered hawk to visit us Tuesday morning. Dave is an avid raptor conservationist who has a passion for helping these marvelous birds recover from their injuries through a rehabilitation process at the center that aims…

Communities In Schools

Tracy Lafon Tracy Lafon, Community Program Manager, for ‘Communities in Schools of the Cape Fear’ described how this multi-state group works to meet the needs of kids in schools beyond the personal attention that their teachers can give. As Tracy said, ‘We are there to support the school, students, and families with additional resources that…

Odyssey of the Mind

Dixon Middle School Molly and Jocelyn from Dixon Middle School were our guest speakers this Tuesday morning representing the seven member team for ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ at their school who are coached by teachers Patty Browne and Erik Gruner at the school. Odyssey of the Mind is an International Organization over 40 years old…

Club Financial Report

Kimberly Patrizi Club Treasurer Kimberly Patrizi briefed the Club this morning on the status of our finances. Kimberly noted that the Club had a successful year of fundraising primarily because members donated their time and goods depending on the fundraiser to ensure success. Notably, the Club was able to fund nearly $20,000 in grant requests…

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