By Dave Pearce
The Kiwanis Clubs of America are known as organizations who give to their communities. The Poseyville Kiwanis Club this week proved that to be true this wee. An undermanned club, that each year has been responsible for the Poseyville Autumnfest, found the funds to hand out nearly $3,000 in checks on Wednesday evening at the Poseyville Community Center.
Club President Warren Korff made sure that those in attendance were aware that the group was happy to be able to give to several organizations who help the community’s youngsters, with an emphasis on education.
First, North Elementary teacher Donna Nash was on hand to accept a gift of $400 for the school’s food basket program. Nash, who will be retiring in December, reminded the Kiwanians that if was their gift, several years ago, that helped begin the “BUG” (Bring Up Grades) program at the school.
Korff then announced that the nurses at both North Elementary and South Terrace would be receiving $500 each for the programs in the schools. North nurse Carol Butrum indicated that besides medicines that some parents cannot afford, some of the money traditionally goes to students whose parents are unable to provide breakfast to students. She said she often keeps snacks in her office in case of such instances.
The two school’s principals then each accepted a check in the amount of $500 each for the pencil and paper fund at the schools. The principals thanked the organization and made sure the givers know the money will be put to good use by the students.
The final gift of the night went to North Posey High School Athletic Director Virgil Ferguson. The Kiwanians presented Ferguson with a fold-up tent to use for such events as hosting the girls’ soccer sectional as well as providing shade for students during and following cross country meets.
But while the club is generous, it is also seeking new members and new ideas for Autumnfest. A lot of work goes into putting the program together and the group can always use help. And, the organization is open to ideas regarding improvements that can be made to the annual event to help improve it.
This year the Kiwanis Club of Poseyville is celebrating 66 years in the North Posey County area serving the children.
In the past ten years the Kiwanis Club has donated back into the local Community more than $27,500. More than $8,000 directly to local schools, $6,375 in scholarships, $6,300 for local area food baskets and $6,800 to local clubs and organizations.
Club members would like the people of the North Posey County area to know this because most people do not know what the club does. Most of the time you see the group at the Poseyville Autumnfest, always asking for donations, trying to sell you something or hitting you up to join the club.
In addition to sponsoring the Poseyville Autumnfest the group also sponsors an annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children ten years and younger, conducts the Punt, Pass & Kick Contest for kids eight to twelve years old, awards a scholarship to a high school senior to a two year or less trade school, recognizes a local individual for a life-time of service to the community, sponsors an annual golf scramble, serves a pancake breakfast to start the Poseyville Autumnfest, donates funds for Thanksgiving food baskets and fruit for Christmas food baskets, donates funds to the Santa Clothes Club and Shop with a Cop programs, and donates funds to North Elementary and South Terrace School nurse’s funds.
“We do not seek recognition for what we do instead we thank the local area businesses and the many individuals who have so generously donated the funds we have been able to give back to the community,” Korff said of the club’s generosity.
“Kiwanis would like to invite you to join our organization. We are asking area businesses to sponsor an individual in their organization to join Kiwanis,” Korff continued. “ Because our main focus is the children in our area we are also asking the area teachers, school administrators or individuals who work for the schools to join us so we can better serve area needs children. The only requirement to belong to Kiwanis is you must be 21 years old and care about the local community. We try to limit our meetings to about an hour and because of our individual schedules sometime not everyone can attend every meeting. The Kiwanis Club meets at the Poseyville Community Center on Wednesday evenings at 6:15.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact club members: Warren Korff, President; James Reising, Vice President; Don Schenk, Secretary; James Reynolds, Treasurer; Tom Snyder; Dan Buening, Matt Downey; Roger Butler; Brian Reynolds and David Voegel.
By Dave Pearce
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