Club Meeting at PONDEROSA STEAKHOUSE

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Read Up Program


Jeannie Roberts, Community Coordinator with United Way of Central Indiana spoke to Kiwanis about the Read Up Program. 
Jeannie thanked Kiwanis for our work with the Backpack program. She noted the program might be changing and she would keep us informed.
The Read Up program is 13 years old and is in its 11th year in the Greenfield-Central School system. The program matches volunteers with schools to promote a love of reading and help increase literacy skills for students who are struggling to achieve grade-level reading. The program is offered at Harris, Weston, and J.B., Stephens elementary schools. 
The volunteers work with 2 3rd grade students for 30 minutes each. The goal is for each student to have 50 Read Up sessions throughout the year. A one-hour volunteer training session is provided. Trained tutors help students with phonics and vocabulary and ask the student questions to help with comprehension. 
The goal of having third-grade students at reading level helps to assure academic success. It is said that from Kindergarten to 3rd grad a child learns to read and from 4th grade on reads to learn. If you would like further information about volunteering at any of the schools may call Jeannie Roberts at317.414.8288 or sign-up at uwci.org/readup-hancock.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Membership Recruitment Meeting

Membership Committee Judy Laird, Kathy Medved and Judy Crist

Prospective Members: Deenna Batton, Mitch and Nancy Staples, Dave and Karen Wise, Mary Watkins,and Marcy and Mich Carl
Prospective members were introduced to Kiwanis.  The committee of Judy Laird, Kathy Medved and Judy Crist provided an informational meeting to inform prospects about Kiwanis.  Susie Billings spoke about the 551,000 adults and children who make up Kiwanis International.  Julie Dishman about the Enthusiastic, Givng, and Fellowship we enjoy.  Patric McClarnon spoke about the projects we do to raise money for our charities.  He mentioned the largest contribution we make is to Riley Hospital for Children.  Clara Starkey spoke about why she is a Kiwanian and how she joined Key Club while in High School, continued in college as a Circle K member and joined our club after college.  Prospective members are:Deenna Batton; Mitch and Nancy Staples; Dave and Karen Wise; Mary Watkins;and Marcy and Mich Carl.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Greenfield Mayor Chuck Fewell

Mayor Chuck and Kristen Fewell

Mayor Chuck Fewell reported on recent City of  Greenfield events and accomplishments at the Tuesday Kiwanis meeting.

  • The Sister Cities exchange group from Kakuda is here now.  Next year will be the 30th year of the Sister Cities Exchange program started by the late Mayor Keith McClarnon.
  • Greenfield with partner Fortville received Stellar City designation.  The two will share over $15 million dollars in grant funds.
  • The city will use part of the Stellar funds to build an all-inclusive park for challenged youth at the Franklin Park baseball fields.
  • The Riley Park Aquatic Facility pool was revitalized over the winter and two new water slides were added.  In addition, the pool was modified to include a zero entry pool which allows easier entry without steps permitting those in wheelchairs to utilize the pool. The pool renovation is in addition to the splash pad that opened last year.
  • The Mayors Youth Council will again be functioning with projects under the direction of Planning Department Associate Jenna Wertman,
  • Zoning code is being revised and permitting is being updated to make it easier to get permits.
  • Redevelopment along Pennsy Trail in the downtown area is being planned to include an amphitheater and new residential and commercial areas.
  • The Art Council has obtained a grant for a Historical Marker for Will Vawter.  A statue of Vawter is in the exploratory stages.
  • In the Industrial sector BWI opened with about 150 employees, Yamaha Precision Propellers broke ground for a new design and production facility, and Avery Dennison doubled the size of their facility.
  • New Home Construction continues throughout the city
  • Workforce development is being planned

FOOD DRIVE September 21

Help Fill a Truck to fill our Hancock County Food Pantries and the Soup Kitchen.
The Drive will take place SEPTEMBER 21 2019  AT WALMART PARKING LOT
FROM 10 AM UNTIL 3 PM.

BRING CANNED  NONPERISHABLE FOOD, WATER, BOXED FOOD.

TO VOLUNTEER TO WORK A  2 HOUR SHIFT  SEE DAN RILEY

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Scholarship Winners


Scholarship Winners:  Esther Michael, Emma Walker and Leah Jacobs
Kiwanis awards three scholarships in honor and memory of three former members: J.B. Stephens, Robert Eagleston, and Dr. William Griffing.  The three recipients of the scholarships were introduced to the members on Tuesday, August 6.

Leah Jacobs, is a Senior at Purdue University who is studying Agriculture Education.  She has been active in FFA and spent time this summer shepherding FFA members around Washington D.C,  She is the recipient of the J.B. Stephen scholarship in Education.

Esther Michael is a recent graduate of Greenfield-Central High School and will be attending Taylor University.  Esther was a volunteer at Hope Center Indy which helps trafficking victims. She is interested in pursuing business and social entrepreneurship.  She is the recipient of the Robert Easgleston scholarship in Business.

Emma Walker is a graduate of Mount Vernon High School and is a student at Anderson University where she is pursuing  her BSN.  She obtained he CNA while in High School.  She helped obtain bedding for families and volunteered at Lifeline.  She is the recipient of the Dr. William Griffing scholarship in Science.



The scholarship review committee is composed of Cheri Burrow, Ellen Manolopoulos, and Glenna Shelby.

Summerfest

Over 50 Kiwanians and guests attended the Summerfest outing at Indiana Grand Casino and Race Track on Tuesday, July 30.  They enjoyed a good lunch and a good time.  Phil Hayes was the winner of a contest and was awarded his own horse.  ( pictures will be posted at a later date)

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Greenfield Kiwanians perform service projects to help people and organizations. We also perform service projects to raise funds to support Riley Children's Hospital and many local charities.