Members of the Shawnee Mission North High School Key Club and Old Mission Kiwanis Club joined together to ring bells for the Salvation Army on Saturday, December 4 at the HyVee store on Martway Drive in the City of Mission. These local members continued a holiday season tradition that involves numerous Kiwanis family organizations in the metropolitan Kansas City area and in communities all across the county. The traditional red kettle is an integral part of the Christmas scene, with millions of dollars donated each year to aid needy families, seniors, and the homeless, in keeping with the spirit of the season. Donations provide Christmas dinners, clothing, and toys for families in need. Financial assistance also helps with basic necessities, along with seasonal aid. Families of prisoners often are included. Volunteers distribute gifts to shut-ins in hospitals and nursing homes, and shelters are open for sit-down dinners.
Bell Ringers: SMN Key Club members on the left and Old Mission Kiwanis members on the right.
The Salvation Army endeavors to bring spiritual light and love to those it serves at Christmas so that the real meaning of the season is not forgotten. Many families receive aid over a period of months after the Christmas season as well, people struggling with difficult family, emotional, or employment problems.
A stretch of Shawnee Mission Parkway was cleaner in the afternoon of October 30 than it was in the morning, thanks to the joint efforts of the Shawnee Mission North Key Club and the Old Mission Kiwanis Club. Once each fall and spring, these K-Family members invest a couple of hours on a Saturday walking the northside and southside shoulders picking up trash. In addition to scooping up numerous plastic and aluminum beverage containers, the team gathered fragments of hub caps and various other car parts. Since there are always so many empty alcohol containers along this stretch of roadway, the project team planted signs along the parkway while they worked imploring passers-by not to drink and drive. Kiwanis and Key Club performing an act of civic responsibility!
On September 28, 2010, Phil Porter was ceremoniously installed as president of the Old Mission Kiwanis Club for the 2010 administrative year. In the photograph below, Phil (on the right) accepts the gavel from retiring president Dan Germain, who is completing two successive years in the president’s position. Old Mission Kiwanis should be very well served in the coming year by the perspective Phil brings from his years of service as club secretary. Phil’s administrative year begins October 1 and runs through September 30, 2011.
Kiwanis Family Display at Mission Arts and Eats Festival
The City of Mission, Kansas threw a community party on September 17th and 18th and the Kiwanis family showed up to help celebrate. The Mission Arts & Eats Festival is a fun-filled event that provides a wide variety of activities and entertainment for the whole family: fine arts and crafts; delicious food; and lively entertainment in a comfortable, relaxed environment that exemplifies the City of Mission. The Kiwanis Club of Old Mission put its recent community service on display for all to see, including its proud sponsorship of the Mission Aktion Club and the Shawnee Mission North High School Key Club. We featured our production and delivery of hospital dolls to Childrens Mercy Hospital, our support of Special Olympics Young Athletes, our sponsorship of 4-H awards and recognitions, and the new Kiwanis International campaign to eradicate neonatal tetanus worldwide. We also handed out Kiwanis peanuts to festival goers.
Aktion Club member Ander (left) with Kiwanis President Dan
Shannon, Corey, Jonathan, Patrick
On September 13, members of the Mission Aktion Club elected their officers for the 2010/11 administrative year. Corey Graham will assume presidential duties on October 1 and he will be supported by Vice-President Jonathan Berry, Secretary Shannon Pittman, and Treasurer Patrick Porter. Ellen Dirnberger, Ander Vesce, and Amelia Zang-Carta will serve as members of the board of directors. Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Jim Grant will swear in the new officers at their October club meeting. Also at that meeting, the club will celebrate the past year of outstanding leadership and community service under President Leigh Anna Donelson. Leigh Anna will continue to serve the club as Immediate Past President.
The Kansas Special Olympics program has asked the K-Family to staff and organize its fall Young Athletes program in Johnson County. Members of Shawnee Mission North High School Key Club and Old Mission Kiwanis kicked off the first of three fall sessions on September 8 at the Shawnee Mission Instructional Center. The Young Athletes Program opens the door for three-year-old and four-year-old children with developmental disabilities to participate in the development of fundamental skills and build the foundation for a healthy lifestyle and later transition to Special Olympics. Rotating stations every five minutes, the children engaged in various motor skill activities including kicking, tossing, striking, balancing, jumping, and walking an obstacle course. Key Clubbers and Kiwanians met them at every station. The fall schedule will round out with sessions on October 6 and November 3.
Members of the Old Mission Kiwanis Club joined more than 3,000 other supporters of the Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium Saturday, September 4 for the second annual Kansas City Royals 5K Run/Walk. Most participating Kiwanians opted for the One Mile Autism Awareness Walk around Kauffman Stadium rather than the 5K event. The Autism Alliance of Greater Kansas City is a bi-state community organization comprised of dedicated individuals committed to the development of a network of resources targeted toward fostering an informed community that facilitates the independence, acceptance, and emotional well-being of individuals with autism spectrum disorders throughout their entire life span. The Alliance strives to be a collective voice for the Kansas City autism community by implementing programs and events which will aid families while increasing public awareness and acceptance of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. This united group believes that information is the most powerful tool for living with autism spectrum disorders. Kiwanis is pleased to support this local community service.
Autism Walkers: Five Kiwanians, One Kiwanis Spouse, and One Kiwanis Shadow
For a number of years, the Old Mission Kiwanis Club has sponsored a several 4-H awards presented at the Johnson County Fair. Member Tom Barnekoff chairs this project and recently received several notes of thanks from awards recipients.
Dear Old Mission Kiwanis – Thank you very much for donating the trophy to the champion rate of gain meat goat. I am very happy to win this award. Thank you for your support of the 4-H program. Sincerely, Taylor H.
Thank you so much for your very generous donation. I was surprised and overjoyed to learn that I was getting $35 for my woodworking project. I can speak on behalf of all 4Hers to say that your donations really do make a difference. I plan to take the piece, which is a cedar bench, to the State Fair. Thank you again. Sincerely, Drew E.
Dear Tom Barnekoff – Thank you so much for donating the sub novice B trophy. I love working with my year-old Aussie and she really deserved this. Thanks again. Sincerely, Tate D.
2010/11 officers for Shawnee Mission North Key Club plan upcoming semester
Shawnee Mission North High School Key Club President Nikki Hager gathered her officers on Saturday, August 28 at a local Panera Bread to map out service projects, recruitment strategies, and possible fundraising events for the fall 2010 semester. President Nikki is working with school administration to establish a date, time, and location for the club’s kick-off meeting; the officers have targeted either September 10 or 17 immediately after school. The following potential projects and charities landed on the list as board members brainstormed ideas for upcoming community service: Special Olympics Young Athletes; Trick or Treat for Unicef; Johnson County Christmas Bureau; Special Olympics Polar Plunge; Ronald McDonald House; working at a local soup kitchen; toilet paper drive for needy families. The Old Mission Kiwanis Club sponsors the North Key Club. Dan Germain is the Kiwanis Advisor to the Key Club and Steve Collins is scheduled to return as faculty advisor.
Nikki Hager is at the helm for SM North Key Club in 2010/11
At its August 23 meeting, members of the Mission (Kansas) Aktion Club learned about – and committed its support for – Sleeping Children Around the World, a nonprofit organization located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Donations to the organization provide bed kits to children around the world who do not always have a place to sleep. They are typically those struggling to survive in underdeveloped and developing countries. A single $25.00 donation provides a bed kit; contents vary from country to country depending on local needs but could include a mat or mattress, pillow, sheet, blanket, mosquito net, clothes, towel, and school supplies. Every child is photographed with the bed kit and the donor later receives the photo showing the donor’s name and a special message. Sleeping Children Around the World is a service opportunity available to all 400 Aktion Clubs throughout Kiwanis International. The Mission Aktion Club has enthusiastically joined in support of this worthy cause and has discussed fundraising possibilities, including a car wash.