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Cape Kiwanis starts its new year with installation

October 11, 2016
By ChUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

October is the start of a new year at the Cape Coral Kiwanis on Santa Barbara Boulevard. It's a time where it not only looks back on a great year past, but also to look forward to the future.

Last week, they did just that as they installed their new officers, their new members, and feted those who helped make the previous year so special.

Ann Vaughn will be the one to ring the ball to start and adjourn meetings this year as the new president. Mick Sheldrake is the president-elect and will take over next year. Becki Cole will be secretary and Lynn Lacy will be treasurer. Beth Elaine, last year's president, stays on as immediate past president.

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Dr. Stewart Ross, Lieutenant Governor of Florida Kiwanis District 19, gives the Above & Beyond Award to Ron Kemper at the installation ceremony for officers at the Cape Coral Kiwanis last week.


CHUCK BALLARO

Vaughn said her main goal is to get all 60-someodd members energized and engaged in helping, from in-house decisions to advising for the various Kiwanis clubs.

"We have people who pay their dues and come to dinner. I want to make sure they get actively involved in the process. Nobody on the sidelines," Vaughn said. "I want them all engaged."

Elaine said this is important, since this particular Kiwanis is a $4 million enterprise that gives much of its efforts to do things from ending childhood illness and local hunger to giving out nearly a quarter million dollars a year to local high school seniors for scholarships.

"We spend a lot on scholarships and about $200,000 in community outreach. Although the focus is the scholarships, some children may not have food to go to school and they may not finish college or high school if they don't have their health," Elaine said.

Lillian Colon, John Kahlke, Ron Kemper, Jim Rose, Del Sawyer and Charlotte Titensor will be this year's directors.

All were installed by Dr. Stewart Ross, lieutenant governor for Florida District 19, which encompasses 14 area Kiwanis, who gave kind words to all those who are new officers and to those who were feted with the numerous awards that were given out.

"Folks on the board have to be in two chairs and on the board, so we want to thank the ones who have gone above and beyond," Elaine said.

Among those award winners was Sheldrake, Silver Award winner, whose membership efforts have done much to bring more youth and members to the organization, and Ron Kemper, who chairs the scholarship committee, who has worked to make the scholarship program a booming success.

Kemper, Tim Rose and Liz Kominar were given "Above & Beyond" awards.

Five new members were also officially pinned.

Ross said Kiwanis is special because of all the special clubs they have within the organization such as Circle K for colleges, Key Club for high schoolers which is actually now bigger than Kiwanis, Builders for middle school and K-Kids for elementary school students.

"We have dedicated our mission toward children. Our motto is improving the world one child and one community at a time," Ross said. "We promote literacy, books and reading to children."

Much of what Kiwanis makes come from the thrift store, which is among the most profitable in the nation. Ross said it allows this particular chapter to do much more.

"Our customers are so valuable with patronizing and also with donations. Everything that comes in the back door is processed and put on the floor to give back to the community," said thrift store manager Charlotte Titensor. "I hope someday my grandkids can benefit from Kiwanis. Without the army of volunteers, we couldn't get anything done."

 
 
 

 

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