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Happy 90th Anniversary! An Overview of Venice's Unique History

     Welcome To The Mighty Siesta Key Kiwanis Club !

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated
to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Last year Kiwanis International celebrated its 
100th anniversary of service to children. Please come join us!
                                           We meet at noon on Wednesdays at:
                       Cafe Baci -  4101 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231
Fifty members and guests gathered at the Café Baci for the installation of new Officers and Directors.  Guests included SLP Faculty Advisors Marti Watson (SMS Builders Club) and Brie Shannon (Pine View Key Club).  It was a beautiful evening in Sarasota.
Gerard started the Ceremony with his usual enthusiasm and smile, welcoming everyone for coming.  We then had the invocation by Cheryl Stock, and the Pledge of Allegiance by Steve Stonecipher.  Matt Anderson then introduced the current and past Lt. Governors, past and present Club President, Key Club Officers, Aktion Club representatives, and the Key Club Lt. Governor.
Then we had dinner, we started with salad, then a choice of chicken, salmon, or eggplant ending with dessert.  No complaints were heard about the food.  After dinner and we all chatted with everyone at our table, the program started again with Mary Lynn installing the three new members, Katherine Johnson, Steve Stonecipher and myself (Joy Jones).  Mary Lynn did an excellent job and had everyone sing to us, “You’re in Kiwanis Now.”
Doug presented the Club Service Awards.  Marianna received the Board Member of the Year Award, Linda received the Kiwanian of the Year Award for her had work, energy and time she put into the Day of Hope, and I received the Outstanding New Member of the Year Award.  I was really surprised and thank you all again.
Carolyn, our new Lt. Governor, installed the new Officers and Directors for 2016.  The new Officers are:   Past President Doug Griffin, President Clark Lauren, Secretary Linda Prenosil and Treasurer Fred Scheerle.  The new Directors are:  Dan Lundy, John Ferrari, Mary Lynn Desjariais, Carmen Ramsey, Carolyn Jones Penn, Marianna Ehmke, and Peter Kiziu.  In the photo L-R:  Clark Lauren President, Doug Griffin Immediate Past President, Lt.Governor Carolyn Kofler, Treasurer Fred Scheerle, Secretary Linda Prenosil.  (Carolyn is holding a photo of FL District Governor Gary Frechette.)
President Clark then gave a great speech and then presented the Legion of Honor Awards.  There were five members that received the Award:  Mary Lynn Desjariais for 25 years of service, Bob Pretchner for 30 years of service, Brian Miller for 40 years of service, John Watson for 45 years of service and John Prince for 55 years of service.  Congratulations to all of you for all your years of service to the Kiwanis Club. 
After a great meeting and meal we were adjourned.  I will have to say it was a wonderful evening and a big thank you to all that put it together.

After Wednesday’s meeting I felt we needed to know what went into the effort that resulted in 2,018 pounds of food.  It took days short of a year to reach that goal and I began thinking about the people that worked get us there, Carolyn and Marianna.
Let’s start with Carolyn.  Carolyn got started with food drives during 2009-2010.  She remembers she collected 360 pounds, and every year after that the collection got bigger.  Carolyn went on to say that, after Marianna got involved the collections really improved.  Carolyn focused on members that live in condos, asking them to place a collection box in their clubhouse asking residents to donate food for the All Faiths Food Bank.  The people that helped on the condo side are Leaf Wanless, John Masters, Doug Griffin and myself.  During her report at last week's meeting, Carolyn announced plans to bring up the food drive at other clubs she visits as Lt. Governor. 
Now Marianna.  Marianna says she got started with the food drive with Carolyn when she read something in the paper about “No Food for the Children”.  This year our Club ran its holiday food drive from October 2015 through January 2016.  By January we had collected 700 pounds.  When Marianna gave her report in January she went on to say “what are the children going to eat now, so let’s continue."  And that is how we got to 2,018 pounds.
Marianna announced Wednesday that we are taking "a food drive vacation" - a couple of weeks off so we can talk to friends and neighbors about the food bank, and perhaps signup more condos. She finished with one last statement: “While you are lying on the beach, think about what YOU can do to help the hungry children.”  Don’t be surprised if this coming year our goal is 1.5 tons and “Bowls of Hope” is mentioned.  After all it is about children and children is what we (Kiwanis) are all about. 
Denise Cotler, the Senior Development Director at All Faiths Food Bank attended Wednesday's meeting.  After Carolyn and Marianna gave their report Denise spoke to the Club, thanking members and congratulating the Food Drive Co-Chairs on reaching the ONE TON goal.  She gave each an "official" All Faiths coffee mug and posed for a photo to mark the event.
Big thanks to everyone who helped make this year’s food drive a success and to Carolyn and Marianna for all they did.

On Saturday, September 10th the Mighty Siesta Key Kiwanis Club Habitat Crew arrived, mostly on-time, for the 7:30 am start at the Washington Court build just off 301 near MLK Way.  The crew that day was Steve Stoncipher, Joy Jones, Carolyn Jones-Penn and her friend Patti Jackson, Candy Anderson, Doug Griffin, and Mary Lynn Desjarlais.  Steve Chairs the Habitat Crew. 
This is the same Habitat Build that was the site of our “Kiwanis One Day of Service” in April.  It must be noted that Steve has personally logged more than 100 Habitat service hours there since April 2nd.
In April our crew was cutting boards and swinging hammers.  This time, the two Washington Court houses we had worked on were largely done except for floor tiles, electrical fixtures, and interior painting.  Steve assembled our Mighty Crew to paint the interior of one of the houses.  The crew arrived, received the pre-work briefing, general announcements, and the “how to paint like a pro” demonstration.  (Hey, we actually learned stuff.)  We then enthusiastically set to work with typical Kiwanian skill and had pretty much finished all but the front bedroom and the second coat on the garage by the 9:30 break. 
During the break we learned that the volunteers scheduled to paint the interior of the second house had not shown up.  So, what to do but to finish our assignment and pitch in on the second house.  Was the second house finished when we left?  NO, but when time ran out and clean up began, about 80% of the second house was painted, enough so other volunteers could easily finish during the following week.
A satisfactory result - mission accomplished and then some!

It's that time of year when Tamiami traffic slows, you have to cruise your Church parking lot looking for a space, and the Maitre D' at Cheers, the one who has greeted you warmly for the past 3 months, suddenly doesn't know your name.   "Yes" - it is beginning to look a lot like season and not just because snow birds Lyle and Elaine Brion are on their way to Sarasota. 
It doesn't seem that long since we last saw Lyle and Elaine, in fact we saw them a lot and not just at lunch meetings.  They've worked the Pancake Breakfast fundraisers at Applebee's with us and enjoyed the socials.  At least one Habitat House in Sarasota has benefited from the Brion service ethic.   Lyle told us once that our Club's "projects are fun and keeps the Kiwanis spirit going."  He also said something at a meeting two years ago that you'll find on the cover of your Mighty Club Directory: "A Kiwanian does something for children every day."  So true it had to be shared.
Our Club is fortunate that Elaine and Lyle have chosen us to continue their Kiwanis association while in Sarasota.  They are expected at Wednesday's meeting.  Please welcome back Lyle and Elaine Brion.

SLP Recognition and RPS Competition - Awesome

SLP Recognition and RPS Competition - Awesome (As Usual) -  The annual SLP Recognition with Rock-Paper-Scissors competition was held as schedule at Siesta Beach on May 20th.  The event was well attended by both students (representing SLP Clubs at Sarasota Middle, Pine View and Riverview High) and Kiwanians.  Brie Shannon (Pine View Faculty Advisor) and even a few parents added to the excitement as both participants and audience. 

Riverview participated this year for the first time.  Neil Delorenzo said 10 Riverview Key Clubbers would be there and 10 it was!  A representative of each club presented a brief overview of their club's projects during the school year.  (Riverview's presentation is shown in the photo to the right.)    

Drew Lowther was the event Chair.  He was assisted by Joe Sikora, Bill Irish, Clark Lauren, Matt Anderson, Candy Anderson, Neil Deloreno, and Carmen Ramsey.

Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key
PO Box 5485
Sarasota, Florida  34277