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Dan Lundy, Attorney
Feb 21, 2018
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Mar 07, 2018
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Mar 14, 2018 11:59 AM
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     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.
 
In 2015 Kiwanis International celebrated its 
100th anniversary of service to children. That's what we do,
that's why we are here.  Kids Need Kiwanis!
 
 During the summer (June, July & August)
we meet at noon on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month
at Cafe Baci 4101 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida 34231
      
 
Home Page Stories
The current annual "Club and Condo" food drive spans the Kiwanis year - October 1st 2017 to September 30th 2018.  Last year (2016-2017) the drive resulted in just over a two ton donation to All Faiths Food Bank.  Co-chair Marianna Ehmke reported donation at our last meeting in September and said that if we could raise 4,000 pounds for All Faiths, why not 5,000 pounds?  So this year's goal is 5,000 pounds.  Given that we're almost 40% into the year, we thought it appropriate to post a progress report.
 
"OK - So how we doing?"  Well, as of February 14th Co-Chair Carolyn Kofler reported the donation total is 2,129 pounds - just over 41% of our goal suggesting that we're on track to meet our end of September target of 5,000.  As good as that sounds we need to maintain the larger perspective:  (1)  Donations increase during "season" as visitors move in and out of condos on Siesta Key.  Expect donations to fall off as summer approaches.  (2) Our Club begins our summer meeting schedule in July when members go on vacation (really?  to where?).  So during the summer we expect member donations to slow.  AND THEN (3) The drive received a year-end holiday boost from the law firm of Williams, Parker, Harrison, Dietz and Getson.  John Moore, Past President of Sarasota Kiwanis, worked with Carolyn to put a collection box in his firm’s break room with great success! 
 
And by happen-stance Carolyn’s bank, the Bank of America (BoA) branch at S. Tamiami and Stickney Point, had a full collection box and asked Carolyn if she could arrange to transport the food donations from their customers to All Faiths.  The short answer was “yes, of course.”  Even better she's been back many times since.  In short, our Club and Condo Food Drive is on track but we must keep our eye on the goal.
 
Maybe we should change the name to the “Club and Condo and BoA and Williams, Parker, Harrison, Deitz and Getson” Food Drive.  The again, maybe not.
 
Doug Griffin
The first Bringing Up Grades (BUG) assemblies of the year were a grand success with 77 children receiving recognition.  As Principal Susan Nations stated "It is not an award, it is a recognition because you EARNED it".  Each grade had their pictures taken by their proud parents with their certificates held proudly.  Each BUGs recipient received a Certificate (suitable for framing), a BUGS refrigerator magnet and a coupon from Albritton's for a free soft serve ice cream.
 
The children were coached to come up to the stage, say "Thank You", hold their right hand out to shake hands and to look the other person in the eye.  The children were so cute as they had to remember to look us in the eye.  Wilkinson School is teaching the children how to succeed in the real world and the importance of a good hand shake.
 
The BUGs Assemblies were held on two mornings:   For Grades 1 &2 on the 18th,  Clark Lauren, Steve Stonecipher and Mary Lynn Desjarlais were there.  For grades 3-5 on the 19th, Bill Irish, Carolyn Koefler and Carmen Ramsey participated.  Thank you Bill for the event photos.
 
Mary-Lynn Desjarlais
BUGS Chair
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key
PO Box 5485
Sarasota, Florida  34277