Wednesday’s Program -  Jan 17, 2018, Dr. Karen Holbrook, new (announced just last week) Regional Chancellor at USF, USF Sarasota Manatee. Most recently Dr. Holbrook served as executive vice president at USFSM and senior advisor to USF System President Judy Genshaft.  
Food Drive - Our 2017-2018 Food Drive is gaining momentum.  Donations as of December 28th are an impressive 1,732 pounds - just over 1/3rd of our 5,000 pound goal.  Co-Chairs Marianna and Carolyn remind you that Wednesday is another donation opportunity.  Keep it rolling.
Wilkinson Elementary School News - Bill Irish reports the K-Kids organizational meeting with 20+ students, mainly 4th & 5th graders, with a few select 3rd graders as well. The meeting will be on Tuesday January 23rd at 8:30 in the media center.  The purpose is to explain explain what K-Kids are, and what the goals and objectives for the WES K-Kids club will be.  Hoping to get 15-20 students to join.
ALSO at Wilkinson -  BUGS recognition for deserving students is planned for January 18th and 19th, both at 8:30this month. Members are invited to participate.  See BUGS Chair Mary-Lynn Desjarlais if interested. 
Don't Forget - Kids Still Need Kiwanis!
Coming Speakers
Jan 24, 2018
Running for District 72 FL State House
Jan 31, 2018
Running for District 72 FL State House
Feb 07, 2018
Growth Management Challenges
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Coming Events
Doug & Paula Griffin's Home
Jan 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Eliminate Update: the Philippines is MNT-free

Like almost every Kiwanis Club, we've supported "Project Eliminate."  This update was recently received from Poly Lat, of the Philip[pines.  He is the 2017-2018 Kiwanis International President-Elect. 

Mr. Lat writes:  "The Philippines represents the third country to eliminate MNT in 2017, following Ethiopia and Haiti, and the 24th country to achieve elimination. 

Eliminating MNT in the Philippines was not an easy one. In 2015, 16 of the 17 regions of the Philippines had been validated for MNT elimination. However, health workers faced challenges reaching many communities in the last remaining region, the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as many are geographically isolated or affected by conflict. Despite the obstacles, mothers and babies in the Philippines are now protected from this terrible disease.

Your support makes accomplishments like this possible. Only 15 countries remain affected by MNT. In addition, through The Eliminate Project, we will continue to support their efforts until this deadly disease is no longer a threat."

Our Club's contribution to Project Eliminate was part of KI's world wide effort.  We, like all Kiwanis Clubs take pride in the result - saving the lives of thousands of newborns and their mothers world wide.  More information on MNT progress can be found HERE.

"A Kiwanian does something for children every day."  - Lyle Brion
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