Wednesday’s Program -  Jan 24, 2018, Our speaker will be Margaret Good, Democratic candidate for the FL House, District 72 seat.  The election will be held on February 13th.
We will enjoy lunch and our meeting in our usual room on the main floor at Cafe Baci, and move upstairs at 12:30 to join Sertoma members to hear Margaret speak.
The Republican candidate, James Buchanan, is our scheduled speaker January 31st.  Some members have asked to invite Libertarian candidate Alison Foxall to also speak to us.  Unfortunately we do not have a speaking opening before the February 13th special election.  However Alison Foxall is scheduled to participate in the televised debate on Tuesday January 30th  that will be on ABC 7 at 7 pm and simultaneously streamed live at "" 
Food Drive - Co-Chairs Marianna and Carolyn remind you that Wednesday is another donation opportunity.  Keep it rolling.
Wilkinson Elementary School News - Please read Mary-Lynn's BUGs story below.  Bill Irish will report on the Wilkinson K-Kids organization meeting in next week's newsletter.
TGIJ Social -  The TGI January social is a happy hour hosted by Doug and Paula Griffin in their home.  The date: Friday, January 26th, Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Feel free to bring visiting friends, family and member prospects. If you haven't yet RSVP s - send a note to Doug (
Don't Forget - Kids Still Need Kiwanis!
Coming Speakers
Jan 31, 2018
Running for District 72 FL State House
Feb 07, 2018
Growth Management Challenges
Feb 14, 2018
Baltimore Orioles
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Coming Events
Doug & Paula Griffin's Home
Jan 26, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Wilkinson Elementary January BUGS Assemblies
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
"A Kiwanian does something for children every day."  - Lyle Brion
We meet at noon on Wednesdays at Cafe Baci
      Sarasota, Florida 34231
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