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Ada Kiwanis members learn about Sorotomist International

President Harold Friesner called his 46th and final meeting (Sept. 18th) of the 2011–2012 Kiwanis Year to order at 12:01 p.m.

The Invocation was given by Jon Umphress.

The following guests were introduced: Karen Kier, Melissa Taylor Austin, Allie Puntel and Katie Lorson.  Allie and Katie are members of ONU Circle K.

The birthday of member Charles Van Dyne, (September 19th was noted.

The membership anniversary Harold Friesner (September 21, 2007) was noted.
The wedding anniversary of Joe & Linda Ferguson (September 23/1972) was also noted.
Scott and Arlene Allison were thanked for their efforts on the Harvest and Herb Festival. Tom and Karen Kier were congratulated on daughter Erica’s selection as Festival Queen.

In business:
-Members heard an updated financial report.

-Secretary Report Brian Myers reported the following:
1. The Kenton Kiwanis Pancake Day will be held at the Moose on Saturday, October 27th from 7–11 a.m.
2. The Kenton Kiwanis Club also approved donating to the Aktion Club for their camping trip in November.
3. I will have certificates for perfect attendance and years of significant service markers for next week’s Installation of Officers event.

-President-Elect Myrna McCurdy has scheduled the Installation Dinner for incoming Officers for Tuesday September 25th at the ONU Wishing Well from 7:00 pm until 9:30 p.m. This will replace the noon meeting. Charles Van Dyne will be the installing officer.

-Bryan Marshall updated the membership on the 50-50 drawing at the Harvest and Herb Festival. Winners included: Nancy Allison, Ron Fleming Karlton Plaugher, Bob McCurdy, Tom Gossell, George Smith, J. M. Lenhart, Ken Rush, and Rita Stahl
and Peggy Flower

-Our membership dues are due this month.

-Ohio Kiwanis Governor Craig Wallace will visit for Divisions 2 & 3 on Oct. 8th in Bellefontaine. A head count is needed by September 20th. A sign-up sheet to be passed around.

The Ohio Kiwanis District Installation is scheduled for September 29th at the Findlay Country Club.

-Joe Ferguson reported that that plans are for the annual Halloween Parade are on-going. It is set for Monday October 29th. He is planning on making a few changes in the winner categories and is working on a tentative schedule.

-The club agreed to support the Smarts program at ONU.

-A joke was presented by Tom Kier.

-Circle K members Allie Puntel and Katie Lorson reported on recent activities including assisting at Restore during the Harvest and Herb Festival, distributing magnets promoting their assistance activities and plans for upcoming activities.

-Kiwanis Education Minute: The first Object of Kiwanis International is “To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.
-Something to consider:

It’s Interesting to note that, If you’re right handed, you tend to chew your food on the right side of your mouth.  And if you’re left hander, you will tend to chew your food on the left side of your mouth.

-Upcoming meetings/Events:
-09/25 Installation Dinner, 7:00 p.m. in the Wishing Well at ONU’s McIntosh Center.
-10/02 Charles Van Dyne
-10/09 Joe Ferguson
-10/16 Scott Allison
-10/16 Restore Meal, Harold Friesner
-10/23 Jolene Bailey
-10/30 Bruce Neely

Tom Kier introduced wife Karen and Melissa Taylor-Austin, who presented an interesting program on Sorotomist International.

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs including the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking.

Soroptimist also sponsors Live Your, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more. They also have access to inspirational articles, tips, and blogs that can help them live their own personal dreams.

They also noted that the first Student Safety Week will be held at ONU October 18-12 with special programs on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The highlight will be an appearance of Teresa Flores, who will speak on Human Trafficking. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the ONU Ballroom.

The meeting was adjourned at 1:01 p.m.
  The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 a.m.
  The Ada Kiwanis Club meets weekly at noon at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University. Guests are always welcome.
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