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Ada Kiwanis Club receives Distinguished Club Certificate

Members of Ada Kiwanis Club held their weekly meeting on Tuesday March 13 at McIntosh Center, ONU.

The invocation was offered by Jon Umphress

Linda Steinbrenner, our Lt. Governor was welcomed as a guest.

The birthdays of members Michael Hood (March 12) and David Dellifield (March 17) were noted.

In business:
-Treasurer Bryan Marshall updated members on club finances.
-Secretary Brian Myers reported that he is working on by-laws changes and updating members contact information.
-An update was heard from the satellite club.
-Heather Cox, Pancake and Sausage Day chairman reported of the progress of the project. It will be held on Saturday March 23rd and the Ada High School Cafeteria. Serving will be from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tickets are still available.
-Mark Light report on “Reclaiming Futures and Hardin County Community Leaders presentation which was held at the Sheriff’s office on March 11. He talked about the school that was piloted in the county where drug treatment and a high school degree is completed at one location. It turns out that 22 of 24 students ended up graduating from the program. They are looking for people to go in and tutor the students. They are looking for people to come in and provide music and art experiences, leadership service projects, and other opportunities to help the students succeed. For more information see

-Robert Matthew (Matt) Crawford was welcomed as a new member. An induction of our news members will be held April 3rd at 6 PM at Community Health Professions Building. It will be a pot luck Dinner.

-ONU Circle K reported that they made 14 tie blankets for the Hardin Community Hospital, elections are coming up soon and they are working on a fund raiser for Project Eliminate. They are doing trash pickups in the community and will be assisting at the annual Pancake and Sausage Day.

-Kiwanis Education Minute: From Kiwanis International President Tom DeJulio:  We will hear the word “growth” less and “membership development more” because membership development focuses on “impact”–the impact Kiwanians make on their communities and wherever they serve. Our fourth object drives Kiwanis to be an “activist” organization of creating young leaders through mentoring.

-Something to consider: From “Live and Love and Pass it On” from someone aged 47: “I’ve learned that every great achievement was once considered impossible.”

Upcoming meetings/events:
3/19 - Heather Cox for Pancake Day
3/23 - Pancake Day at Ada School Café  7am-2pm
3/26 - Sharon MacKenzie
4/02 - No noon Meeting
4/03 -  Induction Ceremony 6 PM

Linda Steinbrenner our Lt. Governor from the Coldwater club made her annual club visitation.
She began her comments by presenting the club with a Distinguished Club Certificate and banner patch for the 2011-2012 Kiwanis year. In addition, the club was also presents with a patch for being in a Distinguished Division.

She encouraged the club to consider starting a Key Club at the High School.

She encouraged the club to take on an additional service project this year and acknowledged the contributions that we have made to the community including the donation  made to Project Eliminate.

She noted that she would like to see all the members attend the State Convention in August (held in Lima). She discussed the Kiwanis Foundation and ways to get grants for needs in the community. Examples include: funds are provided including for parks/park equipment, EMT equipment, hospital emergency room equipment, and for equipment for day care facilities.

She concluded by talking about ways that are the biggest wellness issues: smoking, obesity, and a lack of exercise. She asked that each member of the club and community consider making one small life style change to help improve their health.

The Ada Kiwanis Club meets each Tuesday at noon at McIntosh Center, ONU. Guests are always welcome.

For more information, visit the club web site at  www.adakiwanis