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Pastor Jack Duffy tells Ada Kiwanis about the food pantry

President Heather Cox called the weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at noon on Tuesday November 19th at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada.

The invocation was offered by Jon Umphress.
Pastor Jack Duffy was welcomed as a guest.

In business:
-Secretary Brian reported that the club’s records have been updated. Anyone needing access to the club records should contact him.

-The satellite club met last week. They discussed/reviewed the regular minutes from last Tuesday and the grant for the board project. They will meet tomorrow at 6 PM at New China.

-President Cox sent around programs and sign-up sheets for upcoming programs and the different service project committees.

-The club’s annual Christmas Luncheon is set for December 17th. A committee has been assigned and they will work out the details. They have lined up Santa and the Elf. They have reserved the Community Health Professionals Building. There will be an Ugliest Christmas sweater contest. Start looking for items for the raffle.

-The club will vote on the revised Kiwanis By-Laws next week to bring us in-line with Kiwanis International.

- The annual Pancake Day is being scheduled and the date of Saturday March 29th was set.

-President Cox passed around the updated programs and dates for the first quarter of next year.

-Member Sandy Neely noted that the Jr. Civic League is selling pecans.

-Bob McCurdy suggested that we put something on the back of the community signs encouraging residents to volunteer in the community. Joe Ferguson will look into cost for adding something to the back of the sign.

-Kiwanis Education Minute: The fifth Object of Kiwanis International is: “To develop, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.”

-Something to Ponder: Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

-Upcoming Meetings/Events

-Nov. 26 Joe Ferguson –   
-November 26 Jim Meyer will speak on the start of the new East Lima street sewer project
-Dec. 3 Scott Wills
-Dec. 10 Dave MacDonald
-Dec. 17 Christmas Party
-Dec. 24 No Meeting
-Dec. 31 No Meeting
Sharon MacKenzie introduced Jack Duffy the pastor at First Baptist Church in Ada and president of the Ada Food Pantry.

Duffy said that the Food pantry was established in 1976. It is open Tuesday’s 4-6 pm and Saturday’s 10 am-12 noon.

He described some of the history of the Food Pantry and its purpose to provide emergency food for 2-3 days of food where patrons are able to select foods they would like off a shelf vs. just getting a bag of miscellaneous items.

He gave a snapshot of the data for August 2013 where 240 people benefited from the facility where 84 children were served.

He talked about how people used the facility that in general (43%) used the Pantry 1-2 times whereas there are some families (25) that come in every month.

He discussed how they are trying to make the facility more attractive for some families and how they can greatly assist the high need families and individuals to sustain themselves in a constructive manner for restoration.

He discussed why Ada pulled out the West Ohio Food Bank because of the federal regulations that come with that association.

He discussed that in general there is a greater need during the summer because the children are off the food program at the schools.

Sharon Mackenzie was the winner of the 50-50 drawing.  The Ada Kiwanis Club weekly at noon at McIntosh Center, ONU. Guests are always welcome.