Key Leader Program
On March 6, the district's chair for the Key Leader program since 2010 died suddenly.
Mary Jean Sprague, who was scheduled to be the honoree at last month's Circle K Convention for her efforts with Circle K at New Paltz and with Key Leader, was in the midst of planning two Key Leader programs on consecutive weekends, the last one in April and first in May.
Kim Scharoff, who was Mary Jean's predecessor as the district's Key Leader coordinator, has picked up the job of organizing the events, on April 25-27 at the Greenkill Conference Center in the Port Jervis area, and May 2-4 at Camp Stella Maris south of Rochester.
Immediate Past Distinguished Gov. Al Norato Jr. has issued a letter urging Kiwanians around the district to help make the two programs a success.
For more information, see the Key Leader page.
Kamp Kiwanis in 2014 will feature two weeks for adults and six for children once again.
Kiwanis Clubs are encouraged to spend some time at Kamp during May to help prepare for the summer. Work groups will take place on Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May 3. The annual Kamp Open House will be on Saturday, May 3.
There will be an opportunity for Kiwanians to carry out projects at the Kamp on the morning of May 3. Dedications will take place beginning at 11:45 a.m., followed by lunch and then a meeting of the District Foundation Board of Directors. Clubs interested in group projects can contact Kamp Director Rebecca Clemence to make arrangements.
All the information your club will need for this year's Kamping season is posted on the Kamp web site, www.kampkiwanis.org.
The Foundation has created a new award, the Palangi Fellowship, to provide another way to provide support for the Kamp. Information on the award is available. There also are now additional levels available for the Kaiser Fellowship.
Clubs are encouraged to begin identifying children to send to Kamp this summer. If clubs wish, they also can fund kamperships which can be used for children who apply directly to the Kamp for assistance.
The district's newest club, the Kiwanis Club of All Island in the Metropolitan Division, received its charter in a ceremony on March 22 which included the Governor's Visit to the division.
The club, which had its organizational meeting on Dec. 5, was chartered with 21 members. It is now the only morning club in the Metropolitan Division, meeting every other Thursday at the Hampton Inn in Staten Island.
The club has as members two past Circle K district governors, its charter president, Helen Pollari Larino, and Past Metropolitan Division Lt. Gov. Sean O'Sullivan.
The club started out quickly, participating in a toy drive at a local hospital and conducting an Autism Speaks seminar. The club also has pledged to be a Model Club for the Eliminate Project.
Pictured are Gov. Joe Aiello, Larino and Sullivan.
A bequest has made it possible for New York Kiwanians to take advantage of a matching grant to receive a Mother's Day Zeller Fellowship.
The matching grant means that a donation of $625 will be matched by another $625 to make up the $1,250 cost of the Zeller. All of the money will go to the Eliminate Project, which would protect 690 potential mothers in developing countries from Neo-Natal Maternal Tetanus.
The matching funds have been made possible from a bequest from the Stanley Trust which was obtained through the efforts of Linda Christiano. The grant is available for the first 50 applications, or until May 31, whichever occurs first.
For more information, see the application form.
We are doing well to achieve our goal of 1,000 new members. We are 500 strong with new members to date. I am grateful for the commitment and job well done so far by our Kiwanis Family.
However, in order to reach our goal we must keep the momentum going. So this is a call for every one of our 7,000 plus members to do their part.
To that end we are kicking off an "Invite a Guest Contest" for the months of March and April with a deadline of May 1. The goal of this membership drive is to bring as many guests to the meetings as possible.
New ESK Published
The April issue of the Empire State Kiwanian is in the mail and available here on the web site.
Included is information about the Mid-Year Conference as well as the upcoming Kamp Kiwanis season.