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Creative Building and Creative Machine Competitions
On Jan. 24, the popular Creative Building and Creative Machine Competitions will be hosted at St. Joseph’s School in Kingston, and, as always, students in other schools within the greater Kingston area are invited to compete.
The event will be conducted from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and the Kiwanis Club of Kingston will be providing financial support as well as judges for the competitions. This is the seventh year for Creative Building, whose competitors are students in grades K-6, and the third Creative Machine event which is open to students in grades 5-8.
“Discussing the children’s vision with them and observing them building their projects is so much fun for the Kiwanis volunteers,” said Gabrielle Raub, chair of the Kiwanis Youth Service committee.
Sean Bailey, a fifth-grade teacher, is the program coordinator.
For information, email Spearman, a past Kiwanis president, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kingston Kiwanis Receives Boy Scout Recognition
Len Cleveland, chairman of the Boy Scouts, Scouting for Food and also a long time Kington Kiwanis member, presenting the certificate to fellow Kiwanian Ann Papelian.
The Kiwanis Club of Kingston recently received a certificate of appreciation from the Rip Van Winkle Council of the Boy Scouts of America for 25 years of service in support of the annual food drive.
The certificate recognized the club's support of the Scouting for Food program for more than 25 years. Volunteers from the Kiwanis Club have helped receive, sort, pack in boxes, and deliver food picked up by Scouts from homes in the greater Kingston area to multiple food pantries and soup kitchens. More than 600,000 items of food have been delivered from 1989 to 2014.
The Boy Scouts with the help of many adult volunteers have helped feed the needy throughout Ulster and Greene Counties with nearly 2 million items of food delivered to over 40 food pantries and soup kitchens. About one third of that food was from the Kingston area.
Ulster and Kingston Kiwanis served their 37th annual Holiday Dinner for senior citizens
Senior citizens in the area enjoyed a delicious meal and a holiday atmosphere as the Kiwanis Clubs of Ulster and Kingston presented their 37th annual holiday dinner at John A. Coleman Catholic High Saturday.
Roast turkey with all the trimmings was on the menu while Santa Claus visited each table and a musical duo sang standards and Christmas favorites for the 127 seniors that showed up for the first seating.
“We’ve been doing this for a long time and it’s a really good event for the community,” said Kiwanis community service chairman Joe Diacovo. “So many of the senior citizens come back year after year, not only for the food, but for the company and to just have a good time. Our members also enjoy coming out and helping all of the seniors in the community.”
One senior at the event, who identified herself as Augusta, hugged Santa as she enjoyed her meal and shared her sentiments.
“I love what Kiwanis Ulster and Kingston do for all of us wonderful senior citizens,” she said. “And, I love Santa.”
Diacovo said the event planning began nearly a year ago, with members of both local clubs playing a part in the planning process, purchasing food, preparing meals and serving.
Members of the Kingston High Key Club assisted as this year’s dinner.
Diacovo said numbers were down just a bit this year, and he felt that Saturday’s gloomy weather may have kept some seniors away.
“We have another seating at 1 p.m. and we have about 160 signed up for that one,” he said. “In all, we will have served meals to about 300.”
Admission to the event was free and the club welcomed seniors from all over the local area.
for another successful
How do we begin to thank you for the support you showed the Kingston Kiwanis Club this year? Thanks to you and other civic-minded businesses and individuals, the 2014 Kiwanis Kapers was a huge success. Once again, we are happy to report, we will be able to award at least $20,000.00 in scholarships to deserving seniors at Kingston and Coleman High Schools.
In addition, we were so proud to debut our new journal style and format this year. The appealing, stylish journal received many compliments from attendees and sponsors alike.
It is never too early to start planning for next year. The Kapers committee is meeting monthly to lay the foundation for an even more successful year to come. We encourage you to advertise in our journal, and to contact Steve Klein at email@example.com to reserve your place of distinction in the new book.
Celebrating 25 Years of Women
in Kingston Kiwanis
Kingston Kiwanis held a celebration recognizing the outstanding efforts of women in the organization over the last 25 years. The event was held at Twaalfskill Golf Club in Kingston, N.Y. on Thursday, September 18th.
Kiwanis International, known only for men, voted to allow women to join in the organization in the summer of 1987 at the annual convention. It was a historic vote.
The first female members were inducted to Kingston Kiwanis on July 27, 1989. Ann Catalano, Carolyn Decker and Rev. Arlene Wilheim were the first female members. Over the last 25 years, 74 women have joined the club with 25 being current active members.
During the celebration the first women president, Mary Ann Snyder, spoke about her role and what it meant to her. “Kiwanis helps the community with their strong volunteerism, and dedication to giving back,” said Snyder. “I was very proud to serve in the club and especially as the first women president.”
Kingston Kiwanis was formed in 1921 to serve our community with a focus on our children by raising funds for scholarships for our local high school graduates. The clubs largest fundraiser is coming up on October 23-25, 2014. Please visit www.kiwaniskapers.org to learn more.
Kingston Supports Autism Efforts
From left: Jamey Wolff, Spectrum Services Co-Founder and Program Director, Susan Buckler, Spectrum Services Co-Founder and Administrative Director, Greg Riley, Kingston Kiwanis President, Christine Hein, Kingston Kiwanis/event coordinator, Bill Spearman, Kingston Kiwanis.
The Kiwanis Club of Kingston in concert with the Kiwanis District Governor's project on autism awareness is working locally with the Center of Spectrum Services on Kukuk Lane in Kingston to provide both volunteer and financial support.
On Aug. 7 Kiwanis volunteers helped support the Center's Water Fun Day by serving ice cream sundaes to the autistic children. Ice cream was provided by Mickey's Igloo East Chester Street in Kingston.
Additionally, Kingston Kiwanis presented Spectrum Services with a check for $500 to support a Community Build event that will take place in September that will focus on replacing playground equipment to meet the current playground safety requirements as well as equipment designed for autistic children.
The new playground will provide safe, age appropriate outdoor play environments for the students with autism spectrum disorders.
The Kingston Kiwanis Club presented the 2014 Bud Jones Kiwanian of the Year award to Donna Rosenberg on Thursday, June 12, at the Wiltwyck Golf Club in Kingston.
Since 1975, the Club has recognized a Kiwanian member who strives to embody the ideals of the Club, and has lived the motto “we serve” with such constancy and dedication that all members should look to them for reflection on what service means to the community.
Ms. Rosenberg joined Kiwanis in 2011 and has been a dedicated and active member. She also serves on the board of directors, and is an active member in several committees.
This annual traditional is named in honor of Bud Jones who brought a fresh source of inspiration to the Club and encouraged a deeper understanding of its merit to members.
“I am very happy Donna won this award,” said Greg Riley, President, Kingston Kiwanis Club. “Since joining the Club Donna has provided so much of her time and energy in her many volunteer roles with the club.
The Kingston Kiwanis Club celebrates Donna Rosenberg, the 2014 recipient of the
Bud Jones Kiwanian of the Year along with past winners of this distinguished
award. Front Row: Bill Kearny, Robert Deitrick, Donna Rosenberg, Steve Fine, Rich Gillette
Back Row: Ron Swart, Joe Fay, Gary Mulligan, Matt Hall, Christine Hein, Greg Riley, Ray Radel, Ken Backofen, Robert Carlzon
THE 2015 KIWANIS KINGSTON CLASSIC PRESENTED BY HITS ENDURANCE WILL BE HELD ON
SUNDAY, APRIL 19, 2015.
Registration for the Kiwanis Kingston Classic, presented by HITS Endurance is now open. All race information, from course maps to schedules and training opportunities can be found HERE
Click here to view complete results from the 2014 Kiwanis Kingston Classic.
Click contributions to see a list of the local organizations we supported.