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The Keystone Kiwanian Volume III, Issue 3

Formula Update

May 2017

Lancaster 2017

Around the District

The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International

pakiwanis.org


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District Inbox: Kevin prepares and shares details of the 100th District Convention in bustling and historic Lancaster!

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Formula Update: The Formula Team gives a quick update on their progress. They also share resources and tips to help you recruit new members and strengthen you club's overall health.

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District Convention 2017: Lancaster will be hosting the 100th Pennsylvania District Convention. Come find out what's been planned so far, service opportunities, and some Lancaster facts.

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Around the District: Norriton Circle celebrates their one year anniversary with a special shout out, Sewickley shares their blossoming partnership, and Scranton hits 100!


The Keystone Kiwanian is Editor Brett Cutright Pennsylvania eKiwanis

Pennsylvania Kiwanis District Office 2793 Old Post Road, Suite 12 Harrisburg, PA 17110 Office: (717) 540-9300 Fax: (717) 540-1018 pakiwanis.org

Journalism Committee Patti Loomis Edinboro Marianne Muraska Sheraden Ben Osterhout Norlanco – Rheems Pennsylvania eKiwanis

Kiwanis International Defining Statement Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.

Has your club completed an amazing or special project lately? Share your story with The Keystone Kiwanian! We are always looking for and willing to publish accomplishments that your club, division, or region recently finished. To submit your story, click here!

Disclaimer: The Keystone Kiwanian is the official publication of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International. This publication is supported by district dues. All members are encouraged to submit articles and photos. They may be edited for length and clarity. Please submit articles and pictures or questions to District Editor Brett Cutright at keystonekiwanian@pakiwanis.org.

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District Inbox: Call to Convention By Executive Director Kevin Thomas Left: A view of the Lancaster Doubletree Resort and golf course.

In early October of 1918, a group of Kiwanians gathered in the Brunswick hotel in Lancaster. When they left, the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International had been officially organized and Pliny J. Wilson, a coal company executive from Johnstown, had been elected as the first District Governor. On August 10-13, 2017, Kiwanians from across Pennsylvania will gather at the Doubletree Resort Lancaster, formerly called the Willow Valley Resort, to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis service as a District. And of course as with any convention, there will be information, education, business, and fun! All of the convention information, as well as online convention registration, is available at pakiwanis.org. You can also get a convention packet by emailing Michelle at michelle@pakiwanis.org or calling 717-5409300. Registration for the convention can be completed by calling that number or faxing the registration form to 717-540-1018. The convention hotel is the Doubletree Resort Lancaster. The hotel reservation deadline is Monday, July 10, 2017 at 5:00pm. After that time hotel rooms and rates cannot be guaranteed. Reservations may be made by calling 717-464-2711 and identifying yourself with the Kiwanis Convention 2017.

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Reservations may also be made at the link on our website, pakiwanis.org. The room rate is $129.00 a night for a single or double plus taxes (currently 11%). The convention registration deadline is Friday, July 21, 2017. After July 21st, space cannot be guaranteed. Every chartered club in good standing with the District and Kiwanis International is entitled to three voting delegates. You may also choose one alternate for each certified delegate. The three certified delegates from each club do not pay the registration fee as each club has already paid for those three delegates via its annual dues invoice. To be a certified delegate, a member’s name must appear on the club’s election of delegates form. The three delegates listed on the election of delegates form will be considered registered for the convention. Non-certified delegates must pay the $20.00 convention registration fee and register using the official convention registration form. If a certified delegate wishes to order tickets for any convention event, they must do so using the official convention registration form. Please contact Kevin at kevin@pakiwanis. org or 717-540-9300 if you have any questions. Thanks for being a Kiwanian and serving children.


YOU could be the winner of $9000! NEW THIS YEAR: Buy/sell 10 tickets: Get 1 FREE! (Kiwanis Clubs and/or Individuals are entitled to this program. Contact Jen Vare to obtain your 10 tickets)

Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis is selling SUPER RAFFLE tickets from now through August 12, 2017 If the number you buy matches the one we pull, you win!

There will be 8 prizes:

1 prize at 30%

1 prize at 6%

2 prizes at 3% each

4 prizes at 2% each

Each chance is $100

By one for yourself or contact a friend(s) and split the cost & the prize! MAXIMUM OF 300 TICKETS WILL BE SOLD No substitution of the offered prizes may be made Winners need not be present Proceeds benefit the programs and activities of PA District of Kiwanis To order tickets please complete the information on the reverse side & return this form with payment to: Raffle # 538

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Kiwanis Resources to Strengthen Clubs By Cathy Szymanski and Matt Wise Have you had the opportunity to visit the Formula resources section on the KiwanisONE website? If not, you should check them out today! They’ve been working at updating some of the documents themselves (not necessarily the links or the appearance) and they are fantastic. These tools really do work when clubs make the commitment and determination to utilize them. We’ve got to tell you – these resources really allow the clubs to put several things into perspective; all their good (where they’ve come from), all their impact (what they’re doing now), and all their potential (what they can do). These items walk the clubs through specific practices to identify ways in which they can strengthen their club both from an internal and external (community) perspective. Another beneficial way to work through these is to work with a regional formula team member to provide a workshop with them on one of the resources. We all know that sometimes all it takes is a new face Right: A screenshot of the service and fundraising section of the new Kiwanis website.

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presenting the same information. In fact, many times, the clubs just need someone to listen to and they will become more empowered to make decisions that will result in significant growth! One additional resource that we would like to direct your attention to is the new website dedicated to exciting ideas for service projects that are quick and easy, but have a huge impact on communities. A lot of times, these projects can be used for new member drives, club opening activities, and sometimes just a jumpstart that we all know many of our clubs need. We hope you find these of great value. If you have any questions or thoughts on using these resources, please contact us today and we are happy to work with you in identifying a plan moving forward. Thank you all for your dedication to growing and strengthening Kiwanis! #KidsNeedKiwanis #KiwanisNeedsYou. You can contact Cathy Szymanski at cathy@ szy.com and Matt Wise at matthew.j.wise@ outlook.com.


Ways to Grow Your Club By Cathy Szymanski and Matt Wise Did you know that statistics show that each Kiwanis member impacts the lives of 200 children? New members typically bring fresh ideas and different perspectives. New members will expand opportunities for service both locally and internationally. As we all know, club growth is a constant challenge. One month, we pick up one or two new members and the next month we may lose one. This could be because of career changes, death, or a variety of other reasons. Therefore, we all will be continuously inviting new members to join Kiwanis. Although, it is not always easy to attract new members, the benefits are worth the effort. Here are some simple, proven methods for boosting your club’s membership. The best part of all, they are adaptable to each club! No more cookie cutter solutions. 1. Take turns inviting guests Members should take turns inviting prospective members to meetings or service projects. This approach to growth helps get members in the habit of identifying prospects and asking them to join. They can always ask other members of the club to help them asking someone if this is not comfortable to them. One of the most common reasons people cite for not joining Kiwanis sooner is that they were not asked. Another way is that you can invite the group to an organized Open House that showcases the service your club provides to the community. 2. Organize teams Organize teams of two or four members. The goal of each team is to invite one new member within two or three months. The team members can go door to door to businesses, make cold

calls, whatever it takes. Make this a contest and make the prize something that the teams will want to win. The teams can also make appointments to meet with potential members in the community – just don’t forget to keep track of who visits who in order to avoid duplication. 3. Go public Ask one or two members to work on a public relations campaign; sending news releases about your club to newspapers, radio, and TV stations. Always include a contact phone number, email, website, and social media accounts. 4. Feature great programs Once you succeed in getting guests to a meeting, make sure they like what they see. Organize interesting programs that make them want to come back. This could be a great speaker or an easy service project that anyone can do. If your club meetings are an important part of your structure, this is a crucial component to member retention. 5. Educate members The more your members know about Kiwanis, the better they will be able to talk about Kiwanis to prospective members. Make sure your meetings feature regular Kiwanis education segments. Perhaps one meeting a quarter be on a Kiwanis Topic or even an “Elevator Speech” contest. You could even incorporate the teams into this. 6. Start a speaker’s bureau We have all heard other organizations speak about their causes to our clubs. As Kiwanians, we can visit other organizations and talk about how we help the community. While speaking, you can hand out literature about Kiwanis and your club.

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7. Look up old friends Pull out some of your club’s old membership rosters and circle the names of those who have left the club. Give those members a call, their situations may have changed since they left and they may be ready to return to your club. If for some reason, they are unable to rejoin ask them for the name of some people they think would make good members. Often times, referrals are a very productive way at identifying community members to invite to Kiwanis. 8. Make the most of your service projects Every time your club conducts a service project (hopefully this is often); promote Kiwanis. Ask someone you know to join you at the service project and let them see the fellowship and fun you have working with the community making a difference. 9. Visit businesses Round up a few of your members on a weekday morning and visit stores and businesses in your community, especially those near your meeting place. Invite them to an upcoming meeting or service project. This approach typically works best if you can schedule appointments in advance. 10. Learn from others Scan your division newsletter for news of clubs that recently grew. Visit that club or call someone and find out what they are doing to increase membership. Find out what they are doing to welcome guests. Attend the MidWinter and District Conventions to talk to members and find out what they are doing to increase membership. Of course, contact your Formula person for ideas. 11. Sing your praises Don’t be bashful about being a Kiwanian and what your club does. Whether at work or at play, talk up Kiwanis to those around you. You never know when you might get interest with someone whois looking for something to join.

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12. I ncrease your circulation Do you only send your communication to club members? Perhaps have a separate communication for prospective members inviting them to the next service project or meeting. This keeps them informed and Kiwanis name in front of them. 13. Recognize members When a member successfully invites a new member, make sure you thank them for a job well done. Do something special to show members (and everyone else) just how important it is to bring in new members. A handwritten note is always a nice touch. 14. Roll out the welcome mat Whenever guests come to a meeting, make them feel right at home. Encourage members to introduce themselves. Many clubs assign one or two longtime members to accompany the prospect and make sure they get a good introduction to your club. First Impressions are important. DO NOT BE PUSHY! 15. P lan a fun event Invite as many prospective members as possible. Along with all members and their spouses or significant others. Getting out socially is a good way to not only get to know one another is a comfort zone to discuss


Left: Cathy speaking at the Midwinter Conference on membership, growth, and The Formula. Opposite: International President Jane Erikson leads a workshop of engaging membership and growing your club.

Kiwanis and what we do. It is important to show both current and potential members that we aren’t all business, we enjoy fun and fellowship with each other as well! Scheduling these a few months in advance will allow people to get these events on their calendars. 16. Assess your club regularly to learn what works and what doesn’t Do your members reflect the range of professions and cultures in your community? Are you achieving your club’s goals? 17. F orm a focus group Every club is different, and the needs of your community are unique. Focus groups are a useful tool for meeting with non-Kiwanians of your community to introduce them to Kiwanis and obtain helpful feedback on how your club can become even better. 18. Create social and networking activities that are interesting and convenient for younger professionals

19. P rovide opportunities for a group to join Invite groups of younger people to join at the same time to make them feel more comfortable. Ask them relevant questions and LISTEN. If there is an opportunity to develop new service initiatives based on their ideas, make sure to ask them for feedback. 20.Remember your existing members need to want to keep coming back It is well known that engaged members are more likely to stay with your club, so be sure to show your appreciation regularly and make sure they have a variety of options for getting involved and staying active in your club. Be sure to ask for feedback and advice from them regularly. 21.Stay in constant communication with your Service Leadership Program (SLP) students Remind them that they are part of the Kiwanis Family. If the facility will let you, send an invite home with the students for their parents to join you and the SLP member for a joint upcoming service project.

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District Conv

By David

Lancaster will be hosting the 100th Pennsylvania District Convention. From August 10th to 13th, Pennsylvania Kiwanians will convene in the Red Rose City. The Convention Planning Committee has been working for over a year on organizing a fun, energetic, and historic list of events. Come help celebrate another successful, servicefilled year as well as 100 years of Kiwanis in Pennsylvania! Registration materials and information can be found at pakiwanis.org. Some important convention service and sponsorship related flyers can be found on page 17. More schedule details will be available as we near the convention. Outside of Philadelphia, Boston, and New York, Lancaster might be one of the most

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historic cities in the United States. Lancaster has been recognized as the first inland city in the country, which was founded in 1729. It was the national capital for one day, September 27, 1777. The city is home to the United States' oldest, continuously run farmers' market which was started in 1730. Central Market has been featured by National Geographic. Some convention goers will be able to ride history. The Strasburg Train will be hosting a dinner and ride on Friday night. The Strasburg Railroad is the oldest, continuously running railroad in the Western Hemisphere. It got it's start in 1832. If visitors also look close enough downtown, they will be able to see buildings that were built in four separate centuries.


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Large Scale Service Project Participants will be doing some hands-on service work at the Lancaster Council of Churches. Welcome Picnic at Lancaster Central Park Reception hosted by Governor John and Susan Gräb

Friday, August 11

Breakfast Summit on Early Childhood Development The summit will feature an address by Pennsylvania Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera Heroes in Service & Sponsored Leadership Luncheon Remarks will be provided by our Circle K Governor Devyn King, Key Club Governor Grace Ison, and other branches of the Kiwanis Family. Workshops and Forums Train ride and dinner on the Strasburg Railroad (limited to 74 people) Meet the Candidates Hospitality Reception

Saturday, August 12

Early Learning Walk Blood Drive Workshops & Forums Foundation Luncheon Business General Session Governor’s Banquet and Installation Governor’s Hospitality Reception

Sunday, August 13

Farewell Breakfast

Above: The Strasburg Railroad running through Lancaster County. The train has been operating since 1832. Opposite: Central Market, the oldest farmers' market in the United States, in downtown Lancaster.

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Norriton Circle's First Birthday By Jen Vare You might have heard we had our anniversary party at Norriton Circle! That night I had the pleasure of speaking on behalf of the Norriton Circle Kiwanis Club about their charter president. I thought you might also like to read what I said: If you are sitting in this room you probably remember the story about how this whole club started and that I was so shocked to see Kay Hollinger’s name listed as a potential member as her husband has been a dedicated Rotarian for so many years. But Kay came to that first informational meeting at Curves, she came to the next get together, the next meeting and she even planned the group's very first service project before we were ever even a club: an Earth Day project for the children at the Norristown Library. Kay attended every meeting and every event and was instrumental in making sure that many of you joined Kiwanis. I would say this club quickly became HER baby. The only beginning meeting Kay missed was our organizational meeting, the one where she was elected charter president! When I first asked our club members if we should say a little something about Kay, Janet said it best: That’s a “fantabulous idea, seriously without her, we would NOT be celebrating our first birthday.” Kay has been the driving force behind the Kiwanis Club of Norriton Circle. She attends almost every single event or project the club hosts. And if I hear the story right; she even almost passed out on one hot fall day sharing Kiwanis with people at East Norriton Days. Kay has walked in our Christmas parades, volunteered at the Food Pantry, sorted toys at Christmas for needy children, cleaned the streets of Norristown. I hear she also looks

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great in her security guard outfit at Hogs and Honeys! Kay packaged and delivered dozens of roses (and even made the Kiwanis International news doing so!) She attends and coordinates happy hours and socials to keep us having fun and meeting others! Tiffany, our newest member, said, “Kay is a very kind and compassionate person. There are not enough words for all that she does.” Lynn shared with me that “Kay’s heartfelt and steadfast advocacy on behalf of children (and specifically the children served by Silver Springs) is inspiring. She is a wonderful champion of children’s needs and we are blessed to have her in our corner!” So how can we also not mention her support of Silver Springs projects-the ice cream truck, the art party and stuffing for mailings. I am sure Kay’s service list goes on. The District is also lucky to have her in their corner! Kay was an inspirational speaker at Midwinter last year. Kay has a way of opening people’s eyes and ears to see and hear things that maybe they hadn’t ever thought before. Her inspirational words are still spoken about fondly. She was asked to present again at the Regional meeting last May. Anne spoke of Kay highly when she said, “I love working with Kay! She is such an upbeat inspirational leader! Her heart is so big. Thanks to Kay for getting this group going, and being here bright and early every meeting.” Little did we know that Kay would need to use the gavel she was presented at our charter party a year ago to rein us back in at meetings! I love that she shares an agenda before the meeting (gently reminding us to be See Norriton on page 15.


Sewickley's Signature Project By Laughlin Children's Center Executive Director Doug Florey

Above: Eckert, left, conducting a hearing screening in Inner Mongolia in March, 2015. Eckert used an audiometer purchased with funding from the Kiwanis Club of Sewickley.

The Kiwanis Club of Sewickley has a long and proud history of serving the community. Founded in 1926, the club helps organize and host an annual Harvest Festival which draws more than 110 vendors and crowds of 8,000 to 10,000 each September. Proceeds from Harvest Festival are used in part to make grants to local nonprofits that serve area children and families. One such organization is Laughlin Children’s Center. Laughlin’s parent organization, Sewickley Fresh Air Home, was founded in 1897 and served generations of children and families before merging with a child counseling center and becoming Laughlin Children’s Center in 1956. Since then, the nonprofit has provided educational support services to thousands of children and their families from throughout southwestern Pennsylvania. The close relationship between the Sewickley Kiwanis Club and Laughlin began in 2013, when the nonprofit submitted a grant request to help its speech pathologists

purchase iPads for use with children receiving speech-language therapy. The club donated the funds to purchase not just the iPads, but several hundred dollars’ worth of applications designed by speech experts and educators, so that the children attending speech therapy at Laughlin could have access to the latest technological advances. After a site visit to see the iPads in action and meet the Center’s speech therapists, club members decided that Laughlin would become a special project for the local Kiwanis. Their grant award for the iPads was followed the next year by a grant for academic testing materials, and then later that year, a new portable audiometer, a device used to detect potential hearing issues. The audiometer accompanies Jill Eckert, a Laughlin speech therapist, as she visits up to three dozen local preschools each school year, screening more than 1,000 children for speech, language, and hearing delays. See Sewickley on page 15.

Above: Sewickley Kiwanis and Quaker Valley Key Club conducting a Campus Clean Up Day at Laughlin Children’s Center in Sewickley.

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Scranton's Centennial Reflections By Sandy Yantorn

Above: Past Presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Scranton. Seated left to right: Robert Sproul, Alexandra Yantorn, Mary Beth D’Andrea, Maria Maletta Hastie, and Dominick Gianuzzi. Standing left to right: Donald Broderick, Alan Hughes, Governor John Gräb, Mary Anne Maloney-Evans, Sidney Prejean, Mark Lynn, and Paul Kosiba.

This year the Kiwanis Club of Scranton’s Centennial celebrates a rich and ongoing history of volunteers serving the community. Chartered on April 18, 1917, the club was the third Kiwanis Club in Pennsylvania, and the forty-ninth in the Kiwanis International movement. The club is very fortunate to have members who followed in their family footsteps and remain active members today. In September 1987, the first two women were inducted into the Scranton Club, Roseann Novembrino and Judy Gatelli. In 1993 Scranton elected their first woman club president, and the first woman President of a

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local Kiwanis Club in the Pennsylvania District. Today Scranton boasts 63 members, of whom 47 per cent are women. Throughout its history, the club has been fortunate to have countless outstanding and selfless volunteers. One person stands out among all others. Bill Nellis, affectionately known as “Mr. Kiwanis,” has been actively involved in the club since the late 1970s. Bill not only took care of “everything” for the club, but mentored generations of club presidents as they navigated their way through the numerous responsibilities of the office. Bill has now delegated these duties to


other members of the Club; however, officers and members still frequently seek his advice at the Club’s weekly lunch meetings. Scranton has also produced a President of Kiwanis International—Ralph A. Amerman; two Pennsylvania District Governors—James G. Sanderson and J. Hayden Oliver, and six Lt. Governors—Henry O. Swingle, James J. Knowles, Jr., Harry Butler, Chris A. Casciano, Rev. Neil P. McLaughlin, S.J. and Mary Anne Maloney-Evans. Today, Scranton Kiwanis has several exciting activities and programs benefitting the community – especially kids. Every Thanksgiving, Kiwanians and University of Scranton Circle K members help serve Thanksgiving dinner to more than 200 members at the Boys and Girls Club of Northeastern Pennsylvania in Scranton. This event was the brainchild of the late Lou DelPrete (President, 1982) former Executive Director of what was then the Scranton Boys Club. In the Spring, the same folks get together to throw an Easter Extravaganza at the B&GC. Every July, Kiwanians hit the ovens to make pizza at the St. Joseph’s Center Festival at Marywood University. We have stepped off in the Scranton Jaycee’s Santa Parade, and the annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in Downtown Scranton. Every December, you will find us at the Dickson City Walmart, ringing the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign. We wrap Christmas presents at the Viewmont Mall to raise money for the UCP and collect hats, gloves, and scarves for the Family to Family Thanksgiving Program at the Scranton Cultural Center. In February, Scranton Kiwanians host an annual Valentine’s Day Luncheon at St. Mary’s Center, hosting residents of area nursing homes and assisted living facilities. This event, coordinated by Serving Seniors, was started by long-time Kiwanian and orchestra leader the late Ferdie Bistocchi and

is a highlight of our annual social calendar. In the past, the Club has thrown both summer cookouts and Christmas parties for the patients at the Clarks Summit State Hospital and trimmed the Christmas tree for residents at Scranton’s Harrison House. Yearly, the Club donates more than $10,000 to local community non-profit organizations, centered on their involvement with children. Scranton is also particularly proud of our two major scholarship programs. Currently, the Club’s Nicholas Lachno Scholarship supports eight students, each receiving $1,500 per year and matched by the Club’s partners; Marywood University, University of Scranton, and Keystone College for a total of $12,000 over four years of study. Partnering with the University of Scranton and GE Capital, the Club’s Nellis/McAllister Scholarship awards a qualified student with a full four-year scholarship, valued at more than $80,000. In 2005, the year of her Kiwanis Presidency, the late Barbara Midura led our club to establish a scholarship to send a child with diabetes to summer camp, enabling See Scranton on page 16. Above (from left to right): Region VI Trustee Michael Coolbaugh, Past Lieutenant Governor Mary Anne Maloney-Evans, Executive Director Kevin Thomas, Scranton Presdient Alexandra Yantorn, Governor John Gräb, Governor Elect Judy Raub; Past Governor Bob Raub, and Past Governor Susan Gräb.

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To Be Con Norriton continued. on time and if late; enter quietly without excuses and story lines), she shares words of wisdom, guides us to make correct choices for the children and inspires us to do more and be more. She emails us weekly with motivation to attend upcoming service, register for events and whether you know it or not emails AND SNAIL mails individually on our club's behalf: thanking people, letting members and interested individuals know we miss them, and invites potential members to attend meetings and service! She is simply amazing! I am honored to have had Kay in my corner for over 11 years and I am thrilled that we have shared Kiwanis together through Norriton Circle. Through her service, dedication and support of the children she has made a lasting impact on not only me, but all of Kiwanis. Kay constantly reaches into her pocket, purse and maybe even Jim’s wallet to pay for big and small things our club needs, to make donations to the Foundation, Kiwanis Children’s Fund and Mile of Dimes. I am truly humbled to present to Kay a thank you gift and a check from the club, and all of the club member’s pockets, purses and wallets. While we can never repay you for all of your efforts we believed you would appreciate a donation of over $150 to Silver Springs Martin Luther School on your behalf! KAY—Thank you for leaving a lasting impression on our club and all of our lives!

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Above: Laughlin Speech Pathologist Jill Eckert, right, accepting a grant award from Kiwanis Club of Sewickley member Bob Kluz, left, and Club President Bob Bagans, center.

Sewickley continued. In March of 2015, Eckert took the audiometer with her on a mission trip to orphanages in Beijing and Inner Mongolia, a northern autonomous section of China. She used the audiometer to provide hearing screenings to children who are part of the large orphanage system in Inner Mongolia, as well as a training tool when she spoke, via interpreter, to orphanage and school officials about typical language development in children. According to Karen Brenneman, the director of one of the foster homes Eckert visited, “[teacher] training is just beginning to develop [in Inner Mongolia]. Many of the more remote orphanages do not have any training. Jill was able to train staff in all the orphanages they visited, which will benefit the children for years.” Back in Sewickley last spring, the Kiwanians made the dreams of 32 preschoolers come true when the club donated funds to purchase Radio Flyer tricycles, as well as the funds for the Center


ntinued... to build a new “trike garage” in which to house the three-wheelers. And this past January, the club made its most recent grant: funds to purchase materials for Laughlin’s newest service, occupational therapy. The purchases will assist kids in becoming independent by helping them develop skills needed in everyday life, like getting dressed and feeding themselves, playing well with friends, or learning to write. Besides monetary support, Sewickley Kiwanians have given time and energy to Laughlin, performing spring cleanup chores for the playground and gardens, and assembling the new tricycles during two preschool classes. Preschool Director Karen Borland recounted how the “kids were fascinated to watch as separate pieces were joined together to create something wonderful.” Just like the pairing of the Kiwanis Club of Sewickley and Laughlin Children’s Center.

Scranton continued. that child to enjoy outdoor fun along with other children who shared that disease. In her memory, we established the Barbara Midura Community Service Award, presented annually to the member of our sponsored University of Scranton Circle K Club who mirror’s Barbara’s commitment to serving others. We are bankers, businesspeople, educators and retirees. We are young and “experienced,” women and men. Some have been members for decades, others have joined just recently. Although our makeup, approach and priorities may have changed over 100 years, what has not changed for Scranton's membership is our focus, commitment, and selfless service to the community, especially for “Kids in Need.”

Left: Kiwanis Club of Sewickley President Bob Bagans, bottom right, and fellow Kiwanian Bob Kluz, assembling one of eight new Radio Flyer tricycles the Sewickley Club purchased for the Village Preschool at Laughlin Children’s Center. Photo Credits: Laughlin Children’s Center

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Distinguished Kiwanians By Cathy Szymanski Every year, Kiwanis International recognizes all Kiwanians that have submitted two new members, participated in at least one service project, and attend the district convention or international convention. The following Pennsylvania members were recognized this past year for bringing in at least two new members: Tiffany Callaio

The process is quite easy to apply for the 2016-2017 Kiwanis International Distinguished Kiwanian Award. Have your club President or Secretary go to this link here and fill out the first and second new member name and answer the questions. The deadline to submit is October 15, 2017. Good luck and we hope to see many more names on the list next year.

Mike Coolbaugh Bob Orlando Cathy Szymanski David Szymanski Jen Vare Sarah Zulueta

District Convention Flyers STUFF THE BUS – HELPING CHILDREN IN NEED At the 100th District Convention, we will be trying to stuff a school bus full of items to help children at the Lafayette Elementary School in the Lancaster School District. Consider bringing some or all of the following to the convention.                        

Boys youth socks – any size Girls youth socks – any size Adult socks (older students) – any size Dark blue or khaki slacks for boys – pants size 4 up to 16 - especially 8, 10-12, and 12-14 sizes Dark blue or khaki slacks for girls – pants size 4 up to 16 – especially 8, 10-12, and 12-14 sizes Alarm clocks Umbrellas Girls briefs – size 4-10 Boys briefs – size 4-10 Uniform tops - collared, light blue or navy, for girls – size 6-16 – especially 6, 8, 10-12, and 12-14 sizes Uniform tops - collared, light blue or navy, for boys – size 6-16 – especially 6, 8, 10-12, and 12-14 sizes Backpacks/Book bags Reading books – all ages K4-5 Hair brushes/combs Lice kits Deodorant Scarves Gloves Coats – any size youth will be appreciated Pencils Composition books Colored pencils Sticky notes Dry erase markers

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Saturday, August 12, 2017 8:30 a.m.—1:30 p.m. Doubletree Hotel Lancaster Sign up for the blood drive at the convention registration desk when you arrive or complete the form below and request a time that is best for you. Name: ______________________________________________________

Phone:____________________________ Email: __________________________________________ My preferred time to donate blood would be: ________________ (Note: All times must be between 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturday, August 12, 2017) Return to: Kiwanis District Office; 2793 Old Post Rd, Ste. 12; Harrisburg PA 17110 Phone: 717-540-9300; Fax: 717-540-1018; Email: michelle@pakiwanis.org

Blood Drive Flyer


District Calendar 9-10 June

17 June

24 June

Lieutenant Governor Training Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA

Kiwanis Night at the Phillies Citizen's Bank Park Philadelphia, PA

District Board Meeting Harrisburg, PA

13-16 July

10-13 August

102nd International Convention Paris, France

District Convention Doubletree Hotel Lancaster, PA

Trivia Name as many countries and territories that have Kiwanis Clubs. Check for answers in the next issue of The Keystone Kiwanian! 18


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