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Kiwanis Club seeks new members to serve community The Kiwanis Club of Saline is seeking new members who would like to make a difference in the lives of young people. Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Saline is among more than 13,000 clubs in more than 90 countries. Membership recruitment and retention of new members is a high priority for 2011 so the Kiwanis Club can grow programs that provide service and leadership opportunities for young people and adults with disabilities around the world. As the Kiwanis motto says, “None of us is as good as all of us together.” The Kiwanis Club of Saline provides a number of programs. Kiwanis Kids provide three programs: K-Kids, Terrific Kids and Bring up Grades for students 6 through 13 years old. Children learn to plan, set goals, work with others and

From left: Saline Kiwanis Club Past President Rick Wagoner (left), Kiwanis Division 10 Past Lt. Governor, Linda Lawther, new member Pat Parin and new member sponsor Mary Hettinger. celebrate successes. Saline Kiwanis also sponsors a Dictionary Project every fall that provides a dictionary to each third grade student in the area. Teen programs offer three interactive programs that allow students to discover their own leadership potential. Builders Club is for middle school and junior high stu-

dents. Key Club is the largest high school service club in the world. Key Leader is a weekend leadership experience for students age 14 through 18. Two graduating seniors receive scholarships each year. Youth service projects for 2011 include sponsorship of a teenager to the Police Academy in July and sponsorship of two

teens to the Key Leader leadership conference in Howell in May. Circle K International for young adults a college service organization with clubs on more than 500 campuses in 17 nations. Clubs in our Division 10 sponsor a Circle K Club at the University of Michigan. Aktion Club, for adults living with disabilities, is a community service club that provides members opportunities to become integrated in their communities while developing initiative and leadership skills. In September 2010, the Kiwanis Club of Saline chartered an Aktion Club. Kevin Musson is the adviser and Cheri Vannatter is the Kiwanis liaison. Their service to the community has already included beautification of the entrance of Liberty School, ringing bells for Salvation Army, placing

labels in third grade dictionaries and sponsoring dances for fundraising. Fundraising for all service projects is accomplished through Kiwanis Food Wagon Sales, Christmas Wreath sale and peanut distribution, with donations benefitting the Saline Area Social Services. New for 2011 is a Feb. 13 Have a Heart dinner to raise funds for the service leadership programs. Tickets are available

from Kiwanis members. Kiwanis meetings are held at Brecon Village the first and third Mondays of each month with dinner, beginning at 5:45 p.m., with the meeting beginning at 6:15 p.m. If you are looking for ways to support children in Saline and would like more information about Kiwanis Club, visit A membership interest form is available on the Website.

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Sheriff offering community alerts The Washtenaw County Sheriff ’s Office will utilize a new communications service, starting Feb. 8, that allows county officials to send community information directly to residents using the latest technology. The Nixle Community Information Service allows the staff at the sheriff ’s office to create and publish messages to be delivered to subscribing residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Notifications can also be accessed online at Nixle’s website at Using the Nixle system aligns with the sheriff ’s office core strategies of providing community leadership, building partnerships and collaborations and focusing on service excellence. The system also aligns with the agency’s core values of accountability, openness and transparency. Messages may include daily crime summaries as well as other relevant safety and community event information. “An educated community is

our best partner,” said Sheriff Jerry Clayton in a news release. The Nixle messages can be sent specifically to residents registered within a one-fourth mile radius, giving them the opportunity to receive trustworthy information relevant only to their neighborhood. Residents decide from which local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message or over the web. There is no spam and no hidden cost. Standard text messaging rates do apply. Sheriff ’s office staff said Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from the sheriff ’s office via Nixle, they know the information can be trusted. “Nixle is a first-of-its-kind tool for communities that need to provide critical information

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