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Letter to the Editor from Taylorville Kiwanis Club President

As President of Taylorville Kiwanis for the 2017 - 2018 term I want to bring an awareness of what Kiwanis is about to our community.  Bottom line is…… Kids need Kiwanis!

For more than 100 years, Kiwanis International has been active in communities around the world. In our community, the Kiwanis Club of Taylorville was established October 26th, 1954 and has been helping kids for 63 years.

You might know some of our members. You’ve probably seen us in the neighborhood, in church or at the grocery store. Our members aren’t just dedicated to helping children, but dedicated to helping our community through a number of excellent community organizations.  We’re the do-gooders in the community—the ones who arrive early to help set up an event and stay late to clean up. Sometimes we serve pancakes and sausage or offer peanuts to help raise money to support our efforts to help kids.  Taylorville Kiwanis members provide annual support for the following activities. 

Provide coats, hats, and gloves for children in our community
Support the Pediatric Dental program in Taylorville
Award college scholarships to Taylorville High School graduates
Support the local YMCA
Donate to the CEO program
Help stock the shelves at local food pantries
Make needed improvements and repairs at Kiwanis Park
And provide help to many more projects that support the Kiwanis mission

As Kiwanis members, we believe we can make a difference in the world, in our community and in the life of a child. Along with clubs for adults, Kiwanis offers clubs for kids in elementary (K-Kids), junior high (Builders Club), high school (Key Club) and even in college (Circle K). We also have a club focused to give developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to volunteer in their community (Aktion Club). Kiwanis members believe everyone can benefit from helping others.

To be honest, we’ve struggled with membership over the years. The demands of a family, a job and a social life can interfere with the best of intentions to help others. Yet more kids than ever before need our help. With more Kiwanis club members we can help more kids. And we know kids need our support. In an effort to strengthen our club we ask the question, “Can we count on you?”

Call us at (217) 827- 5342 or visit our Taylorville Kiwanis Club Facebook page to find out how you can help. Kids need Kiwanis—and Kiwanis needs you.

In Kiwanis service,
Martin Vota
President – Taylorville Kiwanis Club

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