The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from eleven-year-old Ashlee Vocks as their program speaker at their noon meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. Vocks is a 6th grader from Taylorville who has been selected by the People-to-People organization as one of several 5th and 6th graders from the United States, to travel to Australia for 15 days starting July 5th.
Vocks told the Kiwanis members that People-to-People is an organization founded by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1956 as a student ambassador program to create cultural exchanges around the world.
To fund the 75-hundred dollar cost, Vocks created her own business, baking and delivering homemade brownies and cookies. The business, called Sweet Friday’s, delivers the goodies each Friday to locations in the Taylorville community.
Vocks added she’s raised half the money needed already, thru the profits from her business.
Vocks said she’d tell the Australians how she earned her money, as well as about the community of Taylorville.
In other Kiwanis news, treasurer Dan Sneed reported that last weekend’s annual Pancake and Sausage Day netted the club over 31-hundred dollars so far, with more donations and proceeds from ticket sales coming in. Event chairperson Gina Prinzavalli told the club that the event set an all-time ticket sales record, all-time record for number served with over 500 being fed, and an all-time record for net proceeds. Both Sneed and Prinzavalli thanked the community for their response. Proceeds from the event will benefit local Kiwanis projects for children and youth.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.
Pictured left to right Ashlee Vocks and Kiwanis President Chris Weittenhiller.