(Taylorville)--The Taylorville Kiwanis Club held their business meeting to review current Kiwanis Club activities for children and youth in the community, at their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. The guest speaker was Laura Cooper with the Christian County Probation office.
Cooper discussed the many jobs that her office does in addition to monitoring compliance. She described risk assessment from low risk, diversion cases all the way to probation cases involving serious charges and repeat offenders. Cooper went on to talk about her office’s work with drug court, mental health court, and veterans court. In many ways, these programs are far more difficult than doing time in jail, but the benefits far outweigh the costs. These programs can save as much as $13,000 over a trip to the DOC. More importantly, 75% of the people that complete these programs never get arrested again as opposed to the two-thirds of those that get released from the DOC end up going back. Cooper concludes the rewards of treatment work better than sanctions.
And, the Kiwanis Club again invites the public to its annual Pancake and Sausage Day at the Taylorville Moose Lodge, on Saturday, January 28th, from 6 til 11am. Tickets are on sale from any Kiwanis member, or at the door. Proceeds benefit the many local projects for children and youth sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, including Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, high school and Y-M-C-A scholarships.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving 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.