The Taylorville Kiwanis Club installed new officers for the new Kiwanis year starting October First, at their weekly meeting on Tuesday. From the left: Dan Sneed, Treasurer; outgoing President Bill Kerns; Division 30 Lieutenant Governor and local Spiritual Aims Committee chair Dick Wamsley; Secretary Diane Beatty; incoming President Will Perkins; and President Elect for 2017-18 Martin Vota.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club reviewed committee efforts this past Kiwanis year, and held its annual installation of officers, at its weekly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club was involved in many projects for children and youth in the past year. The club's Priority One committee, chaired by member Harriett Morrisey, distributed coats, hats, gloves and boots to young children thru their Coats for Kids program. The committee also sponsored a car seat safety check, and donated a car safety seat to a needy family.
The Kiwanis Club's Park Committee, chaired by Jerry Woodard, continued improvements at the park on Lake Taylorville, including installing new parking lot posts, installed 3 new signs, and is working on 2 smaller pavilions and improving the large pavilion at the park.
The club was involved in a number of fund raising efforts in the past Kiwanis year, with all monies staying in the communities to benefit children and youth. Fund raisers included Peanut Days, the WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon, Pancake and Sausage Breakfast, and Happy Bucks.
The club uses those dollars to support local youth efforts, including Camp Care-A-Lot, YMCA programs, high school scholarships for college, the local Food Pantry, Christmas In the Park, International Spastic Paralysis, the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children, and Project Eliminate to eliminate tetnus worldwide. The club also sponsors the High School Kiwanis Key Club and Junior High Builders Club.
The club awarded the Kiwanisian of the Year Award to member Randy Miller, for his efforts as publicity co-chair, hosting the WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon, and his involvement in Peanut Days and the Pancake and Sausage Breakfast.
Incoming Kiwanis officers starting October First are Will Perkins as president, Martin Vota as president-elect, Diane Beatty continuing as secretary, and Dan Sneed continuing as treasurer.
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.