The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard about a biker group working against child abuse, and about awards the local club won at the recent Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield, during their weekly luncheon Tuesday at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
3 members of the “Bikers Against Child Abuse” organization, known only as “Nozzle,” “Torch” & “Squirrel”, told Kiwanis members that it was founded over 20 years ago, and is now in 19 countries and growing. They added it’s made up totally of volunteers with no paid employees, and said that each volunteer must go thru a rigorous one-year training program that includes attending meetings prior to being accepted, and a background check.
The organization works to create a safer environment for children.
During Tuesday’s Kiwanis Club meeting, it was announced that the club received several awards during the recent Illinois-Iowa Kiwanis District Convention in Springfield. Local Kiwanis member and Interclub chair Blain Cornwell was honored for serving the past several years as Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor for the District, and local Kiwanis member Martin Vota was also honored as being named the new Kiwanis District Lieutenant Governor taking Cornwell’s place.
Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak also presented Kiwanis treasurer Judy Prasun a check from WRAN groovy 97.3 for almost eleven-hundred dollars, which was half the proceeds from the August 6th WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon. Kiwanis members secured sponsorships in the day-long broadcast, and delivered sponsor commercials live. The Miller Media Group and the Taylorville Kiwanis Club have held the annual Radiothon as a fund-raiser for the club, for well over 20 years.
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.
Several members of the “Bikers Against Child Abuse” organization, were guest speakers at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting. From the left: Kiwanis president Michael Evanchak, who presided at the meeting, BACA members “Nozzle,” “Torch”, Kiwanis program chair Martin Vota; and kneeling is BACA member “Squirrel.”
Taylorville Kiwanis Club member Blain Cornwell (right) was given the “Distinguished Lieutenant Governor” award by the Illinois-Iowa District Kiwanis Convention recently, for his years of service in that role. Taylorville Kiwanis member Martin Vota (middle), who is taking over as District Lieutenant Governor, presented the award to Cornwell at the Club’s Tuesday meeting. Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Michael Evanchak, who presided over Tuesday’s meeting, is at the left.
Taylorville Kiwanis Club president Michael Evanchak (left) presented a check for nearly eleven-hundred dollars to local Kiwanis treasurer Judy Prasun (right). The check represents half the proceeds from the August 6th WRAN Kiwanis Radiothon fund-raiser.