The Taylorville Kiwanis Club inducted a new member, installed new officers, and heard from the former Kiwanis International President, at their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday.
Brandon Bible (2nd from right), the new Country Financial insurance agent in Taylorville, was inducted as the club’s newest member. Bible was nominated by members John Gardner (left) and Cliff Beatty (2nd from left). Former Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo of Springfield (right) was on hand for the induction ceremony.
Palazzolo then presided over the installation of officers for the local Kiwanis Club for the new Kiwanis year starting October First.
John Gardner was installed as the new Kiwanis president.
Martin Vota continues as Kiwanis secretary.
Blain Cornwell continues as Kiwanis treasurer.
Chuck Martin was also recognized as incoming Kiwanis president for the year starting October First, 2023.
Palazzolo challenged the local club to increase its service projects in the coming Kiwanis year.
The club named long-time Kiwanis member Dick Wamsley (right), as its “Kiwanian of the Year”, the highest local award presented by the club. Wamsley has been a member of the local club some 32 years, and another 5 before that in Nebraska. Wamsley was presented the award by local Kiwanis club secreatary Martin Vota.
Also in Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club, treasurer Cornwell announced that over 36-hundred dollars was collected during last weekend’s Kiwanis Kid’s Day. Kiwanis members were stationed at the Harrison Corner and at Wal-Mart last Friday and Saturday, asking the public to donate in helping fund local Kiwanis projects for children and youth. Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan headed up last weekend’s successful Kid’s Day fund raiser.
Local non-profit organizations that help children and youth are reminded that this Friday, September 30 is the deadline to apply for Taylorville Kiwanis Club Foundation grants that will be considered by the Kiwanis Board at their October 4 board meeting. The application is posted on the club’s Facebook page which can be reached at taylorvillekiwanis-dot-com.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a 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 Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.