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CLUB NEWS: Kiwanis Club of Indiana

on November 23, 2012 11:00 AM

The Nov. 6 breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Indiana met at the Indiana Regional Medical Center cafeteria in support of United Way pancake breakfast.

Barbara Hague, landscape architect, spoke to the club concerning the changes being made at the Horace Mann Elementary School. Hague met with parents, students and faculty at a design charrette at Horace Mann to discuss what changes should be made. The borough, school district, and others have worked together to design the changes and begin the initial phase.

Recently the borough planted numerous trees that will eventually provide shade for the playground area. Master gardeners, IUP students, Kiwanis members and others helped plant 70 sumac plants that will eliminate the need to mow the bank near the playground. Hague brought with her the architectural drawings showing other changes to be made including additional plantings, new playground equipment, changes in the parking and other changes to be made at the playground area. Finances for the project have come from many supporters including the K Kids Club at Horace Mann.

Secretary Fred Yun reminded members of the Dec. 4 Christmas party at Rustic Lodge, and collecting admission at the Festival of lights on Dec. 1 and Dec. 14.

Yun announced that he and President Wayne Obitz will attend the Region Three Kiwanis meeting to be held in Altoona and presided over by Kiwanis Gov. Bruce Eberly.

Twenty five members attended the breakfast.

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Guests at the Nov. 13 Kiwanis Club of Indiana's breakfast included Indiana University of Pennsylvania Circle K members Kaitlyn Krisinger and Stephanie Phillips. They invited Kiwanis members to attend their Pancake for Paws fundraiser to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the HUB.

Other guests included Lexie Elliott, Tyler Kelly and Matt Alan, representing the IUP "November Cause" fundraiser.

They were selling tickets to win an entertainment package to see the Harlem Globetrotters at the Kovalchick Convention Center.

Fred Yun passed around sign-up sheets for the Dec. 4 Christmas party and the Dec. 1 and 14 Festival of lights.

He announced that Kiwanis will man all the stations at the mall on Dec. 22 and collect money for The Salvation Army. Members of Kiwanis also volunteered to shop and supply Christmas wishes for two Salvation Army families.

Yun told members that the SCI Pine Grove Key Club has raised $1,500. They will donate $500 to the Alice Paul House, $500 to the Chevy Chase Community Center and $500 to the Salvation Army.

The members were also informed that the Kiwanis midwinter convention will be held Feb. 1-3 at Bedford Springs Penn Stater Hotel.

Wayne Obitz, president, talked to the members about the Region Three Kiwanis meeting with Kiwanis Gov. Bruce Eberly in Altoona.

Recruitment of new members was high on the list, getting more recognition for and working more closely with the Kiwanis student leadership programs such as Key Club and Circle K, forming company-based Kiwanis Clubs and the general health of the clubs in attendance were discussed. Obitz attended the Salvation Army Kettle Kickoff Breakfast and reported on the activities held there.

For more information on the Kiwanis club of Indiana, contact Yun at (724) 465-7509.

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