Category Archives: Our Club

Joan – We Will Miss You!

“Great Leaders Don’t Set Out To Be A Leader…They Set Out To Make A Difference.  It’s Never About The Role – Always About The Goal.”

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I came across the above quote the other day and I quickly jotted it down on a piece of paper so that I could use it for this very blog post.

For me…it describes Joan Wilson PERFECTLY!

I was fortunate enough to work with Joan for a few years at Kiwanis International, and then again this past year as part of the new Kiwanis Club that she started here in Indianapolis.  I learned so much from her…but the one thing that I think stands out most for me….the one thing that I continue to see her work so hard for and try to achieve every day of her life…and it is the reason why I am still involved in Kiwanis today….is because our “END GOAL” is helping and serving the children of the world.

As Joan moves onto a new chapter in her life….”retirement”…I know that her legacy at Kiwanis International will live on….

And I know that myself, along with all of our fellow club members….will strive to make her proud….to keep working hard to build up our strength in numbers….to find additional community service projects….and to help and serve the children of Indianapolis…Indiana….the United States….and THE WORLD!

THANK YOU JOAN!  You have been a wonderful Leader, President and Friend to us all!  We will miss you while you are down in Florida soaking up the sun.

And while you are sipping on your fancy “Beach Drinks” – just remember….here in Indy….

It will always be….Five O’Clock Somewhere

Scott (And The Rest Of The Club)

Coffee With A Cop!

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Indianapolis area Kiwanis family members are invited to enjoy free coffee and good conversation during the Coffee with a Cop event hosted by Starbucks from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 21. Connect with local law enforcement over casual conversation about issues that matter most to you, your club members and your community.

When: Wednesday morning, June 21 from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Starbucks at 6706 E. 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46250 (82nd & Craig)

Share the date: Use the information below to share information with other Kiwanis family members and friends.

RSVP: Plan to attend? Let us know. Email Lisa Pyron prior to the event at lpyron@kiwanis.org

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IHOP National Pancake Day – Service Project

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Once again…our club was able to help support local Children’s hospitals by partnering with a local IHOP here in Indianapolis by volunteering to work on National Pancake Day!

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We had quite a few club members volunteer to work at the store during different shifts and talk to the customers explaining to them the importance of their donations and where they would be going! Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible.

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We Are So Proud Of Our Club…Our Members….And KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL!!!

THIS….IS WHAT WE DO!  And THIS….IS WHY WE DO IT!!!!

Our Valentine’s Day Service Project

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Our Kiwanis Club was lucky enough to work with “Willow Lake Place” Assisted Living Facility this Valentine’s Day to help bring their residents some love, joy and excitement!

The week before Valentine’s Day, we got together during our regular club meeting and put together some special Valentine’s Day cards for each of the residents.

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We also made some really cool “Candy Heart Cards” for each of the residents as well as provide them some other delicious treats.

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While we were talking with the Activities Director at Willow Lake, we found out that they could also benefit from receiving books for the residents to read. Since we sponsor a Little Free Library called Naptown Books (which is located at Kiwanis International) – we were able to gather together a tub full of books that the residents can enjoy as well.

We love being able to give back to our community and Willow Lake Place is a great facility that we are happy to be partnering with!!!

Here is some additional info on Willow Lake Place :

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From the moment you arrive, it’s evident Willow Lake Place is a step above the rest. With our meticulously maintained gardens and our inviting common spaces and apartments, we have something for everyone. We offer the residents of this pet friendly community the opportunity to thrive in mind and body by developing individual care plans to meet the needs of each resident. With a full-time licensed nurse available 24 hours a day to provide clinical oversight and coordination of care, we strive to maintain each resident’s independence. If the outdoors is what you enjoy, socializing with friends on the wrap-around porch and terrace, joining one our many Walking Clubs or gardening in the courtyard would be right up your alley. When the weather is less than ideal, there is never a lack of indoor activities to keep you engaged like Candy Bar Bingo, Crazy for Crosswords, Pinterest and Church Services. Plus, we are conveniently located near I-465, so all the conveniences of Northwest Indianapolis are not far from home.

Giving…

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“Giving is the highest expression of potency. In the very act of giving, I experience my strength, my wealth, my power. This experience of heightened vitality and potency fills me with joy. I experience myself as overflowing, spending, alive, hence as joyous. Giving is more joyous than receiving, not because it is a deprivation, but because in the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness.” ~ Erich Fromm

Beds And Britches, Etc. Service Project

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Once again, our club members went into action at B.A.B.E. as a follow up to our original service project.

Only this time…the diapers were really stacking up!  But nothing would stop our gang of Pamper Packers!!!

A group of us met on December 6th at B.A.B.E. to have our monthly meeting and to package up the diapers needed for distribution to those in need.   We had a great time, listened to some Christmas Carols, got to interact and learn more about each other, and most importantly….GIVE BACK TO THOSE IN NEED!

To learn more about B.A.B.E – Check out this B.A.B.E Fact Sheet or this really informative B.A.B.E Brochure

Here are some pictures showcasing the FUN time we had helping others!!

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To learn more about how you can get involved…please contact us!  We are more than happy to invite you to one of our club meetings!!

Our Kiwanis One Day Project

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It all started about 2 years ago as the Brainchild of Scott & René Booker and Casey Keller.  It was their love of books and their sense of community service that led to the development of the Little Free Library known as “Naptown Books” here in Indianapolis.  After raising the funds to obtain the library, and getting it fully decorated and ready to go, they enlisted the service of their Kiwanis Club, The Kiwanis Club of Indy – It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere, to help them get the library launched and open for business.

On Kiwanis One Day, members of our Kiwanis Club joined together to install the Little Free Library located at the Kiwanis International Headquarters.  After getting the Library mounted in place, the group filled the Library with books for all ages, designed free bookmarks, discussed future plans for literacy outreach programs, and came together for a fun filled day of community service.

We were even fortunate to have the Kiwanis International Foundation Board, Executive Director Stan Soderstrom and two past Kiwanis International Presidents show up to show their support.

It was an awesome Kiwanis One Day event that is literally…one for the Books!!!

We would love it if you could help us win $200.00 to the Kiwanis International Store by VOTING for us starting on November 28th by clicking on this link:  VOTE FOR US!!!!

And help us spread the word about this wonderful project by letting people know about the Little Free Library!  For more information on it – check it out:  Naptown Books

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Our First Major Service Project – Diaper Dump

Our first major service project our club was a “Diaper Dump”.  We aksed individuals to donate diapers to our club so that we could donate and delieve them to two very worthwhile places. The first place was the BABE store, an incentive program run by the Marion County Public Health Department. http://www.eskenazihealth.edu/our-services/babe-store

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Beds and Britches, Etc. (B.A.B.E.)  of Indianapolis is an incentive program run by the Marion County Public Health Department that provides new and used clothing and supplies to pregnant women and children up to age 5. The program distributes coupons to participants, which can be redeemed at a B.A.B.E. store for new and gently used baby essentials.

Please view the B.A.B.E. Store brochure for more information.

We asked them since we would be dropping off diapers was there anything that they needed help on. We wanted to volunteer our time as well as donating to them. They took us up on the offer and several of us one evening meet at the BABE warehouse and packaged diapers, clothing, and blankets for the BABE store. We had a lot of fun doing it and get to learn more about each other during this time.  We made it a quick meeting, social time and service all in one night!

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The second place we found to donate diapers to was the Julian Center. http://www.juliancenter.org/

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Service Project – Diaper Dump

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Giving Back – Our First 2 Service Projects

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Our brand new club is off to a great start with 2 service projects under our belt.

  • We collected hats, scarves, and gloves for the Indianapolis Downtown Kiwanis Clubs Aktion Club! Very simple project and now the Aktion Club members will be warm this winter with their outdoor activities.
  • A member of our club, Monic Hill, asked if we would like to sponsor a family through the YMCA Giving Tree for the holidays. We received two families and everyone jumped right in and picked up gifts for all the children in both families.

From Monic: “Thank you so, so much for your kindness! I’m so humbly grateful to you all. With your help, we are able to provide 18 families and each 54 child/youth (ranging from ages 6 months to 18 yrs) with three to five Christmas gifts each this year.”

Especially this time of year…it is important to remember that giving back to others is one of the greatest gifts that all of us can do!