Sunday, December 5, 2010
Head on over to the EOC Kiwanis Flickr site to view photos from our 13th Annual "Breakfast with Santa" fundraiser and holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 4th.
Stay tuned for a blog posting with all of the details on this incredibly fun and successful event!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Many of the Presidents, Vice Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers, and other Officers representing K-Kids, Builders Clubs, and Key Clubs from across Orange County gathered together to learn what it means to be leaders in their community. EOC Kiwanis President Prairy Riehl started things off with a fun icebreaker, which involved (believe it or not) a combination of memorization and dance moves. EOC Kiwanis member Sean Osmond then educated the SLC Officers on "The 11 Principles of Leadership", derived from US Marine Corps Officer Training. This valuable information laid the foundation for the remainder of the afternoon.
The group was divided into smaller groups by role to discuss their individual responsibilities as Kiwanis SLC Officers. The student-officers learned how to properly conduct their meetings and the value of having an agenda prepared prior to each meeting. The small groups were then re-organized groups to discuss things such as committees, fundraising, meeting activities, awards and recognition, and our Kiwanis Worldwide Service Project. The group learned from each other and shared ideas through lively discussion. To round out the afternoon, each SLC Officer was given the opportunity to share one thing they learned and one thing that they will take back to their clubs and work on.
Giving back to the East Orange County community is what the EOC Kiwanis club is all about, and SLC Officer training has equipped these bright young minds with the knowledge and ideas needed to take their service to the EOC community to the next level.
Monday, November 1, 2010
ORLANDO, Fla. – (Nov. 1, 2010) – Children in the East Orange County area can enjoy a special visit with Santa in early December. The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County will host its 13th Annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from 7:30-10:30am in the Waterford Lakes Town Center.
In addition to Santa, the event will feature a pancake and sausage breakfast with juice, coffee, and hot chocolate. Students from local schools will provide entertainment. For an additional charge, children can have their photo taken with Santa and create their own plaster masterpiece.
The breakfast is hosted by over 100 student club members and is completely volunteer-driven. All funds raised from this event are returned to the community through the club’s service leadership programs.
Wristbands for Breakfast with Santa are $5 for adults and $3 for children and can be pre-ordered from any Kiwanis member or through any school Kiwanis service leadership club (K-Kids in elementary schools, Builders Club in middle schools, Key Club in high schools, and Circle K Club at UCF). You may also purchase tickets from the Waterford Lakes Town Center office or by calling 321-229-2642 or 321-228-3669.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
The East Orange County Kiwanis Club teamed with the East Orlando Club to serve 1000 hot dogs, chips, drinks and Halloween candy (free of charge) to local youth and their families at the YMCA Winter Park Family Fall Festival on Saturday, October 30th. Activities for the entire family included a Halloween costume parade, hay rides, pumpkin picking, bounce houses, art projects, bicycle courses, pool safety education, child ID program and fingerprinting, and reptile petting! A great time was had by all on this absolutely beautiful day. Jeremy Riehl, Prairy Riehl, Jan Henson, Drew Henson (honorary EOC Kiwanis member) and his daughters Anna and Makayla, and Brent, Jennifer and Emma Hambly all participated in the fun. The Winter Park Family Fall Festival was the kick-off event for the Orange County week of family celebration which runs from October 30th to November 6th and focuses on strengthening the community by strengthening families – a great compliment to our Kiwanis mission of “serving the children of the world, one child and one community at a time”!
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Many people know Rotary for their efforts to fight polio and Lions Club for their fight against blindness. How many of you knew that Kiwanis' motto was to serve the children of the world one child and one community at a time? Kiwanis of East Orange County serves the children of Orange County in remarkable ways.
We sponsor 18 different "Service Leadership Clubs" in Orange County: K-Kids in elementary school, Builders Club in middle school, Key Club in high school, and CKI in college in Orange County. Think of each Service Leadership club as a small Kiwanis club at each school, but the volunteer projects are organized by the students and their teachers.
Kiwanis supports students in Orange County with the projects that they plan at their schools and in their communities, such as school supply drives, beautification projects, and much more. Currently many of the schools are participating with our second annual Ton o Tuna Drive for the Second Harvest Food Bank.
In addition to service, the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County fosters leadership and provides financial support to the 18 clubs that we sponsor. Key Club members have the opportunity to attend statewide and even international conventions where they develop their service leadership skills and network with students from all over the world who have a similar interest in volunteering. Members of our clubs at all levels also have the opportunity to become club officers and learn how to run meetings and plan events.
Kiwanis of East Orange County wants to spread the world of how great Orange County students and parents are. Many of you may have seen other parents driving around with "My Child is a Terrific Kid" bumper stickers on their cars. Each year, we recognize over 1,500 students with the Terrrific Kids program, which is a recognition program that promotes character development, self-esteem, and perseverance.
Not only do we support the students in Orange County, but we also support the teachers. Every year, Kiwanis of East Orange County also recognizes 160 teachers as "Teachers of the Month" with a restaurant Gift Certificate and bowling pass for their dedication to the lives of children.
The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County is proud to be changing the lives of the children of Orange County, one child and one community at a time.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
A very big Thank You to Ms. Robillard and the Legacy Middle School Builders Club for hosting this event! You made us feel very welcomed!
Thank you to the schools listed below for being able to attend this important event and inspire us to work hard throughout the year to ensure that you are supported! We look forward to seeing you accomplish great things this year!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
I am very honored to be able to work with you this year. With such an amazing Board of Officers and hard-working committee leaders, we will achieve great things this year. If there is anything I can do to help, please let me know.
Yours in Service,
Club President, 2010-2011
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Achieving the Round Robin would not have been possible without the efforts of the following individuals who attended our Interclubs: Brent Hambly (10 Interclubs), Prairy Riehl (7), Judy Stewart (6), Jeremy Riehl (6), Stacy Peterson (5), Mike Murray (4), Daryl Flynn (2), Gene Leonard (2), Sean Osmond (2), Wanda Smith (2), Yoli Figueroa (1), Jeannette Gabay (1), Tim Clark (1), Beth Paris (1), George Langguth (1), Ann Langguth (1)...and our Interclub "All-Star" Jan Henson with 11 Interclubs!!
Interclubs bring Kiwanians together to establish relationships for future projects and share the successes that each club has achieved. Thank you all for making fellowship and relationship-building with other Kiwanis clubs a priority! And a special thanks to Sean, Gene, and Beth, who have attended several Interclubs since they "officially" joined EOC Kiwanis recently!
Monday, August 30, 2010
Over 750 Kiwanians gathered on August 26-29, 2010 for a weekend of fun and celebration. The 93rd Annual District Convention of the Florida District of Kiwanis was held at the beautiful Renaissance Orlando Resort near Sea World. The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County was well-represented by George & Ann Langguth, Jeremy & Prairy Riehl, Judy Stewart, Jan Henson, Beth Paris, and Stacy Peterson.
The weekend kicked off with a plethora of educational workshops and exhibits for members to enjoy. On Friday afternoon, Kiwanians enjoyed fellowship of others during an Interclub Luncheon. The keynote speaker, 2000-2001 Kiwanis International President Bo Shafer, entertained those who attended with his Southern sense of humor. He spoke of "how blessed we are to be Kiwanis members" and reminded everyone "not to sweat the small stuff". Following more workshops and dinner, Suzi Cruz gave everyone "An Act to Remember" with her songs from the 50s to Broadway.
Delegates organized at 7:45am on Saturday morning (who else would wake up this early in the morning but dedicated Kiwanians!) to elect the 2010-2011 leadership team for the Florida District of Kiwanis. Reports were given from the Florida CKI District Governor Tim Wolfinger (from our very own service leadership club at UCF!) as well as the Florida Key Club District Governor Rene Miller. Tim charmed everyone with his whit and thanked the mentors in his life with a token of appreciation in the form of a brick (yes, real bricks - symbolizing foundations for which greatness can be built). Rene drew from his experience when speaking of the newest Worldwide Service Project - Project Eliminate MNT (http://www.theeliminateproject.org).
Kiwanians enjoyed a fabulous retirement/installation dinner on Saturday night. Our Lieutenant Governor Gene Leonard was retired that evening, and Past Club President Jeremy Riehl was installed as the 2010-2011 Division 10 Lt. Governor. Thank you Gene for all that you've done this year! Jeremy is wished the best of luck in his new and challenging role! The 26 remaining Florida Lt. Governors were installed for the upcoming Kiwanis year, which begins October 1, and numerous awards were given to individuals and clubs for their outstanding service.
The following individuals were installed as the new Florida District Board for 2010-2011: Tom Ramiccio, CEO of the Lake Worth Chamber of Commerce, was elected Governor. Eddie Lee, a retired Contractor who resides in Madeira Beach, was elected Governor-Elect in preparation of becoming Governor at the next District Convention. Allen Whetsell of Flagler Beach was elected District Treasurer in preparation of becoming the Governor-Elect at the next District Convention. Governor Donna Parton closed the evening with her retirement from the board and Kiwanians witnessed her dream of becoming a "princess" coming true.
A big thank you to George & Ann Langguth and the rest of their staff for making the weekend so enjoyable!
After a weekend of fun and celebration, the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County has been re-energized with new ideas for the new Kiwanis year. The "Time to Serve" has come!
Sunday, August 22, 2010
At the end of 2009, the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County met and exceeded the Second Harvest Food Bank's challenge to donate a "ton o' tuna", or over 2,000 pounds of tuna, to help Central Florida families in need. With the assistance of numerous Key Clubs, Builders Clubs, K-Kids Clubs, Circle K International, and numerous other community groups, the Kiwanis organization presented the local food bank with a grand total of over 2,660 pounds of tuna. In 2010, the club has doubled the challenge by agreeing to collect and donate TWO TONS of canned or pouched tuna between now and Christmas Day.
Here’s the math: 1 can of tuna is 6 ounces. One ton is 2,000 pounds, or 32,000 ounces. A “ton o’ tuna” is therefore 5,333 cans, and two tons of tuna is 10,666 cans of tuna.
Because of the current economic downturn, the emergency food needs of Central Floridians have begun to exceed the food bank's capacity to respond. With demand increasing daily, the food bank has never had less food on the shelves. The most pressing need, in short, is for more food. And among the non-perishable food items that Second Harvest distributes, none is more in demand among families in need than canned tuna – versatile, nutritious, and delicious!
To reach the two ton goal between now and Christmas Day, we will need a concerted effort from every Service Leadership Club sponsored by the EOC Kiwanis Club as well as the members of our local community. Please think about how your group can participate, reach out to any Kiwanis representative, and BRING ON THE CHALLENGE in 2010!
2009 Ton o' Tuna Challenge
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Thursday, August 12, 2010
At the Elementary level, the clubs are called K-Kids; at the Middle School level they are Builders Clubs; at the High School level they are Key Clubs, and at the College level they are CKI Clubs. The clubs focus on developing leaders and community-minded citizens through allowing them to be officers and work together to meet a goal.
We also support a Terrific Kids Programs in the Elementary Schools in the area in which each child selected as a Terrific Kid is given a certificate, sticker, and bumper sticker. To be a Terrific Kid, a child must maintain good character (more information can be found at http://slp.kiwanis.org/kkids/terrific/aboutterrific/abouttk.aspx).
Currently our club sponsors the following schools.
Arbor Ridge K-Kids
Cypress Springs K-Kids
Union Park K-Kids
Cub Scout Pack 59 K-Kids
Arbor Ridge Builders
Corner Lake Builders
Union Park Builders
East River Key Club
University Key Club
Check out what we are doing with these clubs. The students develop a passion for service that inspires us all!
Sunday, August 8, 2010