Kissimee Kiwanis is delivering over 150 boxes of food to the homes of those in need.
Friday, October 21, 2011
submitted by Jeannette Gabay, Kiwanis Advisor
The Sunrise Elementary K-kids, all eighteen of them with their Advisor Sally Castrianni and Anna Santos, are having success with their first service project for the new school year, which will be completed at the end of October. So far they have collected 504 used books for the kids at Ivey Lane Elementary School located in the Washington Shore area of Orlando. Those kids will be able to choose from the collection, take home, and read the book(s). Ms. Castrianni explained that the children at Ivey Lane rarely get the opportunity to have a book of their own and they would greatly appreciate having books they can take home and read. See pictures of the K-kids counting and organizing book collection. Check out the Kiwanis K-Kids shirts they are sporting also!
Monday, October 10, 2011
2010-2011 Officers (Outgoing) – Thank You!
President: Prairy Riehl
President-Elect: Christine Stewart
Vice President: Brent Hambly
Secretary: Stacy Peterson
Treasurer: Jeannette Gabay
Past President: Judy Stewart
Directors: Timothy Clark, Daryl Flynn, Phyllis Murray, Jim Wright, Jeremy Riehl, Jan Henson
2011-2012 Officers (Incoming) – Godspeed!
President: Gene Leonard
President-Elect: Stacy Peterson
Vice President: Sean Osmond
Secretary: Beth Paris
Treasurer: Jeannette Gabay
Past President: Prairy Riehl
Directors: Timothy Clark, Daryl Flynn, Phyllis Murray, Jeremy Ayala, Brent Hambly, Christine Stewart
Numerous awards were presented to our club members and officers for their excellent service this year – including some beautiful plaques coordinated by George Langguth. This year was one of great accomplishment and growth for our club, and we couldn’t have done it without the exceptional leadership we had this year. The President’s torch was then passed from Prairy Riehl to Gene Leonard, who gave us a few words (and warnings) about the upcoming year. Best of luck to all of our incoming officers – may you flourish and take the club to the next level in 2011-2012!
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
On Monday, August 1, 2011, four members and three friends from the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County helped paint three classrooms and the lobby of the East Orange Community Center. The community center is strategically located to provide accessible services and programs in the East Orange County area and is also partnered with the Just 1 Book Program. The group started at about 8:00am and finished by lunch. Thank you to Prairy, Valerie, Gene, Beth, and our guests for making a difference in the community!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County honored 11 students on the morning of May 11, 2011 at its Annual Outstanding Student of the Year Program. The program recognized top students who excelled among their peers in academics, school, and community service. The students also hold memberships of a Kiwanis sponsored service leadership program: K-Kids, Builders Club, or Key Club.
During the ceremony, students received individual plaques and academic neck ribbons. Their names were also inscribed on a plaque displayed at each school. All of this would not have been possible without the gracious nominations of the educators and the support of family members.
Congratulations to our outstanding students!
Visit Flickr for additional photos from the event.
Andover Elementary -- Kayla Esquival
Arbor Ridge Elementary -- Samantha Roma
Cypress Springs Elementary -- Zoe Griffin
Riverdale Elementary -- Joshua Cole
Sunrise Elementary -- Rileigh Adkins
Union Park Elementary -- Isaliz Gonzalez
Waterford Elementary -- Jacob Colecio
Corner Lake Middle -- Raquel Arthuzo
Legacy Middle -- Amy Bahnmiller
Union Park Middle -- Ethan Bainbridge
University High -- Alexis Wood
Monday, May 23, 2011
100% of all the funds raised will go right back to our community. By joining in on the fun, you are directly supporting the schools in East Orange County. Thank you for helping out with our:
8 K-Kids Clubs at Andover, Arbor Ridge, Cypress Springs, Riverdale, Sunrise, Union Park, Waterford, and Cub Scout Pack 59
Terrific Kids Programs at 8 Elementary Schools
5 Builders Clubs at Corner Lake, Discovery, Legacy, Odyssey, and Union Park
2 Key Clubs at East River and University
1 CKI at the University of Central Florida
2 Aktion Clubs in Apopka and Winter Park
14 Teacher of the Month Programs
18 Student of the Year Recognitions
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
Sunday, March 6, 2011
On February 19th, Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando was host to 200 enthusiastic bowlers from Division 10 Kiwanis, Aktion, Key Club, Builders club and K-Kids. Members of the K-Family from Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties came together for some good old fashioned bowling to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Camp. The over $2500 raised this year will be added to money raised over the past five year to establish an endowment that will provide scholarships for kids to attend the camp for years to come. This annual division 10 bowl-a-thon to raise money for camp scholarships is dedicated each year to the memory of Joe Feith, the charter President of the East Orange County Kiwanis club and long-time supporter of the camp. In addition to awards for the top bowler in each category (noted below), the K-Family traveling trophy was awarded to East Orange County for raising the most money as a K-Family. I am grateful to all the participants for coming together for a great cause. Special thanks go to Dave Schmitt (event chair), Cathy Morino (bead lady), Sid Tally (money man) and the Avalon Park Kiwanis club for helping to organize the event.
Here is a summary of the top bowlers:
Jerry Posey- Seminole Sunrise 185
Dave Schmitt - Avalon Park 179
Chris Kopytko- Avalon Park 168
Nicole Kopytko- Avalon Park 156
Patty McCurdy - Kissimmee 151
Daryl Flynn - East Orange 146
Jason - Wildcat Aktion Club 109
William - Wildcat Aktion Club 102
Christina - Wildcat Aktion Club 87
Lobster - Trinity Pre Key Club 176
Nicholas - Trinity Prep Key Club 169
Pooplas - Trinity Prep Key Club 157
Justin L - Avalon Builders Club 108
Ashley - Esteem Builders Club 97
Fletcher - Trinity Prep Builders Club 94
John C - Waterford K-Kids 117
Samuel - Waterford K-Kids 114
Thomas - Waterford K-Kids 106
Celeste Waterford K-Kids 100 (Girl)
Saturday, March 5, 2011
The Circle K International club at the University of Central Florida, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County, was awarded numerous prizes and awards at the Florida CKI 52nd District Convention in Tampa February 18-20, 2011.
K-Family Relation Award 2nd Place
Governor's Project Member - 3rd Place - Ellie Baialieva
Outstanding Club Editor Award - 3rd Place - Sydney Walker
Outstanding Club Treasurer Award - 2nd Place - Robert Draper
Governor's Project Award
Jack Gillrup Scrapbook Award - 2nd Place
Total Club Achievement Award - 2nd Place
Outstanding Club President Award - 1st Place - Ellie Baialieva
Outstanding Chairmen of the Year - Legal Chair - Adler Dehner
Outstanding Secretary Award - 2nd Place - Natchez Hanson
Outstanding Member Award - 3rd place - David Braverman
Most enthusiastic DCON attendee - David Braverman
Governor's recognition Award - Maggie Gilson
Governor's recognition Award - Natchez Hanson
The Kiwanis Club of East Orange County is proud of CKI’s accomplishments and extends its congratulations to the UCF club for another outstanding year!
Circle K International (CKI) is an international collegiate service organization that is a sponsored leadership program of Kiwanis International. It promotes service, leadership, and fellowship. With over 13,250 members, it is the largest collegiate service organization of its kind in the world
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
~Provide your support to foster parents by donating gift cards or providing skilled services (hair-cuts or braiding, tutoring sessions, music lessons, birthday cakes, etc.)
~Sponsor a day out on the town by donating tickets to the museum, movies, zoo, or other fun family destinations.
~Make a valued financial donation that can help provide foster children with the opportunity to enjoy many opportunities that may not currently be available to them, such as summer camp, prom, athletic programs, recreation, family activities, and more.
~Host an event at your home or business for those interested in becoming foster parents or plan an appreciation event for existing foster parents in your community.
~Provide support and supervision for foster children during foster parent trainings or meetings, agency sponsored field trips, or special events.
~Establish and develop a mentoring relationship with a foster child or parent.
~Become a Community Partner with Open Hearts Family Services and help Open Hearts Family Services connect with your local churches, schools, businesses, and community groups.
Hire a Foster Child
~If you are a business owner or have the responsibility to hire, consider hiring a foster child. Whether the position is permanent or temporary, it gives the foster child a chance to gain hands-on experience while earning an income.
~Share with friends and family the opportunity to invite a child into their lives by becoming a foster parent or volunteering with Open Hearts Family Services.Host an event at your home or business for those interested in becoming foster parents or plan an appreciation event for existing foster parents in your community.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
With the help of their Faculty Advisor, Sally Castrianni, the K-Kids completed two major fall service projects. The first project was collecting gently used books from their classmates. The books were donated to children who attend Catalina Elementary School right here in Orlando. The K-Kids heard about a need the children had for books to read at home, so they asked their
classmates for books to help the children at this school. They collected 1,029 books and delivered them to the school the first week of November. The second service project was the annual collection of food for the East Orange County Food Bank, Thanksgiving Food Drive. The K-Kids collected over 300 pounds of food. This year, they picked ten needy families and gave them boxes of food directly. The food was delivered to the food bank on November 18, by Kiwanian
Jeannette Gabay and coworkers-David Evans and Kristen Childs.
—Jeannette Gabay, Kiwanis Advisor
Corner Lakes Middle BuildersClub participated in many projects in fall 2010 including several food drives, pop top collections, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, a Thanksgiving Basket program, and Breakfast with Santa. The students are interested in getting a web page set up for the club. Their officers also had to write an essay on why they wanted to be an officer in Builders Club and then have it reviewed by a board of staff members before being installed into office. They are also writing letters to a deployed soldier that they have adopted for his tour. The club is looking forward to doing even more service in 2011.
—Sean Osmond, Kiwanis Advisor
Written by Brent Hambly
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Monday, January 3, 2011
Central Florida families will be ringing in the New Year with plenty of tuna salad sandwiches. Due to the overwhelming success of the “Ton o’ Tuna” challenge in 2009, the Kiwanis Club of East Orange County accepted a heftier goal of collecting TWO TONS of tuna by the end of 2010. With the assistance of numerous Key Clubs, Builders Clubs, K-Kids Clubs, Circle K International, other Kiwanis clubs, and numerous other community groups, the Kiwanis organization presented the local food bank with a grand total of over 4,000 pounds of tuna.
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.
The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, through its five hundred participating agencies, provides food to about 60,000 people each week. 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.
Thank you to everyone who made a tuna donation!
Please contact our club if you are interested in serving the Central Florida community with us, or if you have suggestions for making next year’s tuna drive even more successful.