Kiwanis is open to new members


BUCKHANNON—The Kiwanis Club of Buckhannon held a semi-monthly meeting on July 8 at the Stockert Youth and Community Center. Only four members were in attendance of the meeting on Monday afternoon. Debora Brockelman, President-Elect led the meeting.

The Kiwanis Club is a service club focused mainly on serving the youth of the world and of course the given community where the club is located. Throughout the last year, and the club’s first year in Buckhannon, they have helped with the Christmas Store, arranged a Bowl-a-Thon of seven teams, assisted with the Central West Virginia Center for Pregnancy Care annual dinner, and have chaperoned two U-Care Community Pool Party’s at the Upshur County Swimming Pool.

The Kiwanis International will be holding their annual West Virginia Convention in Wheeling, WV during the weekend of August 10-11. Several trainings will be offered as well as a gala event on Saturday evening. The Kiwanis would like for Brockelman to attend the convention and report back to the group on the knowledge gained.

The group had a discussion and voted to change the meeting time for the club. The club currently meets on the second and fourth Monday of each month, those days will remain the same, only the times have changed. Beginning in August, the first meeting of each month will now be held at 6 p.m. and the second monthly meeting will be conducted at 12 p.m. The meetings will be open for community members to attend and see if this club is of interest for them to join in the coming year. The annual dues are $107 and are open to corporate memberships.

Kiwanis is introducing the Key Club to the organizations’ of the Buckhannon-Upshur High School this year. The club has presented to the Upshur County BOE, the school guidance department and a meeting with Principal Edward Vincent was set to be conducted this week. The Kiwanis would like to be set up on club day at the beginning of the school year so that students can learn what the Key Club is and with hopes that they can start a school-based club that the Kiwanis would sponsor. The organization is also anticipating setting up a booth at West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Fair when school begins to promote a Circle K Club collaboration with interested college students.

The group will be chaperoning another U-Care pool party later this month for upcoming and current B-UHS students. The parties are a parent-free time for the youth, pizza and drinks are provided, as well as a light show in the pool, drawing for door prizes, it is an overall good-time gathering for the youth. Any adult interested in volunteering to chaperone or joining the Kiwanis should contact Brockelman at the SYCC. The volunteer and sponsored events by the Kiwanis are only possible through strong membership, if you are interested in supporting the youth of the Upshur County community you are invited to attend a meeting and get additional information on the Kiwanis Club. The next meeting will be on July 22 at 6 p.m.

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