It was great to have KT District Governor Dale Hawkins at our Division 14 meeting Thursday night (he’s in the division all the time, but tonight was special)! As a member of the Glasgow club, Dale is a familiar face to many Local Kiwanians and his message is simple - #KidsNeedKiwanis #KiwanisNeedsYou so remember to invite any and every one. It just takes ☝️ person to make a difference, but 💯 hands are better than 50.
To round out our amazing year, we presented checks to the Boys and Girls Club for their operation and for Bud Hudson Football.
We also presented a check to the Hopkinsville YMCA.
The Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville took a time to honor our amazing members and the service they provide the community. We also donated $1,800 to The Salvation Army Hopkinsville, KY. Captain Jose Marquez was given the Kiwanian of the Year Award.
A $1,000 contribution was made by the club in the name of Angie M. Steil Strader to the George F. Hixon Foundation, honoring her continued commitment to the community.
We swore in our newest member Clayton Adams, who works for Thomas, Arvin, and Adams. He earned his law degree at Ole Miss.
The 2017-2018 Kiwanis Club of Hopkinsville Officers were also installed. President: Annie Catron, President-Elect: Joey Pendleton, Vice President: Lynn Pryor, Secretary: Angie Gibbs, and Treasurer: Phil Camp.
The 2017-2019 Board Members officially joined the leadership team. Members are Toby Hudson, Amy Craig, Ben Goode, and Jim Gardner.
The Club had a fun lunch hearing about the United Way of the Pennyrile and the work being done to support the 21 partner agencies. Members had a chance to see what the challenges facing families can be and how one's financial situation can change at a moment's notice.
Donations were also made to the Happy Feet program and Junior Achievement. The Kiwanis Club has supported both programs from years and the good work done by each.
We are hosting the Light Your Night Fun Run (as part of the Fort Campbell Eagle Fitness Challenge). The Run will be held July 8 at 8:30 pm at Western Hills Golf Course in Hopkinsville, Ky. The run will follow the cart path along the front and/or back nine holes of the golf course. A festival-style atmosphere will be great for families and kids, young and old. We are working with Parks and Recreation for registration for the event. Click here to register. Also, we need Kiwanians to volunteer to work the event. Contact Elissa Tucker to let her know if you can help.
If you are thinking that it is a little early for our Christmas ornaments, then you are correct. But they are early for a very good reason. This year we are cashing in on a celestial phenomenon that Kentucky hasn't seen in over a century. So be on the lookout for the 2017 Solar Eclipse ornaments and make sure you tell your friends about them.
Ornaments are for sale from any Kiwanis member (yes, that means people may be asking you about them). They can also be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce, the Pennyroyal Area Museum, the Pennyroyal Arts Council, Pennyroyal Hospice, Dr. Mark Johnson, and EZ Auto Parts.
If you missed Kiwanis in June, you missed a lot of fun!! We completed the 12th Annual Soapbox Derby and took the time to honor former President Steve Barrios with the Spirit of Soapbox Award.
That same night, Mayor Carter Hendricks presented him with a Key to the City for his commitment to the kids of Hopkinsville.
Check out the Soapbox Facebook or website for all the fun that was had, but if you see Samantha Grace Stagner, Cayce Bledsoe, Connor Bledsoe, or Courtney Planka out anywhere, congratulate them on taking first place in one of our four divisions.
It was an honor to host Fort Campbell leaders this week. The annual Commanders-Command Sergeants Major Luncheon is an opportunity to speak with and share our missions with the men and women in charge at the 101st Airborne Division. Major General Andrew Poppas, the Division Commander, extended an invitation to participate in the Week of the Eagles Celebration, which starts Friday.