The Kiwanis Club of Providence Point has some exciting programs coming up this...more
The Kiwanis Club of Providence Point has some exciting programs coming up this...more
On December 16, members enjoyed a wonderful lunch, a holiday sint-a-long, and...more
Learn about our newest members on the Main Page.
The final results of the 2016 Annual Kiwanis Fund Drive were presented to...more
WELCOME TO THE KIWANIS CLUB OF PROVIDENCE POINT
At our next two Friday meetings, we are looking forward to some exciting presentations. Our programs begin at approximately 12:45. Visitors are also free to join us for lunch at noon. Cost of lunch is $5.00.
Friday, January 13: Speaker is Jason Richey, President/Owner of ADA Mods, Issaquah,specializing in retrofitting homes to remove impediments that restrict movement of people with disabilities. The company has worked with hundreds of seniors, veterans, and those with physical challenges creating barrier free homes for safety and independence. Mr. Richie also serves on the state Independent Living Council.
Friday, January 20: The speaker will be Doug Schindler, Conservation & Policy Director at the Mountains To Sound Greenway. He will be telling the exciting story of the organization that has been the heart, soul, and engine of the coalition of community members, businesses, government agencies, and donors who have preserved, restored and developed the unique Interstate 90 expanded corridor that is the "greenway" from Seattle to Cle Elum. He'll be sharing the many and varied opportunities for sightseeing, visiting historic sites, and outdoor recreation enjoyed by all ages. Also, an update on the challenging Greenway projects currently underway
Adding special interest to Doug's appearance is that he is currently heading up the collaborative campaign to pass legislation sponsored by Senators Murray and Cantwell and Congressmen Reichert and Smith to achieve designation of the Greenway as a National Heritage Area. A major purpose will be for the corridor to serve as a model to the nation for collaborative conservation.
Meet the newest members of the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point. Providence Point residents joining our club are: Judith Campbell of Center Village, Joyce Grauman of Hilltop Village, Roberta Haw of Center Village, and Joyce Scheiber of Center Village. In addition, we are joined by two new member who are not residents of Providence Point. We welcome Brandy Falk and Kim Goodman. Brandy and Kim are teachers at Grand Ridge Elementary School, and have started a new K-Kids program at the school. They were both involved in the past as part of the Kiwanis family by being members of their respective high school Key Clubs. We are extremely happy to have these new members join us in our service.
Campbell Grauman Haw
Scheiber Falk Goodman
The Kiwanis Club of Providence brought in the holidays with their annual Christmas Luncheon on Friday, December 16. Our members joined the Bellepoint Singers in a seasonal sing-a-long. Beside enjoying a turkey lunch, club members took part in the season of giving by donating 228 pairs of socks, 2hats, 4 pair of gloves, 3 tootbrush kits, and 11 toothbrushes to Operation Nightwatch. These supplies were much appreciated.
September 29, the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point held their annual Installation Dinner. In addition to an excellent meal, the officers and directors for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year were installed. The installation was led by Division 28 Lt. Governor, Carol Mahoney. Outgoing President, Craig Doty, reviewed the 2015-16 year and thanked club members for their support. Incoming President, Rex Smith, expressed his desire to lead the club in the new year. Click on the President’s Message tab to read Rex’s comments:
Officers for 2016-17 are:
President – Rex Smith
President Elect – Janis Hong
Secretary – John Gorow
Treasurer – Ted Gamelin
Immediate Past President – Craig Doty
Board of Directors members are: Marti Behrens, Edith Leatham, Dave Olson, and Judy Wing.
CUB PACK 225 ACTIVITY
Pack 225, the Cub Scout Pack we sponsor, recently completed a tour of Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend. The trip was led by Kiwanis member, Dave Olson. The trip included a visit to the Interpretive Center where the cubs were given a review of the history of the 460 acre property. Dave then led the group on a two mile hike which gave the cubs an opportunity to see a small growth stand of Western Red Cedar which escaped early day logging. This includes a tree 9 feet in diameter and 27 feet in circumference, and estimated at 600 – 700 years old. Another two mile hike took the boys to a recently completed Eagle Scout project which is an elk lookout which provides a spot for visitors to view the many elk which visit the area.
ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
May is the month for the Kiwanis Annual Fund Drive for local charities. Kiwanis asks each resident to write a check to one of four Issaquah nonprofits. At the end of the month, Kiwanis turns over the bundles of checks to representatives of the charities, at one of its Friday luncheons at Collin Hall. This provides support for the local charities, and it also raises the profile of Providence Point as a good community citizen.
The four nonprofits being supported this year are:
The final results of the 2016 Annual Fund Drive were presented to the Providence Point Kiwanis Board of Directors at their July 1 meeting. Through the generosity of Providence Point residents a grand total of more than $25,000 was generated by the Fund Drive this year. The past six fund drives have generated over $158,000 for local charities. This exceptional effort puts Providence Point on the map as a solid community citizen in Issaquah and the Eastside.
Click here to see results of this year's drive.
FEED THE KIDS
A child sits in a classroom trying to listen to the teacher or be involved with classmates. The youngster’s stomach makes a low growling sound. The thought that comes into the youth’s mind is not the lesson being worked on, but of hunger. A child in one of our schools should not be in a position of being distracted because they are not getting the food they need. Yes, this does occur in our “affluent” community, but there are nonprofit organizations working hard to see that it does not happen.
There are more than 1,800 students attending schools in the Issaquah School District who participate in the free and reduced lunch program. It is easy to assume that there are more than 1,800 students who are eligible for the program, but whose families have not applied. This could be for several reasons, one possibly being pride.
The free and reduced lunch program certainly helps with this group of students. However, what about during vacation time? The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is attempting to help with these situations. During each week of the summer they offer eligible families one bag of food for each school age child. These bags contain enough food for a week of breakfast, lunch, and snacks. According to Cori Walters, Executive Director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, this past summer 250 bags were distributed each week. However, with 1800 students in the free and reduced lunch programs, she is aware more needs to be done to reach out to the families.
Another program the Food Bank coordinates is called “Lunch for the Break.” At the beginning of the major school breaks, eligible children receive a box of food to be used during the vacation.
A third program to help fight school children’s hunger is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation. The Foundation asks businesses and organizations in the community to support a school in the “Breakfast Bar” program. These groups donate nutritional bars to each of the participating schools. These bars are available to students who have not had breakfast, or who a teacher identifies as needing some additional nutrition during the day.
Poor eating habits, low family income, joblessness, and homelessness are some of the reasons we have hungry children in the schools. The One Night Count conducted in King County found more than 10,000 homeless. There were probably many more not counted. That is potential for a lot of hungry kids.
In our community the Issaquah Food & Clothing bank is a leader in advocating for these families and their children. Eastside Baby Corner and Issaquah Compassion House are two other organizations working toward assisting with this problem. These are just a few of the organizations the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point supports in its mission to serve the children of the world. The programs mentioned above have all received help from our local Kiwanis club.
What can individuals do to help deal with this problem? One way is to support groups which are working hard to advocate for these children and their families. The assistance can either be financial, volunteer time, or both. Hunger should not be acceptable.