Richmond Kiwanis Club

May, 2010 Newsletter

Meetings are held at 6 p.m. every Tuesday at the
Galaxy Bowling Conference Room, 1025 Amberley Way
Richmond, KY 40475-8847
(Off of I-75 Exit 87) in Richmond, KY.

May 4

Dr. Glen Kleine
Governor of the Kentucky-Tennessee District
Kiwanis International
"The role of Key Clubs in the K-T District and elsewhere"

May 11
Roundtable Discussion

May 18

Ed Worley
Member of the Kentucky Senate from 1999 to present
"A Career in the Kentucky Senate and in Richmond"

May 25
Marvin Bower
Veterans of Foreign Wars
"Flag Etiquette"
Speaker Sponsor - Ray DeSloover

Abigail McKamey Presents Charter to Club Which Takes Total Membership of Key Club International to 250,000 Member Mark

Key Club International President Abigail McKamey, the immediate past Governor of the Kentucky Tennessee Key Club District, and Director Mike Downs presented the Edison Collegiate High School its charter and installed members on Wednesday, May 19 at a ceremony held in the Edison State College Charlotte Campus auditorium.

With the chartering of the ECHS Key Club, Key Club International surpassed 250,000 members.

Edison Collegiate High School (ECHS) is Southwest Florida's first collegiate high school and Charlotte County's only charter school. Located on the Charlotte campus of Edison State College, students of ECHS will enjoy a collegiate environment and graduate with both a diploma and associates degree.

 "Our students have been very passionate in regards to community involvement and they understand what a tremendous organization Key Club is," ECHS Principal Diane Juneau said. "To have our own charter means a lot to our students and faculty alike. The fact President McKamey was on campus for the occasion is an incredible honor and something everyone involved will cherish for a long time."

Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high schools students in the world. An affiliate of Kiwanis International, Key Club is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving others as members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

Key Clubs thrive on more than 5,000 high school campuses in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and Australia. Since 1925, Key Club International has provided more than 12 million hours of service to homes, schools and communities each year.

"We are excited to have such wonderful examples of youth who care about the world around them and have taken the initiative to be servant leaders," said Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo. "We are happy these young men and women have a passion to share their time, talent and treasure with others."

The ECHS Charter opened with 18 members and an environmental focus under the guidance of teacher Michael E. Mitchell.  Marissa Butcosk will serve as president; Taylor Richards as vice president; Carissa Stepp as secretary; Gabriella Austin as treasurer; and Holly Osborne as editor.

The ECHS charter is sponsored the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis and President Tom Natoli, who also will be on hand for Wednesday's ceremony. Sunrise member Connie Thrasher Key as the ECHS advisor.
"The students of Edison Collegiate High School have been tremendous from the start; their energy and commitment are inspiring to everyone at Edison State College," 

Charlotte Campus President Dr. Patricia Land said. "I think the addition of Key Club is a perfect fit and will allow the ECHS student to continue developing as leaders and role models for the future."


Key Club International, a Kiwanis service leadership program, is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. Founded in 1925, Key Club is a student-led organization teaching leadership through serving others. Now in its 85th year, Key Clubs serve 245,000 students in nearly 5,000 clubs in 27 nations worldwide. As members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Visit for more information or call 800-KIWANIS.

Sarah Merlin, an special education teacher and adviser to the Key Club at Model School said, "I strongly support the role of the Key Clubs in trying to address world problems. This world is bigger than Model and Richmond. It is important to reach out to others in need." The work of the Model School Key Club can be seen on the web at: www.RichmondKiwanis.Info/Model/MHSKeyClub.html


Founded in 1915, Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis International and its Service Leadership Programs for young people, including Circle K, Key Club, Key Leader, Builders Club, K-Kids, Kiwanis Junior, and Aktion Club, dedicate more than 19 million volunteer hours and invest US$100 million to strengthen communities and serve children annually. The Kiwanis International family is composed of 600,000 adult and youth members in 15,000 clubs in more than 70 countries and geographic areas. Kiwanis members make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Globally, Kiwanis International has focused humanitarian efforts on eliminating iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) through the Worldwide Service Project, a US$75 million campaign in partnership with UNICEF, which began in 1994. For more information about Kiwanis International, please visit or call 800-KIWANIS.

The Kiwanis Club of Richmond is the sponsor of the Model School Key Club. For additional information about the Kiwanis Club of Richmond please visit


For more than 60 years, UNICEF has been the world's leading international children's organization, working in more than 150 countries to address the ongoing issues that affect why kids are dying. UNICEF provides lifesaving nutrition, clean water, education, protection, and emergency response, saving more young lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. While millions of children die every year of preventable causes like dehydration, upper respiratory infections, and measles, UNICEF, with the support of partnering organizations and donors alike, has the global experience, resources, and reach to give children the best hope of survival. For more information about UNICEF, please visit

May 1-31:

Clean Air Month - Calls for enforcement of the Clean Air Act. The American Lung Association, 800-LUNG-USA,

Creative Beginnings Month - Encourages everyone to enroll in a course, write a poem, plant a garden, or coordinate a social event. While developing your gifts, encourage others to also cultivate their own creative beginnings. Christina Bergenholtz, 508-839-5139.

Get Caught Reading Month - Events will be staged throughout the country to celebrate reading. Association of American Publishers, 212-255-0200,

Bike Month - Annual celebration of bicycling for recreation and transportation. League of American Bicyclists, 202-822-1333,

Book Month - Invites everyone to take time out to enjoy the pleasure of reading a book. National Book Foundation, 212-685-0261.

Mental Health Month - National Mental Health Association, 800-969-NMHA,

Physical Fitness and Sports Month - Encourages individuals and organizations to promote fitness activities and programs. President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, 202-690-9000.

Stroke Awareness Month - National Stroke Association, 800-787-6437.

Teaching and Joy Month - Celebrates the great joy of great teaching and great learning. Thank a teacher for creating an atmosphere of joy. Jackson Community College, 517-796-8488.

Personal History Awareness Month - Informs, instructs, and inspires ALL ages to compile a personal history. Margaret Ingram, 541-924-0268.
May 11 - June 15:

National Family Month - Celebrates and promotes strong, supportive families. Annually, Mother's Day through Father's Day. 800-25-PEACE,

Preparing Tomorrow's Parents Month - Celebrates mothers and fathers. Stage at least one activity between Mother's Day and Father's Day to help prepare a child or teen to become a better parent in the future. To get ideas, visit, 561-620-0256.

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