If April showers bring May flowers, What do Mayflowers bring? Answer - Pilgrims! I probably hear this riddle 10 times a year. So, multiply that by 37 years and you can see this was a favorite of my students in Grades 2 and 3. And, for 37 years, I tried to act as if it was something new - much to the delight of my kids. So what is the point of leading with this old riddle? Sometimes we get so wrapped up in things we forget about celebrating what is going in the right direction.
Here is something from the Kiwanis website:
We have a lot to celebrate. We've spent almost 100 years bringing smiles to the faces of children around the world. We've made our communities and our world a better and brighter place. Even now, we're raising millions of dollars to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth. Thanks to Kiwanis club members, Kiwanis is a powerful force for good. Let's celebrate that progress - and praise those who are making it happen! Recognizing club members' accomplishments keeps them engaged and satisfied - and most importantly, motivated to continue improving their clubs and communities. So if a fellow member is doing something well, tell them. Encourage more and build on the good spirit evidenced by members of our club. Be proud of what we have accomplished and use it to build an even better future!
Thanks to everyone for their work and input past, present, and in the future!
. . . Al
Without continual growth and progress,
such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.
- - Benjamin Franklin
Long time Golden K'er, Jack Riley, died peacefully on April 22 at age 92. The celebration of his life was held this past Saturday at Holy Spirit Church. Jack would have celebrated 30 years as a Kiwanian on May 6. He was a past Director of our club and served us for many years as our Program Director.
Rest in peace, Jack. You will be missed.
A little bit of mercy makes the world less cold and more just.
- - Pope Francis
2017 - 18 Club Year Elections are This Month
The names of those individuals offering to run this year for the open officer positions of President [Joe Hennessey], Next President [John Eppley], Treasurer [Mike Doerre], and our three 2 year Board member positions [Rita McCoy, David Jensen, and Joe Falcone] have been announced to the membership over the past 3 meetings. To date, no additional nominations have been submitted. Our elections will be held in the May 10th meeting.
Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle.
- - Robert Anthony
Minnesota - Dakotas District Convention
The 100th Minnesota - Dakotas District Convention will be held in the Watertown, SD Convention Center on August 11 - 13. In addition to the regular convention program and Keynote Speaker [Sarah How, "The Power of Relationships"] attendees will have a chance to tour and view the paintings in the Terry Redlin Center on Friday evening. The registration materials for the convention along with additional informationn has just arrived. If you are interested in attending, see Mike Sheehan or Al Johnsrud.
We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
- - Benjamin Franklin
Page last updated by Dick Zelenski on May 14, 2017