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Kiwanis Kronicle: Working for peanuts

Greg Kier

Kiwanis=Kids and Kiwanis has been out in our community with peanuts (pretzel alternative) to raise money for our kids. It's called Kiwanis Peanut Days so we are basically "working for peanuts." Thank you to those who have stopped to talk with us and for those who have offered support through contributions of time, money, donations and moral support. Kiwanis Peanut Days are an important fundraiser for our youth

Kiwanis — New Richmond's Signature Program is StoryWalk. Kiwanis sponsors books on display at Mary Park. "Bee Dance" is the next StoryWalk book on display. Come to Mary Park and read this story as you walk the beautiful trail. Jessica LaPean and her team at the library have done a great job coordinating this project. Mark your calendars for the June 23 special author event at the park, which will include fun information about bees and other activities.

Kiwanis uses peanut sales to support StoryWalk along with providing scholarships to graduating seniors. Congratulations to Rebecca Thon for receiving a $1,000 Kiwanis Scholarship at the New Richmond High School Awards Ceremony. Rebecca was also awarded a $500 matching Scholarship from our Wisconsin-Upper Michigan Kiwanis District Foundation. Congratulations to Rebecca!

Congratulations also goes to Alli Preece and Blake Kretovics for being recognized and awarded plaques as the Kiwanis Outstanding Female and Male Athletes for their class. Both Alli and Blake are shining examples of great scholar athletes and we are proud to honor them with this award.

Jo Wrich, Westfields Hospital and Clinic Foundation Director, joined a Kiwanis meeting recently. She discussed initiatives and potential partnerships between Westfields and our local Kiwanis. We continue to try working "smarter, not harder" with the initiatives we provide for our community.

As Kiwanis "works for peanuts" to earn money for kids, we include information about specific members in our article. This month we honor Stan Barr, who joined Kiwanis in 1973. After 45 years, Stan is just getting warmed up! He joined because of what Kiwanis does for our youth in New Richmond and because of the fellowship of members. He loves to exchange golf outings with other Kiwanis Clubs—especially Spooner, Barron, Ladysmith and Cumberland. Leave it to Stan to include sporting events, one way or another.

Kiwanis=Kids, and Kiwanis is proud to do everything possible to support healthy, happy, productive youth. Kiwanis is "Working For Peanuts" to support our youth ... and it's no small feat. Thank you for your support!