Club Meeting - July 27, 2017
This morning we officially elected our officers and board for the 2017-2018 Kiwanis year which begins October 1. They are:
George Butterstein - President Board of Directors:
Kathy Butterstein - President Elect Phil Bennett
John Crawford - Vice President Dan Yauger
Mickey Zeichick - Secretary John Peterson
John Chandler - Treasurer Gary Blume
Kathy Wiskur - Immediate Past President
It appears we are in good hands as we plan for our upcoming year!
Our President Elect, George Butterstein, stepped in for President Kathy Wiskur, as he prepares for his new office in October. George welcomed our soon-to-be-new-members, Marianne Lindsay and Chris and Gay Holbrook. He filled us in on our upcoming events, including the ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Holbrooks’ Grocery Outlet next Thursday at 10 AM and their Grand Opening, Saturday, August 5. We are also gearing up for the Passport to Life event on August 18, where we will be serving over 1,000 lunches to students and adults attending this event. We also plan to have a membership booth at the First Friday Concert on August 4 at the Allied Gardens Park. John Crawford has created a coloring sheet for children to color when they pay us a visit. It should be a fun event for all!
Our Kiwanis of the Day was Mickey Zeichick. She plans to visit the great state of Georgia in the near future, so she quizzed us on trivia concerning the Peach Tree State. We learned that Atlanta was destroyed during the Civil War and had to be rebuilt. As a result, the Phoenix is now the symbol for Georgia, highlighting their rebirth after the war. We also discovered that Coke was invented in Columbus, Georgia!
Mickey is known for her passion for live theater, so she was especially happy to intoduce our guest speaker, Linnea Searles. Linnea is the Development Manager for Playwrights Project, having joined the organization in early 2016. Playwrights Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to arts education. Also joining us was Linnes’s associate, Tanya West, a board member and secretary of the organization. Their goal is to advance literacy, creativity, and communication by empowering individuals to voice their stories through playwriting programs and theatre productions.
Founded in 1985, Playwrights Project reaches up to 10,000 people annually. They provide playwriting workshops in schools and underserved communities, produce community readings, conduct the annual California Young Playwrights Contest for writers under the age of 19, and professionally produce winning scripts in its annual festival of Plays by Young Writers. This morning Linnea called on two of our members, John and Val Crawford, to cold read a short piece penned by two young writers. It was cleverly written and immediately caught our interest and delivered several laughs and loud applause! It is obvious that this program benefits folks of all ages, from all backgrounds, and all walks of life. It makes writing fun and fulfilling and we are lucky to have a program such as this here in San Diego!
(l. to r.) Linnea Searle, Mickey Zeichick & Tanya West Val & John Crawford enjoying their roles as "pencil" and "paper"!