Club Meeting - September 21, 2017
We hosted two big events this morning as we came together to enjoy a delicious breakfast at Brothers Family Restaurant: the installation of two new members and the presentation of our first Student of the Month Award for the 2017-2018 school year.
Joi and Paul Vogel have been attending our meetings as guests recently and we are so glad they have decided to become members. Joi is a nurse and Paul is a programming analyst. This morning, Membership Chair, John Crawford, presented them with their temporary badges. They will earn their permanent badges after they attend a board meeting and interclub and then identify ten members and their professions. Joi and Paul are both accomplished and caring individuals who will help make us a stronger and more productive force in our community.
Our Student of the Month was Kalos Chu, a senior from Patrick Henry High School. Each year, nine students from PHHS are named the Joanne and James McDonald Student of the Month. Kalos’ parents, Xingl and Stan, along with Principal Listy Gillingham took part in the ceremony honoring Kalos. It was evident that Ms. Gillingham was very proud to have Kalos as a member of the PHHS community. Kalos is a very accomplished violinist and was selected to to be the sole musician to test the acoustics of the new PHAME building. Ms. Gillingham told us that his performance was outstanding! In addition to Kalos’ music interests, he is also involved in many campus clubs, including the Link Crew which welcomes freshmen and helps them adjust to their new school. Ms. Gillingham also announced that Kalos is the only PHHS student who is a National Merit Scholarship finalist! It was clear that Ms. Gillingham was truthful when she described Kalos as the “favorite student of the campus and staff!” Doug Grosmark had the pleasure of giving Kalos his award along with a gift certificate donated by Craig McDonald, owner of Hoolies Restaurant, and son of Joanne and James McDonald.
Our Kiwanian of the Day was Mary Markson. She did a great job collecting Happy/Sad Dollars. One Happy Dollar was given by member Jack Scott. He spends countless hours volunteering on the Midway Museum and served during World War II. He was wearing his Midway uniform while dining out this week, and much to his surprise, some unknown person paid his bill to thank him for his service! Our president, Kathy Wiskur, was also thanked at this time for all her dedication and hard work over her term and ever since she became a member. She is the driving force behind our successful brick campaign to replace our community clock and has gone the extra mile to help ensure we were able to perform meaningful community service throughout her term.
As part of her KOD duties, Mary quizzed us on memorable historic and interesting events that took place in September. An especially momentous event occurred on September 19, 1893 when New Zealand became the first country to grant women the right to vote! Who knew? Not any of us, but we applauded New Zealand for thankfully being a progressive role model for the rest of the world!
We congratulate Kalos Chu, our Joanne and James McDonald Student of the Month!
We welcome Joi & Paul Vogel to our Kiwanis Family! KOD Mary Markson (l.) & Pres. Kathy ran a fun meeting!