On the green

Kiwanis Club golf tourney to benefit Imagination Library, camps

Jim Millsaps, left, and Bill Nix were part of last year’s tournament to raise money for the Kiwanis projects. Their team finished in the money and Millsaps won a putter for Longest Drive.

Jim Millsaps, left, and Bill Nix were part of last year’s tournament to raise money for the Kiwanis projects. Their team finished in the money and Millsaps won a putter for Longest Drive.

The sixth annual Maryville Kiwanis Club golf tournament is set for April 7 at Green Meadow Country Club. “Driving Imaginations” is the theme for this year’s event.

The golf tournament is like the group’s annual pancake breakfast in the Fall as far as what the money helps. The funds support Imagination Library as well as the leadership camps and other activities Maryville Kiwanis does for children and youth.

“It’s a lot of work but it is a lot of fun,” said Regina M. Jennings with the Kiwanis Club of Maryville.

Robert Russell is chair for the golf tournament. About 16 or 17 others work on a committee to help organize the event. “It takes a lot of the Kiwanis Club people to serve on the different committees in order to pull this off,” Jennings said.

The group’s goal is to raise $28,000. Last year they raised $26,420. They are currently trying to find eight major sponsors and 54 hole sponsors as well as 88 players.

Jennings said it was very satisfying helping youngsters through Kiwanis. “It’s very rewarding knowing we’re doing a good thing to help children because they are our future and the better we serve them today, the better leaders they’ll be for us tomorrow,” she said.

Russell said the tournament is at 1 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Green Meadow Country Club with a shotgun start. For players, there is a luncheon that starts at 11:30 and the Kiwanis Club has free range balls provided prior to the start. There is an awards dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. with a full dinner for all participants.

“We still have room for additional players and sponsors,” he said.

Russell said that the group raises about $60,000 annually to support initiatives like Imagination Library and Kiwanis Youth Leadership Camp at Camp Wesley Woods each July. At the camp, 35 middle school students are taught principles of leadership. “That costs us $10,000 to subsidize,” he said.

Russell said it takes about four months each year with the help of a large committee to put the golf tournament on. From their profits they support about 50 different youth programs and scholarships, he said.

“We get to actually do hands-on support and see kids who many come back and talk to the entire Kiwanis Club about how much they appreciate what they’ve done,” he said.

Russell said the Maryville Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Tuesday at the Green Meadow Country club. For more information, call 865-384-7092.

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