Kiwanis Club of Maryville welcomed a new president at their year-end banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Green Meadow Country Club. Regina Jennings took the helm from the 2010-2011 president Robert Russell.
New board members were also welcomed. Jon Dockery, Debra Jones and Susan Hughes came on board for three-year terms. Continuing on the board are Wilson Borden, Larry Campbell, Carl Van Hoozier, Robert Austin, Bobby Burke and Mary Lib Jackson.
During Russell’s term as president, 27 new members were added to the roster. Fundraising efforts included the Maryville Kiwanis Foundation Golf Tournament ($22,000) and the Pancake Breakfast ($18,000). Monetary contributions included supporting Imagination Library with $53,000 and 4,300 books per month in Blount County; operating Leadership Adventure Camp for 35 eighth graders with a donation of $6,000 to subsidize campers, $3,000 in scholarships to Maryville College; $2,400 to Community Food Connection; plus other local and international donations.
In the program area, the Maryville Kiwanis welcomed speakers such as Gov. Bill Haslam, Coach George Quarles, Tennesses Advocate General Maj. Gen. Max Haston, State Sen. Doug Overbey, Tennessee Regents System Chancellor John Morgan and Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. Average attendance at the meetings was 60 members and guests.
Hands-on activities included 12 members reading with students in Blount County Elementary schools, 16 members working with Community Food Connection, 33 members assisting the Bell Ringers for the Salvation Army and 20 members working with Boys and Girls Clubs “Fix-up” project, along with other service activities.
Maryville Kiwanis meets weekly at noon on Tuesdays at Green Meadow Country Club.
Kiwanis Club of Alcoa welcomed a new president at their meeting, with Leonard Blankner taking the reigns from Carl Sten.
The club also awarded Kiwanis Legion of Honor status to 12, including Ken Paxton, Bruce Watt, Brad Smith, Al Grubb, Jim Byrd, Richard Borden, Bill Proffitt, David Buck, Ken Taylor, T.O. Hester, Dewey Simpson and Dean Stone.
Legion of Honor pins are first given to members who have attained 25 years of service, and then awarded for every five years after the first 25.
Alcoa Kiwanis sponsors two Key Clubs at Alcoa and William Blount high schools and co-sponsors the Maryville College Circle K Club with Maryville Kiwanis. They provide scholarships, support Special Olympics, Ronald McDonald House, Head Start and pre-school programs and the Reading for Success program for elementary children. They conduct the Remote Area Medical programs and assist with the annual East Tennessee Children’s Hospital telethon, plus numerous other activities.
Alcoa Kiwanis meets every Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Green Meadow Country Club. Upcoming programs include Tony Jones, Alcoa High School Basketball coach on Monday, Oct. 10, and Maryville’s Mayor Tom Taylor on Oct. 17.
Foothills Kiwanis Club
New officers at the Foothills Kiwanis Club will take office this month as well. President will be Pat Irby, with Bill Rahner as vice president, Sandy Headrick as secretary and Steve Fillmore as treasurer.
The club had a big barbecue for a fundraiser on Aug. 27 at the Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center. Miss Lily’s Catering provided the barbecue, and Sandy Headrick said there was a good turnout from the community.
“We were pleased with the crowd, especially since there were some other events going on,” she said. “The music was good, and the barbecue from Miss Lily’s Catering was wonderful.”
Steve Fillmore said about $2,000 was raised during the late summer event.
Headrick said the Foothills club raises funds for a variety of local charities. “We use those funds to help about five different organizations that we try to support, including Townsend Elementary School,” said Headrick.