MHS Key Club Presents Noon Kiwanis Program

MHS Key Club adviser Renee Mathews (l) and Key Clubber Kelly Vopava (r) spoke at the Noon Kiwanis meeting April 16.

MHS Key Club adviser Renee Mathews (l) and Key Clubber Kelly Vopauva (r) spoke at the Noon Kiwanis meeting April 16.

Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club president Linda Dodd Smith called the Tuesday, April 16th meeting at the American Legion to order and welcomed Gene Neven to the podium to read the news provided by KFJB. Following the news those present stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and bowed their heads for the invocation by Harold Cline.

In club business it was announced that a Red Barrel meeting of the three Marshalltown Kiwanis clubs would be held that Thursday to discuss the project planning to date.

Other calendar items include Camp Olympia-Kiwanis in Boone June 2-7 and the Nebraska-Iowa District Convention at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona August 9-10.

Happy Dollars were given by Deane Adams for Kent Geffe taking his place delivering Meals on Wheels on Saturday; Deb Ewoldt for her trip back to her school days when she visited West Marshall Schools to discuss Camp OK; Smith for the Key Club visitors visiting that day.

Club guests were representatives from the Marshalltown High School Key Club, faculty advisor Renee Mathews and club member Kelly Vopauva who also presented the program about what the MHS Key Club is doing. Key Club is a Kiwanis Service Leadership Program and was started in 1921 by two California educators who were Kiwanians who wanted to find positive avenues for their students. It has become the largest teenage service organization in the world and Kiwanis has added youth groups for elementary (K-Kids), middle school (Builders), college (Circle K) as well as a club for disabled adults (Aktion Club).

The MHS Key Club was formed and sponsored 45 years ago by the Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club. The high school group is now sponsored by the Marshalltown Matins Kiwanis and the Noon and PM clubs are invited to attend meetings and assist in whatever ways necessary.

Mathews is the school nurse and she co-advises Key Club with teacher Marsha Johnson. This is the first year for both faculty members and they and the students are learning things together. They began the year with a “Dollars for Donuts” fundraiser for the House of Compassion and learned that students don’t like to part with their money, so they are focusing on service projects for the school and community.

The students worked with the Matins Kiwanis members on a Scholastic Book effort and placed a lot of bookplates in books for local preschools. Earlier this month they went to Kiwanis Park and cleaned up the grounds and wiped off the tables in the shelter as a Kiwanis One Day service project.

Key Clubbers also are working to provide prom apparel to needy students. To date they have provided students with 14 dresses and one dress shirt. They are also signed up to volunteer at the Hersey’s Track and Field meet.

Kelly spoke of her experience at Key Leader Weekend last October. This event is for high school students to learn about leadership and personal development and the traits and values that key leaders should demonstrate. She enjoyed meeting other students with similar and not so similar interests, all wanting to be the best persons they could. There was a variety of activities to introduce, examine, and develop the participants’ values, respect, honesty, and gratitude. They learned the importance of being on time, keeping their promises, and appreciating what they receive.

One project was to create mailboxes for everyone there and they were to drop notes of thanks and encouragement to each other. Kelly was so impressed with the exercise that she brought it back to her Key Club and they wrote thank you letters to the teachers and staff at the high school.

The MHS Key Club meets after school on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Room 238. Interested students are invited to attend.

The Underprivileged Children’s (UPC) Fund collection was announced by Dorothy Rider. Smith ended the meeting with two quotes: “Plan for the future by taking a firm grip on the present” by Croft M. Pentz, and “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” by Muhammad Ali.

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