Kiwanis News 10-24October 24, 2001 - MILOOctober 24, 2001PUBLISHED WEEKLY BY THREE RIVERS KIWANIS CLUB OFMILO AND BROWNVILLE, EDWIN TREWORGY, EDITORThree Rivers Kiwanis meets each Wednesday morning at 6:30 at Angie’s Restaurant. Visitors are always welcome.CHILDREN: PRIORITY ONEPRESIDENT’S CORNERby President Todd LyfordThree Rivers Kiwanis of Milo-Brownville is always looking for new members to join our club. The Kiwanis Club is a community service organization with children being our number one priority. If you have an interest in helping your community or are curious about what your local Kiwanis Club does, then you should come to one of our morning meetings at Angie’s Restaurant. We meet every Wednesday morning at 6:30. Anyone interested in joining us should contact a member of Three Rivers Kiwanis.Some of the local projects which are currently being worked on by Three Rivers Kiwanis are the Town Hall project, Reading Is Fundamental (R.I.F.), Terrific Kids Program, and the new local newspaper. These are just a few of our current projects. We have many other projects we will be working on in the coming weeks and months.If you are a community-oriented person and you are looking to help the community, then Three Rivers Kiwanis is right for you.INVITATIONThe Milo-Brownville Neighbors Against Domestic Violence cordially invites you to our second annual breakfast and memorial prayer service.DATE: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27TIME: BREAKFAST SERVED FROM 7:00 TO 8:00MEMORIAL PRAYER SERVICE 8:00 TO 9:00BROWNVILLE JCT. METHODIST CHURCHIn observance of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are sponsoring a breakfast and special prayer service in memory of the victims of domestic violence and celebration of the survivors. We hope you will join us.Breakfast items will include pancakes, bacon, coffee, juice, and muffins. Donations are gladly accepted.MILO REC. DEPT. NEWSWomen’s Volleyball Standings:Gray’s: 3W-1L Colts: 5W-3L Demers: 3W-5LBanker: 3W-5L Leland: 2W 2LRec. soccer finals at Elm St. field Sunday Oct. 28Congratulations to the PVHS girls soccer team, who will be playing in the Eastern Maine finals in Milo Oct. 27.Congratulations on a fine season to the PVHS boys soccer team, who were eliminated 1-0 at GSA Oct. 20.Milo and Brownville Rec. will combine to do Grades 4,5 and 6 basketball starting in November.KEY CLUB CORNERby Trish Hayes, advisorThe Key Club will be busy in the upcoming weeks. On October 26 we will assist the Milo PTO during their Fall Fair. Key Clubbers will be manning games for children and helping out with some exciting new attractions at this year’s fair. October 27 we will be participating in our first Make A Difference Day, raking and spreading chips at the elementary school playgrounds, painting playground equipment, and painting the flagpole at the high school. We will be joining forces with the Brownville and Milo PTO’s, Boy Scouts, Life Jacket members, Kiwanians, and parents. Thanks to everyone for helping to make a difference to our school community! We are also collecting for UNICEF. Please give generously when you see the orange boxes in local establishments.We are also busy making plans for the community Christmas tree. The official lighting of the tree is planned for November 25 at 5:00 p.m. at the Milo Farmers’ Union green. Stay tuned for more details.A blood drive is scheduled for December 19 from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the PVHS cafeteria. Please plan to join us to give blood.These are just a few of our upcoming events. We will update you in future issues of the new THREE RIVERS NEWS, which will begin publication November 6.If your organization would like assistance with its events, please contact Trish Hayes at 943-2902. We are always looking for ways to help out in our community!The Key Club is in need of a filing cabinet. Does anyone have a four-drawer filing cabinet in good condition that they would like to donate? If so, please contact Trish Hayes. Thank you!OCTOBER 17 MEETING MINUTESAttending the meeting today were twenty-two members, an interclub from Orono-Old Town, and four officers of the Penquis Valley Key Club, including President Liz Laverty, Vice-President Chris Merrit, Treasurer Lindsay Hamlin, and Secretary Terry Joyce.Correspondence was read concerning the Fall Training Conference to be held in North Conway November 16-18. Any officers who are able to attend would find the training beneficial. See President Todd if you are interested in going.RIF book distribution is set for October 30 at 9:30 at Milo Primary. Watch for details. Kiwanians are needed to record books distributed and to read to groups of children as they wait to choose their book. See Heidi Finson, Chair of the RIF Committee.Volunteers are needed on Fridays for the Terrific Kids programs at the LaGrange, Brownville, and Milo Elementary Schools. Attending these programs is one of the most enjoyable opportunities for Kiwanians. The looks of pleasure on the kids’ faces will uplift your spirits, and the programs that follow the presentations are always fun. Last Friday at Brownville, Reuben Lancaster and Russell Ladd presented a check for $2074.00 from the Brownville Village Alumni Association, which is disbanding, to the school. The teachers and staff are excited about all the possibilities for using the money for the benefit of the students. If you have not attended a Terrific Kids assembly, sign up for one. You will enjoy it.Three Rivers Kiwanis is working with the Penquis Key Club to host a turkey dinner with all the fixings for veterans at noon on Monday, November 12 at the Milo Town Hall. See Chris Beres if you can help. This is an important event to honor men and women who have served in the armed forces to keep us safe and free. Please help if you possibly can.Members and guests contributed ten dollars in happy and sad dollars, which was augmented by Frank Cochrane’s four dollars from bottle redemption.On October 31 there will be a morning meeting at which an auction will be held to distribute some of the gift certificates left over from the summer auction.Speakers today were the four Penquis Key Club officers. President Liz Laverty spoke about the installation of officers and the induction of new members. There were some delays because of schedules, but the installation went well with several Three Rivers Kiwanians attending as well as members of the Greenville Key Club.The Key Club held a car wash during a rainstorm, but made a profit of sixty dollars in spite of the rain. Other projects are Make a Difference Day on October 27, when they will be working on elementary school playgrounds, and plans to clean up the soccer fields after the season is over.Vice-President Chris Merrit spoke about the lock-in they had last spring with other area clubs and their plans to hold another this year, with the proceeds going to the Buy-a Brick program, which benefits Camp Sunshine, a camp for children with cancer.Treasurer Lindsay Hamlin reported that the club has 40 members, with 18 of them new this year. So far, 20 members have paid their dues, which are payable on or before November 1.Secretary Terry Joyce told about the interclub they had with Greenville, and about the talk by Lieutenant Gov. Haley, which was informative and helpful.Chris Merit spoke about all the projects the Key Club would like to do this year. Kiwanians were impressed by the scope of their plans, which included painting part of downtown Milo, speaking with lower grades so that students would not feel so intimidated when they move from grade 5 to 6 and from grade 6 to 7, covering the soccer benches, building a shack for scorekeepers at games, taking children around for Hallowe’en, cleaning up streets November 1, collecting for UNICEF, helping with the Fall Frolic, volunteering at Manna Soup Kitchen, painting the bathrooms at the high school, helping with Meals for Me, putting up bulletin boards at school and in the communities, sponsoring a high school staff of the month, helping with the score board at rec. games, putting on a dance, sponsoring a blood drive, and doing fund raising for families of victims of the September 11 attacks.The officers reminded us that Kiwanians are always welcome at Key Club meetings, which are held at 6:00 p.m. at the PVHS information center and library.Thanks, Key Clubbers, for your talk and the energy you showed us that you will devote to service to others.THE EDITOR’S SPOTAs the days decrease in length, the weather becomes colder, the trees lose their color with the dropping leaves, and the general appearance of the outdoors becomes more and more bleak, my heart is warmed each year by the sight of teachers and students walking with their rakes on sidewalks all over town on their way to clean up leaves for older folks.We should all reflect on what this shows about our SAD 41 teachers, school staff, and students: they care. Teachers and staff give their time after school when they are tired from all they have done during the day, to help others, and in the process teach the children who rake beside them the great value of community service.Our society may have serious problems, but as long as there are people who care about others as much as our teachers and staff and students do, we will always be able to overcome those problems. Caring for others is the very basis of a healthy society, and from what I see, our little world is very healthy.Thank you, teachers, staff, and students, for being so helpful to others.WORDS OF WISDOMShow your love for others by helping them, for by so doing, you show your love for God. .......anonymousNOTE - This article reflects the views of the author and not necessarily those of the TRC Alliance Team.