At our July 24 Division 10W Council meeting two Amtrykes were presented to individuals with special needs. Both Amtrykes were made possible by contributions from the Clubs and members the make up our Division.
Nine-year-old Ansel Hashi’s right leg was amputated at birth, forcing her to wear a prosthetic leg. Sgt. Warren Mounts, Jr., was injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2010.
Amtrykes are therapeutic tricycles, for children and adults with special needs, including disabled Veterans. The Amtryke Project, this year’s Ohio Kiwanis First Family Project, has provided the opportunity to work with other members of our Kiwanis Family, including our Aktion Clubs, as well as develop a new partnership with another non-profit.
Northwest Kiwanis specified our funds be used to benefit a veteran with special needs; these funds were used by the Division for Sgt. Mounts’ Amtryke.
WCMH-TV aired a video segment about the presentation during its 11:00 PM newscast; the video can be found online at: http://nbc4i.com/2016/07/24/custom-tricycle-donations-benefit-young-girl-retired-army-seargant/.
Ansel Hashi takes her new Amtryke for a ride around the Amelita Mirolo Barn.
Sgt. Warren Mounts, Jr., with his new Amtryke.
Members of Northwest Kiwanis spent the evening of June 21 replacing weathered lumber on three of the five outdoor picnic tables at Northwest Kiwanis Park with new lumber. Club members are provided the tools and labor while Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation provided the materials.
On May 10 four members of Northeast Kiwanis were recognized for their service to the club and community with Centennial Awards. Those receiving recognition were:
Bill Snellgrove for his work with the Northwest Kiwanis License Agency, where he oversaw changes in management and improvements to the facility.
Pat Mattes for the invaluable assistance his experience brought in making personnel changes at the Northwest Kiwanis License Agency.
Jim Bauer for bringing his experience as a school advisor to lead the Scholarship Committee.
Club members recognized for their service to the Club and our community. From left to right: Bill Snellgrove, President Tim Arnold, John Leutz, Pat Mattes, Jim Bauer and Eliminate Project Coordinator Craig Smith
The Centennial Award was created by Kiwanis International for its 100th anniversary to celebrate the organization’s rich history of world-changing service. The award was only available if the gift was made during Kiwanis Centennial year. Each of our recipients received a lapel pin along with a medallion and certificate framed together.
These awards were made possible by anonymous gifts to the Eliminate Project, Kiwanis partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus—a deadly disease that steals the lives of thousands of innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The proceeds from each Centennial Award will help save or protect more than 800 women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
Northwest Kiwanis will be joining the neighbors of Cardiff Woods Park and the Friends of UA Parks on Saturday, July 9 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. as they begin to restore the health and natural beauty of Cardiff Woods.
Over the years many mature trees have fallen, and invasive shrubs and vines have smothered young saplings and wildflowers. Volunteers have the opportunity to help remove these invasive species, replace them with native trees and shrubs, and restore Cardiff Woods to a park we can all enjoy and be proud of.
Members of our club have helped the Friends of UA Parks remove invasive species at Northwest Kiwanis Park and Miller Park. We look forward to continuing to support this groups of volunteers as they begin a new project at Cardiff Woods.
New volunteers are welcome to come help restore Cardiff Woods. Volunteers should bring water, safety glasses and bug spray and wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Friends of UA Parks will provide hand saws, loppers, gloves, and yard waste bags.
Please contact us with questions or concerns:
Karla Gengler-Nowak (Friends of UA Parks) firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-353-4039
Becky Allen (Brandon Rd. neighbor) email@example.com or 614-488-7122
For more information about the Friends of UA Parks please visit its web site at www.friendsofuaparks.com or its Facebook page. You will learn about the amazing work of this dedicated volunteer group. Please check Facebook for work cancellations and future work dates.
Northwest Kiwanis is sponsoring Music on the Lawn, 7:30-8:30 PM on June 7, 2016. Music on the Lawn is a free outdoor summer concert series held every Tuesday in June and July on the Grandview Heights Public Library (1685 West First Avenue) lawn.
The evening’s performers will be the Conspiracy Band. The Conspiracy Band brings a blend of the classics and modern hits, including Sinatra, Earth, Wind & Fire, Aretha Franklin, Salt N Peppa, Sly and the Family Stone, Macklemore, Johnny Cash, and Notorious B.I.G.
This year’s Easter Egg Hunt for special needs children and adults was held on March 26 at Wyman Woods Park. More than two dozen participated in this year’s event. An addition this year were balloon animals made especially for the participants. Thanks to all of the club members who helped make the event happen. Special thanks to Joe and Lynn Sonderman for organizing the event and George Kirsch for his excellent photography.
The Northwest Kiwanis Club provided 11 scholarships to Tri-Village-area students for excellence in the classroom and contributions to their communities and high schools. For more than 50 years, the club has sought to honor the hard work of high school seniors living in Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff, Upper Arlington, and assist them in their pursuits of higher education. Since that time, the club estimates it has given over $500,000 in financial assistance, and it continued the tradition March 1 at its Margaret and Jake Will Scholarship Banquet to honor this year’s winners at St. Agatha’s Church.
“We had many outstanding students applying for the Kiwanis scholarships this year,” said Jim Bauer, who chairs the Northwest Kiwanis Club’s scholarship program. “Approximately 60 percent of all the students that applied had a grade-point average of 4.0 or better, along with a very high SAT/ACT scores. “Every applicant had a wonderful resume of community involvement, volunteering and giving back to the community,” he said. “Everyone on the scholarship committee felt all of the applicants were great and the idea of giving back to the communities and helping others less fortunate is certainly instilled in all of the applicants.”
This year, the club awarded ten scholarships valued at $2,000 each and one $2,500 Jake Will Kiwanis Scholarship, named for the late Jake Will of Upper Arlington, for his contributions to the club and Tri-Village community. One of the $2,000 scholarships is funded by Tri-Village Soccer Association and given in the name of Dr. Robert E. Davis.
2016 Scholarship winners were:
• Graham Ali (Upper Arlington HS)
• Nickolas Amore (Upper Arlington HS)
• Kelly Chian (Upper Arlington HS)
• Claire DiOrio (Bishop Watterson)
• Jackson Furbee (Grandview Hts. HS)
• Georgia Mattingly (Grandview Hts. HS)
• Elizabeth Magill (Upper Arlington HS)
• Julia Pei (Upper Arlington HS)
• Isabella Pesavento (Cols. School For Girls)
• Jack Stummer (Upper Arlington HS)
• Elvia Suli (Upper Arlington HS) Winner of Jake Will Memorial Scholarship