Tuesday July 8 the Grandview Library had the music of “Birdshack”, a jazz group. NW Kiwanis is to be a proud sponsor of this evening’s community activity. The library is having events every Tuesday during June and July from 7:30 to 8:30.
On Saturday June 28, with Upper Arlington staff providing tools and guidance, Northwest Kiwanis and other volunteers improved Miller Park, near Miller Library, in southern Upper Arlington. The project for the morning was the removal of honeysuckle plants, an invasive species.. Photo does not fully reflect the size of the 40 to 50 foot long brush pile.
NW Kiwanis along with other Kiwanis clubs have raised funds to vaccinate over 16,000 women of child bearing age. Kiwanis Clubs are leading this effort. Our club is proud of what has been accomplished. But we still have much to do. Although UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 35 countries since 1999, including Sierra Leone, Iraq, Cameroon and China, MNT still remains a deadly threat in 24 countries.
Surveys conducted by The World Health Organization have shown that Madagascar has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). More newborns and mothers’ lives are now free from the anguish of tetanus. Kiwanis received this message from Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “Thank you, Kiwanis, for your continued commitment to the mothers, babies and families served by The Eliminate Project. Your passion and drive to deliver urgently needed funds to the countries still at-risk of this terrible disease will ensure that no mother has to worry about losing her baby to tetanus.”
In May the club’s committee finalized its search for high school students in the Upper Arlington and Grandview areas. On May 14 eleven seniors were provided financial support for their upcoming university studies. For the first time the awards were increased to allow 10 students to receive $2000 amounts and one student received $2500.
“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 20 percent of the students had a grade-point average of 4.0 or better, along with 90 percentile or higher on their SAT/ACT scores”.
Mr. Bauer stated “Every applicant had a wonderful resume of community involvement, volunteering and giving back to the community”. “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 these applicants.”
These outstanding students attended Grandview High School, Columbus School for Girls and Upper Arlington High School.
A special award this year was the first annual “Jake Will Kiwanis Scholarship” given in honor of Mr. Will, a long-time member of Northwest Kiwanis and a leader of the scholarship committee.
For more information; see http://www.thisweeknews.com/content/stories/upperarlington/news/2014/05/21/northwest-kiwanis-club-awards-scholarships.html
Each participant received a gift card to McDonalds in addition to a basket for collecting eggs and participation in the hunt. About 20 dozen “real Easter eggs” were found. Our thanks are extended to Peggy Janotka because she donated donated the McDonalds gift cards. Our guests were recruited from local agencies; many thanks to Barb Williamson for helping to contact the agencies.
Between March 25 and 29, a delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF traveled travel to Kenya to observe UNICEF activities related to prenatal health care, immunizations and education. Kiwanis site visit delegates witnessed UNICEF immunization activities at a small health facility located more than 110 miles from the nearest hospital. Women of child-bearing age received the tetanus vaccine to protect them and their future children from this dreaded disease. Some women waited with their children for more than eight hours in order to receive a vaccination. The delegation also visited a village in the Massai community. In this village 90 percent of births occur at home. There are no roads in or out of the village.
These actions are part of a larger UNICEF effort to immunize two million women in Kenya during the month of March. Kenya is among the 25 countries where maternal and neonatal tetanus is still a public health problem.
Every $1.80 we give provides young women, like those in Kenya, immunity to tetanus for up to ten years. And this immunity is passed on to their children for the first two months of their lives. Better still, these young women will have their children vaccinated, part of a cycle of bettering basic health care which will improve the world, one child and one community at a time.
Northwest Kiwanis Club marks 85 years of helping
By NATE ELLIS of ThisWeek Community News Wednesday December 18, 2013 9:51 AM
A Tri-Village-based organization dedicated to serving youths and enriching communities celebrated its 85th anniversary last month.
Since its establishment in 1928, the Northwest Kiwanis Club has taken on several worldwide health initiatives, while also supporting the needs of people living in Grandview Heights, Marble Cliff and Upper Arlington.
“I think the Tri-Village area has a lot of citizens that want to see some needs met in the community and who band together to do that,” said Bill Snellgrove, a past president of the Northwest Kiwanis, a past governor of the Kiwanis Ohio District and current district chairman for growth and division secretary. “I think we’ve been very successful in recruiting people interested in meeting the needs of the community.
“All of that, we feel, adds to making the community a more livable place.”
Currently, there are approximately 55 Northwest Kiwanis Club members who range in age from roughly 22 to 95.
Nearly 30 years ago, the club got in line with gender equality, removing the “men only” membership restriction.
Although members weren’t surprised, Snellgrove said, the move significantly enhanced not only membership numbers, but the overall quality of the club.
“The Kiwanis (International) finally saw the light 26 years ago and decided to allow women to join the club,” Snellgrove said. “That’s one of the best decisions we ever made.
“We have some incredibly active women members.”
Throughout the years, the club continually has sought to improve lives locally and abroad, and its notable contributions have included:
• Buying and donating the first dedicated emergency-medical services vehicles to Grandview Heights and Upper Arlington, respectively, in the 1940s.
• Donating resources and money to build two shelter houses at public parks in Upper Arlington, as well as one in Grandview.
• Donating $100,000 to purchase land for the C. Ray Buck Park in Grandview, as well as to build concessions facilities there.
• Establishing an annual Easter egg hunt for children and adults with developmental disabilities, spearheaded by the late Jake Will, an Upper Arlington resident and longtime Northwest Kiwanis Club member.
• Creating a youth soccer program, which has seen the participation of approximately 25,000 Tri-Village-area youths over the past four decades.
• Providing nearly $500,000 in annual college scholarships to local graduating high school seniors over the past 65 years.
• Donating $100,000 to the city of Upper Arlington to help establish the Amelita Mirolo Barn at Sunny 95 Park.
• Helping to eradicate invasive honeysuckle in Upper Arlington parks.
• Donating approximately $20,000 in international outreach resources to combat iodine deficiency disorder, a leading, preventable cause of mental retardation.
• Donating $30,000 for maternal neonatal tetanus vaccinations for women around the world.
“They’ve always been very generous with us,” said Canaan Faulkner, public relations manager for the Grandview Heights Public Library. “Literacy has always been one of their primary missions.”
According to Faulkner, the Northwest Kiwanis Club gave $13,600 to the library between 1992 and 2011.
Those resources helped fund everything from materials to improve parenting skills to the purchase of a stage for the library’s Music on the Lawn program.
Faulkner also noted the club gave $3,000 in 2010 to establish an Early Literacy Station (ELS) at the library, which includes a computer work station loaded with more than 45 educational software titles for kids age 2 to 10.
“They’ve never hesitated to lend assistance,” he said.
On Nov. 25, Upper Arlington City Council recognized the Northwest Kiwanis Club with a resolution of appreciation.
It noted, “The Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus has supported Upper Arlington in a variety of ways, including contributing money and helping build the Thompson Park and Northwest Kiwanis Park shelter houses, furnishing park benches at the Lane Road and Tremont parks, performing repairs/improvements to our senior center, providing monthly blood press screenings to our elderly population and providing a youth soccer league to the community.”
The resolution went on to laud the club’s financial contributions to playground projects at Barrington and Greensview schools in Upper Arlington.
According to Snellgrove, the club doesn’t seek accolades, but does work continually to champion causes to support evolving needs. He said that work will continue as the club draws closer to its 100th anniversary.
“Our main focus is on the community and its needs,” Snellgrove said. “Not exclusively, but we’ve been heavily focused on helping children.
“It’s always been an evolutionary process on what projects we support. It’s more a matter that when we see a need arise, that’s when you decide to get involved in something.”