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
THANK YOU Northwest Kiwanis for the pizza party for “Blue Lightning” Barrington 3-4th grade soccer team!
Date/Time: Saturday April 4, 2015 at 1 p.m.
Where: Wyman Woods Park on Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights, 43212
(Northeast corner of Goodale and Grandview)
Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus
For more information, contact club secretary Joe Sonderman, 614-294-8402 or by email: email@example.com
This photo shows Ed’s sponsor, George Kirsch (left) and Bill Snellgrove (center) and Ed Gallowitz. Ed became a member during our October 28 meeting.
Ed was in the Army for 25 years prior to moving to UA a couple of years ago. Ed is a banker at FirstCity Bank on Northwest Blvd.
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, 2014 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.”