Gordon Voelker passed away November 30. Gordon was president of our club 1998. He was recognized with the Kiwanis Ted Eaton Service Award in 1993-94 and the International Kiwanis, George F. Hixson Fellow Award, in 2000. Mr. Voelker’s family was especially nice and included our club in his memorial contribution list. He was an inspiration to our members and to the community.
Jeanne Schaal passed away December 2. She was a past president of Northwest Kiwanis and the first woman club president. Jeanne was a pioneer in many areas of her life. She was active in many business, church and volunteer groups; too many to list here. She had won awards for her efforts in both business and in volunteer activities. We should all attempt to be like Jeanne Schaal.
This week we lost one of the finest members of Northwest Kiwanis.
Jacob L. Will joined Northwest Kiwanis in 1958; his sponsor was his father, E.J. Will. Mr. Will was club president in 1967. His many accomplishments include over 50 years as chairman of Easter Egg Hunt for Children and Adults with Disabilities. He chaired the scholarship committee for at least 20 years and helped dozens of students better afford a their education.
Jake was born and raised in Upper Arlington and graduated from Our Lady of Victory High School and later the Ohio State University. A life-long Arlington resident, Jake served as a member of the Building Standards of the City of Upper Arlington, member and Past President of the Upper Arlington Area Chamber of Commerce, President of the St. Agatha Church Administration Committee and served on the Community Vision Partnership.
Jake received the Community Enrichment Award from the City of Upper Arlington for the year 2002.
Jake’s loss is felt community wide.
At its’ May 28th meeting, the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus received visitors from the Soroptimist Club of Columbus & Franklin County. The visit was more than social: Kristi Urig and Laura Rosenthal presented the Northwest Kiwanis with a check for over $350 in support of the Eliminate Project. The gift was made possible through a combination of funds from the club and donations from individual Soroptimist Club members and will help vaccinate almost 200 women against tetanus. Northwest Kiwanis Club President Lee Spitzer accepted the gift on behalf of the Club and the Eliminate Project, expressing the gratitude of the Club and its members for the Soroptimists’ generous support.
In presenting the check, Kristi – a member of both Clubs and the advisor for the Grandview Heights High School Key Club – said that the Eliminate Project fits into the goals of Soroptimist International. These goals include creating safe and healthy environments and increasing access to education for women and girls worldwide. Laura, the Soroptimist Club’s Treasurer, explained that Soroptomist International’s mission is to inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls through a global network of members and international partnerships.
After hearing a presentation about The Eliminate Project by Craig Smith, Project Coordinator for Division 10W, members of the local Soroptimist Club made a commitment to support Kiwanis efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Craig noted that his audience that evening was very welcoming, asking many great questions about our effort, and greatly appreciates the opportunity to address the members of another great service organization.
Soroptimist International was founded in 1921to seek equality, peace, and international goodwill for women; the name Soroptimist means “best for women”.
Northwest Kiwanis is a major contributor to a new playground at Burbank School in Upper Arlington. This playground will replace the oldest school play yard in the district, and it will be handicap accessible. Volunteers are needed to assist in the construction of the equipment to be installed. To see this flyer for detailed information on how you can assist with this very worthwhile project click here:BWP Volunteer Flier Final (1)
Northwest Kiwanis welcomes three new members. Cathy and Christy Hardesty were inducted on May 21. Anna Sprout was approved for membership on June 4, and she will be inducted soon.
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