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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Kiwanis Club returns to Jackson County

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  • JACKSON COUNTY - The West Virginia District of Kiwanis has announced that a new Kiwanis Club is being introduced in Jackson County. Kiwanis records show that 2006 was the last time the organization was represented in Jackson County.
    Kiwanis clubs sponsor Kiwanis-family organizations that provide young people and adults with opportunities to perform community service and develop leadership skills.
    Ripley Mayor Carolyn Rader became the first official member last week, when she completed a membership packet provided by Kiwanis Regional Development Strategist Lanton Lee.
    Lee, who resides in Columbus Ohio and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati, is excited that Jackson County has showed an interest in starting a new club in Jackson County.
    “We are pleased that our West Virginia based membership is growing and we feel that Jackson County is the perfect place for a Kiwanis Club to flourish and provide many relevant services to the community,” said Lee.
    Lee recently visited Jackson County along with West Virginia Kiwanis Governor Sherry Charles.
    “I am overwhelmed by how kind the residents of Jackson County are,” added Lee.
    Kiwanis clubs sponsor Kiwanis-family organizations that provide young people and adults with opportunities to perform community service and develop leadership skills.  K-Kids Clubs in elementary schools, Builders Clubs in junior high and middle schools, Key Clubs in high schools, Circle K clubs at the collegiate level, Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities, and Key leader, a youth development leadership program for reaching out to those in need and develop future generations of leaders.  K-Kids, Bring Up Grades (BUG) and Terrific Kids are all part of the Kiwanis Kids program to help develop self-esteem. According to Kevin Dean, a Kiwanis International Trustee from Morgantown, “Kiwanis is on the move in West Virginia and we are thrilled to be building a club in this area once again.  We have a long history of Kiwanis involvement in this part of the state, but it’s been a while since we’ve been in Jackson County and we will remedy that now.  The changes and improvements for the 21st Century in which Kiwanis is engaging make the timing perfect to introduce the organization to the area.  This is an enormous opportunity for those in need of Kiwanis programs and service to others.”
    The organization’s Action Club has flourished in recent years. The club was developed to help those with special needs find ways that they can be involved and give back to the community.
    Recruiting has begun and members have already started to join.  The club hopes to be organized before the end of March.  Jackson County residents who are interested in joining the club may pick up an application at Ripley City Hall, and may return the completed application there with a check for $50 made payable simply to Kiwanis.  Questions can be directed to Dean by calling (304) 216-9425.  Interested residents may also visit the Kiwanis International website to learn more about the organization at http://www.kiwanis.org.
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