The Merrillville Noon Kiwanis would like to extend a great big THANK YOU to Strack and Van Til at 7201 Taft Street for once again partnering with our club to collect donations during our annual Peanut Sales fundraiser.
Kiwanis is proud to work with local businesses like Strack and Van Til to support projects and programs that benefit the members of our community. ONE-HUNDRED PERCENT of the proceeds of Kiwanis Peanut Day sales, after the cost of the peanuts, goes directly into community needs.
If you would like to learn how you can join with Kiwanis to support your local community contact Barb Koby, join us at our weekly meeting every Thursday at noon at Petros Restaurant in Merrillville, or visit the Kiwanis International website.
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of 60,000 innocent babies and 30,000 mothers each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
To eliminate MNT from the Earth by 2015, 129 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.
Members of the Kiwanis Club of Merrillville have been devoting much of their free time, talent, energy, and resources to help make their community, state, and world a better place for children.
The Kiwanis Worldwide Service project to eliminate Iodine Deficiency Disorders has reached millions of children. Riley Hospital in Indianapolis has built a helicopter pad due to Kiwanis donations. Locally, our club has given a scholarship to a Merrillville High School senior, donated to Merrillville High School’s Key Club and STAND (Socially Together/Naturally Diverse), contributed to the Boy and Girl Scouts, provided funds for Merrillville elementary student’s Embryology project and Dictionary project, Meals on Wheels, and 4-H Leadership Training. Children are our number one priority!
Spring is here! and along with that come garage sales. We will soon be seeing them in every neighborhood and on every corner. I would like to remind you that we are collecting gently used kids' books for the Reach Out and Read program through Riley Hospital and this is a great place to find them at a very reasonable price.
You can bring them to:
District Convention in Saturday August 15, 2009 the Adam's Mark Hotel
If someone is coming to Indianapolis, they can be dropped off at the District office at 8060 Knue Road, Suite 127 (call before dropping off)
If you have quite a few books and live in the Indianapolis area, please call me (317-557-5478) and we will make arrangements to have them picked up.
Each of us can make a difference in a child's life by doing something as simple as providing a book. I hope you will help us reach our committment of 1,000 books for the Kids in the Indiana District.
Marge Crouch, District Chair Reach Out and Read Program