Kiwanis Club of Elkhorn, Wisconsin
Club News Page - 1998

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Content: This page contains brief news summaries for our organization from 1998. If you wish to contact us, please feel free to email us at the address listed below.

NEWS Reports:

November 9, 1998
OK, here goes. We're gonna' really try to get this thing caught up to date. Check back from time to time for more additions and pictures, like Jay's "Beard Shaving for $$$", Fair Parking and Pancake Breakfast events. But until then...

Had an interclub from East Troy, WELCOME to our meeting! We presented our almost impeached Immediate Past President, Stephanie Quass an award for a job well done! Sorry for the delay Stephanie, it was backordered. An excellent program was presented by our very own, Hon. Robert Kennedy on a "Judges Perspective" and DNA testing.

CHRISTMAS ORNAMENTS are now available for purchase at Ann's Hallmark, Community Bank, Deakin Isle, Frank's County Market, Pharmacy Station and the local Sentry and SuperAmerica. These ornaments were originally a project of Elkhorn Advocates for Youth. We were asked to take over this project and agreed to continue in both organization's tradition to use the funds to sponsor youth activities and programs. In its ninth year as a growing Christmas tradition, the sale of these fine pewter dated ornaments, custom designed by White Swan of Delavan, extends Elkhorn's tradition as "The Christmas Card Town". Cost of this fine keepsake is only $8.75 each. A limited number of previous year ornaments will also be available.

Speaking of Christmas... our Kiwanis Club is going to participate in the Annual Elkhorn Christmas Parade on Saturday December 5th at 1:30pm. Kiwanians have been making history in our community for over 75 years! What better way to help "Celebrate Wisconsin's History" but at the parade. Strap on your "tennies" (or boots) and get ready to walk the route, passing out treats!

October 12, 1998
Our Club was deeply saddened by the loss of Fellow Kiwanian, Dr. Joe Schrock. Joe was voted by our Board of Directors to receive a Hixson Award to be presented at our Installation Banquet on October 5th. Unfortunately, he and his wife Helen were unable to attend. Joe was a dedicated Kiwanian, unselfishly donating his efforts. Farewell Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

April 27, 1998
Been a bit busy lately. Fell just a tad behind in the webpage updates! Make sure you check out the Activity Page for information on our Pancake Breakfast! Don't forget about the "Skip-a-Meal" program for IDD the week of April 26 thru May 1, 1998.

Committees met and have set several excellent goals. New fundraising project is in the works (looks like it might be GREAT AMERICAN fun...) and still be profitable to the Club too! Several other ideas for membership will be greeters at the doors prior to meetings and a "Member-A-Month" goal! This certainly will be great for the Club.

Reminder for our Monday meeting, May 4th. Dr. Mol is looking for a few volunteers to stay after our regular meeting to ASSEMBLE BABY BOOKS! Please plan to stay a short time if you can to help.

March 16, 1998
St. Patty's Day is officially over. Our thanks to all area Clubs that participated! We sure hope everyone enjoyed their visit. We doubt anyone left hungry... Click on this link to see photos and a related story about a "misplaced" gavel.

Special guest Mike Pierski, Circle K District Administrator was in attendance to present the District McKitrick Award to Norbe Sabin. Unfortunately Norbe was a little under the weather and was unable to attend. Obviously, a "road trip" was in order!

As soon as everything was packed up from the meeting, a special visit was made to Norbe and Carol Sabin's home. Norbe was certainly surprised, not only from our visit, but to receive this special award from Mike! CONGRATULATIONS NORBE SABIN!

(l-r) Mike Pierski, Norbe, Carol and Jan Oswald

March 9, 1998
ATTENTION ALL ELKHORN KIWANIANS: Three items of great importance.

1st - We need 1 or 2 volunteers to head up our Community Calendar Sales since Joe Schrock is no longer able to do this. Since he has chaired this forever, things are pretty well in place. We just need someone to keep on top of everything.

2nd - We need one volunteer to serve as a representative from our club on the District Bowl-A-Thon committee. We have been informed that a lot of time should not be needed, just some effort to help organize the event.

3rd - Those of you who signed up to bring prizes for the St. Pat's Corned Beef and Cabbage meeting on March 16, please do not forget to bring them! Harlan tells us we have over 120 Kiwanians RSVP'd for this date! Everyone also needs to chip in and help serve that day.


We had a visit from not one, but TWO Lt. Governors. Ed Halstead, Circle K Lt. Governor presented an interesting brief slide show on the Division Circle K Clubs. He thanked our Club for participating in the sponsorship of this group of young adults. Paul Mueller, Division II Lt. Governor also presented a short video on IDD. Kiwanis International is currently at approximately $25 million in IDD donations. The International goal is $75 million. It is slow progress but progress none the less. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!

March 2, 1998
Check out our CALENDAR page for important meeting news. Also check our the ACTIVITY page for the latest update on the St. Patrick's Day - Corned Beef and Cabbage event!

February 23, 1998
Immediate Past President Scott Christian and Secretary Harlan Laney were awarded the Kiwanis Distinguished Service Award. Several Club Banner Patches were also received. Jan Oswald, when you have time, fire up the sewing machine!

We also had two very special guests at our meeting. Elkhorn High School students Tim and Stefenie recently returned from their 10 day stay in Russia as part of the Foreign Exchange Student Program. They both indicated that it was an excellent educational yet humbling experience. The experiences they related were most interesting and many questions were asked.

February 16, 1998
OUR THANKS to the members that stayed after our meeting on February 9th to assemble 100 BABY BOOKS! A reminder to our members: please start collecting RAFFLE PRIZES for our St. Patrick's Day bash! One last note: CONGRATULATIONS to our member, Denny Walbrandt on becoming a NEW GRANDPA! Looks like you "retired" (see below) just in time. And remember, get the grandchildren from the kid's, spoil the heck out of 'em, then give 'em back!

February 9, 1998
Our Kiwanis Club received quite a surprise! Fellow Kiwanian Jan Chambers, Tibbetts School Principal, brought in a Morton Salt container half filled with coin (along with a few other odds and ends... ). Turns out, one of her 2nd grade students read about the Kiwanis IDD project in U*S*Kids, a Weekly Reader magazine. This thoughtful 2nd grader decided to cut this flyer out of the magazine, paste it on the canister and collect "loose change" from friends.

Well folks, we decided to pass this container around the membership during the meeting and have EVERYONE empty their pockets of their loose change. The canister was near full, with a grand total of: $ 38.25 which went into our IDD account.

Jan, you better keep this young person in mind to sponsor as a member!! GREAT JOB!!

February 2, 1998
WELCOME David "DJ" Richardson as our newest member! DJ has many accomplishments "under his belt" so to speak. He holds several levels of achievement in martial arts, is a licensed aircraft pilot and most recently, purchased Mid-America Insurance Center from Fellow Kiwanian, Dennis Walbrandt, to name a few. There is scuttlebutt aloft that Denny made membership to Kiwanis a condition of the sale!! DJ and Sponsor Dennis Walbrandt(r).

The Club presented a check to Jan Chambers of the Elkhorn School District for Reading is Fundamental (RIF) which our club supports. We also passed the hat for the family of Carol Gonzalez-Garza, who recently passed away from cancer. The area neighbors are sponsoring a benefit for her husband and two adopted 3rd and 5th grade children.

January 26, 1998
Our Club was honored with two attending Interclubs, Lake Geneva and East Troy. The East Troy Club brought everyone up to date on their recent project, a new Community Based Retirement Facility located near the Kiwanis Manor. For our program, Sheila Reiff presented an update on the Walworth County Court system including the latest, Video Arraignment. Welcome visiting Kiwanians! We hope you enjoyed our meeting. The Board of Directors met briefly following the meeting to discuss prospective member approval and a donation request.

January 19, 1998
Our Club was deeply saddened by the loss of Fellow Kiwanian, Joyce Slouka. Joyce was employed by Walworth County for 36 years as a Register in Probate. Even during her illness, she was a dedicated Kiwanian, unselfishly donating her efforts. Farewell Joyce. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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