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Big Bend Club Profile: Kiwanis Club

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Posted: Thursday, October 13, 2011 9:30 am

Club name: Alpine Kiwanis

Club president: Kathy K. Stein

Club directors: Rafael Azuaje, Rhonda Cole, David Martin and Elena Wright

Current number of members: 22

Meeting time and location: Noon Wednesdays in the Morgan University Center, Room 210

Service projects: (1) Terrific Kids, once every six weeks we honor third-graders at Alpine Elementary School for: (A) Bring Up Grades (BUGS): Students who have brought up their grades from the previous six weeks; (B) Perfect Attendance/No Tardies (PANTS): Students who have not missed any class days and who have not been tardy; (C) "A" Honor Roll; (D) Outstanding Citizenship; (2) annual Easter Egg Hunt, the Saturday before Easter, we host the annual Easter Egg Hunt for toddlers through elementary age kids. We hide over 5,000 Easter eggs at Kokernot Park and a giant Easter bunny drops by for pictures with the kids. Hundreds of kids participate and they love it! (3) Ministerial Alliance Easter Sunrise Service, Easter morning - We provide refreshments; (4) Alpine High School "Kiwanis Sophomore of the Year," in May we honor the outstanding sophomore of that academic year. The winner is always an excellent student who plans on attending college and who has a strong history of community service; (5) Alpine's 4th of July Parade - We organize the parade each year and award float prizes. We also organize the celebration at the park and, when possible, sponsor fireworks for the community; (6) throughout the year, we provide financial support to various children's athletic teams and the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

Club mission statement: The Kiwanis Club of Alpine is a community-based service club responding to the unique needs of our community. As part of the Kiwanis International organization, we are one of more than 13,000 Kiwanis Clubs in 79 countries "Serving the Children of the World." The purpose of our club is to help create and maintain a vibrant, friendly, resourceful and caring community by volunteering our time and resources to good causes.

Brief history of the club: The Alpine Kiwanis have been meeting for over 40 years. By virtue of our membership, we have been intrinsically tied to the growth and development of this region.

Contact information: Kathy K. Stein at 432-837-8770.

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