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Kiwanis Carolinas Division 18 Meeting

Our Club hosted this inter-club meeting on April 14th, at the Holly Ridge Community Center. The other Clubs with members attending were Hampstead, Jacksonville, Onslow County, and Crystal Coast. Steve Stevens, Lt. Governor of Carolinas Division 18 welcomed each of the club members and gave several division announcements. Lt. Governor Stevens then introduced Joe Crostic, Governor of the Carolinas District. Governor Crostic gave a state of the district message which is in good state and encouraged members to attend the Kiwanis Excellence Education Day in Florence, SC on Saturday, April 30 .

Governor Crostic presented several awards including the Ruby K Pin Award that recognized members that sponsor 5 to 100 new club members. Joe then presented two Ruby K Pin Awards, one to Nicki Swafford and the second to Kimberly Patrizi of our Club . The I Love Kiwanis Award for exceptionally engaged and active local members was presented to Paula Fox and Bill Horstman of the Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area. Governor Crostic also presented the Kiwanis is my Superpower Award to Lt. Governor Steve Stevens who who is a role model for the tenants of Kiwanis.

A workshop followed led by Eva Kreiger, vice-president of our Club in which the attendees split up into small work groups to discuss three topics previously identified by attendee vote on a list of possible topics during the luncheon phase of the meeting. The three groups of Kiwanians each spent a 15-minute break out session under i) Club membership/retention facilitated by Nicki Swafford, club designated president, ii) Fundraising led by Carrie Hewitt, club president, and iii) Service Signature Project led by Kimberly Patrizi, club treasurer. The groups came back together with their fellow club members where Eva asked each facilitator to give the main points for their topic. Finally, Eva asked each club what was the ‘one thing’ they took away from the breakout sessions.

New Member Induction – March 29th

The Club welcomed six new members at its Tuesday morning meeting. The induction ceremony was led by Nicki Swafford, vice-president, Eva Krieger, and Cathi Litcher club secretary. New members inducted were Michele Bennett sponsored by Mollie Grant, Paula Fox sponsored by Tom Staker, Rick Grant sponsored by Mike Benson, Dawn Ellis sponsored by Cathi Litcher, Lisa Brown sponsored by Mike Benson, and William Snyder sponsored by Kimberly Patrizi

New members with sponsors. lf. to rt. Michelle Bennett, Mollie Grant, Paula Fox, Cathi Litcher, Rick Grant (back row). Dawn Ellis, Lisa Brown. Mike Benson (back row), William Snyder, and Kimberly Patrizi

Out of Darkness Walk

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area provided on-site registration service for this amazing event that promotes awareness about suicide prevention. In addition, several Kiwanis members who raised funds to sponsor their walk participated in the event as well. There were over 200 walkers in all who walked across the Surf City Bridge and back to Soundside Park to promote the Out of Darkness Walk that supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Spaghetti Dinner

The Club hosted a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, March 20, 2022 at the Southern Roots Grille in Holly Springs to raise funds for Share-the-Table. Kiwanians provided spaghetti sauces, pasta and desserts plus all the trimmings needed to make the dining experience memorable for the over 80 guests that bought tickets to support the event. A dessert raffle was held immediately following dinner to complete the meal. The event was organized by Kiwanian Bridget Stump with volunteers setting up, cooking, and serving. Key Club members from Dixon High School were also on hand to help with setting up and serving tea or water to each diner. The event would not have been possible without the generous donation of the folks at Southern Roots Grille who contributed their restaurant and kitchen facilities to the Club. Thank you, Southern Roots Grille!

Share-The-Table Donation Event

The Kiwanis Club of Topsail Island Area was pleased to present a $5,000 dollar donation to Share-The-Table at our Club meeting Tuesday night (2/1/22) held at the Salt Marsh Market in Surf City. Club members raised the funds through three member-hosted dinners last fall for club members only that were organized by Ed Broadhurst, Club ‘Skip-a-Meal’ chairman (pictured left).

Carrie Hewitt, Club President (2nd from left) and Ed made the presentation to Dawn Ellis, Founder and Executive Director (2nd from rt) and Michele Bennett, Chairperson, Share-the-Table (rt)

Their mission “…. is to respond to God’s call to nourish our community by providing food where there is hunger, fellowship where there is loneliness, and education to end the cycle of food insecurity.”

As their website states “Share the Table, Inc. is a faith-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization supported by seven charter churches, community churches, civic organizations, and local businesses in Pender and Onslow Counties in North Carolina. Through our free community meals, food pantry, and school backpack program, we feed over 1,000 Pender and Onslow County residents per week.”
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Financial Report

Kimberly Patrizi, Club Treasurer gave an update on Club financials as of the first quarter of 2021/2022 at the January 25, 2022 meeting.

Key points of her report

• Nearly $6,200 over budget in Revenues
• Nearly $1,700 under budget in Expenses
• Net positive of nearly $7,900
• Added Aktion Club to Service budget as received $1,500 grant & donations to fund programs

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Carolinas District of Kiwanis International – Education and Leadership Conference — Greenville, SC – August 28

Summary by Tim Horner, former District Trustee

The Annual District Conference met to certify the election of District Officers, review the past year with an eye to the coming year, especially focusing on MEMBERSHIP! Gaining new members and retaining current Kiwanians. To this end an additional focus was directed to the International direction for “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”.

Topsail Kiwanis was recognized in a most special way this year – WE (all of you) are one of only TWO Kiwanis Clubs in NORTH AMERICA to Charter a new AKTION CLUB this year!!!! Many thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to Club Advisor and Founder Diane Cavanaugh.

Topsail Kiwanis was recognized in a most special way this year – WE (all of you) are one of only TWO Kiwanis Clubs in NORTH AMERICA to Charter a new AKTION CLUB this year!!!! Many thanks and CONGRATULATIONS to Club Advisor and Founder Diane Cavanaugh.

Our second recognition was for two of our FANTASTIC Leadership Team. There are many ways to lead; physical prowess, massive intellect, charisma, or even just prodding others to do a task until it gets done. In Kiwanis we lead by SERVICE, we lead by doing. Our heart tells us where we are needed and we go. Distinguished Leadership is often un-rewarded. In that there are seldom headlines, or media coverage or even notice by your friends or associates. But we continue to provide dedicated help as we can. Our mantra tells us who we are, our deeds show our dedication to that creed.

This past weekend President Carrie Hewitt and President-elect Nicki Swafford were recognized for their dedication to the residents of the Kiwanis Cottage, Boys and Girls Home, Lake Waccamaw. Through many hours-of-service Carrie and Nicki have brought these girls a sense of family they had not ever experienced. They had caring adults who actually treated them as young women with potential and value. They taught them the basics of living they had never known. Additionally, they provided the basics of growing into strong, productive members of their community. Young ladies we would all be proud of. For all of their efforts past and continuing, for their service and selfless dedication to the true meaning of Kiwanis – Carrie and Nicki have been named “Distinguished Kiwanis”. 

JOE CROSTIC was elected as District Governor

Aktion Club Initiated

On Tuesday, August 17, our club initiated an Aktion Club to serve the needs of young adults with disabilities in the Topsail Island Area. President Carrie Hewitt (lf) led the initiation ceremony assisted by Diane Cavanagh, who is the Aktion Club Leader (second from rt).

Joe Crostic, Governor-Elect of Carolinas District gave welcoming comments to the newest members of our Aktion Club as well as praised our Club for the effort made to start this Service Leadership Program noting that there are over 500 Aktion Clubs across 13 nations.

Governor’s Volunteer Awards

Diane was selected for the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award that honors the true spirit of volunteerism by recognizing individuals, groups and businesses that make a significant contribution to their community through volunteer service. Diane volunteers with RSVP-AmeriCore Seniors. RSVP-AmeriCore Seniors provides numerous services to the community, including a check-in on the elderly, Reading Buddies in Pender County Schools, and Meals on Wheels. She recently was instrumental in formation of our Aktion Club.