Batavia High School graduate Haley Baumgartner receives Community Builder Award at Kiwanis Club open house
Aug 11, 2016 09:26AM
● By Neighbors Magazines
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia held an open house on Tues., Aug. 9 at Andres Restaurant in downtown Batavia. The open house provided an opportunity for interested members of the community to learn more about Kiwanis Club service projects and apply for membership.
Secretary Pamela Tuggle welcomed everyone to the noon meeting and led the attendees through the Pledge of Allegiance and the Kiwanis Pledge. Pamela then introduced President Janene Albrecht who talked about the Kiwanis Club’s impact in the community.
Albrecht spoke to the dedication of Kiwanis Club members and their devotion of over 6 million hours of service each year. Current Kiwanis service includes the Eliminate Project, a fundraising effort which aims to save the lives of women and babies by eradicating maternal and neonatal tetanus in countries throughout the world.
Member and past President Sue Bauer then got up to speak about ongoing, local volunteer opportunities in the community through projects like Adopt a Highway, Feed My Starving Children and Chip-In Batavia.
Bauer also spoke about the importance of youth service before presenting the Community Builder Award to Batavia High School graduate Haley Baumgartner for her work serving the school and community as President of the Key Club.
Haley referred to the Key Club as a close-knit community and talked about how rewarding it was to be a part of such a great organization. “Once you get involved, you don’t want to stop.” Haley also mentioned projects she was involved with that were unique from other schools, such as Mr. BHS which raised $16,000 for spastic paralysis research.
“It was an amazing experience,” Baumgartner said. “I hope more people get involved.”
Rick Poulton, the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Governor-Designate, was the final speaker. Poulton echoed Bauer’s sentiments about the importance of youth service involvement.
Kiwanis member Andrew Greenhagen then offered a final invitation to join and “find the Kiwanis story that turns your heart.”
The Kiwanis Club of Batavia supports projects and activities that build character and leadership skills and encourage community service by the youth of the Batavia area. Membership meetings are held at 12pm the second Tuesday of the month at Andre’s restaurant and at 6:30pm the third Wednesday of the month at Panera Bread.