Help­ing those in need

Ki­wa­nis Golden K help­ing within com­mu­nity since 1984

Cape Breton Post - - Community Connections - De­bra Mur­ray Golden Mo­ments

Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton club re­ceived its char­ter in 1984. We are part of Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional in its “Bluenose Di­vi­sion” which in­cludes all four At­lantic Prov­inces. Our Cape Bre­ton club is proudly the largest club in this di­vi­sion.

We have an im­pres­sive mix of pro­fes­sions, ex­pe­ri­ences and per­sonal in­ter­ests, one of which is def­i­nitely our ea­ger­ness to help those in need through­out our Cape Bre­ton com­mu­ni­ties. We have a strong fel­low­ship and kin­ship. Our weekly meet­ings ad­here to a bal­ance of busi­ness and fun with con­stant re­spect for each other as mem­bers of a team.

Mem­bers are en­cour­aged, but not pres­sured, to get in­volved in a va­ri­ety of vol­un­teer op­por­tu­ni­ties and as well, to take on some club po­si­tions and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties via our 23 com­mit­tees. We are al­ways ea­ger to ac­knowl­edge birthdays, an­niver­saries and to cel­e­brate to­gether with things like weekly bowl­ing, oc­ca­sional golf­ing, the an­nual bar­be­cue, lob­ster din­ner and Christ­mas party to name a few.

As recently as 2015 Ki­wa­nis In­ter­na­tional rec­og­nized the de­vo­tion and com­mit­ment of our club by pre­sent­ing us with the Distin­guished Club Award and fea­tur­ing us in a full-length ar­ti­cle in their in­ter­na­tional mag­a­zine.

We have more than 50 men and women in our club at present, rang­ing in age from 53 to 96; we have one mem­ber in his first year and one in his 33rd.

We have some­one who has worked with 20th Cen­tury Fox and shook hands with Charley Chap­lin and El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor. We have X-ray and lab tech­nol­o­gists, war vet­er­ans, real es­tate agents, car­pen­ters, his­to­ri­ans, con­sul­tants and CEOs.

Our group is a mix of ra­dio, tele­phone and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try work­ers, along with con­struc­tion work­ers and peo­ple from the oil, steel/rail and coal in­dus­tries. Some have worked for the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. We have for­mer su­per­vi­sors, teach­ers and in­struc­tors, pub­lic speak­ers and peo­ple who were once em­ployed in the ar­eas of pur­chas­ing, ship­ping and re­ceiv­ing, bank­ing, pro­duc­tion and man­age­ment. To cover the en­tire realm of di­ver­sity in our group I’d need a few more ar­ti­cles.

We have a Spe­cial Olympian, sev­eral peo­ple who sing like an­gels and some who play a va­ri­ety of in­stru­ments. We have sports­men and sports fa­nat­ics, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and a priest. The club has truck­ers, Canada Post and Vet­er­ans Af­fairs work­ers and a marine safety man­ager. We are greeters at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hos­pi­tal and as­sist at the weekly “free” blood donor clin­ics on Thurs­days at the Mayflower Mall.

We can be seen in lo­cal schools sup­port­ing youth lead­er­ship and help­ing with break­fast pro­grams. We are no strangers to Satur­day morn­ing cof­fee clubs, where vol­un­teers sing and share light lun­cheon weekly at MacGil­livray Guest Home, the Cove and Har­bour­stone En­hanced Care and bi­weekly at Cedar Court.

We can be seen greet­ing the thou­sands of cruise ship vis­i­tors at the His­tor­i­cal Mu­seum in Whit­ney Pier and we de­liver Meals on Wheels and meals for V.O.N Day Care.

Though many of our mem­bers were once strangers, as mem­bers they have since be­come and have re­mained friends while serv­ing to­gether as good­will am­bas­sadors. With a heart-felt ded­i­ca­tion to com­mu­nity, we are all feath­ers on the same wing now.

Con­stantly seek­ing and wel­com­ing new mem­bers, we wear our hearts on our sleeve and THAT sleeve is Cape Bre­ton Ki­wa­nis Golden K blue. We truly have a most dy­namic group dy­namic.

In the left photo, as a Ki­wa­nis Golden K of Cape Bre­ton mem­ber, John Ryan de­liv­ers food to clients of the VON Day­care Pro­gram. In the right photo, Golden K mem­ber Howie Nose­wor­thy helps to dole out break­fast to stu­dents at Moun­tain­view Ele­men­tary.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

Golden K mem­ber Debbie Stevens, left, presents a cheque for $3,500 to Debbie Madore, right, the Nutri­tion For Learn­ing Di­eti­cian for the Cape Bre­ton Vic­to­ria Re­gional School Board, in support of their school break­fast pro­gram. 46#.*55&% 1)050

Shown here are Deb Mur­ray, left, and Sharon Pol­lock, right, of the Cape Bre­ton Ki­wa­nis Golden K shar­ing in­for­ma­tion about the club with those who at­tended the re­cent New Dawn Vol­un­teer Fair. 46#.*55&% 1)050

Golden K mem­ber Bernie Jes­some helps pass out nu­tri­tious items to stu­dents of Moun­tain­view Ele­men­tary dur­ing their school break­fast pro­gram. 46#.*55&% 1)050

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