Gravette Ki­wa­nis Club in­stalls new of­fi­cers

Westside Eagle-Observer - - NEWS - SU­SAN HOL­LAND shol­land@nwadg.com

GRAVETTE — Mem­bers of the Gravette Ki­wa­nis Club in­stalled new of­fi­cers for the 2018-2019 club year at a spe­cial din­ner meet­ing Mon­day, Sept. 24, at the Billy V. Hall Se­nior Ac­tiv­ity and Well­ness Cen­ter. David Bai­ley of Gravette, lieu­tenant gover­nor MOARK Ki­wa­nis Dis­trict 19, served as in­stalling of­fi­cer.

Ki­wa­nis mem­bers and guests en­joyed din­ner prior to the in­stal­la­tion. Macy, Tessa and Janie Mad­dox, daugh­ters of Mayor Kurt and Dawn Mad­dox, pro­vided en­ter­tain­ment fol­low­ing the meal, per­form­ing a dance num­ber from the Dis­ney mu­si­cal, “Aladdin Jr.”

Out­go­ing pres­i­dent Lavon Stark, who took over in midyear from Jay Chalk, wel­comed those present and in­tro­duced guests and cur­rent of­fi­cers.

Stark out­lined sev­eral highlights of the past club year. Ac­com­plish­ments in­cluded spon­sor­ing Key Club at Gravette High School and send­ing three mem­bers to lead­er­ship camp, spon­sor­ing Builders Club at Gravette Mid­dle School, spon­sor­ing K Kids at Gravette Up­per Ele­men­tary and spon­sor­ing Ter­rific Kids at Glenn Duffy Ele­men­tary School, mak­ing fi­nan­cial con­tri­bu­tions to Shiloh Min­istries and Es­sen­tial Ex­ten­sion, giv­ing two $1,000 schol­ar­ships to grad­u­at­ing se­niors, pro­vid­ing school sup­plies for stu­dents at De­catur ele­men­tary school, buy­ing an an­i­mal at the Ben­ton County Fair and a chicken at the 4-H pul­let sale, buy­ing candy for the Cham­ber of Com­merce Easter egg hunt, paint­ing ta­bles in Kind­ley Park, spon­sor­ing the an­nual pan­cake break­fast on Gravette Day and in­clud­ing a quilt raf­fle, silent auc­tion and per­for­mance by dancers from Dy­namic Rhythm dance stu­dio, help­ing with park­ing at the Gravette fall fes­ti­val, start­ing a new club in Rogers and do­nat­ing items to But­ler Creek Auc­tions with pro­ceeds go­ing to the Ki­wa­nis project to elim­i­nate neona­tal tetanus.

Pro­ceeds from the auc­tion donation al­lowed the club to reach its goal of con­tribut­ing $22,000 to the neona­tal tetanus cam­paign and re­sulted in its be­ing des­ig­nated a model club. Bella Vista was the only other club in the dis­trict des­ig­nated a model club.

Stark in­tro­duced Kim Hen­dren, the club’s only char­ter mem­ber, and pre­sented him with a char­ter mem­ber shirt. Dan Yates, a past pres­i­dent of the club and past dis­trict lieu­tenant gover­nor, pre­sented Hen­dren with a pin to wear on the shirt. Hen­dren said he first joined Ki­wa­nis in 1964 in Siloam Springs.

Stark pre­sented Su­san Hol­land with a Ki­wa­nis MOARK Dis­trict cook­book in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her news­pa­per cov­er­age of Ki­wa­nis events. She an­nounced the club had a gift of a pot­ted mum for Betty Howard in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her donation of quilts to be raf­fled on Gravette Day.

Stark pre­sented Dan Yates with a Ki­wa­nis plat­inum-level cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion and pin for bring­ing in new mem­bers and other ac­tiv­i­ties in the club. Brenda Yates, club sec­re­tary, pre­sented Stark with a Ki­wa­nis pin in ap­pre­ci­a­tion for her fin­ish­ing the year as pres­i­dent. Stark in­tro­duced mem­bers of the board of di­rec­tors who were present, in­clud­ing Richard Page, Zane Van­der­pool and Dan Yates. Di­rec­tors not present were Pa­trick Hall, Bob Kel­ley and Mike vonRee.

David Bai­ley then in­stalled new of­fi­cers Dr. Nancy Jones, pres­i­dent; Kurt Mad­dox, pres­i­den­t­elect; and Brenda Yates, sec­re­tary. Mal­colm Win­ters, in­com­ing trea­surer, was un­able to at­tend.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

Kim Hen­dren wears a char­ter mem­ber shirt and dis­plays a Ki­wa­nis pin to wear on it given him by Dan Yates at the Gravette Ki­wa­nis Club in­stal­la­tion ban­quet Mon­day, Sept. 24. Lavon Stark (pic­tured with Hen­dren) out­go­ing pres­i­dent, pre­sented him the shirt rec­og­niz­ing him as the Gravette club’s only sur­viv­ing char­ter mem­ber.

West­side Ea­gle Ob­server/SU­SAN HOL­LAND

David Bai­ley (cen­ter), lieu­tenant gover­nor of MOARK Dis­trict 19 Ki­wa­nis, poses with new 2018-19 of­fi­cers of the Gravette Ki­wa­nis Club af­ter in­stalling them at a din­ner meet­ing Mon­day, Sept. 24. Pic­tured are Brenda Yates, sec­re­tary; Dr. Nancy Jones, pres­i­dent; Kurt Mad­dox; pres­i­dent-elect; and Lavon Stark, past pres­i­dent. Trea­surer Mal­colm Win­ters was un­able to at­tend.

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