District Disaster Relief Chair Mike Malark, distinguished past governor, is planning to go to Texas in mid-September. He is asking all lieutenant governors and all Kiwanians to please get donations of the following items. He asks the divisions to consolidate pick up locations to save time and mileage. Divisions are asked to work together.
- Gift cards: Visa, Master Card, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart
- Dry cereal, peanut butter
- Canned vegetables, canned meats, canned soups, juice
- Pasta, pasta sauce
- Sweeteners, coffee, tea, hot chocolate
- Pancake mix, flour, Bisquick, instant mashed potatoes, crackers
- Aluminum foil, freezer bags, paper towels, toilet paper (2-ply only)
- Plastic utensils, paper plates, cups, napkins
- Cooked bacon, jerky
- Bottled water
A list also can be downloaded.
Donations: Checks made out to New York District Foundation Disaster Relief Fund Please send to: Mike Malark, Disaster Relief Chair (H) 518-765-4392 for information, 14 Crowridge Rd., Voorheesville, NY 12186
Candace Corsaro was elected 2017-18 Governor and John "Hank" Baker was elected Governor-Elect for 2017-18 during the House of Delegates Saturday.
The votes took place during the District Convention in Lake Placid, which ended Sunday.
Corsaro was uncontested, while Baker won in a contested election.
Also during the House of Delegates, the delegates approved a bylaw amendment which made non-substantial changes to the district's bylaws that were requested by Kiwanis International. The approval came in a voice vote.
A second amendment, which would have segregated $5 in the district dues already being collected as a fund to pay for the Empire State Kiwanian was more contentious. Proposed by the North Central Kiwanis Club, it was supported by Immediate Past Gov. Forbes Irvine from that club but drew objections from many others.
An amendment was approved changing the date the proposal would be effective from Oct. 1, 2017 to Oct. 1, 2018, but then there was a motion to table the question, and that was approved in a voice vote, ending all consideration of the proposal.
More information and pictures from the convention are available.
The Gerald P. Christiano Distinguished Service Award, the top award for service in the New York District, was awarded Saturday to Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse, who for five years headed the district's Eliminate Project fund-raising effort.
Kirmse, a member of the Fordham, Bronx, Kiwanis club, was selected for her service to Kiwanis and especially for her work on the Eliminate Project, explained Past International President Thomas DeJulio, who also is a Fordham club member.
The Eliminate campaign raised $1.1 million in the New York District during her time chairing it. She noted that there were 49 countries in the world with maternal neo-natal tetanus when the project began, and now there are 32. It has been eliminated in the Western Hemisphere.
The Christiano award is presented to no more than one person per year by the Past Governor's Council based on service to the district and to Kiwanis. Governors and past governors are not eligible for the award.
After more than 20 years of work, Kiwanians in the New York District should soon be able to buy special license plates celebrating their Kiwanis membership.
Past Gov. Eric G. Paul announced at Thursday's district board meeting that Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the bill on Monday to make the Kiwanis plates available, pending completion of a design and arrangements for either a bond or 200 orders to cover the initial cost of the design.
Gov. Stephen Sirgiovanni noted he met the state's governor recently at an event and had an opportunity to ask him to sign the bill.
Paul said he began working on the plates in 1994 when he worked for a state legislator. He noted that Gov. George Pataki, a former Key Club member, vetoed the bill. The now-signed bill was sponsored by state Sen. Patrick Gallivant, R-59, and Assemblyman Michael Miller, D-38, who is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Glendale.
Board members at the meeting wanted to proceed quickly with making the plates available. If needed and money is available, the board voted to post the $6,000 bond with the state in order to move the project forward. As soon as 200 sets of plates are ordered, the money will be returned.
More information needs to be determined and additional information on ordering the plates will be made available at a later date.
New Members Being Inducted
So far during the 2016-17 Kiwanis year, 548 new members have been inducted by Kiwanis clubs in the New York District.
You can see who they are and what clubs and divisions they have joined.
Save the Date for Kamp Gala
A Gala to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kamp Kiwanis has been scheduled for Sunday, March 4, 2018, at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
More information will be available closer to the event.