Pat Scott of the Orchard Park club (left) and Barbara Schor of the Brighton Club (right) with President Dr. John Button.
President John addressing Kiwanians present for the event. Looking on is Gov. Eric G. Paul.
International President Dr. John Button and his first lady, Debbie, attended the Official Governor's Visit to the Niagara Frontier South Division on Jan. 10 in Buffalo.
The event had been rescheduled from November after the Buffalo area was buried with up to 7 feet of snow, a storm now dubbed Snovember.
President John participated in the pre-dinner meeting with club officers from the division, and addressed the dinner during the evening, which also included the usual Governor's Visit activities.
Some special presentations did take place. Gov. Eric G. Paul received a Centennial Award, an award only available during Kiwanis' centennial year. The award was arranged by the current District Board, which is headed by Niagara Frontier South Lt. Gov. Chuck Eckert.
Distinguished Past Gov. John Gridley was on hand to meet with the family of Stephanie Szymanski, who has received support from the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation for the continuing treatment of her infection. Gridley announced that while the foundation had previously approved $15,000 to pay for her treatment, that in light of the continuing expenses that amount would be increased to $50,000. Also present for the surprise announcement were members of the Marilla club, who originally referred the Szymanski family to the foundation for assistance.
Gridley also presented Gov. Eric with a Brittany Award, noted that the $500 donations which support the Brittany Awards are the primary source of revenue for the foundation.
Eckert also made a presentation to the Buffalo Children's Hospital as a result of a division project. The clubs "nickel-dime-quarter" project had allowed the division to purchase many gift cards which the hospital can give to families who need some immediate help as a result of a hospitalization.
Stephanie Szymanski (in wheelchair) and her family have just learned the Kiwanis Pediatric Lyme Disease Foundation had extended her coverage for medical bills to $50,000. Pictured with the family are, at left, Lt. Gov. Chuck Eckert and Distinguished Past Gov. John Gridley; to the right of the family are Gov. Eric G. Paul and International President Dr. John Button.
Registration for the Mid-Year Conference, Feb. 20-22 in Albany, is open and can be done here on the web site.
Those interested in becoming certified to do CPR can take a class and get certified at the event.
Registration and other fees will increase in 12 days.
Bring a Guest Contest
The New York District Formula Team invites clubs to participate in a Bring a Guest Contest.
How it works: Bring a potential member to a meeting and snap a photo with that person to earn an entry to win a raffle prize. Snap a photo of your and a new member being inducted into your club and earn five entries to win a prize.
There will be a special award for the club bringing in the most new members during the contest. The contest will end Feb. 7. Send photos to Formula Membership Chair Julie Watterson by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text to (631) 987-2442. All photos will be posted on the district Facebook page.
New ESK Available
The January issue of the Empire State Kiwanian is in the mail and available here on the web site.
Circle K Seeks Journal Ads
The Circle K annual convention will be March 20-22 in Albany. Clubs, divisions and Kiwanians are invited to take an advertisement in the convention journal to show their support for Circle K.
The connvention honoree this year will Past Gov. Jack Tetamore. Also being honored is Rich Hall, with the Glen Fitzpatrick Outstanding Circle K Alumni Award.