This year’s University Kiwanis pin is in honor of Anchorage’s former resident moose, Buzzwinkle. We were inspired by an Alaska Dispatch article recalling Buzz’s lengthy and lively contribution to the morale of the municipality. He was something else! We’ll be selling a gemstone version for $8, a blinking version for $12 and a wooden for $20. [Link to the standard version] Of course, we’ll be selling Fur Rendezvous pins too. We are the Keystone Kops after all.
Proceed’s from this years pin will go towards our University Kiwanis community service projects. We are proud to be able to say that every dollar we raise goes back into one of our many projects: feeding needy seniors during the holidays, sponsoring KEY clubs to promote youth volunteering, funding children to attend CampFireUSA’s summer camps, immunizing newborn babies in the developing world through UNICEF, and many more.
We’ll be selling at Christmas Village Saturday Dec, 21 from 10-6. Look for us at the Eagle River Fred Meyer and Carrs in the Sears Mall through out the holidays and leading up to Fur Rendezvous. Additional locations pending. Donations are gladly accepted.
Also, look for our special Eliminate booster buttons for $2. The design is still being finalized. Each button saves a child’s life. The proceeds of each button will go towards the Kiwanis Eliminate Project, in partnership with UNICEF, to immunize pregnant women and their babies against tetanus. Our goal is to sell 1000 buttons, raise $2000, and thereby immunize 1105 babies in the developing world (at 1.81 cents for a series of three shots).
On Friday, the Chugiak High School Key Club collected over 2,230 pounds of food for the Canned Food Drive in conjunction with their homecoming festivities. That’s a metric ton of food donated to the two Eagle River Food Banks!
They raised over $300 selling concessions at the homecoming dance for the Kiwanis/UNICEF
Eliminate Project. And the week prior, 14 of their members cleaned up, Camp Erin, a camp of
Hospice of Anchorage camp for grieving teens. The Chugiak Key Club is doing wonderful service and as a sponsor we couldn’t be more proud. Recognition goes to each of the Key Club members; Alex Culbert, President; Emily Wood, Secretary; Aurora Taylor, Vice President; Cara Chapman, Treasurer; Debra LaRue, Faculty Advisor; and Jim Huettl, Kiwanis Advisor.
We have finished our picnic table project with Anchorage Parks and Rec! Hip Hip! All of the tables at the Centennial Park Campground are fixed and in usable condition. At least 30 tables repaired in total. (I’ll post exact figures when I calculate them.)
We had a good turnout for the final day in spite of the rain, 7 members and 2 guests. A big thank you to John Sherman, Esq. who helped out every day of the project this summer. What a trooper. And, a thank you and welcome to Tobin Lily (and his little one) for helping us get over our post-lunch food coma and finish the project.
Lastly, word of sincere appreciation to Mirna Estrada the Volunteer Coordinator for Anchorage Parks and Rec. Mirna, you did a wonderful job helping us out while navigating your busy schedule. Thank you!
Rusted bolts were the theme of the day.
Powering through one of many difficult bolts.
A little one checking for rot.
The afternoon group at our last table.
Now we just have to figure out what project to do next. Any suggestions? Comment here or contact us.