Welcome To The Mighty Siesta Key Kiwanis Club !

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated
to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
In 2015 Kiwanis International celebrated its 
100th anniversary of service to children. That's what we do,
that's why we are here.  Kids Need Kiwanis!
 We are temporarily doing virtual meetings.  If you would like to be invited to join us, please  email our President, Joy Horne-Jones at hornejones@yahoo.com or call 941-377-4692.
We welcome new members!
Recent Stories
Carolyn-Jones Penn, Linda Irish and Bill Irish attended Wilkinson Elementary School’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast representing our Club.
A video presentation was given that included WES students saying “Thank you” to the volunteers, especially for reading to them, and for donations of books for the book sale! The children loved the books, and being read to.
It was a nice event, well attended. The Temple was selected as the Partner of the Year this year. They do amazing work on site. Temple members have adopted the kindergartens and read to all the kindergarten students. They have encouraged other religious groups to get involved.  Church of the Palms is now planning to adopting the first grades.  The increasing community support is encouraging.
The presentation indicated that this past year WES had 361 volunteers that contributed at least 3,766 volunteer hours. The school district calculated a value for these hours to be worth $95,756!  All this and some after-hour, and weekend times were not included.
The school chorus sang several songs for us. Amazing voices for such young people! Four of our K-Kids are in the chorus.
When you hear what has been done since last year, and plans for the coming years, truly makes you proud to be part of this school’s efforts to improve the lives of their student body!
Bill Irish
WES Partnership Chair
Happy Memories of Easter Eggs, a Bunny and Horses – were made Saturday at the SK Chamber of Commerce Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Turtles Beach on Siesta Key. 
Our Mighty Club partnered with the Chamber providing volunteer support and sponsorship.  The early crew arrived  7:00 am (yes, there are select Kiwaninas moving that early)  at Turtle Beach to begin set-up.  The second wave arrived at 8:30 shortly before children with parents in tow.  There were Sherriff Deputies with horses, firemen with an enormous Fire Truck, a face painting booth, games, prizes and the guest of honor - THE Easter Bunny.  These provided experiences and activity before THE HUNT.  The program called for 6 "hunts" beginning at 9:30 and continuing until noon. 
A lot of engagement for children, mostly well behaved and having a good time.  One volunteer noted that by-and-large the children were better behaved than some of the adults.  One adult asked if we had a sofa reserved for grandparents - "sorry, no" perhaps next year. 
Thanks to our volunteers:  
Jim and Ann Mattson
Carmen Ramsey
Doug and Paula Griffin
Gail Thomas (New member of the Sarasota East Club)
Bill and Linda Irish
Carolyn Jones-Penn
Peter and Nancy Kiziu
Joy Horne-Jones
      The Easter Bunny!
As planned, a Mighty Tiger Team led by Katrina Jones Baranko, Gary Levine, and Mary-Lynn Desjarlais with support from Siesta Key members
Karen Sweat
Candy Anderson
Patty Casey
Peter Kiziu
Joe Meyer
Jim Mattson
Ann Mattson
Clark Lauren
Joy Horne-Jones
made calls and visited prospective Kiwanians interested in establishing a NEW Kiwanis Club to be centered east of Sarasota near I-75.  The Tigers succeeded in securing 18 “YES” responses and on short notice they met Wednesday evening on the lanai of the Mad Fish Grill to organize. 
Members elected Michelle Rhea (a former Key Cluber), President.  Clark Lauren agreed to be the Club’s Secretary.  It was decided to be the "Sarasota East Kiwanis Club".  The full Board will be developed at the first scheduled Club Meeting, April 22, 2019 at 6:30 pm at The White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233.  The club has decided to meet twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month.
Doug Griffin and Clark Lauren will serve as "Mentors" for the Sarasota East Club.

Mary- Lynn Desjarlais