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!
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The Kiwanis Club of Siesta Key, Sarasota publishes a weekly Newsletter for Members and Friends.  This is the July 29th edition.
President Joy’s Report from Last Tuesdays Board Meeting: 
  • The 2020-2021 Club Budget was approved.  Good news here - Membership dues next year are being reduced to $150, a small "benefit" of not being able to meet in person.
  • Dues invoices have been eMailed to members.  Please mail your check to the Club's PO Box address on the invoice.  Call Treasurer Steve Stonecipher should you have questions
  • Planning ahead, Jeanine Signorellie will be eMailing members a survey with well researched particulars on two possible venues for our lunch meetings (when they resume).  Please respond with your preference.
  • All our Foundation Grant checks have now been distributed.  The final grant was given to the Circus Arts Conservatory by President Joy and President Elect Joe Meyer on July 21st.  (Story below.) 
  • Past and twice President Peter Kiziu and wife Nancy have announced they are moving north to Ocala Florida. Peter has already connected with the Kiwanis Club of Ocala. Peter was our Club's second President (2002-2003) and served again in 2018-2019.  After his first term, Peter was our Division's Lt. Governor.  The Ocala Kiwanians are sure to benefit from Peter's experience and Nancy's enthusiastic support. It goes without saying that we will miss them both. (Ooops I did say it!).
  • The August VCON is coming together. The Seminar Schedule is now available and some Caring Corner Raffle information has been distributed by Division 17 Lt.Gov. Terri Davis Please read the details below.
2020 Florida District Virtual Convention (VCON) Information
  • The day-by-day/hour-by-hour conference schedule is on line - HERE.  
  • District Governor Elect Mary-Lynn Desjarlais has sent us the VCON Seminar Schedule.  Seminars will all be held Saturday, August 15th.  Please download a copy HERE for personal use and review.
  • Because each seminar has a separate ZOOM link you'll need to register for the conference first.  You can register for VCON HERE, and remember registration this year is FREE.
  • PDFs of both the convention announcement and seminar sessions are attached to THIS newsletter.
  • Have we mentioned this before?  Our own Mary-Lynn Desjarlais is being installed as Florida District 2020-2012 Governor on Saturday, August 15th followed by her inaugural address.  She asks that you (YES YOU $NICK_NAME$), be there with her.
Foundation Report:
On July 21 president of Siesta key Kiwanis club president Joy Horne Jones and incoming president Joe Meyer presented to the Circus Arts conservatory a check for $2,000 for a scholarship program. In the picture left-to-right are Circus Arts Conservatory founder, President, and CEO Pedro Reis, Joy Horne JonesJoe Meyer,  and Vice President  of Philanthropy Zoltan Karpathy,
Siesta Key Club President Elect Joe Meyer, sent us this 2020-2021 Committee Chair Update:
Membership                            Joe Meyer, Sherri Urfer, Chris Jones, Mary Lynn Desjarlais
Service Leader Programs.       Clark Lauren, Bill Irish, Ann Jacobs, Ashley Urfer
Xmas Angel                            Marianna Ehmke, Brian Miller
Literacy Buddies.                    Matt Anderson
Bugs Program.                        Candy Anderson
Club Food Drive.                    Leaf Wanless. Chris Jones
Wilkinson Elem Partnership.  Carolyn Jones-Penn
Sheriff.                                    Katherine Johnson
Speaker Programs.                  Jill Meyer-Kreiger
Meeting Greeter.                     Neil De Lorenzo
Club Humorist.                       Carmen Ramsey
Fundraising.                            Joe Meyer, Mary Lynn Dejarlais, Sherri Urfer. Ashley Urfer
Media and PR.                        Clark Lauren, Jeanine Signorelli
Inter clubs.                              Carolyn Jones-Penn
Social Directors.                     Leaf Wanless, Carmen Ramsey
Club Photographer.                 Jeanine Signorelli, Clark Lauren
Club Engagement.                  Carmen Ramsey, Joy Horne-Jones
Chamber of Commerce.         Peter Kiziu
Youth Justice                          Doug  Griffin, Dan Lundy
Christmas Parade                   Peter and Nancy Kiziu
Joe thanks the Committee Chairs for volunteering for their positions.  These Committees help us earn our "Mighty" nickname every year.
Sikora & Moore has been in business for 5-years.  Please congratulate Joe Sikora and partner/wife Shirley on their success.
VCON Caring Corner Information (from Lt.Gov. Terri  Davis):
With the 2020 "DCON" transformed to "VCON" the Caring Corner auction is going virtual. The picture at the right is Division 17’s Caring Corner auction basket.   Ray and I used the money we would have spent in CLE training and the canceled DCM to fund the prize.  It is more important then ever to take the time and support our Caring Corner.  When it opens, bidding will be on line HERE.  Stay safe and when you do, spend money at the 2020 VCON Caring Corner!... Terri
Kiwanis International Leadership Transition:
Congratulations to our newly elected Kiwanis International leadership for 2020-21: President Art Riley, President-Elect Peter Mancuso and Vice President Bert West. All were elected to their positions last Saturday along with new trustees during a special meeting of Kiwanis International Council. Election results and more detail are HERE.
IF you are an Early Riser AND Miss In-Person Kiwanis Meetings:
The North Manatee Kiwanis Club invites you to attend their July 31st 7:00 am meeting.  That's this coming Friday morning at Popi's Place IV located at 3911 US-301, Ellenton.   The speaker is Sheriff Rick Wells, from the Manatee County Sheriffs Department.   Bring and wear your masks out of respect for Rick, fellow Kiwanians, and the staff at Popi's.  Come early if you wish - Popi's opens at 6:00 am.
Wednesday Humor: 
Joe Sikora submitted this one liner  -
"Police patrolling Siesta Beach after closing last week found two teenagers naked on a blanket in a compromising position.  The officers gave them citations for not not wearing facemasks and sent them home." 
This week's Post-Its are about Cat Humor (It's OK Carmen, we did dogs several weeks ago) -                                                         
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