Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World
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Here is all the news for the club.

Wildy's World - 01/17/2018
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Stacy Self (L), AKA Wildy, was introduced by Rebekah Robertson (R), club member. 

Stacy is the proprietor of Wildy's World, her art studio located on Walnut St, between Ernies (an iconic local restaurant) and Artrageous (a local store of art).

Born and raised in St. Louis, after getting her education (attended the School of Visual Arts; Royal College of Art in London), she raised her kids in the Ozarks for 15 years. Curious and not knowing about Columbia, she discovered it's vibrant art culture and has moved here to establish her "Inspire and Uplift" art.

Art is collaborative. This is her first 'brick and mortar' business where the community comes from all walks...

New member inducted - 01/10/2018
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Nancy Holloway (R) was inducted into our club today. Rebekah Robertson (L) is her sponsor. Rebekah shared a fun "Christmas in July" doing bell-ringing for The Salvation Army, of which Nancy has been a member for 35 years!

Nancy joined Boonslick Kiwanis on August 31, 2017.

Nancy moved to Columbia in the summer of 2016. She will be giving a program on the recovery efforts of The Salvation Army in Florida after hurricane Irma. Having traveled to Florida, she will have a first hand account.


Life of a news reporter - 01/10/2018
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Brittany Ruess (L) is a reporter with the Columbia Tribune, introduced by club member John Conway (R).

Brittany became interested in High School, when as a sophomore, she needed 2 practical arts credits. She wanted to improve her writing and journalism was available. She wrote a front page expo about the Principal only letting diet soda in the school (not popular with the students).

After that, she wrote a story about a student with Tourettes syndrome. It was impactful to her when he said it's like an itch you can't scratch. She felt she was giving him a voice.

She proceeded in her career as a Webster Groves graduate, being the editor of their college paper, with a goal to become a Pacemaker...

Running for Office - 12/27/2017
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John Conway, with his granddaughter Annabella, who rang the bell to open our meeting, lead our club in the pledge, and introduced her doll Alexandria, from NY.

John is running for a position on the Board of Education - Columbia Public Schools.

As a member of Boonslick Kiwanis, we were interested in hearing his reasons for considering this office.

When considering this endeavor, there were 3 situations he considered. 

  1. Education arena-being inspired by his parents, wanting a better life for their children. Education provided opportunity.
  2. Inspiration from his wife-as a long time educator and career in education, wanting to provide opportunities to children...

Merry Christmas! - 12/20/2017
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Charles Lawrence (L) reads "Christmas Guest" to musical accompnyment on keyboard by Sherry Wyatt. Both are Boonslick Kiwanis members, Sherry being our current District Lt. Governor. 

Sherry lead the club members in traditional songs with member stories between songs. Our club is not only blessed, but shares our blessings!

Angela Pigg, President (L), Sherry & Randy Wyatt (R) Boonslick Kiwanis Christmas - 12/20/2017
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Merry Christmas from Boonslick Kiwanis to the children of the communities we serve, locally and world-wide!

Missouri Alternative Breaks - 12/13/2017
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Tim McLaughlin, Boonslick Kiwanis club member is shown with leaders Rebekah Bell (L), Cleo Benos (C) and Sarah Edwards (R) who gave a program on this service which is self funded, housed at the MU Student Center.

They shared highlights of being founded in 1991 to send groups of students on service trips during school breaks. Participants enter communities with the mindset of "Serve, don't help", one of their principles. This provides students opportunities to gain a wider perspective locally, state wide, country wide and internationally. There are weekend trips, locally and regionally, and week long trips, throughout the US, and internationally to Nicaragua and the...

Life with the Porters - 12/06/2017
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Lisa Porter discussed her family's life's journey of faith with Boonslick Kiwanis.

Tags of Hope - 11/22/2017
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Christi Farmer (L), shown with club member Nancy Burke (R). Known to each other through church, Christi started a program called Tags of Hope. Currently housed at Community UMC, they "provide hope, clothing, books and more to foster children in mid-Missouri".

Data from 2016 was shared in that there were 1,370 children in foster care in mid-Missouri. 502 of these in Boone County and over 20,000 in the state. The average stay is 20 months and average age is 10 years old. In Boone County, only 154 cases were closed and only 140 adopted out.

A goal is for the kids to 'shop' quarterly. Each can select a number of items such as shirts, socks, books, etc. Most items they give are 'gently...

Lutheran Family & Children's Services - 11/15/2017
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Laura Farmer (center), Regional Director and Truman Orson (L), Development Officer were introduced by Rod Hartwig (R), club member to share information on LFCS.

Over 300 women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies every year come to LFCS for help and hope. They may be in crisis because of housing, medical care, anxiety, and depression, among other things. They provide assistance to help her make a positive plan for herself and her baby.

During National Adoption Month, LFCS has events to support the services provided by them. There is a Bookfair at Barnes and Noble on Friday, Nov. 17. You can visit online from 11/17-11/24 and enter Bookfair ID 12244984. There's also...