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Kiwanis Division 24 primed for a great 2014-15

MORRIS – Donald McKinney, superintendent for Nettle Creek School in Morris, was recently elected the Lieutenant Governor of Division 24 for the Illinois Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International.

Earlier this month, McKinney attended an extensive training session in Bloomington where he learned that the motto for the coming year is “The Way Ahead...is Growth.” While the number of clubs over the last 50 years has doubled, the number of members per club has decreased by nearly 50 percent, according to a news release.

Division 24 includes five clubs: Morris, LaSalle-Peru, Ottawa, Streator and Mendota. McKinney has a set a goal of increasing club membership for each of the clubs in Division 24 as well as creating two new clubs in the Division.

“The most obvious place for a new club,” McKinney said in the release, “is the Minooka-Channahon area.”

While all service organizations have a great deal to offer the communities they serve, Kiwanis Club is specifically focused on “Serving the Children of the World.”

Kiwanis offers programs for children of all ages, including the International Circle K, which is a college/university service organization. The Kiwanis Clubs in Division 24 have been active making a difference in their communities by providing youth literacy programs, sponsoring Special Olympics, and providing “busy bags” to hospital waiting rooms to keep children occupied in meaningful ways. The clubs are constantly looking at new ways to positively impact the communities they serve.

If you are interested in being a part of Kiwanis, contact McKinney at drdonmckinney@yahoo.com.

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