Ample turnout today and we had a visiting Kiwanian from Bermuda. Former Easton resident and founding director of the Easton Boys & Girls Club, Harold Smith was at our meeting. He said to me later that he’s taking back to his club some of our very busy ideas. Harold is a 25-year Kiwanian and past Lt. Gov. Joanne reminds us the Super Raffle is June 12th. Walt brought us up to date on the SLP Club’s as they begin to wind down their final meetings for the year. Walt also reported on the recent Easton Opioid Area Task Force event, “Keep Our Kids Safe” held at the Easton Arts Academy. While the turnout of adults was low Dean Young did bring a group of children to learn more about Electronic and Internet dangers. John Kennedy reminded us of next week’s meeting location being at the SOMEDAY CAFÉ, 1400 Easton Road, Riegelsville, PA. Why not decide to carpool? Parking is available on either side of the building. And if you are not familiar with the café, it’s the old Russel Ford dealership at the south end of town. After lunch we will be touring the Conservation Warehouse in Riegelsville. Nick told us about the EOATF and the breakfast meeting-forum with the Chamber of Commerce, Tuesday, April 2nd from 7:30 to 10:00 The program is entitled “Easton Opioid Awareness Event – The Opioid Epidemic: Employer Preparedness & Response”. This event will be held at the State Theater’s Easton Hospital Gallery – 453 Northampton St., Easton, PA. The cost is $20 per person which includes breakfast. Registration is required. Contact Nick or Bill for more information. Since Janet jumped ship, I mean airplanes, at the last minute, Leigh Miller got to introduce 2 of her associates at the Greater Valley YMCA. Kristen Fisher, Childcares Specialist and Adrianne Jackson, Grant Writer, gave us some insight on services and programs offered by some or all of the 7 YMCAS in our valley. There are over 10,000 members; 26 child-care facilities providing support for over 1000 children daily; financial support provides over $1million for programs for those who cannot afford them; Allentown even has a “warming station” when necessary providing care for 64 people. The YMCA is not just a swimming pool. Here in Easton there are before and after programs for 7 Easton School District schools. Lafayette College students attend as tutors. There is even a “cooking matters” program that has 15 children learning weekly how to prepare a low-cost, nutritious, quality meal and they go home with a bag of groceries to prepare at home.
And today our Kiwanis Club presented the YMCA with a $600 grant for their STEAM Enrichment program at the upcoming Youth Summer Day Camp. 120 children are anxiously awaiting their “Lucky Dutchman Gem Mining Kit” where they receive a bag of “rocks” and learn about the history of geology when they pan for rocks and minerals which they identify all while having fun with learning. Don’t forget next week we are at the SOMEDAY CAFÉ for our lunch meeting.