MEETING NEWS July 22, 2020

Nice turnout on this warm summer day. In fact, 2 of the ZOOMers on the meeting were sitting outside with their laptops enjoying the warm weather. 11 Easton Kiwanis members and 8 visiting Kiwanis members including our Jamaican friend Hope that helps our meetings become truly “international”. Cathy Kane from Allentown NE Kiwanis reports they will begin next week with an outdoor meeting at Midway Manor when they will also be inducting a new member. Its always good to have Brad Boyd join us from Indiana as he is a member of “The Kiwanis Club of Indy – It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere” and he works also for Kiwanis International as the Central Area Director. He gave us an update on the International voting this Saturday for our future Kiwanis International Leaders: if interested in listening in go to www.kiwanis.org/convention/2020-kiwanis-international-council/


And Beth Rosenwald from Kansas always enjoys attending our ZOOM meetings, and we’re always glad to have her online with us. Some information from the members: Ken reports that our Foundation is doing well with the stock market even during these challenging financial and economic times. James Owen reports that our Opioid Task Force will be partnering with Voices For Change at the August 31 Lehigh Valley Fed Up Rally at Steel Stacks. Pres. Skip reminded us that you can volunteer to be a speaker at a future ZOOM, or live, when we return to our meeting location. He is already in contact with Easton Police & Fire and is awaiting a return message from the mayor awaiting approval of joining us on a ZOOM meeting and being a speaker. Ken has volunteered to put together a slide show from one of his recent trips. Walt has been in contact with one of our 5 SLP Youth Clubs at the Easton schools and currently the person felt doubtful that the SLPs could continue with the new class program schedules. And more decisions will need to be made as to the upcoming Rose Sale in Sept-October. Make sure to place August 12th on your calendar as the program will be our own Pres. Skip Fairchild: “A Year in The Life of A Combat Marine In Vietnam.” Next week we plan to have a board meeting and members will be notified. Following these discussions Bill presented a video clip from the 2006 International Convention held in Montreal, Canada. It showed some of the entertaining portions of a Kiwanis Convention but the serious portion was the award of a Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism for service beyond the call of duty. After the video Bill gave a further explanation of the award as he personally has been able to make 2 nominations and presentations in 2004 and 2011. And Bill explained how the award is determined and the purpose of why the award was created in the first place. And a brief description of the events that led to the 2-awards Bill presented with some photos this one is especially poignant as “I will never forget the grandmother’s comment, I just want to hug that young man who saved my two grandchildren.”  
       

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