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Happy Valentine’s Day!

I hope that you had a won¬≠der¬≠ful Jan¬≠u¬≠ary and sur¬≠vived the win¬≠ter weath¬≠er if you live where it is cold and snowy or enjoyed the warmth if you live where it is warm and sun¬≠ny. I am wish¬≠ing you a joy¬≠ful Valentine‚Äôs Day ahead!

Spring is just around the cor¬≠ner; Punx¬≠sutawney Phil, the weath¬≠er-pre¬≠dict¬≠ing ground¬≠hog from Punx¬≠sutawney, PA, declared it so on Feb¬≠ru¬≠ary 2. Phil‚Äôs opti¬≠mistic mes¬≠sage pre¬≠dicts that those that have been snow¬≠bound can soon count on being out in the field open¬≠ing clubs.

Now is the time to plan, orga¬≠nize your team, and make appoint¬≠ments so that when the weath¬≠er clears, you are ready. The 1‚Äď31-20 Club Open¬≠ing Score¬≠card indi¬≠cates that world¬≠wide, Kiwa¬≠ni¬≠ans have opened 50 of the 2019‚Äď20 goal of 355 clubs. In North Amer¬≠i¬≠ca, we have opened 18 of the 190 new club goal. Now is the time! 

Our club has good news about increas¬≠ing our mem¬≠ber¬≠ship. Five mem¬≠ber¬≠ship appli¬≠ca¬≠tions were sub¬≠mit¬≠ted in Jan¬≠u¬≠ary, with the promise of sev¬≠er¬≠al more. We are pleased to wel¬≠come Bar¬≠bara Breuer, Flori¬≠da Dis¬≠trict LtG-Elect; Nanette Clark, Flori¬≠da Dis¬≠trict LtG; Sharon Moody, Flori¬≠da Dis¬≠trict Mem¬≠ber Reten¬≠tion Chair and Vice-Gov¬≠er¬≠nor Can¬≠di¬≠date; Joe Rugier¬≠ro, New York Dis¬≠trict Gov¬≠er¬≠nor; and Har¬≠vey White, Flori¬≠da Dis¬≠trict Vice-Gov¬≠er¬≠nor. We are for¬≠tu¬≠nate to have these awe¬≠some lead¬≠ers join our club, fur¬≠ther¬≠ing our goal of sup¬≠port¬≠ing and encour¬≠ag¬≠ing lead¬≠er¬≠ship and bring¬≠ing our mem¬≠ber¬≠ship to 55.

We are already plan¬≠ning to meet our goal of open¬≠ing clubs before the Kiwa¬≠nis Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al con¬≠ven¬≠tion in Indi¬≠anapo¬≠lis this June. Thank you to Joe Mey¬≠er and Jim Rochford for their work to pre¬≠pare for club open¬≠ings and a fundrais¬≠er. We will learn more details at the Feb¬≠ru¬≠ary 20 meet¬≠ing. If you have not yet signed up to be part of the club open¬≠ing team, please com¬≠plete Gary Levine‚Äôs Doo¬≠dle poll that you should have received via email.

We con¬≠tin¬≠ue to be engaged in ser¬≠vice activ¬≠i¬≠ties for our club. While vis¬≠it¬≠ing Roat√°n, Hon¬≠duras, Char¬≠lie and I had the oppor¬≠tu¬≠ni¬≠ty to buy and deliv¬≠er gro¬≠ceries to three fam¬≠i¬≠lies of stu¬≠dents whose lives have been affect¬≠ed by AIDS. Be sure to send your hours, mon¬≠e¬≠tary dona¬≠tions, and pic¬≠tures to Sec¬≠re¬≠tary Alan Guire.

When we cel¬≠e¬≠brat¬≠ed Dr. Mar¬≠tin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan¬≠u¬≠ary 20, I was remind¬≠ed of one of my favorite Dr. King quotes: ‚ÄúLife‚Äôs most per¬≠sis¬≠tent and urgent ques¬≠tion is ‚ÄėWhat are you doing for oth¬≠ers?‚Äô‚ÄĚ Mem¬≠bers of this club have awe¬≠some answers for that ques¬≠tion, and I can‚Äôt wait to hear them at our meet¬≠ing on Feb¬≠ru¬≠ary 20! Thank you for your ser¬≠vice and leadership.



Barb Thomp­son

Pres­i­dent, Eye of the Tiger eKiwanis

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