Tiger News August 2020

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There were 38 Eye of the Tiger e‚ÄĎKiwanis Club mem¬≠bers and guests present on their com¬≠put¬≠ers or phones for our meet¬≠ing held on the evening of August 20th. Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Barb Thomp¬≠son recalled sev¬≠er¬≠al inter¬≠clubs attend¬≠ed by our mem¬≠bers, includ¬≠ing the Flori¬≠da DCON, Cal¬≠Ne¬≠va DCON and the Cor¬≠tana Kiwa¬≠nis Club of Baton Rouge. 

Pres­i­dent Barb wel­comed par­tic­i­pants from coast to coast in the USA, Cana­da and around the world. We were pleased to have Paul Heinz, Gov­er­nor Elect of the Texas-Okla­homa Dis­trict on our call today along with mem­bers of the Philip­pine Luzon Dis­trict includ­ing Amphy Linn from the Kiwa­nis Club of Manil­la and cur­rent Com­mit­tee Chair for Action Club. Thank you to all who were able to attend our meeting.

Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Barb Thomp¬≠son was excit¬≠ed to be able to induct three new mem¬≠bers this evening. All were wel¬≠comed with a hearty EOT Zoom hand¬≠shake. These new mem¬≠bers include PLG Denise Gasti of the CNH Dis¬≠trict, spon¬≠sored by incom¬≠ing EOT Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Bob Larsen, DLG LaMis¬≠sTenn, Lau¬≠ra Gilliland, spon¬≠sored by our Pres¬≠i¬≠dent (Past Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Trustee) Barb Thomp¬≠son and PLG Jim Janosik of the Ohio Dis¬≠trict, spon¬≠sored by our Club Sec¬≠re¬≠tary and PG of CNH Alan Guire.

All three of our new mem¬≠bers have worked hard to improve mem¬≠ber¬≠ship in their respec¬≠tive Dis¬≠tricts. We are extreme¬≠ly pleased they have cho¬≠sen to join our EOT e‚ÄĎKiwanis club.

Member Profiles

Joe Rug¬≠ge¬≠rio, the cur¬≠rent Gov¬≠er¬≠nor of the Dis¬≠trict of New York shared a few min¬≠utes to talk about his life adven¬≠ture. Joe was born in Brook¬≠lyn. His father was a long serv¬≠ing Kiwan¬≠ian who even¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly per¬≠suad¬≠ed his son to join Kiwa¬≠nis 15 years ago. After serv¬≠ing as his club Pres¬≠i¬≠dent, he sought to con¬≠tin¬≠ue to serve as LG and even¬≠tu¬≠al¬≠ly to his posi¬≠tion of Governor. 

Joe is a proud father of three and grand¬≠fa¬≠ther to five. He was left a wid¬≠ow sev¬≠er¬≠al years ago and con¬≠sid¬≠ers him¬≠self dou¬≠bly blessed to have found a new life part¬≠ner in Deb¬≠bie Roth. A proud retired team¬≠ster, Joe shared the impres¬≠sion it had on him to have worked on so many New York struc¬≠tures. Most impres¬≠sive was the work he did at the Twin Tow¬≠ers site post 911. 

Our sec­ond speak­er was Gov­er­nor Kendra Skid­more, Gov­er­nor of the Ken­tucky-Ten­nessee Dis­trict. She was east­ern Ken­tucky born and is pas­sion­ate about help­ing those in need. Her step­fa­ther was a Kiwan­ian and final­ly per­suad­ed her to join Kiwa­nis, for which we are very grateful.

A den¬≠tal hygenist pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al¬≠ly, she is find¬≠ing her time to be extra¬≠or¬≠di¬≠nar¬≠i¬≠ly busy dur¬≠ing Covid. For two year, she was on sabat¬≠i¬≠cal with Kiwa¬≠nis as an amaz¬≠ing club open¬≠er. She is not afraid of a chal¬≠lenge, a trail blaz¬≠er and goal set¬≠ter. She is just who we need to con¬≠tin¬≠ue our mem¬≠ber¬≠ship growth mission. 

Our final speak­er was Steven West­phal, Gov­er­nor of the Utah-Ida­ho Dis­trict. He is an elec­tri­cian and along with his sons, they run the fam­i­ly busi­ness. Gov­er­nor Steve is a retired army vet­er­an hav­ing served in Vietnam.

Steve exem¬≠pli¬≠fies what it means to have per¬≠se¬≠ver¬≠ance and deter¬≠mi¬≠na¬≠tion. Two years ago, he was diag¬≠nosed with skin can¬≠cer. How¬≠ev¬≠er, in his case, it was tru¬≠ly unique in that it was under his tongue. His ensu¬≠ing surgery includ¬≠ed a pros¬≠thet¬≠ic jaw and loss of his tongue. He was told he would nev¬≠er speak that did not stop Steve. We are thrilled that in June he was told there was no trace of cancer. 

Wel¬≠come to our three newest mem¬≠bers to the Eye of the Tiger team.

Upcom­ing Birthdays!

Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber is fast approach¬≠ing as are many EOT mem¬≠ber birth¬≠days. Upcom¬≠ing birth¬≠days include a run of them at the begin¬≠ning of the month. Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber 5 is Tim Shep¬≠pard, 6 is Mary Jo Brubak¬≠er, 7 is Dewey Smith, 8 is Mar¬≠i¬≠an Tay¬≠lor and Don Koch with Richard Lim round¬≠ing it out on the 9th. Mary-Lynn Des¬≠jar¬≠lais is cel¬≠e¬≠brat¬≠ed on the 16th, Jim Doo¬≠ley on the 17th and Car¬≠son Schreiber on the 22nd. Wish you a hap¬≠py, healthy year ahead!

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