Up & Coming Weekly

January 19, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 20-26, 2021 UCW 13 "Come with me to Kiwanis!" at was one of the first things I heard. I had just begun my professional life — the ink on my gradu- ate degree was barely dry. I was jumping into the deep end, starting a career at Merrill Lynch. No small task for a twenty-year-old, but I was joining my father and grandfather as a financial advisor. One of the first things they told me when I began my career was that I needed to be involved in the community. Working hard for the people that pay you is important, but so is working for those who can't pay you. So, my grandfather R.T. said, "Come with me to Kiwanis!" I have two Kiwanis memories that prob- ably date back to age 6 or so. One is of an an- nual Christmas program. Most of it is rather hazy, but I do remember hamburgers, treats for the kids, and a Kiwanian dressing up as Santa to hand out gifts and to make jokes. At the time, much of the program went over my head — I couldn't quite work out what Bill Clinton had done to get on the naughty list. Still, the feeling of good people with friendly faces stayed with me for a long time. e other memory is of going with my father to read some books to a preschool class, and give books away to children who needed them. At the time, I was probably only a couple of years older than the other children, but it meant a lot to be included. It also impressed upon me the impact and importance of the Kiwanis mission. So I joined the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. At first, it was daunting. At twenty, entering a room with gener- als, judges and state senators takes some work. But every Fri- day at one o'clock, I'd sit down at the Ki- wanis Center, and I'd save a seat for Grand- dad. We would eat lunch and enjoy the program, catching up in between. It didn't stop there, though. Friday lunches are always a good time, but the projects are where the work gets done. Once he had talked me in the door, Granddad encour- aged me to join a project or two. "at's where you'll get to know good people and do good work." So, following in my father's footsteps, I joined the Reading is Fun com- mittee, spending time reading and giving books to preschool children. I also helped with the Youth Baseball program, and the annual Talent Night. After a few years, I had the oppor- tunity to serve on the club's Board of Directors. As each year goes by, I realize more and more just how much Kiwanians do in Fayetteville, and I am more grateful for the example of my father and grandfather. ey are the reason I am a proud Kiwanian, and a big part of the reason that I love this community so much. And now I'll tell you the same thing my grandfather told me: "Come with me to Kiwanis!" I know you'll love it as much as I do. Kiwanis: A generational family affair by WORTH SMITH ree generations of the Smith family proudly serve Kiwanis. Left to right: Steven Smith, son Worth Smith and patriarch R.T. Smith. Thermal Technology Solutions HANDS-FREE PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT KIOSKS MOBOTIX THERMAL RADIOMETRY TECHNOLOGY Our Personnel Management Solutions are designed to help protect the health and safety of both employees and guests by preventing anyone with a temperature or without a facemask from entering a facility. By using heat detection and applying ranges based on the environment and application, MOBOTIX Thermal Solutions mitigate heating, risk of fires, and identify elevated temperatures. Personnel Management Solutions are available in freestanding and countertop configurations. FLEXIBLE An antimicrobial powder coat finish can be applied to the base of the unit to ensure durability and prevent the spread of germs. ANTIMICROBIAL Create alerts when individuals above the temperature threshold and those without access attempt to enter. SECURE PROTECT MOBOTIX TR automatically triggers an alert upon the early detection of possible hazards and other sources of heat. PREVENT MOBOTIX provides actionable information for you to prevent a potential disaster within your offices, schools, stores or facilities. ANALYZE The built-in intelligence thermal imaging solution can help you analyze processes, situations and behaviors to make decisions now that will impact your future. *Kiosks are not FDA approved medical devices- see full disclaimers for each of our ermal Technology products at www.systeloa.com/thermal-technology Take control of your work environment with... Proudly honors our family member J. Wilbur BREECE, who served as the 1969 President for the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville. Rogers & Breece F U N E R A L H O M E Our Family Serving Your Family Since 1898 500 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC RogersandBreece.com e Bill Hurley family enjoying a Kiwanis Christmas party. KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL Kiwanis members, children and families enjoy opening day at Honeycutt.

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