Up & Coming Weekly

January 19, 2021

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WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM JANUARY 20-26, 2021 UCW 19 Before my current role at Methodist University, I served as a school social worker where I worked with homeless children, abused and neglected kids, children in poverty, and those without the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter. I am one of the club's newest members, and I have been impressed with all of the ways the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville contributes to the greater Fayetteville area. Ringing the Salva- tion Army bell, assisting FTCC with clothing for interviews and food pantry items, and providing playground equipment at Kiwanis Recreation Center are just a few of the most recent positive contributions of our club members. I am glad to be associated with such caring and compassion- ate "movers and shakers" in Fayetteville. I have served on numerous boards in our area, but I have never associated with a more committed group. I like the emphasis on "Kids Needing Kiwanis" and believe this is a fitting and necessary focus given many of our recent challenges in our world. Here's to another 100 years of making a differ- ence in our world where "Kiwanis is a global orga- nization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time." — George E. Hendricks, Ph.D. Senior Director for Community Affairs Institutional Advancement Methodist University I am grateful to Fayetteville Kiwanis Club for how they have positively impacted the Fayetteville community in my lifetime and over the past 100 years. eir continued pas- sion and commitment to local children and the many programs and opportunities they provide young people to de- velop and pursue their dreams. At the age of 9, they gave this fearless little girl the chance to com- pete in their prestigious annual Kiwanis Tal- ent Night at the Cape Fear Regional eatre. at was an experi- ence I will always remember and cherish. Nine years later, I was blessed with being crowned Miss Fayetteville, and in 2017, I had the honor of representing our great state as Miss North Carolina. Today, I have the privilege of return- ing home to Fayetteville to give back to the wonderful community that first believed in me! Happy Centen- nial & God Bless the Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville! — Victoria Huggins Manager of Community & Media Relations, Fayetteville Woodpeckers e Fayetteville Kiwanis Club is the premier civic organization in Cumberland County. We have been fortunate to serve the Fayetteville community for 100 years. Such a grand reputation and rich history does not happen by accident. Over the years, this club has pur- posefully been engaged in serving the Fayetteville and Cumberland County community children by providing nu- merous programs that enhance their emotional, educational and physi- cal growth. ese programs include school-based Terrific Kid programs, Reading is Fun, Talent Night, Scholas- tic Achievement, Youth Baseball, Builder, and Key Clubs, to name a few. I was honored to serve as Kiwanis President for the 2004-2005 term. Our club has been blessed with many unique and talented members who have stepped up into leadership positions dedicated to serving the community. In addition, we have fun and fellowship at our weekly meetings, where we keep abreast of what's happening in the community and with each other. Some people say that public service and volunteerism is going away. e Kiwanis Club of Fayetteville is an example of the very opposite, and I'm grateful and proud to be associated with this organization! — Mark W. Rice President, Callahan & Rice Insurance Group Inc. As a long-time Fayetteville resident, I knew of the Fayetteville Kiwanis Club through the "Terrific Kid" program. My children felt such pride when they received the honor and the treasured Terrific Kids bumper sticker. After I retired, I attended a few meetings and then joined the Kiwanis. I have to say it has been a wonderful experience learning all the projects and programs the Kiwanis has for the children in our community. Of course, as we celebrate our 100th Anniversary, many activities have been curtailed by COVID. Still, our Kiwanis leadership continues to discover new creative ways to reach the children of our community. I have recently volunteered to help with the Terrific Kids program as a liaison for Armstrong Elementary School. I am looking forward to working with the faculty and students and seeing the same excitement and joy on the faces as I did on my children. I recommend to anyone interested in helping children that they look into the Kiwanis Club and be a part of the wonderful things they are doing and accomplishing in our community. — Russell Jones KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL

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