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Another Murder Planned for Brockport!?!
Someone's going to die! Find out who it is and help figure out who-dun-it. The script for the 2008 Brockport Kiwanis Mystery Theater is being written. Performances are tentatively scheduled for November 1, 7 & 8 at the A.D. Oliver Middle School. This annual event features the B.U.M. Players, a troup of local actors. As it has been for the past few years, the Who-Dun-It mystery play is being written by Brockport's own Gary "Turk" Thomas in collaboration with the B.U.M. Players.
Details of this year's production are developing. Information about the play's title, cast and crew will be posted as it becomes available.
Click here to read a news article on last year's evening of humor and intrigue.
Kiwanis Soap Box Derby Car Races to Akron!
Adam Turner, driver of the Brockport Kiwanis Soap Box Derby car, qualified for the All American Soap Box Derby (AASBD) World Championship competition. The 71st running of this event, hailed as "the Greatest Amateur Racing Event in the World", was held the week of July 21, 2008 in Akron, Ohio.
Adam was one of over 500 champions participating in this year's event. At least 43 states and 3 foreign countries were represented in the races. On July 26, Adam competed for the title of All American Soap Box Derby World Champion.
During the weekend of August 23 & 24, Adam will be participating in the 3rd Annual Brockport Kiwanis Soap Box Derby Rally. Along with Adam, many racers from Western New York and and a few from out of state, will converge at Corbett Park in Brockport to begin their quest to qualify for the 2009 world championship races.
The Brockport Kiwanis Club is proud to sponsor Adam and to support his trip to Akron.
CONGRATULATIONS ADAM and GOOD LUCK in 2009!!
In Print and Now On The Web -- Still Just $75
The 2008 Brockport Kiwanis Club annual Coupon Book campaign is now in full swing. A new feature of the Coupon Book this year is the publishing of printable coupons and advertisements on the Club web site. While this option greatly increases the value to our advertisers, the price for ads is unchanged! Quarter page ads placed before August 15 are still only $75. With 13,000 copies of the Coupon Book distributed for free to homes throughout western Monroe County and eastern Orleans county, this is an extremely effective advertising tool at a great rate.
The 2008/2009 Coupon will be published in the fall of 2008. Most coupons will be valid until 10/31/2009. Web coupons will become available on the web almost immediately. For more information, please visit the Coupon Book page.
The Club Keeps Growing!
Two new members were inducted into the Brockport Kiwanis Club during the month of May, 2008. Cindy Dumas and Charlie Duschen were inducted at the evening meeting on May 21. Genesee Division Past Lieutenant Govenor Dave Goodwin officiated at the induction ceremony. Click here for the full story and pictures.
President Bob is Newest Lt. Govenor Elect of Genesee Division!
The Genesee Division, New York District of Kiwanis International met for a Council Meeting on April 8, 2008 at the Batavia Party House. One item of business was annual elections. Brockport's own President Bob was elected 2008-2009 Lieutenant Governor Elect of the Division. This puts President Bob on track to become the Division's Lieutenant Govenor for the 2009-2010 administrative year. The Genesee Division is comprised of 19 Kiwanis Clubs in Western Monroe, Genesee, Livingston and Eastern Wyoming Counties.
Read Around the World Bookmark Contest Winners Announced
On Friday, March 14 at 2 pm, the Kiwanis Club of Brockport and the Seymour Library announced the 3 grand prize winners of the "Read Around the World" Design-a-Bookmark Contest.
The winner in the Kindergarten & 1st grade category was Bridget Moyer; in the 2nd & 3rd grade category, Samuel Kiriyak; and in the 4th & 5th grade category, Rebecca Graves. Each received a $25 gift certificate to the Lift Bridge Book Shop, courtesy of the Friends of the Seymour Library, and a printed supply of their winning bookmark.
Honorable mentions were made to Brian Griffin (K & 1st grade category), Paige McGrath (2nd & 3rd grade category) and Andrew Bissanti (4th & 5th grade category).
On February 19th, members of the Kiwanis Club of Brockport assisted with meal preparation for Meals on Wheels with the Gates-Greece Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis Interclubs occur on a regular basis and allow members to attend other clubs meetings to learn and share ideas. Pictured in the photo are Brockport Kiwanis Club President Bob Reusch (back row, far left) and Brockport Kiwanis members Judy Mohr and Courtney Gale (front row, 2 on the right) with members of the Gates-Greece Kiwanis and Key Clubs.
Brockport Kiwanis Helps Buy Dugout Fences
As construction of a regulation size baseball field at Sweden Town Park nears completion, the Kiwanis Club of Brockport has joined with other service clubs in Brockport to buy fences to go in front of the dugouts. Sweden Town Supervisor Nat Lester attended the Club's luncheon meeting on Wednesday, February 6, 2008 and spoke to the club about the new field. He was presented with a check for $800 by Brockport Kiwanis Club President, Bob Reusch.
The total cost of the fences is $3200. BISCO (Brockport Integrated Service and Community Organization), the Lions Club of Brockport and the Brockport Rotary Club are joining Kiwanis by contributing $800 each to the project. According to Supervison Lester, over $100,000 in private contributions was received towards this project. This is one of the nicest ball fields he has seen, complete with a wooden outfield fence like Fenway Park, an underground drainage system and pop-up sprinklers. He said it wouldn't have been possible to construct this new facility without donations like these.
Eagle Scout Project Completed
Trevor Speer has completed his Eagle Scout project, the construction of a pavilion at the Sweden Town Park. Assistant Scout Master Vince Mohr attended the Brockport Kiwanis Club meeting on January 23, 2008 to present the club with a certificate of apprecation for helping to fund Trevor's project.
Brockport Kiwanis Inducts 2 New Members
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport is pleased to welcome our two newest members, Wanda Miner and Kim Hinkley. Wanda and Kim were inducted into membership at our evening meeting on Wednesday, January 16.
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport and the Seymour Library are sponsoring a "Read Around the World" Design-a-Bookmark Contest during the month of February for children in grades K-5 who live or attend school in the Brockport School District. Three grand prize winners will each receive a gift certificate to Lift Bridge Book Shop and a personal supply of their winning bookmark. Each child who submits an eligible entry will receive a book at the contest closing celebration, courtesy of the Kiwanis Club of Brockport.
The contest kick-off event was on Saturday, February 2nd at 11 am, featuring special Kiwanis Club guest readers Beckie Gillette, Lynda Cochran and Wanda Miner. Children attending the event had the opportunity to create and submit their bookmark entry using art supplies provided by the library. Entry forms are available at the Seymour Library and also in the Ginther, Barclay and Hill School libraries. The contest closes on Friday, February 29 at 6 pm. See the Bookmark Contest page for more information and to download a contest entry form.
First Brockport Kiwanis Bowling Tournament Scheduled
The Brockport Kiwanis Club in conjunction with Brockport Bowl has scheduled it's first 3 Person No-Tap Bowling Tournament. Bowlers will compete for a first place prize of $500. The tournament will be held at Brockport Bowl, 4656 Lake Road South in Brockport on February 15, 16, 17, 22, 24, 29, March 1, 7 & 8.
Additional information and a downloadable registration form are available on the Bowling Tournament page.
Masquerade Ball Re-Scheduled to March 1st
The 2nd Annual Brockport Kiwanis Masquerade Ball has been re-scheduled to Saturday, March 1, 2008. The event was originally planned to take place on March 8, but was moved up one week to accommodate the schedules of some of the Band members. The Masquerade Ball will feature the Brockport Community Big Band, a 20-piece instrumental group in the tradition of big bands such as the Count Basie Orchestra. Conducted by Neil Hartwick, the band plays a wide range of popular music from each of the past 7 decades.
Held at Hickory Ridge Country Club in Fancher, NY, the evening will be filled with live music, dancing and food. Though costumes are optional, they are encouraged and there will be a costume contest. There will also be a dance contest, basket raffles and other prizes.
Motivational Speaker Linda Christiano Speaks in Brockport
Motivational speaker Linda Christiano and her husband Gerry Christiano were the guest speakers at the Brockport Kiwanis Club's evening meeting on January 16. Guests at the meeting included Genesee Division LG Pat Weissand, Batavia Kiwanis P Peg Weissand, Kiwanian Mark Scuderi from the Irondequoit Club and Brockport member guests Gail Reusch and Robin Hansel. The meeting was held at The Port, 1 Main St. in Brockport.
Linda and Gerry are both members of the York - Leicester Kiwanis Club. Linda is currently the president of the Y-L club and Gerry is Past International President of Kiwanis. We were honored to have them as our speakers.
Kiwanis Club of Brockport Gives Back to the Community During the Holiday Season
Brockport Toy Shelf
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport presented a check for $500 to the Brockport Toy Shelf in December. Concerns about possibility of lead content in toys led to the Club's decision to provide a cash donation this year, rather than purchase toys through the source we have used over the past few years.
Holiday Dinner Donations
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport also presented Thanksgiving and Christmas food donations to Julia Frank, a social worker at the Brockport Oliver Middle School, to help local families in need of holiday cheer. Meals including all the fixings for a feast were delivered to the school by Kiwanis President Bob Reusch.
Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf
The Brockport Kiwanis Club also gave a gift of $600 to the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf for Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets.
33rd Annual Brockport Kiwanis Holiday Craft Fair
The Brockport Kiwanis Club held its 33rd annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Sweden-Clarkson Community Center on Sunday December 2, 2007. With a total of 73 craft vendors, it was the largest craft show in Brockport in many years. Artists displayed handmade crafts and art of every description from traditional fabrics, wood and jewelry to photography, paintings, and glass. There were many new and unusual items including uniquely illuminated displays suitable for home or office decoration.
There were lots of activities to fill out the day. Live music was provided by local school music groups. The Brockport HS Key Club ran a food concession table that included hots grilled by our own President Bob. About 50 items were donated by the venders for door prizes which were given away throughout the day. And of course, we had a 50/50 drawing.
The Brockport Kiwanis Craft Fair is held the first Sunday in December every year. Plans are already under way for the 34th Annual Craft Show, scheduled for December 7, 2008. Many venders registered for the 2008 show before leaving this year's show.
Click here for the full story and registration information for the 2008 Craft Show.
Round Robin Visits The Brockport Kiwanis Club
The York - Leicester Kiwanis Club brought Round Robin with them when they joined Brockport for an inter-club at our evening meeting on November 21, 2007.
In Kiwanis culture, a Round Robin is the term used to describe when a club attends an inter-club with each of the other clubs in their division during an administrative year. To add a little more fun to this activity, Brockport Kiwanian Dan Perry came up with the idea of naming this doll (which he had in his attic?!?) "Round Robin" and passing her around between clubs in the Genesee Division.
Round Robin didn't stay in Brockport very long. Kiwanians Bob, Judy and Dave took her to the Rochester West Central Club on November 27th. For more on the travels of Round Robin, visit the Batavia Kiwanis Club web site.
Brockport Kiwanis Club Installs New Officers
Installation Dinners are a cherished tradition of the Brockport Kiwanis Club. This annual ceremony gives club members an opportunity to gather together for a relaxed time of fellowship with each other and our spouses and special friends. As the baton is passed to the new officers, we also celebrate the successes of the past year through the contributions of each member.
The Installation Dinner for the 2007-2008 officers was held in the Presidential Room in the Cooper Center at SUNY Brockport on September 19, 2007. Incoming Genesee Division Lieutenant Govenor, Pat Weissand administered the oaths of office to our 4 new officers.
The new officers are President Bob Reusch, Vice-President Dave Jewell, Secretary Becky Gillette, and Treasurer Krys Staub.
Brockport Kiwanis Inducts 4 New Members!
The Kiwanis Club of Brockport is pleased to announce that 4 new members have recently joined the club. Ray Bardol was inducted into membership at our lunch meeting on September 5; Elaine Bader was inducted at the club's annual Installation Dinner on September 19; Cassie Guthrie was formally inducted at the lunch meeting on September 26; and Julia Fullerton was inducted during our lunch meeting on October 10. All 4 have already started contributing their talents and energy to the club's activities.
See our new members page for more information and pictures of our newest club members. See our members page for a complete list of members and information on what it means to be a Kiwanian.
The crime was solved! The Brockport Kiwanis Club Murder Mystery Theatre production of "Clean-up In Aisle 13" was a huge success as amauture CSI's of all experience levels turned out en-masse to enjoy an evening of entertainment and help figure out who dun it.
This original, audience participation, murder mystery play was written by Brockport's own Gary "Turk" Thomas and was performed by the B.U.M. players. There were four performances, October 19, 20, 26 & 27, 2007.
Audience members showed up early to view some of the evidence and observe clues before the play began. During intermissions, as they enjoyed refreshments the audience CSI's could continue to inspect the evidence and interview the cast members who remained "in-role" and mingled with the crowds.
Following the second intermission, the culprit was revealed and some of the audience CSI accusation sheets were read. Prizes were awarded each night to the audience member who came closest to figuring out who dun it, how they did it and what the motive was.
Special thanks to Bob and Debbie Ryan who allowed their store, Ryan's Big M, to be used as the setting for the fictional "Aisle 13". Parts of the play were filmed in advance in the store.
Successful Launch of Circle K at SUNY Brockport
On September 7, 2007, the SUNY Brockport Circle K Club held it's first meeting. In an effort spearheaded by Kiwanians Dave Jewell and Lynda Cochran, the Club is off to a strong start. By working sign-up tables on campus last Spring and at the beginning of this semester, more than enough students were brought together to surpass charter requirements. It was fantastic to receive inquiries from other Kiwanis Clubs in the New York District who wanted to get students they knew connected with Circle K. (Thanks to East Yonkers Kiwanian Nancy Shaw whose niece is a SUNY Brockport student.)
Kiwanis Club Brings Soap Box Derby to Brockport
The 2nd Annual Brockport Kiwanis Soap Box Derby Rally was held on August 25&26, 2007 on the Smith Street hill in Brockport. For the second consecutive year racers from New York and other parts of the northeast came to Brockport to participate in rally racing to earn points that would assist them in their goal of qualifying for the national championship races held in Akron, OH next year. The races in Brockport were among the first in the 2007-08 season.
The twenty-eight racers and their pit crews began arriving in Brockport before dawn on the 25th. ... (full story)
500 Chickens Fly the Coop!
Well, actually, it was 500 half chickens. And it was a tent not a coop. The Brockort Kiwanis Club held two very successful Chicken BBQ's this summer. Both events were held in the parking lot of Ryan's Big M on North Main St. in Brockport. Between the two days, we served about 500 chicken dinners. Smoke filled the air as the chickens were cooked on-site by Clor's Catering from Batavia. The dinners were assembled and served to drive-up customers by Brockort Kiwanians and members of the Brockport High School Key Club. 100% of the proceeds from the sales will be used by the Kiwanis Club to support youth programs in Brockport, the surrounding communities and around the world.
Many thanks to Bob Ryan for the use of his parking lot and to the Key Clubbers who so cheerfully gave their time. Thanks also to Kiwanian Tod for organizing both events.
Brockport Kiwanis Web Site Wins Frist Place
To be honest, we didn't even know that the New York District Kiwanis had a web site contest. That being said, The Kiwanis Club of Brockport is honored to have won first place as the top ranking individual club web site in the District. With over 40 clubs in the competition (having a site means your club is automatically entered), Brockport achieved a score of 55.7 out of a possible 60 points. See the full story on the New York District Kiwanis web site.
Belle Goes Missing!
On January 12, 2007, Belle, from the Batavia Kiwanis Club went missing after a Genesee Division Counsel meeting. This may not seem like Brockport Kiwanis Club news, but it is being reported here because the Brockport Kiwanis Club's 1st annual Masquerade Ball was mentioned in the story. Fortunately, there was a happy ending as Belle returned home. Click here to find out what happened to Belle.
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