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Two local boys collect 48 teddy bears for local foster care children - 12/12/2017
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On Dcember 12, 2017 Caden Bertke and Brogan Burkett (4th and 5th graders at Granville Intermediate School) donated 48 teddy bears for foster care children in the area. Read below for their amazing story and generous deed!

A local Granville boy Caden Bertke (a 4th grader at Granville Intermediate School) with a neighbor friend Brogan Burgett (5th grade at Granville Intermediate School) collected teddy bears (and donations to buy more bears) for a local foster care group. Caden heard about the need for teddy bears while attending our Kiwanis meeting with his family whose youngest son was receiving an Amtryke.

Caden listened attentively during our meeting. During the meeting, a member shared...

The Aktion Club of Licking County saves 56 lives by donating tetanus vaccines - 12/12/2017
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For Immediate Release

Dec. 13, 2017

Submitted by: Anna Jeffries on behalf of the Aktion Club of Licking County

Contact: Kyle Gossett, Aktion Club president,

The Aktion Club of Licking County saves 56 lives by donating tetanus vaccines

Worldwide, approximately 49,000 newborns and a significant number of mothers die each year from tetanus. Access to vaccines can provide life saving protection from this deadly disease.

Over the past five years, Kiwanis clubs in Licking County have raised more than $100,000 for the Kiwanis Eliminate project, which provides vaccinations to eliminate neonatal/maternal tetanus in 59 priority countries around the world.


Club adopts 5 families for Salvation Army Christmas Adopt-A-Family and Gives Teddy Bears to Village Network Foster Care for Christmas Party - 12/11/2017
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Granville Kiwanis Club and members donated gifts for 5 families in the Salvation Army Christmas Adopt-a-Family program. The club participates in this program each year. The Young Children Priority One Committee committed over $250 to purchase items and club members made personal donations.

The photograph is a collection of the items before being delivered.

Club members also brought in new teddy bears for the Village Network Foster Care Christmas party. They requested 40 teddy bears but members collected many more. A young 4th grader Caden Bertke who was visiting the club when the announcement was made wanted to help. He and his friend (5th grader named Brogan) helped collected donations and teddy...

Winners of the July 4th Writing Contest Announced - 12/09/2017

To commemorate the 2017 July 4th Parade theme, "Celebrating the American Dream," and this year to support the Ohio Kiwanis' 2016-17 Service Focus on Literacy "Today's Reader's, Tomorrow's Leaders," the Kiwanis Club of Granville hosted  its annual 4th of July writing contest. This year there separate essay and poetry contests. The theme was "Celebrating the American Dream." The following winners were announced and letters were sent to the winners by mail. Congratulations to the following:


Essay Contest - Tracey Crommes, "Freedom" - First Place and $50 prize 

Essay Contest - Doug Price,...

Santa helps club present Amtryke to local 5-year old boy - 11/20/2017
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On Monday, November 20, 2017 at the Granville Inn, the Granville Kiwanis presented Maddox Bertke, a 5-year old boy at Granville Elementary a special adaptive 3-wheeled therapeutic tricycle from the Amtryke company. The tricyle was recommended by PT Tara Parsley and fitted by JL Herron at TAASC (Dublin, OH). David Gangor, Granville resident and TAASC Board Member, helped transport the tryke to the Club meeting for the presentation.

Maddox and his family met Kiwanis club members during their regular meeting for dinner and a special presentation of the Tryke by Santa. 

The $950+ funds to purchase the Tryke were donated from the Kiwanis club's Young Children Priority One (for children...

The Aktion Club Collects $405 for the Eliminate Project - 11/14/2017

At the November 14 Aktion Club meeting, club members raised $100 in donations for the Kiwanis Eliminate Project, in partnership with UNICEF to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus worldwide. Kiwanis has committed to raising $110 Million of which the Newark and Granville Kiwanis clubs both completed Model Club pledges of over $50,000. 

Both clubs made personal donations at their October club meetings to contribute to the Aktion Club Trick-or-Treat for Eliminate/UNICEF collection, raising a combined $305.  

The Aktion Club collection so far this year for the Eliminate Project is $405. Each $1.80 provides a life-saving tetanus vaccine. Thus we are saving 225+ lives.

Press release- ...

Dave Thomas Awarded Kiwanian of the Year - 11/13/2017

Dave Thomas, Past President and Chair of the Tent and Stage Committee, was awarded the 2016-17 "Kiwanian of the Year" and Distinguished Member Awards for his outstanding service to the club.

The awards were presented by Immediate Past President Don Lewis at the annual President's Party on Monday, November 13 at the Granville Inn given in his honor. In attendance were 73 members and guests for the special dinner event. Entertainment was provided by the GHS Jazz ensemble "The Blue Dukes."

Attendees received a commemorative maple leaf-shaped glass bottle of maple syrup of this year's Kiwanis maple syrup with the enscription "2016-17 President Don Lewis." In...

November is Kiwanis Family Month - 11/01/2017
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The Kiwanis International Organization is proud to sponsor many youth and adult leadership programs. Key Club is the largest youth service leadership program, enabling high school age children all over the world a chance to serve others and develop leadership skills.  Building strong relations with our Kiwanis Family is an essential factor to happiness, support, and community building. As we have witnessed through working with our K-Kids, Builder's, Key Club and Aktion Club, the value of service and working together benefit both our club and community. For our club members, the significance of a strong Kiwanis Family relationship is the rewarding and enduring bond of trust and guidance...

GHS Key Club donates an Amtryke to local girl for Kiwanis One Day - 10/18/2017
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The GHS Key Club donated an Amtryke, a three-wheel therapeutic cycle for a Granville third-grader named Emily. The tricycle will help her work on her coordination and muscle strength, build confidence and let her ride with her family. She was excited to be able to test her bike, even riding fast, along the bike path with her therapist. She plans to ride the bike around her home. 

Aktion Club of Licking County helps the LCBDD celebrate 50 years - 10/17/2017
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The Aktion Club of Licking County helped the Licking County Board of Developmental Disabilities and Superintendent Jason Umstot, celebrate 50 years with an open house on Tuesday October 17 from 4-6PM at the E.S. Weiant Center, 116 N. 22nd St. in Newark. There were presentations and proclamations from 6-7:30PM including a ground breaking for the upcoming renovations to the E.S. Weiant Center, planned for the next three years.

The Aktion Club provided an exhibit table with materials to send thanks to Veteran's and make cards. 8 members helped as Aktion Club volunteers to greet guests and pass out programs, as well as support the table. 11 members from the club partiipated in the event,...