The March Kiwanis Magazine arrived in my mail today. I have been reading articles written by 8 Kiwanis members who are educators or health care professionals. Most were Kiwanis Key Club high school members and now are deserving of hero medals for their continued work with children and adults during this pandemic. The mission statement of the magazine is to empower and inspire members to make lasting differences in the lives of children-and to share their powerful work with the world. That we try our best to do. Past President, Charles Ensley received a letter from Luther Burbank School. Charles writes, “one of the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont’s long standing traditions is to present a gift to speakers at our meetings. Instead of a Kiwanis coffee mug or ballpoint pen, we present a certificate informing them that a book in their name has been donated to Luther Burbank Elementary School in Santa Rosa. Our Foundation budgets $600 yearly for this project. A recent report from the school librarian informed our club that she was able to order 36 books in the amount of $599.15. She said we are the only source of donated books to their library.” Another past president, Wendell Freeman, does yard work at that school and helps students and teachers with vegetable growing. Wendell is 98 and would like help from any interested gardeners who would be interested in Kiwanis Club service to schools. For information contact Jim Stewart, jstewart@royalaa.com, 755-3756 or Tricia Shindledecker, tricia@EstatePath.com, 836-0980.

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