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CLUB: Ottawa Kiwanis

The 2019 Kiwanis scholarship recipient, Declan McGettigan (left), receives his check from Kiwanis President Lloyd Chapman.
The 2019 Kiwanis scholarship recipient, Declan McGettigan (left), receives his check from Kiwanis President Lloyd Chapman.

President Lloyd Chapman called to order the Aug. 5 Ottawa Kiwanis meeting in Scott Hall at First Presbyterian Church. Judy Wilkinson gave the prayer. Minutes of the July 29 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Chapman introduced the speaker for the meeting, Paul Youngstrum, who works with Growing Hope Globally, a nonprofit, faith-based group affiliated with Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa. He brought along a thank you note for the Kiwanians for the club's continued support. Part of the note read, “In 15 years the project has made and shared over $560,000 to help over 10,000 people leave hunger behind in Malawi, Congo and Nicaragua.”

Vice President Jack Novotney brought in a letter from Gary Pike. He is affiliated with the Miracle Destiny High School in Kampala, Uganda. Pike is asking for donations for a water tower to be built at the school. Novotney will get more information on this for the members.

Wilkinson passed out the current budget. Members were asked to look it over and it will be reviewed at the next business meeting.

The club also met Aug. 12. Brian Huebner gave the prayer. Minutes of the Aug. 5 meeting were reviewed and accepted.

Ron Olson introduced the speaker for the meeting, Declan McGettigan, who graduated in December from Ottawa High School and was Key Club President at that time. He talked about his time at OHS as president and his time attending the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference a couple of years ago. He is still in contact with many of the students he met at HOBY. He also talked about a road trip he took after graduation for three weeks to the West Coast. He is planning on attending High Point University in North Carolina. He is going to study business. Chapman presented McGettigan a Kiwanis scholarship check.

Kathy Missel also was in attendance. She gave an update on Engle Lane Theater in Streator. The current show is "Babes in Toyland." She also told the Kiwanians about future shows for the year.

The next meeting will be at noon Aug. 19 in Scott Hall.

Prospective new members are always welcome. Call Chapman at 815-433-2111 for more information.

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