Charlestown Kiwanis honored as Indiana District Outstanding Club of the Year PDF Print E-mail

The city of Charlestown was put on the Indiana map in a very commendable manner recently and it occurred in the wake of state-wide recognition of the work and results of the efforts and focus on the education of Charlestown’s school children, by the Kiwanis Club of Charlestown.
The club was founded a mere three years ago, in 2008, and the international headquarters of Kiwanis, located in Indianapolis, named the Charlestown Club as the award winning Indiana District Outstanding Kiwanis Club of the Year for 2009-2010.
The club’s members and guests, as well as visiting Kiwanis dignitaries and Charlestown Mayor Bob Hall, met at the Charlestown Arts and Enrichment Center fora luncheon prepared locally and for the presentation of the winning award banner, honoring the Charlestown club, which is one of 212 Kiwanis Clubs in the State of Indiana.
Dedicated to “serving children of the world,” the international Kiwanis headquarters is located in Indianapolis, after being founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. The current president of the Charlestown Club, Jim Adams, and the previous president Rick Cartuyvelles, accepted the banner from Don Canady, Chairman of Past International Presidents of Kiwanis. Canady stated that “for the club to be selected as the outstanding club of the year is quite an achievement.”
Sheila Pecord, Kiwanis Lt. Governor and a member of the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club, stated, “They made such a difference so quickly, being such a new club. When Charlestown started, they were a group of people working to make a difference in the community. They are so humble they kept saying, ‘we aren’t doing enough’.”
Recognition was also given during the awards luncheon of Dr. Marianne Fisher of the Greater Clark County School system and Past Lt. Governor of Kiwanis, a charter member of the Jeffersonville Kiwanis Club, as having been awarded the Outstanding Lt. Governor of the Year.
The Charlestown Club has about 28 members, and has achieved a notable number of accomplishments since it was charted and has involved itself in many projects benefitting Charlestown, as well as the fundraisers that are necessary for financing the many projects and programs undertaken by the club. Some of the successes and participation of the club include the back-to-school backpack giveaways for 500 children, and weekend backpacks with meals for children needing such assistance and a North Clark Outreach Center coat giveaway event that benefits approximately 400 children, as well as laptop sleeves fro take-home computers for the middle school’s One-to-One Initiative, for which Kiwanis raised nearly $9,000 in about 12 days. The two elementary schools, Jonathan Jennings and Pleasant Ridge, also receive school desk items, prizes and pizza parties for students who improve their grades during each grading period. In addition, the club sponsors a Kiwanis Key Club at Charlestown High School. Kiwanis Key Club is the largest high school service club in the world, with more than 5,000 clubs in 30 countries. The club also participates in the world-wide Kiwanis One-day program, in which club members perform various community improvement services, such as cleaning up the cemeteries, painting interiors and improving exteriors of such facilities as daycare centers, preparing Little League ball parks for each season and improving the appearance of thoroughfare traffic medians, and other such similar community services.
Past Lt. Governor Gary Jacobi, and a member of the New Albany Kiwanis Club stated, “the community benefits when you have  service club. The government and churches can do just so much, but there’s so much more that needs to get done.”
The award presentation was attended by Tre Sanders, the State Governor of Kiwanis Key Club and senior at Pike High School in Indianapolis. He stated during his comments that Indiana has 161 high schools with Key Club with 7,053 members.
The Charlestown Kiwanis Club meets at 12 noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Charlestown Arts and Enrichment Center. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to make a difference in the life and education of the city’s school children. Cartuyvelles, who is the general manager with D.A., Inc. in Charlestown stated, “It’s been fantastic. I never anticipated how much I would love it. It’s a tight-knit community here in Charlestown.”
Adams concluded, “For a small group of people, we get a lot done.”