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Y FLOWER SALEBattle CreekThe numberof people who have had their lives enriched by their membership in the Kiwanis Club of Battle Creek is sure to number well over a thousand.It should be pointed out that the Kiwanis/Hebble Scholarship is a fully endowed $5,000 annual award. Eligi-ble applicants include the children and grandchildren of current B.C. Kiwanis members as well as members of the Key Club (a Kiwanis sponsored service club for high school students) sponsored by B.C. Kiwanis). The Kiwanis/Hebble Schol- arship is administered by the Battle Creek Community Foundation.Battle Creek Kiwanis has participated in Kiwanis International’s first World Wide project, a program to eliminate iodine deficiency across the developing world. B.C. Kiwanis is currently participating in Kiwanis International’s Eliminate pro- gram. A program to eliminate neo-natal tetanus.Kiwanis, like all service clubs, is looking for new ways to remain relevant in today’s fast paced often self-centered world. Citizens often look to government for support of social service issues. Employers do not always see the value of supporting employees in their public ser- vice efforts. Despite these obstacles. The current membership believes that as long as the comradery exists and community service opportunities can be found, there will be a place for Kiwanis.programs for Patients at Percy Jones Hospital, sold War Bonds, and joined the Victory Garden movement.The Club acquired the acreage in Con- vis Township now known as the Kiwanis Youth Conservation Area, in the 1960’s.A dam was constructed creating Great Marsh Lake. This vast wetland has played a significant role in the return of the sand- hill crane, a migratory bird that had been driven to the brink of extinction. Buildings, nature paths, and dam replacements have subsequently occurred. Oil was discovered in the 1990’s and revenues helped with further development and upkeep of the KYCA. The Club acquired Memorial Park Cemetery in the 1940’s and would eventually develop into the unique partnership between a cemetery and a service club that exists to this day. Memorial Park Cemetery has becomethe Club’s largest and most impactful community service project.The Kiwanis Memorial Day FlowerSale and Veteran Flag Placement was an outgrowth of the Kiwanis Memorial Park relationship. To this day, the Club sells and places pots of geraniums at Memori- al Park. Memorial Day Veteran Flag place- ment that was once handled by members of the American Legion is now handledby Kiwanis and participants of the Haven of Rest’s Life Recovery Program. B.C. Kiwanis and the Haven have partnered on many projects over time. The Memorial Day Flower Sale is currently the Club’s largest fundraiser.In more recent times the hands-on and financial support of programs continued with the Binder Park Zoo, the Y-Cen-ter Building Fund, International Festival Queen Contest, North East Neighborhood Food Pantry and the related Kiwanis Mac- Gregor Garden, Bell Ringing for the Salva- tion Army, and CraneFest, a celebration of the return of the sandhill crane in Michi- gan. Youth programs continued to grow with support of Youth for Christ, Safety Play Hockey, Kingman Museum’s Spooky Science Saturday, Michigan State Police Academy, and Special Olympics. Original Kiwanis programs continued with the American Flag Program, Master Teach-er Awards, Church Youth Recognition, Pastor Appreciation Day, the Kiwanis/ Hebble Scholarship, Passport to Discov- ery Films, 3rd Grade Dictionary Program, Porta-Cribs for the Family Health Center, Classroom Supplies for Kindergartens, Kite Fly, and the purchase of a Fire/Storm Education Trailer for the Battle Creek Fire Department.AKIDS AGAINST HUNGER 100TH ANNIVERSARY GROUP PHOTOHEALTH ISSUE I SCENE 4409 9

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