Lisenby speaks to Kiwanis

by | November 6, 2012 3:35 pm

   The Swainsboro Kiwanis Club held its weekly meeting Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at Catered Creations at 7 p.m. There were two guests for the evening, Anita Cerpovicz and Exchange Club Past President Don Wilkes. The program for the evening was hosted by Travis Garrett.

   Garrett introduced Mike Lisenby, who presented a program on the volunteer work he is doing in the Emanuel County school system teaching chess to the students. Lisenby, with assistance from other volunteers, teaches Scholastic Chess, a US Chess Federation sanctioned event. Currently there are approximately 110 students in the program in Swainsboro and another 30 in Twin City. The program is expected to grow to over 200 kids in the near future. Chess teaches critical thinking, concentration, patience, self confidence, respect for others, and good sportsmanship. Students involved in chess show better behavior and more control.

   Lisenby, working with East Georgia State College through the Sudie Fulford Learning Center, is planning a program for parents to show how they can apply some of the programming features to assist the students to be better academic students. With the financial support of the local community, he has been able to purchase perpetual software licenses for the chess software to assist with the program.

   If your would like to become a member of the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, please contact our membership chairman Charles Brewer at 478-237-8107 or e-mail him at If you would like to find out more information about the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, its history (founded in 1922) and our service projects, go to our website:

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