Payne speaks to Kiwanis Club
by Emanuel County Live | May 30, 2014 3:15 pm
The Kiwanis Club of Swainsboro held its weekly meeting Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Catered Creations at 7 p.m. With President Dess Smith presiding, they had 26 members in attendance. Guests for the evening were Past Georgia District Kiwanis Governor John Holley and his wife, Harriett, also a Kiwanis Club member.
The Drop-in-the-Bucket for the Eliminate Project continues to be well-supported by the club. Tim Goodman announced another opportunity to raise some funds for Eliminate. The Cedar Street Baptist Church in Metter has asked for the club’s help timing a Run to the Son 5K to support camperships to Centri-Kids Camp in Norman Park. See Goodman if you can help.
Just a reminder, the club has the hotdog cookout for the Library’s Summer Reading Program and the cookout for the Herrington Homestead coming soon.
The Kiwanis District Convention is in Savannah on August 15-17. They have received their allotment of raffle tickets for the $5,000 drawing at the Convention. See Goodman if you are interesting in purchasing a ticket.
President Dess Smith reminded everyone about the club’s special program for June 10. Past Georgia District Kiwanis Governor Dewey Smith will be present.
The club was happy to see Pete Sutherland back at meetings. Jean Weise continues to have some problems, and they are expecting Pepper Fields back real soon.
President Smith announced that the Board has recommended Tim Goodman to fill the slot of President for next year. The election for Swainsboro Kiwanis Club President will be next week, June 3.
The program for the evening was hosted by President Dess Smith. He introduced Johnny Payne, Executive Director of Community Outreach and Service at Southeastern Technical College. Although he lives in Dublin, Payne splits his work time between Vidalia and Swainsboro and serves on the Pine Tree Festival Foundation Executive Committee. He is very active in military veteran events in our area and presented a program to follow up Memorial Day. He asked President Smith to read the names of the 18 Emanuel County residents who died in Vietnam and asked Judge Bobby Reeves to come forward and lead the oath of office every soldier takes when they join the military. Payne also showed a video of the Vietnam Wall in Washington, D.C., accompanied by the Statler Brothers More Than a Name on the Wall. He was promoting the Vietnam Traveling Wall, which was in Warner Robins in 2011. It will be coming to Dublin on August 14-17, 2014. The exhibit will be at the Carl Vinson Medical Center in Dublin with an opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14.
If you would like to join the Swainsboro Kiwanis Club, contact membership chair Jane Durden at 478-237-2635 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you would like to find out more information about the Club, organized May 31, 1922, and the many community service projects that they do each year, go to their website at www.swainsboro-kiwanis.orgor to the Swainsboro Kiwanis Facebook page.