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Kiwanis Club Annual Dinner at LaBella Ristorante

November 8, 2017

Members of the Aktion Club attended. Plaques and trophies were given in recognition of outstanding service over the past year. Pictured, from left to right, back are: Patti Lawrence, Bob Lawrence, Rickie Sullivan, Don Moore, Dan Reilly, Kareen Tyler; center row: Roger Steinbreuck, Jeff Dickson, Keith Freeman, Judi Nisson, Lonnie Ford, Meg Holmes, Tim Holmes, Craig Stevens, Judy Periera, Dawn Rogers, Andrea Audi, Chris Covert; front row: Aggie Pelletieri, Bill Young, Bill Rich, Erik Viscardo, Renee Stevens and Donna Walsh.

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Bloomingdale Elementary Kindergarten Thanks Kiwanis

October 3, 2017

They love their new books!

…..and we love giving them out!

Kindergarten Books Handed Out; Kids Dig Right In!

June 7, 2017

Mrs. Fahl’s Bloomingdale Elementary Kindergarten Class

Each year Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake distributes books to the area Kindergarten Classes (including home-schooled children).

90 Miler Canoe Race, Sept. 8 – 10, 2017

June 7, 2017

The 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic Race from Old Forge to Saranac Lake. The 90 Miler Adirondack Canoe Classic is an amazing boat event (which welcomes canoes, kayaks, and guideboats) held on the historic “Highway of the Adirondacks” on the weekend after Labor Day. The three-day, 90-mile, 275-boat race concludes at the NYS Boat Launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, welcoming triumphant finishers and concluding with a ceremonial dinner.

Come join us on Sept. 10 at the Saranac Lake Boat Launch!

Kiwanis Capture Best in Show at Winter Carnival Parade

February 17, 2017
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Three deer, a turkey, a black bear and even a bat were among the wildlife walking ahead of the Saranac Lake Kiwanis Club’s float in Saturday’s gala parade.

 

By Susan Moore, Press Republican

“I was a tree,” club President Dan Reilly said after a little prodding. “I was a tall tree, trying not to fall down on stilts.”

He didn’t fall, and the combination of wildlife, wild music and wild blasts of confetti came together to win the club the Civic Organization Float category of the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival event and also Best in Show Louis Fobare Trophy.

RETURN OF THE WOLF

The theme this year was Adirondack Wildlife, and the Kiwanians ran with it.

Past President Craig Stevens put together the sound, with clips of a number of songs that fit the bill, including “Wild Thing” by the Troggs and even the theme song from “Yogi Bear.”

Interspersed were wild-animal cries — a bullfrog, a donkey added as a little joke, a wolf howl …

“We reintroduced wolves to the Adirondacks,” Reilly said with a chuckle.

And each time those woodland noises blasted from the borrowed speakers, powered by a borrowed generator, all but one costumed participant froze in place.

“That was our little shtick,” Reilly said, “doing the ‘mannequin challenge’ thing.”

The wolf on the float (Keith Freeman), however, pretended to howl.

“That’s how we made our way down Broadway,” Reilly said.

BAT WITH AN ACT

As if that weren’t enough, the club went a little wild with imagination, garbing Roger Steinbrueck and Aktion Club member Jason Borden both as Elmer Fudd of Bugs Bunny fame and putting them in charge of the two confetti blasters that thrilled the crowd.

“So they were the hunters,” Reilly explained how that fit with the theme.

And the bat — 6-year-old Natalie Staves — put on the wild act.

“She just went down that parade route flapping her wings, giving fist bumps,” laughed Reilly.

And when the float had to stop because of traffic ahead, she would run back and gesture for it to move on.

The turkey walking beside her was her mother, Jamie Staves.

That was an interesting wild species blend, the club president noted.

After the parade, Reilly said, “(the child) wasn’t in the car three minutes, I’m told, until she was sleeping soundly.”

ROYALTY ABOARD

While the Kiwanis Club has marched in past parades “in silly costumes,” Reilly said, this was its first float.

The group participated in the carnival another way, paying the admission cost for all the children competing in events such as skating and inner-tube races.

The club has some august members of carnival history, among them Steinbrueck, a former king, and Kathy Ford, a past queen, who was a cardinal on the float.

The club meets at 7:40 a.m. Thursdays at the Blue Moon Cafe, and anyone interested in testing the waters as perhaps a member is invited to stop in.

“How much fun could you have?” Reilly said, again laughing.

TROPHIES FOR TWO

Just ask Borden (Elmer Fudd) and Ricky Sullivan, who played the bear.

Both members of Kiwanis’s Aktion Club, those young men were just wild about being given the role of accepting the two trophies.

Reilly said they held onto those awards the rest of the day.

“They’re probably still carrying them around right now,” he said Tuesday.

Kiwanian Animals Accept Parade Trophies!

Kiwanian Animals Accept Parade Trophies!