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Bags For Belongings, Help Us Help Foster Kids! January 16th, 5-7pm

January 7, 2020

Kiwanis Launches Bags for Belongings Program

Saranac Lake Kiwanis is embarking on a new program in 2020 that will focus on the needs of the Franklin County Foster Care Program and the young people within it. Kiwanis President, Craig Stevens expressed that “we’re hoping that this program can become a regular addition to our core activities, such as the Bike Rodeo, supplying free dictionaries to every third-grader, and books to all kindergarteners.”  

On average, a child in foster care in the US moves 2-3 times a year. Kiwanis is teaming up with the Franklin County Division of Family Affairs and the organization Together We Rise to ensure that no child in our community has to pack their belongings in a garbage bag as they move to a new home. Saranac Lake Kiwanis has committed $800 for the initial purchase of duffel bags to be provided to children entering foster care. 

Kiwanians are asking for your help during the first two weeks in 2020 to provide our area youth in foster care some of the comforts they deserve. Event organizer, Andrea Audi, says that the choice to start the new year with this program was not an accident. “Many of us were blessed this holiday with at least a few extra stocking stuffers that we could contribute.”

You can participate in one of three ways.  Help us by meeting us half way toward our next purchase. Go to https://www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/SLKiwanis and donate online to meet our $400 goal so that we can continue to supply these bags.

Help by dropping off any of the following items to a Community Bank Location in Saranac Lake before Jan. 16th. For the youngest: pacifiers, sippy cups, bibs, diapers, wipes are the most needed. Examples of donations suitable for all ages are books, notebooks, coloring books, flashlights, earbuds, travel games, refillable water bottles, blankets, hats, socks, gloves and mittens. Children in foster care range from infants to older teenagers, so items for boys and girls of all ages are welcome.  It is asked that items are new or only very gently used. Would your business or agency like to donate some items? Kiwanis can make pick-ups.

Lastly, join The Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake for a meaningful, fun and tasty evening at the Fiddlehead Bistro to kick off this program. The event will be held Thursday, January 16th from 5-7pm. You can find out more about the Foster Care Unit, Kiwanis, and lend a few minutes to help pack the bags there. Tickets are $20 per person at the door and include one drink (a beer or wine) and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP to saranaclakekiwanis@gmail.com is appreciated.

Kiwanis Club Sponsors Saranac Lake Winter Carnival

March 7, 2018

Roger Steinbrueck, Judy Nisson, Craig Stevens, Keith Freeman, Lonnie Ford, Aleacia Landon and Monica Tojek or the Kiwanis Club of Saranac Lake present a check to the Saranac Lake Winter Carnival Committee at their weekly morning meeting at the Blue Moon Cafe.

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.

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!