To get the members of the club into the holiday spirit even more, we held our annual Christmas Party at Sunnyside Retirement Community in Penn Laird. The committee, headed by Glenn Weatherholtz, went all out with the food and entertainment. A trio from Got Strings, LLC, provided a great selection of Christmas songs that inspired everyone in attendance. The group was made up Breonna Proctor and Rebecca Walker on violins, and Andrew Schlagel on cello. They are all Music Majors at JMU.
Each year we have a religious leader from the community come and give us a presentation of the Christmas spirit. This year, Rev. Mary Elizabeth "Eli" Withers from Harrisonburg Baptist Church, educated us on the Advent Season. It was very motivational and made us appreciate of what the holidays mean.
We were fortunate to have a returning speaker, Shanil Virani, Director of the John C. Welles JMU Planetarium, speak to us on Cassini and the sky phenomena! The club appreciated the know Shanil brings and his talk was well received.
Public utilities are always a "hot" topic. Harrisonburg has the Harrisonburg Electric Commission which provides electric service to the city. The guest speaker today was Brian O'Dell, General manager. He discussed the new Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) which allows for their customers electric usage to be monitored from a computer program at HEC. It is hoped this will provide for a more efficient use of the electricity and get to troubles quicker and safer.
With the Kiwanis year beginning October 1st, Dennis Baugh, Heart of Virginia Regional Trustee for the Capital District (and a member of our club), brought the members up to date on changes for the coming year. He also talked about a variety of ways to get new members, emphasizing it takes everyone to make this happen.
No, she is not a witch!! But our own Marianne Halterman gave a presentation on Halloween! The costume made the difference! Thank you Marianne.
Tonya Turner, BSN, Joint and Spine Program Coordinator at Sentara-RMH, talked about how her program operates. It was well presented and specifically outlined what a patient is to expect when a joint replacement is required.
Each year the Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club supports the Sentara-RMH Pediatric Unit through a financial contribution. Pictured is Janet Wendelken, Senior Development Coordinator RMH Foundation and club President Steve Alvis.
The Harrisonburg Kiwanis Club held its 95th Anniversary Celebration today. Special guest included Capital District Governor-Elect John Morris, Division 9 LTG Schuyler Fury, and outgoing Division 9 LTG Barbara Ritter. The Charlottesville Kiwanis Club also sent a contingency. Club member retired Professor William Mack Sanders presented the club history and received the Legion of Honor Award. Governor-Elect John Morris also said a few words. LTG Schuyler Fury presented Past President JD Glick with the prestigious George F. Hixson Fellowship from Kiwanis International.
Guest speaker Rob Frakes gave an inspiring presentation about his father's experiences as a P-38 pilot and POW during WWII.