Westlake Kiwanis hosts Builders Club

Pictured from left: Cassandra Persia, Lauren Havelka, Vincent Corrado and Norm Resko. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

At a recent meeting, the Westlake Kiwanis hosted one of their service leadership programs, the Lee Burneson Builders Club. Builders Club advisor Cassandra Persia, club president Lauren Havelka and vice president Vincent Corrado shared with Kiwanians some of the things the club has been doing.

Ms. Persia was so excited about the group of Builders Club members she has. She says they are eager and excited to be part of Kiwanis and she has new students asking everyday if they can join. They currently have 26 members. She is especially proud of Lauren and Vincent, who are go-getters and born leaders.

Both Lauren and Vincent spoke about themselves and related some of the projects Builders Club has completed and plans for upcoming projects.

They had a Hungry Pumpkin which people were encouraged to fill with candy. They collected 198 pounds of candy which they gave to the Blue Stars Mothers who sent it to troops overseas. They had a project called “Can the Principal” where they collected canned goods and filled the principal’s office which prevented the principal from using the office. The canned goods were then taken to the Westlake Community Food Pantry. It was the largest collection of food the pantry ever received.

Club members also took part in the Adopt a Family Project and adopted several needy families for Christmas. They purchased and delivered gifts to these families for Christmas. They created valentines and made little favors and delivered them to the Lutheran Home for Valentine's Day. They continue to collect ring tabs for Ronald McDonald House. They hope to have a project at a local animal shelter in the coming months.

Victor Rutkoski

I am a member of the Westlake Kiwanis and and advisor for the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.15.2016