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October 9, 2006 - 6:30 p.m.
Montgomery Room
Leisure World Clubhouse I
Opening:   6:30 p.m.   Presiding: Lieutenant Governor Betty Gardiner
  Pledge of Allegiance – Led by Virginia DeMatteo
                      Invocation – Dave Benway

Clubs in Attendance       Bethesda, Leisure World, Mid-Montgomery County,
               Montgomery Village,  Olney, Rockville, Rossmoor,
   Wheaton-Silver Spring

Introduction of Past Lieutenant Governor Gary Boswell
Introduction of Club Officers and Club Members, # of Club Members and Projects

     Wheaton –Silver Spring  President:  Debbie Macon      58 members

Debbie introduced Club members in attendance:   Walt Petzold, IPP, Fran Ware, VP, Bernie DPLG. Joyce Sharon, PE.     2 prospective members scheduled for October.  

Interclubs for past week:  Rockville 6 members, Div 17 Kickoff, 8 members and DCM tonight 7 members,

Pancake Breakfast – Saturday, October 21, 2006, at Wheaton High School, 8-11 a.m.  Cost pp $7.00, Children under 5 yrs. –free

Children’s Inn Dinner – Sunday, November 5, 2006 – 5:00 p.m.  

    Rossmoor Club – Bill Stabler, Secretary-Treasurer (Ed Brown, President-absent)   17 members

Interclubs past week: 4-5

Bill states that club information on the Website is out of date.  He requests that each club update the information as soon as possible and send to him for listing on website.

Principal of Magruder High School, speaker on Wednesday night, October 11, 6:30 p.m, Leisure World Clubhouse One.

Rev. Mansfield Kaseman, speaker on October 18, 6:30 p.m.

        Rockville Club President – Beth Homan             37 members

Pancake Breakfast to be held December 9, 2006, Montgomery College Campus Cafeteria.  Will have holiday theme, Santa Claus, entertainment, and photographer will be available for picture-taking.   Cost to be determined.

Olney Club President – Ted Strahan                    18 members

Ted introduced Club members in attendance:  Charles Falck, Dist. Conv. Chair and  Stan Miller, DPLG.

Project for November and December – Toys for Tots – Club members will collect and distribute.

    Montgomery Village President – Liz Jackson       22 members

Liz introduced Marv Jackson, IPP, Dave Benway, LGE, Katie Gleeson, PE

Attended 3 Interclubs this week.

Holiday Fundraiser– White House Christmas Ornaments – on sale for $20.00. Proceeds go to First Book of Montgomery County and Manna Food.
Collection of Coats for needy families, Springfield Hospital and Greentree Shelter. Distributed 200 coats last year.

    Mid-Montgomery Country Club President – Maureen Miller     14 members

Installation of Officers to be held October 11, 2006.  

Car Seat Safety Project will be held every Thursday, 7-9 p.m. at Criswell Chevrolet; Saturday mornings at Great Beginnings and Saturday afternoons at Criswell Chevrolet.  

Nut Sales will be situated at shopping malls.

Speaker on December 6, 2006 will be a well-known wildlife photographer.  Details may be obtained from Maureen Miller.

    Leisure World Club President – Anita MacFarlane  - - -80 members

19 members present at DCM in attendance.

4 Interclubs to date for October.  

Flu shots are available for residents of Leisure World. Held “Getting to Know You” Club meeting on October 6.
The 22nd annual Halloween Party will be held Friday, October 27, 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Crystal Ballroom at Leisure World.  Proceeds will fund scholarships for graduates of local high schools.  Peanut Day Sale  will be held at the Leisure World Plaza on November 17, 2006.  
Membership Committee has asked Dave Benway, LGE, to be a speaker.  His topic will be “Ask Me About Kiwanis.”

Bethesda Club President – John Ratnavale                        55 members

John introduced Patricia Tiede, Secretary and Kiwanian of the Year.

2 Interclubs past week.  

Installation of officer held previous week.  

 September Golf Tournament raised $20k

John Ratnavale will speak on October 12, 12:15 p.m.  Topic is Risk Management
Delmas Wood, Jr. will speak on October 19, 12:15 p.m. on the life of Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Dr. Jim Leder, will speak to Club on November 2, 12:15 p.m. on the Miracle Baseball League.
Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on November 11 at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodmont Triangle.  
Help the Homeless Walkathon will take place on November 18.  

Please refer to the Bethesda Kiwanis Website for additional calendar details.


Lieutenant Governor Betty Gardiner’s Message:

Changes in DCM format:

The meetings will begin with each Club President reporting on Club events and service projects. There will be specific break-out sessions scheduled ahead for each DCM.  Division Chairpersons and individual Club members who are Chairpersons for these specific break-out topics will be invited to participate in a discussion which will involve planning for future projects. The Division Chairs will then report the findings to the DCM participants.  For example, this evening the break-out sessions addressed the following:

    Membership, Growth and Retention – Led by Jeanne Smith, Div. 17 Chairperson  - Participants are Membership Chairs from each Club. In attendance:  Marv Jackson, MV, Charles Falck, Olney, Walt Petzold and Bernie Gardiner, W-SS.

    Fundraising Events – Led by Dave Benway, Lt. Gov. Elect – Participants are President Elects from each Club. In attendance: Katie Gleeson, MV, Joyce Sharon and Fran Ware, W-SS.,  
Nell Reid, L.W.

Upon completion of these two group sessions, the Division Chairpersons gave this report to the DCM attendees.  The results will also be reported back to the individual clubs.

Goals for Fundraising:  Upon receiving approval from the Kiwanis Foundation, a Sunday brunch will be scheduled at Toby’s Dinner-Theatre sometime in April, 2007. The name of the show is “George M.”   Activities to raise monies will include sale of raffle tickets for prizes, 50-50 tickets, table sponsors, and advertising.  Pricing will be $35.00 pp if the entire house is sold and raffle tickets will be sold 3 for $5.00.

Members in charge of projects for the show are:  Event Ticket Sales: Dave Benway, Nell Reid, 50-50 Ticket sales:  Fran Ware, Joyce Sharon; Raffle Ticket sales:  Katie Gleeson, Harry Lugenbeel; Advertising: not yet assigned; Table Sponsors: not yet assigned.

Goals for Increase in Membership: Membership goals from each of the Kiwanis clubs should be sent directly to Lt. Gov.  Every club should conduct a membership drive on a yearly basis.  Another way to create interest is to invite guests and family members to a club meeting, event or speaker presentation.  One person can make a difference – each member should strive to bring in one member each year.

Membership chairs for the clubs include, Jeanne Smith, Greg Miele,  Bill Stabler, Charles Falck, Walt Petzold, Marv Jackson, Arlene Hale, John Tyner, Courtney Jones, Tom Masser. .

Betty Gardiner added that Montgomery Country has one million persons and Kiwanis accounts for only 310 members in the County.  Let’a all asked someone to join.

Secretaries Reports:

The following Monthly Club Reports have been filed:  Bethesda, Montgomery Village, Leisure World, Olney and Wheaton-Silver Spring.  Rockville’s report is still outstanding.   Copies of reports to PLG Gary Boswell and LTG. Betty Gardiner.  

All reports must be filed using the new electronic reporting system.  If anyone is having trouble with the process, please contact Patricia Tiede, Bethesda Kiwanis Secretary.  If trouble persists, please contact Ellis Stroup, Capital District Secretary.  

Distinguished Clubs:

 All Clubs should submit $5.00 per member to Kiwanis International and $2.00 per member to the Capital District Foundation. Stan Miller reports that all clubs have sent in the $2.00 per person. This process needs to be completed in order for a club to become distinguished.  An email will be sent out as a reminder to Club Treasurers.  Please inform Stan Miller as to when the remainder ($5.00 per member) will be forthcoming.
Club Goals:

Club Presidents - please send Kiwanis Club goals to Lt. Governor Betty Gardiner . Presidents are also asked to bring in one new member in October.  President’s Membership Month.

Governor’s Visit – November 11, 2006   Ray MacFarlane

All Presidents will be given an envelope which will include tickets for this event.  Will need count of persons who will attend by November 6.  Tickets will not be sold at the door.  Please make tickets payable to each Club and then the Club Treasurer should send a check for the full amount to Ray MacFarlane.  Invite guests,  It is not a profit-making venture.  Tickets cost $35.00.  Remember that when the Governor is present it represents 2 points for Interclub members.

Lt. Gov. Betty states that there is a need to travel with Governor Bob Cressy to some of his visits to various Clubs.  His schedule is printed online and also one may contact Interclub Chairs to coordinate the visits.


Kiwanis Family Day           Past Lieutenant Governor Gary Boswell

Gary and Kelly Boswell will be working together to develop a Kiwanis Family Fun Day, possibly at Camp Friendship sometime in the spring..  Details are still in the planning stages.  They will coordinate with Club Presidents to ensure that there is no conflict with other events.

Priority One -  Prenatal to 5 Yrs. Of Age   (10 points)      Pamellia Wilson    

Pam is looking for suggestions from other clubs. Some ideas to think about are to work with childcare associations to donate necessary items, e g. diapers, formulae, books, etc. .
Sponsored Leadership Program – Lt. Gov. Betty for (Eddie K. absent)

There are currently 11 Key Clubs in Montgomery County and all are active and in good standing.
Bethesda sponsors: Walter Johnson, Walt Whitman and the newest Montgomery Blair.
Leisure World sponsors: Einstein
Mid-Montgomery County sponsors: Gaithersburg
Montgomery Village sponsors: Watkins Mill
Olney sponsors: Sherwood
Rossmoor sponsors: Magruder
Wheaton-Silver Spring sponsors: Good Counsel, Paint Branch and Wheaton.

Division Orientation – Ray MacFarlane

This was suggested by Ray: New members should receive a Club orientation and a Division orientation.  Previously, the Division was conducting orientations by using certified trainers.  This process should be reinstated, ( perhaps a breakfast session) – it not only provides education, but provides the opportunity to make new friends at various Kiwanis clubs and increases attendance at the conventions.

Mid Winter Conference – March 10, 2007

Distrist Convention  – Charles Falck

Conference will be held beginning August 16 – 19, 2007 at the Doubletree (Hilton) Hotel on Rockville Pike.  A sales representative is needed from each Club to sell advertising.  All Clubs should take out ads for the program.  Local area restaurants should also place ads.  The first meeting for the Convention Committee will be held on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 at Leisure World.   Volunteers to work on Committee should contact Charles at

Next DCM meeting will be held at Leisure World on November 11, 2006.  The Governor will meet with Club Presidents at 5:30 p.m.  Social Hour will begin at 6:00 p.m. and Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.    

If there is a question on whether a DCM will take place, please follow the guidelines of the Montgomery County School Snow Policy.

Respectfully submitted,

Joyce Sharon
Division Recording Secretary                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Norbeck Country Club
Saturday, September 30, 2006

Opening 10:00 a.m:    Presiding Lt. Governor Betty Gardiner
             Pledge of Allegiance – Dave Benway
             Invocation – Eldon Durscher

Clubs in Attendance:   Bethesda, Leisure World, Mid-Montgomery County,
Montgomery Village, Olney, Rockville, Rossmoor, Wheaton-Silver Spring

Lt. Governor Betty Gardiner Opening Statements:

I. Goals for Meeting:       
                                           1) Discuss responsibilities of incoming officers 2006-2007:
                                                 Committee Chairpersons

President Elects and Vice Presidents  –Fundraising duties

Know each other better

II. Thank you to Gary Boswell

Betty thanked Gary for his outstanding work as Lieutenant Governor for 2005-2006.
Gary thanked his Chairpersons for making his year so successful.

III. Introduction of 2006-2007 Officers in Attendance

    Governor                   Robert Cressy
    Past Governor           John Tyner
    Lt. Governor Elect    David Benway

    President          Anita MacFarlane   Leisure World        ( 88 members)
    President Elect     Nell Reed
    President           Liz Jackson             Montgomery Village ( 22 members)
    President               Elizabeth Homan   Rockville                    ( 36 members)
            President Elect     Barbara Leurig

    President               Maureen Miller       Mid-Montgomery County Club    (25 members)                                                                                      (formerly N. Bethesda/Gaithersburg)
            President Elect     Thomas Whinerey
    Immediate Past President  Jeannette Stabler    Rossmoor
    Secretary    Patricia Tiede    Bethesda
    Secretary    Rudy Falle        Olney
            Secretary    Betty Figlure        Montgomery Village
    Secretary    Bill Stabler        Rossmoor

    Treasurer    John Watson        Wheaton-Silver Spring
    Treasurer    Al Nowak         Mid-Montgomery County
Treasurer    Bill Stabler        Rossmoor

    Division 17 Committee Chairpersons:

    Recording Secretary             PE Joyce Sharon        
    Division Fundraiser             Lt. Gov. Elect David Benway    
    Membership Growth & Retention   DPP Jeanne Smith
    Interclub                 PP Courtney Jones
    Young Children-Priority One     PP Pamellia Wilson
    Sponsored Leadership Programs     DPLG Eddie Koebke
    Human and Spiritual Aims         PLG Eldon Durscher
Publicity & Web Page         PLG Bill Stabler
    Photographer & Publicity/Web     PE Rawligh Sybrant
    Governor’s Official Visit             PLG Ray MacFarlane
    New Club Building             DPLG Bernie Gardiner
    Education                 DPG John Tyner
    HOBY                      PLG Bill Stabler
    Key Leader                
    Nominating Division Officers     PLG Gary Boswell
    Kiwanis Family Fun Day         Kelly Boswell & PLG Gary Boswell        
District Convention                             DPLG Charles Falck

Past Lt. Governor Gary Boswell:

    Kelly and Gary Boswell will be working together on developing a project that will
            include the entire Kiwanis family (Key Club, Builders Club, K’Kids and of course all Kiwanians and prospective members and friends) for sometime in the spring before school is out.  A K-Family picnic, service project and fun will are in the plans.  
Camp Friendship was one suggestion, they will look for other needy causes.

Lt. Governor Betty Gardiner:    (What is my job?)

    Health and well-being of District 17.  Eight Presidents are members of this “family.”
I will be making 4 visits to each Club during the year.  Will motivate with information but chairpersons will be actual motivators.  

    DCM is scheduled for the second Monday of every month at Leisure World.  Refreshments at 6:00 p.m. and meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. All members are invited to attend DCM.

    Club Presidents will provide Lt. Governor with the names of Club Chairpersons and certain Chairpersons will be asked to attend specific DCM, e.g., spiritual aims, membership etc.

    Membership is the life of all Clubs.  Lost 57 members in Division 17.  We will be starting the year with around 327 members (clubs final report are not in yet)
    With over a million people in Montgomery County we need to reach out for more
    October is Presidents’ Month.  Each President is asked to acquire a new member during October.

    Goals for membership, projects, etc. for each Club must be completed by Club Presidents and turned in to Lt. Governor.

    Division 17 must uphold its reputation for being the most hospitable.  Each Club member and guests should be greeted at every meeting.

Past Lt. Governor Stan Miller:    Birthday Fund

    $2 per member of each Club is paid to the Capital Distict.  This fund is earmarked to finance pediatric trauma units, funding for yearly grants and scholarships.  

    $4 per member of each Club is paid to the Lt. Governor Fund

To date, Bethesda, Montgomery Village, Olney, and Wheaton-Silver Spring have presented checks to Lt. Governor Betty Gardiner.

Group Session Reports:

    Presidents Discussion:

1.   A Plan to Increase and Maintain Membership
schedule planned activities that will be interesting to members, and if appropriate, partner with another club to complete an activity that will encourage membership

2.  Develop Ideas for Priority One Projects, maybe clubs will
     work together.

 3. Committee Chairs in your club
need to be sensitive to previous chairpersons who have held the position for several terms when assigning same duties to new chairperson                                                

    Treasurers’ Discussion:

Treasurers must follow state and federal filing requirements and should notify Presidents of all filings.  Treasurer’s duties are outlined in the Leadership Guide located on pages 53-55. For any
additional help with the new law effective 10/1/06
contact John Watson, CPA, 301-993-6212.

      Secretaries’ Discussion:

                     1)   Learn new reporting system for Kiwanis
How to handle Leaves of Absence
(what is happening with members and how does
 Club handle makeup for absences.)

How to motivate members (target members for each project).   Try to get older members involved –give service awards, prizes.

Education is vital (understand workings of Kiwanis)

           President Elect Discussion:
Fund-raising duties (e.g., Strathmore Music Center, Toby’s Theatre, Olney Theatre projects)

Coordinate dates for  Election of Officers

Conduct training program for Incoming Officers

 Stand in for President’s absence at meeting/events

Committee Chairpersons’ Reports:

Governor’s Visit Chairperson:    PLG Ray MacFarlane

     When:    Saturday, November 11, 2006  (Veterans Day)
            Where:   Leisure World
              Time:    6:00 p.m.  Social Hour
                            6:45 p.m.  Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance
                            7:00 p.m.  Dinner
                             Message from Governor Bob Cressy

Cost:  $35.00
Club members who attend to bring Club banner  
Ray will need the name of persons at each club who will handle ticket sales

Membership Chairperson:    Jeanne Smith

Goal for 2015 is one million members.  Every club is to have a membership drive each year.  All Presidents are to bring in new member in the month of October.  Presidents and Club Membership Chairs are to review Membership Manual.

First DCM will discuss membership.  All Club officers and Membership Chairs should attend.

Sponsored Leadership Chairperson:   Eddie Koebke

Goal is to keep Key Clubbers happy. Their questions need to be answered and they need to feel good about what they do and need support from faculty and Kiwanis.

Incoming Key Clubbers will be trained by Chairperson Eddie Koebke.

Priority One Chairperson:  Pamellia Wilson

Will discuss project with Governor Bob Cressy to set priorities for 2006-2007 year.

Will contact Holy Cross Hospital, Shady Grove Hospital to discuss needs.

Work with childcare centers, new mothers’ groups to determine need for food, safety issues, healthcare problems.

Develop projects that will continue year after year

District Convention Chairperson:  Stan Miller (substituting for Charles Falck)

Convention will be held in Rockville at the Hilton Hotel – Rockville Pike

1)    Sell advertising – each club needs a contact person. Each club to place                                              
                                advertising describing ongoing projects.

  Need volunteers from each club to work at convention.
  October 10, 2006 is date of first meeting to discuss convention details.

  Rockville Club needs to place ads in restaurants and other facilities.

  Caring Corner should display quality crafts and gifts.

Education Chairperson:  John Tyner

It is important  that each Kiwanian understand the history and  goals of Kiwanis International.  There are many venues from which to educate oneself; namely,

        1)  Kiwanis history may be located on the Capital District Website,

        2)  Contact 1-800 Kiwanis x390 and 301-468-2146
                              (tel. #s for Kiwanis International and John Tyner)

Pamphlets and manuals are available as guidelines,   

In addition, all Kiwanis Websites list the necessary forms.  
The 2005-2006 District Kiwanis Award form is now available under Resources and Forms on the Capital District Website.

Interclub Chairperson:  Courtney Jones

Division 17 Club members need to attend some activities with the Governor for the incoming year.  Information for interclub activities has been given to Club Presidents.

Spiritual Aims Chairperson:  Eldon Durscher

The year 2006 -2007 will focus on spiritual projects (live by the Golden Rule)

Eldon needs the names of the Spiritual Aims Chairperson of each club in order to schedule a meeting.  Eldon’s tel. no. is 301-869-3637.

Division 17 will distribute a list of churches and synagogues and a “thought for the day” will be included in newsletters.

New Club Building Chairperson:  Bernie Gardiner
Working hard on the new Potomac club, need some help with members in that area.

Montgomery Blair Key Club (106) members was chartered by the Kiwanis Club of Bethesda on September 29th.

Publicity & Web Page Chairperson:    Bill Stabler

Bill will send website information to Club Presidents.  Website for Division 17 is

Governor Robert Cressy:  

The Governor expressed thanks to everyone for their hard work.  He stated that there is in need to have all members assist in all Kiwanis projects.  He also underscored that each member should bring in one person each year as a new member.  

There will be a November 11, Veterans Day Celebration at 10:30 a.m. at Woodmont Triangle/American Legion.  Attendees may gather as an Interclub if they attend event.

Past Lieutenant Governors met at John Tyner’s home with incoming Lieutenant Governor Betty and Lieutenant Governor Elect David recently to develop plans and exchange ideas.  Division 17 is fortunate to receive continual support from the Past Lieutenant Governors.

Governor’s schedule is available online.  Bob asks Club members to join him when he attends other Kiwanis Clubs.

Respectfully submitted:

Joyce Sharon
Division 17 Recording Secretary

Wonderful job, Joyce.
Lt. Governor
Betty Gardiner




August 7, 2006

Opening: 6:30 p.m. Presiding Lieutenant Governor Gary Boswell

Pledge of Allegiance


Clubs in Attendance: Bethesda, Leisure World,
Montgomery Village, North Bethesda, Olney, Rockville,
Rossmoor, Wheaton-Silver Spring


Lieutenant Governor Elect Betty Gardiner


Division Donation

Chairperson Betty Gardiner and her Committee applauded Division 17 for collecting a total of $11,000.00 from the Clubs for The Treatment and Learning Center (TLC) and the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life project. Gary presented a check for $5,500.00 to each recipient, Adam Morgan (ACS) and Dick Pavlin (TLC). Both gentlemen thanked Kiwanis for their many years of support.


Lieutenant Governor Gary Boswell


Potomac Club

Bernie Gardiner is working on a new Kiwanis Club in Potomac which will be chartered in the October/November time frame.. Gary said that some members may question why we are creating new clubs when existing clubs are struggling with low membership and need assistance. Gary stated that all clubs have been created by Kiwanians. In addition, he said that all clubs should stress the importance of member attendance and that each member should invite friends or business acquaintances to attend a meeting and ASK them to join the club. “Always Sell Kiwanis!”


Service Projects at District Convention in Reston

Gary announced that there will be 3 service projects for members to participate in while at the Convention.

1) There will be a bloodmobile outside the Hyatt Regency from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Saturday, August 19 for those who wish to donate. For more specific information about eligibility to donate blood, please call the donor advocate line at 571-434-3628.

2) There will be a workshop benefiting the Red Cross from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Please contact Scott Schmidt at if you are interested in lending a hand.

3) Members may bring children’s books to the Convention for the Reading is Fundamental Project


Delegate Registration

All club secretaries are responsible to contact Ellis Stroup, Division 17 Secretary to obtain the delegate submission form. Please submit the completed form with delegate and alternate names to Ellis Stroup at All delegates must pick up credentials by Saturday afternoon, August 19 at 3:45 p.m. Otherwise, delegates will not be allowed to vote for Governor Elect.


New Monthly Reporting Form

All club monthly reports must be submitted on the newly updated form beginning October 1, 2006. Therefore, it is imperative that all club secretaries be familiar with the new software. Pat Tiede, Club Secretary for Bethesda Kiwanis described the difficulties one may encounter when learning the new reporting software. Club presidents must ask their secretaries to review the guidelines and practice online several weeks in advance in order to meet the October 1 deadline.

Bob Cressy suggested that perhaps training sessions on the new reporting process could be held for Club officers at the Convention in August.


Division 17 Hospitality Suite

Volunteers will be needed to assist at the Hospitality Suite on Friday, August 18, beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Please contact Kelly or Gary Boswell if you wish to assist..


Distinguished Kiwanians

Leisure World has received 13 Distinguished Kiwanian pins. John Tyner has received the Distinguished Kiwanian award for 19 years.


Division Council Meeting (DCM) Monthly Report

Gary reminded Club Presidents of their obligation to share the information discussed at the DCM with the membership.


Reports from the Presidents



Leisure World – President Anna Lee Crockett

10 members present

July 21, 2006 – Hoedown party held in the Crystal Ballroom at Leisure World at 6:00 p.m. was extremely successful. 101 people were expected and 150 people attended. Betty Jones was named Kiwanian of the Month for July for organizing the event. Monies earned will be earmarked for future club projects.

August 4, 2006 – Club speaker – Topic is “Do You Remember?” The speaker will ask each member to reminisce about the “good old days.” 5 guests in attendance for August; 3 of them possibly joining the club within the next week. Total of 10 new members in 2006.

14 members will attend District Convention in Reston. Club is collecting Children’s books for local elementary school.

September 21, 2006 - Club will celebrate 40 years of service. Club has collected $330.00 from sale of Ducky Derby Tickets. Sales will continue until Saturday, August 19, 2006.

Education Program: Club continues to collect tabs on soda cans to give to Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House receives cash for the tabs = $.35 per lb. Monies are used to defer their operating costs. Joint project with Key Club. Four million dollars has been earned from this project since its inception.


Leisure World -- President Elect Anita MacFarlane

A total of 1,814 Montgomery County Rescue and Child Care Posters outlining the steps to take in an emergency situation have been distributed to churches, day care facilities, schools, etc. (Division 17 Priority One Project). Training and licensing personnel in these facilities were grateful to receive the posters. Anita read an interesting biography of Dr. Henry Heimlich, founder of the Heimlich Maneuver.


Montgomery Village – President Marvin Jackson

6 members present

Fundraiser for 2006 - 2007 – Sale of 2006 White House Christmas Ornament. Cost of Ornament is $20.00. Proceeds go to Manna Food, which provides food for needy families in the community, and First Book of Montgomery County.

September 17 - Fund Raiser – First Annual Breakfast and Bowling Event. Fee and time to be announced.

2 prospective members this month, 3-4 future possibilities.

10 people attending District Convention in Reston

August 16, Dinner Meeting - 6:15 p.m. - Charles Falck will speak on Identity Theft. Cost: $15.00.

Dave and Carla Benway will donate a food basket for the Caring Corner at the Convention.


North Bethesda - President Tom Masser

2 members present

Entertainment Books have arrived. Club will conduct its annual nut sale. Four members will attend District Convention in Reston. Club location will change from Umberto’s Restaurant to Amalfi’s Restaurant in Rockville. One new member. Recent Interclub with Olney Kiwanis Club. North Bethesda has had Interclubs with all Division 17 Kiwanis Clubs this year.


Olney - President Bill Miller

3 members present

Road cleanup for Route 108 has been scheduled.

August 13 – Children’s Inn Dinner – Volunteers to assist with this project should contact Charles Falck.

Club received a letter from a recent cum laude graduate of Furman University in South Carolina. She had been the recipient of the annual Kiwanis scholarship 4 years ago from the Olney Club and wished to thank the Club for their support and good works.


Rockville - President Tracy Bush

3 members present

42 members, 3 new members this year and 4 other prospects. 17 of the 42 members were sponsored by John Tyner.

Club is collecting school supplies for the Headstart Program for young children.

Nine members will be attending the District Convention.

$140 collected for Ducky Derby

August 17 – 7:30 a.m. Interclub Opportunity- Speaker is author who is writing a book about “senior memories.”


Rossmoor – President Jeannette Stabler

2 members present

Three prospective new members

Three members attending District Convention in Reston

Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation sponsors Bingo every Monday night in the LW Crystal Ballroom; 140-160 people attend each week.

July 12 – Speaker, Nelle Reed, who spoke about the Kiwanis International Convention in Montreal.

August 9 – Rossmoor Board Meeting


Wheaton-Silver Spring - President Walt Petzold

4 members present

10 members will attend the District Convention in Reston.

Club has gained 8 new members but dropped 8 members.

July 12 - Awarded 3 scholarships to Key Club – Wheaton High School. Awarded District 3 and 4 Police Officer Awards.

July 17 –Attended Cal Ripken, Sr. Scholastic College Baseball game in Bethesda as sponsor of Wheaton Boys and Girls Club.

July 28 – Attended Montgomery Blair High School Baseball game.

Excellent Speakers scheduled in July: If clubs are interested in subjects listed below, telephone numbers are listed:
Professor Eugene Rasmusson – Global Warming – 301-762-2532
Bishop Theodore Schneider – Pastoral Inclusiveness Today – 301-989-1599
Chip Berry, Safety Engineer – Safety Tips while Traveling and Staying Hotels

Future Speakers:
August 9 – Ginger Doyle, author and illustrator on her book, The Annapolitan Club.
August 16 – Rev. Robert Marsden, Founder of Shepherd’s Table and other Silver Spring community service activities.
September 6 – Gerri Bonin – History of St. John’s Catholic Church and tour of Carroll Chapel adjacent to Knights of Columbus Hall in Wheaton.
October 21 – Annual Pancake Breakfast at Wheaton High School. Proceeds to fund Wheaton High School Scholarship.


Bethesda – President John Ratnavale

4 members present

10 members to attend District Convention in Reston. 3 new members, Club total of 64 members. Focus is on increasing member attendance.

July 20 - Speaker was a Veteran of the Iraq War – Kenwood Country Club. Wheaton-Silver Spring attended as Interclub. Induction of new member.

Sept.15 – 33rd Annual Bethesda Kiwanis Golf Classic at Bretton Woods Club in Germantown, MD benefiting The Pediatric Center at Suburban Hospital and other charities. Contact Dr. James Leder, Jr. at 301-654-0900 for more information.

Other Business

Lt. Governor Elect Dave Benway – 2007 – 2008

LGE Dave spoke about the importance of having a great attitude and has ordered Kiwanis Attitude pins which he presented to the Presidents of the Club who attended the meeting. He recommended that all Club Presidents distribute attitude pins to their membership.


Division 17 Trustee Stanley Miller

A total of $620.00 has been collected from Kiwanis Clubs towards the Ducky Derby. Stan reviewed the details for the annual Ducky Derby service project.

Club Presidents should be selling Ducky Derby Adoption Certificates prior to the District Convention in August. Certificates are selling for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00. Checks should be made payable to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation and along with the certificates should be mailed to Marion Allen, Box 6545, Richmond, VA 23230 or given to Stan Miller or they may be brought to the Caring Corner at the Convention. The Annual Ducky Derby drawing will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19.

Proceeds go toward 7 pediatric trauma centers of Children’s Hospitals in the District. Children needing special treatment will be the recipent of this fund drive. Club members purchasing duck certificates will be eligible for the following prizes: $500; $400; $300; $200 and $100 cash prizes. Other door prizes, worth $35 - $50, will also be available for each person to win who adopted a duck.

Stan is asking the membership to donate gifts for door prizes to the Caring Corner. Attendees may give their gifts to Stan or bring them to the Convention prior to the event.


Capital DIstrict Governor Elect 2006 – 2007 Bob Cressy

Club Meeting Attendance

Bob addressed membership attendance at meetings and stated that attendance should be a requirement for membership. He has suggested that Clubs should request a 60% attendance at meetings which could be a combination of regular weekly meetings, interclubs, events etc. He gave an example of how Bethesda Rotary Club is handling this issue.

The Bethesda Rotary Club charges $92.00 per quarter which includes a subsidy for meals. They offer 3 buffet meals per month and 1 sit-down dinner per month. They require an attendance of 75% and bill a member for missing a meeting. As a result, they have an average attendance of 70%.


District Convention – Reston, VA

Important to attend Saturday, August 19th and Sunday, August 20th sessions which include delegate session and installation of officers.

Division 17 is honored to have 6 members who have held the position of District Governor.

Kiwanis Trustee overseeing Capital District for 2006 – 2007 is Webster James of Goldsboro, NC.


2007 District Convention – Rockville – DoubleTree Hotel

Division 17 will be the host for the 2007 Convention.
Charles Falck is the Chairperson for this event.
3 Delegates and alternates will attend from each Club.
Hotel reservations will cost $99.00/night.
Training sessions will be offered for incoming officers.
Calendar of Events will be forthcoming.
This is a Regional effort and we will need lots of help.



2007 Kiwanis International Convention will be held at the Hyatt Regency, July 4-7, in San Antonio, TX

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.

The next District Council Meeting (DCM) is a buffet dinner tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 18, 2006, 6:30 p.m. at Leisure World. The dinner is sponsored by Gary and Kelly Boswell. Confirmation of the date of the dinner meeting will be forthcoming.

Submitted by: Joyce Sharon
Division 17 Secretary 2006 - 2007




July 10, 2006

Opening: 6:30 p.m. Presiding Lieutenant Governor Gary Boswell
Pledge of Allegiance

Clubs in Attendance: Bethesda, Gaithersburg-Germantown, Leisure World, Montgomery Village, North Bethesda, Olney, Rockville Rossmoor, Wheaton-Silver Spring

Gary Boswell announced that 8 out of 9 Clubs in the District were represented at the Kiwanis International Convention June 28-July 2.


The following Amendments, submitted by the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees, were discussed at the Convention. Delegates from each District of each country were asked to vote on the passage of each of them and the results are listed.

Amendment I – Purpose: To change the office of Vice-President/Treasurer to Vice President. This Amendment passed.

Amendment II – Purpose: To expand the definition of conduct unbecoming a member of the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees to all Kiwanis International officers. This Amendment passed.

Amendment III – Purpose: To encourage the growth of Kiwanis Clubs through relieving the obligation of Clubs to pay additional dues to Kiwanis International should their membership grow 25 % or more over the course of one Kiwanis International administrative year. This Amendment passed.

Amendment X – Purpose: To provide that the House of Delegates address any change in charter fees, new member induction/processing fees, or any other financial encumbrance for any member club or active, privileged or senior member. This Amendment was defeated.

All other Amendments were withdrawn prior to a vote.

Kiwanis Letterhead

Gary announced that Kiwanis International has a CD for sale for $6.00 which consists of the Kiwanis logos and letterhead templates. He has suggested that each Club Secretary order the CD thereby ensuring uniformity throughout the organization.

Kiwanis Guide for New Members

Gary distributed a Kiwanis booklet that had been distributed to new members several years ago. Many of the regulations and rules are outdated. He suggested that each Club create a booklet outlining current guidelines which would then be distributed to new members.

2015 Goal of Kiwanis International

One of the goals of Kiwanis International is to recruit one million members by 2015. This represents a net growth rate of 12% and should be considered easily attainable.

Reports from the Presidents

Leisure World – President Anna Lee Crockett 13 members present

44 programs completed this year.
Awarded 11 distinguished member certificates to date this year
Celebrated Redskin Night
July 21, 2006 – Hoedown party to be held in the Crystal Ballroom at Leisure World at 6:00 p.m. Will feature singing, country store, learn square dancing, line dancing, refreshments. Cost: $18.00.
2 members attended Convention in Montreal
Contributed school supplies to Georgian Woods elementary school
September 21, 2006 - Club will celebrate 40 years of service

Education Program: Pulled tabs on soda cans and gave to Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House receives cash for the tabs = $.35 per lb. Monies are used to defer their operating costs. Joint project with Key Club. Four million dollars has been earned from this project since its inception.

Montgomery Village – President Marvin Jackson 6 members present

September 12 - Bernie Gardiner –Speaker. He will update the group re membership and what he learned at the Convention re recruitment.

Manna Food is conducting a drive to provide food for needy families in the community
Upcoming Fund Raiser - Bowling Marathon and Health Fair sometime in the Fall

North Bethesda - President-Elect 2006 – 2007 Maureen Miller

Picnic set for June 28.
Relay for Life in Rockville – great turnout- $220k collected from Rockville
Upcoming event – 2 ice cream socials
Bingo at Ingleside
Possible future tour of Camp Friendship
Looking forward to next Reading Club

Olney - President Bill Miller 2 members present

Bylaws have been approved
Recent Interclub with Leisure World
Road cleanup
August 13 – Children’s Inn Dinner

Administrative Fund (Happy Dollars, self projects) has been decreasing. One member has suggested that one way to build the fund would be to celebrate member’s birthdays by contributing $ equal to the age of that member.

Rockville - President Tracy Bush

Crab Feast at Bernice Grossman’s home to celebrate 57 years of service. Other clubs with members attending – Bethesda, Gaithersburg-Germantown, Leisure World, North Bethesda,Rossmoor. Received $500 - $700 for Relay for Life

Club is reviewing possibility of lowering dues for prospective members under 30 years of age. $100 earned from Peanut Sale

Rossmoor – President Jeannette Stabler

Four members attended Rockville Kiwanis Charter Celebration/Crab Feast at Bernice Grossman’s home in Rockville
Prospect of 2 new members
Bingo every Monday night
July 19 – Rossmoor Kiwanis Foundation check presentation at Children’s Hospital
Three members will attend the District Convention in Reston, VA.

Wheaton-Silver Spring - President Walt Petzold 4 members present

Six members attended the Kiwanis International Convention
Club has gained 7 new members but dropped 8 members
July 12 - Awarded 3 scholarships to Key Club – Wheaton High School
Awarded District 3 and 4 Police Officer Awards
July 17 -Sponsor of Wheaton Boys and Girls Club Picnic at Cal Ripken, Sr. Scholastic Game

Bernie Gardiner has initiated a new Kiwanis Club at Potomac with 5 members. It is also expected that this club will be chartered in the October/November time frame.

Bethesda – President John Ratnavale 4 members present

5 members attended Convention in Montreal
July 16 - 1:30 p.m. Picnic at Caithness House Hearts and Home
July 20 - Club Speaker will be a Veteran of the Iraq War – Kenwood Country Club
July 20 - Induction of new member
Sept.15 - Golf Tournament

John reported that he has to have 20 members attend on a weekly basis in order to meet the minimum for meals at the Kenwood Country Club. John stated that all financial problems for the Clubs would be resolved if all members attend on a regular basis.

Gaithersburg/Germantown – President Jon May 2 members present

Possibility of 1-2 new members in the near future
Club lost 4 members – Reason could be that a couple of members never bonded with the group
Upcoming Gaithersburg Elementary Reading Project

Gaithersburg spearheading the Montgomery County Carseat Project the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of every month. Emily Crown is the contact who will schedule the installation. Saturday 1-4 p.m. and Thursday 7-9 p.m. at Criswell Chevrolet. Carseats range in age from 0-8 yrs.

4 members are to attend the District Convention in Reston, VA


Lt. Governor Elect Betty Gardiner – 2006-2007

It is important for Club Secretaries to report all fund raisers to Kiwanis International in order for a Club to gain recognition for the event.

Checks will be awarded to Treatment and Learning Centers (TLC) and the American Cancer Society – Cancer Relay for Life at the DCM in August.

Lt. Governor Elect Dave Benway – 2007 – 2008

Manna Food Center can feed 2400/wk and is dependent on Grants and Donations. Funds have decreased this year due to the needs of Katrina and other disaster victims. Dave is asking clubs to develop a fund raiser for Manna Foods.

Lt. Governor Gary Boswell – 2005 - 2006

Capital District Convention – Division 17 has 27 Club members signed up to date. It is important for Club Presidents to distribute a registration and agenda form to each member and encourage members to attend. Bob Cressy will be installed as District Governor on Sunday.

Gary recommends that members view the Kiwanis International Web page to hear the speeches that Steve Siemens, International President, gave at the Convention. Steve is a dynamic motivational speaker and captivated his audience at the Convention. What is especially significant is his speech about “Why are we Kiwanians?” “What was your Kiwanian moment?”

Gary announced that Yvonne Holley’s father had open heart surgery recently.

Division 17 Capital District Kiwanis Foundation (CDKF) Trustee Stanley Miller

Stan is asking Club Presidents to sell Ducky Derby Adoption Certificates prior to the District Convention August 17-20. All contributions and other donations are considered a raffle and are not tax deductible. Certificates are selling for $5.00 each or three for $10.00. Checks should be made payable to the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation and along with the certificates should be mailed to Marion Allen, Box 6545, Richmond, VA 23230 or given to Stan Miller or they may be brought to the Caring Corner at the Convention. The Annual Ducky Derby will be held at 3:00 p.m., Saturday, August 19.

Proceeds go toward 7 pediatric trauma centers of Children’s Hospitals in the District. Children needing special treatment will be the recipient of this fund drive. Anyone purchasing duck certificates will be eligible for the following prizes: $500; $400; $300; $200 and $100 cash prizes. Other door prizes, worth $35 - $50, will also be available for each person to win who adopted a duck.

President Elect – 2006 – 2007 Anita MacFarlane

889 out of 1100 Montgomery County Rescue and Child Care Posters ( Division 17 Priority One Project) outlining the steps to take in an emergency situation have been distributed throughout the County to Churches, Day Care facilities, Schools etc. Those members who wish additional posters may contact her at 301-598-8207.

Governor Elect 2006 – 2007 Bob Cressy

Bob focused on the importance of Marketing and developing an identity within the Kiwanis organization. He stated that the goal of one million is attainable. “Capital District is revered and watched by International because we are willing to try new concepts. The Regional Concept is successful.”

Bob has suggested that all Clubs schedule a meeting specifically designed to show the program at the Kiwanis International Convention and to add pictures taken at the event. Bob has offered to organize discs and distribute them to each Club.

Bob encouraged members to support the District Convention August 18-20. He has asked that all support Division 20 (host) and create enthusiasm and spirit for this event. Invite future officers and leaders of individual Clubs to attend and participate in the training sessions offered at this Convention.

Tracy Bush – Club President - Rockville

Tracy has suggested that one idea would be to have a Division 17 Fundraiser, rather than individual Club fundraisers, and feature a motivational speaker, e.g. Steve Siemens. It is noted that Steve may be coming to Williamsburg in September for his official visit to the Capital District.

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m

. The next Division Council Meeting will be held on Monday, August 7, 2006 at Leisure World Clubhouse at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by:

Joyce Sharon
Division 17 Secretary 2006 - 2007


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