The selection of a Kiwanis Club member of the year, as it continues serving the community, has made 2013 a very busy time for the North Little Rock Club.
Each year, the Kiwanis Club of North Little Rock recognizes a "Kiwanian of the Year" for outstanding service within the club and in the community. Haskell Anderson, Senior Vice President of Arvest Bank, was chosen for the honor during the Kiwanis year which ended on Sept. 30. He was the club Secretary-Treasurer for the second year in a row.
"He used his previous experience as President (twice) of the West Little Rock Kiwanis Club and later as Lt. Governor of Division 21 to help the NLR club complete an outstanding year of service to the children and needy in the area," said Bill Burgin of the North Little Rock Kiwanis Club.
He was elected President of the club for the new year which began on Oct. 1.Anderson lives in Sherwood with his wife, Angela, and their three children.
Selecting Anderson for the club member of the year is just one development the club accomplished recent, according to Burgin.
"We also selected our new officers for the next 12 months," Burgin said. Their terms will last until September 2014. Jim Lincicome, Immediate Past President; Brendan Abbey, Secretary; Ann Russell, Vice President; Nadine Grady, Treasurer; and Haskell Anderson, President.
Burgin said the club is doing its best to serve the community.
"The Kiwanis Defining Statement is, ‘Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child, and one community at a time’," Burgin said. "The Kiwanis Club of North Little Rock is entering its 65th year of serving children and people in need in our community."
On Oct. 22, members of the Kiwanis Club of North Little Rock and Bank of the Ozarks cooked hamburgers and provided Little Caesars pizza after practice to the coaches and players of the North Little Rock Charging Wildcats football team.
Anderson said, "We wanted to come out and show our appreciation and support to these students and to Coach [Brad] Bolding and his staff and what better way than feeding them after practicing football for a couple of hours."
Burgin said the club raises each year about $25,000 to benefit of young people and their families. They are assisted in service work by their two sponsored Key Clubs in North Little Rock High School.
Major service projects include:
- Buying and distributing over 200 food boxes containing a complete Thanksgiving meal for needy families in the area. The families’ names this year were provided by Tommy Norman of the North Little Rock Police Department.
- Encouraging reading among 4th Graders in the North Little Rock School District by presenting books to them in 9 Elementary Schools. Each spring, at three monthly distributions, they are allowed to choose a book to take home from dozens picked for their reading level which Kiwanians spread out on several tables. The books have a total value of $4,000.00 or more.
- Sponsoring two Key Clubs at NLR High School where students learn leadership skills and gain enthusiasm for serving others. This year, another program for elementary students called "Terrific Kids Program," is being offered in some of the elementary school.
- Providing $500 to $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who were members of one of the Key Clubs in North Little Rock High School.
"Several other service projects are carried out each year that indeed change the world — beginning in our community," Burgin said.
Membership of the club is comprised of 42 business and professional men and women who endeavor to give back to their community through Kiwanis and enjoy good fellowship and great fun doing it.
They welcome others who are interested in joining them. Their weekly meetings are each Thursday noon in the private meeting room of American Pie Pizza in the Kroger Shopping Center at McCain and North Hills Boulevard.
For more information, contact Bill Burgin at 221-3559or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.