LaBelle Kiwanis Hosts Division Meeting and Learns About Swamp Canbage

The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle hosted the Kiwanis Division Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The guest speaker was Dwayne Pratt who exhibited his expertise in Swamp Cabbage harvesting/cutting. Kiwanis Clubs from LaBelle, Lehigh, Cape Coral, Fort Myers, and Fort Myers Beach were represented st this meeting and learned all about Swamp Cabbage and the food and festivities that surround our State Tree!!

Approximately 50 Kiwanis Club members participated in the event which was held at Carlson United Methodist Church in LaBelle and LaBelle's famous Log Cabin was the caterer.

Pictured is Dwayne Pratt giving swamp cabbage demonstration.

Mr. Pratt with LaBelle Kiwanis President Sue Williams

LaBelle Kiwanis Board Member Tracy Nobles delivering some "Swamp Cabbage Shooters"
to show visitors that swamp cabbage can be used in tasty desserts!!

Photos by: Helen Mead

Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshalls

The Kiwanus Club of LaBelle is proud to let the community know that three of their LaBelle Kiwanis "Service" Club members were named as Swamp Cabbage Festival Grand Marshalls!!

Pictured in submitted photo:
2018 Swamp Cabbage Grand Marshall Margaret England with former Grand Marshalls Nikki Yeager and Mary Bartoshuk

New LaBelle Kiwanis Board Member

The Kiwanis Club of LaBelle is excited to welcome Mona Kajkowski as a new Board Member. Mona has been a long time resident of LaBelle and worked many years at the health department.

She was voted onto the Board and recognized at the Tues, Jan 16th meeting.

Pictured is New Kiwanis LaBelle Board member Mona Kajkowski with club president Sue Williams.

Photo by: Helen Mead

Guest Speaker

The LaBelle Kiwanis January 16thmeeting at 5:30 pm had a distinguished speaker, Wayne Gibson. Wayne presented an interactive Program: "The Super Recruiter Concept".

Wayne Gibson joined the South Burlington Kiwanis Club in 1973. He later switched to the Burlington Club and was president for two years and was awarded for getting the club back to 25 members. Wayne moved back to the South Burlington Club and was elected Lt.Gov for the western side of Vermont. He later became president of the South Burlington club. He is now a Florida resident and became an associate member of the Ft Myers Beach Club.

Pictured: Sue Williams, LaBelle Kiwanis President along with Wayne Gibson.

Photo by: Helen Mead

Our club was visited by Ft Myers Beach Members!!

Ft Myers Beach Kiwanis Club Members

LaBelle Kiwanis Member Goes to Cuba

On Tuesday, December 19th, LaBelle Kiwanis member, Margaret England, presented a program on her experience in Cuba June 13-20, 2017 as part of a four member mission team from Southwest Florida. The team had the opportunity to attend the Cuban Methodist Church's Annual Conference at Camp Canaan which was also the 20th Year Celebration of the Cuba-Florida Methodist Pact. After the conference they attended activities and visited North Holguin congregations in Mayari, Canamazo, Sagua de Tanamo, and Moa Cuba.

Pictured: Margaret England, LaBelle Kiwanis member

Photo by Helen Mead

Girls & Boys State Participants at Kiwanis

L-R: Sue Williams, Kiwanis President, Danielle Rennolds, John Donges and Bill Fromm (American Legion Post 130 Boys State Director)

Photo by Helen Mead

Danielle Rennolds and John Donges gave presentations at the Kiwanis Club meeting atBeef O'Bradys Restaurant. They thanked Kiwanis for being a sponsor for them to attend the 2017 Girls and Boys State Youth Leadership Programs in Tallahassee. The Labelle High School Seniors thoroughly explained the program and shared their wonderful experiences learning about local and state politics.

Danielle plans to pursue a career in the health field while John is currently working to secure an appointment to a military academy of which he has several choices.

LaBelle Kiwanis Has New Leadership

Beth Elaine, the 2017-2018 Kiwanis Lt Governor officially installed new Officers and a new Board of Directors for the Kiwanis Club of LaBelle:

    Officers for 2017-2018
  • President - Sue Williams
  • President Elect- Carole Schroeder
  • Secretary - Karan Roach
  • Treasurer - Darlene Soud
  • Past President - Tim Holland

(Left to Right) Tim Holland, Darlene Soud, Karan Roach, Carole Schroeder, and Sue Williams

    Board of Directors for 2017-2018
  • Sue Williams
  • Chris Soud
  • Crystal Rodriguez
  • Mary Pringle
  • Mary Ruth Prouty
  • Judy Paskvan
  • Kim Holland
  • Helen Mead

(Left to Right) Chris Soud, Crystal Rodriguez, Mary Pringle, Mary Ruth Prouty, Judy Paskvan, Kim Holland, Helen Mead and Sue Williams

Photos provided by Helen Mead

Kiwanis has a new drop box

Aug 17th, 2017

The thrift store itself is an extension of the efforts of the Kiwanis Club which has a rich history of altruism. The shop is manned by three full time and two part time staff and the remaining efforts are provided by local volunteers and individuals giving community service hours, all of whom take a lot of pride in the service they provide to our town. I recently met with a few of these service oriented people at the Kiwanis thrift store including the 2017-2018 President of LaBelle Kiwanis, Sue Williams (who has been a long time member of the Kiwanis), Margaret England who is the Chair of the Thrift Store committee, and Justin Roadcap who has been working as manager of the thrift store since February of this year, and they told me all of the improvements they've been implementing and even more in store for the upcoming year. If you've been in LaBelle for any length of time you're surely familiar with the hole in the wall (literally) that was the donation drop off location for after hour drop offs at the thrift store. They have recently replaced the hole in the wall with a new drop box which will tremendously help to protect the donations left after hours. The Kiwanis Thrift Store is so very appreciative of the generosity of the people in the community for all the donations they have given and they would love to extend the invitation to give back to everyone looking to donate any items that they have outgrown.