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Club News
Here is all the news for the club.

Heart of Virginia Region Mid-Winter Conference held in Crozet, VA - 03/24/2018
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Ashland Kiwanians Tom Varner, PJ Edmonds, Gerorge Smith, Ed Hutchinson and John Myers attended and participated in the various programs at the HOV's Saturday Mid-Winter Conference.  Items discussed included "Hands Only CPR," The Formula (approaches for opening a new club, inviting new members and strengthening your club), The I-Plan or Taking a Look at your Club through a Strategic Plan, and leveraging interaction with other clubs for service and fundraising projects.  Avanti Yamamoto was elected by Division 11 clubs to serve as its next Lieutenant Governor (following Donnie Kaloski).


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Club celebrates 95th birthday on Charter Night - 03/19/2018
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Kiwanians and their spouses/guests celebrated the club's 95th anniversary at Charter Night.  Capital District Governor Elect John Morris and Secretary-Treasurer Tom Varner were our honored guests, along with Sondra Bentley and Ruth Smith.  John McDaniel became our newest Hixson Fellow at the event.  Joe Stiles (posthumously), Andy Stiles, Eddie Stiles and Jack Luck received the club's Legacy of Service Award for almost 170 combined years of service to our communities and their children.

Spring "Roots & Shoots" service project completed on time! - 03/08/2018
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Led by Charlie Martin, seven Ashland Kiwanians again worked with area gardening organizations to prepare the raised garden beds in the courtyard of Henry Clay Elementary School for the school children to shortly plant flower and vegetable seeds.  


Fall and spring work sessions have been Kiwanis service projects for many years.  Our club built the raised garden beds and tool sheds in the courtyard.

Dan McGraw - Our newest member! - 02/19/2018
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Sponsor Charlie Martin (l) and President PJ Edmonds (r) inducted our newest member, Daniel McGraw, at the club's February 19 dinner meeting.  Dan teaches Latin at Patrick Henry High School and Liberty Middle School.  Dan and wife, Tennylle, and their children  are residents of Ashland, and Dan is looking forward to serving the community and its children as a Kiwanian.

Recognition for 2016 - 2017 addition of new members - 01/15/2018
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Our 2016 - 2017 club president, Dan DiCandilo, was recognized by Kiwanis International's  Formula Program for the club's addition to new members during that year.  A KI certificate for this accomplishment was presented to Dan by current president PJ Edmonds.  Dan and PJ spearheaded our membership recruiting efforts that year.

Club achieves diamond level status in "Today Club" for Kiwanis Children's Fund - 01/10/2018
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Kiwanis Children's Fund notified us today that the Kiwanis Club of Ashland achieved the Diamond Level in the Today Club for its contributions to the Children's Fund for the 2016 - 2017 year.  Led by our Legacy Donor Tom Varner, our club's contributions exceeded an average amount of more than $100 per club member.

"Social" held on a c-o-l-d January evening! - 01/02/2018
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The thermometer read 14 degrees that evening, but 28 Kiwanians attended the first "social" of the year.  The event was held at the Ashland Coffee & Tea, and club members fortified themselves against the frigid weather with plenty of salad, hot lasagna, and coffee.

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Members & Guests Greet Holiday Season - 12/18/2017
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Thirty-two Ashland Kiwanians and their spouses/guests enjoyed a nice buffet dinner and time together at Estes Hall.  Among our special guests were Betty Shamburger, Sondra Bentley and Ruth Smith (whose Kiwanis husbands remain with us in spirit) as well as Jane & Rob Wait, former LTG Bill Watson & wife Laura (Cooper), and LTG Donnie Kaloski & wife Meghan.

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Ashland Kiwanians brave wintry weather to participate in Angel Tree service project - 12/09/2017
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Despite a layer of snow on the ground and snow flurries throughout the day, four of our members, 2 spouses and 2 grandsons traveled to Midlothian, VA to participate in the Kiwanis Division 11 Salvation Army Angel Tree service project.  Thanks to PJ, his wife Ann, Suzanne, Jody, Gary, his wife Betty and their grandsons for their holiday service and for being our club's contingent at the service project!

Great Weather, Attendance for Ashland/Hanover Olde Time Holiday Parade - 11/19/2017
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Thirty-four Ashland Kiwanians volunteered their service to hold the Ashland/Hanover Olde Time Holiday Parade.  Sunny skies and cool, breezy weather greeted the 104 parade units and the attending public.  Other participating Kiwanis Family members included the Aktion Club of Ashland, R-MC CKI, and the Key Clubs of Hanover, Lee-Davis and Patrick Henry High Schools.  The Parade Grand Marshal was former Ashland Kiwanian Rob Wait.  Kudos to our Parade Committee for another civic service project well planned and executed!

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