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kiwanians were busy with Ashland's Strawberry Faire - 06/16/2018
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Folks in the region who attended the Strawberry Faire were greeted with warm sunshine throughout the event.  Under the direction of Charlie Martin, our club again operated its "Byrd Mill Products & Balloons" booth as a fundraiser with shifts involving 4 - 6 Kiwanians assisting.  Additionally, as coordinated by Dan DiCandilo, Shannon McClure and John McDaniel, our club fielded Kiwanis volunteers for a variety of service jobs from working at the Information Tent to manning the Dunking Booth for local celebrities.


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Perfect Attendance Program Awards Presented to Children - 06/14/2018
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The Kiwanis Club of Ashland started the Perfect Attendance Program (PAP) about 2005 and conducts it annually with four area elementary schools – Elmont, Gandy, Henry Clay and Kersey Creek.  At these schools, those students with perfect attendance for the entire school year receive Sweet Frog gift certificates.  Additionally, drawings are made from these perfect attendance students for a boy’s bicycle and helmet and for a girl’s bicycle and helmet. The principals and teachers of these schools believe the program reinforces good attendance habits by all their pupils.


Kyle Hendricks is our chair for the PAT.  He, along with Sharon McClure, Suzanne...

Annual steak dinner well attended - 06/04/2018
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After weeks of stormy weather, mild temperatures and sunshine greeted thirty-seven Ashland Kiwanians and their guests at the club's annual Steak Dinner, held at the Glen Allen farm of member Pettus Gilman.  With chefs Larry Ham, John McDaniel and Dan DiCandilo grilling the New York strip steaks and sous chefs Steve Chidsey and Jonathan Baulsir providing the beans and potatoes, the food was consumed with great pleasure.


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June Barbecue a Successful Venture - 06/02/2018
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Yes, we planned to cook 100 pounds of pork barbecue for prepaid customers and 200 BBQ combo sandwiches at the May 19 Ashland Street Party.  An inclement weather forecast for that date required a postponement of the Street Party - and our BBQ sale - to June 2.  Unfortunately, again, the threat of a washout resulted in the cancellation of the first Street Party of the season, but our club "pressed on" with the cooking, chopping, packaging and distribution of BBQ to our customers who preordered/prepaid online for our BBQ.  The mission was accomplished, and gear was being put away just as the first drops of rain began to fall on June 2.


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Kiwanians support/volunteer at PHHS Champions Together-Unified Track Meet - 05/10/2018
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A special, uplifting track meet was held at Patrick Henry High School, and our club provided volunteers as well as bottled water and snacks for the contestants.  The event was the Champions Together - Unified Track Meet, a component/outgrowth of the Special Olympics.  The events included an equal number of high school students with and without intellectual disabilities.  Students with and without these disabilities were teamed together and participated.  Our Kiwanis volunteers included Dan McGraw, John McDaniel, Andy Stiles, Jim Nichols, PJ Edmonds and Ed Hutchinson.  Our members received much more than they were honored to give.


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SLP Recognition & Appreciation Dinner/Program well attended! - 05/07/2018
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We had a packed gathering at Estes Dining Hall as 43 guests joined our Ashland Kiwanians to meet and receive the yearly activity reports of our sponsored Service Leadership Programs clubs.  Officers and faculty advisors/leaders from our sponsored Key Clubs (Glen Allen, Hanover, Lee-Davis & Patrick Henry), R-MC CKI Club and the Ashland Aktion Club attended as well as the principals of our high school key clubs and honored guests from Kiwanis Capital District, Hanover Public Schools administration, the Hanover School Board and the Hanover County Board of Supervisors.  The officers of our sponsored SLP clubs reported on the activities of their clubs, and the clubs faculty...

Last Route 54 Adopt-a-Highway trash pickup held as scheduled - 04/28/2018
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A somewhat damp but sunny and mild morning greeted five of our Kiwanians as they tackled a 1.5 - 2 mile stretch of Route 54 west, beginning at Patrick Henry High School.  In addition to coordinator John Myers, the cleanup crew consisted of Ed Hutchinson, Ranny Robertson, Jim Nichols and Roy Mills.  Fifteen bags of trash were removed from that stretch.

Per John, we will be shifting our quarterly cleanup program in the future to a new road that is less hazardous to volunteers as respects traffic volume and terrain.

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.