KIWANIS ONE DAY
Perking up the park
“There are so many people that really care about the community,” said Shirley Nakawatase. “I’m excited!”
Shirley’s excitement resonates through her Kiwanis club, the Imperial Beach-South Bay Club in California. For the 2011 Kiwanis One Day, they gathered to renovate Rohr Park. It’s the most popular park in Chula Vista and was being driven into disrepair by the use.
“We just said we’re going to make the world a better place today,” said Kiwanis International Trustee Oscar Knight. Kiwanis members spotted the park and made it their service goal on April 2, 2011, just one of the thousands of service goals Kiwanis members carried out on Kiwanis One Day.
“I didn’t think this park was very clean, and I wanted to help clean it up,” said Eric Munoz, a K-Kids member and one of the nearly 200 members of the Kiwanis family that arrived in Rohr Park to help out. Together, the Kiwanis family of volunteers painted signs, buildings and benches and constructed and improved the children’s train.
“What the volunteers are doing today would have taken us six to eight months,” said park operator Agnes Bernardo.
When they triumphantly hung the banner above the park’s freshly painted picnic shelter, the project chairman Deric Fernandez made it clear that this project is about more than their clubs and more than the park. Instead, Kiwanis One Day was about continuing the butterfly effect of service.
K-Kid Eric Munoz is one person the butterfly effect in Chula Vista has touched. “How is it benefiting you?” he asks. He answers himself: “It is benefitting you in every single way.”
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