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Sep 09, 2013

Kiwanis clubs attract fascinating speakers to their regular meetings. For example, Jimmy Weldon, the ventriloquist who put words in the beak of Hanna-Barbera’s Yakky Doodle, inspired audiences at the Fontana and Santa Clarita, California, Kiwanis clubs’ meetings with a message about the American flag. And former NASA astronaut Jack Lousma launched the Colonial Plymouth, Michigan, Kiwanis Club into orbit with tales from his missions aboard Skylab and the space shuttle Columbia.

If you’re looking for good programs, here’s a list of popular presentations compiled by Kiwanis Facebook users:

  • Colville, Washington, high school technology students described alternative energy programs and robots. What fascinating subjects are local students studying?
  • Middletown, New York, Kiwanians enjoyed an appearance by a healthy six-year-old March of Dimes ambassador. You’ll find other Kiwanis International partners at www.KiwanisOne.org/partners. 
  • A survivor of suicide told the West Lorne, Ontario, club how she’s supporting families struggling with this complex issue. A mental health agency may be able to recommend advocates for a number of causes.
  • A Washington, Virginia, Kiwanian described a professor’s speech about childhood obesity as “very informative.” Ask a doctor or other expert to address a problem that’s affecting children in your community.
  • A Key Leader participant told her sponsoring Greenwood, South Carolina, Kiwanis Club about her experiences. If your club has not yet sponsored a Key Leader teen, borrow one from a nearby club.