On the 4th Saturday of the month, we make and serve a meal for the neighborhood who need or want it and clean up afterward. 6-10 volunteers are needed. Contact Joe von Elbe for more info.
Dave Ropa is a visionary middle school teacher at Spring Harbor School whose dream for the last decade has been to create a greenhouse to serve as a center of learning for horticulture and nutrition. After raising $100K in grants and donations and recruited multiple corporate sponsors this is becoming a reality. This sustainable greenhouse will allow students to grow native plants for restoration projects throughout Dane County. The building will also be used as an outdoor classroom and for growing fruits and vegetables for our gardens. In the near future, they feel that the greenhouse will be the cornerstone of an on-going, community gardening and learning facility that offers summer gardening and science camps for kids, garden space for local residents and opportunities for multi-generational learning. Dave will describe this abitious project to Kiwanis.
President Ed Young will turn the reins of leadership of Downton Kiwanis over to Ned Paschke as incoming President. Ed, who has serverd admirably this past year, will summarize his leadership achievements and Ned will outline his goals for the coming year. Kiwanis International Officer Bruce Hoehne will do the honors swearing the new Downtown Kiwanis officers.
Need several volunteers to run bingo and help residents play. Contact Joe von Elbe for more info.
Our semi-annual cleanup of Highway 19 is on Saturday, May 3, starting at 9:00AM. We will meet at the intersection of Highway 19 and River Road. With enough people, it takes about 1 ½ hours. Please bring gloves and appropriate footwear. We will be walking in and out of ditches and the grass may be wet. The collection bags and vests will be furnished. This is a great opportunity to do volunteerism as a family. Bring along your spouse and teenagers.
The Madison Opera is an amazing asset of The Overture Center and The City of Madison. Heading this incredibly professional and innovative company, Kathryn Smith is the General Director and biggest promoter of this non-profit organization that produces three very high-quality operas per year. Please come to hear Ms. Smith describe plans for this year and as she shares her vision for the future.
Jen Roman is one of the roughly 13% women serving in the Madison Fire Department. She has taken an interesting path to the top beginning as a dispatcher in Shorewood Hills and finally to the top of a major city department. Jen will discuss the roll of women in an environment which traditionally is male dominated.
Dr. Uli Schamiloglu, the Chairman of the U-W Middle East Department returns to continue his frank snapshot of that part of the world. The daily headlines provide many images of a Middle East that is torn with dissent, both internally and externally. Since Dr. Schamiloglu last visited Downtown Kiwanis in July, new developments have punctuated the importance of the Middle East in the world.
Review investment portfolio, income and expenses and other foundation business
Times to be set closer to date of event.