Our permanent goal is to help
underprivileged children improve the quality of their lives.
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Lawrence
A 501(c) 3 Organization
Recognized Distinguished Club 2011-2012
The Kiwanis Weekly Newsletter
June 22, 2017
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.
David Louis, President
:Luncheons on every Thursday at Palmer's through the summer and beyond
Kiwanis International convention in Paris, France, in early July
New England and Bermuda District Annual Meeting in Hyannis the weekend of August 24
Judy Benz has been approved for membership and will be inducted soon.
Kiwanis will be working with other service clubs on a joint effort to purchase rocking chairs for the Special Care Nursery at Lawrence General Hospital
Happy dollars for quick healing go to Brother Rene, Al DeLuca and Ed Kelley
Printed below is the speech John Pearson, Humanitarian Award winner, would have delivered at the ceremony had the opportunity been appropriate:
"June 8, 2017
Thank you, Kiwanis, for the generous recognition you have given me. It’s nice to get an award for doing something you love to do! And it’s a great honor to be included in this amazing group of people you have recognized for Humanitarian awards.
I absolutely cannot accept this award without acknowledging the support and collaboration of ACT’s 15 member board of directors, our Executive Director Denise Johnson, and our most active founding member, Susan Stott.
There’s a quotation from the anthropologist Margaret Mead that many of you know. I’ve used it often in thank-you letters to contributors to Andover Community Trust.
“Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have.”
She was talking to us. To You. And to me. And she was talking about taking ACTION.
For 25 years Andover Community Trust has advocated for economic diversity and for houses people can afford in Andover. I’ve been privileged to serve on ACT’s board for the last 16 years. We think we’re making a difference. We’re building our 7th permanently affordable home right across Haverhill Street from the YMCA and the Kiwanis award event. All of our homes are permanently affordable because of our Land Trust model and its ground lease provisions. ACT owns the land. Our homeowners own their home.
Honoring WWII hero and eternal Kiwanian George L. Street in representation of all veterans on Memorial Day, 2017
We do this because the few, caring people who support ACT believe in economic diversity and in creating opportunities for families. To own a home. To actively participate in the Andover Community. To educate their children in Andover schools.
And of course there are other beneficiaries. Four of our seven homes have been built by students at the Greater Lawrence Technical School. So their lives are being enriched, even transformed, as well. And we believe that we are all enriched by diversity and broad opportunity.
So, thank you Pat, my wife. And thank you Luke & Sam & Emily, our children, for putting up with me spending all those hours and evenings out of the house, away from the family.
And thank you, Kiwanis, for this award and for all you are doing; you, and everyone working to make our world a better one.
-- Printed here at the permission of the author.