Rain did not dampen the Kiwanian spirit

By Dan Aznoff | Oct 19, 2017
Photo by: Dan Aznoff Jim Garcia (with hat) sits with some of the volunteers who welcomed potential members to an organizational meeting of the Mill Creek Kiwanis Club on a rainy Wednesday night at City Hall on Oct. 18. Garcia said the club already has more than enough members to be chartered by Kiwanis International.

The weather outside was blustery, but the people at the organizational meeting of the soon-to-be-chartered Mill Creek Kiwanis Club were enthusiastic about the possibility of serving the children and the community.

The lower than expected turnout at the meeting Wednesday night in the City Council chambers did not discourage Jim Garcia. He said the brave souls who ventured into the storm to attend the meeting meant there are dozens more just waiting in the wings.

“You know if somebody comes out on a night like this they have the drive and dedication to be contributors to a strong Kiwanis Club that will impact the future of the city,” Garcia said. “We already have more than enough applications and commitments to apply for a charter. This is very exciting.”

Garcia addressed the meeting, echoing the words of Mill Creek Police Chief Greg Elwin who said the chapter, like the officers in his department, should be both strong and social.

The enthusiastic Garcia believes the new chapter will build a strong foundation that will respond to the needs of the community. Garcia and Elwin each emphasized the important role Kiwanis can play in by building leaders for the future.

To prove his point, Garcia said Jackson High School and the new North Creek High in Bothell will have strong Key Clubs. The two Key Club chapters will send as many as 250 teens to march in the city’s Veteran’s Day Parade on Nov. 11.

Garcia and Maureen Moylan from Kiwanis International have applied to be charter members of the new chapter. Moylan and her husband moved into Mill Creek less than a year ago.

“Being a charter member of a club is a once in a life time opportunity,” Jack LaPoint told the gathering. LaPointe and three generations of his family plan to be charter members of the Mill Creek chapter.

According to Moylan, any individual who commits to become a member of the Mill Creek Kiwanis before January will be listed as a charter member.

Members will meet again to vote on bi-laws and decide on a meeting time on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. For more information, contact Moylan at 828-467-0761 or kathleenmoylan@bellsouth.net.

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