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Local Kiwanis club grows golf tourney

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The Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan treasurer LeBeau Jakobson (left) and secretary Lawrie McCaffrey are shown. Both hope to see more members in the club's ranks.

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The Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan treasurer LeBeau Jakobson (left) and secretary Lawrie McCaffrey are shown. Both hope to see more members in the club's ranks. Photo Store

The Kiwanis Club of East Kildonan saw some growth in its second annual golf tournament.

In the event, held at Rossmere Golf and Country Club on Aug. 20, 70 golfers competed, a steep increase on the 41 that came around for the first event.
Secretary Lawrie McCaffrey said in an Aug. 26 interview that the final tally of proceeds wasn’t yet completely determined, but hoped to be nearing the $10,000 mark, though the number probably wouldn’t quite make it to that milestone.

The funds will be directed to a variety of initiatives, including going to sponsor clubs in eight local schools: River East Collegiate, Kildonan-East Collegiate, Miles Macdonell Collegiate, John Henderson Junior High School, Valley Gardens Middle School, Robert Andrews School, Salisbury Morse Place School, and Springfield Heights School.

McCaffrey explained the clubs — K Kids Clubs at the elementary level, Builders Clubs at the junior high level, and Key Clubs at the high school level — receive funding from the local sponsor organization to cover their dues to Kiwanis International. The clubs then raise money and decide where to allocate it. A member from the sponsoring organization also acts as an advisor, along with a supervising teacher, at the school level.

"The project might be to have a bake sale, and then they send the money to Winnipeg Harvest or Siloam Mission," McCaffrey explained. "They might go to Siloam Mission and serve meals, or they might go to Winnipeg Harvest and pack food, so from an elementary level, and then at a high school level, they might do something totally different."

"It starts to give them a feeling that they’re responsible to the community, and to be involved with community service and helping people," added treasurer LeBeau Jakobson.

The group also supports the CPR program, which teaches first-aid techniques to all Grade 10 students in the River East Transcona School Division. After providing start-up money to get the program started up a decade ago, the East Kildonan branch has continued to chip in to keep it going.

The club supports a variety of other causes, including the Eliminate project, which is working to wipe out tetanus across the globe.

McCaffrey explained it has been difficult getting new members into the club in recent years. He said since he joined Kiwanis in 1987, membership numbers have dwindled from 47 to 16.

"If you’re married and have got kids, you’re going in one direction and your wife’s going in the other direction," he said. "Secondly, there’s shift work, and everybody’s working weird hours."

Jakobson explained that in an attempt to work with people who can’t commit to a full slate of meetings, they are looking at expanding their Friends of Kiwanis list, where organizers look for occasional volunteers to help with events.

"We’ve got the support of the people. They don’t want to commit to becoming a member, but they certainly come to help," she said.

Those looking for more information or to join can contact McCaffrey at mccaffl@shaw.ca or 204-663-5157.

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