As the parent of two young girls, and the spouse of a Jamestown High School teacher, no one is more aware than me that fall is in the air. Those lazy days of summer are about to be replaced with a structured daily schedule and the return of homework.
My family's transition to fall will be easy. We have the resources to give our girls a happy and healthy start to the new school year. A growing number of children within our community are at risk of starting back to school without even the basic necessities. As fall approaches, our focus shifts naturally to lending a helping hand with back to school needs. However, let us not forgot that the needs in our community are equally abundant throughout the year.
Kiwanis is an organization for all seasons! It is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis clubs are in 80 nations. More than 600,000 members dedicate over 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen their communities. I am proud to be a Kiwanian, and am honored to serve as president of the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg.
For the past 57 years, members of my Kiwanis Club have spent thousands of hours, and contributed large sums of money to help meet the needs of the children in our community. From a weekly reading program and distribution of books to Head Start kids to the Bringing Up Grades program that exists in two Williamsburg/James City County elementary schools, the efforts of my fellow Kiwanians have had a positive and life-changing impact.
Each year the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg chooses "Headliner" organizations. Throughout the year, our fundraising efforts are focused on these groups. Thousands of dollars, along with monies donated from our club's Kiwanis Foundation, are given back. The 2016-2017 Headliners are: Avalon, Bacon Street, Dream Catchers and United Way's Home For Good.
Our largest fundraiser that enables us to support these organizations is the Shrimp Feast. In its 37th year, the event is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4-7p.m. at the Jamestown 4-H Center. All you can eat shrimp, beverages, children's activities (face painting and a bounce house), and music by The Hark are just some of the highlights of the day.
Visit www.williamsburgkiwanis.org to learn more about Kiwanis and to purchase tickets for the Shrimp Feast. Where else can you enjoy a beautiful day along the James River and know that the dollars you invested will make a difference in lives of children in your community? The Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg believes "It's All About the Kids." We hope you'll join us in our efforts.
Geoff Suter, President
Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg