Here is a summary of today’s Thursday 11/21/19 meeting:

 

·         Many thanks to Alan MacKinnon/The Gardens Cemetery for donating the Pre-Thanksgiving Luncheon to our club and the YMCA staff. The food was prepared by the Putterham Grille of Chestnut Hill and was fantastic as usual. The only thing better would have been if Alan had joined us to enjoy the feast.

·         Just a reminder, we will not be having a meeting next week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. See you back at the YMCA on December 5th.

·         President John shared a Thank You Note receive by the Club from the Boston Police Department District E-5 for our donation for their annual Halloween Party.

·         We have a fun few weeks coming up for December. On Thursday December 5th (other than our Kiwanis Day for Ringing the Bells at Roche Brothers) we will be filling out Holiday Cards to be delivered to residents of the Deutsches Althenheim. On Thursday December 12th, we will be having our annual Holiday Luncheon sponsored by the German Centre in the Bier Stuber at Edelweiss Village starting at 12:00pm. Our club will again be donating Poinsettia Plants to the German Centre and, after lunch, we will be joining Demetrios to sing some carols with the Deutsches Altenheim Residents. To finish off our calendar year, we will again be back at the Bier Stuber on Thursday December 19th for our annual Yankee Swap , also starting at 12:00pm. Bring a wrapped gift valued at about $20 and prepare for a great time. We will again be having Chinese Food for the event! We also plan on pulling the winners for our latest Progressive Raffle.

·         Jim Hennigan reminded us that volunteers are still needed to deliver Food for the Thanksgiving Mary Mulvey Jacobson Families in Need event. Please show up at Roche Bros. at 9am on Tuesday November 26th if you can help. 20 or so volunteers will be at Roche Brothers the evening before to prepare the boxes of food. Jim will be confirming days/times for the Christmas deliveries in the near future….The Parkway Kettle Campaign will be starting up next week. Kiwanis Day for ringing the bells is Thursday December 5th. The schedule is attached for your review. We still have the 12pm and 6pm time slots available. Feel free to respond to this e-mail if you can help out. Also, Jim has asked if any members can help out on Monday November 25th (next Monday) and/or Friday November 29th (Day after Thanksgiving). Contact Jim atjim@jimhennigan.com if you can help.

·         Jim Hennigan and Steve Morris took some time to update our members on Tuesday evenings West Roxbury Safety Association’s meeting at the Irish Social Club. An amazing 400 plus people were available to support the WR Safety Associations Alternative to the Road Diet changes proposed for Centre Street. A good 80% at the event were against the City of Boston’s Road Diet project. Mayor Walsh’s Office will be tabling the start of the project until the beginning of the year. Contact your local City Representatives to voice your opinion.

·         Monies are still coming in for our Annual Auction. We netted over $14,000 again this year! We had a record attendance this year as well! Sean Brennan will be reserving the second Friday in November 2020 for us at the Elks Club.

·         As a surprise “Service Project” for the Club, John Sullivan had our members assist in putting labels on the cans for this year’s Canning Campaign to benefit the local food pantries. Thank you all for your help! I will be sending out a separate e-mail with this year’s canning schedule. John will be looking for volunteers for two locations this year. The Village Market in Roslindale Square and Target in Roslindale as well. Stay tuned.

·         Ken Cunningham was back this week with the Ken Cunningham Word of the Day. This week’s word was “Phlebotomist” which of course means one who takes blood. I think Ken was just coming from an appointment….

·         For information on upcoming events and helpful links, please log onto our Web-Site at www.kiwanisboston.org.

 believe that is all for now.

 Robert B. McNeil