Kiwanis inducts new member and hears from international trustee

By Natalie Covher

The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches met for their regular meeting Thursday, August 4 at the NSU Recreation Complex. Nettles Brown led the pledge and Dion Boyett led the prayer. Guests included Glenelle Brown, Sandy West, Brooke Harrell and Emily Settle.

The Kiwanis International Trustee Burt West inducted new member Craig Caskey into the club.

“Kiwanis is a no guilt organization, help out where you can help out and let Kiwanis benefit your life and your family,” said West.

“I started thinking about Kiwanis at the NYP-Kiwanis BBQ social,” said Caskey. “After coming to three meetings and visiting with Nettles I knew I wanted in. This is the service opportunity I’ve been looking for.”

International Trustee Burt West was the guest speaker. He is from Divide Colorado and is part of the Rocky Mountain District of Kiwanis. He spoke to the group about the club’s legacy.

“Form a plan for your club,” said West. “Think about how you can make an impact. Think about what we can do today that is going to have an impact 20 years from now. How many clubs can say they have made an impact on the whole world. Some can say they impact their town or their country but few can say they impact the whole world the way we have with our elimination project.”

West encouraged members to make plans to attend the International Convention in Paris next year and to attend the district convention this weekend in Shreveport.

The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches is now accepting nominations for Layperson of the Year.  If you would like to nominate someone, please email LaCarshaBabers at Nominee must be a Natchitoches resident engaged in variety of service and volunteer activities within our community.  The Kiwanis Club of Natchitoches will recognize award winners during its annual Awards Banquet Thursday, September 29 at the Natchitoches Events Center.

Greg Burke reminded members of the “Don’t Die Wondering Golf Classic” August 6at Northwestern Hills Golf Course, which benefits the Northwestern State women’s basketball team and first-year coach Jordan Dupuy. Haley Taitano reminded members of “Burke Bash: A Roast, Toast and Boast” August 20 at Prather Coliseum.