President Lloyd Chapman called to order the Ottawa Kiwanis meeting April 16. Vice President Jack Novotney offered a prayer. Thank you notes were read from A Servant’s Heart, Illinois Valley Public Action to Deliver Shelter, Community Food Basket and the Food Resource Bank for donations.
Novotney reported on the OK-PIP Playground. Members were informed the Red Cross is looking for volunteers for Saturday, May 5, for installation of smoke detectors. Interested members can go that morning to Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa.
Guest Diane Kennedy has a friend who wrote a school safety bicycle book that was passed around. The Ottawa Kiwanians had a special meeting April 19 for the La Salle-Peru Key Club. They wanted three members to be able to attend a Kiwanis conference in Illinois. Members voted to give a donation for the conference costs.
Bill Jankowski reported on an arts festival, an Omni Arts project, from Friday, Sept. 7, to Sunday, Sept. 9, in Ottawa. It will feature music, visual arts, film and drama competitions. Kiwanians also met April 23. Ottawa High Key Club members gave bios. Sponsor Holly Hall gave an overview of the projects they have done. Program speaker was Paul Youngstrum from the Food Resource Bank. Based out of Ottawa and Barrington, it is made up of local churches, farmers and families. The money collected pays farmers to plant corn and soybeans. The profit goes into projects the group funds such as livestock, chickens, irrigation projects and more. These projects have been in locations such as Africa and Nicaragua.
The next meeting will be at noon Monday, April 30, in Scott Hall at First Presbyterian Church. Prospective new members are welcome. For more information, call Chapman at 815-433-2111.