Treasurer John Swanson called to order the May 1 Streator Kiwanis Club meeting. Chuck Luckey gave the opening prayer.
Swanson noted the birthdays of Debbie Tombaugh and Don Kuntz. He reminded members of the first Adopt-A-Highway cleanup to be Saturday, May 19. Kuntz noted the annual prayer luncheon, honoring local clergy, will be Tuesday, May 8.
Program Chairwoman Tombaugh introduced guest speaker Ellen Vogel, representing OSF. She is in charge of a new pilot program initiative titled Living Well Streator. Focusing on health and wellness, the project seeks to influence rural health care by creating a “healthy village.” Still in its infancy, there is an 11-person steering committee of community leaders focusing on a mission statement and establishing goals. Ultimately, there will be action teams involving community members. The project seeks to be a truly collaborative effort involving outside agencies, local businesses, schools, etc. The effort will be one of only a few to date that will truly build a healthy community.
The next meeting will be at noon Tuesday, May 8, at The Eastwood Restaurant.