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Jim (left) and Karen (center) Nuelle were honored by the Kiwanis Club Tuesday as this month’s “Community Heroes of the Month” for their many volunteer efforts in Taylorville. They were nominated by Kiwanis member Dick Wamsley (right).
TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club honored their “Community Heroes of the Month”, and heard about a new local business, during their week- ly meeting Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge.
Jim and Karen Nuelle were honored as this month’s Kiwanis Club “Community Heroes of the Month.” Both have long been involved in their church, Taylorville Christian Church, as well as being the first administra- tors at Visionway Christian School. Jim has also taught an adult Sunday School class for over 40 years and has led crews to do home maintenance and repairs for the elderly. Karen developed the “Back Packs for Kids” providing weekend lunches
for needy children in public elementary schools, as well as leads a women’s weekly Bible study and was the first kindergarten teacher at Visionway Christian School.
Jessica Oyler, owner of a new business called “Down to Earth Sustainability” at 105 East Main Cross in Taylorville, was the Kiwanis program speaker. The 2018 Taylorville High School grad and past Kiwanis Club scholarship recipient talked about the new business she founded in July of this year, with its beginnings while she was in high school offering her products at Farmers’ Markets. Her business offers products that are environmentally safe, such as natural soap, shampoo, and conditioner bars, toothpaste
without a tube, and refills of a variety of personal, hand and dish soaps. She’s also allowing local vendors and artists to sell their items in her shop.
The public is reminded to bring non-perishable food and monetary donations to the Kiwanis Club’s last drive-thru donation day of the year benefiting the Taylorville Food Pantry, this Saturday from 9am to 1pm at the Miller Media Group front parking lot at 918 East Park.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organi- zation of volunteers dedicat- ed to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville