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Kiwanis hears about downtown development at weekly meeting


(TAYLORVILLE) — Cindy Frisina, left, the creator of Heartland Development Partners, a company founded to attract development dollars into a plan for improving Taylorville’s downtown, was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Taylorville Kiwanis Club meeting. The program chair for Tuesday’s meeting was Kiwanis member Will Perkins, right.

(TAYLORVILLE) — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard from a former Taylorville native that’s coming back home to invest in the community during their weekly meeting at the Taylorville Moose Lodge on Tuesday. Cindy Frisina founded Heartland Development Partners to attract development dollars into a plan for improving downtown Taylorville. Frisina’s family owned the former Frisina Motor Hotel, the original location for Kiwanis meetings when the club was founded in 1954.

Frisina’s company has already purchased several downtown buildings to turn each into a destination to attract people inside and outside Taylorville.

She added that the projects she has begun are currently on schedule.

During Tuesday’s meeting, it was announced that the Kiwanis Club would again be a part of the upcoming Easter Egg Hunt at Manners Park. Kiwanis member Adam Jeffrey is overseeing the club’s participation in the event.

At the Moose Lodge, Kiwanis members were reminded of the upcoming Kiwanis Pancake and Sausage Breakfast Saturday, Apr. 29. Tickets are available from Kiwanis members or at the door. The event is one of the largest fund-raisers of the year for the Kiwanis Club, providing monies for local projects such as Coats for Kids, Kiwanis Park, and Kiwanis high school scholarships. The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child, and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to

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