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TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Kiwanis Club heard committee chairs report on the club’s many activities for local children and youth at their weekly meeting on Tuesday at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Kiwanis Park committee co-chairs Duane Stock and Larry Kemner reported the park is officially closed for the winter, with the playground merry-go-round removed for replacement next year. The park’s entrance sign along Illinois Route 29 will be replaced with cooperation from the City of Taylorville. The pair added that Kiwanis Club and High School Kiwanis Key Club members all pitched in to clean up the park recently. The co-chairs are planning a painting day to paint the outside of the park restrooms next spring.
Kiwanis Student Leadership chair Will Perkins reported that the local Junior High Kiwanis Builders’ Club has some 40 members and recently raised nearly 9-hundred dollars and some 450 pounds of food, all for the Taylorville Food Pantry. The High School Kiwanis Key Club has also been busy, with its 52 members doing Trick or Treating and raising funds for UNICEF, among their many projects.
Kiwanis Priority One chair Bruce Blanshan is again working with the Taylorville Head Start teachers for the club to provide coats for children this season as part of its annual “Coats for Kids” program. 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 on Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.