K-Kids Club wins charter

Monday, September 23, 2002
Morgan Potthoff accepts a banner for the new K-Kids Club at Republican Valley Elementary School in Indianola.

INDIANOLA -- The first K-Kids Club outside Lincoln and Omaha received its charter and banner during a ceremony Sept. 12 at Republican Valley Elementary School in Indianola.

"This is tremendous," said Marvin Heckman of Kearney, lieutenant governor of Kiwanis' Nebraska-Iowa District 24. Heckman said Kiwanis has K-Kids for elementary students, Builders for middle school, Key Club for high school, Circle K for college and Kiwanis and Action Club for adults.

Heckman said he was very impressed with the support for the K-Kids Club from the school and parents, and especially from the sponsoring club, the McCook Kiwanis.

Guest speaker Scott Hoffman of McCook, assistant to U.S. Senator Ben Nelson, told the students he has heard Nelson say, "Young people are 20 percent of the population, but 100 percent of our future." Hoffman said, "Our future is in good hands. You represent our country's hopes, and our future."

Hoffman described "a leader" as the first person to volunteer. "A leader doesn't need a stage," he said. "He works hard, and works smart." Hoffman said, "He fails sometimes, but he picks himself up and tries again."

Officers for 2002-2003 are: president, sixth grader Kaleb Nielsen-Sheffied; vice president, fifth grader Kendra Cuellar; secretary, fifth grader Alaina Sughroue; treasurer, fifth grader Brittany Turner; and sergeant-at-arms, fourth grader Danielle Blume.

Outgoing officers who installed the new were president Morgan Potthoff, vice president Kelsey Coolidge, secretary Krystal Petty and treasurer Kyle Teel.

The K-Kids Pledge is: As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school. I will show respect toward my environment and and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live.

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