Members of the Steubenville Kiwanis Club heard from past Lt. Gov. George Grim from the Boardman Kiwanis Club about his experiences at the international convention held recently in New Orleans.
On the down side, membership in the Kiwanis has dropped to 266,000 at a time when the 2015 goal is to hit the 1 million mark.
On the up side, Grim said he heard the most interesting motivational speech ever at the convention, though he had doubted that the message delivered two years ago by former Secretary of State Collin Powell could be topped.
Guest speaker George Grim with Cas Adulewicz, Steubenville Kiwanis Club president
Wrong, according to Grim, who gave a thumbs-up to keynote speakers Sean and Leigh Anne Tuoh. They adopted Michael Oher, who went on to become an offensive lineman for the Baltimore Ravens of the NFL. It was the inspiration for the 2009 movie "The Blind Side" starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw.
The final presentation of the convention was given by James Carville and Mary Matalin, the politically disparate husband and wife who talked family life, not politics.
"The whole convention was great," said Grim, who announced the next international convention will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Questions posed to Grim included what percentage of members these days are women, who have been allowed to join for 25 years now. Grim estimated 20 percent of Kiwanians are female.
Grim was introduced by Phyllis Riccadonna, newsletter chair and lieutenant governor, who reminded members that the district convention will be held Aug. 10-11 in Boardman and that a local club presence would be nice. It is the first Kiwanis District Convention in division 21 that includes the local club.
The July 24 meeting held at the YWCA of Steubenville and presided over by Cas Adulewicz, club president, included:
-- The announcement that Tuesday's noon luncheon and business meeting will include the installation of all new members by Adulewicz and Riccadonna.
-- The Tuesday meeting will mark the launch of the annual rose sale chaired by Tom Timmons. A dozen roses are $18 - $25 if mailed - and are delivered in the Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Mingo, Weirton, Follansbee area. Orders can be placed through any club member.
-- The club's annual steak fry will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Bella Hall. There will be no noon meeting that day.
-- Kiwanian Judy Manfred explained that of three knolls adjacent to the ramps to Brady Avenue on the east and west sides, the Kiwanis have adopted one to plant flowers and promote club events.
The other two have been adopted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jefferson County and Women In Action Against Cancer Coalition.