The Meaning of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is our nation’s commemoration of the sacrifices made by those whose lives were lost for the freedoms we hold sacred.

Whether our veterans survived their military service, or were killed on the field of battle, our country owes each of them, and their families, a debt of gratitude.

As we look back at the wars proposed by presidents, declared by Congress, and supported to varying degrees by our citizens, let’s remember that none of these conflicts were or, to this day, are immune from political and social controversy.

But we should never confuse debate over military policy with the need to be respectful of those whose lives are at risk on the battlefield, in the air, or on the seas.

Our nation has been the destination of choice for great waves of immigrants from the world’s most frightening and repressive nations.  Perhaps your family has its story of freedom-seeking relatives.

Be very conscious of the history of our African-American neighbors whose ancestors came shackled in the holds of slave ships, and Native-Americans whose ancestors were slaughtered or subjected to racist cruelties.

As Americans we should know our own history and should passionately advocate so that the children of all families can enjoy the opportunity to be free from the threats of injustice, oppression and terror.

Our freedoms were earned, bled for, and in many cases, died for.

Memorial Day presents the chance to gather our thoughts and honor the military service of our parents and grandparents, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins.

These individuals either volunteered or drafted, wore the uniform of our armed forces, and gave all or a portion of their lives in service to our nation and its allies.

In honor of those we’ve lost, let’s not be passive about the importance of their sacrifice.  In their honor, let’s pledge to participate in the following advocacy activities:

  • Register, vote, and urge others to do the same. Democracy demands dedication and active participation!
  • Actively communicate with our elected officials about issues affecting families, including military families and people with special challenges. Remember, our elected officials work for us!
  • Share your thoughts in the media by writing letters to the editor and interviewing with reporters. Media is our most cost-effective megaphone.
  • Motivate youth to exercise their voice in matters which affect them. The next generation of advocates needs good role models.
  • Confront those who think that complaining about problems is sufficient. Whining is not as good as winning! Silence is not golden when there are wrongs to be corrected.
  • Honor community leadership and promote active involvement by family members, friends, colleagues and neighbors as volunteers, whom I call “time philanthropists.”
  • Support causes which focus on advocating positive change, prevention policies and innovative program. Spectatorism doesn’t produce progress.

In honor of the fallen, let’s recommit to a brighter future for all generations.

Excerpts taken from author Jack Levine, Founder, 4Generations Institute

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Lehigh Kiwanis Provides Funding To Free Dental Clinic

Lehigh Kiwanis Club President, Richard St. Dennis, presented Dr. William Truax, founder, Project Dental Care $2,000.00 for their free dental clinic. Dr. William Truax started Project Dental Care in Fort Myers in 1996.  They have expanded to four treatment rooms where approximately 25 local dentists volunteer their services to perform various dental procedures such as extractions, fillings, surgery and some endodontics. They treat many in our community who are without medical or dental coverage and meet their financial criteria for assistance.

Those without insurance often visit hospital emergency rooms for dental problems. Hospitals are ill equipped to address dental issues properly, often leaving the patient with no solution but pain medication. Project Dental Care is working with several area hospitals on a referral basis resulting in better care for patients and reduced costs for emergency room operations. The Project Dental Care Clinic is located at 2051 McGregor Ave., Fort Myers FL.

Lehigh Kiwanis Club supports many philanthropic endeavors in our area to improve the lives of children and families in our community. The public is invited to attend Lehigh Kiwanis Club Breakfast Meetings held every Wednesday morning at Hope Hospice Community Room off Beth Stacey, with breakfast buffet starting at 7:00 a.m. and meeting starting at 7:30 a.m.

Pictured above, l to r:  Dr. Bill Truax with Lehigh Kiwanis Club President,. Richard St. Dennis.

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Lehigh Senior Key Club Installs 2017-18 Officers

Pictured above: (left to right):  LSHS Key Club 2017-18 Officers: Lt. Gov. Juan Cabrera, Faculty Sponsor, Sheila Shepard, LSKS Key CLub 2017-18 Officers: Pres. Sydney Combs, Vice President Emily Gerst, Secretary Lauryn Combs, Editor Samantha Madrid, Webmaster Rochelle Gonzalez.

The Lehigh Sr. High School Key Club installed their officers for 2017-18, during a spaghetti dinner held April 4th, in the LSHS cafeteria.  The event was planned by their Faculty Sponsor, Sheila Shepard, and coordinated with Lehigh Kiwanis Club, the Key Club sponsor.  Key Club members invited their parents to attend the dinner to witness the installation ceremonies, better understand the functions of the Key Club, Lehigh Kiwanis Club, Kiwanis Florida Foundation and their relationship to their children.

Prior to the ceremonies, several local Kiwanis members talked about: What Kiwanis is about, How being a Kiwanis member has impacted their life, Where funding for Kiwanis scholarships and projects comes from.

Lt. Governor, Key Club Div. 19-B, Juan Cabrera presided over the retirement of current Key CLub Officers and the incoming 2017/18 Officer installation.  The Lehigh Senior Key Club is very active in the community, doing many service projects throughout the year.

Key Club is the world’s largest young adult organization in the world.  From grade school thru high school, Kiwanis mentors,  advises and works hand-in-hand with students and faculty sponsors all sharing the same vision–to make “our world” a better place in which to live.  Lehigh Kiwanis Club closely works with faculty sponsors to instill good human values in our local students in many of our local schools.

If you would like to participate in our programs, you’re invited to attend our Lehigh Kiwanis Breakfast Meetings held each Wed. morning at Hope Hospice Community Room, at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast, with meetings starting at 7:30 a.m., to see us in action and enjoy our many varied and informative speakers.

 

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NINETY-FIVE YEAR OLD ENTERTAINS LEHIGH KIWANIS CLUB

Ralph Boettger, was born on Easter Sunday, 95 years ago!  Ralph loves to sing and shared his talent at Lehigh Kiwanis Club on April 12, during their weekly breakfast meeting. Ralph, a 25 year Kiwanis member, doesn’t make the early morning meetings much but this was a special occasion. He sings weekly for the patients and staff at the Hope Healthcare facility located at 1201 Wings Way in Lehigh Acres. Ralph’s songs  rekindle memories so popular from years ago. Though he has been less active in the last few years, he is well-known there for his humor, keeping the crowd laughing with his witty jokes.

The public is invited to attend the Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Breakfast Meetings each Wednesday at Hope Hospice Community Room, with Breakfast Buffet starting and 7:00 a.m. and meeting starting at 7:30 a.m.

Pictured below: (left to right:) Ralph Boettger, Richard St. Dennis and Gloria Boettger.

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Teen Night at Veterans Park Rec Center Going Strong 5th Year in a Row!

Teen Night at Veterans Park Rec Center Going Strong!

Kiwanis of Lehigh Acres hosts Teen Night Event 3rd Friday of the month 7-10 p.m. Music, free food, fun & games for youth ages 12-17 You must have a Lee County Parks & Recreation membership ID card. Lifetime memberships available for a onetime fee $10 for an individual or a family membership can be purchased for $25. Parents must be present to sign for activity card at door. Call 239-369-1521 to get yours today! Each event will cost $2 per person for admission Remember if you cannot wear it to school you cannot wear it here!   details

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5K Run through the Calusa Nature Center Supports Kids Bringing up Grades

Runners take off at the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run. Photo courtesy of Lehigh Acres Gazette

The Fort Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis held the 7th annual Calusa Bug Chase 5K run and BUG Crawl on Jan. 31, 2015 at the Calusa Nature Center  in Fort Myers. The race benefitted the Fort Myers-Metro Kiwanis Club’s BUG (Bringing Up Grades) Program. There were 205 registered participants who traveled the trails at the nature center and a portion of the asphalt bike path on Ortiz. The race was timed with Chrono Track Bib Tag Technology, and was supervised by the Fort Myers Track Club.

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Kiwanis Presents Check to Lehigh Little League

Right to Left; John Phillips, Stevan Guevara, Jere Carrick. Front: Sariah Guevara

Lehigh Little League President John Phillips provided an updated The Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club on the League activities at Wednesday morning Kiwanis meeting. Also Sr. V. President Stevan Guevara spoke about the softball program and its three divisions he oversees.

According to Phillips there are over 560 youth participating in their programs.

Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club presented a check for $1000.00 to the program

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Serving The Children of the World

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Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Hands Out 62 Scholarships and 5 Hometown Hero Awards

Lehigh Acres Kiwanis President John Graham, Tommy Hotchkiss and LAFD Capt McDowell

Lehigh Acres Kiwanis President John Graham, Tommy Hotchkiss and LAFD Capt McDowell

Over 165 guests packed the room at the Eunique Events Hall on Saturday night for the Kiwanis Club of Lehigh Acres Annual Scholarship & Community Awards Banquet.

This fall the Kiwanis club of Lehigh Acres will have 62 students enrolled in colleges and universities all across this great nation of ours.

They have been awarded and will be receiving $221,450 in Lehigh Acres Kiwanis Club Foundation scholarships. Continue reading

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