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Your view: Peanut Day

Thursday, September 30, 2004

For the past 69 years, the members of the Sikeston Kiwanis Club have been devoting much of their free time, talent, energy and resources to help make their community and the world better places to live and work. The majority of their time and energy is spent in their own community.

Organizations that benefit from the money Kiwanis earns include, but are not limited to, scholarships for graduating seniors, local Girl and Boy Scout troops, youth sports, Kenny Rogers Children's Center, Toys for Tots, United Way and many more.

From helping the local Boy Scout or Girl Scout to helping senior citizens, you'll find a member of Kiwanis actively involved.

The primary source of funds to help pay for funding so many Kiwanis-sponsored activities happens on Kiwanis Peanut Day, the fourth Friday in September. After deducting the cost of the peanuts, 100 percent of the proceeds of Kiwanis Peanut Day collections go directly into local charitable and community needs, which would not be met if it were not for Kiwanis and other equally dedicated all-volunteer service organizations.

I've been involved with Kiwanis for the past two years. At the present time, I serve as the club's Peanut Day chairman. Kiwanis exists in nearly 92 countries and has a membership of more than 325,000 men and women. None of us receive any compensation for the time we spend on Kiwanis activities. It's just our way of giving something back to our communities and helping those less fortunate.

Won't you please join me in helping others by making a contribution? Please make your check payable to: Sikeston Kiwanis Club (put "Peanut Day" on the memo line). Mail your contributions to: Sikeston Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 234, Sikeston, MO 63801

Peanut Day Committee

Roger Elledge II, chairman

Steve Austin

Matt Vowels