Club News

Here is all the news for the club.

Kidnapped Gong Rescued! - 03/30/2018
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Thanks to twelve courageous BKC members, our gong was safely rescued from the clutches of the Manatee Sunrise Gang. It required them to travel north across the dangerous and turbulent waters of the Manatee River to D's Breakfast & Burgers in Palmetto (apparently the gang's regular hideout). Our club's retrieval team was forced to sit through a delicious breakfast while listening to a Boy Scout describe his Eagle Project (cleaning and restoration of headstones at Palmetto's Yellow Fever cemetery located at the intersection of 5th St. W. and 14th Ave. W.). Following the meal, fellowship and social interaction between members of both clubs ensued. It was torture, pure torture....

Club Gong Kidnapped! - 03/25/2018
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Attention all members! Be on the lookout for our club's meeting gong. It is approximately 1 foot tall, 3 pounds, and bronze in color. Last seen on the display table during the 95th Anniversary Celebration. Left unattended, it attracted the attention of a member of a visiting outside club member. While three clubs sent representatives: Anna Maria, Manatee Sunrise, and Siesta Key, a ransom post was left on our club's Facebook page indicating that an individual from Manatee Sunrise was the culprit. The kidnapper's only demand is that at least one member from Bradenton Kiwanis appear at one of their meetings as an Interclub guest. Who is willing to help?

Contact Heather Doyle, Brett...

95th Anniversary Party a Huge Success! - 03/24/2018
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At last count, 110 participants comprised of members, significant others, and guests from other clubs came together to celebrate 95 years of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club and its impact on Manatee County. Brett Pollock got things started on behalf of Heather Doyle who was unable to attend. A few announcements and recognition of the event committee: Laurie Fox, Ray and Jan Schaberg, Judge Gilbert Smith, Dave Grantham and myself were made with Laurie providing beautiful gift baskets to each of her co-workers. Thanks, Laurie! Judge Ed Nicholas bestowed a blessing on the food, then shortly thereafter, made a toast utilizing his signature beverage the Fireball. What would a Bradenton Kiwanis...

In Memory of Harold Whitcomb - 03/14/2018
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Harold Wayne Whitcomb, Club President 1976

Harold passed away peacefully on March 9, 2018 in Winter Park, Florida. He was born July 22, 1929 in Zolfo Springs, Florida, a fifth generation Floridian. He graduated from the University of Florida with an accounting degree. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He completed Officer Candidate School and earned his Jump Wings at Fort Benning, Georgia. He was a platoon leader with the 5th Regimental Combat Team until the end of the Korean War, earning his Combat Infantry Badge. He continued his service to the country in the U. S. Army Reserve, retiring as a Colonel. A longtime CPA in Bradenton, Florida, he was active in civic affairs,...

The Adventures of Charlie Pierce - 03/01/2018
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Imagine that you are an eight year old boy growing up in south Florida in the late 1800's. You are one of a handful of white settlers living near the coast of what would one day become one of the most heavily populated areas of the state, but for now, it is a jungle... literally and figuratively. The only other kid your age is a Miccosukee Indian. The two of you have become best friends while the elders on both sides are still trying to figure out how (and if) to get along. There is work to be done. There are adventures to be had. And there is history to be made. How will it all turn out?

Mr. Harvey Oyer was the guest speaker at our February 26 luncheon and the relating of the story behind...

Fun Interclub Meeting on the Island - 02/18/2018
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Kids Need Kiwanis and Kiwanians need other Kiwanians. 

On the morning of Saturday, February 18th, several of our club members joined the Anna Maria Island Club for breakfast at the Beach Café located at the Manatee County Public Beach. While the meeting experience was quite different from that of our regular Tuesday luncheons in a number of ways, the common purpose of working toward making lives better for the children of our communities bound us all together.

The Island club membership is small compared to the Bradenton club, but what it lacks in membership, it makes up for it in spirit and comaradarie. This is a happy-go-lucky bunch with an abundance of energy and wit. And they...

Family Fun Day at Boys & Girls Club - 02/06/2018
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On Saturday, January 20th the Boys & Girls Clubs of Manatee County hosted a Kiwanis Family Fun Day at their DeSoto Club location. Approximately 50 people attended the social, which included a variety of activities for all ages.  Besides the usual ping pong, pool and carpet ball games, members were treated to facepainting, Valentine's card making and cookie decorating, pizza, candy and an ice cream sundae bar.  The highlight of the evening was a relay race orchestrated by Coach Jeff from the Boys & Girls Club.  Members and kids had to jump through hula hoops, put a basketball into a bucket, stack large cups into a pyramid and toss bean bags into a target, then turn around...

Grant Award Recipients Recognized - 01/03/2018
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Congratulations to all of the organizations that applied for and received grants from the Charitable Committee for special projects in 2017. Those recognized at our January 2nd luncheon were:

State College of Florida received $10,000 for a book collection, displays, activity and explorer stations along with a glass writing board for a Reading Room (YACR). The school was represented by Cassandra Holmes (Executive Director) and Barbara Bourgoin (Development Director).

Easter Seals of Southwest Florida received $23,260 to upgrade and extend its security system to new classrooms and existing high school classrooms. A special art piece was presented to Laurie Fox in absentia....

Patriots Day - 11/08/2017
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What a great day! Fifty-four club members hosted one hundred forty-six guests (the majority of whom were veterans) for a total of 200 participants gathered together to celebrate and thank those whose service and devotion to country have protected the freedoms that all of our citizens currently enjoy. A huge 'Thank you!' to all who were able to be present on Tuesday, November 7th, for our club's Patriots Day luncheon.

President-Elect Brett Pollock opened the meeting and Vice-President Bill Edwards provided the invocation. Following a brief introduction by emcee Jerry Koontz, the U.S. Navy Sea Cadets (advised by Dawn Pomaybo) presented the colors. Past president Janene Amick led...

2017-2018 Executive Officers - 10/19/2017
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Please welcome the 2017-2018 executive officers for our club: Heather Doye (President), Brett Pollock (President-Elect), Bill Edwards (Vice President), Dave Grantham (Treasurer), and Mac Aldrich (Secretary).

Pictured (left to right): Mac Aldrich, Bill Edwards, Heather Doyle, Brett Pollock, and Dave Grantham