Club News

Here is all the news for the club.

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...

State College of Florida Learning Library - 02/24/2018
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On the morning of Thursday, February 22nd, a gathering of educators, government figures, students, college staff & administrators, and a host of others took place on the courtyard between the State College of Florida's art gallery and its new Learning Library. This was to be the culmination of two years construction time and twenty million dollars, some of which was provided by state funding and some from private grants and donations, our club having been one of those donors. Following guest speakers who touted the thought and consideration that went into the development of this high tech facility, Dr. Carol Probstfeld welcomed everyone and joined other dignitaries in a ribbon-cutting...

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

Angela Edwards and Tompie Vita Receive George F. Hixson Fellowships - 10/03/2017
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During it’s regularly scheduled luncheon on Tuesday, September 26th, Mrs. Angela Edwards and Mrs. Tompie Vita were recognized by the Bradenton Kiwanis Club with the prestigious George F. Hixson Fellowship. The award is named for the first Kiwanis International President and is a way of recognizing people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' history of generosity. Both ladies are strong advocates of children and community service and have given much of their time in these pursuits. Over the years, they have put others before themselves and have made sacrifices in many ways.

Angie Edwards, has over 43 years’ experience Internationally in the Real Estate industry, receiving...

2017 Florida District Convention - 08/29/2017
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What does the 100th Florida District Convention look like? Several hundred of the most giving individuals in the state is what first comes to mind. From 26 districts they converged on the Naples Grande Beach Resort August 24-27 for training and to share how Kiwanians are making a difference in the lives of children at home and abroad. Those who are preparing to assume the roles of leadership within their individual clubs were present to learn how to best perform those functions. Many were present to gain tips on how to increase membership and to share the message of Kiwanis to others within their communities. And delegates met to discuss business of importance to all clubs and to elect...