Committees

 
Bradenton Kiwanis Committees
To continue serving our community in the may ways Bradenton Kiwanis has since our founding in 1922, each member is encouraged to join one or more committees. Please review each of the committees listed for a brief description of the events and projects they are responsible for.
 
Agriculture* - Chair Brenda Rogers
Sponsors annual Farm City Week programs and events, including Leadership Manatee Agriculture Day, Farm City Week Luncheon, the Agriculturalist of the Year Award and the Agriculture Hall of Fame housed at the Manatee County Agricultural Museum. The committee has representation on the 4-H Foundation, the Manatee County Agricultural Museum and the Manatee County Farm City Week Committee. Additionally, the committee sponsors Leadership and Citizenship Awards for youth in 4-H and (10) FFA Chapters.
 
Charitable Committee* - Chair Steven Tinsworth
Members of this committee are appointed by the club or foundation president. The Charitable Committee is responsible for review of all grant applications and and selection of grants to be funded during the annual grant cycle. 
 
Committee Coordinator* - Chair Heather Doyle, Vice President
Current VP serves as chair of this committee and will oversee all committees, coordinate communications and volunteer activities between committees and club members. A co-chair position is currently open.
 
Community Services* - Chair Laurie Fox
The projects this committee oversees includes Better Manatee Day, Kids Against Hunger Food packaging event, Christmas tree sales for the Boys and Girls Club and Bell Ringing for Salvation Army. Other events include the annual Veteran's Day luncheon and program.

Human and Spiritual Values* - Chair Janene Amick
Major project of this committee is the annual National Day of Prayer Breakfast held in May. Additionally, the committee arranges for the weekly invocations at our club meetings.

InterClub* - Chair Bob Sweat
Arranges visits to other area clubs, Division Council meetings, and assists with recruitment of member volunteers to assist other clubs when manpower is requested.

International* - Chair Steve Dye
Focus is on international relations. In the past, this committee has arranged visits to and from clubs outside the US. Other projects include support of relief efforts following the earthquake in Haiti and in the Bahamas providing books to children and Earth Boxes to villages. The committee also oversees the clubs involvement in the Kiwanis International ELIMINATE Project, a program to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetnus worldwide.
 
Member Activities* - Chair  Laurie Fox
If you're interested in planning social activities for the clubs members and families, this is the committee for you. Help plan the clubs next Christmas Party, Dinner and a Play, Family Night or other event. 
 
Membership* - Chair Christy Cardillo
Committee oversees all facets of membership including review of applications for new members, member retention and member status change requests. Committee is also responsible for developing new member recruitment initiatives, new member orientation and requirement tracking.

Programs* - Chair Heather Doyle, President Elect
President elect serves as chair of this committee and is charged with arranging and scheduling programs for the clubs weekly meetings. All members are encouraged to submit ideas and contact information for programs to the President elect for consideration. 

Public Relations* - Chairman Bill Edwards
Committee promotes the club through all media outlets. Responsibilities include documenting club programs and projects, press releases and announcements and internal communications via the club website.

Service Leadership Programs* - Chair John Vita
This committee provides leadership for the Kiwanis International sponsored programs for youth. Our club sponsors Key Club at Bradenton Christian and Manatee High Schools, Builder's Club at BCS, King and St. Joseph's Middle Schools, and K Kids at Miller, Palma Sola, Samoset and Stewart Elementary Schools.

Scholarships* - Chair Brenda Rogers
This committee oversees the selection and distribution of $50,000 in scholarships annually to graduating high school students in Manatee County who will be attending college. This committee also provides support the Take Stock In Children program.

Young Children Priority One* - Chair Lisa Morrison
Program emphasis is pre natal to aged five. In recent years this committee has sponsored an annual reading program for preschool children. In 2014 the program provided books to more than 2,000 children. Other years the committee has provided leadership in childhood immunizations, back to sleep campaign and child safety seats.

Youth Services* - Chair Sharon Barhorst
This committee's focus is on programs for elementary school children. The committee provides funding and mentors for the Big K Mentoring Program run by Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Kids Fishing Tournament and the Bringing Up Grades programs. The Christmas in August program focusing on Homeless Children and their back to school needs is the signature event for this committee.
 
*Committee chairs are responsible to approve all expenses and insure the committee does not exceed its budget.