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Orange Juice Socials for Friendship Kiwanis

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By Rog Patterson

Frank Hofstatter was really tickled when the Liberty Middle School Builders Club, sponsored by his Friendship Kiwanis Club, announced efforts to establish a relationship for their members with namesake Liberty Park on Southwest 103rd Street. As the Friendship Kiwanis liaison for LMS Builders Club, Frank works directly with faculty co-advisers, Alexan Johnson and Louann Boemio.

The LMS Builders Club is one of several Kiwanis-sponsored student groups in Marion County and around the world. They begin with the Friendship Kiwanis program for Terrific Kids at College Park Elementary School children, recognizing hard work and fellowship. You’ve seen bumper stickers each Terrific Kid receives displayed on the cars of proud parents. Next is the LMS Builders Club for middle schoolers. Friendship Kiwanis also sponsors West Port High School’s Key Club and there are Circle K Clubs for college-age students. Most recently, Aktion Clubs were formed for members with disabilities. The common thread in all of these Kiwanis-sponsored organizations is emphasis on nurturing respect for others as well as offering leadership opportunities.

While the LMS Builders Club is finalizing arrangements with the Marion County parks management, Frank decided it was appropriate to make his fellow Kiwanians more familiar with the park itself. To that end, he began hosting his Saturday Morning Orange Juice Socials under the park’s new pavilion and has been attracting more and more attendees week after week.