Kiwanis Missouri-Arkansas District holds conference at Springdale

The Mid-Winter Conference of Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International was held recently at Springdale.

John Henry, Division 22 lieutenant governor; Robert Rhinehart, trustee for Missouri-Arkansas Earl Collins Scholarship Foundation; and Barbara Rhinehart, past Earl Collins secretary, attended the conference.

Eliminate, Kiwanis International’s worldwide project, was highlighted with Randy DeLay, Eliminate project fundraising campaign chairman, as a speaker. The goal of the campaign is to eliminate material/neo-natal tetanus in Third World countries. This disease is easily preventable by giving tetanus vaccine doses to pregnant women which lasts for 10 years. Then two more doses are given to immunize babies. Kiwanis Club of Pine Bluff is fundraising by using baby bottles to fill with loose change. Anyone interested in working with the Kiwanis Club may call Karen Cash, president, at 870-541-1000, for information.

The Kiwanis Club was awarded a Banner Patch for its annual donation to the Earl Collins Scholarship. Twenty-three scholarships are given in the Missouri-Arkansas District each year. Students from Southeast Arkansas are eligible. This year’s winner has yet to be announced.

The Kiwanis Club’s mission is to save one child and one community at a time. Anyone interested in joining with local Kiwanians, may contact Cash or Claudia Russell, secretary.