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JULY NEWSLETTER DIVISION 2

Club Calendar

  • July 2-8: ICON
  • Sept-Oct: Officer training ( Date TBA )
  • November 2-4: Kiwanis Family Confrence

RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

THE MURKISON'S STORY

Our experience with the Savannah Ronald McDonald House© began in early December 2011, when our entire family was involved in a car accident outside of Savannah while we were visiting relatives for the weekend. Both our children were admitted to Memorial PICU, though thankfully after only one day our older son Ben moved to a regular room out of critical care. However, our younger son Brian was in extremely critical condition and sustained a traumatic brain injury in the accident. It was while attempting to even understand what had just happened to our family that we first were referred to the House. I remember my husband David going over earlier in the day to make the arrangements, while I stayed by Brian’s side. That evening I checked in and remember sitting across the desk from Lucy and thinking this is it, my child is about to die. I didn’t think we would even be there more than one night. But Lucy found a way to comfort me, saying she had seen so many miracles, we could see a miracle too. Brian made it through that next day, and the next. He remained in the PICU for 2 weeks; however the prognosis was very poor. Day in and day out, the staff at the House was so kind to us, providing food, a shoulder to cry on and a place for us to just get away from the stress of the hospital. Eventually, the doctors met with us and recommended removal of care from PICU into hospice because they had never seen anyone have a meaningful recovery from an injury as severe as Brian’s. So we braced for the worst and he was moved. The entire story of Brian’s miraculous recovery can’t be explained here, but suffice it to say he was not ready to give up. After 10 days in hospice, Brian was transferred back to the PICU at Memorial and the Ronald McDonald House© became our home away from home again. We had begun to imagine that maybe, just maybe, we’d be one of the miracle stories that the staff can share with future residents. We went through the worst month of our life in December 2011. The Ronald McDonald House© staff did everything they could to help us make it through, and we survived (ALL OF US!). Thank you for everything and know that we will always support Ronald McDonald House Charities© knowing what we know now about how much important work is done. David and Ellen Murkison

VOLUNTEER IDEAS

  • CANDY AND NUT SALES: Caramels, chewing gum, hard candy, nuts, chocolate and other treats are excellent sale items any time.
  • CAR SMASH: An old car usually will be donated to a club by a service station or a junk yard (or ask members of your sponsoring Kiwanis club). After painting the name of a rival school on the car and removing the glass, the club can charge a fee for each swing at the car with a sledgehammer. Publicity and active support of the principal are extremely important.
  • CHILI COOK-OFF: These are very popular. Whether your club just participates by being an entry in a cook-off or actually organizes a contest, you can raise funds. Involve your Kiwanis club in the planning of this type of event. These can be fun, but they will require a lot of work and planning.

KT-KEY PREFERRED CHARITIES

  • Ronald McDonald House
  • March of Dimes
  • Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
  • UNICEF
  • The Thirst Project

CONTACT INFORMATION

Hey everyone! I still need your clubs contact information, this is very important so that I can set meetings and send emails to your home club !

  • EMAIL: Lariah@ktkey.org
  • PERSONAL EMAIL: Lariahww@gmail.com
  • PHONE NUMBER: 615-561-5247
  • INSTAGRAM: lariahww

DUES

If you have not paid your dues for the past year please contact me so we may sort it out. Your club will remain suspended until otherwise fixed. I want the best for all of our clubs and that will only happen if you put in as much effort as possible!

  • Only $14.
  • Should be paid by October 1st.
  • They become delinquent if not paid by December 1st.
  • February 1st 2019 unpaid clubs become suspended.
  • Membership materials should be received 4-5 weeks after dues are sent.

FALL RALLY

  • IS IN DOLLYWOOD!!!
  • October 20th 2018.
  • More info to come.

Credits:

Created with images by Joseph Chan - "Firework 1" • James Sutton - "Macro payphone numbers"

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