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  • Launching a New Key Club

    A Key Club is a high school-level youth leadership and service organization sponsored by a Kiwanis Club and advised by a school faculty member and one or more Kiwanian advisors. 

    Division 19’s Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, the Downtown Club, and Division 30’s South Oklahoma City and Southwest Oklahoma City have agreed to sponsoring a new Key Club at Southeast High School in Oklahoma City.  OKC Club’s member The Honorable Noma G. Gurich, Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court, spearheaded the Key Club launch along with SE High School teacher Mary Closs.

    Participants at the Saltgrass Steakhouse meeting to agree on sponsoring the Southeast High School Key Club:  [Photos are in the December 2012 photo gallery.]

    Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City president Kraettli Epperson; Division 30 Key Club Advisor Tim Brogan; Southwest Oklahoma City president Eliot Feiler; Justice Noma D. Gurich; and Southeast High School teacher Mary Closs represent strong division collaboration in Oklahoma.

    Southwest Oklahoma City Club secretary Auggie Augenstein; Oney Fleming, Southwest Club member; Bertha Augenstein; Division 30 Immediate Past Lt. Governor Clay Griffin; and Southwest Club treasurer Bob Towe agreed to partner in the Key Club launch.

     

  • 93rd Children's Christmas Party

    On December 10, 2012, the "Downtown" Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, the first in Oklahoma City, held its 93rd Children's Christmas Party at Andrew Johnson Elementary.  Originally a party for underprivileged youth, the format, targeted area populations and locations have changed slightly; however, attendance by the club members has not.  The Christmas party is historically the club's most attended event.  This year's party included children from Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr., Ridge View and Rancho Village Elementary Schools. 

    Teachers briefly describe the children, offer a suggested gift list, and often attach a photo.  Randall Stoner, party co-chair, gathers the lists and passes them on to members.  Sometimes puzzled members search several stores and online to locate the perfect gift.  The stocking stuffing party, hosted by Randall and Brenda Stoner at their Edmond home, preceded the event.  Party co-chairs are Randall Stoner and Lucien Jones.

    Members stuff stockings with a dollar, fruit and candy at an annual stuffing party at a member’s home, Randall Stoner’s in 2012.  On the party date, members come early to the school to enjoy a catered lunch and then serve cake and ice cream, hand out gifts and clean up.  The club funds its children’s activities through its Kiwanis Special Activity Fund, to which members give at least $400 a year.

    Kiwanians, guests and spouses arrive early to eat barbeque and visit.  By the time children arrive, gifts are lined up, Chester the Clown is present, and everyone awaits cues from perennial emcee Lucien Jones.  Once Santa appears, Jones dispatches members, like well-trained elves, to pass out presents and stockings, serve cake and ice cream and clean up.  Records dating from1919 show that this is most highly attended service activity of the club.

    Among the photos in the slideshow:  Guess which captions match which photo!   

    Randall Stoner; Elijah Molett; Lily Molett; and Santa, aka Kraettli Epperson, president of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City, strike a happy pose.

    Students Danny Howard III and Aliyah Khalid smile after opening gifts as Santa Claus; member Lucien Jones, emcee; and Rancho Village teacher Rikki Abrams stand behind them.

    Members Jim Vogt, Steve Slawson, Philip Busey Jr. and Bill Price pass out drinks.

    Members John Covington, Fletcher Williams and the Honorable Noma D. Gurich, Justice, Oklahoma Supreme Court expertly cut and serve cake for 100 attendees.

    Grant Eisner, John Martin and Reese Van Horn prepare to pass out wrapped gifts.

    OU CKI members Krishna Suthar and Patra Kositchaiwat talk to Bob Sonnenfeld, the oldest member of the Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City--and also one of the most active!

     Santa "Epperson" with Kyle McLain, two of the Downtown Club's members with big hearts for youths.

  • Annual Christmas Stocking Stuffing Party 2012

    Randall and Brenda Stoner along with family pets Maggie and Alfie hosted the stocking stuffing party for the 93rd Children's Christmas Party for Oklahoma City children.  Red mesh Christmas stockings were filled with a one dollar bill, candy, and an orange.  Each child at the party Monday at Andrew Johnson Elementary will receive a stocking and gifts.  Part-time elves stuffing the stockings included Lucien and Barb Jones, Kyle McLain, Cam McLain, Bev Woodrome, and the hosts Randall and Brenda Stoner. 

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