The history book closed on Ron Scoggins’ term as St. Pete Kiwanis president with one last class that connected us to the War of 1812 and a British major-general’s quote that lives on today in the grey dress uniforms of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Our resident historian Ron likened his fellow St. Pete Kiwanians to the American forces that those long-ago Brits mistook for ragtag militia based solely on their grey uniforms. It was an underestimation that led Major General Phineas Riall and his British & Canadian soldiers to defeat in the Battle of Chippawa on July 5, 1814. “Those are regulars, by God!” Riall is said to have uttered when he realized the Americans had been well-trained to fight.
“Let our actions lead others in the community to remark - By God, those are Kiwanians!” Scoggins said. Chief among those actions is our commitment to youth education through the Fischer-Carr/Doorways & Al Muter scholarships and a variety of other charitable programs for children.
In taking over the office of president at our October 8th Installation Banquet, Robert Sherman reflected that he joined our club because of its people – a group that feels more like a family in its care for each other. Sherman said he doubted any other local civic organization has done more for the children of our community – and those kids need us now more than ever.
President Sherman’s goals for the coming year include:
- Strengthening membership – adding to our Kiwanis family
- Identifying alternate projects to fill the gap left by Project Save-A-Smile
- Keeping to our budget and maintaining moderate dues
- Increasing awareness of what St. Pete Kiwanis means to our community
Congratulations also to recipients of awards and honors bestowed at our Installation Banquet:
- Lay Person of the Year – Pat Bisciotti
- Kiwanian of the Year – Frank Ranieri
- Special Contribution Awards – Kathy Condon, Marvin Gay and Al Karnavicius
- Legion of Honor Members – George Gower, Michael Brown, David Feaster, Jose “Pepe” De Vicente