Bookworms Invade Kiwanis

Monday Morning
We had 19 members at our Monday meeting along with our guest speaker, Marianne Geiger from Wisconsin Bookworms. John Cooper announced that the final number for Walleye Weekend looks like a gross sales of approximately $74,700 with a profit of approximately $30,900 before the trailer purchase, a very good year. Again, a huge “Thank You” to everyone that helped make this such a success. A “Happy Buck” was offered by Bonnie Baerwald for her and Lisa doing 95 lbs. of strawberries into jam over the weekend. That included picking the strawberries which in and of itself is no small task. Bob Kahl announced that the St. Peter Athletic Club will be holding a photo op at their baseball diamond, which we contributed to, on Friday, July 12th at approximately 6:15PM. Any and all of our members are welcomed to attend and get in the picture at this dedication. Dave Lefeber was the 50/50 Raffle Winner and he drew the four of Clubs, not a winner. The next drawing will have 19 cards, five pay cards and a pot of at least $422.

Marianne Geiger – Wisconsin Bookworms
Wisconsin Bookworms is a collaboration and outreach effort of the Wisconsin Association for Home and Community Education, (WAHCE) UW-Extension Family Living Programs and Wisconsin Public Television. It is designed to provide free books and an early reading experience for children from limited income families. Each month volunteers read award winning books to the children, engage them in a related activity, give books to the children and provide educational activity sheets for their families. Marianne Geiger thanked our Club for our past donations to the Wisconsin Bookworms project. This program has been in operation in Wisconsin since 1998 and in Fond du Lac County since 2000. At the State level, the program has given over 500,000 books to children in the program while over 17,000 books have been given to over 1,989 children in Fond du Lac County since its inception in 2000. In Fond du Lac County there are 18 volunteer readers who read to four and five year old children in the local Head Start Program at four different locations. The four locations in Fond du Lac County are North Fond du Lac Friendship Learning Center, the old Franklin School, YMCA and the Head Start Program at the Advocap building. Each child gets eight different books along with a book bag to hold all of their new books. The approximate cost for these eight books and book bag is $30 per child.