Kiwanis newspaper drive is Tuesday - Kokomo Perspective

    Winchester residents will notice a difference in the way The News-Gazette is distributed next Tuesday when local Kiwanis, Key Club and members of the Lady Falcons basketball team deliver papers to all homes within the city.

    Tuesday, Oct. 16 will mark the 70th annual Winchester Kiwanis Club Newspaper Delivery Drive. The drive is sponsored by The News-Gazette.

    Each year, Kiwanis, Winchester Community High School Key Club and Lady Falcon representatives deliver newspapers to every household and business in Winchester, including all subscribers and non-subscribers. This year, the Kiwanis anticipate delivering papers to approximately 2,400 households and businesses.

    Kiwanis members, WCHS Key Club and Lady Falcons will be accepting donations at each location as they deliver the newspapers. However, newspaper drive chairperson Fred Pries notes that there is no obligation for any person - subscriber or non-subscriber - to make a donation, nor do donations affect a subscriber’s newspaper bill.

    All donations go tot he local Kiwanis Club to help support its various community service projects throughout the year.

    “In previous years, most people have had donations ready for us when we knock on the door,” Pries said. “This has been greatly appreciated, since it allows us to get the newspaper delivered to people as quickly as possible with the least amount of intrusion.”

    He said that in recent years, newspaper drive volunteers have sometimes had difficulty finding people at home, an issue that has negatively impacted their total collections. Donations received prior to and after the event are welcomed and can be made by calling any Winchester Kiwanian, including Pries at either (765) 585-3698 or (765) 584-5295.

    Last year’s drive raised about $2,000 for the Kiwanis charitable account which supports a variety of causes, including scholarships to WCHS graduating seniors in memory of late Kiwanians Harry Fraze, Dr. Lowell Painter and Dr. Bruce Bales.

    Other uses for the funds include the WCHS post prom party, WCHS athletic teams and athletic boosters, Christmas baskets for area families and Boy Scouts, to name a few. Over the years, this newspaper delivery drive project alone has allowed the Winchester Kiwanis Club to distribute more than $100,000 locally to meet needs in our community.

    The newspaper deliver drive was started in 1949 by Kiwanian Robert Kist who was then editor of the Winchester News and Journal Herald.

    For 41 years now, Kiwanian Fred Pries has been chairman of the drive. Pries is a local insurance and investment services representative and former circulation manager of The News-Gazette from 1975 to 1984.

    Kiwanis is an international service organization comprised of local clubs with the common goal of improving their communities. The organization, founded in 1915 in Detroit, Mich., has a total worldwide membership in the hundreds of thousands. Kiwanis International’s home base is located in Indianapolis.

    The Winchester Kiwanis Club has approximately 20 members, both men and women. It is one of more than 8,200 such clubs around the world. The name “Kiwanis,” stems from a phrase used by Native Americans which roughly translated means “to express one’s self.”

    The six permanent goals of Kiwanis are:

    • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.

    • To encourage daily living of The Golden Rule in all human relationships.

    • To promote the adoption and application of higher social, business and professional standards.

    • To develop by precept and example a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.

    • To provide, through Kiwanis Clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities.

    • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.

    Key Club International, the world’s largest high school service organization, offers opportunities for students interested in the future of their communities. Key Club members, through a commitment to community service, learn to be future leaders through responsibility to communities, parents and selves.

    Each Key Club is sponsored by a local Kiwanis Club. Kiwanis members spend a great deal of time and energy to ensure a thriving and successful program. The WCHS Key Club is sponsored by Cris Fine, a former teacher at the school.

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