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Kiwanis Club plans to buy dictionaries for third-graders

The Kiwanis Club of Thomson heard goals and challenges Monday, when leaders commented on the task the club faces in the months ahead.

Club President Jay Poston said the board of directors again has agreed to buy dictionaries for all third-graders at Thomson Elementary School, Dearing Elementary School and Briarwood Academy. Poston said the 330 volumes will cost about $700. That bulk price is possible because the club buys through The Dictionary Project, based in Charleston, S.C. "So we buy them through another nonprofit group," Poston said.

That group's Web site, in its mission statement, says, "The goal of this program is to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resource learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn, so we encourage our sponsors to give dictionaries each year to children in the third grade."

That Web site states that since 1995, more than 14 million children have received dictionaries "because thousands of people saw the need in communities all over the United States."

The group credits Annie Plummer of Savannah, Ga., with sowing the seed for The Dictionary Project in 1992, when she gave 50 dictionaries to children who attended a school close to her home.

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Poston said the club has sponsored the project for at least four years. He said the number of third-graders is down from last year.

Poston also reported that the board authorized $250 to support the third annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Thomson Golf Classic, to be held Monday, Sept. 12, at Belle Meade Country Club.

"Children are our focus, and that's a great organization," Poston said.

Also Monday, the club thanked Vice President Leigh Culpepper for attending and reporting to the club about the Kiwanis Georgia District 92nd Annual Convention on Aug. 26-28 in Savannah.

"There are a lot of gung ho clubs out there," she reported.

She encouraged the club to continue promoting its service.

Culpepper encouraged the club to continue building leadership qualities, to review its bylaws, to build membership, and to invite others to attend the weekly meetings at The Thomson Depot. "We want to be the biggest deal in town on Mondays," Culpepper said.

She stressed "the three R's" of recruitment, recognition and retention.

Culpepper said the Thomson club will give more attention to its Facebook page. She said the Web site has proved to be more time-intensive than the Facebook option.

She also reminded members of training opportunities, such as the 97th annual Kiwanis International Convention from June 28 to July 1, 2012, in New Orleans, La.

According to the Kiwanis Web site, the gathering will highlight "workshops, entertainment, business and celebration of 25 years of women in Kiwanis."

The convention will take place at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

Registration opens Oct. 3.

New Orleans native Aaron Neville and saxophonist Branford Marsalis are among the scheduled entertainers.

The Thomson Kiwanis Club will not meet on Labor Day.

Programs resume Sept. 12, when McDuffie Achievement Center Principal Claude Powell is scheduled to speak.

The club will install officers for the coming year on Sept. 26. Tom Smalley will become president and Culpepper will become president-elect.

Web posted on Thursday, September 01, 2011

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