Our meeting on Feb. 5 was held at St. Mark Church. We will be having our meeting at St. Mark until the remodel at the clubhouse is finished in the spring.
Our speaker was Chris Mann, from Refuge for Women of North Texas (RFWNTX). Chris is the Community Engagement Coordinator. The vision is “To provide aftercare for trafficked and sexually exploited survivors.” The mission is “To provide a residential healing experience for women to pursue their dreams.”
This is a 100-billion-dollar industry. Very seldom are those trafficked paid with money, they are given things to make them more attractive, and alcohol and drugs. The Dallas area is number two in the United States for sex trafficking. The ways to help the organization are become a volunteer, a financial partner, host an event, and/or subscribe to the newsletter. For more information, call 859-629-1642 or visit www.rfwntx.org.
Kiwanis donated $1,000 to the RFWNTX to help support the good work.
Save the date: Saturday, April 10; we will be holding the Child Abuse Prevention (CAP) Walk-A-Thon. The proceeds will benefit the three Rainbow Rooms of Denton County. Their mission is “To meet the critical needs of abused, neglected, and abandoned children through local collaborations with CPS, foster care, kinship care.” They provide all new items, such as clothing, shoes, and hygiene products.
The walk will be two miles and starts at the Creative Arts and Technology Center building. Watch for our other articles and the HOA Bulletins.
We distributed The Hero Coloring Books to the third graders at Borman and Evers Schools. The book features everyday heroes. The last page is blank so that the kids can draw a hero of their own. We will be judging the artwork. There will be a winner in each classroom. They will all receive a $10 Target gift card.
One of our members received the prestigious Hixson Award, named after George Hixson, who was the first president of Kiwanis International. She has been a member for eight years, has been treasurer, has served on the board, and chaired many fundraisers and projects. She was nominated by a fellow Kiwanian, who donated $1,000 to the International Children Fund in her name.
I am immensely proud to say that I, Kathy Perry, am the recipient. I was surprised and humbled to receive such an honor. Thank you Kiwanis.
Our Feb. 19 meeting was canceled due to the storm of the century.