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Organizer: Kiwanis Club poised to receive charter


The New Albany Kiwanis International service club should have its official charter and be a nonprofit organization by July 31, said Sarah Pace, acting president.

"Our target charter date is July 31 and we've already had 10 or 11 people turn in applications and checks," she said.

Pace and her father, Tom, started to organize the New Albany chapter in March.

Since then, they've worked with Emeritus at Chestnut Hill senior community on Thompson Road to build eight flower planters and have planned several other projects.

"Once we're chartered, we'll be fully insured and will be able to do more projects and fundraisers," Pace said.

Pace, who's been involved with Kiwanis since 2000, said she tried while at New Albany High School to start a Key Club.

Key Club is the high school version of the Kiwanis Club and is "the largest high school community service organization in world, with 13,000 members in Ohio alone," Pace said.

Pace, a 2005 graduate of New Albany High School, said she is working with students who have organized the club.

She said once school starts and the New Albany Kiwanis Club is chartered, a liaison will meet regularly with the students to help them organize local service projects.

The next New Albany Kiwanis Club meeting is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 5211 Forest Drive in New Albany.

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