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Kiwanis Club of Florence, Alabama Meetings and Events
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Unless otherwise indicated, program events occur at the
Marriott Shoals Conference Center at 12:00 noon every Friday.

2019 Event Coordinator - Jan Scofield
January 2019 - Dave Smith
February 2019 - Carmen Burkhalter
March 2019 - Carmen Burkhalter
April 2019 - Beth Haddock
May 2019 - Tom Wissert
June 2019 - __________
July 2019 - Rachel Strong
August 2019 - Bill Gullett
September 2019 - Andy Betterton
October 2019 - Kaytrina Simmons
November 2019 - ___________
December 2019 - ___________

May 2019

May 3 -MARK LINDER – UNA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR – Will speak on UNA’s entrance into Division 1
May 10 -TERRELL BENTON – TOUR GUIDE – MUSCLE SHOALS SOUND STUDIO – Will talk about the tour at MSS studio
May 17 - TIM GOTHARD – LAUDERDALE COUNTY 4-H COORDINATOR – Will answer: “What is 4-H and what do we do?”
May 31 - DEAN VICKY PIERCE – UNA SCHOOL OF NURSING – Will share information on the new building and provide an update on the Nursing Program.

April 2019

April 5 - Judy Hood – Founder and Tour Guide of Swampette Tours – Will discuss music history and industry in the Shoals.
April 12 - Treavor Simpson, 2018 Shoals Student of the Year – Will share his story of success.
April 19 - Camille Bennett - Founder/Executive Director at Project Say Something – Will discuss Project Say Something and how it is impacting our community.
April 26 - Beth Haddock - Executive Director, United Way of Northwest Alabama – Will update everyone on United Way and our internal initiatives. The following will be speaking on this date:
·      Rebecca Lopez – Campaign Director
·      Indigo Fort – 2-1-1 Information & Referral Program Manager
·      LaKetta Williams – Help Me Grow and Success by 6 Program Coordinator

March 2019

March 1 -Curtis Vincent – North Region head Engineer for the Department of Transportation. Will talk about the roadway changes and updates for the Northwest area.

March 8 & 9 - Click here for details

March 15 - Honoring Our Local First Responders – Fire Fighter of the Year Award and an update on Florence Fire & Rescue.
March 22 - Dr. Scott Gravlee  – Will inform us about the Shoals corporation – Data Life Labs, Inc. which is dedicated to elite equine nutrition.
March 29 - Dr. Tom Osborne, Retired UNA History Professor – will speak on “The Bicycle and the Liberation of Women”.

February 2019

February 1 - Judge Ben Graves will give an update on judicial priorities in the area.
February 8 - Presentation of the Deputy of the Year Award and an update from the Lauderdale Sheriff Department.
February 15 - Zachary Curtis, Program Director, from Air-Evac will talk about the importance of air ambulances.
February 22 - Rick Smith, Senior VP of Distribution at Books-a-Million will discuss the economic strength and development of Books-a-Million.

January 2019

January 4 - John Norton – The purpose of the Florence Tree Commission and Florence’s status as a USA Tree City
January 11 - Policeman of the Year Award and an update from the Florence Police Department
January 18 - Tommy and Randy Chafin – Florence/Lauderdale Veterans Memorial at Veterans Park
January 25 - Michael Howard – COO of the North Alabama Medical Center – Updates on the new hospital

December 2018

December 7 -51st Kiwanis All-American Poster and Essay Contest Winner Awards Presentation (Part II)
December 14 - Christmas Music – Florence High School Chorus, under the direction of Kevin Reese
December 21 - No meeting, enjoy the Christmas Holiday!
December 28 - No meeting, enjoy the New Years Holiday!

November 2018

November 2 - Christa Martin, Executive Director of the Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama. – Topic: Homelessness
November 9 -Pastor Moshiu T. Knox, Galilee MB Church, Florence, Alabama
Topic: His Career and Experience as a United States Air Force Veteran
November 16 -Anna Duncan, American Cancer Society Community Development Manager – Topic: American Cancer Society
November 23 - No meeting, enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday!
November 30 - 51st Kiwanis All-American Poster and Essay Contest Winner Awards Presentation (Part I)

October 2018

October 5 - Rev. Dale Cohen, Senior Minister Florence First UMC – Walking the Camino de Santiago (540 miles across Spain).
October 12 - Beth Dickerson, Florence City Schools Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent – The Bumps & Blessings of My Journey (cancer).
October 19 - Tyler Ross, Owner of Wildwood Tavern & adventurer – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (2,659 miles).
October 26 - Dr. Terrence Brown, Executive Director of the UNA School of the Arts – Discussion of their new facility at 128 Tombigbee Street.

September 2018

September 7 - Our own, Ron Paulus, will share his fantastic first hand experiences of working with NASA during the early years.
September 14 - Dean Carmen Burkhalter, Dean of Art and Sciences at University of North Alabama – Discussion of the responsibilities and duties of a University Dean.
September 21 - Jeffrey Still, Owner/Chief Executive Officer, Trident Service Solutions, LLC – Dogs and Seals..
September 28 - No Meeting - Enjoy the weekend!

August 2018

August 3 - Jan Scofield, Vice President, Florence Kiwanis Club – Will give a Kiwanis International Convention Update – Held in Las Vegas, Nevada
August 10 - Dana Hickman, Public Relations Director, Camp ASCCA – will update Camp ASCCA growth and new plans.
August 17 - Theresa Robertson, Executive Director, Colbert and Lauderdale Attention Homes – She will update us on the Boys and Girls Attention Homes.
August 24 - Louise Tanner, Executive Director, Help Center – She will explain the operations of the Help Center and current needs.
August 31 - No Meeting - Enjoy the Labor Day holiday weekend!

July 2018

July 6 -No Meeting - Continue to enjoy the 4th of July holiday!
July 13 -Jennifer Gray, Executive Director of the Childrens Museum of the Shoals - Discussion of Childrens Museum of the Shoals growth and new plans.
July 20 -Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Syndicated Columnist and Author of Seven Books. She will answer questions about her books. Plus, discuss her future writing plans.
July 27 -Dwight James, Kiwanis District 2 Lieutenant Governor, speaking regarding metal detecting. He will update us on Kiwanis International goals and plans.

June 2018

June 1 -Michael Stamps, New Executive Director, Arc of the Shoals - Discussion of the “Arc of the Shoals” programs and future plans.
June 8 -Melinda Maxwell, Relay For Life, Team Captain and Member, Event Lead Committee - Discussion of Relay For Life Events throughout the Shoals Area.
June 15 -Tony Pujol, New Head Men’s Basketball, University of North Alabama – Discussion of his vision as the UNA Men’s Basketball Program moves into Division 1.
June 22 -Heidi Tilenius, Lauderdale County Extension Coordinator, Alabama cooperative Extension System – Discussion of Lauderdale 4H program and general Extension programs.
June 29
-Tori Bailey, Chairman, W. C. Handy Festival – Discussion of the upcoming W.C. Handy Festival.

May 2018

May 4 -Will Hester, Head Football Coach, Florence High School - Discussion of the upcoming season with any changes as the New Head Football Coach.
May 11 -Brian Murphy & Katie Randall, Public History Teachers, University of North Alabama and New Curator at the Indian Mound - Discussion of Downtown Florence Historic Building Project.
May 18 - Lane Vines, New CEO, YMCA of the Shoals – Discussion of the YMCA’s role in the Community and his vision of The YMCA of the Shoals.
May 25
-Dr. Brian Cole, MD, FACC, Cardiologist, Heart Health Center – Discussion of good Heart Health.

April 2018

April 6 - Roy Nagle, Publicity Chairman, Muscle Shoals Amateur Radio Club – Discussion of the Club Activities in the Shoals.
April 13 - Steve Holt, Mayor, City of Florence – Discussion of City Growth and 200 years as a City.
April 20 - Gene Schreiber, Owner, Cypress Creek Indoor Range – Discussion about activities available at the Indoor Range.
April 27
- Wray Dillard, Owner, Wray Graphics – Discussion of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and other Social Media.

March 2018

March 2-3 - 67th Annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Days – Florence/Lauderdale Coliseum.
March 9 - Larry Bowser, General Manager, Marriott Shoals Hotel & Conference Center – Update on the growth of the Hotel & Conference Center.
March 16 - Ken Kitts, President, University of North Alabama – Discussion about activities on the campus.
March 23 - Tim Melson, Alabama State Senator – Discussion on events in Montgomery and new Ag Center.
March 30
- Matt Pezzata, Manager, Publix Super Market – Discussion on changes in the Grocery Industry.

February 2018

February 2 - Caitlin HollandPresident Shoals Chamber of Commerce – She will be talking about growth of the Shoals Area and the impact of the new car plant. 
February 9 - Pat BurneyChairperson of Florence City Bi-centennial – She will be talking about the many events planned for our Bi-Centennial year.
February 16 - Ellen WeatherfordHealth Connect America - Program Director, Therapeutic Foster Care.
February 23 - Krista ManchesterRoom in the Inn Shoals, an interfaith, community-based partnership that provides food and shelter to homeless during the winter months.

January 2018

January 5 - Libby JordanSuperintendent of Museums, City of Florence – She will be discussing the different Museums of the City of Florence!
January 12 - Anthony Crissafulli – Professor of Art, University of North Alabama – He will be talking about the Arts and the Economy
January 19 - Timothy D. Butler – PhD Director, Steele Center for Professional Selling & Assistant Professor of Marketing Department,UNA
January 26 - Assistant DA Angie Hamilton Assistant District Attorney, Lauderdale County, Talking about Criminals.

December 2017

December 29 -No Meeting – enjoy celebrating New Year 2018!
December 22 -No Meeting – have a very merry Christmas!
December 15 -Florence High School – Chorus will present Christmas Music
December 8
-Presentation of Awards for Kiwanis Club’s – All American Week Poster and Essay Contest Winners
December 1 -Presentation of Awards for Kiwanis Club’s - All American Week Poster and Essay Contest winners

November 2017

November 24 - No Meeting - Have a happy Thanksgiving holiday!
November 17 - Tim Melson - Alabama State Senator.
November 10
- No Meeting - Honor all American Veteran's on this holiday!
November 3 - Barry - Muscle Shoals Airport Manager.

October 2017

October 27 - Roy Steven, Vice President UNA retired will share his WWII plane story
October 20 -Billy Ray Casteel, Entrepreneur, will speak about the new Gun Runner Boutique Hotel located on E. Tennessee Street in Florence.
October 13
-Paul Michael, GIS Specialist, Florence Electricity Department, will discuss GIS mapping.
October 6 - John Thomas, Project Engineer, Layton Construction, will update us on the Construction of North Alabama Medical Center.

September 2017

September 29 - No meeting–Awards & Installation Banquet
September 26 - The Kiwanis Club of Florence Annual Meeting: Tuesday, 6:00pm at Stanfields, 5745 River Rd, Muscle Shoals (Ford City).
September 22 - Macke Mauldin, President, Bank Independent
Topic: The local economy and how we can prosper in the new world economy
September 15 - Pat Slusher, Board of Directors, Children’s Museum of the Shoals
Topic: Join the Fun at the Museum
September 8
- Jane Wilson, Operations Coordinator for McKinney Department of Human Sciences, Hospitality and Design & Johnette Davis, College Development Officer, UNA
September 1 - No Meeting–Labor weekend

August 2017

August 25 -Chief Ron Tyler – Police Chief City of Florence – Home Security & Neighborhood Watch
August 18 - Rob Carnegie – Tourism Director, Shoals Area Chamber of Commerce
August 11
- Fran Davis – Director, City of Florence - Senior Center
August 4 - Mark Linder – Athletic Director, University of North Alabama – Discuss move to Division 1 & UNA Athletics

July 2017

July 28 - Coach Chris Willis – Head Football, University of North Alabama
July 21 - Dr. Jimmy Shaw – Superintendent, Florence City Schools
July 14
- Judge Gilbert P. Self, President, Alison Stanfield, Secretary & Publicity & Tori Bailey – Chairman, Music Preservation Society, Sponsor of the W.C. Handy Festival
July 7 - Judge Will Motlow – Probate Judge Lauderdale County, will discuss the responsibilities of Probate Judge

June 2017

June 30 - No Meeting, enjoy the Fourth of July weekend!
June 23 - Eli Grba – Former Major League Baseball Player
June 16 - Rick Singleton – Lauderdale County Sheriff
June 9
- Phillip Marks – Small Business Development Center – UNA
June 2 - Celeste Coffman – Thoughtful Journey Counseling

May 2017

May 26 - No Meeting, enjoy the Memorial Day weekend!
May 19 - Sandi Stevens McGee, Paradox (speaking on what the new escape rooms are all about)
May 12
- Ashley Morrow, Entrepreneur (speaking on her success as a young entrepreneur)
May 5 - Caitlin Holland, Shoals Chamber of Commerce

April 2017

April 28 - Brad Holmes, FPD & Lauderdale County Commissioner
April 21 - Dr. Ken Kitts, UNA President
April 14
- Dr. Jeremy Stafford, UNA Management Professor
April 7 - Will Powell, Lauderdale County Circuit Judge

March 2017

March 31 - No speaker, Business Meeting
March 24 - Chris Willis, Air Evac
March 17 - Dave Davis, Loaves and Fishes
March 10
- Leah Fox, Director, Florence Lauderdale Animal Shelter
March 3 & 4 - Pancake Days

February 2017

February 24 - Ryan Mason, UNA student will share how he started a local manufacturing business, LuxeBrand, by drawing upon his education at UNA.
February 17 - Special guest speaker will be Emily Borden discussing the regional Foster care system.
February 10
- Special guest speaker will be Dr. Carrie Barske discussing changes in the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area and the State Bicentennials.
February 3 - Special guest speaker will be Mr. Dwight James, Lt. Governor for Kiwanis Alabama District

January 2017

January 27 - TBA
January 20 - Essay & Poster Contest Winners
January 13
- Essay & Poster Contest Winners
January 6 - Clinton Harris will share his impression of current conditions in Cuba, based on his experience spending two weeks there in August digitizing historical records. He was part of a group of three graduate students and a professor whose trip was funded by the British Library and Vanderbilt Univ.

December 2016

December 30 - No meeting - Enjoy the New Year's Eve Holiday
December 23 - No meeting - Enjoy the Christmas Holiday
December 16 - Special Guests will be the Florence High School Chorus.
December 9 - Special guest speaker will be Jessica Willingham Davenport (she has two children with Schimke Immuno-oseeous Dysplasia, only 6 children in the US have this disease).
December 9 & 10 (Friday & Saturday) - Sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Project. Money counters are also needed for this project. Contact Sylvester White to sign up.
December 5 (Monday) - Kiwanis Club Board Meeting – 12 noon at the Marriott Conference Center
December 3 (Saturday) - NAMI Christmas Party for Consumers. 11am-1pm at Highland Baptist Church Gym in north Florence on Chisholm Road. Kiwanians can help with set up Friday 12/2 from 5pm -10pm or Saturday morning at 9am. Don Rohling is contact for this event.
December 2 - Meeting will be held in the Roosevelt room. Speaker TBA

November 2016

November 25 - No meeting - Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday
November 18 - Russell Pigg - CEO ECM Hospital
November 11 - No meeting - Veteran's Day Holiday
November 4 - TBA

October 2016

October 28 - Dave Hargrove - Regional Director AT&T of Alabama
October 21 - Jacari Holt - FHS Senior & Eagle Scout, Community service
October 14 - Jim McGee - Vision for the Club
October 7 - Murray Townsend - Arc of the Shoals & Special Olympics

July 2016

July 29 - Jason Wallace - Head Football Coach of Florence Falcons
July 22 - Missy Homan - Lauderdale County Circuit Clerk
July 15 - Bobby Wallace - Head Football Coach of UNA Lions
July 8 - Chris Connolly- Lauderdale County District Attorney
July 1 - No meeting - Fouth of July Weekend

June 2016

June 24 - Renea Peters Dyer - US Dept. of Agriculture
June 17 - Robert Steen - Historical Board
June 10 - John Norton - Memorial Grove Committee
June 3 - Libby Jordan - Florence Museums Director

May 2016

May 27 - No meeting - Memorial Day Weekend
May 20 - Mayor Mickey Haddock - City of Florence Update
May 13 - Barry Griffin - Current status of airport / air service w/ Boutique Air representative
May 6 - Dr. Pete Rim- Chair for Engineering Technologies @ UNA

April 2016

Apr. 29 - Dr. Santanu Borah, UNA Management Professor - Shoals Tech MeetUp, Strategic Doing, Big Idea Competition, etc.
Apr. 22 - Melissa Bailey, City Planning Department Director - UNA & Downtown Florence parking study
Apr. 15 - Billy Warren - City of Florence Historian
Apr. 8 - Alaina Pettus - Brooks High School Robotics Team
Apr. 1 - Russell Pigg, CEO ECM Hospital - New Hospital Update

March 2016

Mar. 25 - Eli Grba - Former Major League Pitcher for the Yankees and Angels
Mar. 18 - Betsy Heckert - American Chestnut Association
Mar. 11 - Rachel Mansell - City of Florence Recycling Coordinator
Mar. 4 - Pancake Day (no meeting)

February 2016

Feb. 26 - Dr. Scott Angle - International Fertilizer Development Center
Feb. 19 - Halley Phillips (Sam Phillips’ grand-daughter) - Big River Broadcasting
Feb. 12 - Teryl Shields - Florence Main Street
Feb. 5 - Stephanie Newland - Shoals Chamber about Workforce Development

January 2016

Jan. 29 - Matt Golley - Arise Coffee Co
Jan. 22 - Josh & Ginger Willingham - The Josh Willingham Foundation
Jan. 15 - Michael Reaves - AIDT service to industry
Jan. 8 - Billy Ray Warren - All American Poster & Essay awards for high school students
Jan. 1 - No meeting - Enjoy the New Year's Holiday!

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