WEEKLEY PRESENTED VIEWS ON WORLD AFFAIRS
IN TALK TO KNK
In a May 17 talk to Kenner North Kiwanis titled "The World Today" Don Weekley Jr. presented a series of facts and observations, including these:
* The longest conflict in U.S. history (Iran – Iraq) will probably continue for years.
* The average age of our troops is six years older than troops who fought in Vietnam. They are all volunteers and most serve multiple tours in combat areas. 51,000 have had more than six deployments.
* Today we have 1.2 million active duty troops, lowest percentage compared to population since WWII.
*We spend $600-700 billion annually on defense, and are underfunded, partly because of the million-plus civilian bureaucracy in the defense department.
*There are currently
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NOLAN DESCRIBED KNK BACKPACK PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS
Kenner North Kiwanis distributed more than 42,000 food items to needy children in the 2017-18 school year, Program Chairman Kevin Nolan said in a presentation May 24.
He said the club’s “Backpack” program provided weekend meals to children who receive school meals the rest of the week.
The “backpacks,” which are actually bags of carefully selected foods, provide weekend nourishment for children,
Kenner North Kiwanis budgeted more than $17,000 for the program but the greater contribution was the approximately 1,000 service hours its members volunteered.
Nolan said 12 Kiwanians selected, purchased, packaged and delivered the meals to seven Kenner schools during the recent academic year. They also distributed dozens of books that were contributed for student leisure reading.
The schools determine which children most need the packages. The program serviced about 83 children per week.
In the past school year, the packages were distributed to Chateau, Schneckenburger, Anastasia Alexander, Audubon, Greenlawn Terrace, Roosevelt and Washington elementary schools.
Each package contained vegetables, snack bars, juices, fruit snacks, puddings, apple sauce, fig bars, chips, macaroni and cheese, pre-cooked pasta and chicken noodle soup.
The 2017-18 packages a were delivered by Kiwanians Joel Phillips, Don Weekley, Michele Hart, Mike and Regina Koorie, Russell Diodene, Betty Trosclair, Gene Katsanis, Mary North,
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SEVENKER ADDRESSED KNK MAY 10
KNK Treasurer Larry Sevenker addressed the club Thursday May 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner.
He discussed the club's budget for the current year.
Ira and Lois Snyder and Nolan.
The KNK program was started in 2016 at Washington Elementary by Kiwanians Debbie Manos, Sal and Barbara Larock, Dianne Cook, Joel Phillips and Louis Rosiere.
The program is being evaluated for possible expansion and additional sponsorships in the coming school year. Roy and Dr. Wendy Taylor, John Dufrene and Jean Monte, as well as some current participants, have already volunteered for the 2018-19 program.
Nolan is a graduate of Brother Martin High School and the Jefferson Vocational and Technical School. He is a licensed electrical contractor, is certified in facility management and now operates his own contracting company.
In his 39 years in the electrical field he has worked on such high-profile projects as the 1984 World’s Fair, One Shell Sqare, Canal Place, the Poydras Center, the National Republican Convention and the Aquarium of the Americas, as well as projects for the Audubon Institute and the Rally on the River. He worked with secret service teams in both the Reagan and Clinton admnistrations.
Nolan was named KNK's "Rookie of the Year" for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year in recognition of his service with the club's fish fry for elderly residents at the Chateau Living Center, the Red Dress Run and other projects.