• 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 WILL DESCRIBE KNK BACKPACK PROGRAM FOR SCHOOLS MAY 24

    On May 24, KNC Director Kevin Nolan will discuss the future of the club's Backpack food program for schools.

    In the past school year, the club provided weekend food supplies for students in several schools,

    The May 24 breakfast meeting is scheduled for 7 am at the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner. Guests are invited. Breakfast is $10.

    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.

  • 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.

  • HART.KOORIE REPORT ON DISTRICT CONFERENCE

    On April 5, Michele Hart (above) and Regina Koorie reported on the recent Kiwanis district conference where they represented Kenner North Kiwanis.

    Hart heads the club's Community Services program and was recently elected to the KNK board of directors.

    Koorie is a member of the


  • club's board of directors and served as acting president for much of the 2016-17 Kiwanis year.

  • DUMAS DESCRIBES AARP TAX PREPARATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

    Former KNK President and district Lt Gov. Fred Dumas described the AARP tax preparation assistance program at the club's March 30 breakfast meeting.

    Dumas has been serving as a volunteer in the AARP program for 15 years and now heads the program at several sites, including on at the Kenner City Park.

    He said volunteers at the Kenner site assist about 500 middle or low-income individuals per tax season.

  • MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RIVERTOWN THEATERS LISTS COMING SHOWS

    Kelly Fouchi, managing director of Rivertown Theaters, addressed Kenner North Kiwanis March 8, outlining the coming attractions at the theater.

    Ms. Fouchi is also the owner/ artistic director of Encore Studio of Dance, Tumbling, Music and Theatre. She is active in the local theatre community as a dancer, actress, singer, and choreographer.

    She has danced, performed and served as choreographer in national commercials and conventions in New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Miami. She has performed for a Mariah Carey video, educational software, and musical theatre.

    Ms. Fouchi has performed in over 60 musicals at various local theatres including Tulane Summer Lyric Theatre, Le Petit Theatre, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, and Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

    As a choreogpapher, she has created works for the University of New Orleans, Tulane Summer Lyric, Tulane Junior Lyric, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Le Petit Theatre and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, as well as FourFront Theatre.

    Her performances and choreography have been awarded Big Easy, Storer Boone, Marquis and Ambie awards. She has served on the

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  • HANSEN DESCRIBES MINI STROKE IN TALK TO KNK

    Pete Hansen, one of the longest serving members of Kenner North Kiwanis, discussed the impact of mini-strokes (TIA) in a talk to the club March 15.

    The prsentation itself indicated that he has recovered from most of the speech impairment caused by TIA.

    He experienced the mini-stroke in 2017.

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    faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as a jazz and tap teacher and has received Ancillary Certification by the State of Louisiana to teach fine arts.

    As a choreogpapher, she has created works for the University of New Orleans, Tulane Summer Lyric, Tulane Junior Lyric, Rivertown Repertory Theatre, Le Petit Theatre and Jefferson Performing Arts Society, as well as FourFront Theatre.

    Her performances and choreography have been awarded Big Easy, Storer Boone, Marquis and Ambie awards. She has served on the faculty at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts as a jazz and tap teacher and has received Ancillary Certification by the State of Louisiana to teach fine arts.

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  • REV. ESTES RECALLS KNK PIONEER LARRY MANGUNO

    The Rev. Dee Dee Estes recalled her father, Larry Manguno, in a presentation to Kenner North Kiwanis March 23.
    Manguno, principal at John Curtis high school, was a KNK charter member.

    He died early in 2018 after serving as the club's spiritual leader for many years.

  • CPA PAT BUCKLEY DISCUSSED 2017 TAX RETURNS

    Certified Public Accountant Pat Buckley (CPA (APC)) discussed the filing of 2017 tax returns during a presentation to Kenner North Kiwanis Thursday, March 1 at the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner.

    Buckley,a past president of KNK, provides the club an annual update on tax laws and regulations.

    Buckley is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and owner/president of the firm Patrick W. Buckley, CPA (APC). He began his accounting career in 1973 and received his CPA license in 1974. He has a concentration in tax planning and compliance for small business, professionals and individuals. He is a member of the American and Louisiana CPA associations and past president of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association.

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  • ATTORNEY ALBERT NICAUD ADDRESSED KNK

    Albert Nicaud, an attorney and civic leader, addressed Kenner North Kiwanis April 12.
    The East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary named Nicaud its "Great Gentleman" this year in recognition of his pro bono services for the Louisiana Hospitality Foundation, for SOLACE and for other civic services.

    In his Metairie law practice he represents contractors, subcontractors and owners on both, commercial and residential projects.

    He is a graduate o the University of New Orleans and the Loyola Law School.

  • AARON SCHWINDT DESCRIBES OPERATION SPARK

    Aaron Schwindt,
    Director of High School Programs for Operation Spark in New Orleans, described the group's efforts to develop computer programmers to fill growing industry needs.

    He said there will be a tremendous need for website and application developers in the future, with annual salaries for those jobs ranging from $60,000 to $120,000.

    Schwindt has over six years experience as a high school math teacher in New Orleans. He has taught at L.B. Landry High School, Joseph S. Clark High School, and ReNew Accelerated High School in addition to working as a teacher coach and RTI Coordinator. He has also worked at schools in Atlanta, Georgia and Cape Town, South Africa.

    Schwindt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a Masters in Public Administration from Louisiana State University.

    He is active in several neighborhood associations and is passionate about public policy and performing arts education.

    He was introduced by James Perrier, president of Universal Data and a past president of Kenner North Kiwanis.

  • WICK DESCRIBES IMPROVED VETERANS

    Tony Wick, an Air Force veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars, told Kenner North Kiwanis February 1 that medical services for military veterans at the New Orleans VA hospital have improved radically in the past year and a half. He is a long-time advocate for veterans’ care.

    Wick was born in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), emigrated to the United States and joined the Air Force, where he retired as sergeant major. He received Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in college and also graduated from the Kadokan Institute in Tokyo.

    He won the Midwest judo championship in the 1964 Olympic trials.

  • KNK HONORS CHARTER MEMBER LARRY MANGUNO

    A delegation from Kenner North Kiwanis attended the Memorial Service honoring the late Larry Manguno February 17 at John Curtis High School.

    KNK member Don Weekley presented a plaque on behalf of the club to Mrs. Manguno during the service.

    Mr. Manguno, the former principal at Curtis, was a charter member and spiritual director for the club, offering the opening prayer at each meeting. He became a member of KNK in 1976, the year it was founded.

    The service was attended by numerous former Curtis students, faculty members and Friends of the Jefferson Parish Library, where Mrs. Manguno volunteered for years.

  • PATRICE CUSIMANO DESCRIBES KIWANIS POLICIES FOR PROTECTING CHILDREN AND KIWANIANS

    With visitors from the Dawnbuster and St. Bernard Kiwanis clubs helping to pack Kenner North's February 15 meeting, Attorney Patrice Cusimano outlined Kiwanis International policies for protecting youngsters participating in the organization's activities.

    Cusimano is Senior Staff Attorney at Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeals and a past president of the St. Bernard/Arabi Kiwanis Club. She is also district chair person for the Kiwanis policy protection program.

    She said the Kiwanis programs, including criminal history background checks for members, are designed to protect the children from abuse and Kiwanians from false accusations.

    The policies, which include social media behavior, are descirbed at:

    http://www.kiwanis.org/
    docs/default/source/training/governance/kiwanis-international/kiwanis-international-policies-and-procedures

    The policies recommend layers of protection for both the children and members.



  • DR. BENNETT DESCRIBES "HUMAN TRAFFICKING" IN NEW ORLEANS

    Dr. Kay Bennett,
    executive director of the Baptist Friendship House, provided examples of human trafficking in the New Orleans area in a presentation to Kenner North Kiwanis Feb. 22.

    Dr. Bennett, a native Mississippian, has been in New Orleans 31 years, working mainly with homeless ministries.

    She said the first step in the fight against human trafficking is awareness of the problem and what can be done to control it.

    One form of human trafficking, she said, is the recruitment, harboring or transportation of a person for commercial sex.

    Human trafficking, she added, is a 32.6 billion dollar industry and the second largest criminal industry in the U.S.

    One-third of teens living on the street are lured into prostitution within 48 hours of leaving home, she said.

    The FBI lists Interstate 10 as the most used U.S. route for human trafficking.

    For more info on the subject, see: http://www.baptistfriendshiphouse.org/



  • PERRIER DISCUSSED 2018 DIABETES EVENT

    Jim Perrier, president of Universal Data, discussed the growth of diabetes in the USA and Louisiana in a presentation to Kenner North Kiwanis Feb. 8.

    He also outlined plans for a November 3 event at Audubon Park to highlight the disease and to raise funds to fight it. The former Kenner North Kiwanis president is chairman of the event.

    He said one of 11 Americans have diabetes, but one of seven Louisiana residents have it.

  • PASTOR UNGER, FATHER NOEL TRACE IMPROVING RELATIONS BETWEEN LUTHERAN-AND CATHOLIC CHURCHES

    Pastor Ron Unger (right) of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Kenner and Father Buddy Noel (above), ecumenical officer of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, speaking at a Kenner North Kiwanis meeting January 11, traced the improving relationships between the Catholic and Lutheran churches.

    They spoke encouragingly of the recent strides in closing the bitter schism that has existed since the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago.


  • Pastor Unger was the Lutheran pastor who collaborated with Father Noel when Archbishop Gregory Aymond and Lutheran Bishop Michael Rinehart of Houston, Texas, lead an ecumenical prayer service at St. Louis Cathedral in October. The prayer service commemorated the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.

    Father Noel announced that another ecumenical service is planned at the St. Louis Cathedral in April.

  • FINN DISCUSSES "TOM BENSON, A BILLIONAIRE'S JOURNEY"

    Kathy Finn, author of "Tom Benson, A Billionaire's Journey," discussed her "unauthorized biography" at the Kenner North Kiwanis Club breakfast meeting December 7 in Kenner.

    The author says that in spite of his official denials, Benson did want to move the Saints franchise to San Antonio after New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina and the resulting flooding.

    She also said while Benson knew little about football when he acquired the franchise he was a very experienced businessman, knew how to turn a profit and soon turned millions into billions.

    (Above: Finn with KNK members Russell D'iodene, Diane Cook, Mike Koorie and Frank Ellis)

  • KNK ENJOYS CHRISTMAS PROGRAM

    Santa and Mrs. Claus showed up at the KNK December 21 meeting to help the members celebrate Christmas.

    Jim Perrier was again the man in red behind hte long white beard. Monica Heigle portrayed Mrs. Claus.

    Secretary Doris Rappold coordinated the annual celebration.

    The granddaughter of KNK member Sandra Leche was a special guest and the first to enjoy a seat in Santa's lap.

    See 2017 HOLIDAY MEETING for more photos.





  • KNK lONG-TIMERS RECALL OUTSTANDING CLUB MOMENTS

    Five of Kenner North Kiwanis' longest serving members recalled some of their favorite KNK moments December 28 at the club's last meeting of 2017.

    The presenters were Roy Taylor, Irby Bourque, Ira Snyder, Gene Katsanis and Don Weekley.

    Shown above are (from left to right) Taylor, Snyder, Fred Dumas, Weekley and Dr. Lum Ellis. Click on photo for full view.

  • KNK BACKPACK PROGRAM (Click photo for full view)

    Betty Trosclair of Kenner North Kiwanis looks over the contents for 12 backpacks the club prepares for students in four Kenner elementary schools. The weekly food packs are distributed to students for weekend breakfasts and lunches.

    Louis Rosiere is chairman of the program.

  • KEY CLUB LEADERS CONDUCT KIWANIS MEETING

    The leaders of all four Jefferson Parish Key Clubs sponsored by the Kenner North Kiwanis Club planned and conducted the KNK meeting Thursday night November 9 at the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner.

    The program included numerous individual presentations plus a video prepared by the Key Clubbers.

    (Photo by Doris Rappold)

  • KEVIN DOLLIOLE DESCRIBES CHANGES COMING TO ARMSTRONG AIRPORT

    Kevin Dolliole, aviation director at New Orleans International Airport, described the massive changes and expansion coming to the airport in the coming year.

    The projects are scheduled for completion in 2019.

  • Amy Thomas urges early planning for funerals

    Amy Thomas, a pre-need counselor for Muhleisen Funeral Home, urged Kenner North members Sept. 21 to plan their funerals early to save money and ease the burden on loved ones.

    Thomas, a former Key Club president in White Plains, NY, said funerals place heavy pressures on next-of-kin if the deceased had not stipulated his or her wishes and provided funding.

    Funerals should and can be arranged according to the wishes of the deceased, if planned ahead, she said.

    Funerals today require numerous decisions, ranging from traditional to memorial service to cremations, as well as locations, viewings and a wide range of costs.

  • Jeff Crouere Reviews Political News with KNK

    Conservative talk show host and author Jeff Crouere addressed Kenner North Kiwanis at its night meeting December 14.

    In addition to his radio show, Crouere writes a newspaper column and is author of "America's Last Chance" about the battle for control of the Republican Party.

  • Chamber President addresses Kenner North Kiwanis

    Todd Murphy, president of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce, addressed KNK Thursday Oct. 19 in the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner. Murphy previously served as senior vice-president of Omni and Iberia banks in Kenner.

    Earlier, he operated his own mortgage brokerage firm.

    He is a graduate of LSU, the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute and East Jefferson High School.

    Murphy has received awards from Gambit, CityBusiness and Edge magazines and from the Jefferson Chamber.

  • CONLEY, GONZALES DISCUSS NEW JEFFERSON FLOOD INSURANCE MAPS

    Keith Conley and Michelle Gonzales of the Jefferson Parish president's office discussed the new flood insurance maps and their impact on parish rates at the Kenner North Kiwanis breakfast meeting November 16.

    Gonzales said the new flood insurance maps have finally been approved by FEMA and up to 80% of Jefferson Parish properties should benefit.

    To get the lower rate you may need to submit a site elevation certificate. If you do not already have one you will have to pay a surveying company to provide a new one.

    For more detailed information about your property you can call the parish office (504) 736-6541 or visit the web site to see the new maps: http://www.jeffparish.net/index.aspx?page=3318

    Gonzales has headed the Jefferson Flood Plain Management Department for more than four years. She began working in disaster recovery in 2006, helping residents living in FEMA trailers. Later, she moved to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, managing more than 500 million dollars in grant funding. Since joining Jefferson Parish, she has been working with FEMA to finalize the parish flood insurance rate maps.

    Keith Conley is the parish chief operating officer. He earlier served as Kenner councilman-at-large, as city attorney and with the Jefferson Parish sheriff’s department.

    (Photo by Don Weekley)

    Click on photo for full view.

  • KOORIE PROVIDES UPDATE ON PARK-A-BOO AND KNK FOUNDATION

    On January 4, Mike Koorie (above), president of the Kenner North Kiwanis Foundation, provided an update on the Foundation and the 2017 Park-a-Boo festival.

    Park-a-Boo is the club's principal fundraiser and also a major community fun event for young children and their parents.

    It is held in Metairie's Lafreniere Park in connection with Halloween.

  • IMPASTATO ADDRESSES KNK

    Dominicka Impastato, the new District 4 representative on the Jefferson Parish Council, addressed Kenner North Kiwanis at its breakfast meeting November 30 .

    Impastato previously served at District 5 representative on the Kenner City Council.

    A graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School and Louisiana State University, Impastato was first elected to the Kenner City Council in 2014.

    Impastato is a trial attorney for Frischhertz, Poulliard, Frischhertz, & Impastato, LLC, and serves on the Republican Party Parish Executive Committee.

    Click on photo for full view: Councilman Impastato, center; KNK members Fred Dumas, left; Doris Rappold; and Rich Gonzales, right; and Council staff members

Five members of Kenner North Kiwanis were honored for 25 years of service at the club's annual banquet Sept. 14. From left to right: Roy Taylor, Ira Snyder, Fred Dumas, Don Weekley and Dr. Lum Ellis.

  • KNK INSTALLS SIMMONS AS PRESIDENT

    Anthony Simmons was installed as president of Kenner North Kiwanis Sept. 14 for a one year term starting Oct. 1.

    He succeeds Diane Cook, who completed her second term

    Simmons, a member of the John Curtis Christian High School faculty, has served as president previously. He has also served many years as chairman of the club's Key Club program, as well as club photographer.

    The program also featured awards and installation of officers and directors for 2017-18.

    Kenner North sponsors four Jefferson Parish high school key clubs.

    Regina Koorie has been serving as acting president in Cook's temporary absence.

  • Dody Piper

    Simmons (continued)

    At the annual banquet, Allison Hymel and Dody Piper, two members of the World War II Museum’s
    ”Victory Belles” sang the national anthem and "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," a favorite song of the WWIII era.

    Dody is the daughter of KNK member Kevin Nolan.

    Michael Koorie is president of the KNK Foundation, the club's fund-raising arm

  • Allison Hymel

    Park-a-Boo, Kenner North Kiwanis's annual Halloween festival for children, is scheduled October 27-29 at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.
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  • Katsanis named "Kiwanian of the Year" at KNK banquet

    Kenner North Kiwanis President Dianne Cook, left, awarded Gene Kiwanis the club's 2017 "Kiwanian of the Year" Award at KNK's annual banquet Sept. 14.

    He was recognized for his service as program and membership chairman, his service with the annual Park-a-Boo fundraiser and with the Haynes Academy Key Club

  • Roniger describes boxing program to help victims of Parkinson's Disease.

    On September 7, Greg Roniger of Rock Steady Boxing gave Kenner North Kiwanians a ringside demonstration of boxing benefits for victims of Parkinson's Disease.

    He said the program helps Parkinson victims restore mobility.

    Roniger demonstrated the program with brief matches against his wife and with KNK member Irby Bourque, a participant in the program.

  • Irby Bourque and Mrs. Roniger

  • Engler and Lafleur honored as Kenner's First Responders of the Year

    NiKenner North Kiwanis honored detective Nick Engler and fireman Kevin Lafleur as Kenner's First Responders of the year at the club's meeting August 17. They were introduced by Police Chief Michael Glaser and Fire Chief John Hellmers and presented plaques before an overflow crowd at the club's weekly meeting in the Doubletree Hotel.

  • Photos:

    Left: Michael Groetsch

    Center: Kevin Lafleur, Fire Chief Hellmers & Regina Koorie of KNK

    Right: Nick Engler, Koorie and Police Chief Glaser

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PARK-A-BOO
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Kenner North Kiwanis Club meets at the Doubletree Hotel in Kenner for breakfast at 7 a.m. each Thursday, offering informative speakers and reports on its own community activities.

Guests invited. Breakfast: $10.