San Marcos Kiwanis Club
Kristi Dame and Kristin Wingard conferring after Kristi's presentation on Good Citizens Camp
San Marcos Kiwanis Club Newsletter, April 18, 2024
Today was the celebration for April birthdays for Rick, Rhonda, Moe and John. Beverly celebrated  an anniversary this month, as well. Kelli brought a pastry made with crescent rolls and cream cheese topped with cinnamon and sugar.
Lon reminded everyone about the Town hall meeting being held at Goodnight Jr. High tonight with the topic being Human Trafficking. Our club is one of the many sponsors for this event along with the Rotary Club whose Peter Baen led the meeting. 
Post Town Hall meeting: Members Lon, Kelli, Charles, Cheryl, Luann, Chester and myself (Jennifer) all attended. The main presentation was by Kirsta Leeburg Melton, founder and CEO of the Institute to Combat Trafficking. The Hays County Sheriff's Dept. and the San Marcos PD reported on our local situation. It is most disturbing how prevalent human trafficking is and all the devious ways it happens.
The program for next week is the Clay Shoot which is happening on April 27th.
Rhonda still needs auction items for the Clay Shoot silent auction. She requested they be men-oriented as she said the majority of participants are men. She will need the items by next week. Dessert is taken care of for the lunch. She asked that Kiwanis members not show up unless invited to help.
Lon introduced our member Kristi Dame who provided details for the Good Citizens Camp for high school  students which she, Luciana Mandal, and Emily Sosa will be running at the Wilson McBride camp this summer. She started her presentation with an activity in which we broke into small groups and came up with what skills we each felt makes for a successful life, what our strengths are and what our weaknesses are. She said that one of the things they try to bring out is what generates stress or frustration so they will know what the youth need to work on and how they best can help them reprogram themselves. They have practical skills to teach them like how to handle a budget through a project where they choose how to spend/invest a given amount of money and see what they have after 5 years. Horses are used to teach them how to control emotions and feelings of dominance.
Kristi encouraged club members to volunteer to help if they feel they have a strength in some area that can be of benefit to the youth. More to come....
After the presentation Lon mentioned there will need to be a camp clean up prior to the Good Citizens Camp so be thinking about volunteering.
April 25th: Clay Shoot
April 27th: Clay Shoot
Regular Reminders: 
Don't forget to click "like" and "share" on Facebook and other social media to promote the Kiwanis Club. We need to keep getting the club's name out there to promote our community involvement and to add new members to help in our endeavors.
Be sure to check the Calendar posted on the San Marcos Kiwanis Club website to stay up-to-date on what is happening.
Humor and Musings:
Musings related to stress.
"If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." 
Wayne Dyer
"Identify your problems but give your power and energy to solutions." Tony Robbins
 “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” Helen Keller

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