Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast        P.O. Box 6381   |     Vero Beach, Florida  32961

PRESS RELEASE

Congratulations to

Al Sammartino being named

Kiwanis Lt. Governor for this region

On Saturday March 13, 2021 91 teens and 25 adults participated in the “Kiwanis Youth in Action (KYIA) Day of Service”.  Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast this quarterly event was helped in four major community service projects as follows.

One group built raised gardens at the ARC where the teens were taught basic carpentry skills.  Another group helped harvest and clean vegetables at the Shining Light Gardens. All the produce will be donated to area food banks to help those who are food insecure.

The largest group of teens and adult mentors spent the day at the Environmental Learning Center

re-building gravel walkways, doing outdoor

clean-up and helping with environmental displays. Finally, another large group sealed the outside of the Youth Guidance Building in preparation for painting it in a few weeks.

Each of these groups was supervised by Kiwanis members who ensured that proper COVID safety protocols were followed. The Kiwanis Club provided water and lunch for all. This was an inspiring example of local teens giving back by helping several non-profits in our county.

Vero Kiwanis Youth in Action Day of Service

VITUNAC NAMED KIWANIS PRESIDENT

The Kiwanis Club of Vero Treasure Coast announces that Doug Vitunac has been named Club President for 2021-2022.   Doug served as Vice President this past year assisting President Al Sammartino.

 

Doug is a Vero local, a graduate of Vero Beach High School, the University of Florida, and Florida Coastal School of Law.  He is active in the community and has been involved in the Treasure Coast Gator Club, various Christian charities including Habitat for Humanity, and other service organizations.  Working full time as a lawyer, Doug still finds time to enjoy the beach and the outdoors, whether it be while boating, surfing, or fishing.  Doug is looking forward to leading the Kiwanis club into this year and will endeavor to grow the club and to have fun serving the community.

 

The Kiwanis Club of Vero Treasure Coast is actively involved in serving our community.  Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to helping children and community.  Each year the Kiwanis Club of Vero Treasure Coast provides scholarships to Indian River County high school graduates through the annual golf tournament.  Kiwanis also sponsors Kiwanis Youth in Action a program which engages teens in helping individuals with home repairs and painting and other

Sammartino’s goal for the next two years is to unite clubs to work together to build K Kids and Builders Clubs programs for all counties.   Club meetings with presidents have been scheduled either online and or in person.   Every two months we will host workshops with local clubs to see how we can better serve the children in our counties.  Meeting new directors and inter clubs will be a priority . I am very excited about this new position with Kiwanians and looking forward to serving the children in our communities.

 

Al has been a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Vero Treasure Coast.  Last year he served as Club President.  He is also Co-Chair of Kiwanis Youth in Action.

 service projects.  And the annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament is held in May bringing elementary age children and parents together for a fun morning of fishing.

 

For more information about Kiwanis and how to join visit www.verokiwanis.com The club meets each Wednesday at noon at the Vero Beach Yacht Club.

KIWANIS HISTORY

For over 100 years, Kiwanis International has been an organization of members dedicated to serving children. Today, there are nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and members have made a positive impact in millions of lives.  Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, the following year.  Kiwanis members stage

nearly 150,000 service projects, devote more than 6 million hours of service, and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families and

projects.

 

For more information on Kiwanis visit Kiwanis International

at www.kiwanis.org

ABOUT OUR CLUB

The Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast was founded in 1973.  Our club raises funds through many projects to provide financial assistance and manpower for those organizations that serve children.  Examples of Kiwanis projects that have helped the local area include:

 

 

 

 

Construction of the building foundations for ARC and Riverside Children’s Theatre and the outdoor stage at Riverside Theatre

Bicycle paths for local schools

Assistance with the Annual Children’s Art Festival in Vero Beach

The Annual Kiwanis Radio and Television Auction to secure funds to help children

 

Volunteer work for Youth Guidance

Construction of the Head Start Playground

Construction of pavilions at Hibiscus

Children’s Center and the Homeless Family Center

The Annual Take a Kid Fishing Tournament est. 1992 serving over 300 children annually

Painting homes for needy families through the Youth in Action Program

Serving Indian River County since 1973

Kiwanis seeks major sponsors for the

Kiwanis Youth in Action Program.

To learn more about the program needs and costs

Kiwanis Youth in Action engages youth in helping community members in need.

Kiwanis is an approved 501 (c) 3.

Fellowship throughout Indian River County Florida

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