(9-24-17) Election day is November 7. An important issue on the ballot is Celina City Schools’ earned income tax levy. Celina Superintendent Dr. Ken Schmiesing presented the levy facts at a recent Celina Kiwanis meeting. The 1% tax would replace the current .75% tax. Beginning in 2019, the tax would run for 5 years. The .25% increase would generate an estimated additional $885,000 for the district. The 1% tax would bring the district in line with most of the other school districts in the area. Bulldog Levy Campaign co-chairs J.T. Irmscher and Mark Cubberley also spoke about the importance of the levy and urged members to support it.
During the business meeting, the club discussed raising the membership fees but voted against it.
Board members voted to make the following donations: $150 for the Celina Theater Program, $100 to the CALL backpack program, $100 to the Cystic Fibrosis “Great Strides” walk, $100 to the Kiwanis Foundation’s hurricane relief drive.
The Mercer County Sportsman Association and Equestrian Therapy at Fassett Farm sent thank you’s to the club for donations to their respective programs.
Club members voted to name a scholarship in memory and honor of Ken Rosengarten.
Several members volunteered to work at Mercer Health’s Healthy Kids Day. The remaining members will work at the Winter Warmth Day, which Our Home scheduled for the same day.
Hans Rehrmann, Gloria Rogers, and Phil Miller were selected as directors for 2017—2019 terms. Amy Broering will finish Ken Rosengarten’s 2016—2018 term.
The Kiwanis Club of Celina is accepting new members for 2017—2018. For more information about the club, contact them at celinakiwanis.wix.com/kiwanis-club-celina or like them on Facebook.