The Steubenville Kiwanis Club is helping a local teen attend the upcoming Key Club International Convention with a donation toward expenses.
The club made a presentation to Kelsey Ferguson of Weirton, a new graduate of Weir High School who will be continuing her academic and athletic careers at Marshall University to major in biology and be a part of the swim team.
Ferguson is the lone area teen to be attending the 69th-annual Key Club International Convention that will be held July 4-8 in Orlando, Fla., at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista - a convention that she has participated in before and enjoyed, she said.
Kiwanis club officers Tom Timmons, left, and Cas Adulewicz with Kelsey Ferguson
Key Club International annually celebrates a year of service at the convention that brings together more than 2,000 students and advisers to introduce new programs, present awards to outstanding clubs, conduct the organization's business, attend educational workshops and elect international officers for the upcoming year, according to its website.
Ferguson was a guest at the Kiwanis' June 19 luncheon meeting held at YWCA of Steubenville where the guest speaker was orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles "Chuck" Capito. He was introduced by Maj. Earline May, program chair for June where the theme has been safety oriented.
Capito talked about sports injury treatments, techniques and advancements. One topic touched on was the Uni Knee, an alternative to total knee replacement. The knee has three components or parts, and it's the inside one that usually wears out, he said. "Forty percent of the knees I do are Uni Knees," he said.
Capito fielded questions from the club members and brought along copies of his CD. He didn't really expound upon it but I'll take the opportunity to do so here.
Capito has a singer-songwriter side and produced the CD "God, Country, Family..." at Studio L in Weirton owned by Rick Witkowski. It represents a collection of 12 original songs Capito wrote over the course of five years.
All proceeds from its sale at $10 a pop benefit the Make A Wish Foundation, a charity near to Capito's heart.
Since its December release, the CD has generated more than $10,000 to benefit the foundation and copies remain available at his Weirton office at 703 Colliers Way and the Steubenville office at 2315 Sunset Blvd. It's also available at Tri State Pharmacy in Weirton Medical Center.
In other upcoming Kiwanis news, the club will install new members, including Mike Emmerling and Judy Mandred, at the July 31 meeting. The installation will be conducted by President Cas Adulewicz and Phyllis Riccadonna, newsletter chair and lieutenant governor.