The formal installation of new members and an update on the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club highlighted the July 31 noon luncheon meeting of the Steubenville Kiwanis Club held at the YWCA.
Phyllis Riccadonna, newsletter chair and lieutenant governor, top photo, second from left, installed as new members, from left, Cas Adulewicz, Mike Emmerling, Mary Ann Homic, Eric Timmons, Alyssa Kerker and Dominic Napoli.
In addition to being made a part of the club whose mission it is to "enhance a community by helping one child at a time," the new members got a welcoming serenade courtesy of Riccadonna, Kris Haught, Paul Brandt, Anita Jackson, Mike Gray and Dave Mosti.
Phyllis Riccadonna, newsletter chair and lieutenant governor, second from left, installed as new members, from left, Cas Adulewicz, Mike Emmerling, Mary Ann Homic, Eric Timmons, Alyssa Kerker and Dominic Napoli.
-- Janice R. Kiaski
Riccadonna reminded members that the district convention will be held Friday and Saturday in Boardman and that a local club presence is hoped for Saturday, especially since this marks the first Kiwanis District Convention in Division 21, which includes the local club.
The meeting launched the club's annual rose sale chaired by Tom Timmons, who encouraged his peers to be proactive about working to collectively sell 1,000 dozen roses and in the process generate funds for the club's endeavors.
"This is a big fundraiser," Timmons emphasized.
A dozen roses are $18 - $25 if mailed - and are delivered in the Steubenville, Wintersville, Toronto, Mingo, Weirton, Follansbee area. Orders can be placed through any club member or by calling (740) 314-9574. Orders are due Sept. 11. The delivery date is Sept. 18.
The club's annual steak fry will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at Bella Hall. There will be no noon meeting that day. Voting for Division 21 officers will be conducted.
Dr. Himashu Desai provided the club with an impromptu report on the Jefferson Kiwanis Youth Soccer Club, which has new representation on its board and has about 600 to 700 players involved between its fall and spring leagues.
For fall, recreational soccer has 350; 70 are in select soccer, which is competitive soccer and is booming; and 30 to 40 children are in TOPS, an outreach program for soccer led by Monica Rogers and designed to involve special needs children. TOPS is an acronym for The Outreach Program for Soccer. Spring leagues traditionally attract higher numbers. "The peak was 1,200 (players), and I think we're heading back to it," he said.
Desai anticipates there will be as many as 30 teams participating in the third-annual Riverview Soccer Spectacular, scheduled for Sept. 1-2 at the Jefferson County Youth Soccer Club complex near the Jefferson County Airpark.
Upcoming meeting speakers include:
-- Tuesday: Lou Stein, marketing director for Jefferson Behavioral Health.
-- Aug. 14: Ray Searage, pitching coach for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
-- Aug. 28: Local football coaches.