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Here is the latest news from the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis!                             

Sunrise Kiwanis Members Participate in Chamber Christmas Parade - 12/12/2017
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To announce the upcoming "Duck Race", the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis participated in the 2017 Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade. Under the direction of Sunrise member, Mark Kemeny, the float was built by Sunrise members several weeks before the parade and displayed a Santa Claus and "Duck Race Track" with a banner giving Duck Race information. Special "Thanks" to the Sunrise members who participated! 

(Photo L-R) Julie Koch, Robert Koch, Christine Lee and Brandy Ball.  



Sondra Guffey, West Villages, FL Marketing Manager Special Speaker - 11/30/2017
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Sondra Guffey, Marketing Manager, West Villages,Florida. was the Special Speaker for the weeky Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis weekly meeting.  Ms. Guffey gave an overview of the exciting plans that are being developed in the West Villages area. (Photo L-R) Sunrise Kiwanis Member Eric DeYoung, Sondra Guffey Special Speaker and Sunrise Kiwanis Member Donna Listenberger

Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Sets Weekly Record Attendance - 11/30/2017
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Great turnout! Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis set a record attendance (35 members) at the November 30th, 2017 weekly breakfast! Interested in joining one of Charlotte County's premier service organizations? Contact us at Yes, I want to learn more about becoming a member!

Sunrise Kiwanis Members Pack Bags for Thanksgiving Food Baskets. - 11/18/2017
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30 bags of food were packed for 20 families for Thanksgiving. 10 Sunrise Kiwanis members did the work in record time. Special thanks to other members who contributed food items and Christy Smith who coordinated the project with Neil Armstrong and Peace River elementary schools. Turkeys and pies along with the food bags will be delivered in time for Thanksgiving. Give thanks for our blessings!

Jack Ham - The Academy Principal - Special Speaker - 11/18/2017
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The November 16th Special Speaker was Jack Ham, Principal, The Academy. Mr. Ham's enthusiam was evident as he shared the success programs and stories of "at risk" high school students at "The Academy." (Photo L-R) Sunrise Kiwanis Member - John Schoenbauer; Administrative Assistant Marja Rash; Jack Ham, Principal - Charlotte Academy and Sunrise Kiwanis Member - Tom Thrasher

The 2018 Duck Race & Kid Fest will be held on April 7th, 2018. - 11/18/2017
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Donna Listenberger, Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis Duck Race Commissioner recently announced the official date for the 2018 "Duck Race & Kid Fest."  The 2018 "Duck Race & Kid Fest"  will be held April 7th, 2017, Kiwanis Park,  Port Charlotte, FL.  For more informaiton, to "Adopt a Duck" or be a Sponsor - Click Here! 

Steve Walls, Southwest Area Office Director, FDOT, Special Speaker - 08/17/2017
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Steve Walls, Southwest Area Office Director, FDOT shared information concerning the Interstate Highway system and answered various questions from Sunrise Kiwanis members about road projects, financing and information concerning the completion of I-75 in Charlotte County.
Photo L-R: Club Treasurer and Sunrise Kiwanis member, Craig DeYoung; Steve Walls, FDOT, and Kiwanis 18S Lt. Governor Andrew Sias.

Miranda Fields, Fred Lang Foundation President, Special Speaker - 08/11/2017
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Miranda Fields, Fred Lang Foundation President, shared interesting insights on the programs of the Fred Lang Foundation, supporting the Charlotte Behavioral Health Center. Charlotte County is one of the leading counties in Florida with a high per capita suicide rate. The Fred Lang Foundation and the Charlotte County Behavioral Health Center are working together to reduce the suicide rate. For more information:

(Photo L-R) Sunrise Kiwanis Member, Donna Listenberger, Miranda Fields and Sunrise Kiwanis Member, Brandi Ball. 


Charlotte Prep Builder's Club Officers Introduced to Sunrise Kiwanis - 08/11/2017
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Danny O'Leary, 2016 Vice-President and Brian O'Leary, 2016 Treasurer,  were  introduced to the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis by Charlotte Prep Builder's Club Advisor Jamie Biansco. Ms. Biansco gave a presentation on the Builder's Club projects held during the 2015-2016 Charlotte Prep school year. 

Photo L-R  Sunrise Kiwanis Club Secretary Connie Thrasher; Charlotte Prep Builder's Club Advisor, Jamie Biansco; Charlotte Prep Builder's Club Member Danny O'Leary; Charlotte Prep Builder's Club Member Brian O'Leary and Sunrise Kiwanis President, Rachael Lowe.

Jamie Biansco, New Member, Inducted into Sunrise Kiwanis - 08/03/2017
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​Jamie Biansco was inducted, as a new member, into the Port Charlotte Sunrise Kiwanis. Jamie is the Sunrise Kiwanis Builders Club Advisor for Charlotte Prep. Welcome, Jamie!

(Photo L-R) Sunrise Kiwanis Member and Club Secretary, Connie Thrasher and New Member, Jamie Biansco.