Builders’ Club enters third year

The spirit of helping out the community lives on in the hearts of some Grade 6-8 students at Robert Moore School here as the third executive of the Kiwanis Builders’ Club was sworn in there last Wednesday night.
Ken Koprowski, past Lieutenant Governor of the Kiwanis Club, led the meeting and introduced the executive recently elected by their classmates, including president Kailey Bonner-Vickers (last year’s treasurer), secretary Katrina Wreggitt, and treasurer Moreta Onichuk.
New vice-president Brittainy Spence could not attend the meeting.
Koprowski gave a speech on the importance of the club and then explained the respective duties of the new executive. He also stressed the members should “remember to represent the Builders’ Club wherever you are, whatever you do.”
Dr. Bob Lidkea, secretary of the local Kiwanis Club and a member for 51 years, noted the club is going strong this year with a membership of more than 35.
Principal Penny Newman, who’s new to Robert Moore this year, thanked the students in advance for giving their time to the community. “I do believe this club will accomplish great things this year,” she remarked.
The teacher liaison officers for the Builders’ Club are Lorina Fryer and Sarah Freeman-Kivimaki.
Before an audience of 20 or so people, including half-a-dozen Builders’ Club members besides the new executive, Fryer noted the group has been busy over the past year.
For instance, they have planted trees at Sunny Cove, held fundraiser car washes, ran the school’s family barbecue in June, had a float in the Canada Day parade, and made donations to Friends of Animals and the family of a fellow student who were victimized by a house fire.
Fryer added they’ll continue to stay active with projects like collecting for UNICEF, mailing shoebox gift packs for “Operation Christmas Child,” having a float in the Santa Claus parade (Nov. 22), and volunteering at Rainycrest Home for the Aged, playing games with the residents there in the evenings.
“They should be commended for their excellent leadership,” said Fryer. “Keep up the great work, everyone.”
Koprowski said he’d like to see members of the Builders’ Club go on and continue their work in high school, but noted such a program would require teacher liaisons—and getting very busy high school teachers to help out with yet another extra-curricular activity might be difficult.
Koprowski added parents are encouraged to attend Builders’ Club meetings and see the members at work. They meet every second and fourth Wednesday of the month at 11:45 a.m. at Robert Moore.
The outgoing executive included president Ashley LaFreniere, vice-president Jordan Marsh, secretary Brittany Hayes, and Kailey Bonner-Vickers (treasurer).
This marks the third year for the Builders’ Club at Robert Moore. While the seeds for the Builders’ Club actually were planted in the spring of 2000 by teacher Bill Daley, the first executive wasn’t elected until the fall of 2001.
Robert Moore is the only school in the district with a Builders’ Club.