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April 15, 2014
Bringing the best and brightest students to Western Illinois University is what Richard (Rick) Hardy (pictured above) does as Director of the WIU Centennial Honors College at Western.
Hardy told us this week that there are 175 of the top 1% of their classes now at WIU.
His job is to find and recruit them to Western.  He says "membership is based solely on merit".  The Honors College provides stimulating curriculum for academically talented students which includes Special Seminars, Small Class Sizes, Undergraduate Research, Study Abroad, Professional Development, Cultural, Social and Service Events.  
To qualify for the Centennial Honors College, entering freshmen must fall into one of these categories: 28 ACT or higher, 26 or 27 ACT composite and in the top 15% of their graduating class, 24 or 25 composite and in the top 10% of graduating class.
Hardy invited us, and everyone, to a Scholarship Extravaganza Friday, April 25th, from 7:00-10:00PM at the American Legion.  Dance to the music of The Endnotes, participate in a silent auction and join in the fun.  Admission is $10 at the door.  All proceeds go to the Centennial Honors College Scholarship Fund.
For more information on the Centennial Honors College, visit wiu.edu/honors.
President Tim Moss gave us a preliminary report on our recent Pancake Day on April 10th.
He said we have brought in, so far, about $9,000 thanks to our booster sponsors.  That also includes $1,465 in ticket sales at the door and $370 in donations.  Expenditures are roughly $3,000.  Tim thanked all the members who spent time at Pancake Day, all the volunteers and everyone who came out to eat pancakes and sausage.
A Mega-Interclub for Divisions 18 and 19 is taking place Thursday, April 24, from Noon-1PM at the Comfort Suites, 1780 Stonegate Center Drive in Burlington, Iowa.  Keynote speaker will be James Dooley, I-I District Governor-Elect, and the I-I District Club Builder and Counselor.  Reservations need to be made with  Lt. Gov. Waneen Stout before April 21.  
The WIU Circle K Charter Night has been rescheduled for Monday, April 28, at 7PM in the University Union.  We are invited to attend.
We will be participating in the Kiwanis International "Skip A Meal" event at our Noon meeting on May 6.  We will have a lighter meal of a sandwich and/or soup but will pay the regular $7.  The meal will cost us about $3.50 to $4 with the remainder going to the Skip A Meal campaign.  

  Tim - for Pancake Day

  Joe - also for Pancake Day

 Rick - for a $500 donation to the School Sack Program.  The donation was from the recent Spring Music Fest held at the Wesley Village Community Center.  Local musicians played during the afternoon and donations were being taken for the School Sack Program and the WIRC Youth Assistance Program.  $1,000 was split between those two.  1,500 donations were also collected for the Loaves and Fishes food pantry.  In the picture below, Rick Bulger (second from right) accepts the check from Susan Kennedy, who organized the event with Jay Smith (far left).  Also shown are the event sponsors Jerry and Becky Peabody).

  • Tuesday, April 22 - Evening Meeting
  • Thursday, April 24 - Divisions 18 & 19 Mega-Interclub in Burlington, Iowa
  • Monday, April 28 - WIU Circle K Charter Night
  • Tuesday, April 29 - Evening Meeting
  • Tuesday, May 6 - Noon Meeting & Skip A Meal

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