Holland KiwanisJuly 23, 2021
The Holland Kiwanis met at the American Legion Club in Holland on July 22. President Lynn Kahle called the meeting to order. President Kahle presented a request from Southridge Football Coach Scott Buening for an ad in the sports programs. A motion was made by Jerry Wibbeler to take an ad for $100 and it was seconded by Jerry Hunefeld and passed. President Kahle then presented a request from Jennifer Kramer, president of the sports booster club, for contribution toward the training of assistant coaches in CPR and the usage of AED devices. It was suggested to get other organizations to participate in this event to help reduce the cost to the Holland Kiwanis Club.
The last order of business was concerning the meeting on Aug. 12. Bev Schmutzler invited the club to have their meeting at the Holland United Methodist Church for this day as the church is having free meals for the community. Mrs. Schmutzler would have a table ready for the meeting and meals would be free featuring hamburgers, cheeseburgers, etc.
With no futher business the meeting was turned over to Jerry Hunefeld who was speaking on his past experiences as county commissioner. Mr. Hunefeld was elected in November of 1974 and won the election by 23 votes. The minutes from his first meeting were a whole five sentences long. When he originally ran for election Bill Lett was Republican County Chairman and he informed Mr. Hunefeld that there was no money available for his campaign. The party found some old lumber, painted it, and then stenciled Hunefeld on the strip of lumber. That was his first political yard sign.
Through the years Mr. Hunefeld became more comfortable serving as the lone Republican. He likened himself to Henry Clay who was a politician in the mid 1800s and was known as the "Great Compromiser." Then in 2016 the election found five Republicans being elected and suddenly Mr. Hunefeld found himself becoming President of the Council almost by default. In closing he outlined some of the highlights of his time served including the work of the council on the Huntingburg overpass as well as the airport expansion.
A short question-and-answer session followed and the meeting was then adjourned.
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