Holland Kiwanis Club

The Holland Kiwanis Club returned to their weekly meeting format on Thursday, May 13, at the Holland American Legion. President Lynn Kahle called the meeting to order. The speaker of the day was Southridge head baseball coach Gene Mattingly. Mattingly gave a brief summary of the past couple of years expressing the disappointment of missing an entire season last year due to the pandemic. He noted that it was especially devastating to last year's seniors.

Coach Mattingly then gave a summary of this year's personnel that make up the Southridge Raiders. He stated that the team's depth, extending from seniors to freshmen, is probably its greatest strength. He noted that it's not one or two players that carry the team but instead a bunch of players who simply do things well.

Mattingly explained his coaching philosophy which allows players to participate in decision making. He stated that the team was currently playing their toughest stretch of the schedule. Mattingly also gave a brief outlook of the 3A sectional which will be held at League Stadium. Mattingly explained that the team had drawn the bye in the first round and will face Pike Central in the semi finals of the sectional. A brief question-and-answer session followed Coach Mattingly's presentation.

After Coach Mattingly's presentation, President Kahle discussed the upcoming Holland Kiwanis Sausage and Pancake Breakfast. This year's breakfast will have a drive-thru format and proceeds will be used to fund the Holland Kiwanis Scholarship program. It will take place on June 5 beginning at 7 a.m. at the Holland United Methodist Church.

The club will host their annual Kiwanis One Day on May 22 beginning at 9 a.m at Holland Elementary School. Mulching and trimming of shrubs will be taking place along with overall landscaping care. Members are encouraged to bring rakes and landscaping tools.

The Holland Kiwanis Club will also host their annual Rabies Drive-thru clinic for cats and dogs on May 25. The clinic will be held at the Holland Park beginning at 6 p.m. It will end at 7:30. Social distancing and masks are required and the cost of the vaccination is $14. The services are provided by the Dubois County Animal Hospital. Happy Tails Helping Hands will provide free pet tags and registration. If anyone wishes to pre-register or have questions they can contact Kenny Peacock at 812-630-4102.

President Kahle noted that the next meeting will be at noon on Thursday, May 20. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

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