February 28, 2014
By Nathan Crock
Kiwanis of Galion finally met on February 25 after a cancelled meeting the week before due to weather. At the meeting the recent Chili Supper fundraiser was discussed. Preliminary numbers are in from the event. It showed that they raised a net of $477. Several members still need to turn in their money so numbers is expected to go up. It will however be down from the $740 they made last year. President Doug Greene said that they may try some new things next year to get that number up. Some of those things may be a 50/50 drawing and a raffle. The next project for Kiwanis is the rose sale and circus in May. Greene said that the goal for this year is for each member to sell four dozen roses. As far as the circus is concerned Greene said they are still looking for a member of Kiwanis to step up to be part of the coordinating committee. They would work in partnership with Rotary on the project. Greene said that since they have a few months until these next projects that Kiwanis will focus on new membership recruitment in March and April. They will have eight meetings in those two months and Greene said he would like to see members bring a total of 15 guests during that time. If they reach their goal Greene is considering offering a reward to the group.
The guest speaker for the day was Kristen Hoffert. Hoffert has been the director of the Galion Historical Society since May of last year. Hoffert was there to talk about their current cataloging project. Right now the society is working on scanning and cataloging old photos along with packaging various clothing articles around the society. The society works on identifying old photos through a group of volunteers as well as posting the photos on Facebook for people to identify. Hoffert said that these photos are posted a few times a week. Right now the society is in the process of going through these photos and identifying them. They are then writing who or what the photo is of on the back with pencil. From there they are scanning them and entering them into their computer system. Hoffert said that so far they have scanned over ten thousand pictures with at least five thousand more to go. She said that the goal of all this is to set up a search system on their website where people can go and search for old photos and items on the internet. Hoffert said she would like to see this implemented in the next three to five years. They also hope to have digitalized historical documents as well. Hoffert said that they are always looking for volunteers and people may stop by during their normal business hours of Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.