April 4, 2014
By Nathan Crock
On March 25 Kiwanis of Galion held their final meeting of the month. During that meeting the club heard from Cori Kreger from State Farm as well as discussed a number of projects. The Key Club District Leadership Conference will be held this upcoming weekend and Kiwanis of Galion will be sending two Key Club members from Galion to it. Kiwanis pays for a third of the students expenses every year. This year they will be donating $363 for the students after a motion to do so was passed during the meeting. Along with the conference the Key Club of Galion has a 5K and food drive coming up. During the meeting it was announced that the circus will be coming to town on Tuesday May 20. There will be shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. that day. Kiwanis member Brian Treisch will be leading the coordinating efforts for the Kiwanis club as he teams with Rotary to help put on this event. Another upcoming project for the group is the rose sale. This year two hundred and fifty dozen flowers were ordered through Flower Cart. The group will begin selling the roses in the upcoming months leading into Mothers Day. Kiwanis will also be helping to sponsor Willy Wonka at the Galion Theater which will be playing April 11-13.
The guest speaker for the day was Cori Kreger from State Farm in Galion. She was there to talk about State Farm and some of the things they do for the community. Kreger took over her current position two years ago. Kreger said she is originally from Shelby but now resides in Lexington with her husband who is the head football coach of Ontario. Kreger said that her first year was dedicated to seeing as many people as they could and now that she is in her second year the focus is getting the organization involved more in the community. The agents are required to do one to two hours of volunteer work a month. Kreger said a lot of the girls are involved in helping out with children’s sports right now as part of the program. She also volunteered their services to Kiwanis if they are ever in need of volunteers.
Kreger said that State Farm has an upcoming project called Celebrate My Drive. It helps to give safety tips to youth. During the project a $100,000 scholarship will be available for schools to win. Another prized that will be given away is tickets to a Kelly Clarkson concert. Kreger also said they are looking to add another staff position to the office. She would like to see the building getting added on to as they need more room and want to hire more people. The Galion office markets to Crawford, Morrow, and Richland Counties currently. Kreger said that they make fresh cookies everyday and anyone who is looking to pick one up can stop by the office and do so during business hours.