The Havana and Quincy Kiwanis Clubs jointly hosted two student organizations at East Gadsden and Robert F. Munroe High Schools for a luncheon at East Gadsden last Wednesday. The Key Clubs are in part sponsored by both Kiwanis groups.
Havana Kiwanis president Jennifer Loughmiller, co-owner of Pyramid Excavation in Havana, emceed the luncheon presentation. “I’m really excited by what we are doing today. I believe this is a historic meeting of the two clubs and the two Key Clubs. We brought them together today to hear our speaker Ms. Kathleen Reid, ARNP at Select Specialty Hospital in Tallahassee,” said Loughmiller.
Nurse practioner Reid credits her involvement with a Key Club in Chicago during her high school years with a good deal of her later successes in life, saying she had been elected Lt. Governor and charged with oversight of the Key Club’s regional organizations during her membership.
She met a Havana Kiwanis member who was a patient at Select hospital when Reid happened to see flowers that had been sent by the club.
Robert F. Munroe Key Club president Walt Kelleher described some of the projects his organization had held during the past year, including building a wheelchair ramp for a man badly injured in an accident. The group also helped raise money and awareness for prostate cancer and held a cookout.
Patricia Jones, vice president of the East Gadsden Key Club, said that her club had made Christmas bags for children, spent time mentoring kids and trying to lead by example, and cleaned up the school’s campus. The group also held a food drive and made goody bags for Teacher Day.
Kathleen Reid told attendees that she had been encouraged to join the Key Club by her brother, who was its president at the time. “I was introduced to a lot of business people as a member and while Lt. Governor, I served over six schools, typewriting letters to them. I traveled to New Orleans and Florida. Key Club changed my life!” said Reid, who was voted most outstanding key holder of her region, receiving a college scholarship that set her on a course for a career in the medical field.
Havana Kiwanis Club members pose with the East Gadsden Key Club members. Kathleen Reid is second from the left, second row.
Kathleen Reid became a licensed practical nurse and spent 17 years as an LPN. She came to Tallahassee and attended Florida State University. She continued her education at Keiser, then spent a year getting her ARNP.
“My life is good, and Key Club helped me have that good life. I developed goals and ambitions - that really gets your brain going! I want to be a good role model,” she said as she thanked the Kiwanis Clubs and Key Clubs for being part of their communities. Afterward, Reid spent time talking with Key Club members who asked for advice.