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Editor's Notebook: Kiwanis Club hosting Rose Day fundraiser

I had the pleasure March 7 of attending a meeting of the Kiwanis Club of St. Charles at Baker Memorial United Methodist Church.

It was a great meeting to attend not only because I had a fantastic lunch, but also because it was the club’s
kickoff to its annual Rose Day fundraiser.

During the meeting, members of the club were given informational packets about Rose Day so that they could go out into the community and sell bouquets of roses.

A dozen roses can be ordered for a $20 donation. Vases can be ordered for $3 each.

Customers can pick up their roses from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 at the Baker Community Center, 101 S.
Second St., St. Charles.

As the Rose Day order form states, a dozen roses can be a wonderful way to show appreciation for someone on Administrative Professionals’ Day (April 26). Or, give roses to a sweetheart, parent or anyone else, just to make them feel special.

“We’re going to sell a lot of roses,” Rose Day Committee member Sally Murphy said during the club meeting. “Rose pickup day – that day is very exciting. The earlier [people] come, the more choices they have. It really is very organized. They’re beautiful roses.”

By “choices,” Sally means selecting from a variety of rose colors. First come, first served.

The deadline to order roses is April 18. Order forms can be found at kiwanisofstcharles.org. Just click on “Fundraisers” and then “Rose Day.”

Order forms can be mailed or faxed in. (The deadline for such orders is a few days earlier, April 14.) Those details are on the form, as well as payment information.

Funds from Rose Day help the Kiwanis Club of St. Charles assist a variety of groups. Based upon the donations that the club hopes to receive this year, those groups could include Anderson Animal Shelter, CASA Kane County, Lazarus House, TriCity Family Services and more.

Interested in becoming a member of the Kiwanis Club of St. Charles? You can learn more at the above website.

“Our focus is children and families, especially children,” club member Mike Dohan said. “All of us here are deeply committed to that. We are looking for people who are service-oriented.”

Kathy Balcazar is weekly group editor for the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald and Suburban Life Media, and is a member of the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association Board. Contact her at kbalcazar@shawmedia.com or 630-845-5368. Learn more about NINA at ninaonline.org.

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