Los Alamos High School Key Club Members Attend Southwest District Kiwanis Convention In Arizona

LAHS Key Club members Shena Hand and Andrew Watson meet with Kiwanis Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz at the Southwest District Kiwanis Convention over the weekend in Chandler, Ariz. Courtesy photo


This past weekend Los Alamos members of the Kiwanis family braved “Excessive Heat Warnings” to attend the Southwest District Kiwanis convention in Chandler, Ariz.

Attendees included Kiwanis President-elect Cheryl Pongratz, her husband and Key Club Advisor Morrie Pongratz and Builders Club Advisor Don Casperson.

The Southwest District Key Club Board of Directors, including Los Alamos High School students Andrew Watson and Shena Hand, joined them at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Chandler. Hand is the lieutenant governor for Key Club Sangre de Christo Division. Watson chairs the K-Family Relations the Key Club Board.

Kiwanis attendees were updated on Kiwanis projects, attended educational sessions, and elected their leaders for the upcoming year.

During the Saturday sessions Kiwanis recognized their many “Unsung Heroes” working to achieve the Kiwanis mission of “Serving the Children of the World”. Lynnette Kennard from the Santa Fe Kiwanis Club updated the members on progress in combatting Neo-Natal Maternal Tetanus and Iodine Deficiency Disorder. Kiwanis International teams with UNICEF to address these challenges worldwide.

Keynote Speaker Raveen Arora, who has worked with (Saint) Mother Teresa on several projects, told the Kiwanians, “We’re all pilgrims working to develop the citizens of tomorrow.” Telling them, “It’s all about the kids.”

The Kiwanis delegates elected Harry Shapiro from Glendale to be their next governor. Don Townsend of Sierra Vista was elected governor-elect and Alma Carson from Silver City was chosen to be vice governor.

Los Alamos High School graduate Karin Church, the district’s Key Club Administrator, helped the Key Club members with their summer board meeting. The Key Clubbers were planning their district convention scheduled for next April in Phoenix.