On Saturday, Feb. 20, Kiwanis Southwest District Governor Bob Carson and his wife, Alma, will be in Los Alamos to pay an official visit to the district’s Division 3.
The Southwest District includes clubs in New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas, which are grouped into geographical clusters called “divisions.” One of the responsibilities of the district governor is to visit each of those divisions during his year in office, sharing ideas, information, and encouragement.
Division 3, headed by Lt. Gov. Don Casperson of Los Alamos, includes the Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos, the club in Santa Fe, the club in Cimarron, and two clubs in Las Vegas, N.M.
Carson and his wife currently live in Silver City, N.M. He has been active in Kiwanis and its affiliate organizations since he was in high school. She is the current district coordinator for K-Kids—the Kiwanis affiliate clubs for elementary school children. (There are two K-Kids Clubs in Los Alamos—one at Aspen Elementary School, and one at Barranca Mesa Elementary School.)
Many days before his scheduled visit, Carson told Casperson that he wanted to participate in a local “hands-on” public service project while visiting in Los Alamos. As a result, he will be joining local Kiwanis members in a Los Alamos Public Schools Foundation project from 9 a.m. to noon onSaturday at Los Alamos Middle School.
The volunteers will be adding sound proofing to the back of a number of acoustic panels that will subsequently be used in the LAMS Music Room.
The Carsons will have the afternoon and early evening free to visit local attractions, and then, from 5:30 p.m. until 6 p.m., they will attend a Division Council meeting in Kelly Hall at Trinity-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church. After the council meeting ends, there will be a mixer, and then a dinner at the same location, honoring the governor and his wife.
Carson is expected to speak during the dinner. During the mixer, Denise Obermeyer will provide hors d’oeuvres—including Casperson’s homemade guacamole dip. Obermeyer will also prepare and serve the dinner, which will feature tequila lime chicken with Spanish rice, calabacitas, corn, and a salad bar. The dinner will also include wines and desserts—including Casperson’s famous “K Cookies.”
Cindy Little, an outstanding local pianist who plays for both the United Methodist Church and the Los Alamos Choral Society, will provide music during dinner.
On Feb. 16, during the regular Tuesday noon Kiwanis meeting, Casperson said that 14 Los Alamos people had already signed up for the dinner, which will be free because of the generosity of an anonymous donor. The Las Vegas Sunrise Kiwanis Club and Santa Fe Kiwanis have confirmed that they will send representatives. And, Casperson said, he has also invited the officers of the Los Alamos High School Key Club (a Kiwanis affiliate for teens) to come to the party.
Casperson said, “We look forward to the visit, and we appreciate Carson’s enthusiasm for our community service projects. This visit also provides a good opportunity to visit with other Kiwanis members in our division.”