KIWANIS OF EAST AURORA NEWSLETTER
Thursday – August 21, 2014 noon – Roycroft
22 members. 3 guests.
Fundraising Raffle – “A Day with Mark Kelso” Shadow Mark on game day, prep for his radio show and receive 2 tickets to that Bills game. $10.00 per ticket or 3 for $25.00. Drawing is September 13th.
Aktion Club Raffle – Win 1 large pizza and 15 wings per month for a full year (donation by Del Aureos).
$5.00 per ticket. Drawing is September 30th.
Kiwanis Snack Shack – Done! Thanks to all who helped. Special thanks to Chuck. It looks great!
Seth (incoming President) is considering a Wine Tour for club members and family. Looking at October 17-19. If interested, let Seth know so he can gauge interest.
8/27/14 Camp Kiwanis at Cradle Beach. We will be cooking. Debbie willing to drive those who want to attend (655-3983).
9/13/14 Taste of East Aurora coming. Gary looking for help.
9/18/14 Transition Meeting at Grace Meibohm’s home. Starts at 6:00 p.m. Board Meeting at 5:00 p.m.
10/9/14 Past President’s Dinner
10/11/14 Aktion Club of WNY Regional Conference
– Done for the summer.
– Done for the summer.
– Next meeting is September 9, 2014.
Jen Amo, Special Agent with the FBI was guest speaker today. Jen, who hails from Massena, New York has been in Federal Law Enforcement for over 20 years. Moving up the ladder, she has traveled extensively, but is pleased to be in Buffalo, New York at this time in her career. As she noted, this is as close to Massena as she wants to get.
Jen is assigned to the Task Force on Human Trafficking, a federally funded program that combines local, state and federal law enforcement working together for a single purpose. She describes trafficking as using people for forced labor or commercial sex purposes through force, fraud or coercion.
In her line of work, the victims do not come to the police for help, rather help comes to them. These crimes are ones uncovered through other sources, including community involvement and reporting.
The age of the internet has made enforcement even more difficult as activity is rarely out in the open. Of particular concern is the up-trend in child sex trafficking which is heavily promoted via the internet. Recruitment by those who prey on others is a grooming process as described by Jen. Gifts, attention and fun are followed by demands, threats and violence which is difficult to escape.
Noting a substantial work load in Western New York, Jen suggests that parents and grandparents pay close attention to their children’s computer activities like Facebook, etc.
Very informative presentation. Thanks Jen.
9/4 Evening Dinner Meeting. Contact John.
9/18 Seth’s Transition 6 PM at Grace Meibohm’s home.
9/25 Debbie’s last meeting
Wed 8/27 11:00 Visit the local Camp Kiwanis and cook lunch for disabled children campers
Sat 8/30 Officer Training
Mon 9/22 NFS Divisional Adam’s Mark Hotel
Wed 9/24 Elma Spaghetti Dinner featuring Angelo’s homemade sauce and meatballs
Thurs 10/9 Past President’s Dinner – Roycroft
Sat 10/11 Aktion Clubs of WNY 3rd Annual Regional Conference
Sat 11/22 Kiwanis International President John Button will attend our Divisional Meeting