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July 2014 Newsletter

KIWANIS OF EAST AURORA NEWSLETTER

                                                                                           

Thursday – July 10, 2014   noon – Roycroft

10 members. 1 guest.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The “Thank You” Cookout was a real success.  Thanks again to all who attended and special thanks to all who assisted.

The August 7th Dinner Meeting will be a significant event.  Please keep the date open and plan on attending!  More to come.

Anyone who can help read essays for the Kiwanis contest please call Debbie at 655-3983.

The Joint Service Clubs will have a tent for the upcoming Sidewalk Sale on July 26, 2014.  A sign-up sheet will be out soon.

Rural Van Services is looking for volunteer drivers and dispatchers.  Call Bill Green if interested.

OTHER:

MEMBERSHIP:

 

UPCOMING PROGRAMS:

7/25/14  Sidewalk Sale

8/27/14  Camp Kiwanis at Cradle Beach

10/9/14  Past President’s Dinner

10/11/14  Aktion Club of WNY Regional Conference

CLUBS/COMMITTEE REPORTS:

SUNSHINE CLUB

–          Pam Voss became ill on vacation.  Sue Pagliaccio fell and suffered fractures.  Keep both in your thoughts and prayers.

BUILDER’S CLUB

–          Done for the summer.

KEY CLUB

–          Done for the summer.

AKTION CLUB

–          Car wash will be held at Firehall on July 12, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Please come!

KIWANIS KARES

CHICKEN BARBEQUE

–          Thanks for another great year.

GUEST SPEAKER:

Stephan Michyalew, Erie County Comptroller, was scheduled to speak but because of an unexpected education commitment could not come.  In his place, Brendan Najm, Assistant to the Comptroller appeared.  Brendan is a recent (2014) Canisius College graduate and former key Club member from West Seneca who has been in the Comptroller’s office all of a few months.

Brendan noted that the Comptroller’s office duties include handling of and accounting for Erie County government funds and auditing duties to see to it that individual County departments operate efficiently and in a financially sound manner.

On the money side, Brendan noted that the County has recently established an exclusive relationship with M&T Bank, which he describes as a positive.  A recent example of this benefit was when the County computers were down.  Because, the Comptroller’s office is constantly moving money to maximize investment return for the taxpayer’s, the ability to communicate with a local bank, even with computer breakdown, is a great advantage.  Additionally, the establishment of an e-pay program to pay vendors and the credits associated with the program will result in taxpayer savings.

On the audit side, Brendan noted that the recent Department of Weights and Measures audit has resulted in halting County parking lot abuse and Health Code compliance.  It also uncovered instances of improper surcharges against local vendors and subsequent reimbursement to those vendors.  They will also be conducting the $100K Club Audit to see who and why people are making more than $100K on County payroll.  The purpose is to make sure it is needed, warranted and not just politically motivated.

Brendan spoke well and gave a very cogent and coherent presentation.  If he is typical of the office, we are bing well served.

FUTURE PROGRAMS:

7/19/14  Key Club and Scholarship Recipients

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