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September 19, 2012 - 10:28am
posted by Lisa Ace in Kiwanis, Sponsored Post, advertisement.

Justice For Children's Advocacy Center's 2nd Annual Bidding On A Brighter Future Auction & Gala will be held on September 22, 2012 at the Batavia Downs Raceways and Casino in the Paddock Room. The cost is $40 per person or $75 for two. 

Special guest honorees are: former Sheriff, Douglas Call & former Genesee Justice Director, Dennis Wittman!

Registration & Social Hour 5:30 - 6:30pm. Grazing stations, free play, raffles, cash bar, live and silent auctions throught the night.

Sponsorship opportunities still available! Some tickets at the door and still accepting donations!!! For details, please call 585-813-5371 or 344-8576.

April 27, 2012 - 11:43am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Kiwanis, law day, bar association.

The Batavia Kiwanis Club and the Genesee County Bar Association held their annual Law Day dinner at Bohn's Restaurant on Wednesday night.

Deputy Brian Thompson (top photo) received the Kathy Seymore Volunteer Service Award.

Winners of Criminal Justice Awards were: Andre R. Dunlap, investigator, New York State Police Troop “A”; David E. Gann, retired from the Genesee County District Attorney’s Office (second photo); Edward M. Minardo, currently jail superintendent; Michael A. Messina, chief of police, Buffalo/Batavia Veterans Administration Police Forces, and Colleen M. Marve, coordinator, Justice for Children Advocacy Center.

The Pembroke High School Mock Trial Team was honored for winning the regional championship (third photo).

If you're unable to view the slide show below, click here.

To purchase prints of these photos, click here.

After the jump (click on the headline), the press release for the awards:

Press release:

September 19, 2011 - 9:12am
posted by Rick Franclemont in pembroke, Darien, Kiwanis, corfu, Car Show, Fall Festival.

The Pembroke Corfu Darien Kiwanis Fall Festival and Car Cruise took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 and held something for the whole family at Pembroke Town Park.

In addition to the great turn out of vehicles for the Car Cruise (more than 80 cars), there were vendors, non-profit groups, face-painting for the kids, pony rides, pumpkin patch carriage rides and a chicken barbecue by Krolick's.




More pictures from the event can be found here.

September 19, 2011 - 8:07am

Kiwanis Club of Batavia's 53rd Annual Pancake Day Saturday October 29- 7am-2pm First Presbyterian Church Service Building Corner of Main and Liberty Streets Adult $5, Seniors over 62 - $3, Children under 10 - $3 Each child in costume (one child per accompanied adult) $Free$ Takeouts available-Full table service All you can eat pancakes,sausage, juice, coffee, milk Entertainment, giveaways... for more information call Anita @ 813-5371 or GET YOUR TICKETS AT THE DOOR!!!

September 7, 2011 - 3:57pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, Kiwanis.

The auction and gala to benefit the Child Advocacy Center is just around the corner -- Sept. 17 -- and auction items are rolling in. Above, Anita Strollo shows off a group of cigars in a traveling humidor that will be among the items offered up by auctioneer Seth Kent (white shirt, center), of William Kent, Inc., of Stafford.  From left are: Grace Flannery, CAC; Strollo; Tiffany Szymanek, Genesee Justice; Kent; Assemblyman Steve Hawley, who will emcee the evening's festivities; and, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman, president of Batavia Kiwanis.

The Kiwanis Club is sponsoring a "Bidding on a Brighter Future" Gala and Auction at 6 p.m., Sept. 17 at Batavia Downs. Donations of items for the auction are still being accepted. Tickets for the gala are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Checks can be mailed to: Justice for Children GLOW Foundation, Inc., 108 Bank St., Batavia, NY 14020.

Disclosure: As of Thursday, Howard Owens is a member of the Batavia Kiwanis Club.

August 25, 2011 - 9:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Kiwanis, Child Advocacy Center.

Lawrence Friedman, president of the Batavia Kiwanis Club, accepts a $350 donation from Bleyke Culver for the Child Advocacy Center.

With some grant funding being cut, local Kiwanians have stepped in to try and fill any potential budget gap. Batavia Kiwanis set a goal of raising $100,000 for the center, which provides assistance to abused children. Other area Kiwanis clubs are being asked to raise another $50,000.

Bleyke, a 16-year-old Batavia resident, was representing the Genesee County foster care program. The county's foster care program provides a number of field trips for foster children throughout the summer.

Typically, the foster children raise funds for their own field trips, but this year, the program received an unexpected donation from a former county employee. The foster children decided to donate some of the extra money in the program to the CAC.

April 20, 2011 - 4:59pm
posted by Billie Owens in batavia, Kiwanis.

A big, fun Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23 at Centennial Park in the City of Batavia.

This annual event -- for children age 10 and under -- is put on by the Batavia Kiwanis.

Centennial Park is located at Ellicott Avenue and Richmond Avenue.

April 30, 2010 - 12:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in law enforcement, Kiwanis, Genesee County Bar Association.


Top Photo, from left: Miller, Camp, Dibble, Harmon.

Four local cops were honored Thursday night by the Genesee County Bar Association and the Batavia Kiwanis Club for their dedication and good work during the past year.

Recognized in the annual awards ceremony at Bohn's Restaurant were:

  • Officer Eric Miller, Village of Le Roy Police Department;
  • Patrolman Christopher Camp, the Batavia Police Department;
  • Chief Deputy Gordon Dibble, Genesee County Sherriff's Office;
  • Sgt. Cory Harmon, New York State Police.

Also honored during the annual Law Day celebration was Daniel A. Rybak, who was named Attorney of the Year.

The mock trial team of Batavia High School received the Charles L. Mancuso Award. The team won the 2010 GLOW region Mock Trial Tournament.

William J. Hochul Jr., United States Attorney for the Western District of New York, served as the keynote speaker. 

lawawards02.jpgThe WNY native was promoted to his current post about a month ago. Previously, he served as a counter-terrorism attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office. Hochul spoke about the role that all members of the legal community -- law enforcement, prosecutors and defense attorneys -- play in helping the United States fight terrorism, especially within our borders.

"Each of us in this room – men, women, children, high school students -- have a critical role to ensure that the American legal system remains as a tool to us to fight terrorism," Hochul said.

Hochul said local law enforcement plays is the first-line of defense against domestic terrorism.

"The federal government can’t be everywhere domestic terrorists might be living," Hochul said. "Nationwide, worldwide, really, there’s only 10,000 or so FBI agents."

Without local law enforcement, he said, "we wouldn’t be able to even see the domestic terrorism threat, much less address it.”

Because maintaining the rule of law is vital to keeping our justice system working, Hochul said, defense attorneys who challenge prosecutions' theories and assertions help keep the necessary balance to the system.

"My message to you all is let’s follow the rule of law," Hochul said. "Let’s use the system we have, and where appropriate, my office, the Western New York Office of United States Attorney, stands ready to help."


Inset, Hochul. Above, members of the Batavia High mock trial team.

After the jump are pictures and information on each of the award winners:

October 8, 2009 - 9:38pm
Event Date and Time: 
October 24, 2009 - 7:00am to 2:00pm

Kiwanis Club of Batavia's 51st Annual Pancake Days

Saturday, October 24th, 2009   --   7:00 am - 2:00 pm

First Presbyterian Church Service Building--Corner of Main Street & Liberty Street

Adult - $5.00   Child (10 and under) - $3.00   Senior Citizens ( 62 and over) - $3.00

Pancakes, sausage, fresh cider and a wonderful fully served, sit-down breakfast.  Giveaways, music and more...

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Anita @ 585-813-5371

Or see a Batavia Kiwanian!



May 12, 2009 - 12:49pm
posted by Patrick Weissend in Announcements, sports, children, Kiwanis.

kiovalsm.jpgBatavia Kiwanis is rolling together a bowling fundraising event to benefit Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). The first annual event, called the No-Tap Fun Tournament, will begin at 12 p.m. Saturday, May 23 at Mancuso’s Bowling Center at 214 East Main St. in Batavia. The tournament has a no-tap rule, which means if a bowler gets nine pins down, it counts as a strike.

“Many people in Batavia don’t realize how much of an impact Golisano has on local families here,” said Patrick Weissend, the chair of the first annual No-Tap Fun Tournament and member of the Batavia Kiwanis Club. "In 2008, the hospital served more than 1,600 children from Genesee County," continued Weissend.

Patients at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC come from as many as 63 New York counties seeking specialty care in a range of areas. All seriously ill or injured children from the 17-county Finger Lakes region are referred to Golisano Children’s Hospital.

Last year’s Miracle Kid Anders Swanson was from Batavia. Anders had a rare, aggressive brain tumor near the center of his brain. Doctors at Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC tended to and treated Anders and in mid-September 2007, Anders was declared cancer-free. He is still being monitored closely, but Anders is undoubtedly a miracle, and his care is a testament to how valuable Golisano Children’s Hospital is to kids in the Batavia community, explained Weissend, a close friend to the Swansons.

The tournament is $20 per bowler or $90 per team. Those not interested in bowling are welcome to sponsor a lane for $25. To reserve a spot as an individual or for a team, request a form by e-mailing [email protected] or calling (585) 993-1634 or (585) 343-4727.



April 25, 2009 - 9:59am
posted by Howard B. Owens in events, Kiwanis.
Event Date and Time: 
April 25, 2009 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Tonight from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. the Kiwanis Club of Batavia will be hosting a spaghetti dinner at the YWCA, 301 North Street in Batavia.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under.) People attending dinner or take out dinners will receive one door prize ticket.

Proceeds are used to support various youth organizations in the community.

For more information: www.BataviaKiwanis.com

April 25, 2009 - 9:21am
posted by Patrick Weissend in Announcements, Kiwanis.

kiovalsm.jpgTonight from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. the Kiwanis Club of Batavia will be hosting a spaghetti dinner at the YWCA, 301 North Street in Batavia.

Tickets will be available at the door and are $8 for adults and $4 for children (12 and under.) People attending dinner or take out dinners will receive one door prize ticket.

Proceeds are used to support various youth organizations in the community.

For more information: www.BataviaKiwanis.com

April 9, 2009 - 10:29am
posted by Patrick Weissend in children, Kiwanis, Easter, Hunt.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia and the Kiwanis K-Kids at St. Joe's School will be hosting a free Easter Egg Hunt for Kids on Saturday, April 11, 2009.

The annual event is for children up to age 10.

The event takes place at Centennial Park (Park Avenue and State Street) in Batavia.

The whistle blows to begin the hunt at 9:00 a.m.

Find the golden egg and win a prize!

This year, more than 5,000 eggs have been stuffed with candy and special prizes. Be sure to be there on time. Within 10 minutes all the eggs will be found!


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Since 1923, the Kiwanis Club of Bataiva has been working in our community. For more information on the club's activities and how to join check out www.bataviakiwanis.com

October 23, 2008 - 7:46pm
posted by Patrick Weissend in Announcements, Kiwanis, the best breakfast in town.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia will be hosting its annual Pancake Day on Saturday, October 25, 2008 from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. It will be held at the First Presbyterian Church Service Building on the corner on East Main Street and Liberty Street in Batavia. 

The tickets are $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (Under 10) and $3.00 for senior citizens (62 and over). Tickets will be available at the door or from any Kiwanian.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia has been dedicated to service in our community since 1923. The money raised through this fund raiser and others our reinvested into many community service programs. For more information on Kiwanis and their activities, go to www.bataviakiwanis.com

October 17, 2008 - 5:51pm
posted by Laurie Taillie in Announcements, Le Roy, Pavilion, Stafford, Kiwanis.

The Kiwanis Club of LeRoy Pavilion Stafford will host its 4th Annual Election Night Pancake Supper on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at the Stafford Fire Hall, Rte 5, Stafford from 4:00-7:00 PM.  The cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children.  Proceeds will go toward support of the club's community service projects.

August 27, 2008 - 3:37pm
posted by Patrick Weissend in muckdogs, Kiwanis, Service Clubs.

The Kiwanis Club of Batavia is proud to be the sponsor of Sunday’s Muckdog game against the Jamestown Jammers. Game time is at 1:05 p.m.


Kiwanis will be giving a bicycle to one lucky boy and one lucky girl. Every child (14 and under) will be given a free raffle ticket before the game, and sometime during the game, the lucky winners will be drawn! The lucky winner must be present to win! Free tickets are available from any Kiwanian!


This game will be one of the most important of the season, so come to the game early and visit the Kiwanis table to get the raffle ticket for your child and find out more about the Kiwanis Club of Batavia!


Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Batavia has been serving the community since 1923. Every year the club serves 1000s of people through its sponsorships, scholarships and other community service activities. For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Batavia visit: www.bataviakiwanis.com

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