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Soap Box Derby for The Eliminate Project

By Bill Harrigan, Multi-division coordinator, Kentucky-Tennessee

For over a decade, the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green has sponsored the local All-American Soap Box Derby, an event that has repeatedly been recognized as the third largest soap box race in the world.

When Kentucky-Tennessee District Coordinator Sue Fleschner travels to meet with Kiwanis club leaders and SLP clubs about The Eliminate Project, her children Drew and Alyssa often accompany her. They eagerly help their mother prepare for her presentations, and understand the significance of the volunteer work their Kiwanis mom is doing to save the lives of mothers and babies.

Drew and Alyssa are members of their school’s K-Kids Club, and both participated in this year’s soap box derby. When Drew received his blue car not yet decorated, he knew the message he wanted it to send. On race day, from starting block to blazing finish line, racers and spectators learned about Kiwanis’ worldwide service project, thanks to The Eliminate Project theme he chose.


The Bowling Green club has pledged to be a Model Club, reaching more than half of its $83,000 Model Club target in just the first year. With innovative fundraising including photo sales from their soap box event, a “Splash and Swim” fundraiser and their upcoming pre-Halloween Zombie Walk, the club is reaching its target, educating all ages and having fun along the way.


For more photos of the club’s events, visit http://jebjam.smugmug.com/Public-Galleries/Kiwanis-Club-Bowling-Green.

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