'Rowdy Readers With A Cause' help make community better place

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2004

I am writing to say "thank you" to a local book club for its generous donations to the Kenai Peninsula United Way. "Rowdy Readers With A Cause" have donated an estimated $5,000 in clothing, food, toys, money and miscellaneous items to our local United Way office. The items were then distributed to several of the 26 United Way funded agencies in the Kenai Peninsula area.

The book club, which started with a small group of friends in 1999, has grown to include 12 members, who meet once per month to discuss books ranging from comedy to classical, westerns to biographies. In October 2003, members chose a club name and established their mission statement: "Rowdy Readers With A Cause meet to expand our reading knowledge, to build friendships, enjoy good food and to make our communities a better place to live for ourselves, friends and neighbors."

At each monthly meeting, club members bring donations for the month's chosen charity. Since October 2003, the club has given donations to the Kenai Senior Center, Forget-Me-Not Care Center, Women's Resource & Crisis Center, Boys & Girls Club, and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Local club members are Daughn Carpenter, Brenda Bryant, Teresa Gamble, Michelle Harmon, Amy Manuel, Marnie Nelson, Molly Noyes, Arika Jensen, Sharen Sleater, Jeannie Smith, Lorrie Jones and Karen Koester.

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula board of directors, myself and the 26 health and human service agencies which Kenai Peninsula United Way supports, thank you to "Rowdy Readers With A Cause" for helping to build a better community!

Amy Manuel, executive director, Kenai Peninsula United Way

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