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  • Youngsters benefit from Kiwanis Key Leader Training

    The Kiwanis Club of Grand Cayman held its 6th annual Key Leader event on 18-20 October at the St Ignatius High School campus. Forty-nine students participated in the weekend-long event.

    The students, including five from Cayman Brac, ranged in age from 14 to 18. Five past Key Leader attendees were also on hand as student facilitators, guiding their assigned “neighborhood” and allowing for their own personal growth.

    Learn more about this amazing Key Leader experience.

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  • Learn key leadership skills in a weekend

    How can you learn to change the world for the better in just two days — not to mention, yourself? By attending a Key Leader weekend! You’ll learn to be a servant-leader, make new friends and form strategies to help your school and community become better places.

    Plan now to go to one of these Key Leader fall 2013 weekends.

    September 20-22: New Brunswick and the Wisconsin Dells
    October 4-6: Arizona and Pennsylvania
    October 11-13: Colorado and Missouri
    October 18-20: California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Virginia and the British Virgin Islands
    October 25-27: Indiana, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia and Ontario
    November 1-3: Iowa and Ontario
    November 8-10: Arkansas and Nebraska
    November 15-17: California and Ohio
    November 22-24: New Jersey

    Learn more from Key Leader success stories, get tips from the Online Registration Checklist and then register now! You’re a weekend away from becoming a Key Leader.

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  • What's your next step?

    You attended a Key Leader event and want to continue learning more about leadership. Take a step in the right direction and watch the new Key Club video, Shoes.

    Now that you’re inspired, walk, jog or run to join Key Club. What! Your school doesn’t have a Key Club? Here’s how to start a club.


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  • Remembering The Collector of Bedford Street

    The following biography was printed in Larry Selman’s memorial service program. Special thanks to The Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association for honoring Larry Selman with such enthusiasm.

    Larry Selman - April 2, 1942 to January 20, 2013

    The only son of Minnie and Philip Selman, Larry grew up in East New York. There, with his father, he learned to be a volunteer and help others. He attended Thomas Jefferson High School and later worked for the parks department. After his parents died, Larry was briefly institutionalized at Pilgrim State.

    His beloved Uncle Murray Schaul removed him from the institution and found the apartment for Larry on Bedford Street. For over 25 years, Murray watched over Larry, prepared meals, and took care of Larry’s needs. Larry made many close friends in the neighborhood including now deceased Peggy Monahan. Larry went through some rough times and some lonely times, almost losing his apartment. He watched the block, participated in parades, loved social gatherings, and constantly collected money for his favorite charities, among which were: Multiple Sclerosis, American Cancer Society, the AIDS Walk, Saint Vincent’s Pediatric AIDS Clinic, Autism Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, JASA Pet Services, Variety Charities and the NY Fire Department Fund for the Children of Joseph Graffangnino. He is remembered for his tireless volunteer work for the Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association.

    When Larry’s uncle was no longer able to care for him, the BBC Block Association established a trust through the UJA-Federation Community Trust for Disabled Adults. It was the first time that a community, rather than an individual’s family, did this. In 2002, a short documentary, The Collector of Bedford Street, about Larry was nominated for an Academy Award and played on HBO. The film and Larry’s leadership in his community is used by Kiwanis International to train students all over the world. Over his lifetime, Larry collected over $300,000 for charities and the BBC. It was often said if we measured hearts instead of IQ’s, Larry would have been off the charts. 

    Donations for Larry's memorial gravestone are gratefully accepted. To make a tax-deductible contribution write a check to the BBC (Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association), c/o Alice Elliott, 107 Bedford Street, upper one, NY, NY 10014.




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  • Celebrate Larry Selman's Life

    Dear Key Leader Friends around the world---We have received confirmation that the Celebration of Larry Selman's Life will be held on April 3, 2013 at 7 pm at the Greenwich House Music School , 46 Barrow Street, New York City.  Please spread the word of this event--even though I know few of you are close enough to join us, but you would be very welcome!!!  Alice Elliott has asked me to speak on behalf of all the Key Leader friends of Larry, and I am very honored to do that. We have the three final Larry mail bags of Key Leader grams that we will bring to the service. 

    Alice wanted me to thank all the many people who have already donated in honor of Larry and his life of service. Contributions are still being received to cover the cost of the memorial stone that will be placed at his grave. A tax-deductible donation can be made to BBC (Bedford Barrow Commerce Block Association) c/o Alice Elliott, 107 Bedford Street, Upper One, New York, NY 10014, or donate on-line through PayPal at www.welcome, click the "Donate Now" button.

    Thanks in advance for spreading the word and pausing on April 3rd to remember Larry's life and contribution to all of us...Dick

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