eVolume 1, Issue 2
Imagine it’s September in Saugerties and the smell of garlic is in the air! Kiwanis members have spent countless hours preparing for the Hudson Valley Garlic Festival. If you head over to the children’s area and peek in under the big top, you’ll see dozens of kids with their parents enjoying a variety of activities. Upon closer inspection, you will also see someone very familiar to the RUPCO family, greeting people and having a good time herself.
Georgette Hughes is the chairperson of the children’s area. She and a group of volunteers coordinate all types of crafts and games set up around the tent for the children to enjoy. Donning her fairy princess crown, she will spend three long days at Cantine Field. She is exhausted by the end of the weekend, but always happy to have been a part of it all. As a member of the Kiwanis Club for more than 10 years, Georgette attends weekly meetings. She can also be seen around the village in the spring and summer, in front of a bank or at the Farmer’s Market, selling raffle tickets to help defray the costs of the Kiwanis’ 4th of July celebration.
Kiwanis’ motto, “We Build,” is one that RUPCO can certainly identify with. In keeping with the spirit of the club and its goal of strengthening the community, the money raised by the Saugerties chapter is donated back to the community. Not only have they helped make the Saugerties ice arena possible, but they also have given out thousands of dollars in college scholarships to local youth. They support numerous clubs and charities in town, from being a major supporter of the Saugerties Boys and Girls Club, to providing coats to the needy through their Coats for Kids program, to providing start-up funding for the skate park. This is why Georgette is proud to belong to the organization. “I feel that it is important to be a part of the community and to give back,” she says. “It keeps the community strong and growing.” For more information on the Kiwanis Club of Saugerties, visit their website www.saugertieskiwanisclub.com.