Volunteer Corner: David Antonucci Organization: Kiwanis Club of North Lake Tahoe
What exactly is a Shovel Meister? I call out routines for the Kiwanis Club Precision Snow Shovel Drill Team, which started when SnowFest did. I wear formal snow shoveling attire, including custom spandex, made by my wife.
Who brainstormed the Kiwanis Club Precision Snow Shovel Drill Team?
It came from club members, based on entries in the Doo Dah parade, a parody of the Rose parade. Lawyers held briefcases, there was a lawn chair brigade. It was inspired by that, with a Tahoe twist.
You march each year in the SnowFest parade. Are there themes?
Yes, we brainstorm routines as a group, centered around current events, everybody contributes. When there was a Winter Olympics, we used our snow shovels to imitate events. We get into politics, last year we did the Obama-Clinton march, fighting over the nomination with hitting shovels. We had the Chaney shooter, where one guy aims the shovel and shoots his buddy. The crowd gets it. We also involve groups like the cub scouts, kids of club members, to hand out candy.
Tell me about the Kiwanis club.
We were formed in 1981 in Tahoe City as a North Lake Tahoe service club. We raise funds for other community groups and community-oriented projects. The Kiwanis has two significant fundraisers, the benefit auction in May, and the Les Miller Memorial Golf Tournament. We raise about $50,000.
What do the funds go toward?
In the past we have made substantial contributions to Tahoe Forest Hospice and the Cancer Center and a major contribution for the restoration of the Tahoe City commons. Kiwanis supports kids academics and athletics, and nonprofits who might not be organized to generate their own funds. We contributed to the Sierra Watershed Education Program to aid their Winter Discovery Program. We recently approved funds for a marquee sign at Tahoe Lake Elementary. We offer four scholarships of $1,000 each for North Tahoe High Seniors. We are heavily focused on the local, and we do work in Truckee as well.
How many members do you have?
We have 35 members, and are looking for new people. March is our open membership, and we encourage anybody to attend our Thursday noon meeting at Rosie’s in Tahoe City. Or call me with questions at 525-5410. Visit our
Web site http://www.kiwanisnlt.org. We make it easy and affordable for people to join. We understand a lot of individuals are small business owners and very busy themselves.
How long have you been with the club?
From it’s inception, when we chartered officers in 1981. I was the president 25 years ago. And the first to be president a second time.
What are your duties as president?
Organize meetings and fundraising, plan the budget and make sure members have a good time. There is a social component, we go to dinner with our spouses, there is an annual Father’s Day trip on the East Carson river, we sponsor athletic teams.
What do you see in the future for nonprofits?
A lot of the local community is financially stressed. We hope for a good response to our auction. We’ve reorganized, cut back the ticket price, and our auction items have a variety of things people can really use, window cleaning, house painting, driveway sealing, dinners and more.
Tell me about yourself.
My wife and I have lived in Tahoma on the West Shore since 1975. We are both retired, and very active as volunteers. We have a 12-year-old son who attends North Tahoe Middle School and is on the Nordic team. That is his passion.
Tell me about volunteering on a personal and community level.
I have skills in science, engineering, management, public speaking. I use those skills to shape my volunteerism. Volunteerism is what makes the North Lake Tahoe community, people have a giving nature and give of themselves. That’s what makes this a highly desirable place to live.
” The Sun’s Amy Edgett performed this month’s Volunteer Corner interview and photo shoot. For volunteer suggestions, send an e-mail to email@example.com, subject, volunteer.
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