Local Heart, Global Soul

October 30, 2009

Seen in Vermont.. is it a house? is it a toy?…

(photo © kiwidutch)We head back to the car parking area at Morse Farm.

Before we can leave, the kids spy a small playground on the farm close by … there  are swings and a large old tractor for the kids to play on, the questioning  looks on their faces say it all… they are delighted when we find that there would be time for them to play for a little while.

Next to this playground  is a rather amazing building, too small to be a real building and too big to be any kind of toy and  it is housed under a structure with a roof to protect it from the elements. We go down to investigate and discover that it is in fact a “ float” .. a trailer to be towed behind a vehicle in a parade. The building on it  is a scale replica of the Vermont State House building in Montpelier, and benieth it  is  advertised the work of the Kiwanis Organisation.

So who are the Kiwanis?

Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents” and was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis. This was originally the motto of Kiwanis, translated as “We build.” The current motto is “serving the children of the world”.

Kiwanis tries to serve children and youth using two approaches. One attempts to improve the quality of life directly through activities promoting health, education, etc. The other tries to encourage leadership and service among youth. In pursuit of the latter goal, Kiwanis sponsors about 7,000 youth service clubs with nearly 320,000 youth members.

Kiwanis members have tried to help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They have built playgrounds and raised funds for pediatric research.

I didn’t know of this Organization before this trip,  and now  we realise that we have seen quite a few “Kiwanis”  signs throughout  our travels here… Excellent to see communities  working hard to support children in need.

morse farm float1f (Small)

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morse farm float1e (Small)

(photo © kiwidutch)

morse farm float1d (Small)

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morse farm float1c (Small)

(photo © kiwidutch)

morse farm float1a (Small)

(photo © kiwidutch)

What a lovely little work of art… Our thoughts turn slowly towards lunch and with that in mind, we set out sight on navigating the way to a small town further up the road called Cabot.

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