Using creativity to support the Kiwanis

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By Kirsten Laskey

Years ago, June Warren created festive holiday decorations for  a Santa Fe Opera Guild fundraiser.  “I just made these for the opera guild … and they really sold,” she said.

Recently, Warren was looking through boxes and discovered a few leftover decorations. Looking at the smiling scarecrows and the silk fall colored leaves, Warren came up with an idea.

So she whipped out her glue gun and made some more decorative pieces for Halloween.

Warren created about 30 decorations, which will be sold from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 9 at Los Alamos National Bank.

The proceeds will benefit the Kiwanis Club.

Warren said she chose the organization because of the services it provides young people such as awarding scholarships. “I needed something to do … to help young people,” she said.

Warren is not only helping to raise money for Kiwanis, she is also joining the club. Warren’s friend and fellow Kiwanis member Mary Mariner is thrilled to have her become a member. She said, “I thought (Warren) would make a great asset to Kiwanis.”

Being a member of the organization is an opportunity for Warren to expand on her love of doing crafts.

For instance, Warren said she is looking forward to creating the Kiwanis float for the December Lights Parade.

“I love seasonal design,” she said.

Back when she was the owner of the Sage Cottage Montessori School, Warren said she learned to love doing seasonal crafts with her pre-school students.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers, its mission is to change the world one child and one community at a time.