So that’s how the song goes . . .
The Morrinsville Kiwanis train first chugged along at the Christmas parade in December 2015, and is making another appearance at the Morrinsville A & P show in early March. The couple invited Diane and David to go with them to the local town on July 4th. There were people everywhere, children dressed up in red, white & blue, and of course a parade! There were an awful lot of John Deere tractors involved with people carrying flags. It was an awesome atmosphere, such a happy place with food and lemonade stalls, and everyone enjoying a warm summer’s day. “It was near the end of the floats, when I saw it!! This cute little train, filled with children.” The idea was born when Morrinsville club president Diane and her husband David visited Iowa, USA, not long after the Kiwanis International Convention in Indiana. They were invited to stay with a lovely couple in Iowa who farmed corn and soy beans. Diane says that although they had never met the couple before “they were the loveliest of people we could ever have met.”
Diane recognised the blue 44 gallon drums immediately because she and David had piles of them at home. So they took lots of photos and even spoke with the man who made the train.
They came home armed with lots of enthusiasm and photos which they showed to the husband of one of the Morrinsville club members. Ken viewed it from a more practical point of view before deciding “Yes, we can do it!”. With his enthusiasm and practical knowledge, and Diane’s blue plastic 44 gallon drums, the Kiwanis train was born! They printed the letters K-I-W-A-N-I-S on to card and Pat (another club member) laminated them. “A bit of Christmas tinsel and some children and some toys, just made it look awesome!” To finish it off the Kiwanis logo was put on the back carriage and one of the bike dealers in town loaned a four wheel bike to tow it.
So, it’s a huge “thank you” to Ken for realizing the dream and turning the Morrinsville Kiwanis train into a reality! It’s been great publicity for Kiwanis, and great for the children of Morrinsville.
Remember . . . if you dream it, you can achieve it!”