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AG addresses Kiwanis Club

Attorney General Troy King spoke to the Troy Kiwanis Club Tuesday night.

“Civic groups are the home of the people who care about the community the most,” King said to the youth service organization.

King expressed his concern over the state of judicial processes in government today.

“The oath I took was to defend the constitution,” he said.

The Attorney General criticized judicial activism, or the reshaping of the State Constitution and the changing of legislature to accomplish a political end.

King cited recent issues such as gambling laws and property taxes as potential danger areas of judicial activism and reflected on issues such as prayer in school to offer a past example.

King also encouraged Kiwanis members to stay involved with the community.

“Democracy is not a spectator sport,” he said. “It’s a full contact sport.”

In other business, the Kiwanis Board of Directors unanimously voted to pursue a project for 2010 in which the club would sponsor infant and child CPR training for its members and people in the community. Board Member Caleb Dawson said the training would be conducted with the help of Jane Thrash the community development specialist for the Pike County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

“Jane Thrash said that she would donate her time to do the teaching,” Dawson said. Troy Kiwanis President Joel Williams said that Kiwannians are also gearing up for upcoming community service projects.

“Reading is fundamental is kind of the signature project of Kiwanis in Alabama,” Williams said. “We buy books and then go in to the head start program and sit down with the children and read them to them. Then we give the book to the child and it’s theirs to keep and take home.”

The board also announced that their annual yard sale benefit will take place May 1, 2010 in front of Dr. Dichiara’s office at the hospital.