The Harker Heights Kiwanis Club met Tuesday in their new location at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Harley Drive and Cardinal Street in Heights.

Guest speaker Gina Pence, CEO and executive director of the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce, shared information about the Vision XXI Leadership program and talked specifically about the activities for the group’s class project on Saturday at the Harker Heights Activities Center.

She spoke first about the 2013 class that graduated 26 members.

“One of the members from that class is now sitting on the chamber board of directors,” Pence said.

Kiwanis member James Hoyle said he didn’t know much about the class before Pence’s presentation.

“I didn’t know a lot about Vision XXI until today, but it seems to be on the right track,” he said. “For morale’s sake, there must be inspired leadership. Management of nuts and bolts is not leadership. Seems this class is learning that difference.”

The class runs for eight months and is highlighted by field trips once a month. This year the class included a Fort Hood, education, quality of life and government days.

“We have 20 in the class this year that will be graduating Sept. 3,” Pence said.

Life Enrichment Fair

Before graduation, the 2014 class will complete its class project, a Life Enrichment Fair set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Harker Heights Activities Center, 400 Indian Trail.

Fundraising activities have been ongoing over the last several weeks in conjunction with preparing for the fair.

Genghis Grill in Market Heights held a fundraiser Monday and donated a portion of its proceeds to the class project.

Funds raised will go toward providing scholarships for homeless graduating seniors attending Harker Heights High School enrolled in the Killeen Independent School District’s Homeless Awareness and Response Program.

The Vision XXI fair is free and open to the public.

In addition to several vendors, guest speakers will lead four workshops. The topics are financial management, resume writing, dressing for success and human resources.

Metroplex Health System will provide free immunizations for qualified children, free vision screening provided by Southern Eye Specialists, $20 sports physicals will be provided by Wellstone Health Partners and free skin analysis is provided by Mothers Teach Your Daughters.

Tickets also will be on sale at the Life Enrichment Fair for the drawing of a winner of a Staycation Box filled with prizes worth $1,000 donated by local restaurants, motels and other businesses. An iPad will be given away to a lucky ticket holder.

The winners will be announced at the end of the fair.

“The class allows you to never stop learning,” said Jos Portmann, a member of both Kiwanis and Vision XXI. “You meet new people and see new things that you would have missed otherwise.”

The Kiwanis Club meets at 11:30 a.m. every Tuesday at First United Methodist Church.

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