Kiwanis=Kids and the unofficial motto is "Kids Need Kiwanis, Kiwanis Needs You!" Anyone reading this column is impacted by children in one way or another and our local Kiwanis has spent nearly 100 glorious years supporting our youth. Support doesn't usually happen by accident. It takes cooperation, coordination, time, talent and creativity. Members of Kiwanis network with people from the community to be both proactive for our youth and reactive by offering support based on needs.
Kiwanis=Kids and the name Kiwanis comes from the Ojibwe language roughly meaning "Play With Noise or Make Oneself Known." We were blessed to have Bill Derrick play with noise and make himself known through Kiwanis since 1968. He joined to help our children live a better life and to visit with other members. Bill made a LOT of noise and certainly made himself known in our community. We are very sad to say goodbye but very blessed to have known him.
Kiwanis=Kids and Kiwanis has been serving the children of the world since 1915. There are nearly 560,000 adult and youth members and over 16,400 clubs throughout the world. Each year Kiwanis clubs sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects and raise more than $100 millions. Kiwanians volunteer more than 18.5 million hours of service to communities. Every Kiwanian impacts the lives of 200 children on average. That's the big picture story.
Kiwanis=Kids and Kiwanis has been out in our community with peanuts (pretzel alternative) to raise money for our kids. It's called Kiwanis Peanut Days so we are basically "working for peanuts." Thank you to those who have stopped to talk with us and for those who have offered support through contributions of time, money, donations and moral support. Kiwanis Peanut Days are an important fundraiser for our youth
Kiwanis=Kids and kids will sure be happy with Kiwanis on Saturday, March 31. Starting at 10:30 a.m. at Starr Elementary School in New Richmond (967 Starr Ave. S.), children up to age 9 are invited to attend an EGGSTRAORDINARY Easter Egg Hunt.
The News is allowing Kiwanis to have a monthly column. Many articles have been printed throughout the years but now there will be a monthly update. We are starting with the basics to make sure readers know about Kiwanis.