As a member of Kiwanis for the last three years, it has been very surprising to me how many people in our community don’t know what KIWANIS is. Some have heard the name but don’t really know what it is or what we do.
Very simply put, Kiwanis is a service organization that raises money to help children in need in our community and in the world. We are part of Kiwanis International which was started in 1915 and now has 7,800 clubs in 80 countries. The motto for Kiwanis is “Serving the Children of the World”. Each club does that in their own unique way. Kiwanis, the same as other service organizations, has a variety of committees that members can become involved in if they desire. That is not a prerequisite to becoming a member, however, and members can be as involved or uninvolved as they choose to be.
Kiwanis is a non-profit, totally all-volunteer organization that is divided into two distinct entities; the 501 © (4) Kiwanis Club of Kirkland and the 501 © (3) Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation, which allows for fully tax-deductible grants and donations. Officers and board members serve on both entities.
The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland which was started in 1947, has about 95 members and is quickly growing. We have members of all ages, both men and woman. We are a very active club and have a lot of high energy members that know how to “get it done”. We also have a lot of fun! There are always social events going on with the club, such as our book club, dinner parties, going to concerts or sports events. It is a way to make new friends and have a fun group of people to hang out with!
Listed below are a number of local children’s organizations our club supports or sponsors by donating money, time and energy.
SUPPORTED OR SPONSORED BY Kiwanis Club of Kirkland/Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation
Kiwanis Branded Service Leadership Programs
International Community School Key Club
Juanita High School Key Club
Lake Washington High School Key Club
Kirkland Middle School Builders Club
Kiwanis Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Cub Scout Pack at Peter Kirk Elementary
Eastside Baby Corner for Kiwanis Young Children Priority One
Boys and Girls Club
Attain Housing (formerly KITH)
Annual 7 Hills of Kirkland Pancake Breakfast fundraiser
Quarterly Community Suppers
Community Church Club Scout Pack
Providing lunches for selected Special Olympic Events
Kirkland Summer Concerts
Kiwanis Key Club Leadership Conventions for high school Key Club members
Kiwanis Camp Casey Summer Camp for Severely Disabled Children
Five Lake Washington School District School Robotics Programs
First Tee Leadership Program, Kirkland Middle School
Oso Mudslide Victims, Oso Fire Department
Queen….It’s A New Day
YMCA – KTUB monthly meal
KIRKLAND KIWANIS FOUNDATION FUND AWARDS:
High School Graduate academic Scholarships for greater Kirkland students
Lake Washington School High School Robotics World Competition
YMCA – Youth Institute Program Scholarships at KTUB
Kiwanis International Foundation & UNICEF ELIMINATE project
Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation – Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program
Burned Children Recovery Foundation campership
Kiwanis International Foundation Grants
Teen CEO Competition Winner Awards.
KIRKLAND KIWANIS FOUNDATION SPECIAL FUNDS:
Jack Keller Memorial Fund – for youth in need orthodontic care
Bill Petter Scholarship Fund – for higher education automotive studies
Teen CEO, LWSD – for high school business competition
KCK and KKF RAISES FUNDS THROUGH
Selling fresh Noble Fir Christmas Trees & Wreaths with accessories
Selling Heidi Ho canned Gourmet Mixed Nuts and Delicious Delights
Selling See’s Candy
Hosting (Attain Housing) Annual 7 Hills of Kirkland Pancake Breakfast
Key Club ELIMNATE 7 UNICEF Halloween Drive
Auto Salvage Value Contributions
The Kiwanis club of Kirkland’s biggest fundraiser each year is our Christmas Tree lot located in Juanita Beach Park. We begin selling beautiful, fresh Noble Fir trees, tree stands, fresh wreaths, See’s candies and Gourmet nuts the day after Thanksgiving. The tree lot is open 7 days a week. From monies made from the tree lot, our generous donors to the Foundation and other fundraisers we participated in, KCK was able to give back to the children and families in need in Kirkland over $63,000 last year. In part, this is due to a lot of hard work and long hours at the tree lot, but when we see what we are able to do and who we have helped in our community, we all know it was all worth it! That is who we are and what we stand for and we are all very proud to be members of this wonderful, devoted club.
If you would like more information about our club, please visit our website at http://kirkland.kiwanis.org or call our club secretary, Matt Gregory at (425) 828-0231. We meet every Wednesday at 11:30a at Hectors in downtown Kirkland. Let us know if you would like to stop in and see what we are about. We’ll be happy buy you lunch!