Archive for Thursday, November 10, 2005

Lansing Kiwanis dates to 1978

November 10, 2005

One of the great service clubs in Lansing is the Kiwanis Club.

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Founded in 1915 in Detroit, its headquarters are now in Indianapolis.

Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-community-minded people who support children and young adults around the world. More than 600,000 Kiwanis-family members in 96 countries make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues. Through those efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World."

Worldwide, the entire Kiwanis family is committed to eliminating the devastating effects of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, the world's leading preventable cause of mental retardation. More than 1.5 billion people are at risk of suffering IDD because they do not receive enough iodine in their diets.

Our Lansing Kiwanis Club was organized Dec. 13, 1978. John Wendel was the charter president and is again president at this time.

In the past 27 years, club members have contributed in many ways to the community, including support of the PRIDE Committee, scholarships for graduating high school seniors, purchase of books and bookcases for the Lansing Community Library, donations to the Mayor's Christmas Tree, Children's Parade of Lights, Red Cross, Salvation Army, Lansing Historical Society, plus many individual needs. The list goes on and on.

I have been a member of the Lansing Kiwanis for more than 25 years. Service clubs always need new members to help continue their good work. Many folks do not realize how much these organizations do behind the scenes to make things happen. They truly leave a lasting impression on future generations through their efforts.

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