Clarke County Kiwanis Club

By BRITTNEY MANGUM REPORTER,

Clarke County Kiwanis Club, started in September 2018, is about to celebrate their first anniversary. This first year was mainly getting everything organized and situated, but the club is trying to work more towards what it was created for now.

Kiwanis is an international organization that has one purpose that it does through individual communities:

“We’re here to serve the children,” said President Tracy Dearing.

The club is designed to help and serve the children in the community to help them prosper. It fulfills this task through various service projects created by each individual chapter of the club.

“We’re wanting to work with the Young Mother’s Group and the Excel by Five project,” explained Ms. Dearing. “We’re also wanting to make some backpacks with school supplies in them for students who are affected by a natural disaster, whether it a tornado or their house burns. School supplies are the last thing anybody thinks about when those things happen.”

Right now, the club is doing its first fundraiser by selling discount cards that offer discounts for various locations in Clarke County and Meridian. All funds from a fundraiser are designated to the service projects and will only go towards those service projects.

The cards are $10 and can be purchased from any club member.

Since the club is fairly new, new members are always welcome and appreciated. Anyone who would like to join the club can either attend a meeting and fill out an application, or can go to www.kiwanis.org and fill out an application under Clarke County Kiwanis Club.

There is a $150 membership fee. Most of that money is used to pay to Kiwanis International, and a small portion of it is set aside to use in case it’s needed for publications.

For anyone who would like to attend, there is a quick meeting held on the first Tuesday every month at 11:30 a.m. at Chefskis.

Come see all the great things that the club is planning and help take part in the Clarke County Kiwanis Club to help make a difference in the lives of the children in our community.