Kiwanis Club Mystery

What are Kiwanis Clubs all about? Do you ever wonder? I assumed they were mostly social clubs, but I found out they were that and much more. They are built on service to children and communities. Kiwanians are found helping schools and students in many ways. Helping boys and girls grow to be the next world leaders. The day before Thanksgiving Oakmont Kiwanis members volunteered with Kiwanis sponsored Key Club students from Maria Carrillo and Montgomery High Schools at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. This is the third time recently the Key Clubs and Oakmont Kiwanians have volunteered at the Food Bank. These students are wonderful fun to work with. They are leaders dedicated to helping others, our community and the earth we live on. Other Kiwanis members volunteer to improve the grounds and vegetable areas at Luther Burbank School. And others read to and with students at Kenwood School. The Oakmont Kiwanis Club supports our local Boys and Girls Club and many other organizations for children. In our own Oakmont community we are still volunteering during this pandemic. We have had to change our usual food drive, but it is still happening. Canned and packaged foods are dropped off at Kenwood School until December 5th. We will have the January Shread-a-Thon, so keep your valuable papers until we come up with the date and place.
You may wonder how Kiwanis started, I thought about it myself and LO and BEHOLD the latest Kiwanis magazine had an article titled “History Mystery-Just Who Was Walter Kiwanis? The organization was founded by Allen Simpson Browne in Detroit in 1914. Kiwanis began as a fraternal business club. Meetings were held for men only to discuss business. About four years later Kiwanis would switch its focus from a business club to a service club specifically dedicated to children in need. It is quite a mystery story, but I will be brief. It started with a Polish child who had been kidnapped from his mother by his father and abandoned. Kiwanis Club Detroit No. 1 “adopted him.” They called him Walter Kiwanis. They took care of Walter, clothed and fed him, treated him as if he were their own child. If you want to hear the rest of this fascinating story contact me at bjcsing@sbcglobal.net.
These days your Oakmont Kiwanis Club is shrinking and needs you. Please consider joining this great service organization of volunteers.
Contact president Jim Stewart, jstewart@royalaa.com or Tricia Shindledecker, 775-1597 or 755-3756.

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