Martin Kiwanis Club celebrates its 40th anniversary

Martin Kiwanis Club celebrates its 40th anniversary
Martin Kiwanis Club celebrates its 40th anniversary | Kiwanis Club of Martin
The Kiwanis Club of Martin is one of the best-kept secrets in Weakley County. Kiwanis in Martin is responsible for many events around the county from the Kiwanis children’s park near Westview High School and the annual Christmas Parade. Although so many have helped the organization throughout the years by buying tickets to various fundraisers, people still don’t always know what the Martin Kiwanis Club is or what it does. The club was chartered on May 23, 1968 and is about to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. On this momentous occasion, members want the community to know all about the dynamic club and the outstanding projects the organization supports in the Weakley County area. The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” Kiwanis Clubs are made up of members who share a great concern for children. The motto is, “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.” Locally, The Martin Kiwanis Club, sponsors children’s sports teams, a fishing derby, Cub Scout pack #37, and activities like the Easter Egg Decorating contest at Martin’s annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Martin Kiwanis Club also focuses on local children’s health and welfare issues. Kiwanis was one of the civic organizations that recently sponsored the lightning warning system at the Martin Parks and Recreation Complex and is currently raising money to buy AED (Automated External Defibrillators) for all Weakley County Schools. Additionally, the Martin Kiwanis Club is active in the citywide Kiwanis One Day Clean-up project, revamping the landscaping and plants around the Martin Middle School, the Soybean Festival, Weakley County 4-H, Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, Kiwanis Park upkeep plus many other community activities. The Kiwanis service clubs serve individuals from kindergarten to college and teach them the importance of giving back to their communities. Designed to enhance children’s leadership skills, Martin’s branch sponsors K-Kids, Martin Elementary School, Builders Club, Martin Middle School, Key Club – Westview High School, Circle K – UT Martin, AKtion Club – a service organization for developmentally disabled adults as well as Kiwanis Cub Scout Pack #37. The numerous Kiwanis volunteers leading these organizations work together to help develop responsible citizens for the future. Globally, the focus is service projects for the children of the world. The philanthropic organization also partners with UNICEF to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. A $75 million dollar ongoing IDD project is also funded by Kiwanis in 95 nations. Martin Kiwanis Club is more than an annual B-B-Q Lunch or famous Pancake Breakfast. The local branch of the club spotlights Weakley County and the world changing children’s lives for the better. Martin Kiwanis is now looking for new club members who share the goals and beliefs that can make a difference in the community. So, if interested parties who might “be the one” to make a positive difference in the life of a child, contact Dr. Frank Black, President of Martin Kiwanis Club for details at 881-7165 or by email at fsblack@utm.edu. For more information, visit the club website at www.martinkiwanisclub.org.

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