The Arkansas City Kiwanis Club is on the hunt for new members.Kiwanis International logo

Like many civic groups in Ark City, the Kiwanis are attempting to find members of all ages.

The mission of Kiwanis International is to improve the lives of children worldwide.

However, each club works in its own community to help to improve lives of the children locally.

“We work for the good of our community and specifically for the children of our community,” said Kiwanian Jack Dickson.

Service to others is at the heart of every club, which can be seen in the many service projects performed each year.

The 7,333 clubs worldwide stage nearly 150,000 service projects and raise nearly $100 million every year for communities, families, and projects.

Local Kiwanis scholarships

The Ark City Kiwanis Club raises funds each year primarily from the pancake feed during Arkalalah.

“We provide scholarships for aspiring students, money for Boy and Girl Scout projects, funding for local baseball and softball teams, (and) support for young leaders going to Boys State and Girls State and other leadership camps,” Dickson said.

This year, Kiwanis gave out six scholarships, plus one scholarship from the Legleiter family in honor of the late Ken Legleiter.

These scholarships were competitive. Each student who applied had to submit an essay, their grade-point average and other pieces of information.

Club members read each essay and then the club as a whole voted on their recommendations.

Among those who received scholarships this year was Kenton Rocheford.

He will attend Sterling College this fall, and plans to major in history and education.

Other Kiwanis efforts

Kiwanis involvement in the lives of Ark City youths does not end with scholarships, though.

This week, the club provided breakfast for students attending the DARE Camp put on by the Arkansas City Police Department. The donation was made last summer, as well.

In addition to its efforts that directly impact local children, the club also recently took on sponsorship of a regularly scheduled American Red Cross blood drive.

Anyone interested in becoming a Kiwanian is encouraged to attend a meeting.

The club meets at noon almost every Tuesday in the meeting room at Daisy Mae’s Café.

“If you would like to be part of a vital and dedicated club that makes a difference in our community, we hope you will consider Kiwanis,” Dickson said.