Club History

 

Serving the Children of the World

Our Mission

Serving the Children of the World Under the sponsorship of the University Kiwanis Club of Seattle, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland (KCK) was established on October 29, 1947. Since then, it has grown to nearly 90 members, making it one of the largest service organizations on the Eastside, as well as one of the larger clubs in the Kiwanis Pacific Northwest District. Incorporated by the State of Washington, the KCK is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (4) community service organization, wherein donations are not tax deductible. From its inception, the KCK has traditionally held its weekly meetings in downtown Kirkland.

What we do

We meet every Wednesday at the Kirkland downtown Eagles Club 258 Central Way.

The women and men of our club encompass a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and professions. Our community service commitments are equally diverse. To encourage this, our weekly meetings always include guest speakers who cover a wide range of interesting topics selected by our members.

With emphasis on children and young people, our club serves the community through various volunteer committees; Community Services; Youth Services; Service Leadership Programs (high school Key Clubs, and middle school Builder’s Clubs); Spiritual Values; and Young Children Priority One (pre-natal to age 6).

In addition, our club manages the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation (KKF), a tax-deductible 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports local youth in areas such as High School Scholastic Scholarships, the Bill Petter Memorial Vocational Scholarships at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the YMCA/KTUB Youth Institute scholarships, and much more. The Foundation also administers the Jack Keller Memorial Fund which provides affordable orthodontic care through the University of Washington School of Dentistry for young people who otherwise would not have access.

a Growing movement

There are eleven clubs on the Eastside of Lake Washington. Together they form Division 28 (http://pnwdivision28.kiwanis.org). The Division is a part of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International. The PNW District covers the geographical area from Northern California to Nome, Alaska, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. Membership in the PNW District is approximately 12,000 Kiwanians. The first Kiwanis club was established in 1915, and now Kiwanis International is a worldwide voluntary service organization “Serving One Child and One Community at a Time”. Membership consists of over 240,000 women and men members residing in more than 80 countries.

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