Tillamook Kiwanis Club active in the community | Community

The Tillamook Kiwanis Club continues to be very active in supporting our community. With 43 members, our club is now one of the three largest in Oregon. We are proud to defy national statistics on declining club membership, and we are so grateful to every member.

In January, we resumed meeting on Wednesday noon at the Rendez-vous. Many thanks to TBCC for the use of their meeting space during the worst of the pandemic. Come join us for an upcoming meeting – guests are always welcome! We have interactive and informative programs featuring speakers on a wide variety of community topics.

Sadly, in January, longtime club member Roy “Doc” Peterson passed away. Roy was our longest serving club member, having served in Kiwanis for 68 years. He made many contributions to our efforts and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed and our condolences go out to his family.

In February, we had a great time supporting the THS Charity Campaign by raising $9,700 through our annual Cake Auction. The Rotary Club of Tillamook’s Cake Auction in support of Charity Drive earned a solid second place with $8,300. Our friendly rivalry with our Rotary Club brothers and sisters makes both of our clubs better and also benefits our community.

Tillamook Kiwanis operates a separate 501(c)(3) organization, the Tillamook Kiwanis Foundation. A large donation recently received by the Foundation is being leveraged through a one-time special grant opportunity that will provide seed capital or matching funds for a project to serve children in our community. A request for proposals was sent out to various local child-focused organizations.

Kiwanis is part of an international family, and our club Tillamook is a sister club of Kyiv Kiwanis Club and has worked together to support them in their past endeavors. This year, our club donated $2,200 to Medical Teams International for their humanitarian response in Ukraine.

Thank you again for your generous community support of our flagship project, the KT Days Scholarship Campaign. More than 90 local businesses and supporters sponsored radio ads on KTIL in April. Between the ads and the raffle at the Home and Garden Show, we raised $22,000 to be awarded in sophomore college scholarships for high school students across Tillamook County. Watch for more information in May as we announce scholarship winners at high school awards celebrations and with an announcement in this newspaper.

You’ll see us around the community in May and June, collecting peanut butter for the kids’ summer meals, sprucing up the Mildred Davy Garden at Goodspeed Park, and hosting the June Dairy Parade. Come join us – or just say hello when you see us!

Did you know that in 2023 the Kiwanis Club of Tillamook will celebrate 100 years of service? Keep the date of March 4, 2023 open and plan to join us in marking this important milestone. To learn more about Kiwanis, check us out on Facebook or email us at [email protected]

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