The Kiwanis Family, "Serving the Children of the World"
November 18, 2006
Here in beautiful, safe, fortunate, Park City, so many of us have much for which to be grateful. We can spread our good fortune by using our privileged conditions of compassion, time, and money to help others. There are many ways in which each of us can help others become happy, healthy, educated and self-sufficient.
A great way to get involved in our community is to become a part of Kiwanis International, "a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time," according to the Kiwanis website.
A great thing about this organization is that it includes a variety of service groups for different age levels which spans the world. The Kiwanis Family consists of Kiwanis for adults, Circle K for college students, Key Club for high school students, Builder’s Club for middle school students, and K-Kids for elementary school students. Each club is connected to advisors from the clubs for older members.
Kiwanis has this family structure because they believe it is important to "instill a sense of service in young people," says Dana Ardovino, Faculty Advisor to Park City High School’s Key Club.
In addition to being an organized, effective means to lend a hand to others, service "provides a medium for fellowshipping those in your community," says Hunter Brown, senior at PCHS and local Key Club member.
"There are needs of all kinds in our own community," which people of all ages can help out with, Ardovino points out. For example, our Park City Key Club provides volunteers for after-school homework help in local elementary schools, and the neighboring Kiwanis club operates the Reading Enhancement Program by reading to children and giving them the gift of their own book, at local elementary schools.
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The Kiwanis Family provides service to the local level and the international level. Kiwanis International has four world-wide major emphasis programs for each year, which they call their "four seasons of caring." The current major emphasis program is Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, involving children on Halloween, collecting, instead of candy, donations for those less fortunate than themselves.
Ardivino asserts that service is a wonderful way to help people to appreciate their own blessings. "I believe that when you serve others, you get back more than you gave," she says.
Local Key Club President, Alexis Brown agrees, "It’s like Christmas," she says, "you’re more excited about the gifts you give people than the gifts you receive." The Kiwanis Family is the perfect organization for those who "love people," says Alexis Brown.
All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to join the Kiwanis Family. Students may contact the club in their school. Adults may contact Park City Kiwanis Club by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Kiwanis International, visit http://kiwanis.org/