Kingston Kiwanis focuses its service projects on kids. The club contributes to Food4Kids summer food boxes, manages the Back-to-School with Kiwanis school supplies program which assists nearly 200 youth, sponsors scholarships so that Boys and Girls Club members can participate in the Kingston Sails boating program, and offers college scholarships.
The club also funds Family Builder activities throughout the year, and other events to support children in the Greater Kingston area. To accomplish all its work with and in support of “kids,” Kiwanis relies on the support of the community with its major fundraising efforts. On June 8, 2019, the club hosted its sixth Benefit Concert and Brew Fest. The beautiful weather, fine music by the Lee Pence Trio, the Relics and the Dan and Liam Duo and contributions of the local breweries made for a very successful event. Folks enjoyed the food booths too, especially Argensal and Westside Pizza. Thank you to all the community members who came out to contribute.
A highlight of summer for many Kingston residents is getting their Kiwanis blueberries to make berry shortcake, ice cream sundaes and jams. And of course, having plenty to freeze for use year-round. These big, beautiful and delicious blueberries are the best around, available in five pound boxes for just $22. Kiwanis blueberry pre-orders are being accepted now. Visit greaterkingstonkiwanis.weebly.com for an order form or call Dahlia at 360-881-0161. Order by July 26, 2019, for delivery on the 28th.
The third fundraiser, now in its fourth year, is the end of summer Salmon Slam. Kingston folk have three ways to contribute to the fund raising:
• Ordering whole salmon, wrapped and ready for freezing
• Enjoying a salmon dinner at the Village Green (Sept. 7, 2019)
• Purchasing raffle tickets for a Holland America cruise to Alaska or any of their North American cruises.
Look for tickets and information about the Slam all summer long at the Kingston Farmer’s Market and at summer concerts.
Kingston Kiwanis is also preparing for the Fourth of July parade, featuring Kiwanian of the Year Judy Snell. Members will also be found working the Tiny Town kids’ booths at the Village Green. Community members are invited to join Kiwanians as service providers and by becoming a member. Join us any Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Village Green Community Center.