Mike Reed was recently named 2023 Kiwanis Member of the Year.
President Dana Goodfellow honored Reed’s commitment to volunteerism and his involvement with Kiwanis. Reed joined Kiwanis just two years ago when after being approached by Dahlia Malin and Dave Wetter while volunteering on the Kingston 4th of July committee.
Since joining, Reed has brought many new ideas to life. Most notable was the 1st Coho Derby last fall. His project management skills, attention to detail and ability to bring organizations to together resulted in a sold-out derby that raised thousands of dollars for our local youth endeavors.
Reed and his wife Cathy were raised in Edmonds and were high school sweethearts. They owned a plumbing business that they sold in 2006.
Reed shared that one of his favorite things about being a part of the Greater Kingston Kiwanis is helping the kids and the programs that support them, especially the scholarship program at the high school. Getting to know our youth, particularly through the scholarship interviews, is a key highlight for him.
Reed likes to fish and ski, actually being an instructor at Deer Valley Mountain Resort in Park City, UT for 15 years. Both Reeds are active in the Kingston 4th and the Kingston Cove Yacht Club.
The Greater Kingston Kiwanis Brew Fest is returning June 3 at Mike Wallace Park from 5-9 p.m.
Funds raised go to Food4Kids, back-to-school supplies, Christmas for teens, North Kitsap Boys and Girls Club scholarships, Sail Kingston Cove, food bank support and more.
Your $20 entry fee into the Beer Garden includes a tasting mug, seven tokens for any of the six breweries or cidery participating, and a raffle ticket. Enjoy music and games like cornhole for the whole family at the park. Food trucks will be available for food purchases. For details go to greaterkingstonkiwanis.weebly.com.
The Annual Kingston Kiwanis Blueberry sales are underway. The fresh, local blueberries come from Williams Blueberry Farm in Deming, WA. A five-pound container is $25.
Orders must be received by July 21. Berries are picked, packaged and delivered fresh for pick up July 23. Order forms are available throughout Kingston and on our website.
The Youth Bike Fest April 30 was a great success with a big turnout. It was great to see so many smiling kids and families enjoying the activities, getting bikes ready for summer, and getting helmets properly fitted.
The event would not have been possible without the help of over 60 volunteers from Kiwanis, Rotary, Lions, Key/Interact Club at KHS, local cycle clubs, Cub Scouts, NKF&R and more.
Jennifer Markaryan writes a monthly column on Kiwanis for this newspaper.