It is with great sadness that Kingston Kiwanis shares the loss of friend and longtime member Judy Osborn, who passed away Sept. 3.
Judy was known as “Mustang Sally” for her work in promoting the Kiwanis mustang raffle from 2008-14. She and husband Dick Osborn, who passed away in 2020, initiated the Kiwanis Salmon Slam fundraiser.
They were supporters of the Kingston Boys and Girls Club, Sail Kingston Cove and all Kiwanis activities. Judy started the Kiwanis Christmas Toy Drive, which later focused on teens. She was active in the Halloween Carnival, Apple Cup and other food drives, Santa’s Workshop, Food4Kids, Back-to-School with Kiwanis, the Bike Fest and Tiny Town.
Judy also volunteered as a tutor at Wolfle Elementary for years. She served as treasurer of the Kiwanis from 2009-13 and most recently as a director. When her husband passed away, the Kiwanis Foundation started the Dick Osborn Memorial Grant, which funds teachers and classrooms in North Kitsap, and focuses on students with learning struggles. The memorial grant will now honor both Judy and Dick and will be renamed the Dick and Judy Osborn Memorial Grant.
Judy will be greatly missed by the Kiwanis Club and the Kingston Community. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made in Judy’s honor to the Greater Kingston Kiwanis Foundation, P.O. Box 930, Kingston, WA 98346.
The Kiwanis will provide a drive-thru meal at the Village Green Oct. 1 at 5 p.m. that includes baked salmon, a Caesar salad, bread and dessert. The meal is free, but donations are gladly accepted as it’s a fund-raiser for the club. We are preparing 125 meals that will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
As an alternative to a “raise the paddle” event, contributions to the Salmon Slam may made in the following ways: mail a check to Greater Kingston Kiwanis Foundation at P.O. Box 830, Kingston, WA 98346. Attention: Salmon Slam. Credit card donations are also welcome. Contact Dahlia Malin, treasurer, at 360-881-0161. The goal is to raise $15,000. Proceeds support Kiwanis youth services in our community.
Community members are always welcome to join Kiwanis. Meetings are every Thursday at 7 a.m. at the Village Green Community Center. We provide breakfast. Our meetings, except for our monthly business meeting, include guest speakers, such as Naomi Nichols from the Kitsap Foster Care Association and David Epperson from Kitsap Public Utilities District. You can check out our speaker lineup and learn more about our club at greaterkingstonkiwanis.weebly.com.
Jenn Markaryan writes a monthly column about Kiwanis for this newspaper.