OAKHURST — After attending a recent Kiwanis meeting, we want to share some of the great news coming out of this organization of dedicated volunteers. There’s a very special relationship between service clubs and our mountain area schools, and it’s vital that we support the organization’s events the way they support our students.
For the third year in a row the Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis awarded mini-grants to local Eastern Madera County schools, in the amount of approximately $10,000 per year, says Kiwanis member Bob Spinelli.
The awards went to Coarsegold, North Fork, Oakhurst, Rivergold and Wasuma Elementary schools, Chawanakee Academy, Oak Creek Intermediate and Wasuma Band, Madera County Schools Association for the Arts program, and to the Sierra Historic Sites Association to assist with school children tours at Fresno Flats Historic Park.
“All funds generated for the mini grants came from our Run for the Gold car show, held in September,” says Bob. “We want to thank the many sponsors, businesses, participates and visitors who supported our car show.”
Attendance is slipping at the pancake breakfasts, with the exception of the one where the man in the big red suit appears, and we’re hoping to get the word out in order to change that dynamic. The Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts include pancake and all the fixings at a swell price, with a new senior discount, along with a low fixed cost for kids. And, let’s face it, your kids will probably go anywhere there’s syrup, so if you haven’t been lately, please give them a shot.
Here are some Kiwanis events to keep in mind and on your calendar:
- Sunday, Mar. 12 – Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at the Oakhurst Community Center
- Saturday, Mar. 18 – Kiwanis Bingo at the Oakhurst Community Center
- Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9
- Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at noon at Yosemite Gateway Restaurant in Oakhurst
From the website:
“One of the goals of Kiwanis is to enhance the community and the best way to do that is to enhance the children. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen. The needs of children are the number one priority at Kiwanis.
“Kiwanis was founded in 1915 and today has over 600,000 members and 15,000 clubs that serve in 90 countries around the world.
“Local community projects include: pancake breakfasts, athletic scholarships, citizenship/attendance incentives for local elementary school students, Coarsegold Tarantula Festival, fundraising for all local schools, Kids Day distribution, Children’s Hospital Miracle Mile of Quarters, Relay for Life, scouting programs and much more.
“Over the years, Kiwanis members have donated generously to the Children’s Museum, Manna House, and Special Olympics. A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers.
“Be part of the Kiwanis Team – make a difference to the kids in our community, reach out to those in need, volunteer when you are able. The Sierra Oakhurst Kiwanis club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Yosemite Gateway in Oakhurst. Come and meet the members. We have a guest speaker at most every meeting.”