The Kiwanis Club of Perth-on-Tay is a chapter of Kiwanis International, a global organization whose motto is “Serving the Children of the World”. In short, we help the community, children and youth in particular. In order to do so we raise funds, making friends and having fun at the same time.
We participate in international Kiwanis projects such as “Eliminate” to strike out tetanus in Africa, and in the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District project to inoculate HIV positive pregnant women so their babies will be born without the disease, plus the Guatemala Stove Project, and bed kits for Sleeping Children around the World.
We conduct the Kiwanis Terrific Kids program in 12 area elementary schools, to promote good citizenships and help counter bullying. We support The Perth and the Lanark Youth Groups, Air Cadets, the Snowsuit Fund, Kid Fish, Perth Library Summer Reading Program, the Food Bank, Interval House, and the GWM Hospital Foundation.
In spring we clean up around an area dump for Kiwanis One Day. We run field games for children on Canada Day at Conlon Farm free of charge, with many prizes. At Christmas we attend kettles for Salvation Army. We fund scholarships for area high school grads, we deliver Meals on Wheels and we distribute free copies of this children’s book.
Members sit on the Board of our Perth Kiwanis Foundation and also on the Board of Tay Gardens, a non-profit apartment building for seniors.
To fundraise we collect used wine bottles, pop and beer cans, and run BBQ’s at Maplefest and Barnabe’s. We sell tickets to dinner and a play for Kiwanis Night at the Classic Theatre Festival. We sell cakes, truffles, fudge and shortbread at Christmas, and sell YIG grocery cards year round. As well on occasion we hold ad hoc fundraising events.