Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Prez Speaks: What Does Service Mean?

SERVICE--the work performed by one that serves; contribution to the welfare of others.

Kiwanis is a SERVICE organization. The above definition of this word sums up what we are all about—serving by doing work and contributing to the welfare of others.

At a recent meeting we were having a spirited discussion about a possible funding source that would increase the amount of service we can provide to the Cedar Valley. One member commented that we are getting too involved in fundraising and should concentrate on being a service organization. We are all entitled to our own opinion, but I feel that the fundraising is what is making our service possible.

By raising funds or finding other funding sources we can access, we are able to provide help to people and organizations that are making a difference in the lives of the residents of the Cedar Valley. We add to that service by providing physical labor, whether it is in bagging Kettlecorn or pounding nails into a shelter. The number of individuals we touch by our service is huge—much bigger than we could ever hope to do by ourselves with our 35 members. This past year we have raised $26,000 and committed over 1,500 hours of work.

We truly are a SERVICE organization in many different ways and need to feel good that we work hard to raise the funds that provide SERVICE to the Cedar Valley area.

President Susan Loy

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