Kiwanis Club The Dalles
Kiwanis Club of The Dalles
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Committees & Projects

We are Creative Doers and Givers. 

Whether we’re rolling up our sleeves or opening our wallets, Kiwanians make transformative changes in our communities through caring, fun and innovative projects.


New Member Welcome and Orientation  

Kiwanis members — old and new – enjoyed a Barbecue dinner at Dan and Jill’s house.  Weather was great, food was fantastic and fellowship was terrific.
And we celebrated Karl’s 75th Birthday!


Pocket Park Clean Up

Cleanup day at the Kiwanis Pocket Park at Klindt’s Cove that took place Saturday, June 28. Projects accomplished were weeding along the Riverfront Trail, water sealing the picnic tables, edging around the tables, general cleanup around the popular stopping-off place, parking and restroom area along the trail.


We helped organize the line up and entered our float

July 4, 2014 was the first July 4th Celebration held in The Dalles in over 20 years.  The Dalles Kiwanis was asked to assist with lining up the parade.  It was estimated that attendance at the parade was close to the attendance for the Cherry Festival parade.


Committees & Projects

Sponsored Chidren’s Projects;

  • Library Summer Reading Camp

  • Reading/Book Program

  • Head Start Book Program and Picnic

  • Challengers Little League Picnic

  • Gary B. Honald Santa Fund

  • Annual Children’s Fair

  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters

  • Community Back Pack Program

  • Kids Wrestling Teams

  • Boy Scouts of America

  • Ronald McDonald House (pop can tabs)

  • Distinguished Young Women

  • The Dalles High School Band

  • PNW District Project:
    “Kiwanis Doernbecher Children’s Cancer Program (KDCCP)

  • Kiwanis International Project:
    “Elimnate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanuse”

  • PNW Foundation Project:
    “Pocket Park Improvements on Riverfront Trail.”

Service Leadership Clubs

The Dalles High School Key Club

  • Build Leadership Skills

  • Community Service Projects

  • Leadership Conferences

The Dalles Middle School Builders Club

  • Build Leadership Skills

  • Community Service Projects

  • School Service Projects

  • Annual Outing with Kiwanis


  • The Dalles Hgh School Key Club

  • Kiwanis Key Leader Training

  • Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp (For physically challenged children and young adults)

  • The Dalles Art Center Youth Art Program

  • Salvation Army Summer Camp

On-Going Community Proejcts:

  • Picnic area at Sorosis Park

  • Annaul Steak Feed Fundraiser

  • Community Meals

  • Community Parade Organizers:
    Cherry Festival Parade
    Starlight Parade
    Veterans Day Parade

  • Bell Ringing fro Salvation Army

  • Home at Last Animal Shelter

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Historical Buildings/Sites”
    Fort Dalles Museum
    Civic Auditorium
    Discovery Center/Wasco County Museum
    Original Wasco County Courthouse
    The Dalles Mural Society
    Wasco County Historical Society
    The Dalles Pioneer Cemetery

  • Visit Nursing Homes/Hospital/Veterans home



In November and December 2018 Kiwanis clubs ….

In November we packed 573 bags of food, collected 434 
pounds of donated food and distributed 6343 pounds of donated and 
purchased food from The Columbia Gorge Food Bank. Thank you, St. Paul's 
Episcopal for you faithful service. 

In December, and remember there were only 2 weeks because of Christmas 
break, we packed 313 bags of food, and distributed 3658 pounds, again 
donated and purchased, and  collected 273pounds. Thank you Columbia Bank 
and other volunteers we go that done. 

I want to share this Christmas miracle with all of you.  On the last 
Thursday of December we had 60 gift cards to pack in 160 bags.  We made 
the decision to put them in the bags going to Chenowith and prayed that 
the families that need them most would get them.  We needed 90 to put 
one in each of the bags for that school.  As the morning went on and we 
worked people kept stopping by with food donations and with gift cards.  
At some point a couple from Faith Lutheran stopped by with a gift card 
and some peanut butter and I invited them into the chaos just to see the 
process.  As we talked briefly they asked me where the volunteers were 
from.  Now, due to miscommunication between Columbia Bank and me, we had 
to quickly cobble together volunteers for that Thursday.  So when I was 
explaining who was working I said, " Well, there Zion, Kiwanis, Lion, 
UCC,  Methodists, Nazarene, Episcopalian, our neighbor across the alley, 
along with other community members."   I realized as I was talking to 
them that this is what a community program looks like. This is what and 
who we are.  So there was, to me, a miracle. Yet, there was more.  By 
the end of the packing we had 94 gift cards!!!  We were able to put one 
in each bag going to Chenowith and 4 more.  What a JOY it was to be in 
the pantry that day and watch the Spirit take charge and take care of 
our kids and volunteers.  Thank you to all of you. 

As you can see by the numbers above we are not even close to sustainable 
through donated food.  Because of out growth, our food bill to the Food 
Bank has also grown.  We purchase about $1500.00 worth of food each 
month.  We have stopped purchasing jam and cheese sticks.  We may have 
to stop purchasing juice.  We do give them 2 pieces of fresh fruit each 
week, donated by the CGFB, and fresh is best.  We are able to purchase 
food at a greatly reduced cost and of course that is our saving grace.  
However, the amount we purchase has almost depleted our bank account.  I 
will have enough to pay December's bill in about a week and have enough 
for January which will use the last of our Money Market.  That is the 
end of our funds.  We get donations monthly from faithful givers but not 
enough each month to sustain us.  I need suggestions from you.  I need 
you to solicit on our behalf.  I need you to pray for this program. 

Our request for donations of food are still instant oatmeal and crackers 
in sleeves.  We need a constant supply and you have kept us going by 
responding to our requests.  Don't stop.  I can't get crackers or 
oatmeal from the Food Bank. 

So here I am again, asking for help.  You are my tribe.  You own this 
program and you keep it going.  You keep me humble.  Thank you