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
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
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 Parade Organizers:
Cherry Festival Parade
Veterans Day Parade
Bell Ringing fro Salvation Army
Home at Last Animal Shelter
Habitat for Humanity
Fort Dalles Museum
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