Main Street Kiwanis Club celebrates 40 years

Every Tuesday, members of the Main Street Kiwanis greet the morning with discussion of Kiwanis activities at The Gridiron.

The Main Street Kiwanis club will speak about their clubs activities and events at the Webster City Chamber of Commerce chamber coffee today in celebration of their 40th anniversary of the club’s formation. Members of the club will speak at the All Cultures Equal building at 10 a.m.

The club, which consists of 28 members, including three or four charter members still involved, hosts and participates in many volunteer and charitable activities in Webster City. Tom McLaughlin, currently treasurer and former president of the Main Street Kiwanis, has been with the group since the mid 70’s. He said the club helps him give back to the community he has been a part of for decades.

“It’s been a fun opportunity to give back to the community through service programs in the years I’ve been involved with Kiwanis,” McLaughlin said.

In the club’s 40 years, they have become deeply involved with several projects and annual events. Their annual chili supper, held around Webster City High School homecoming, and sweet corn sales finance their support of youth organizations, church and community groups.

The club has financed and volunteered to pack food for Kids Against Hunger for 8 years. Zona Graves, president of the Main Street Kiwanis, said youth groups help package food for the program. McLaughlin said groups pack thousands of meals in the span of a few hours. In 2011, one group of Webster City High School students packed 4,536 meals in one group packing session.

The club also gives out four annual scholarships of $500 each to students who have already taken two years of credits from an accredited university. They have supported the fill the bus program, which donates school supplies to students, for about 5 years.

Graves said the club’s early meeting time allows its members to fit club meetings into their busy schedules. She said the club is always looking for new members.

“There are many people that think about doing something for the community, but don’t find the time to give something of themselves. It’s not that difficult and it’s very rewarding,” Graves said.

The club has invited all members to the chamber coffee. Graves said club members Gretchen McGlynn and Bill Biggins will speak about their time in the Main Street Kiwanis. For more information about the Main Street Kiwanis, their meetings are open to interested persons.