Letters to the Editor – February 11, 2015

Kiwanis Club of Hartsville Celebrates 50 Years

Kiwanis Club of Hartsville will celebrate its 50th birthday during their meeting on Thursday, February 12, at noon at Hartsville Country Club. The club traces its origins back to the Hartsville Exchange Club, which formed in October of 1947. This group became the Hartsville Kiwanis Club on February 8, 1965.
The local club is affiliated with Kiwanis International. The first Kiwanis Club was organized in Detroit, Michigan as the “Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers.” Just a year later, the name was changed to Kiwanis, an Algonquain word that Kiwanians loosely translated and used as its motto, “We Build.” In 2005, Kiwanis updated its motto to reflect its service emphasis, “Serving the Children of the World.”

Kiwanis Club of Hartsville has supported International’s major worldwide projects. In 1994, the club pledged to, along with UNICEF, eliminate iodine deficiency disorders by 2000. While uncommon here where iodized salt is used, IDD was the leading cause of preventable mental and physical disorders worldwide. In 2010 Kiwanis again joined UNICEF, this time to extinguish maternal and neonatal tetanus, which kills more than 50,000 babies and a significant number of women each year.

Every year since 1967, Kiwanians have spent a Tuesday in May cooking chicken halves, splashed with a secret sauce, outdoors over an open fire. The club uses the profit from the sale of over 3,500 barbecued chicken dinners each year to fund a variety of projects focused on children in the Hartsville area. Those projects have included a science lab at Carolina Elementary School, a room at Durant Children’s Center, the former Snoopy Day Camp and Carolina Kids.

Kiwanis established a Coker College scholarship in 1965. Kiwanis may be best known for Terrific Kids, a self-esteem building program in public and private elementary schools.

While celebrating its rich history, the 50th anniversary lunch will recognize two founding members, Frank Prehoda and Dick Conner, and hear from Coker graduate and Kiwanis scholarship recipient Amanda Goyeneche.

Nancy McGee
Hartsville, SC

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Author: Duane Childers

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