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Kiwanis raises $22k for causes over 2009

The Jonesborough Kiwanis Club has been helping children in this area for over 50 years, and its president, Karen Clark said the organization is always looking for ways to give back to the community.
“Our focus is helping the children in our area,” Clark said. “We believe children are our future, and there are many children in this area who live at or below the poverty level who need our help.”
“Also, there is a wonderful sense of community in our club,” she continued. “We enjoy the people we work with and the new friends we make, as well as the worthwhile causes we support.”
Area Kiwanians take their mission seriously. They raised $22,000 this past year, all of which was plowed right back into the community by way of the projects and organizations they support, such as: Youth Services-Builder’s Club, Key Club, Washington County 4-H and the Boys & Girls Club, Good Samaritan Ministries, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, Children’s Advocacy Center, Community Health Center, Jonesborough Library General Fund, Jonesborough Days and the Christmas Parade Kiwanis Award and the recent Shop-With-a-Cop program.
The group holds several fundraisers each year to help raise money including their annual spaghetti supper which will be held at the Jonesborough Middle School February 27, 2010, and they have a booth every year at the Appalachian Fair in Gray.
“We are the first Kiwanis group in our district to have a Facebook page.” Clark said. “We are also the first to host an evening meeting.”
The group also gives couples an incentive to join Kiwanis, with one spouse paying the full cost and the other joining for half price.
Kiwanians enjoy a full country breakfast every Tuesday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Senior Center, but they recognize that many of today’s professionals can’t make it to early morning meetings. To accommodate the changing needs of the workplace, the Kiwanis now have an evening meeting every 2nd Thursday at the Red Pig in Jonesborough from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.