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Spotline on Local Non-Profit Organizations

Spotline on Local Non-Profit Organizations

Date: February 10, 2018 | By Denny Shumway

There are many dedicated non-profit organiztions in our area that support our community. The Ogemaw County Voice would like to acknowledge them. In this issue we will feature the Kiwanis Club of West Branch

Why KIWANIS? Who are we?

“I would like to inform the public what the Kiwanis Club of West Branch does to help the children here, as well around the world,” said Denny Shumway, publicity chairman.

The Kiwanis Club of West Branch is an organization that works to enrich the lives of the children in West Branch and Ogemaw County and beyond.

Fundraising activities include “Operation Pride,” where flags are put in front of local businesses and homes, for a nominal fee, four to five times a year. The annual Variety Show is organized by Kiwanis which is held at Ogemaw Heights High School in November. The Gourmet Nut sales campaign raises money to help support different programs, one of which is the dictionary program for the third graders in the West Branch and Rose City Schools. Kiwanis supports many different local organizations that work with the kids such as the Terrific Kids programs in the elementary schools and awarding scholarships to graduating seniors.

The club manages the Salvation Army Bell Ringers each year in West Branch. Many of the volunteers are from within and outside the club; they come from different churches, businesses, and our counterpart, the West Branch Optimist Club. The monies made during this campaign stay to help the people of Ogemaw County.

Kiwanis represents the Kids Coalition Against Hunger, by which meals are packaged for use by those in need. The local pantries also receive some of the food and the rest is sent to distribution points to be shipped around the world.

Used shoes in good condition are also collected. These shoes help to make money to provide Neo-Tetanus shots in third world countries.

“If you would like to join Kiwanis in our quest, please join our club. We meet at the China Inn in West Branch each Tuesday at noon. I hope to see you there,” said Shumway.

“ ‘One child at a time’ “ is our motto.

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