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Celebrating 100 years of Kiwanis service

Staff Report~ 2/4/2015

CAREFREE – The Kiwanis Club of Carefree gathered in Harold’s Corral in Cave Creek on Jan. 21 to celebrate the Kiwanis International organization’s 100th anniversary.

Balloons around the room read “The next 100 years begin now.” Kiwanis Carefree is in its 43rd year of service. The Kiwanis Formula is “Love It. Share It. Live It.,” and Kiwanis Carefree aims to do that through its community good deeds.

According to Kiwanis Carefree president Bob Swan, this community organization has “awarded over $600,000 in scholarships to high school graduates and provided service leadership training to thousands of high school-age youth through Key Club, and to middle school youth through Builders Clubs.”

Kiwanis Carefree Executive Director Karen Mackiewich noted that Kiwanis Carefree has also “awarded thousands of certificates to elementary school students who improved their grades through Terrific Kids and the new Bringing Up Grades (‘BUG’) program.”  

Swan added that the Kiwanis Carefree has conducted science fairs for 10 years and has also provided vision and dental services to youth in need.

Anyone interested in learning more about Kiwanis is welcome to attend one of the weekly Kiwanis Carefree meetings at Harold’s Corral. Meetings are held at noon on Wednesdays.

“Plan on coming and checking us out there,” Swan said.

 To learn more about the Kiwanis Club of Carefree, see www.kiwaniscarefree.org.