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Chairman's Partnership Award - Kiwanis Club of Lewiston

by jpauly
Wed, Apr 25th 2018 08:40 am

 Chairman's Partnership Award

Kiwanis Club of Lewiston


The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston has been chosen as the 2018 Chairman's Partnership Award recipient by the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Chairwoman Christine O'Hara. This volunteer service organization has had a long history of supporting many organizations and community events in Niagara County and beyond for the past sixty years. We are fortunate to have the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston in our community, with servant leadership at the forefront.


The first Kiwanis Club was started in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 by a group of businessmen, primarily as a networking group. In 1919 the focus shifted to service, primarily service to children.  The name is coined from a Native American word meaning "we trade", which evolved into a motto of "we build" and in 2005 to "serving the children of the world."  The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston was chartered in 1958. This year they are celebrating their 60th Anniversary as an organization with over one hundred men and women as members. The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston is the second largest Kiwanis Club in New York State.


The mission of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club is community focused service, striving to improve the lives of individuals and families from all walks of life.  The club has several fundraisers throughout the year that help support over fifty nonprofit organizations in the Niagara Frontier.  The Niagara County Peach Festival is the largest fundraiser with a four day family centered carnival event with a parade and 5k fun run, held the weekend after Labor Day every September. Volunteers also raise funds at the annual Clam Bake, recent meat raffles and selling frozen yogurt at the local festivals. The Clam Bake proceeds are split between Mt St. Mary's Hospital and the Lewiston D.A.R.E. Program. Frozen Yogurt and Meat Raffle proceeds are donated to an international fundraising effort by Kiwanis to eradicate Maternal and Neo-Natal Tetanus around the world.

The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston also sponsors several local youth organizations with Kiwanis International that have a focus on learning leadership skills through service. The Circle K Club at Niagara University, Key Club at Lewiston Porter High School, Builders Club and K Kids at Lewiston Porter Elementary and K Kids at the Tuscarora School.  The Kiwanis Club supports the Aktion Club a program for adults with disabilities.

You can often find the volunteers of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club out in full force volunteering to raise funds for the United Way Make A Difference Day selling newspapers and ringing bells for the Salvation Army.  In addition to supporting numerous organizations financially, the club also delivers food baskets to those who are in need around the holidays, and sponsor the annual Easter Egg Hunt held every year at Kiwanis Park in Lewiston.  The club gives several scholarships throughout the year for high school students, as well as sponsors a $4,000 scholarship to the Niagara County Peach Queen, who serves with the Kiwanis Club during their year of service.

The Kiwanis Club of Lewiston sponsors two free movie nights at Artpark each summer for families to attend. 


Members are always welcomed to join the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston. Meetings are held weekly on Wednesday evenings at 7pm in the Village of Lewiston.  For information on membership and upcoming events, visit www.LewistonKiwanis.org and for updates on the annual Niagara County Peach Festival visit www.LewistonPeachFestival.org


The Board of Directors of the Niagara River Region Chamber of Commerce proudly congratulates the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston for their commitment to the children of our community and the support they provide to the numerous non-profit organizations.

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