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Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland
101 Years of Happily Serving Children

Annual Changing of the Guard

On September 9th the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland held its 69th annual Installation Banquet wherein new officers and board members were inducted into leadership roles for the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year beginning October 1st.  They will lead efforts in both the club as well as the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation.  It was a fun evening of good friends, delicious food, fine wines, and classic Rock & Roll by our club's very own K-Club Band.

The evening was a very emotional event for me since I now have the honor of serving as President.  Only once in our club's history have we had someone repeat as president.  If we were a business, annual changes in leadership might be seen as a possible weakness, but as an all-volunteer non-profit club filled with a very diverse group of energetic, talented people full of new ideas, it is definitely one of our strengths, contributing greatly to our success over the last 70 years. 

In addition to myself, we now have several other new officers and board members, including President-Elect Dale Sahr, Vice President Bill Badgley, Secretary Tom Pendergrass, and incoming rotating Board of Directors members Niki DeSario, Habiba Sadat, and Carol Truex will assume their leadership rolls, as well.  Ross Dessert has been our treasurer for 4 years, and will continue in that role.

The Kiwanis Club of Kirkland keeps growing, and every year we are able to provide more and more support for our community's children and young people.  It's all of you who make this possible... whether its buying one of our Christmas Trees, coming to our entertaining Pancake Breakfast, or simply making a tax deductible donation or grant to our Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation, it all serves to provide the resources we need to continue doing good things for Greater Kirkland kids.

We are an all-volunteer organization, so 100% of net proceeds from fundraising efforts and donations go directly to programs designed to assist children in our community.  Recipients include:  Attain Housing (formerly K.I.T.H.), high school Kiwanis Key Club leadership conventions, Special Olympics, What’s Next Bowlers Aktion Club (a service club for impaired young adults), Scouting, Kiwanis Camp Casey (an annual week-long camp for severely physically disabled children, Eastside Baby Corner, Kirkland Easter Egg Hunt, Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB), Boys and Girls Club, the Burned Children's Recovery Foundations, the New Bethlehem Project (a day shelter for homeless families), The KTUB/YMCA Summer Youth Institute,  and much more. 

We also annually award academic scholarships to selected graduating high school seniors within the Lake Washington School District geographic boundaries, and, through our Bill Petter Memorial Fund we provide vocational scholarships.

In addition, through our Jack Keller Memorial Fund we provide orthodontic care for selected lower income children who are caught in the middle... they neither qualify for state assistance, nor can the parents afford the cost of necessary treatment.

Chartered in 1947, we are one of the oldest service clubs on the Eastside, and with approximately 100 members, we are one of the largest.  We are part of Kiwanis International, whose  mission is Serving the Children of the World, but the vast majority of what we do is focused on local needs. 

We are fun-loving... and never take ourselves too seriously. But when it comes to our mission, we take it very seriously.

If you're sincerely interested in helping children in a variety of ways, and wish to be a contributing member to your community, check out our website further, and if you'd like more information, contact our past club secretary Matt Gregory at (425) 828-0231.  Better yet, come and join us for lunch! (see details below).


Mark Tillman, President 
Kiwanis Club of Kirkland




 Kiwanis Club of Kirkland Weekly Meeting Information

Hector's Restaurant
112 Lake Street South
   Kirkland, Washington 98033

When: Wednesdays 11:45AM Socialize - Order Food
Meeting Starts 12:05 - Ends 1:15PM)
Links to Help:     (Map)(Menu)(Parking)
See our Brochure - Join us for lunch!

For more information please contact Club Secretary -Tom Pendergrass
206-910-1949 or email him at

For written correspondence please contact our Treasurer Ross Dessert -
Kirkland Kiwanis
Attn. Ross Dessert
917 First Street
Kirkland, WA 98033-5417             


Want to join the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland? Click here for a Membership Application Form

Kirkland Kiwanis Dues Invoice Information          PDF

LWSD Volunteer Form (Required for participation at school functions.)



        Featured Speaker for October 26th

 Sala Sweet with "Grow Foundation for Ghana."




Dick Shinstrom
1927 - 2016

 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our most beloved Kiwanians, Dick Shinstrom.

In many ways, Dick Shinstrom was the heart and soul of the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland.  He joined Kiwanis in 1949, just two years after the club was formed, and amazingly, Dick maintained  perfect attendance for his entire membership... 67 years.

Dick served in a number of key positions during his years with the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland, as well as the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation... including president, board chairman, treasurer, and more.  He was a mentor to many younger club members, helping them to understand the importance of the club's mission of Serving the Children.

Dick's community service and philanthropy were not just limited to Kiwanis.  Both generous and humble, he quietly left his very significant mark not just on Kiwanis, but our entire community.  In many ways, the Kirkland we enjoy today is due in large part to the efforts of Dick Shinstrom.  May he rest in peace.

                 To see Dick's obiturary, click  HERE


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