Kiwanis Club of Kirkland
Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation
Our Mission: Serving the Children of the World Under the sponsorship of the University Kiwanis Club of Seattle, the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland (KCK) was established on October 29, 1947. Since then, it has grown to nearly 90 members, making it one of the largest service organizations on the Eastside, as well as one of the larger clubs in the Kiwanis Pacific Northwest District. Incorporated by the State of Washington, the KCK is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (4) community service organization, wherein donations are not tax deductible. From its inception, the KCK has traditionally held its weekly meetings in downtown Kirkland.
The club first held its meetings at the Pastime Cafe (later known as The Surf). After approximately 20 years, the club moved to the nearby Flame Restaurant where we stayed for another 20 years. The club then spent the next 15 years at the Kirkland Roaster (now the Irish Rover), and 12 years at the Crab Cracker on Central Way, which unfortunately will soon be razed for an apartment/condominium complex. The club now meets each Wednesday for lunch at Hector's Restaurant --- a downtown Kirkland landmark ---located at 112 Lake Street South. Items from the lunch menu are served from 11:45, with the club meeting beginning at 12:15, and ending at 1:15 p.m. Our Board of Directors meet on the first Tuesday of each month at the YMCA/Kirkland Teen Union Building (KTUB), located at 348 Kirkland Avenue, in downtown Kirkland.
The women and men of our club encompass a wide variety of ages, backgrounds and professions. Our community service commitments are equally diverse. To encourage this, our weekly meetings always include guest speakers who cover a wide range of interesting topics selected by our members.
With emphasis on children and young people, our club serves the community through various volunteer committees; Community Services; Youth Services; Service Leadership Programs (high school Key Clubs, and middle school Builder's Clubs); Spiritual Values; and Young Children Priority One (pre-natal to age 6). In addition, our club manages the Kirkland Kiwanis Foundation (KKF), a tax-deductible 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that supports local youth in areas such as High School Scholastic Scholarships, the Bill Petter Memorial Vocational Scholarships at the Lake Washington Institute of Technology, the YMCA/KTUB Youth Institute scholarships, and much more. The Foundation also administers the Jack Keller Memorial Fund which provides affordable orthodontic care through the University of Washington School of Dentistry for young people who otherwise would not have access.
Fundraising activities include selling Christmas trees, fresh wreaths, Heidi Ho gourmet nuts, and See's Candy from our Christmas Tree lot located in Juanita Beach Park. See's candies can be purchased from the club throughout the year, as well. The club also holds an entertaining pancake breakfast in conjunction with the 7 Hills of Kirkland bicycle event, with all proceeds going to Kirkland Interfaith Transitional Housing (KITH), which helps struggling homeless families on the Eastside.
There are eleven clubs on the Eastside of Lake Washington. Together they form Division 28 (http://pnwdivision28.kiwanis.org). The Division is a part of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International. The PNW District covers the geographical area from Northern California to Nome, Alaska, including Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, and the Yukon Territory. Membership in the PNW District is approximately 12,000 Kiwanians. The first Kiwanis club was established in 1915, and now Kiwanis International is a worldwide voluntary service organization "Serving One Child and One Community at a Time". Membership consists of over 240,000 women and men members residing in more than 80 countries.
If you would like to come to a meeting or need more information contact Club Secretary and 2012-14 Kiwanis Lt. Governor Matt Gregory by using the "Contact Us" on the left hand Navigation Bar.