Kiwanis Club Officially Chartered, Will Serve Community

Chuck Fletcher, Cheri Meadows, John Swartz, Elizabeth Swartz, Donna DruryLeigh ChagnonLeigh ChagnonJudge Executive Orbrey GrittonMayor Goodlett

This past week marked a special milestone for the new Kiwanis Club of Lawrenceburg.  They were charted as an official nonprofit organization after reaching their required number of members within the past year.

The club was organized last year by a group of inspired residents looking to help the community and children at our schools.  As part of Kiwanis International, the new club focused on giving back to the community with various projects and also starting the Key Club at Anderson County High School as a way to build leadership, mentor students, and also serve as a way for students to help the community.

Attending the charter celebration on Tuesday night were over thirty guests, including Judge Executive Orbrey Gritton and Mayor Goodlett.  Both were pleased to have an officially charted Kiwanis club in Anderson County. “I am really excited about the prospect of having a Kiwanis Club in Lawrenceburg,” Mayor Goodlett said.

Also attending the celebration was the Kentucky and Tennessee Kiwanis district governor, Leigh Chagnon.  He explained that the organization on an international level has over 500,000 members and is represented in 80 nations.  He said that the organization has helped many thousands of children through their various organizations.

The ACHS Key Club advisor, Elizabeth Swartz, told of all the accomplishments the local club has done in its short year of existence.  With 26 active student volunteers, they have put in 285 volunteer hours for the school year, helping with the elementary schools fall festivals, peer tutoring at the middle school, preparing and serving a dinner at the Open Hands Food Pantry, collecting toys for the Ronald McDonald House of Lexington, and much more.  The student organization has even been rewarded at the district meeting in Tennessee, earning the Silver Award, for all of its efforts.

The celebration itself was also a community effort.  A number of businesses donated gift baskets of items to be auctioned for donations and the ACHS Culinary Cats provided the meal.

Together, both the adults and student organizations of the Kiwanis of Lawrenceburg look to continue to help the community in many ways in the coming years. “You all are going to make such a difference,” Leigh Chagnon said.

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