The Kiwanis Club of Perth-on-Tay is a chapter of Kiwanis International, a global organization whose motto is “Serving the Children of the World”. In short, we help the community, children and youth in particular. In order to do so we raise funds, making friends and having fun at the same time.
We participate in international Kiwanis projects such as “Eliminate” to strike out tetanus in Africa, and in the Eastern Canada & Caribbean District project to inoculate HIV positive pregnant women so their babies will be born without the disease, plus the Guatemala Stove Project, and bed kits for Sleeping Children around the World.
In addition to our membership fees, our fundraising includes collecting of used wine bottles, pop and beer cans; The sale of tickets to dinner and a play for Kiwanis Night at the Classic Theatre Festival; Cakes, chocolate, chocolate almonds, and shortbread are sold at Christmas; and the sale of YIG grocery cards year-round. As well on occasion we hold ad hoc fundraising events in and around Perth. All these just to name a few. It is the membership of our group that makes all this happen throughout the year.
In 1997, Terrific Kids became a Kiwanis International program designed to encourage children to cultivate good character. A team of our members visits many schools in the Perth area once a month to present a certificate of merit to a student in each grade who has been identified by the teacher as being: Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Influential, Friendly, Impeccable and Caring. •• T • E • R • R • I • F • I • C"
In addition to the certificates, the students receive a bumper sticker for the family car that says "I've Got a Terrific Kid". We're proud to be part of this program and we receive a lot of warmth from the children in return.
On Canada Day, July 1st, our club provides a fun program at Conlon Farm in Perth. We organize and supervise kite flying, sack races, 3-legged races, wheelbarrow races and an egg toss, at five different age levels, with prizes awarded in all categories and at no cost to parents or kids. Since 2017, we have been giving away a bike through a lucky draw.
It's our pleasure to show the folks in our part of the world that Kiwanis truly cares for children.
Bursaries have been presented by our club to graduating high school students in Perth since 1993. We provide two $500.00 bursaries to both the Perth & District Collegiate Institute and the St. John Catholic High School, which are awarded to students who have a solid work ethic and demonstrate personal attributes in tune with the Objects of Kiwanis.
60 CPR Mannequins were provided by our club for the two high schools in Perth.
Park Benches have been built and supplied for the Perth Tay Basin project and other locations.
Meals on Wheels has been a Kiwanis club activity since 1977. Several of our associate members deliver meals to seniors who cannot provide for their own nutritional needs. The meals are prepared by the kitchen staff at Lanark Lodge and delivered five days a week.
Volunteers from the club often pitch in to help with projects or provide financial assistance to the Salvation Army, Perth Food Bank, Perth library and other local organizations.
We welcome new members and enquiries. Our new model is Kiwanis 123: Attend 1 meeting per month; give 2 hours of service; have 3 hours of fellowship. See our contact page for details and further information.