Our local Kiwanis Club began in the town of Perth with the 1974-75 year. Our first president was Joseph Rawson, a retired educator, very active in Perth life.
Memebership in the early years was restricted to males, mostly local businessmen of the area. In 1987, by action of the Kiwanis International Convention, the rules were changed to admit women to the organization.
We have turned our energies to many projects since 1975, but always with the objective of benefiting the children in Perth, Lanark County and the surrounding region.
We are proud to be counted among the worldwide network of more than 8,000 Kiwanis clubs and other service related organizations devoted to: serving the children of the world.
When Kiwanis Perth-on-Tay turned 40, the mayor declared April 18, 2015 to be Kiwanis Day in Perth, Ontario. In the March 2015 declaration, Mayor John Fenik acknowledged Kiwanis Perth-on-Tay by saying "the energies of the Perth Club embraced many projects since 1975 and always had the object of benefiting the children of Perth Lanark County and the surrounding region."
See the mayor's official 4oth anniversary declaration on our awards page.
Our timeline showcasing historic events and milestones of The Kiwanis Club of Perth-on-Tay in its over 40 years in Perth, Ontario.
In the more than 40 years of Kiwanis Perth-on-Tay, there have been 35 different people elected as President. Our first president was Joseph A. Rawson.