What a difference a century makes. In 1915, Kiwanis began as a single Detroit club. But over the last 100 years, it's grown into a premier international service organization. Today Kiwanis and Kiwanis-affiliated groups, such as Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club, donate more than 18 million hours of service each year and raise more than $100 million in charitable funds annually.
The Perth-on-Tay Kiwanis began operations in 1974 with Joseph Rawson as our first president. 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. Our membership has varied over the years and currently numbers between 40 and 45 members, both male and female.
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.
Members of Perth-on-Tay Kiwanis are proud to be part of such a wonderful organization.
As part of our 40th anniverary celebrations, Marie Shaw was interviewed on Perth's Lake 88.1 FM. The interview took place Saturday, April 18, 2015, just hours before our 40th anniversary dinner and dance at the Civitan Club. Marie talked about the history of our organization and the history of Kiwanis International which turns 100 this year. The interview was also a great chance to tell the community what we have done for local children over 40 years.Listen to the interview on Lake 88.1 >>>