:-)   Kiwanis Club of Columbine
  Littleton, CO USA


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From The Kiwanis Club of Columbine!
Last updated on February 24, 2015

The Kiwanis Club of Columbine is located in Littleton, Colorado, USA, and was chartered on February 15, 1978.  Our club is part of Kiwanis International, who will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2015.  Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan, and became an international organization the following year.  Today we have nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and our members have made a positive impact in millions of lives.  As of January 6, 2015, the Kiwanis Club of Columbine has 57 regular members and 1 Life Member for a total of 58. Our membership is composed of both men and women, committed to serving our community.

Our Club is service oriented, and members volunteer their time for more than 80 projects in our community.  Some of the projects include: Salvation Army Bell Ringing at 3 neighborhood King Soopers stores, quarterly Blood Drive, the Action Center Food Rescue Project, The Action Center School Supply project, Meals On Wheels food delivery, the Write Stuff school supply project, U.S. flag pickup at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, and trash pickup along a major street in our neighborhood.

Financial support to local charitable organizations is another core value of our club.  Some of the charities that we support are: the Jefferson County Schools Outdoor Lab School through donations to the local elementary schools for scholarships, The Action Center school supply project, The Write Stuff school supply project, The Boys & Girls Club, Colorado Feeding Kids, Second Wind Fund, CASA, Columbine and Heritage HS community service awards.

To support these projects, we do fundraising.  Our club sells sodas at the local drag racing track and at the local end of summer celebration, and sells license plate fasteners at the DMV.  We also have a silent auction at our annual Christmas Party.  The Kiwanis Club of Columbine Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization, and receives donations from our members, community members, as well as corporate donations.

Kiwanis International has programs for all age groups where they learn to help others. Through its Service Leadership Programs, Kiwanis enables its youngest leaders to serve their communities. Our club sponsors: Columbine High School Key Club, Heritage High School Key Club, Ken Caryl Middle School Builders Club, and Dutch Creek Elementary School K-Kids.  We also make financial commitments to these clubs to insure that they have adequate resources. 

Our Club is not all work and no play.  We have a number of formal and informal social gatherings including:  St. Patrick‚Äôs Day Party, Summer Club Picnic, and the Club Christmas Party.

December 2014 Salvation Army Bell Ringing

The final numbers are in. The Kiwanis Club of Columbine collected $22,075.97 bell ringing for the Salvation Army. Our club volunteered 288 hours of our time, and filled 76 two hour time slots for bell ringing at 3 King Soopers stores. Since our club began ringing the bells in 1978, we have collected $416,267.10. Today January 28, 2015 Kiwanis Club of Columbine President Dawn McEwen presented a check to Major Hendrick Sumter of the Salvation Army


December 8, 2014 Bonfils Blood Drive

The Kiwanis Club of Columbine sponsored their quarterly Bonfils Blood Drive on December 8, 2014 at the Columbine United Church. This drive had shortened hours due to a scheduling conflict, and only operated between 1pm and 5 pm. However, we collected 37 units of blood and 3 double units. There were 40 donors, 4 no shows, and 1 walk in donor. Thanks to Tom Fair for being the on-site coordinator for this drive while our normal coordinator was unavailable.

October 8, 2014 Outdoor Lab Scholarship Donation

At our club's last meeting, the 5 area elementary school principals told us how they use our Outdoor Lab donation. It was surprising to learn that some of the schools have close to 40% of students on free or reduced lunches which is usually a good indicator of their ability to pay their Outdoor Lab School fees. Our club donated $2250 to these schools to help defray the cost that the schools would have otherwise had to absorb.

Pictured are (left to right): Governor's Ranch Principal Mary Rose Keys, Leawood 6th Grade Teacher Tim Lupo, Columbine Hills Principal Christa Wilson, Dutch Creek Principal Jennifer Pennel, Kiwanis Club of Columbine President Dawn McEwen, Rod Hunley, Normandy Principal Rebecca Chao, and Normandy's Accountability Committee Chairman Arist Athanasopoulos.

August 5, 2014 Paver Re-Sanding at The Columbine Memorial

Volunteers from The Kiwanis Club of Columbine are shown working to re-sand the paving stones at the Columbine Memorial.  13 Members and one family member spent 3 hours on this project.  About half of the job was completed, and the remainder will be completed at a later date.

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