Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. The first club started in Detroit Michigan in 1915 as a business and professional men’s club. Over the years it has evolved into the service-focused groups of men and women that you see today. Today, there are now over 7,700 Kiwanis clubs in 80 countries.Kiwanis of the Redwoods was chartered in March of 1950 in Garberville, Ca.Our club has changed through the years and today we have 28 members and meet regularly at the Healy Senior Center in Redway with additional meetings ranging anywhere from Phillipsville to Piercy. We serve a large rural area and have members from Benbow to Rio Dell.
Our annual fundraisers and service projects include: Toys for Tots,Redwood Run, & our Benbow Fourth of July food booth. We also award several scholarships to the local high school graduates and maintain 6 school bus stops so the kids can stay out of the rain.Our Toys for Tots Event began in 1991. Last year it was held on Sunday December 12th. The after parade party, bbq and raffle was held at the Riverwood Inn in Phillipsville. We collected donated toys and raised money to provide approximately 100 area children with toys for Christmas.Our Kiwanis Original Redwood Run began in 1977. Back then the venue was held at French’s Camp. The club and the event has evolved over the years, and the most recent site ended up being the “Riverview Ranch” in Piercy. It is a beautiful weekend on the South Fork of the Eel River. Our event featureds three days of camping, live music, biker games and shows. We are looking forward to RWR 2014!
- Kiwanis of the Redwoods, Garberville Chapter