Local Kiwanis members have raised and distributed more than $700,000 to youth in the last two and half decades -- $300,000 of that has been in scholarships.
"Kiwanians give of themselves and time means nothing," said the late Tony Plonski, charter member of the Kiwanis of Zane Grey Country during an interview last year.
The club celebrated 25 years of service in the Rim Country at their meeting and dinner party last July.
"We are about training the leaders of tomorrow," Doug Bailey told those in at the dinner.
Bailey put together a "top 10 events of 1982" list when the group recently celebrated its 25 years of service and that included event number eight: Time's Man of the Year was the personal computer. Of course, the March 1982 charter of Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country was No. 1.
When he reached the history list, the contributions made to the community was somewhat longer.
"Lord only knows how many project meetings there have been over the years," Bailey said.
The club does not keep a record of the youth it has helped.
Bailey estimated 30 in the last year alone.
One of the club's proudest moments was when it gave $7,000 to Kiwanis International for the eradication of Iodine Deficiency Disorder. Eradicated from the U.S. in the 1930s, IDD causes facial disfigurement, birth defects and blindness.
Kiwanis meet every Thursday morning at Tiny's Restaurant in Payson.
They begin gathering at 6:30 a.m. to shake hands and order breakfast.
The meeting begins at 7 a.m. with the Pledge of Allegiance, a song and a speaker.
They often play a quick trivia game called "Bailey Bucks" as a way to win a buck or two for the club, or pocket one.
The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country was established more than 25 years ago. The club is made up of dedicated individuals from within our local Rim Country communities.
The major ongoing activity of the Kiwanis is to raise funds through numerous events to give back to the community.
The dollars raised each year are returned to the Rim Country communities in many ways.
The club also sponsors the high school Key Club.
Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country
President: Bobby Davis
Founded: Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, on January 21, 1915. The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country was established more than 25 years ago. The club is made up of dedicated individuals from within the Rim Country communities.
Contact information and how to join: Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country
P. O. Box 2507
Payson, AZ 85547
Purpose: Kiwanis, through guidance and example, works to develop future generations of leaders. Every day, Kiwanians are revitalizing neighborhoods, organizing youth sports programs, tutoring, building playgrounds and performing countless other projects to help children and communities.
Meeting dates: Every Thursday morning at 7 a.m. at Tiny's restaurant.
Contributions to the community: The major ongoing activity of the Kiwanis is to raise funds through numerous events to give back to the community. The dollars raised each year are returned to the Rim Country communities in many ways.