The Sedalia Kiwanis Club has been in our area doing good deeds now for 100 years.

And it was time to celebrate the accomplishments, reflect on the past, and plan for the future with a big celebration at the Hotel Bothwell.  Now, if you're not familiar with the Kiwanis, here's the lowdown from the official website:

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities worldwide — so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive. Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. Kiwanis clubs focus on changing the world by serving children, one child and one community at a time. To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club — K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.

Kiwanis is a club that's all about kids and helping them reach their future potential. That manifests itself here in Sedalia with the Sacred Heart Key Club, scholarships for area high school seniors, gifts for Sedalia families at Christmas, and the BUG program with local elementary schools (BUG stands for Bringing Up Grades, and it's a simple award given to kids who work hard to get better grades every quarter).  Amongst other projects and fundraisers, of course (a couple of those will be revealed later, so you have to keep reading, you see).

A hundred years is a lot of history, and the club and its service projects have changed a lot over all those years.  The need is still there as always, but adapting and changing is always a good thing!

So, how'd the event go?  Have a look at the photos and see the results! Well, look at them, but don't judge the photographer too much.  Keep in mind it's just me, and there were other people there who actually were professional photographers.  I'm just an amateur with a cell phone.  BUT MY HEART WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE.  Anyway. Enjoy!

Kiwanis 100th Anniversary

If you're interested in finding out more about the Sedalia Kiwanis or maybe even joining, you can reach out on Facebook. Thanks to everyone who came to speak or present (thanks as well to one I didn't photograph, Pastor Candace Fowler - it seemed uncouth to take a picture while she was, you know, leading a prayer), and everyone that came to enjoy the expertly placed mints.  And also, thank you to the no damage hanger for not falling halfway through the ceremony.  I appreciate that.

Photographically yours,

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