The Williams Kiwanis Club has a number of successful fund-raisers each year.
Currently, the club is thinking of ways to increase moneymaking efforts and get the word out the club is here for the community.
“If anyone donates money or we raise money, it all goes to the kids,” said Cindi Dalhover, club secretary.
Over the last year, the club has contributed to a number of different youth causes.
“We sponsored the youth football league,” said Elsie Faison, current vice president and president elect for the club. “We gave a donation to help send Diana Garcia, who was chosen to represent the state in California (for a Family Career and Community Leaders of America conference), and she did win a silver medal.
“Of course, we sponsored our youth group — the Builder’s Club. This year they went on a rafting trip, and we also sponsored, through the Salvation Army, a needy child for camp this summer.
“We did an awful lot.”
Other youth or youth projects that Williams Kiwanis Club donated to include: Williams High School student Whitney Opperman, who went to Florida for the national Future Business Leaders of America conference this summer; the WHS band; Williams Youth Football League cheerleaders; WHS marquee; the Christmas toy drive with Williams Police Department; Williams Special Olympics; the WHS cheerleaders trip to California in the spring; the Builder’s Club picnic/lunch area at the Williams Elementary/Middle School and other Builder’s Club events; the Special Olympics Torch Run; middle school student council; and two hours of open swim at Williams Aquatic Center.
“We gave away pretty close to $2,600,” Dalhover said.
The Arizona Silver Haired Legislature, Williams Senior Center walk-a-thon, Williams Diabetes Support Group’s Walk for Diabetes 2001 and the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life in Williams also received support in the form of money and/or volunteer hours.
Recently, the club started planning events for this year.
“Of course, our swap meets areour best income producer and will continue as long as we have a space for it,” said Dalhover.
The swap meets are on the corner of Railroad Avenue and Seventh Street each Saturday and Sunday.
“The Kiwanis swap meet funds go to sponsor youth activities in Ash Fork, Williams and Parks,” said Faison, who is also in charge of the weekend meets.
In addition to the swap meets, the club sponsors a spaghetti dinner each year.
“We discussed having two dinners a year — one in the spring and one in the fall,” said Dalhover.
The spaghetti dinner is a combined effort between the local club and the Builder’s Club.
The club also has a 1776 flag replica that was flown at the nation’s capital during the 1976 bicentennial celebration.
“We have a great flag to raffle,” said Dalhover. “Maybe we’ll do that next Fourth of July and have a Fourth of July raffle become one of our signature events.”
This year on the holiday, the club raffled off an Andre Agazzi tennis
racquet, making $626 for the club. Kenny Brooks, owner of Rosa’s Cantina, won the prize.
A Drug Awareness Resistance Education equestrian poker run, having a Kiwanis table at the swap meet to sell donated items and selling food or water during a special event, were also discussed as events the club could do this year.
“If there was any event where we could sell food, I’m sure we could make a profit,” said Eleanor Addison, city clerk and Kiwanis member.
Anyone who has a fund-raising suggestion or who is interested in learning more about Kiwanis is invited to attend one of their weekly meetings noon Wednesday at Rosa’s Cantina, 411 N. Grand Canyon Boulevard.