Kiwanis to host community event July 11

Three local Kiwanis clubs are hosting a night of service open to the public from 5 to 6:30 p.m. July 11. The free event will be held at The Forge on 4th, 418 Fourth St. in Columbus. The clubs are asking that those attending bring school supplies to donate.

Jeff Blasdel, member of Kiwanis Meridian in Columbus sees the event as a good opportunity for the public to do some service, as well as learn about Kiwanis and what they do in the community.

Kiwanis is a service club, and the clubs in the area focus on work that benefits children.

In addition to collecting school supplies, the Kiwanis clubs are looking to create 200 stuffed animals for Riley Children’s Hospital Teddy Bear Love Fund and write cards to put in Beloved Bags for foster kids.

“We all have serving hearts and want to help our community,” said Blasdel.

In addition to service, the three clubs also offering refreshments, and an opportunity to learn more about Kiwanis, with hopes that it will build interest in joining. Blasdel said this is something that other clubs in the area have done.

Eric Brunn, member of the Evening Kiwanis club in Columbus, said he believes people in the area know the clubs exist, but may not be entirely sure what they do.

“This is going to be a good way for us to get out there,” Brunn said. His hope is that the public will learn more about what joining Kiwanis is like. While they may be most visible at the BBQ chicken booth at the county fair, Evening Kiwanis also has a scholarship fund, and they are the host organization of Key Club at Columbus North High School.

Basil Fritsch, president of Columbus Golden K Kiwanis, thinks the night of service is a good example of a time the three clubs are coming together. Fritsch said the clubs make an effort to support each other’s fundraising events.

“We’re very close with the other two clubs,” he said.

In addition to being a good example of collaborative efforts, Fritsch also says the night will be a good way to raise interest in joining a club.

“We want to do that by showing people what exactly the Kiwanis clubs do,” he said.

Meeting times for Kiwanis clubs

Columbus Evening Kiwanis

Meets every second and fourth Monday at Panera from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Columbus Meridian Kiwanis

Meets every first and third Thursday at Breeden Realtors from noon to 1 p.m.

Columbus Golden K Kiwanis

Meets every Monday at 10 a.m. at Mill Race Center