By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. For many years our local club operated without a centre, but in 1994, Kiwanis built the Hank Braam Kiwanis Centre to fill an identified need in the community. The building now hosts many successful events every year, including fundraisers for both the Kiwanis and other community organizations. As well, it provides a large venue for music shows, weddings and community events.
The community center is the main focus of the club, but you don’t have to go far to see where else the organization’s fundraising skills are used. Kiwanis funds supplied the glass panels and heaters in the stands at the Hillsborough arena. In 1984 the Club built the Kiwanis Senior’s Lodge in response to a need for local housing. By offering much needed affordable and comfortable accommodations, the complex has enabled many seniors to remain in their community
The club provides yearly donations to organizations like Minor Hockey, Fundy Blades, Elementary School Grade 5 breakfast, Kiwanis Seniors lodge, Forest Dale Home and the CRHS Graduation bursary and watch award.
Each spring and fall, Kiwanis sends two high school youth to the Key Leader Trainer seminar hosted by Kiwanis International in Gagetown. This three-day seminar provides the students with the opportunity to learn leadership skills that prepare them to participate in changing their school, community, and the world…all for the better.
The Kiwanis Club meets weekly on Thursday nights. They operate the canteen at the rink and host the weekly bingo at the Kiwanis center. Members participate in many worthwhile causes, but it is not all work. Some special member events are pure fun, like the annual Cribbage Tournament and Christmas party. The Kiwanis is a great local and international organization that comes with it own rewards. To become a member or find out more about the organization visit them on Facebook or speak to current member.
Written by Barry Snider. Barry is the principal at Riverside Consolidated School. He also serves as Mayor of the Village of Hillsborough, and is a member of the Hillsborough Kiwanis Club.