Kiwanis Club has been a staple of Silsbee for 80 years now as it celebrates its birthday. Here fellow Kiwanian Mic Cowart of Entergy speaks. -Photo by Daniel Elizondo
It goes with time how successful clubs have become.
For Kiwanis Club of Silsbee, it has proven the strength it has created in the community with its long history of existence.
Now celebrating 80 years, Kiwanis Club of Silsbee is 37 members strong and continues to provide service for youth.
The first orginizational meeting for Kiwanis was held in May 1933.
The Beaumont Kiwanis Club became instrumental in the organization of the Silsbee Club, helping it get off of the ground in its inception.
Since then, the Silsbee Club has provided five Division 10 Lt. Governors, which includes Walter Land, who currently is serving on his second term.
Kiwanis Club of Silsbee continues fundraising projects in the community including its U.S. Flag Service throughout the community during holidays, the annual Chili Supper and annual Golf Tournament.
Along with its fundraising duties, Kiwanis Club has a history of community support and involvement in Kiwanis International projects.
The club meets each Wednesday at the Silsbee Country Club, where it gathers for food, fellowship and discussions for upcoming fundraisers. Also at each meeting, the club is welcomed by a guest speaker each week, that provides insightful information from other entities, businesses or projects within the area.
Just recently, the club participated in a project at Silsbee Walmart to help encourage people to donate dried good items and/or even cash for a local charity.
Kiwanis also provides for the Eliminate Project, a unified force between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.
According to the Kiwanis Eliminate Project website, the deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.
Along with service projects, Kiwanis also provides scholarships to two Silsbee High School graduating seniors each year.
The club consistently raises funds to aid organizations in the area including the Hardin County Boys and Girls Club, Christian Care Center, Salvation Army, Silsbee Public Library, Silsbee High School, and many more too numerous to mention.
Also instrumental in the success of Kiwanis Club are two Key Clubs in the area, including Silsbee High School and Lumberton High School Key Clubs that have worked in conjunction to help raise funds.
Anyone interested in helping Kiwanis can contact Sharon Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org or Daniel Elizondo at email@example.com.