Building more than community connections

Nov 18, 2013
Wetumka builds

Before Kiwanians dedicated themselves to “Serving the Children of the World” in 2005, Kiwanis International used to describe the organization’s objective simply as “We Build.” But for one club in Oklahoma, “We Build” still accurately describes the role they play in the community.

“We partner with booster clubs to help provide the manpower and time to build new items that are needed or remodel others,” explains club Secretary Susie Absher. “All the projects we do are mainly centered around the school, to help children both inside and outside the sports programs to be in a safe environment when playing or watching.”

Although some members have welding backgrounds, most just help wherever they can. The group has built a “Welcome to Wetumka” sign, a press box and concession stand for the softball field, the football team’s sponsorship sign and the ticket booth for the softball and baseball fields — appropriately called Kiwanis Field. And the list doesn’t stop there.

“We have also helped build up and maintain our city park, and we built a pavilion to cover the BBQ grill at our lake,” Absher says.

“It’s a service to the community,” club member Roy Osborn says.  — Courtney Meyer

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