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Truly involved: Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis are 'Best Organization to Join'
Caring for people young and old, ill or needy, near or far, Snoqualmie Valley Kiwanis Club was named the Best Organization to Join for 2011.
We asked Paul Tredway, a six year member of Kiwanis and current president of the organization, to share his thoughts on the organization's mission and members.
What is the Kiwanis' chief function?
Our primary mission is to help support children throughout the world.
How do you keep members involved?
(We) allow them to work on our projects and fundraisers in order to gain 'Kiwanis moments.'
What is a Kiwanis moment?
A Kiwanis moment occurs when you see the gratitude in a person’s face when you have helped that person. It is the good feeling you get when you know you have made someone else’s life just a little bit better. We sometimes refer to what we do as “servant leadership”.
Why did you join Kiwanis?
I joined Kiwanis for a couple of reasons. The first is to give something back to the community in which I live. I believe it is every citizen’s responsibility to make the community in which they live and / or work a better place (always leave a place better than the way you found it). The second reason was for fellowship with people I both like and respect. Because we are such a “hands on” group (very involved in the community), I think Kiwanis fulfills those reasons.
I believe we were placed on this earth for two basic reasons. The first is to find our own particular purpose – what ever it is that you know you were meant to do – whatever it is that gives your life meaning. The second is to be in service to others. Ideally, the ultimate goal is to combine whatever it is you were meant to do with being in service to others. I realize that achieving that is often difficult to do, but I think we should all give it our best shot.
What is a priority for you?
Some of our priorities in the community are to provide scholarships for graduating seniors at both Mount Si High School and Two Rivers School; help needy families when possible; support our senior citizens; provide help to the Salvation Army; provide gifts for children at Christmas; help support our veterans; sponsor Key Clubs at the high school level, Builders Clubs at middle school level and Circle K clubs at the college level.
The Pacific Northwest Governor's Project supports pediatric oncology fellowship programs at three hospitals: Doernbecher Children's Hospital at OHSU in Portland, Ore.; Seattle Children's Hospital; and British Columbia Children's Hospital in Vancouver. These programs train this and the next generation of pediatric cancer specialists and researchers. Childhood cancers are the number one disease killer of children.
What does this nomination mean to you?
This is a tremendous honor for us. It validates our belief that being truly involved in the community helps change people's lives for the better. Please join us with your support and become a member.
What is something you are doing that locals don't know about?
Our pancake breakfast on May 7 will help benefit the (Snoqualmie Valley) Veteran's Memorial.
• To learn more about Kiwanis, contact Paul Tredway at (425) 888-3650 or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.