The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

October 22, 2012

Kiwanis in Indiana disbands after 90 years


CNHI News Service

WASHINGTON, Ind. — After nine decades of providing scholarships, supporting youth activities and offering fellowship to this small southern Indiana town, the Kiwanis club is no more.

Dwindling involvement and an inability to raise funds for time-honored projects was the reason.

“It formed in 1922 and was chartered in 1923, so it’d be 90 years old,” said Secretary/Treasurer Dean Dorrell. “Here we are 90 years old, in a position to celebrate, and just didn’t make it. It’s a change in culture.”

The once all-male club continued its tradition of Wednesday night meetings and showed a continuing slide in attendance over the years.

Long-time member Jim Pirkle said he was disappointed. “I do hate to see its demise, but as I said, all good things must come to an end and apparently now is the time for Kiwanis to come to an end.”

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Details for this story were provided by The Washington (Ind.) Times-Herald.