Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek invests in the community

Jerry Waling is president of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek for 2015-16. (Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek)

Jerry Waling is president of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek for 2015-16. (Courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek)


During my year as president of the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek, I will be submitting periodic columns about our club’s activities. We are a very active Kiwanis Club and do a number of projects that are aimed at improving the town of Queen Creek and the surrounding area by helping the youth of our community.

We sponsor two key clubs, student leadership and service groups, one at Queen Creek High School and another at ASU Preparatory Academy as well as an Aktion Club for special needs adults at Oddessey of Queen Creek. Each year we invest over $20,000 back into the community through our youth programs. Hopefully these articles will give you a better picture of what we do during the year and encourage you to support or join us in our endeavor.

On Oct. 14, Maria Silva and Rose Ann Dodson accompanied 37 children on a school shopping spree at Penny’s in the Superstition Mall. Maria Silva said that it was a resounding success. “The kids had activities and the opportunity to pick out school clothes for themselves and enjoy a lunch at McDonald’s. It is a treat to see the children’s smiles and sparkling eyes as they shop for themselves.”

Each year our Kiwanis Club donates $2,500 for this project. We feel excited that we have the opportunity to provide new clothes for needy children at the beginning of the school year. Maria, a five-year Kiwanian and past president, brought this project to us through her work with the Queen Creek Unified School District. It is one of many projects that we sponsor and participate in.

Editor’s note: Jerry Waling is president of the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek.

Jerry Waling is with the Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek

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