Letter: Carmel still has an active Kiwanis club



With news of the recent closure of the Carmel Clay Kiwanis Club, and subsequent comments by several readers, we would like to correct the record regarding Kiwanis activities in the Carmel area. The Carmel Golden K Kiwanis Club, in existence since 1986, currently numbers 50 members, including 10 women. While our stated goal of providing help to area children is a priority, we serve the community in various other ways. We are the sponsor of Key Clubs at both Carmel and Westfield high schools. Last month scholarships were presented to three seniors at these schools. We sponsor the Robotics Team at CHS. The Janus Aktion Club was sponsored by us, and we continue to provide support for their activities. We also sponsor one of several Boy Scout Troops in the Carmel area. Among our other local activities: Bell-ring for the Salvation Army, food drives, Teachers’ Treasures collections and our award-winning Woodshop, which turns out thousands of toys for children all over our area. Several of our members help coordinate the manufacture and distribution of cloth dolls for use in local hospitals. Each year the club partners with social services in Carmel to provide gym shoes to needy fifth- and sixth-grade students. Selling popcorn at the Gazebo concerts this month is one of our more visible current activities. Yes, Kiwanis is still quite active in Carmel. Our membership is primarily made up of retirees, but there also is a good representation among men and women still in the workforce. We are always looking for any community-minded person who would enjoy good fellowship and a chance to join in our club activities.
Don Moehn, 46074