The Kiwanis Club of Aberdeen is celebrating 100 years as a service club this year.
Founded in April 1923, the local service club, which currently has 40 members, meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at the Best Western Ramkota in Minervas.
Lee Schinkel, club president for the past three years, said club projects are focused on kids.
“We have on occasion, helped an adult, but we are really for kids,” he said.
The biggest program sponsored by the Kiwanis is their Ice Cream Carnival and Social, held the Sunday after Labor Day. This program has historically been at Melgaard Park, but had a change of venue in 2022 and planned it at the Boys and Girls Club of Aberdeen.
The Kiwanis Club also gives out scholarships; helps serve meals at The Salvation Army; and helps pack the kids food bags distributed by the Salvation Army.
Rounding out the 2023 officers are vice president Carter Carlson, secretary Don Erlenbusch, and treasurer Jeff Moench. //—Elisa Sand