The annual Independence Day Fireworks Show is co-sponsored by the City of Stilwell and the Stilwell Kiwanis Club
Noon meetings are held each Tuesday at Mr. B’s Restaurant, located on the corner of South Third and Locust. Meetings include a time of greeting one another and networking, conducting club business and usually a program that enlightens members about services, programs and activities in the area. We invite you to be our guest at one of our regular meetings, learn more, and get involved.
Members of the Kiwanis Club come from all walks of life, but they have one thing in common, they are people who want to make a difference. Their efforts may result in adding value to their community and its’ citizens or making a difference on a worldwide level through programs sponsored by Kiwanis International.
New members bring new ideas and fresh energy to a club. If interested in getting involved in a worthy endeavor, we invite you to submit an application for membership. Once approved by the current membership, a brief induction ceremony makes the membership official, and you're ready to participate in fun activities that make a big difference in your community.
Although a primary fund raiser for the club, the Strawberry Festival itself is a major benefit to the community in many ways. It promotes tourism and economic development by bringing in thousands of attendees to the city. Youth, as well as adults, benefit in their participation in the event. For instance, by participating in the parade, youth have the opportunity to show their involvement in various programs and activities such as horseback riding, church youth groups, the band, 4-H Clubs, etc. High school musicians enjoy entertaining the crowds by performing on the stage. Youth develop confidence in their abilities by taking advantage of these opportunities to display their talents.
The BUGs (Bring Up Grades) program encourages students from many of the local elementary schools to improve their scholastic abilities by awarding them certificates and prizes for their academic accomplishments.
Teenage girls are given the opportunity to develop poise and communication skills by participating in the Strawberry Queen Pageant, sponsored and conducted by the Stilwell Kiwanis Club. Winners are awarded scholarships and contestants use skills learned from the pageant to be successful in careers, community leadership roles, and even in other beauty pageants.
Another community activity the club is involved in is the annual Fourth of July Fireworks Show. A spectacular display is set off atop Davis Mountain east of downtown Stilwell. At the courthouse pavilion, a program of music by local artists precedes the fireworks show.
During the Christmas Season, club members assemble at the local nursing home to entertain the residents by singing Christmas Carols and wishing them a Merry Christmas with gifts of bags of fruit.
CLUB DONATIONS HELP COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS
Helping the children and youth of our community is at the “heart” of the Kiwanis Club. The club donates money needed to help Special Olympians afford to participate in the state Special Olympics event.
Donations are made to many youth athletic organizations to enable them to conduct events, buy safe equipment, and make participation available to kids that cannot afford it. Buying instruments to give kids the opportunity to play in the band is another need met by Kiwanis.
The “Burn Out” program, which helps replace essentials when a family’s residence is destroyed by fire, is an effort that Kiwanis helps to sponsor.
During the Christmas season, the angel tree program depends on Kiwanis club donations to make sure that any child not sponsored by an individual will not be left without Christmas gifts under the tree.
Believe it or not, the acclaimed Stilwell Strawberry Festival began and still is sponsored by the Stilwell Kiwanis Club. For over 60 years, it has been raising funds that are then distributed to various programs and organizations that benefit the youth in the area.
Although there are major expences in sponsoring an event of this magnitude, the members work hard to realize profits that they can use to make a difference in the lives of the youth of our area.
|To contact the Stilwell Kiwanis Club:
Send mail correspondence to: Stilwell Kiwanis Club, PO Box 1312, Stilwell, OK 74960
Additional Addresses: Texas/Oklahoma Division Website, Kiwanis International Website