Kiwanis International began as a single Detroit club and, over the last 100 years, has grown into a premier international service organization with Kiwanis and Kiwanis-affiliated groups, such as Key Club, CKI and Aktion Club.
Kiwanis International donates more than 18 million hours of service each year and raises more than $100 million in charitable funds annually.
The local club, chartered 65 years ago, is the home club of four lieutenant governors for Division 32 of the Texas Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International: Jim Tully, Kerry Craig, James Law and Dan Hamiter.
The local club stays busy year round with projects that include the upcoming Pancake Day, cooking burgers for the Special Games day, providing T-shirts for Hopkins County Special Olympics, Kiwanis-Brookshire’s Christmas Food Drive that provides food boxes for as many as 350 families each year, and the flag project that places United States flags around the square and throughout the city on special holidays. Kiwanis also participates in or sponsors Kidfishing at Peavine PInion Pond, CASA, providing lunch for the Key Club Headstart program, Easter eggstravanganza and other events.
The local organization also sponsors the Sulphur Springs High School Key Club and, each year gives a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior in one of the high schools in the county as well as a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating Key Club member.
A vast majority of money raised through the local club’s projects remains in Sulphur Springs and Hopkins County.
Sulphur Springs Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at Home Plate Restaurant on East Shannon Road. Danny Weems is the current president of the local club.