By Mary Ann Inman, REPORTER

 Clinton Kiwanis Club’s Radio Auction will be held on Saturday. Call 608-282-4850 from 8 a.m. to noon to bid on a variety of donated items. You also can attend the live auction in person at Town Bank. Kiwanis President Jill Gunderson said, “I’d like to think the Clinton Kiwanis have been making a difference for the last 58 years and hope the club can continue to do so into the future! The mission of Kiwanis is to serve the children of the world, one child, and one community at a time. Our club always welcomes new members.”

In 1924, Kiwanis Objects were approved by club delegates at the Kiwanis International Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the decades, they have remained unchanged. Objects include: (1) to give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life, (2) to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships. (3) to promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and professional standards, (4) to develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship. (5) to provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build better communities, and (6) to cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and goodwill.

Kiwanis Club of Clinton has concentrated its major emphasis on community youth programs, scholarships and academic encouragement. The money raised from the Radio Auction, will go towards the following: scholarships to graduating Seniors (now $3,000 to $4000 annually), academic awards to students in grades 7-12, sponsorship of Badger State Boys and Badger State Girls students, a multitude of school programs such as Sixth Grade Camp, Washington D.C. trip, Evening with the Arts, Band, Musicals, Camp Invention, and Clinton Youth Sports Programs including youth basketball, youth soccer, youth football, youth baseball and CHS leadership breakfasts.

MARY ANN INMAN, PHOTO - The Clinton Topper. From left: Josh Flickinger and Bill Perkins are auctioneers for the Kiwanis Radio Auction broadcast on WGEZ 1490.

MARY ANN INMAN, PHOTO – The Clinton Topper.
From left: Josh Flickinger and Bill Perkins are auctioneers for the Kiwanis Radio Auction broadcast on WGEZ 1490.

The Kiwanis also give to other service organizations such as SMILES, Clinton Community Outreach, Friends of Carver Roehl Park, Pelishek-Tiffany Nature Trail, Clinton Public Library, Stateline Literacy Council, Clinton Historical Society, Clinton Fire Department, and Vets Roll.

The annual nut sale profit is always directed towards a local service organization, typically the Clinton Community Outreach or historically the Hands of Faith Homeless Shelter. This year the profit is going towards the newly formed Rock County Resource Center. The club also supports Kiwanis’ Camp Wawbeek with donations and gives to the International Foundation with donations to the Eliminate Project to battle maternal neonatal tetanus worldwide.

This list does not include many other projects of the past, only part of what the club is currently been supporting! Proceeds from the auction will help the community.