Kiwanis Club celebrates 90th anniversary Friday

Published 6:01 pm Wednesday, February 28, 2018

For nearly 100 years, Kiwanians have paved the way to help children in the region.

With a laundry list of programs and activities created within the community, the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethton is looking to usher in a historical event this week with the celebration of their 90th anniversary of the club’s founding on Friday, March 2. The event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. inside the fellowship hall of First Christian Church in Elizabethton.

Since 1928, the Club has worked to provide opportunities to children with different events, fundraisers and partnerships with partners, according to Club President Tyler Fleming.

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Friday’s celebration features a bevy of entertainment, including David Arney and the Elizabethton High School men’s ensemble under the direction of Debbie Gouge. Students part of the Elizabethton and Unaka Key Clubs will also be on hand to discuss their work in the community. Food will be catered by J’s Corner.

Kiwanians often host flag distribution days, chili dinners and other events to give back to children. Along with their annual special needs children’s picnic, the organization also partners outlets that cater to children’s needs, including Carter County Head Start, the Imagination Library, city and county Back-2-School Bash events and having K-Kids and Key Clubs set up in city schools and at Unaka High School.

“Kiwanis is unified in the belief that the children and community benefit from efforts of a group of caring and involved volunteers. The men and women in Kiwanis support local children alongside various organization in Elizabethton, Carter County and the surrounding area. We host fundraisers throughout the year and are always looking for new ways to improvement opportunities for you in our community,” Fleming said in an email issued to the Elizabethton Star.

Fleming added the group is always looking forward to accepting new members with a passion and drive to help others in the community. To learn more about the group, visit or the Elizabethton Kiwanis Club Facebook page.