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SERVICE LEADERSHIP: During the school year we sponsor, and work with, service clubs in many of the schools within Martin County. In the high schools the clubs are called "Key Clubs," in middle schools they are called "Builder's Clubs," and in elemenary schools they are called "K-Kids."
KIWANIS PARK AT WOODLAWN: The Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn is located on Colorado Avenue in Stuart, near Confusion Corner. In the late 80's the property was mostly neglected and grown over and was the home of the Red Cross which operated out of an old WWII building. The City of Stuart owns the property and has allowed, and has worked with, the KCOS to develop the property into a first class and extremely well used park. The club has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of time in the development of the park. The most recently completed phase was the construction of a playground with barrier free facilities which can be used by anyone - including those with physical disabilities. The next phase is to construct shade over the new playground. The shade is expected to cost up to $100,000 and the Club is looking for sponsors of the shade.
CHRISTMAS CLOTHING SHOPPING: Each December we take about 70 underprivileged children shopping and purchase for them new clothing. Santa attends and each child gets a photo with Santa as well as snacks and a gift bag. The Key Club members greatly assist in this project. Contributions to the event are welcome and can be made on this website in the "Store-Donation Center."
BACK TO SCHOOL CLOTHING AND SUPPLIES: Beginning in 2016, the Club provides back to school clothing and supplies to about 50 underprivileged children. The items are presented at a picnic for the children and their families held at Kiwanis Park in downtown Stuart.
BUGS: Bringing Up GradeS is a Kiwanis program in which school children are recognized and rewarded for having bringing up their grades on their report cards. The KCOS provides the program at J.D. Parker Elementary School.
MARTIN COUNTY FAIR: The KCOS operates a booth at the Martin County Fair during February of each year. The theme of the booth changes from time to time and it is now the giving away of books to chldren. During the year our Service Leadership clubs and our Kiwanis members collect used books from the community which are then given away at the Fair.
BRAIN BAGS: Helping People Succeed has a program in which the parents of all children born in Martin and St. Lucie Counties receive a "Brain Bag" which includes information and items which help new parents learn how to care for their new-born children. The KCOS provides a portion of the funding for the Brain Bags.
AKTION CLUB: Kiwanis International provides a program wherein people with disabilities can have a way to provide service to their communities. The KCOS has long sponsored an Aktion Club in coordination with the ARC of Martin County.
Service Projects: Occasional, past, or one time projects that have been completed (The following is a very short list of accomplished projects and is to give you an idea of the variety of projects through which the KCOS has helped the people of Martin County.)
CHRISTMAS PARADE: The annual Stuart Christmas parade is held during the first part of December. Some of our members represent the KCOS on the planning commitee. Many club members participate in the operation of the parade.
MARTIN COUNTY COMMUNITY POOL: In the 1960's the KCOS lead the project for the construction of the first public swimming pool in Martin County. The pool, located at Martin County High School, is still in use.
YMCA: The KCOS donated the first $5,000.00 to start the YMCA of Martin County. Many of the initial directors of the YMCA were members of the KCOS. Subsequently, the KCOS donated a picnic area consisting of a shelter area and grills.
LYRIC THEATRE: The KCOS was one of the first financial supporters of Friends of The Lyric, Inc. which is the non-profit organization that has developed and operates the Lyric Theatre in downtown Stuart.
SCHOLARSHIPS: For many years the KCOS provided scholarships to graduating high school seniors.
GAZEBO AT MARTIN COUNTY COURT HOUSE: The gazebo which is located next to the Martin County Court House was financed in large part by a contribution by the KCOS.
SHOTS FOR TOTS: For many years the KCOS assisted the MC Health Department in the organizing of pre-school shots for children and provided funds for immunizations.
BOY SCOUTS: The KCOS provided $15,000. for the development of the Camp Clear Lake facilities at the Tanah Keeta Boy Scout Reservation in the Tequesta area of South Martin County. http://www.gulfstreamcouncil.org/tk.asp
ARC OF MARTIN COUNTY: The KCOS provided funds to the ARC of Martin County to provide a sensory room for people with disabilities.
Fundraising Projects - Current:
HISTORICAL ORNAMENTS: Each year, club member Virginia Hill designs an ornament representing some part of the history of Martin County. The ornaments are released for sale in the fall of each year and make great Christmas gifts. Many people have complete sets.
SPORTING CLAY SHOOT: Club member Barbara Essenwine organizes our newest fundraiser which had it's inauguaral event in November 2012. It is held at the South Florida Shooting Club west of Palm City. The net funds from this project will be used for a large expansion of the Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn consisting of a barrier free playground.
PANCAKES IN THE PARK: Each year, usually in March or April, the KCOS holds an "all you can eat" pancake breakfast at the Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn.
Fundraising Projects - Former (See Club History in the Menu for more information on some of our former projects)
RADIO-TV AUCTION: For many years (1962-1990) the Club held an auction on the local CBS television station (then located and broadcasting from its studio on Britt Road (now the local office of Comcast) and on WSTU radio. The auction was held for 28 years as a radio-tv auction before switching to a live auction when the area lost the CBS station and its broadcast facilities. In the last year, a live auction was held at the Lyric Theatre. The radio-tv auction was held on 2 consecutive nights, a Wednesday and a Thursday. Full page ads in local newspapers gave residents a list of the items for auction, all of which had been donated by local merchants and citizens.
JUPITER ISLAND CLUB GOLF OUTING. For many years (decades), the Club held an annual golf outing at the exclusive and private Jupiter Island Club golf course on Jupiter Island. The event was held on the Saturday in early May immediately following the closing of the course for the summer. The event was not a contest and awards were not presented because it was the only time each year that non-club members could play the course and it sold out each year without advertising and without having to provide awards. Free drinks and lunch were provided. The event ended after the Jupiter Island Club had to start course renovations immediately after the course closed for the summer. In the following year the Jupiter Island Club allowed a Hobe Sound based non-profit to take the place of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart in use of the course.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Each year from 2007 to 2013 the Club held a College Football Preveiw event. Just before the beginning of the college football season (late July) we would bring in well known football personalities associated with each of the 6 Florida universities that have football teams who would give an update of what to expect for the next college football season. The program included a lot of fun and information about the upcoming seasons for the 6 teams. The event was accompanied with silent, Chinese, and live auctions.