LIMA — The Kiwanis Club of Lima marked a milestone Saturday with the 100th anniversary celebration at Camp Robin Rogers.
The club was officially organized on Aug. 20, 1919.
The Lima club was the 16th club organized in Ohio and the 156th in all of Kiwanis.
The reputation of the Kiwanis Club of Lima has gotten the attention of the top state official in the organization.
“It’s a fantastic thing they’ve done, and it’s one of the reasons I’m here to read something to them about what a nice thing they’ve done for 100 years in your community,” said Tim Cornelius, governor designate for Ohio District Kiwanis for the 2019-20 year. “It’s only one of a few that has hit 100 years.”
Millie Hughes, president of the Kiwanis Club of Lima, added, “We’ve done a lot of good things in 100 years. We not only feel that we’re finishing 100 years, but we’re going to start forward with another great 100 years, and we’re not stopping now. We’ve got a lot of momentum going with a lot of activities.”
The Kiwanis club is all about children.
“We serve children of the community and of the world,” Hughes said. “We have done not only projects that benefit the local kids but we also give donations. Right now we’re giving over $2,000 a year in donations to organizations that serve children.”
A big project they’re working on now is two abilities playgrounds, one at Camp Robin Rogers and the other at Marimor school.
“This is a playground to meet the needs of adults and children with disabilities,” said Candy Newland, Kiwanis Club of Lima member and Jefferson Award winner.
A trip to the abilities playground in Findlay was the impetus to the local project.
“What really sold me is there was a mother there in a wheelchair, and she said, ‘This is the first time I’ve ever been able to play on a playground with my children who don’t have disabilities.’ I thought, ‘I never thought about a parent not being able to do things with their children.’ We thought the playground was a great idea, so we started working on it,” Newland said.
They had heard that Marimor was considering an abilities playground and wanted to join together and do a double project.
“Each playground will actually meet different kinds of needs. The one on the Marimor side, autistic children, their needs will be met there. Out here (at Camp Robin Rogers), we will have both children with disabilities and without, so we need to have a broader spectrum out here,” Newland said.
If you would like to donate to the abilities playgrounds, go to Allabilityplayground.org.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.