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Harriet Reece is the winner of Week 41 of Orofino History Trivia.

Kiwanis Club of Orofino is the answer. Information and graphics were gathered from their web site.

The Kiwanis Club of Orofino received its charter on Aug. 24, 1954. The new club was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston-Clarkston.

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It didn't take the Kiwanis Club of Orofino long to get involved in community service as they started a drive for a new community hospital in September of that year. For many years the club supported the medical needs in the community as well as many other projects in the schools and in the community. The club is currently spearheading a campaign to build a Clearwater Community Complex.

The club's primary focus is youth and youth activities now. Some of the activities are:

  • Awarding three $1,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors.
  • Kids' Fair: A gathering of youth related support groups to "strut their stuff". As part of the event, Kiwanis Club takes pictures of the children and provides identification cards for them.
  • Christmas Express: The club distributes Christmas gifts for those who may not be able to get them otherwise. The gifts are provided by club members and solicitations from merchants and the public.
  • Track Club: The Kiwanis Club sponsors a high school track club by providing money and insurance to cover their efforts.

Kiwanis clubs view their role within their respective communities with a great deal of foresight. Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, "Young Children: Priority One." This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, childcare, early development, infant health, nutrition and parenting skills.

Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generation of leaders through sponsoring youth service clubs, K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level. Kiwanis youth organizations teach community service and leadership skills to young people. In additions, Aktion Clubs are made up of adults with mental and physical disabilities who enthusiastically perform service to help others. The Kiwanis Club of Orofino only sponsors two K-Kids clubs at this time.

Orofino's Kiwanis club is a snapshot of the community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a committed group of caring and involved volunteers.

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Photo: Kiwanis Club of Orofino members pose in front of the Veterans of Foreign Wars building in the 1950's. They are identified from left as: Dr. R.T. Hopkins, Art Hyde, Robert Oud, R.E. Thomas, Ben Bear, W.C. Pease, John Hughes, Don Moore, Walter Harris, William H. Harber, John Fagan and A.B. "Bert" Curtis.

Monday: They started to help.

Tuesday: Lewiston gave a hand.

Wednesday: It involved medical.

Thursday: They love children.

Friday: They ring bells for Salvation Army, sell ads for Radio Day and pick up old Christmas trees.

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