Tallahassee Kiwanis Club celebrates 100th year | #childsafety | #kids | #chldern | #parents | #schoolsafey

“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.”

Mike Alderman, the current 70-year-old President of the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club took a few moments to look back with pride at the Club he has been part of for the last 44 years. Organizations such as the Kiwanis Club are in his genealogical history: his grandfather was a Rotarian; his father in Knights of Columbus; and he says his son is a member of the Knights of Malta.

This year on June 28 at the Golden Eagle Country Club, all 30 members of the Tallahassee Kiwanis Club are likely to join Alderman and enjoy a dinner and dance celebrating the Club’s centennial year.

But “30 members” is no misprint. Things have changed since the days when nearly every man in business or sales, law, government, education, or medicine was a member of a “service organization.”

The Tallahassee Kiwanis Club, here with a cake from its 94th birthday, will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a dinner on June 28, 2023.

Falling numbers for clubs

Rotary, Sertoma, Civitan, Elks, Moose, Lions, and Kiwanis have all seen their numbers fall. Whether from an aging demographic with the time to devote to meetings and participation, a change in how modern society views community involvement, or simply another effect of social media and the shift in what personal relationships are —membership in all service organizations has fallen. 


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