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Service Club Focusing on Children Coming to Lakeland

Commissioner Matt Wright, left, met with Jim Walther about a Kiwanis Club being formed in the Lakeland-Arlington communities.

A service club is coming to Lakeland and Arlington which is dedicated to serving children in the community and building leadership skills at all levels.

Jim Walther of Collierville is the New Club Opening Chair for Kiwanis International and said there will be three organizational meetings this spring to form an Lakeland-Arlington Club.

The first will be from 7 to 8 a.m. March 7 at Rizzi’s Pizza Café at 6230 Green Lee St. in Arlington.

Mr. Walther said. “You will be able to learn about how you can enhance your community by helping our youth and building leadership skills at all levels.  Please RSVP to j.walther@sbcglobal.net by noon Monday, March 6 by simply providing your name and phone number.  Enter the restaurant through “Kiwanis Welcome” doors.  Order your breakfast prior to 7 a.m. and pay when leaving.”

Kiwanis Club information.
Statistics about the Kiwanis Clulb.

Dedicated to serving the children of the world, this global volunteer organization annually raises more than $100 million and dedicates more than 18.5 million hours to strengthen communities and help children. Through service projects and fundraisers, Kiwanis members improve their communities, make lifelong friendships and most importantly help children thrive, prosper and reach their full potential.

The additional organizational meetings will be at 7 a.m.  March 21 and April 4 at the same restaurant.   Mr. Walther encouraged prospective new members to attend all three meetings.  After May 2, there will be a charter event for those wishing to join the newly formed Kiwanis Club.

Mr. Walther said there was a Kiwanis Club in Arlington in 2005 but folded in 2011.  “It happened during a time of unprecedented growth in the area,” he said.    “They stated that they simply could not find someone who wanted to be president of the club that met every week.

“We researched this area during our site survey last year and are trying in various ways to cope with this.  First, we are expanding the area represented by this club to both Arlington and Lakeland.  Second, we are recommending that the club will not meet weekly –but only twice a month;–or they can adopt a more flexible model called the 3-2-1 club.”

The membership fee is $60 and dues will be determined later in the organizational process, said Mr. Walther.


…photo by Jim Willis, Lakeland Currents.