Kiwanis celebrates 80th AnniversaryPublished 8:49pm Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Record Staff Writer
The Dadeville Kiwanis Club celebrated its 80th anniversary Thursday. The club was founded in 1934.
Guest speaker Pat Padgett, a member of the Auburn Kiwanis Club, gave a brief timeline of history. Padgett said the Auburn Kiwanis Club sponsored the Dadeville club in 1934, in the midst of historical events such as the Dust Bowl, an unemployment rate of 22 percent and the New Deal era kicking off.
“We’ve got all this going on around us, and what do we do?” Padgett said. “We start a Kiwanis Club.”
The Kiwanis club’s motto has changed over the years, but their main focus is helping the children. The Dadeville club gave four scholarships at their 80th anniversary celebration.
Two of the scholarships went to Dadeville High School Key Club students who were outstanding members, Antonio Blanco-Zarate and Shauna Harrelson. The other two recipients were Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Dadeville High School class of 2014, Megan Simpson and Jack Stephenson.
President Mickey Tarpley also recognized three members for their years of service to the Kiwanis Club.