The objective of Kiwanis International is to change the world, one child and one community at a time Therefore the primary purpose of the Stilwell Kiwanis Club is to sponsor programs and partnerships that benefit the youth of Adair County. During the last fiscal year, The Stilwell Kiwanis Club contributed over $31,000 in funds raised during the annual Strawberry Festival to assist with the youth and and community activities and programs listed below:
Adair County 4-H
Adair County Fair Board
Adair County Angel Tree
Caroling and Gifts at Stilwell Nursing Home
ICTC Christmas - Foster Children
Shop with a Cop
Green Country Dairy Goat Club
Jeremiah 29 Foundation
Kiwanis Childrens Fund
Make a Wish Oklahoma
Festival Marching Band Stipends
Queen Pageant Scholarships
Stilwell Public Library
Westville Little League
Snack Pack Program
New Life Church Back Packs
Boys State Sponsorship
Girls State Sponsorship
ICTC Service Program
Sophomore of the Year
Stilwell Activity Show Choir
Stilwell Key Club
Stilwell Public School Foundation
Adair County Boys and Girls Club
B.U.G. Program (see section below)
Relay for Life
Read to Succeed, a Kiwanis Literacy Program that donates books during Trunkoween and the Easter Egg hunt
DHS-Foster Day Camp
Easter Egg Hunt
Fire Angel Program
Independence Day Fireworks
McIntosh Home Foundation
Adair County Foster Children Birthday Party
Lighting and benches for Kiwanis Stage
The Kiwanis-sponsored BUG (Bringing Up Grades) program is currently running in seven Adair County schools: Stilwell Grade School, Maryetta, Zion, Bell, Rocky Mountain, Dahlonegah and Westville. We partner with Wal-Mart and Sonic. We recognize students with all A's and students who bring up at least one of their grades but do not let any grades drop. The program is for students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th except for Stilwell where it includes 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades.
BUGS and Super BUGS
BUGS and Super BUGS
BUGS and Super BUGS
The Strawberry Festival is the Stilwell Kiwanis Club's primary fundraising project and provides the resources for many service projects during the year, including the following:
The annual Independence Day fireworks show on top of Davis Mountain is a joint project with the City of Stilwell. This spectacular show is visable not only in the city but also in many of the surrounding rural areas.
The Easter Egg hunt at Adair Park is enjoyed by hundreds of area youth. Drawings for numerous prizes add to this annual event. A grand prize of a bicycle is awarded to a girl and boy who draw the lucky tickets.
A cold, windy day with heavy rain in the forecast didn't stop Adair County youth from enjoying the 2019 Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt. In addition to drawings for many prizes including two bicycles, 500 books were distributed.
Natalie Gaches, Stilwell Kiwanis Club's 2019 Sophomore of the Year, receives her award of $250 and a certificate from District 31 Lt. Governor and club secretary Dan Collins.
The annual Strawberry Festival queen pageant is the first official event for the festival. The 2019 queen and her court are Audra Gregory, 1st runner-up, Sidney Ritter, 2019 queen, and Sydneigh Fourkiller, 2nd runner-up.
In 2018 the Kiwanis Stage was constructed to replace an aging bandstand. All the funds for the project were donated by the public and the county commissioners provided labor and equipment for the groundwork.
Kiwanis helps sponsor the Stilwell Shop with a Cop program where a law enforcement representative helps a child purchase $100 worth of Christmas presents.
Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. As with Kiwanis International, the primary purpose of the Stilwell Kiwanis Club is to sponsor programs that benefit children in the community. The club also offers opportunities for members to be involved in civic activities that benefit the community while networking with other community leaders.
Since 1924 the six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International have been:
Miss Cobie Bunch, representing Stilwell High School, received the 2018 Division 31 Sophomore of the Year award at this year's Texas-Oklahoma District Kiwanis convention in Abilene, Texas. This is the first time that a student from Adair County has won this award. In addition to a plaque and certificate from the Texas-Oklahoma District, she will receive a $600 scholarship when she enrolls in an institution of higher learning after her graduation. Congratulations, Cobie!
In order to work with youth (which is the focus of Kiwanis) all members must pass a background check.
The Kiwanis year begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. Dues for 2018-2019:
Including noon meals - $400 a year
Without the meals included - $250 a year
Retirees over 65 without meals - $185 a year
Dues are reduced:
25% when joining after January 1
50% when joining after March 1
75% when joining after June 1