Kiwanis celebrates 28 years of tradition |

Kiwanis celebrates 28 years of tradition

Members of the Steamboat Springs Kiwanis Club are selling their annual holiday ornament at grocery stores this week. This is the 28th year for the fundraiser.

— Holiday ornament collectors will want to add Dec. 4 to their calendars — that's when the members of the Kiwanis Club of Steamboat Springs will begin selling the 28th edition of their tree decoration at local grocery stores.

Kiwanis members will offer the fast-selling ornaments through the weekend. Again this year, the ornament will cost $7, and proceeds will benefit the many projects sponsored by the Kiwanis.

The ornament traditionally features a historic scene or local landmark. This year's ornament portrays alpenglow on Mount Werner.

The Kiwanis Club has been active in Steamboat since 1948 and meets every Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Alpenglow Room on the Alpine Campus of Colorado Mountain College.

Club secretary Johanna Russell said the club's mission is providing programs for youths and senior citizens.

"We gave the senior center a piano bench this year because that's what they asked for," Russell said.

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The Kiwanis Club also consistently helps with the Rubber Ducky Race supporting Yampa Valley Medical Center's auxiliary group; Young Tracks, the van that takes seniors grocery shopping; and Partners in Routt County. The club supported the Yampa Valley Science School this year, Russell said.

Internationally, Kiwanis works to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder and contributes to disaster relief.

The Steamboat Kiwanis ornament was first issued in 1982.

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