New Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka is hosting a party to celebrate its Charter

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Main photo: The Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka Charter unveiling was on October 13. 2017 at Partners Hall with (from left) Rick Brooks, Secretary; Janice Larade; Chuck McIlravey, Club Counselor; Natalie Gallagher; Brittany Robbins, Club President; Halley Clover; Stephanie Worthington (Lt. Governor Division 8); Bobby Moo Young, Governor, Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District; and Mayor Scott Aitchison

This Saturday, November 25, the Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka is hosting a party in celebration of the club reaching Charter status.

The club was formed earlier this summer and now has 21 members, but would like to have 30 members by the spring.

“We’re always looking for more members. More hands make light work,” said Rick Brooks, secretary of the club. “We’re blessed as a new club; the sky’s the limit for what we can do for fundraising and service projects.”

As a new club, he said, they can do a community analysis and see what’s needed.

“Huntsville has a lot of needs,” said Brooks. “The need for accessibiltiy, inclusiveness, accommodation and good paying jobs [stand out].”

Kiwanis is geared toward helping children in the communities they serve. “We’ll be looking at some of the school-based programs, K-Kids (Ages 6 to 12) and Builders Club (ages 12 to 14). We’re also looking at supporting YWCA Muskoka and the Girlz Unplugged, Boyz Unplugged, and Circles programs,” Brooks said.

One of the club’s first major fundraising objectives will be to support Huntsville Public School and their quest to build an accessible playground.

We haven’t guaranteed what money is on the line, but when we get our first major fundraiser off the ground (sometime after Christmas) that’s where that’s going. When you’ve got a nice playground but only a certain fraction of the community can enjoy it, that’s not good.Rick Brooks, secretary of the newly formed Kiwanis Club of Huntsville Muskoka

He also has his sights set on recognizing first responders in the community. “That’s a side of the community you sometimes just take for granted,” he said.

If you would like to attend the Charter party, tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $70 each (or two for one for prospective members) and can be purchased through the Huntsville/Lake of Bays Chamber of Commerce via phone at 705-789-4771 or or e-transfers at [email protected]

If you’re interested in becoming a member you can contact Rick Brooks at 705-635-2101.

Read an earlier Doppler story about the club here.

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