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As curtain drops on Kiwanis Club, outreach to kids continues


March 31, 2021

FINAL KIWANIANS: The last remaining Sweet Home Kiwanis members are, from left, Tim Riley and Ben Dahlenburg on the left, Kimi Nash in the center, presenting a check to Gina Riley for the Sweet Home Police Department youth programs, and Duane Wise and Larry Angland at right. Not a member, but present for the occasion was Michael Grins of Sunshine Industries, in the center rear.

After more than 60 years of serving the local community, Sweet Home Kiwanis Club members are leaving a legacy by contributing financially to a variety of causes after deciding to shut down the local organization.

But although the club has been forced to disband, following a decline in membership, members have worked to ensure their outreach efforts for local youth continue. In a sense, it's gotten wheels. More on that in a moment.

"Kiwanis is pretty much dissolved," said Tim Riley, who has been president the past several years, noting that the decision came after months of being unable to...

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