The next Kiwanis One Day will take place on April 21, 2012. With a deadline earlier than usual, the Kiwanis Club will have enough time to decide on a project and then plan it, which might take several months, said Brennan MacDowell, who is co-chairing the Kiwanis One Day with Jesse Pugh.
The Kiwanis One Day can include the work on one major project or a few smaller projects in a particular area.
Consistent with its motto — serving the children of the world — the Kiwanis Club is making it a key requirement for this year’s application that children are directly benefitting from a suggested project.
“We want to get back to something where there’s a real tangible impact on the kids in the community,” said MacDowell.
Application forms can be picked up at the Kiwanis Fairgrounds between 8 a.m. and noon from Monday through Friday, or they can be found on the club’s Web site at www.kiwanisofgriffin.com. There is no application fee.
After all applications are received, the Kiwanis One Day Committee, in collaboration with the Kiwanis Club’s Board of Directors, will pick a project by the end of November.
On the day of the event, Kiwanis Club members will volunteer their time and labor to work on the project, though members of the community are welcome to participate as well.
“We can accomplish so much more if we can get the community to join in and work side-by-side with us,” said MacDowell.
Depending on the scope of the project, additional fund-raising events and sponsorships may be necessary to make the project happen, though some of the proceeds from the Spalding County Fair will benefit the Kiwanis One Day.
“Folks should feel good about going to the fair because it really is going to these good causes in the community,” said MacDowell. “It’s that much more important to go out and support the fair.”