Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

November 4, 2012

On the lookout for more help

Barry Porterfield
Pauls Valley Democrat — Pauls Valley's three civic clubs are always out there looking to help with community projects. One of those clubs is now on the lookout for more members to help with its cause.

Cranking up a new membership drive is the Pauls Valley Kiwanis Club led by new president Katie Johnson.

As part of the drive Johnson is inviting anyone to drop by and check out the weekly Kiwanis meetings, which start at noon Wednesdays at Pauls Valley General Hospital.

“We have speakers from all over the state, and it's good to meet each week to learn what's going on in the community,” Johnson said. “It's a good way to socialize, network and be informed in our community.

“Our focus this year is increasing membership and participation,” she said. “We've been talking for months about what we could do to increase membership. We just want to get the word out that we're always open to adding new members.

“We welcome anyone interested in joining our club or learning more about it. We're always looking to grow.”

With around 40 members right now, one event next week is designed to bring in people so they can learn more about Kiwanis.

Club members are encouraged to bring a guest for a gathering at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6 at Bob's Pig Shop.

Johnson stresses the Kiwanis Club is active in a lot of community causes with the biggest being in the middle of the summer.

“The fireworks show on July 4th out at Wacker Park is the one we're probably best known for each year.”

The club also donates money to various causes and volunteers to help with different events.

“A lot of times it's difficult to get enough volunteers to participate in an event,” she said.

“If we just had more volunteers we might be able to do more.”

Other club activities include providing two scholarships each year to Pauls Valley students who are college bound, helping kids attend athletic camps, Christmas decorations and putting up flags on some of the big holidays.

Johnson knows Pauls Valley well since she grew up here and is a PVHS graduate, along with her husband Grant. After moving back here a couple of years ago they have worked together as accountants.

She praises the work of all three of PV's civic clubs — Kiwanis, Rotary and Lions.

As clubs their job is to reach out and help the community in a variety of ways.

“All three take an active role in the community and step up to see what the needs are,” Johnson said. “You couldn't ask for a better group of people to work with.

“At Kiwanis we do our best to help the community. As a civic club the focus is to help the children in your community.”

The Rotary meetings are noon Fridays, while the Lions meet the second and fourth Thursdays. Both also gather at the hospital.