Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Calgary Downtown, the Kiwanis
Club of Red Deer was chartered in 1951 with Fred Horn as its first
President. We still benefit from the counsel of charter members
Fred Horn, Dr. Stu Fleming and Dr. Harold Spencer, who remain as
life members of our club. In turn, the Kiwanis Club of Waskasoo of
Red Deer was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer on March
23, 1964 which continued to provide Kiwanis service until it
merged with the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer in 1994. Today there is
one Kiwanis Club in Red Deer and it continues the proud tradition
of service to our community through its 50 or so active men and
women members. The work of the Kiwanis Club of Red Deer since its
inception has taken many varied forms, all designed to make Red
Deer a better place to live. Now about 80% of our capacity is in
the support of youth with the remainder supporting seniors. These
causes continue to expand and grow through new initiatives and the
success we achieve through our dedicated members.
Among many, some of the contributions the club has made over
the years were towards establishing or supporting the following:
Twilight Homes Foundation - Inspired and led the eventual
building of 354 Seniors Retirement units in Red Deer. Bought by
the government in 1985, the Foundation, which is now a registered
society under the Alberta Societies Act, now manages and operates
these facilities, with seven of nine Board members from the
Kiwanis Club. Through fortuitous endowments, this Foundation is
able to contribute to many causes and over $830,000 has been
donated to the Red Deer Regional Hospital.
Red Deer Public Library Expansion and Renovations - $80,000 donation
Red Deer Hospice Society received a major contribution from the Kiwanis Club
of Red Deer along with the Twilight Homes Foundation to build the Hospice building
located in Anders Park in Red Deer. Twilight Homes Foundation continues to support the Hospice, with a donation of $300,000 for their expansion and a yearly donation for operational support.
Kiwanis Harmony Gardens, located at Kerrywood Nature Center was a recent project sponsored
by Red Deer Kiwanis Club and Twilight Homes Foundation. The first year round musical park
for the city of Red Deer.
Alberta Special Olympics - Sponsored the initial ambassador to
initiate this in AB, BC, The Yukon and N.W.T.
Ronald MacDonald House - Red Deer Kiwanis in conjunction with Twilight
Homes foundation made a $125,000 commitment over 5 years. Their donation went towards a room for families of children undergoing procedures at the Red Deer Regional Hospital, to stay and be close to their loved ones. Recently members sponsored a dinner evening for persons staying at the Ronal McDonald House.
Red Deer Youth and Volunteer Centre - $55,000 donation for the property purchase
Red Deer Regional Hospital - Donated $30,000 to construction of the children's play area
Little Chief Park - Paid for construction of cooking facilities
and picnic area still in use
R.C.M.P Crime Prevention Trailer - Donated $14,000 for design
and construction. Now used by the Big Brothers and Big Sisters
Org. at Camp Alexo near Nordegg.
"Victims of Crime" Project - Donated $4,000 for
Other community agencies which have received significant
financial and/or volunteer support include The United Way, The
Salvation Army, The Central Alberta Women's Shelter, Women's
Outreach Society, The Genealogical Society, The Red Deer Fire
Emergency Fund and Senior's Residences.
Ellis Bird Farm received donations and our members were on site to help with the expansion of the areas for public viewing and informaiton centers.
For a more indepth document on the club history, please click on the link Below to view our
Kiwanis History Book