Providence Point, Issaquah
Serving the Children of the World
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Installation Dinner on September 29
9/22/2016

The installation of officers and board members for the 2016-17 Kiwanis administrative...

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Annual Fund Drive Results
7/6/2016

The final results of the 2016 Annual Kiwanis Fund Drive were presented to...

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K-Kids Visit
5/21/2016
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Members of the Discovery Elementary School K-Kids club visited us on Friday,...

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WELCOME TO THE KIWANIS CLUB OF PROVIDENCE POINT

 

CUB PACK 225 ACTIVITY

Pack 225, the Cub Scout Pack we sponsor, recently completed a tour of Meadowbrook Farm in North Bend.  The trip was led by Kiwanis member, Dave Olson.  The trip included a visit to the Interpretive Center where the cubs were given a review of the history of the 460 acre property.  Dave then led the group on a two mile hike which gave the cubs an opportunity to see a small growth stand of Western Red Cedar which escaped early day logging.  This includes a tree 9 feet in diameter and 27 feet in circumference, and estimated at 600 – 700 years old.  Another two mile hike took the boys to a recently completed Eagle Scout project which is an elk lookout which provides a spot for visitors to view the many elk which visit the area.

 

 

 

THE AMAZING BIRDS OF MONROE

Barbara Cheatham, a Providence Point Kiwanis Past President, recently presented a very interesting program to our club.  It had to do with migrating Vaux's Swifts.  Because of changes in old growth forests, these amazing little birds have taken to roosting in chimneys on their trips up the west coast.  Barbara showed YouTube videos of the swifts entering chimneys in Eugene and Portland, OR.  Here are links to the videos: Vaux's Swifts Roost in Eugene; Vaux's Swifts at Chapman School in Portland, OR.

They also stop by an old school chimney in Monroe, WA.  In fact, Monroe has special evening in September to watch the swifts dive into the chimney.  The evening is called "Swift Night Out."  To learn more about this special event go to www.monroeswifts.org or www.vauxhappening.org.

Vaux Swifts Roosting in Schoolhouse Chimney

This is a wonderful example of the type of programs we have at our weekly Kiwanis meetings.

 

OPERATION NIGHTWATCH

On August 19, Reverend Rick Reynolds, Executive Director of Operation Nightwatch, gave us a presentation regarding the work his organization does with the homeless.  Rev. Reynolds presented some stark statistics about the homeless situation in King County.  At the conclusion of his talk, President Craig Doty presented him with a check to help support the work of Operation Nightwatch.

 

ANNUAL FUND DRIVE
2016 RESULTS

May is the month for the Kiwanis Annual Fund Drive for local charities.  Kiwanis asks each resident to write a check to one of four Issaquah nonprofits. At the end of the month, Kiwanis turns over the bundles of checks to representatives of the charities, at one of its Friday luncheons at Collin Hall. This provides support for the local charities, and it also raises the profile of Providence Point as a good community citizen.

The four nonprofits being supported this year are:

The final results of the 2016 Annual Fund Drive were presented to the Providence Point Kiwanis Board of Directors at their July 1 meeting.   Through the generosity of Providence Point residents a grand total of more than $25,000 was generated by the Fund Drive this year. The past six fund drives have generated over $158,000 for local charities.  This exceptional effort puts Providence Point on the map as a solid community citizen in Issaquah and the Eastside.

Click here to see results of this year's drive.

 

FEED THE KIDS

A child sits in a classroom trying to listen to the teacher or be involved with classmates.  The youngster’s stomach makes a low growling sound.  The thought that comes into the youth’s mind is not the lesson being worked on, but of hunger.  A child in one of our schools should not be in a position of being distracted because they are not getting the food they need.  Yes, this does occur in our “affluent” community, but there are nonprofit organizations working hard to see that it does not happen.

There are more than 1,800 students attending schools in the Issaquah School District who participate in the free and reduced lunch program.  It is easy to assume that there are more than 1,800 students who are eligible for the program, but whose families have not applied.  This could be for several reasons, one possibly being pride.

The free and reduced lunch program certainly helps with this group of students.  However, what about during vacation time?  The Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank is attempting to help with these situations.  During each week of the summer they offer eligible families one bag of food for each school age child.  These bags contain enough food for a week of breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  According to Cori Walters, Executive Director of the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, this past summer 250 bags were distributed each week.  However, with 1800 students in the free and reduced lunch programs, she is aware more needs to be done to reach out to the families.

Another program the Food Bank coordinates is called “Lunch for the Break.”  At the beginning of the major school breaks, eligible children receive a box of food to be used during the vacation.

A third program to help fight school children’s hunger is sponsored by the Issaquah Schools Foundation.  The Foundation asks businesses and organizations in the community to support a school in the “Breakfast Bar” program.  These groups donate nutritional bars to each of the participating schools.  These bars are available to students who have not had breakfast, or who a teacher identifies as needing some additional nutrition during the day.

Poor eating habits, low family income, joblessness, and homelessness are some of the reasons we have hungry children in the schools.  The One Night Count conducted in King County found more than 10,000 homeless.  There were probably many more not counted.  That is potential for a lot of hungry kids.

In our community the Issaquah Food & Clothing bank is a leader in advocating for these families and their children.  Eastside Baby Corner and Issaquah Compassion House are two other organizations working toward assisting with this problem.  These are just a few of the organizations the Kiwanis Club of Providence Point supports in its mission to serve the children of the world.  The programs mentioned above have all received help from our local Kiwanis club.

What can individuals do to help deal with this problem?  One way is to support groups which are working hard to advocate for these children and their families.  The assistance can either be financial, volunteer time, or both.  Hunger should not be acceptable.

 

 

 

 


 

 
MEETING INFORMATION
Fridays: Noon - 1:30 PM
Collin Hall
The lower level of Town Hall
4135 Providence Point Drive
Issaquah, WA 98029