By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian
The youth, along with adults, in the North Marion area will soon be given opportunities to perform community-service projects and develop leadership skills.
A Kiwanis Club is being built in the North Marion area to provide Kiwanis-family organizations in area schools and the community.
Kevin Dean, a Kiwanis International trustee from Morgantown, said there hasn’t been a Kiwanis Club in the area before. He added that North Marion High School is the only school in northern Marion County with a Kiwanis organization in the school.
“There’s a Kiwanis Club in Fairmont, but we’ve never had a club out here,” Dean said. “There’s a Key Club at North Marion High School and it’s sponsored by the Fairmont Kiwanis Club — we hope to transfer that sponsorship to the new Kiwanis Club.”
Having a Kiwanis Club in the North Marion area would bring organizations to the schools in the area. For elementary schools they would bring K-Kids Clubs. For junior high and middle schools they would bring Builders Club, and for high schools they would bring Key Club.
Along with the school clubs, Dean said the Kiwanis would bring Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities and Key Leader, a youth-development leadership program.
“Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time,” he said.
To get the club started, Dean said they needed to have 15 members.
Molly Kilcoyne, who helped start the North Marion Kiwanis Club, said they have 15 members and are always looking for more.
“I’m really excited about this club,” she said. “I think it will impact the children’s lives as well as help the community.”
Kilcoyne, a branch manager at First Exchange Bank in Mannington, said she didn’t realize all the benefits of having a Kiwanis Club in the area.
“It provides service projects and activities, and it involves the kids and they’re making a difference in their community,” she said.
Kilcoyne said it is unclear where the club will begin placing its organizations within schools.
“I’m not positive yet where we’ll start,” she said. “I know we’re trying to get a Builders Club into Mannington Middle School and we’re working with the principal at Blackshere Elementary to get K-Kids Club in there.”
To join the Kiwanis Club in North Marion, contact Dean at 646-382-5022.
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