Lighting up 60 candles

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By Special to the Monitor

Light the candles! The Kiwanis Club of Los Alamos is 60 years old this year.

The celebration is low key, but don’t be surprised if you hear announcements about the anniversary at local pancake breakfasts and the 2008 fireworks show.

Founded in January 1948, Kiwanis is the oldest service organization in Los Alamos. It is affiliated with Kiwanis International, organized in Detroit, Mich., in 1915. Local members follow the Kiwanis International Vision, which states, “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

Kiwanis has many faces. The public is probably most familiar with Kiwanis as a group that has conducted hundreds of pancake breakfasts over the years. The money all goes for Kiwanis causes.

But Kiwanians don’t just flip pancakes. They staff the firing line each Fourth of July, coming early to position and wire up the shells and staying late to clean up once the fireworks are over.

And they dress up. The annual Kiwanis Auction, a gala affair complete with food and music, is now the club’s number one fundraising project.

A Little History

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