According to Kiwanis International, our Club Anniversary Date is September 25, 1990.
The following is inscribed on the gong of Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton:
“PRESENTED TO KIWANIS CLUB OF GREATER WESTHAMPTON BY KIWANIS CLUB OF SAYVILLE AND KIWANIS CLUB OF THE MASTICS.
DECMEBER 1, 1990”
Our Club, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Westhampton, was established on September 25th, 1990. We are very proud of our two decades of service to our community. We serve the communities in the Greater Westhampton area, which are East Moriches, Eastport, Speonk, Remsenburg, Manorville, Westhampton, Westhampton Beach, Quogue and East Quogue. Generally, our members live or work in our service area. Currently, we have 37 members.
In some cases, we have established youth programs in our communities. For example, we have Key Clubs in both Westhampton Beach High School and Eastport-South Manor High School, and we have a Builders Club in Westhampton Beach Middle School. We truly believe these youth-sponsored programs are among the best of our club.
However, we also support local programs on seasonal and on an “as needed” basis. These programs include Camp Good Grief (East End Hospice), Maureen’s Haven, local Cub Scout Packs and Dens, Camp Paquatuck (Moriches Rotary), and many others. In addition to these local programs, we also help families and children that are in immediate need, which is consistent with our Mission Statement, “Serving the Children of the World”. Many times there is an urgent need due to financial hardship or other challenges, and we are fortunate enough to be able to assist, whether financially or through service projects.
In addition to local efforts, there are 300 Kiwanians in eastern Suffolk County and 8,000 Kiwanians in New York State Kiwanis, which includes several outstanding programs. One of these is the New York District Kiwanis Foundation, which operates Kamp Kiwanis and disaster relief programs, among several others. Another outstanding state program is the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Centers, one of which is at North Shore University Hospital.
As an International service organization, we have a quarter of a million members in 80 nations, and we are currently partnered with Unicef for our Worldwide Service Project, which is Eliminate. The “Eliminate” Worldwide Service Project was conceived to eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus (MNT), which claims 60,000 lives a year. Through “Eliminate” we are raising a substantial amount of funds to eliminate MNT within the next couple of years, and we could make a substantial positive impact since the cost to save one life is $1.80.
If you’d like to learn more about our club, our neighboring clubs, or you are interested in applying for membership, please contact us.