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Our History....

Kiwanis has a long history in the town of Bridgewater. The first Kiwanis Club was chartered on March 28, 1938 and ceased to function some time in the 1950's. On May 28, 1976, a second club, the Kiwanis Club of Bridgewater, was chartered. We are not sure when exactly this club folded. Both of these clubs were basically business men's clubs - no women allowed.

The Kiwanis Club of Bluenose Golden K was chartered on September 29, 1989. The Club was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bridgewater. In 1990 the first woman member was inducted - Marion Carroll. She was followed by Lillian Appleby and Kay Davis. The Charter President was Bruce Renner.

Charter Night
Charter Night, November 30, 1989. Third from right is Past Governor Carlton Levy from Jamaica, who presented the Charter.
Senior Wheels Bus
Members posing in front of the first Senior Wheels bus. Members guaranteed a bank loan to purchase the bus.

Some of the early projects the Club was involved in were: Installation and service of LifeLine emergency response telephones (we are still involved with this program, however the provider is now Northwood InTouch); operated a repair service for Red Cross equipment; to raise funds, the Club took photos of Santa and the Easter Bunny with children at the Mall. In the summer, members picked and sold strawberries. Early on a Transportation Committee was established to provide transportation for seniors who needed to keep appointments, i.e. hospital, bank, dentist, doctor, etc. A stand alone Senior Wheels Association was formed in order to qualify for government grants. Today the service is still in much demand and includes persons with disabilities. We continue to support Senior Wheels both financially and manpower wise. It is anticipated that by the end of December 2015, we will have carried over 185,000 passengers.

Santa Claus Photos
To raise funds, the Club took pictures of children with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny at the local mall.
Photos taken with a Polaroid camera.
Strawberry Picking Time
Members picked strawberries at Gerald Hebb's farm and sold them to customers in town and surrounding area. This was a major fund raiser.

Today the tradition of service to our community continues with our involvement with Meals on Wheels, the Family Support Centre, the Parkinson Maritime Region, Bridgewater Chapter, Park View Education Centre Key Club, Key Leader, Harbour House,, to name but a few. We are continually looking for ways to serve our community, both young and old.