A Kiwanis Club member from Angier is looking to restart a chapter in Clayton.
The Kiwanis Club of Clayton hasn’t been active for about five years. Former member Paul Flaherty said the club stopped meeting because it was having a hard time recruiting and retaining members.
Before shutting down, Flaherty said, the club topped out at about 20 members but was still able to put on several fundraisers every year.
The Kiwanis Club had a golf tournament and a “Miss Catastrophe” pageant, an all-male beauty pageant. Both events raised money for scholarships the club handed out to high school seniors.
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“We were doing some good things, but we were having a hard time bringing in new memberships,” Flaherty said. “You are always having to bring in new blood.”
Mack McLeod, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Angier, wants to get the Clayton club back up and running.
McLeod, a candidate for governor-elect of the Kiwanis’ Carolinas District, said Clayton High still has a Key Club, the high-school affiliate of Kiwanis International. He said the town needs a Kiwanis Club in part to support the high school program.
When it was operating, the Clayton Kiwanis Club gave two $500 scholarships each to members of the Clayton High’s Key Club. Key Club members are expected to do at least 50 service hours per year, according to the group’s national website.
McLeod said he wants to restart the club also because Clayton is home to many civic-minded people. The town has two Rotary clubs, for instance, and a Civitan club.
“I believe Kiwanis has something to offer the community too,” McLeod said.
Kiwanis requires at least 15 members to charter a club. McLeod said he’s already spoken with three people who would join and is working on four or five more.
“Most people have been very receptive,” McLeod said. “It’s just a matter of them finding time to commit to do something else.”
Once 15 people have signed on, McLeod said, the club would go through the formal registration process and decide when to meet.
Anyone with questions or an interest in joining the club can call McLeod at 919-818-7633 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dunn: 919-553-7234, Ext. 104.