By Debra Dingman, President Kiwanis Club of Dixon Special to the Express For more than 100 years, Kiwanis International has been active in communities around the world. The Dixon club has been helping kids for more than a decade and invite members of the Winters community to call or attend one of our meetings with an ultimate goal of creating a Winters Kiwanis Club. Our club selects our projects after asking community leaders where our support is needed most. Some of the things we do or have done are: provide free visits to therapeutic horse plays for special needs children; repair or purchase instruments for the middle school band; award scholarships to high school and continuation high school graduates; help fund fifth grade science camp; support the high school Key Club which trains youth in becoming leaders in their communities; sponsor an essay writing contest for children; gave away free school supplies; sponsor a literacy project; created a library at an elementary school; worked side by side with teens on a graffiti cleanup; and more! When a kid needs help, a Kiwanis club steps in. We believe we can make a difference in the world, in our community and in the life of a child. Along with clubs for adults, we offer clubs for kids in elementary, middle, high school and even in college. We also have a club that gives developmentally disabled adults the opportunity to volunteer in their community. We believe everyone can benefit from helping others. To be honest, we’ve struggled with membership over the years. The demands of a family, a job and a social life can interfere with the best of intentions to help others. Yet more kids than ever before need our help. With more Kiwanis club members we can help more kids. And we know kids need our support. Can we interest you in serving? Are you interested in being a founding member of a new Winters Kiwanis Club? Call us at 707-635-3303 for membership Chair Patti Sousa-Liu or visit Kiwanis of Dixon Facebook page to find out more. Kids need Kiwanis—and Kiwanis needs you.