Our club was formally organized on Sept 30, 1987 as a result of the work of the Raleigh Golden K Kiwanis Club. We formed with 28 members, and were originally the Wake Forest-Rolesville Kiwanis Club. Several years later, we were renamed in order to provide an opportunity at a later time to form a new club in Rolesville.
Our club had its first fund raiser several weeks later, hosting a Haunted House in Wake Forest. We had a chain saw room, and several other areas that were most hilarious. We also sold hot cider, and netted almost $1,000. We did that again the next year, and were met with a cold rain and did not earn enough to cover the cost of the rented port-a-john!
We began meeting at the Seminary Cafeteria, and later moved to the Forks Cafeteria when the Seminary Cafeteria was closed and removed. One of our early successful fund raisers was to host a Sunday dinner 3-4 times a year at the cafeteria. Normally, the cafeteria was closed on Sunday, and there were no other restaurants in town open on Sunday. This was a great opportunity for the community to visit, while supporting our club. Sunday School classes came as a group, and we all prepared deserts. This continued until the cafeteria was closed. Since relocating, there are now many restaurants open on Sunday and this is no longer an opportunity.
Our early community projects included scholarships at the high school, and the children’s playground at the post office. We subsequently started the Terrific Kids program in all of Wake County when the principal at Wake Forest elementary school agreed to allow us to reward students who were trying to do their best. It proved so successful that the school system soon allowed this in any school in the county that desired to have the program.
Our club has provided leadership in Kiwanis. We have had four Lt. governors, Chip Russell, David JErose, Richard Hamilton and Tom Dimmock. Tom went on to serve as District Governor of North and South Carolina, and later became an International Trustee of Kiwanis, serving for three years. While he served as Trustee for Kiwanis, one of 15 worldwide, his daughter, Laurie, who had become an honorary member of our club due to her attendance for years before going to elementary school on Thursdays, served as an International Trustee for Key club International. This is the only time a father and daughter have both been on the International Board at the same time.
Over the years, our club has had some wonderful members. We still have 3 charter members with us, and have had many other great members move to other parts of the country and stay in Kiwanis. We represent a variety of ages, professions, and experience. Our club is equally diverse in gender, and has had men and women serve in all levels of leadership. We focus on improving the quality of life for children and communities, and welcome anyone who would like to make a difference.