The newly formed Mount Shasta 5-Star Kiwanis Club will begin its inaugural charter year on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Acting president Karen Pautz said, “We’re looking for a few exceptional Mount Shasta area women to complete our membership of 25.”

Pautz, who serves as executive director of Siskiyou County’s 12 year old First 5 Children & Families Commission, explained that Kiwanis is a global endeavor, with over 600,000 members in
89 countries.

“There has never been a Kiwanis Club in Mount Shasta, even though Yreka, Lake Shastina and Weed have had Kiwanians for several decades, dating back to 1965,” Pautz said, “but Mount Shasta has been left out and now we’re ready to go, with service projects that benefit children and young adults.”

One of those service projects will be the establishment of a Service Leadership Program which will entail starting a Builders Club at Sisson for grades 6, 7 and 8; and a K-Kids Club at Mount Shasta Elementary School.

“There’s already an active Key Club at Mount Shasta High School, so when K-Kids and Builders Clubs reach high school they are prepared to render even more altruistic service to their communities,”
said Pautz.

“Our society, sadly, has become complacent to a large degree and focused on ‘me’ and ‘mine,’” she said. “We believe it is important that children grow up with a sense of helping each other and volunteering their time and effort to make something better. This is our chance to get our young people involved.”

Kiwanis of Mount Shasta has received the support of Shasta Dam Kiwanis, “who will lead every step of the way in the birth of the
new club.”

Call (530) 925-2409 for more information and/or an application.