President Bruce Bradford said the change has come about to better serve current and former members.
Several have found it difficult to attend the noon meetings held every Thursday. Kiwanis officers hope a meeting held prior to the professional workday will be easier.
The satellite club will not be a separate club. Current Kiwanis members can attend either without a negative impact to their record. Both clubs will share the same officers, committees, interclub opportunities and service days. The only difference will be seen in the meeting time and programs.
Bradford hopes the satellite club takes off without hampering the regular Thursday meeting.
“My long-term dream is for this to become a second Kiwanis Club that will cooperate with the first one,” Bradford said. “I really think there is enough potential for this one to make it a strong club.”
The goal is to multiply the mission.
“Our mission is to serve kids,” Bradford explained. “There are a lot of people who want to help the community and be a part of Kiwanis.”
Members Chris Newton and Matt Ryerson are reportedly taking the lead on the charter club. Several members have already committed to attending both meetings until the satellite club finds its feet.
About 15 members have expressed an interest in attending the Wednesday morning meetings.
The satellite club is part of an effort to build off the work of previous presidents.
“I believe if we are doing what we are supposed to do, then people will want to come,” Bradford said. “This second club will give them an opportunity to be a part of that.”
Bradford added, “We are already doing a lot in the community, but I believe we can step it up with more people participating.”
The Kiwanis Club of Cleveland actively participates with local initiatives, like Creating Christmas Memories and Dr. Seuss Day at Cleveland State Community College.
Workdays are routinely scheduled to provide maintenance for the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland. Members volunteer every year to judge the local 4H speech contests with the top four contenders presenting at the noonday meeting.
Money is raised through a variety of fundraisers to support the Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF’s mission to vanquish maternal and neonatal tetanus. Fundraising is also used for local endeavors, including providing scholarships for four students every year.
Bradford encouraged those interested to check out the club. This can be done by attending a meeting, either at 7 a.m. the first or third Wednesday of every month at SkyRidge Medical Center; or noon every Thursday at Mountain View Inn.
Information can also be found by checking out the club’s website at www.kiwanisclevelandtn. org or by calling Bradford at 423-605-9239.
“We want to make our world better for tomorrow,” Bradford said. “We have a heart for children, and we don’t want to just say it and not do anything about it.”