Kiwanis Club of Wilkes-Barre Marks a Milestone


WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)  A Luzerne County service organization is marking 100 years of serving their community’
     On Friday night,  the Kiwanis club of Wilkes-Barre will take a look back at the last century and look forward to the next 100 years.
     The I-Team’s Andy Mehalshick reports..

Most people would agree that being around for 100 years is something special.
Very few people or organizations can say they have been around for that long..but now the Kiwanis Club of Wilkes-Barre can say it.

“You figure a club, any kind of club but a service club that’s been around for 100 years it’s a club that has seen a lot.,” Said Richard Kramer, of the WIlkes-Barre Kiwanis Club.

And has done a lot for generations of families in the Wyoming Valley of Luzerne County…
“You look at the years you think what was the club doing during the depression, during the world war one years the world war two years, the war on poverty. After the ’72 flood. You see projects they ran over those various years.” added Kramer.

Among those projects, donating wheel chairs to the needy and raising money for a wide variety of programs that help children and the elderly.
 Dr. Carl Urbanski is president of the club and says he is hopeful the tradition will continues.

“Service clubs are struggling with memberships. With everyone busy. Family life we all have thousands of things to do everyday, but what would life be like in our area if service clubs didn’t exist. Who would  fill the gap?”  Urbanski says he hopes that question never has to be answered in Luzerne County

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