Information for Prospective members
Sixteen years ago we were organized as the largest new Kiwanis club organized in New England in over 25 years. Hooksett Kiwanis is an organization of busy community leaders whose primary focus is improving the lives of young children in Hooksett. Since 2000, we have grown to over 80 members, and are now largest community group in Hooksett and the largest Kiwanis Club in NH. We are a family of service organizations from elementary schools through adult. In 2005 we organized a Builders Club at Cawley Middle School, and in 2008 we sponsored a new Key Club at Manchester Central High School. Key Club is the world’s largest high school service organization. In 2012 we sponsored a second Builders Club at Hillside Middle School in Manchester. These three organizations have nearly 300 members providing volunteer service to school and community. In 2013 we were selected by Volunteer NH as the State's leading volunteer organization.
In 2007 we explored several major community service initiatives where Kiwanis could assume a leadership role. A significant majority of those community leaders interviewed supported development of a walking and biking trail system within Hooksett. This would enable families to spend more time outdoors together. In 2007 the Hooksett Town Council voted to designate Hooksett Kiwanis as the organization responsible for trails coordination and development in Hooksett. In 2008 we were successful in receiving a $16,000 grant from the Trails Bureau of the NH Department of Resources and Economic Development. This, along with Kiwanis resources, enabled us to construct a new walking trail in Hooksett. In 2010, we graded and resurfaced nearly all of the Head’s Pond RailTrail, a $40,000 project. Additional trails are planned for 2017 and beyond.
We are currently planning a second signature project of sponsoring a "Splash Pad" at Donati Park.
Hooksett Kiwanis also operates the Kiwanis Kid’s Kloset at the Hooksett Town offices. This program provides “gently worn” used children’s clothing to needy families. In October 2009 our Hooksett Kiwanis Foundation assumed responsibility for the Hooksett Community Food Pantry. The Pantry had been operated by a church committee but moved to the Hooksett Town Offices. It provides about $100,000 of donated food each year to under resourced families.
Two of the most frequently asked questions by those considering Kiwanis membership are:
Question#1: How much time must I commit as a member?
Response: The club meets twice a month at the Tap House Restaurant. We have no mandatory attendance requirements. We only ask that members try to attend at least one meeting a month, serve on one club committee and help occasionally with our service projects.
Question#2: How much will membership cost me?
Response: There is a onetime application fee per member of $25.00. Annual dues are $115.00 for the first family member. Dues for additional family members living at the same location are $85.00. Each of the two monthly meetings (first and third Wednesday) has an excellent full-course dinner at a cost of $15.00 served by the Tap House Restaurant. Members are not asked to donate large sums of money. Our primary fund-raisers are a golf tournament, 5K race and Community Leaders Event. The latter event recognizes business, municipal, educational and volunteer leaders.
Kiwanis membership is available by invitation only. Those interested in Kiwanis membership may contact Vice President Bob Willey 603-485-3821, or email:firstname.lastname@example.org