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Our Easton Kiwanis Club was founded July 18, 1918 at Seip's
Cafe, 3 years after Kiwanis was founded and 2003 marked the 85th
anniversary. According to history records of
The Capital District of Kiwanis, the Easton
Club was the 99th club chartered. Easton Kiwanis
became more than a weekly gathering of congenial spirits.
Kiwanians gave leadership to ongoing community activities,
including campaigns that produced the new YMCA in 1921; Easton's
large, new hospital in 1930; and the first Community Chest in
1922 (now the United Way). Lafayette College educational
opportunities for worthy Easton young men would become a major
activity of the Club through the Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Program, funded by an initial gift of $1000 from Robert S.
Gerstell. The Kiwanis Scholarship Program changed in the early
1960's due to the economy. Robert S. Gerstell again stepped to
the forefront and on April 12th, 1963 the
Kiwanis Foundation of Easton was
incorporated. The Foundation would become the charitable arm of
the Easton Kiwanis Club.
Throughout the years the purpose of Kiwanis has
evolved to one of community service with the new motto, "Serving
the children of the world."
We are not a social club or sacred or political society,
membership is open to anyone of good character ... the cost is
small, the rewards in personal satisfaction are great. We are a
service club dedicated to, "Service to Youth, Community and
Nation." Over the many years our club has been responsible
for the forming of four other local clubs. The Easton Kiwanis
Club has been recognized many times by Kiwanis International at
the National and State level for service to mankind. In 1992 our
club was awarded the Easton Sales and Marketing Executives Award
for Service Organizations.
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