The Elmira Kiwanis Club announced that it has scheduled several events this May to help celebrate the club’s centennial year.
Club members, past and present, family members and Kiwanians from nearby clubs and throughout New York State will gather on Saturday, May 4th, at the Arnot Mall Event Center, to formally observe the club’s 100th anniversary. In addition, the Chemung County Historical Society has created an exhibit that memorializes much of the history from the club’s first 100 years. The exhibit, located at the Chemung Valley History Museum (415 East Water St. in Downtown Elmira) is now open to the public and will run through September.
“One hundred years ago, on May 10, 1919, ninety-eight Chemung County residents came together to officially charter the Kiwanis Club of Elmira, New York,” said Michael J. Wayne, current club President. “We were the 37th club in the country and the 11th club formed in New York State. These men (Kiwanis was an all-male club until 1987) recognized that there were needs within the community that were going unmet, and they banded together to help provide solutions – creating opportunities for the youth and support of the elderly within the City of Elmira,” Wayne added.