Jerry Deas, govenor of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis, and Dennis Sherwin, lieutenant-governor of division 18, talk with Ann Penner – president of the Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford – about the club’s charter awarded 50 years ago. The club held a 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Jerry Deas, govenor of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis, and Dennis Sherwin, lieutenant-governor of division 18, talk with Ann Penner – president of the Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford – about the club’s charter awarded 50 years ago. The club held a 50th anniversary celebration on Dec. 11. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford celebrates 50 years

Anniversary celebration held at Sport Legacy Centre

The Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford celebrated its 50th birthday of service to the community on Dec. 11.

A total of 90 friends and family gathered at the Abbotsford Legacy Sports Centre to celebrate.

Among those in attendance were Jerry Deas, the governor of the Pacific Northwest Kiwanis; Dennis Sherwin, the lieutenant-governor of the Sardis Kiwanis; and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun.

The Abbotsford Kiwanis focuses on helping children and families through various events, with the assistance of the youth programs in four high schools.

They support the Abbotsford Community Services’ Food Bank, BC Children’s Hospital, the Kiwanis Children’s Cancer Program, Cyrus Centre, Family Centre, Canuck Place and many more.

The club meets the first Thursday of the month at the Abbotsford Food Bank warehouse at 2650 Progressive Way and the second and fourth Thursdays at Crossroads Restaurant at 6:30 pm. Everyone is welcome.

The Kiwanis organization’s mission is to serve the children of the world. Currently, Kiwanis clubs are in 80 countries with 600,000 members. Collectively, 18.5 million hours of service are recorded yearly.

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Ann Penner, president of the Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford, is with Sahil Chawla, who presented a video on three programs Kiwanis has been involved with locally. The club held a 50th anniversary celebration dinner on Dec. 11 at the Sports Legacy Building. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Ann Penner, president of the Kiwanis Club of Abbotsford, is with Sahil Chawla, who presented a video on three programs Kiwanis has been involved with locally. The club held a 50th anniversary celebration dinner on Dec. 11 at the Sports Legacy Building. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

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