It is with regret that I write this letter regarding the East Liverpool Kiwanis Club.
As of Sept. 30, 2012, our club gave up its charter and closed out the books. We gave the remaining funds, one half each, to North and LaCroft elementary schools to help any child that may need assistance with the upcoming winter.
Our main problem was members. We had 4-5 that were active, and you cannot run a service club with this amount. Many problems were faced getting members. Some worked out of town and could not make meetings, others worked, where taking time during business hours for Kiwanis work was not approved and way too many were working two jobs just to make ends meet and could not afford to join.
I guess this is just another sign of our current economic times.
Combine these problems with the demise of the East Liverpool Key Club, and we had to go outside, even to clubs in Youngstown, for volunteer help.
We want to thank the many local businesses and individuals for their financial help with our projects, especially the annual children's Christmas party. They were fun for the Kiwanis and even more fun for the children.
We can only hope that some time in the future, a group of young active people will see the need for a new Kiwanis Club and apply for a charter.