We are proud of our service commitment to our community. Over the past 38 years, the Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee has been a leader in community service.
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Indiantown and was chartered in 1971. Since many of the charter members were dairy farmers and ranchers, the club was originally a breakfast club so everyone could get to work and not break up their day's work. In the 80's as the club grew, the meeting was changed to a lunch meeting.
The Kiwanis Club of Okeechobee has always had a focus on serving the children and youth of Okeechobee and supports many projects to accomplish this. The Club was one of the first to offer a college scholarship at the OHS Scholarship Night, was a founding sponsor of the Grad Night Party and continues to help support it financially, and is the co-sponsor of the RIF (Reading is Fundamental) program for the Okeechobee elementary schools. In addition, the club sponsors Builder's Clubs at the middle schools and a Key Club at OHS, has a Terrific Kids awards program in the elementary schools, and sponsors ''Math Mini-Grants'' thru the Okeechobee Educational Foundation. Events put on by our club include the Farm-City Week BBQ, G4S (previously Eckerd Youth Development Center) Christmas party, Santa-in-the-Park, Souper Bowl of Caring, National Day of Prayer, Baby Shower for the Pregnancy Center of Okeechobee, and a school supply drive for Real Life Children's Ranch. To fund these projects the Club holds an annual radio auction and Easter Pancake Breakfast.