The Clear Water Kiwanis Club was organized in August, 1987. Sponsored by the Eau Claire Noon Club, 33 members were present to celebrate Charter Night, September 24, 1987.
This large initial membership was due to a former Kiwanis Club being the foundation for Clear Water Kiwanis.
The Club started, and has continued, with many projects. Initial fund-raising activities included the Valentine Splendor Dance, an auction, a raffle, and working concessions at Sawdust City Days, Festival in the Pines, International Fall Festival, and the Rose Sale.
Service projects included donations to Chippewa Valley Museum, Triniteam, Camp Manitou, Kinship, Excellence in Education, Challenges and Choices, Special Olympics, Northside Women�s Group Home, Beaver Creek Reserve, handicapped playground, and Christmas projects.
In addition, hands-on service projects included food drive and packing Christmas baskets for the Salvation Army, answering phones at the Cerebral Palsy Telethon, selling souvenirs at the Special Olympics, organizing and running the Kids Activity Center at International Fall Festival, Career Shadowing Day, bowling for Kinship, sponsoring an activity at Career Camp, helping with an outerwear clothing drive for children, coordinating a wellness activity day, Odyssey of the Minds, and Fantasy Walk at Beaver Creek Reserve.
The original committees that worked on these projects and other club functions were program, membership, growth and education, community services, youth services, spiritual aims, fundraising, publicity, and major emphasis.
Clear Water Kiwanis began meeting at Stafnes Restaurant weekly from noon to 1p.m. featuring informational and educational programs. The last Tuesday of the month was reserved for a business meeting.
Today, Clear Water Kiwanis continues to meet weekly, now at the Eau Claire Golf and Country Club in Altoona. The last Tuesday of the month is still reserved for an administrative meeting so that the business of the club is condensed into one meeting per month, allowing all weekly meetings to be one hour long. The projects may differ somewhat but the emphasis of volunteering time to serve the community as well as money continues to be a strength of Clear Water Kiwanis.