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The newly formed group will focus on programs designed to help youths throughout the area.

A new Kiwanis clubs in Beaverton has been established to "help kids thrive, prosper and grow," according to organizers. Kiwanis

Kiwanis exists to help children around the world. Some popular projects that help youths include installing reading rooms in schools, packing backpacks with school supplies and programs that teach skills or provide safety lessons.

The members of the new Kiwanis club will look at the needs of children in the community and decide the projects that will benefit local kids. Some of those decisions will be made at the organization meeting. Community members are welcome to attend.

"There are too many kids in Oregon who need help learning to read, who need mentors to guide them and who need help finding their opportunity to shine," said Florencio "Poly" Lat, 2018-19 Kiwanis International president. "People who want to help children are invited to join us creating these new clubs."

The kickoff is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant, 12390 S.W. Broadway in Beaverton.

For more information, go online to Facebook.com/BeavertonORKiwanis

"Kiwanis clubs provide a great opportunity to meet new friends who believe in serving their communities, networking with business professionals and making a significant impact on the community through volunteering," said Jerry Deas, governor of the Pacific Northwest District of Kiwanis International. "Kids need Kiwanis in Oregon and in communities around the world, so they can grow up in a world where they are happy, healthy, safe and loved."

Those interested in membership but unable to attend a meeting can call or email Kathleen Moylan at 828-467-0761 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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