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Kiwanis to hold organizational meeting for new Hudson club

Set for 7 p.m. on April 14

Kiwanis International will hold a new club organizational meeting at Keys Café in Hudson on April 14 at 7 p.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to inform potential members of what a Kiwanis Club can do for the Hudson area and to accept applications for membership.

According to Fred Dietze, lieutenant governor for the Wisconsin/Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis, there has been an "overwhelming interest" in starting a Hudson club.

"We now have to select our meeting days, times and location," Dietze said.

It all started in November of 2009 when members of the Kiwanis clubs of New Richmond and River Falls decided to explore co-sponsoring a Kiwanis club in Hudson.

Members of both clubs interviewed various businesses and agencies to determine if there was a need for a service club dedicated to children. The answer was a resounding yes, according to Dietze.

An open house was held March 23 to identify potential members, which led to several individuals receiving information and completing member surveys and applications.

"We have identified the need. We are now identifying the people who can fulfill that need," said Charlie Cadenhead, a member of the Kiwanis Club of New Richmond.

The organizational meeting is not just for those who attended the open house, but for anyone who wants to change the world, one child and one community at a time, Dietze said.

Keys Café is located at 840 Carmichael Road. For more information, contact Dietze at (715) 381-0038.