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Pace's push for Kiwanis rooted in family tradition

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

A New Albany resident is trying to start a Kiwanis International service club in the city.

"It's kind of a family thing," said organizer Sarah Pace. "My dad has been part of it since the late 1990s and I joined in early 2000.

"It's been one of our biggest projects and something I've done since I was 2 years old. My mom (Linda) and I joined at the same time."

Although Pace grew up in Columbus, she graduated from New Albany High School in 2005, having switched schools her sophomore year.

Her father, Tom Pace, is the transportation coordinator for the New Albany-Plain Local Schools and she has since moved to the city.

"She feels as dedicated to Kiwanis as I do," Tom Pace said.

Pace said she joined Kiwanis in January 2005 and served as president-elect and president of another Kiwanis Club before she decided to start one in New Albany.

Pace held an organizational meeting March 1 to gauge interest in the New Albany club and is asking potential members to meet with her at 6:30 p.m. March 7, at the Plain Township Fire Station, 9500 Johnstown Road.

She said she needs 15 people to start a club. Once the club is formed, it has six months to increase membership to between 25 and 30, she said.

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and now has volunteers working throughout the world on service projects that benefit children and communities, according to the Kiwanis International website.

"For the projects, we actually get to have free rein of choosing our projects," Pace said. "We pretty much -- as a club -- decide what we're doing.

"Generally, we try to purchase things to help kids."

Kiwanis clubs hold fundraisers to support the service projects, hosting community breakfasts or dinners, golf outings and other events, Pace said.

Pace has set up a Facebook page and a website for the new club. The website is nakiwanis.weebly.com.

Pace can be contacted at nakiwanis@gmail.com.

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