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Kiwanis -- a worldwide service club...

Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Some 16,000 service clubs in 96 countries totalling more than 600,000 members are committed to: "Serving the Children of the World." Kiwanis has engaged in campaigns to eliminate iodine deficiency, and eradicate neonatal tetanus, on a global scale.

Serving Stratford since 1947...

The Kiwanis Club of Stratford has served the community since 1947. Its many projects have included:

The Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts, since 1952; Queen's Park Tennis Courts, since 1968; Anne Hathaway Park, since 1976; the Kiwanis Community Centre, since 1978; the Kiwanis-CJCS Christmas Basket Fund, since 1980; Kiwanis Summer Concerts in the Park, since 1987; the refreshment booth at the Tom Patterson Theatre, since 1992; and, the Aktion Club of Stratford, since 2005.

The Stratford General Hospital, Children's Hospital of Soutwestern Ontario and Huron-Perth Centre for Children and Youth, are just some of the agencies supported financially by the Stratford Kiwanis Club in recent years. 

Stratford Kiwanis Club and Simple Dreams activities are supported in part through the sale of Passport to Savings booklets offering two-for-one and other discounts from 70 or more local merchants. Cost of these popular booklets can be recovered even when used only twice.

The Stratford Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts -- longest running festival in Ontario...

Close to 1,000 entries were received in some 470 classes  for the 91st annual Kiwanis Festival of the Performing Arts, April 3 to 21, 2017. Winners take home some 100 trophies and up to $15,000 in cash. Top performers appear in a Stars of the Festival Concert at Avondale United Church in Stratford on May 1.

Free summer concerts at the Bandshell...2018

Following is the schedule for free Sunday evening concerts hosted by the Stratford Kiwanis Club at the Bandshell in Upper Queen's Park this summer:

Wednesday and Sunday evenings- 7:00-8:30pm 

June 24          Metropolitan Silver Band of Toronto 
June 27          Stratford Concert Band 
July 1             NO CONCERT 
July 4             Stratford Concert Band 
July 8             Strings and Traps 
July 11           Stratford Concert Band 
July 15           Festival City Big Band 
July 18           Stratford Concert Band 
July 22           Weston Silver Band 
July 25           Stratford Concert Band 
July 29           Michael Kelly Cavan 
August 1         Stratford Concert Band 
August 5         Kitchener Musical Society Band 
August 8         Stratford Concert Band 
August 12       Summer Festival Wind Ensemble 
August 15       Stratford Concert Band 
August 19       Waterloo Concert Band 
August 22       Stratford Concert Band 
August 26       Upside of Maybe 
August 29       Stratford Concert Band 
September 2   Dixon and Company 

The Stratford Garlic Festival...

We are proud to host the annual Stratford Kiwanis Garlic Festival taking place the second weekend in September at the Rotary Complex, 353 McCarthy Road, Stratford. The 2018 Kiwanis Garlic Festival promises to be the best yet, featuring: Ontario garlic and cheese; Stratford's outstanding chefs; cooking demonstrations; garlic growing and health related presentations and children’s events. 

Weekly meetings

The Kiwanis Club of Stratford meets at the Kiwanis Community Centre each Monday from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m., featuring good food and interesting speakers.

New members welcome!

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