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ABOUT US

Rewind back to October 31, 1923.  Kiwanis Club of Sanford was formed with a group of 50 likeminded businessmen wanting to support their community, just 8 years after Kiwanis International was organized in 1915.  It wasn't until 1987 that Kiwanis International voted to allow women into the club.  In 1996, the Kiwanis Club of Sanford had its first female President, Betty Olson, paving the way for future leadership roles by women.  Since then, the club has been fortunate to have a wonderful mix of club members both young, and those that are young at heart, serving the Sanford-Springvale communities and beyond.  While Sanford still has one of the largest clubs in the New England District hovering around 60 members, it's peak membership was once well over 100 members.  We have also facilitated a successful Key Club program through Sanford High School for many years and enjoy spending time with the young adults in the club while instilling the importance of community, volunteerism and giving back to those in need.

While we don't have many details of earlier years in the Club, we do know that there was once a Perfect Attendance Prize given in 1925 - it was a live rooster!  That tradition did not last for long thankfully.  A few other events earlier on in the Club's history was a Jollification Meeting for members and their families, as well as an Annual Charity Ball to raise funds to support their efforts.  At the time, tickets were a whopping 75 cents.

 

In the more recent years, there have been many great projects the Club has been involved with.  While we are bound to miss a few, the following are some of the more well known projects:

 

-Building a helipad for Goodall Hospital

-Bone marrow donor drive resulting in nearly 400 donors

-Terrific Kids Program in the three community elementary schools

-Bicycle Safety Awareness and helmet giveaways

-Creating the Mousam Way Trail system 

-Blouin Field dugouts

-Sanford/Springvale YMCA projects

-7 Scholarships available to Sanford, Massabesic and Noble seniors

-Kids Christmas Party that provides children in need with warm clothing and snow gear

-Cobb Stadium revitalization and clean up days

-Camp Nutter projects

-Sanford Mainers baseball concession volunteering

-Community clean up days

-Kiwanis and Gateway Parks

-Local sports sponsorships

-Clothing and food drives supporting local families in need

-Salvation Army bell ringing

We have enjoyed partnering with other local organizations over the years to support our community.   In no particular order, we would like to recognize a few of them that are doing great things in the Sanford and Springvale area and beyond:

-Sanford Backpack Program

-Sanford Food Pantry

-Grahamtastic Connection

-Sanford School Department & Sanford Regional Technical Center

-Waypoint (formerly known as Waban)

-Sanford/Springvale Rotary Club

-YMCA

PAST PRESIDENTS

1923-PERLEY FORD
1924-PERLEY FORD
1925-GEORGE CLARK
1926-HARRY STOTT
1927-CHARLES DIGGERY
1928-JOHN GREENWOOD
1929-KENNETH WILEY
1930-HARRY FERGUSON

1931-JOSEPH BROWN
1932-F EVERETT NUTTER
1933-EVARISTE DESJARDINS
1934-GEORGE ROBERTS
1935-LAURANCE ALLEN
1936-BERTRAM STRITCH
1937-KENDALL
GREENWOOD
1938-RICHARD BRADY
1939-RICHARD BRADY
1940-HARRY A MAPES
1941-GEORGE WILLARD
1942-HOMER WRIGHT
1943-JOHN SMITH
1944-FRANK FLEMING
1945-ASA LOW
1946-BERT HAYWARD
1947-JOHN ROBERTS
1948-LEON POWERS
1949-RODGER WOODCOCK
1950-THOMAS RIDING
1951-KENNETH KOMESTSKY
1952-EDWIN FLYNN
1953-JOHN B BUTLER
1954-ARTHUR THERRIEN
1955-RAYMOND LOVEJOY
1956-GEORGE A FAULKNER
1957-WILLIAM WRIGHT
1958-JOHN FOLSOM
1959-WENDAL THAYER
1960-WILLIAM ROBERTS
1961-EVERETT WEISS
1962-RUSSELL GOODALL
1963-H. ALLEN MAPES
1964-JOHN GARNSEY
1965-JOHN CARLSON
1966-THOMAS O NUTTER
1967-C SCOTT HOAR
1968-EDWARD CANTIN
1969-JOHN KOSTIS
1970-CHARLES L NICKERSON
1971-MERLE E PORELL
1972-NORMAN A BAKER
1973-JOHN PARKER
1974-MERLE CHADBOURNE
1975-JOHN C ALLEN



 

1976-JOHN SYLVESTER
1977-RICHARD ARSENAULT
1978-HAZEN CARPENTER
1979-EDWARD BATAL
1980-GEOFFREY TITHERINGTON
1981-JEROME BSHARA
1982-LOUIS WESTFALL
1983-THOMAS URSIA
1984-DONALD CAMPBELL
1985-STEVEN MCCANN
1986-BRUCE MCNAMEE
1987-DAVID OUELLETTE
1988-ROGER G COUTURE
1989-DAVID GARNIER
1990-RICHARD BOISVERT
1991-ANDREW MARBY
1992-RONALD WOODWARD
1993-SCOTT MATTHEWS
1994-DAVID STANTON
1995-MARK PATTERSON
1996-BETTY OLSON
1997-JONATHAN MAPES
1998-DAVID JOY
1999-JEAN PEASE
2000-ROBERT REINKEN
2001-PETER FAULKNER
2002-GARY SAMIA
2003-PETER M BAKER
2004-STEPHEN SMITH
2005-SUSAN MORGAN
2006-PAULA SIMPSON
2007-ROGER GRONDIN
2008-RENE DOIRON
2009-JAMES VANTASSELL
2010-CAREN MARTINEAU
2011-DAVID PARENT
2012-MARCEL BLOUIN
2013-MICHAEL HANSON
2014-JOSEPH LAROCHELLE
2015-GLORIA RICHER
2016-WILLIE DUMONT
2017-DAVID FERGUSON
2018-RICHARD CLARKE
2019-JESSIE KRALL
2020-PATTI THIBEAULT
2021-GLORIA R
ICHER
2022-JO-ANN CAVANAUGH
2023-ADAM PELLETIER


 

LEGION OF HONOR
SIGNIFIES MEMBERSHIP OF 25 YEARS OR MORE

CHARLES NICKERSON - 1963
NORMAN BAKER - 1966
HAZEN CARPENTER - 1967
GEOFFREY TITHERINGTON - 1974
JEROME BSHARA - 1976
RENE DOIRON - 1977
WILLIAM BRINK - 1980
WARREN ROBERTS - 1981
ROGER COUTURE - 1981
DAVID OUELLETTE - 1981
SCOTT MATTHEWS - 1981
ROGER GRONDIN - 1985
JONATHAN MAPES - 1985
RICHARD STANLEY - 1985
GARY SAMIA - 1987
MARK PATTERSON - 1988
BETTY OLSON - 1988
ROBERT REINKEN - 1991
WAYNE BURBANK - 1992
JONATHAN COURTNEY - 1996
RICHARD CLARKE - 1997
STEPHEN KOSTIS - 1998
PAULA SIMPSON - 1998

 

MEET THE OFFICERS
2024

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others" - Gandhi

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ADAM
PELLETIER

Club President

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NICK
ROUX

President Elect

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PENNY WENTWORTH

Vice President

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DAVID
FERGUSON

Secretary

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ROGER
COUTURE

Assistant Secretary

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KRISTA
PELLETIER

Treasurer

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KYLE
LANDRY

Key Club Advisor

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PAYTON
ORINO

Key Club Co-advisor

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