Celebrating 100 years of giving back

A Tracy Kiwanis Club tradition includes seniors from Tracy Area High School joining club members in song at their Thursday meetings during the school year. The kids are led by Clint Peterson, who is shown here with Shihur Yang and Travis Willhite. Photo / Per Peterson

Tracy Kiwanis Club continues supporting children after club originated a centruy ago

It could be argued that the Kiwanis organization was the first “good ol’ boys club.” After all, there was a time when not a single woman was part of the service club that was organized in Detroit, MI, for male business professionals.

That all changed in 1987, when women were invited to join the then-72-year old club now known as Kiwanis International (originally known — for just one year — as the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers).

“It was kind of a radical change for some people,” Seth Schmidt said of opening the doors to women. “On the 75th anniversary, there were 11 women who belonged to Tracy Kiwanis; we’ve had some really good women members who joined right away, like Doris Grinde, Marge Robinson, Janet Randall …”

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