Parksville Qualicum Kiwanis membership grows

Club was on hiatus following lack of members

The Kiwanis Club of Parksville Qualicum isn’t going away, says club president Peter Tryon.

After announcing a possible one-year hiatus for the club following a drop in membership, Tryon said the club had three more people sign up for membership at a meeting earlier this month.

“That puts us right at the edge of being able to keep the club running,” Tryon said.

Back in November, Tryon told The NEWS that the club would be taking a one-year hiatus due to a shrinking membership. At the time, Tryon said the membership in the club had dropped to 10 people from 28.

RELATED: Parksville Qualicum Kiwanis on one-year-hiatus

With the three new members, Tryon said, puts the club “right at the edge” of being able to keep the club running.

“It was a little scary there. We’ve had a few people step up to the plate. I’m hoping that we might have some more,” Tryon said.

“It looks like the Kiwanis Club is not going to go away.”

Tryon said a lot of people weren’t aware that without sufficient membership numbers, clubs can’t run properly.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that people came forward. (The NEWS) article explained that it’s fine to volunteer, but if you don’t belong to the club, we can’t approach any of the lotto or any of the grant money without being able to prove that we have a membership,” he said.

Tryon said some people were “ready to get on with business and start helping the club, and start raising money again for this great area.”

Tryon said the club will be holding another meeting Feb. 6 at 6 p.m. at Courtyard Café (673 Memorial Ave., Qualicum Beach). Tryon said it’s a dinner gathering so people would need to let him know by Monday, Feb. 5 whether or not they’re able to attend.

For more information, contact Tryon at 250-951-2727.

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