Wanted: Fun, young professionals who want to get involved

January 26, 2010

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Jackk Sercu (left), Sunset Elementary School fourth-grader, and principal Wayne Hamasaki show the rapidly disappearing cupcakes that Jack’s mom, Susan Sercu, made for the Sunset Kids for Haiti bake sale. By Greg Farrar

Beginning Feb. 11, the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah will host a satellite club designed to engage young professionals in the community who want to make a difference.

“Young professionals should participate in this group if they feel they would like to volunteer some of their time to help make Issaquah a better place,” said Craig Tasa, a founding member. “By being part of this club, they will also have the opportunity to meet many other young professionals who share the same passion for our community.

“This may also serve as a great networking opportunity for those professionals who are starting their careers and would like to meet other individuals in the community.”

The mission of Kiwanis is to help community members volunteer their time to change the world, one community and one child at a time.

Kiwanis is kicking off the new club to help young professionals access their club on their terms, according to a press release.A young professional is anyone who feels young at heart and wants to connect with their peers while bettering the Issaquah community with his or her talents, the release said.

Founding members range in age from their early 20s to a decade or two beyond, in occupations like financial advising, real estate development and communication.

“There are no age limits on membership. The hope is that this satellite of the Issaquah Kiwanis club will open the doors to individuals who may not be able to be a part of our regular club due to work, family or geographic constraints,” Tasa said. “This club’s primary focus is to add to and complement the existing Issaquah Kiwanis Club and to work towards the Kiwanis,” mission.

The young-professionals satellite will hold its meetings in the evenings at social venues or even online.

At the first meeting, members will discuss the future of the club and help shape its goals and projects.

One project proposal is to refurbish surplus school-district computers and distribute them to families in need. This idea, and others, will be discussed at the initial satellite gathering.

Members of the group will belong to the Kiwanis Club of Issaquah, Tasa said.

To join, dues are $80 for the first year and $100 each year after. However, if you were a member of Key Club in high school, the first year fee will be waived, he said.

The first meeting is meant to gauge interest and is free. There is no obligation to join, he said, but organizers would like to see as many new faces as possible.

If you go

Kiwanis Club of Issaquah

young professionals satellite club

5:30 p.m. Feb. 11

Issaquah Brewhouse,

35 W. Sunset Way

On the Web

www.kiwanis.org or www.issaquah.kiwanis.org

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