By News Tribune staff
Published April 16, 2013, in the Duluth News Tribune online
DULUTH, MINNESOTA—When the Gitche Gumee Kiwanis Club of Duluth decided that it would cease operations this year, the service organization had to decide what to do with its scholarship fund.
The group’s educational foundation could have chosen to pass the money on to another organization. Instead, the club decided to “have the fun of spending all the money ourselves,” past club president and scholarship chairman Tom Boman said.
The club is spending the money by awarding $3,333 scholarships to 20 students from Denfeld, East and Marshall on Wednesday at First Lutheran Church.
“We just thought we would like to do it ourselves,” Boman said of awarding more than $66,000 in scholarships now rather than giving the money to another service or nonprofit organization.
The club established its educational foundation in 1990, and awarded its first scholarship in 1995. Since then it has awarded 97 scholarships totaling $121, 910.
The Gitche Gumee Kiwanis Club of Duluth was founded in 1984. It will cease operating in September because of difficulties in finding new members.
“Our club just kept getting smaller and smaller,” Boman said. “Rather than kind of just disappearing, running out of gas, we decided we would go out with grace and dignity.”
The plan, Boman said, is to have a final meeting in September, drink a ceremonial last bottle of Scotch and close out the club.
May 20 2013, 09:18 AM