New Kiwanis club organizes in LaPlace to help local children

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 2, 2022

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LAPLACE – A new Kiwanis Club will open this week in LaPlace to give community members the opportunity to help kids.

The Kiwanis Club of Laplace will meet at Lake Pontchartrain Elementary School Library, 3328 Hwy 51 in LaPlace at 6 p.m. on Thursday, February 3 for their organizational meeting. The club has been formed by St. John the Baptist School Superintendent Dr. Lynett Hookfin and other community leaders to help meet the needs of children in LaPlace. Kiwanis International has more than 600,000 members around the world dedicated to volunteer service that helps kids.

“Kiwanis clubs provide a great opportunity to meet new friends who believe in serving their communities, networking with business professionals and making a significant impact on the community through volunteering,” said Dr Hookfin. “Kids need Kiwanis, in our community and in communities around the world, so they can grow up in a world where they are happy, healthy, safe and loved.”

The new Kiwanis Club of LaPlace will focus on service projects addressing several community needs, including Rewards for Reading in the elementary schools and other service projects in the community

“We understand the changing needs of today’s busy volunteers, and encourage members to give time when they can, whether that’s at a service project or at a meeting,” said Dr. Hookfin, Kiwanis Club of LaPlace. “We hope that men and women of all ages will join us and help make a difference for children in our community.”

Those interested in membership can call Marcel Lashover Region 4 Trustee at 504-272-1600 or visit the club’s Facebook page or

Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 558,000 adult and youth members 82 nations and geographic areas. Visit for more information.