What We Do

Supporting Local Projects, One Mini-Grant at a Time!

Community Project Mini-Grants Offered

 The Cle Elum Kiwanis is interested in soliciting proposals for small projects that will help us fulfill our mission of: 

  • Making the children of our community our first priority
  • Making our community a better place to live, or
  • Serving the needs of disabled or the elderly

We will give out several $250 dollar mini-grants to projects that are deemed worthy by our mini-grant committee. The grant committee will meet twice a month as needed to review proposals. The board will make funding decisions at the monthly board meeting. 

Submit grant application forms online or mail to Cle Elum Kiwanis; P.O. Box 933; Cle Elum, WA 98922 

To apply for a grant please find our application form here

Key Club Sponsorships

The Cle Elum-Roslyn High School Key Club members participate in community service projects, like this grounds clean-up day at the Carpenter Museum in Cle Elum.

Our Kiwanis club supports Key Club service projects, facilitate the Key Club meetings, provide mentorships and provide college scholarships for the Key Club students. We are currently sponsoring the following Kiwanis Key club:

Schools We Support

  • Cle Elum Roslyn Elementary 
  • Walter Strom Middle School 
  • Cle Elum Roslyn High School 
  • Easton School 
  • Swiftwater Learning Center 

Kiwanis Pond

A young angler proudly displays her catch at a Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum Fishing Derby held annually over 4th of July Weekend at Kiwanis Pond in Cle Elum.

Every July, Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum hosts our annual kids fishing derby at Kiwanis Pond. The club started the Fourth of July Fishing Derby. For the Derby Kiwanis lobbied the state to list Kiwanis Pond for juvenile and handicap fishing. Because of that listing the pond is stocked every year with trout. In July of 2019, Matt Mathes, Hatchery Specialist-3 at WDFW’s rainbow trout hatchery near Yakima, said, “It’s great to see the excitement and joy children get catching fish and spending time with family outdoors. These derbies are great ways to introduce kids to the outdoors. Lot’s of fish equals lots of opportunities and action. That all works to create lifelong outdoor recreationists who will care about the resource and continue the tradition.” That year, Matt’s 1,000-gallon tank truck delivered the rainbow trout to Kiwanis Pond in Cle Elum. Like most years, it held 600 fish, each measuring 10 to 12 inches, and 200 jumbos, each measuring 15 to 18 inches at 1.5 to 2.5 pounds.

About Kiwanis Pond: The smallest and most westerly pond in the Hanson ponds complex near Cle Elum is open only to juvenile anglers (under 15 years old), senior anglers (70+), and anglers with a disability who possess a designated harvester companion card.  It will continue to be stocked with catchable sized rainbow trout. The lake is also stocked with some 1 pound “jumbo” rainbow trout. This pond has a year-round open season. For a map and more information, visit the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and view stocking reports here.

Community Service

The maple trees lining both sides of Hartwig Boulevard were planted and are maintained by Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum.

Cle Elum Kiwanis serves the communities of Cle Elum, Easton, Roslyn, and South Cle Elum. 

As a team, our Kiwanis club members work together in many activities that benefit our communities. Most notable — cross country ski program for the fifth graders; providing scholarships to graduating seniors; and sponsoring school service clubs. 

The Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum has implemented a cross-country ski program to teach local 5th graders traditional Nordic skiing to enjoy on the miles of groomed trails that the Upper Kittitas County region has to offer.

Our Kiwanis members also provide diversified community events such as planting flowers and trees in entrances to our towns; cleanup at our cemeteries; participating in major holidays with a tree lot at Christmas; and during the 4th of July an annual fishing derby. 

  • Trees lining Hartwig Boulevard (previously known as South Cle Elum Way – renamed in honor of Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum member Hartwig Vatheur who is instrumental in the planning, planting and maintaining of these beautiful maple trees)
  • Floral planters on Safeway Hill 
  • Centennial Center (senior center) 
  • Roslyn Cemetery 
  • Cle Elum Cemetery 
  • Downtown cleanup 

Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum Sponsors:

Fundraisers like the annual Christmas Tree Lot Sales benefit Kiwanis Club of Cle Elum projects and programs.
  • Boy Scout Troop 488 
  • Canopy of Caring 
  • Centennial Center 
  • CHS Cheerleaders 
  • CHS Senior Class 
  • Christmas Tree Sales 
  • Cle Elum Free Clinic 
  • Cle Elum Library 
  • Community Beautification 
  • Crash/Gear Programs 
  • Dollars for Scholars 
  • Drug Free Youth Retreat 
  • Easton School Archery 
  • Eliminate Project 
  • Fifth Grade Ski School 
  • Firework Sales 
  • Future Problem Solvers 
  • Hope Source 
  • HS Ticket Taking 
  • Ignite Mentor Program 
  • KCCP – Kid’s Cancer Program 
  • Key Club 
  • Kittitas County Youth Leadership Academy 
  • Kiwanis International Foundation 
  • Kiwanis Law Enforcement Camp 
  • Northwest Burn Foundation 
  • Parent Action Council 
  • Red Cross Blood Drive 
  • Relay for Life 
  • Roslyn Heritage Society 
  • Roslyn Library 
  • Runner Stumbles 
  • Seattle’s Children Hospital 
  • Skip a Meal Program 
  • Summer Youth Activities 
  • Upper County Little League 
  • Young Author Books Project