The local chapter of Kiwanis International was the Ilwaco-Long Beach Kiwanis Club, started in 1936 and closed in 2015. Throughout the club's life, it supported youth needs and activities on the peninsula.
For many years, Kiwanis sponsored a Clamdiggers Breakfast on the second weekend in May, starting at 6:30 a.m. and ending at 11 a.m. Promoted as a "Come as you are after digging your clams" event, it was casual, with breakfast served family style to more than one thousand visitors, in the main dining room of the Ocean Park Institute, later renamed the United Methodist Ocean Park Church Camp. The menu was simple: Fried eggs, pancakes, bacon, hash browns, syrup, orange juice, coffee and milk.
When razor clam digging closed in the 1970s, the Clamdiggers Breakfast ended, but the club continued with other fundraising activities. One of the last Kiwanis fundraisers was a talk by Ciscoe Morris, a gardening personality from Seattle, Washington, at the local Elks Lodge.
Thanks to archived photos from Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, and Kiwanis members' photo collections, there is an image to share from the early days of the club, in the 1930s on the beach in Seaview by Charles Fitzpatrick, a clamdiggers' breakfast ad, and decades later, a photo of the club members with Ciscoe Morris.
When the Kiwanis Club closed, the members chose to continue supporting youth activities by establishing an endowed fund with SPCCF. A committee of those members makes grant recommendations to the Foundation, and will help fund local youth needs for years to come.
New donations are welcome to help build the endowment, by following the link here on this page, or by mailing checks to 'South Pacific County Community Foundation', noting the 'Kiwanis Fund' on the memo line, and mailing to SPCCF, PO Box 75, Nahcotta WA 98637.