The Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah-Collegedale is a service organization composed of caring men and women from all walks of life. Our objective is to bring aid to children in need. The majority of our efforts benefit children in our community through direct service and charitable contributions. A portion of the funds we raise go to help meet Kiwanis International objectives, which focus on the special needs of young children from prenatal development to age five.


Our Kiwanis club participates in a variety of projects throughout the year that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide.  Additionally, we have speakers at our weekly meetings to explore topics of interest to the membership. We engage in a number of social activities to share experiences, talents and our collective interests. All represent great opportunities for service, friendships and personal growth.

One way our club serves the community is by sponsoring our Ooltewah high school Key Club.  Our annual 5K Glow Run, our semi-annual Pancake Breakfast, and our SEES candy drive provides monetary support for area children’s programs.  But that’s not all.  Our members serve the community through personal involvement in the giving of our time and skills. Anyone interested in serving others will feel very welcome here.


The Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah-Collegedale, through its foundation, the Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis Foundation, provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations through an annual application process.  Every dollar counts!  If you'd like to make a tax-deductible contribution to the Chattanooga Kiwanis Youth Foundation, please contact us. 


For more information about our club and the work we do, browse through the menu items above.  You can connect with us on Facebook, or email us at


We'd love for you to come join us at one of our meetings or a service project. Please go to our Contact page and drop us a line! Someone will get back with you.  You may want to consider joining us as a member.



The Ooltewah-Collegedale club was chartered October 23, 1975, as the Kiwanis Club of East Hamilton County in the dining hall of what was then known as Southern Missionary College in Collegedale.  R.C. Mills was installed as charter President.  Three other clubs were sponsored that same evening: The Circle K Club of Southern Missionary College, the Key Club of Ooltewah High School, and the Builders Club of Ooltewah Middle School.  It is believed that this is the only time that four clubs of the Kiwanis family have ever been charted at the same time.

The sponsor of all four clubs was the Kiwanis Club of Brainerd.  The evening featured Ted R. Osborn, President of Kiwanis International which made it a rare event for a Kiwanis club's charter night.  A prime mover in bringing this special event about was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Brainerd, George G. Young, immediate past K-T District Governor.

The club has met over the years in eight different places until Collegedale's new city hall was built and the club moved to the Fuller Memorial Community Center.

In February of 2009 the Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah-Collegedale became the new name of the club.  In May of 2009 a 501c3 Ooltewah-Collegedale Kiwanis Foundation was formed to handle all project funds.

Thirty seven men and four women have served the club in the office of president.

  • R.C. Mills  '79-'79; '90-'91

  • Willis Cushman  '76-'78

  • Fred Fuller  '78-'79

  • Don Dick  '79-'80

  • Cyril Futcher  '80-'81

  • Lamar Barden  '82-83 (1 mo)

  • Lee Holland  '82-'83

  • Dave Atkins  '83-84

  • Bill Jones  '84-'85

  • Dick Fisher  '85-86

  • Bob Thatcher  '86-87

  • Roger Qauley  '87-88

  • Eddy Nicholson  '88-'89

  • Don Ciesielsi  '89-'90

  • Dean Kinsey  '90-'91

  • Ed Langham  '91-'92

  • Jeff Baldwin  '92-'93

  • Lori Hopkins  '93-'94

  • Don Gettys  '94-'95; '12-'13

  • Terry Crutchfield  '95-'96

  • Jim Herman  '96-'97

  • Bill Owens  '97-'98

  • Lou Hersch  '98-'99

  • Rick Mountz  '99-'00

  • Robert Burfitt  '00-'01

  • Don Self '01-'02

  • Bill Twombly  '02-'03

  • Jim Welborn  '03-'04

  • Francis Thoresen  '04-'05

  • Jacqueline Brown  '05-'06

  • Carla Youngberg  '06-'06

  • R. Dean Roddy  '07-'08

  • Ralph Neall  '08-'09

  • J. Adam Dutton  '09-'10

  • Richard Dahlberg  '10-'11

  • Brien Applewhite  '11-'12

  • Suzanne Doris  '13-'14

  • Will Otis  '14-'15

  • Errol Eder '15-'16

  • Linwood "Woody Willey  '16-'17

  • Jason Sauls  '17-'19

The name "Kiwanis" stems from an Indian phrase which, roughly translated, means "to express one's self."

The Kiwanis Club of Ooltewah-Collegedale has been in service to our community for more than forty-four years. We are part of Kiwanis International, an organization serving children for over 100 years.


Founded in 1915 and headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world.  Kiwanis members throughout the world make their mark by responding to the needs of their communities and pooling their resources to address worldwide issues.  Through these efforts, Kiwanis International truly is "Serving the Children of the World"

Kiwanis is not a social club, not a secret society.  It does not prescribe a way of life for others.  It often does, however, act as a forum for diverse ideas. 

A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of the community, with members from all walks of life, religions and at every step of the career ladder.  They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers.

Kiwanis is a Global Foundation

Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers who are dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis members dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours and invest more than US$107 million annually in projects that strengthen communities and serve children. We help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and much more. We believe that helping a child helps the world.

Working together, Kiwanis members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream and succeed, great things happen!

Today there are more than 8,200 Kiwanis clubs with nearly 300,000 members in more than 80 nations and geographic areas.  Though Kiwanis serves in countries throughout the world, the basic principles are the same.


About the Ooltewah-Collegedale Club

Kiwanis International - The home page for Kiwanis International.

Kentucky-Tennessee Kiwanis District - Information about Kiwanis in the Kentucky-Tennessee district.

Key Club Kentucky-Tennessee District - The home to info. about the Key Club programs in our district.  

Aktion Club - The home page for Aktion Club - This program helps adults with learning disabilities.

Circle K - The home page for Circle K.  Circle K clubs serve colleges and universities.  

Builders Club - The home page for Builders Club. These clubs are for middle schools.  

Kiwanis Kids - The home page for Kiwanis Kids.  A program for elementary schools.

Key Leader - A leadership development program for high school age youth.

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4910 Swinyar Drive Collegedale, TN 37315

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