The Kiwanis Club of Ashland recently celebrated its 70th anniversary as a service organization in Ashland.

The present Kiwanis Club was organized on Sept. 16, 1947. The club was first organized in 1923, but was disbanded in 1933 during the Great Depression. It was then re-organized in 1947.

Several fun facts from 1947 include: The price of a gallon of gasoline was $0.23, there were only 44,000 TV sets in the U. S. vs. 40 million radios, and a notable book was “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams.

The Kiwanis Club said in a statement it takes great pride in having served the Ashland community and the children of the world for 70 years, and it thanks all the citizens and businesses of Ashland who have supported Kiwanis over the years.

For more information about Ashland Kiwanis, go to ashlandkiwanis.org or its Facebook page, or call Ron at 541-488-0532.