Local Kiwanis Club honors the Indian River Golf Foundation


Kiwanis President Tom Maher present IRGF President Roger Van Dyke with a check. Matt Hamilton, Kiwanis Golf Chairman, Kevin Brown, Kiwanis Treasurer and member Richard Sooy look on.

On October 9, 2019, the Kiwanis Club of Vero-Treasure Coast hosted Roger Van Dyke, Founder and President of the Indian River Golf Foundation at its weekly luncheon at the Vero Beach Yacht Club. The IRGF’s mission is to teach youth about the game of golf, develop fundamental skills and in the process, instill the highest level of character and service. Van Dyke, a 45-year professional, founded the Indian River Golf Foundation in 2007 and today it serves over 300 children. The Vero-Treasure Coast Kiwanis Club has helped support IRGF since its inception.

The club also sponsors an annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament in January at Pointe West. Kiwanian Richard Sooy recently received the Steven C. Owen Award at Bent Pine Country Club’s eighth annual Mayor’s Cup for his courage and perseverance meetings life’s challenges and for giving his time and talents to the game of golf.

Kiwanis of Vero-Treasure Coast also hosts the popular “Take a Kid Fishing Tournament” held every year since 1991, and mentors Key Clubs in three local high schools, an Aktion Club for children with special needs, and provides scholarships for outstanding high school seniors.

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 and is dedicated to serving children. Today, there are nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries. The first Kiwanis Club in Vero Beach organized in 1935 and today serves Indian River County children with programs, scholarships and events to serve their needs and goals.

For more information about Kiwanis, its programs and events, contact Doug Vitunac at 772-231-4343 or dvitunac@verolaw.com


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