The Kiwanis Club of Mercury 64 has a proud history of service to our community. Mercury 64 was the first breakfast Kiwanis club on the eastern seaboard and continues this proud tradition today.
Mercury 64 was presented its charter on October 3, 1962 by Dennis Edwards of the Newport News Kiwanis Club. On the morning of our first regular meeting, Comdr. Walter Schirra, a member of the first crew to rendezvous in space and commander of first manned Apollo mission, was our guest.
Our name comes from our meeting place and service area being Mercury Blvd. and Interstate 64. We have met continually at the Holiday Inn (now known as the Howard Johnson) since our inception. Over the years, our membership has been between 27 and 40 members and we have always participated in Kiwanis International's Major Emphasis Programs and tried to live up to the Kiwanis motto: "We Build".
We are proud to support many organizations with monetary donations but, more importantly, with untold hours of our time, Some of the groups which we support are:
We sponsor a Teacher's Breakfast welcoming the new teachers to the Hampton schools and our community. We also sponsor two K-Kids clubs, one Builder's Club, two Key Clubs and help sponsor the Aktion Club, a service organization for people with developmental disabilities. We also present a scholarship to an outstanding Key Club Member each year.
Mercury 64 has received many awards from Kiwanis International, local organizations and the city of Hampton for its community involvement and work to make this a better place for all.