Steamboat kayaker featured on 2012 Kiwanis Club holiday ornament |

Steamboat kayaker featured on 2012 Kiwanis Club holiday ornament

Steamboat Today

Kayaker Clay Whiddon is featured in the 2012 Steamboat Kiwanis Club holiday ornament.

— While the rest of the community is dreaming of a whiter Christmas, the Whiddon family, of Steamboat Springs, is assured of a whitewater Christmas.

Tom and Jeanne Whiddon's adult son, Clay, is featured paddling his kayak in a wave on the Yampa River in the 2012 edition of the Steamboat Kiwanis Club's annual holiday ornament. It is the 31st ornament released by the club.

The annual holiday ornament is a major fundraiser for local Kiwanians. The service club supports programs for youths and senior citizens. They give annual scholarships and have helped to send area youngsters to Washington, D.C., to learn about government and history. This year, the club is sponsoring holiday gifts for a family with limited means.

The Kiwanians also are among the most important volunteers at the annual Rubber Ducky Race (it turned 25 this year) that supports a variety of health initiatives in

the community.

Members of the Kiwanis Club will sell the collectible ornaments for $8 at City Market on Dec. 8 and 9. The ornaments also will be available at most local banks, the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association (125 Anglers Drive), Tread of Pioneers Museum (Eighth and Oak streets) and Insure Me Now (139 Ninth St.).

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Theo Dexter, of Lone Oak Signs, designs the ornaments.

Clay Whiddon, a graduate of Steamboat Springs High School, lives and works in Salt Lake City.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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