Yea! The changes were made, just like magic.

It’s often those small things that are the most fraught with anxiety and trepidation and updating and waiting for the calendar sidebar to change over there on the right was one of those.

One might also compare the prospect of doing something new, getting goals or even those (gasp!) New Year’s resolutions started, generates the same feelings of uncertainly and apprehension. Action can come to a halt because them. Regular doses of encouragement, internally and externally, can help in making those good changes.

If you have ever wondered how you as one person can start making a difference in the lives of those in our community, we have an extraordinarily good and wonderful suggestion. You might even say it’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (Holy cow, spelled it right the first time. Take that auto spell check).

Come to one of our Tuesday noon meetings at the American Legion and meet some other like-minded people who work together to touch lives in a positive and impactful way. And our members have even had fun doing it for over 97 years! That’s quite a testimony and a whole lot of history.

Start 2019 with a completely free, no obligation 30-day trial membership on us, the Marshalltown Kiwanis Club.

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Please pay no attention to the calendar sidebar

We’re not sure if the calendar changes will show up after awhile, but please note that our Noon Kiwanis Club is NOT meeting on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day. We had a quiet get-together today, Dec. 18, to talk about a variety of topics, some fun and a few serious, and to wish each other, our families and loved ones much joy this holiday season. The same is wished for you, too. See you next year!


A special Pancake Day event in 1963

KWardFred Ward, Jr.

Pancake Day is the Noon Kiwanis Club’s major fundraiser for the entire year. Originally begun in the spring of 1955, it settled on the last Saturday in October, the opening of pheasant hunting season. The club’s major emphasis is children and is evidenced in Kiwanis International’s defining statement: “Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.

There have been two additional Pancake Days to help with special projects. One was to raise $5,000 for the new handicapped accessible pool that was built for Pleasant Hill School students.

An earlier pancake event developed when the Marshalltown Kiwanis members voted to send the Marshalltown High School Pep Band to the 1963 Kiwanis International Convention in Atlantic City. According to the club president Fred Ward, Jr., “We chartered a local bus which took our ‘peppy’ group to the Boardwalk, where our young players entertained the bystanders while enjoying themselves immensely.

“When we got back from the convention a small problem awaiting us was paying for the chartered bus, etc. We planned to raise much of the money feeding pancakes and sausages at a horse show at the old fairgrounds.It rained cats and dogs that weekend; we had more horses than pancake customers. We’d geared up to feed thousands and fed only hundreds.

“We stored unused supplies and sold unused sausages the rest of the year. Ed Haupert said he’d book the Shrine Chanters into the Coliseum. They sang for free and we sold tickets like our lives depended on it; when the clapping ceased and the accounting finished, our club was back in the black again!”

Kiwanis Pancake Day is Number 60!

Hard to believe…it was just yesterday…60 years ago…that the Marshalltown Kiwanis Club held its first Kiwanis Pancake Day.

Lots of things have changed since then. For starters, the Marshalltown Kiwanis Club is more often referred to as the “Noon” Kiwanis Club, after it spun off two other Kiwanis clubs in our community.

But the basics remain. Delicious pancakes, sausage, choice of beverage, entertainment all in a family-friendly community event that has become a tradition. All for a good cause as the Noon Kiwanis Club promotes building strong communities from the  youth up.

Locally it started with the first service project in 1922, an effort to create a Marshalltown High School athletic complex to be known as Franklin Field.

Yes, Kiwanis in Marshalltown celebrates 94 years Sept. 29.

When MHS moved to its present location Franklin Field was divided. The football field and track remained with the school district and became the site of junior high/middle school sporting events. The rest of the property that held the tennis courts, baseball diamond, and basketball court became West End/Tankersley Park.

Projects have continued over the years. There was the Wild Cat Canyon Boy Scout Camp. The Pinewood Derby. A skating park. More scoreboards, softball diamonds, guardrails for sledding, electric stop signs near the schools.

Kiwanis Park. Scholarships to Camp Olympia-Kiwanis. Kid ID campaign. Pediatric care kits for Marshall County First Responders.

Donations and partnerships with non-profits and businesses. Onesies saying “FRAGILE: This Side UP” to instruct new parents to place infants on their backs while resting. Gumball machines whose proceeds go to Marshalltown Community College scholarships. The Red Barrel at Fareway is an effort to address food insecurity and child hunger on a daily basis. We are looking for more businesses to donate a small bit of floor space for additional gumball machines and Red Barrels.

Visitors concession stand at Marshalltown High School football games. After Prom participation. Cotton candy and sno-kones and popcorn concessions. Peanut Day sales.

Sponsor club for: Toledo-Tama Kiwanis Club. Marshalltown High School Key Club. Marshalltown Matins Kiwanis Club, South Hardin County Kiwanis Club. Marshalltown P.M. Kiwanis Club. Marshalltown Bobcats Aktion Club.

How has Kiwanis touched your life?

Join us at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, Oct. 31, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for our 60th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day! Tickets are $6.00 in advance from members of the Noon Kiwanis Club, P.M. Kiwanis Club, and the VFW. The door price is $7.00. Children age 5 years and younger get in free. Give them as gifts and prizes for family, friends, employees, clients, or vendors. We are thankful for your choice to support Kiwanis in Marshalltown and Marshall County.

Earl May manager talks about container gardening to Noon Kiwanis

Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club president Linda Dodd Smith called the Tuesday, April 30th meeting at the American Legion to order. Those present stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Harold Cline offered the invocation.

Dorothy Rider introduced her daughter, Pat Jordan, as a guest. Deane Adams gave a happy dollar on his trip to Washington, D.C. and said the best news he could bring back to Marshall County was the congress is working together.

In club business Deb Ewoldt reported that the club will be sending two students from West Marshall School District Camp Olympia-Kiwanis. The Noon’s third campership will be for a Marshalltown student at Lenihan and the Matins Kiwanis will offer two more. The PM Kiwanis is sending three students from GMG. Matins Kiwanian Don Feld will transport all eight students to and from camp in his motor home.

Several businesses have agreed to locate Red Barrels at their stores to serve as drop off locations for non-perishable food and personal care items for the area’s needy. Recipients will be the Emergency Food Box, The Salvation Army, and House of Compassion. Members of the Noon, Matins, and PM Kiwanis Clubs; MHS Key Club; and Bobcat Aktion Club will oversee the barrels and deliver the products collected. Barrels are being secured, painted, and labeled in preparation for this new project.

Smith noted that the Kiwanis Club has a long history of spring gardening programs, once featuring ISU horticulturalist Mohammad Khan until his retirement, and then followed by club member and former ISU extension director Gene Neven. Because Neven was unable to attend the meeting he asked Lynn Rhodes, manager at Earl May Garden Center and Nursery to come and talk about container gardening.

Rhodes began her talk with the esthetics and balance used for container gardens, which have enjoyed increasing popularity each year. Containers were often used for indoor and outdoor decorating purposes and the rule of thumb was to coordinate the plant materials with the container through color, size, and texture. The template for floral designs is the geranium with the spike and alyssum. The two or three geranium plants comprise the mounding element, typically called the “wow” factor. The spike represents the vertical element which is two to three times the height of the container and can be placed off center if desired. The alyssum is the trailing or filler element. For Rhodes the trailing plant is her favorite part of the garden. Once you have those elements in place, you just need to tweek or adjust it.

Wave petunias can act as either a mound or trailing element and more varieties are available this year. One self-deadheads its old blooms and doesn’t straggle as other petunias often do. There are new colors, even uprights, and weather resistant versions.

Floral arrangements aren’t the only items benefiting from pots. Right now at Earl May there are 4×4-ft. pots with palm trees on display. These must still be placed inside during colder weather, but can acclimate to living inside. Rhodes warned that the plant needs to be hardened off when one reintroduces it to the outside. At the other end of the container gardening spectrum are fairy gardens in a bowl, similar to terrariums.

Herbs, fruits, and vegetables are also being included in the container gardening craze because of the ease of growing. Issues with moles and deer are alleviated with container and raised gardens. One quick favorite is to place a tomato plant in a five-gallon container or even a bucket. Two container products are seeing interest by gardeners. Potato tubes help get the potatoes planted on Good Friday whether the ground is ready or not and Verti-Plant bags also allow for walls to be adorned with plants.

The patio/dwarf tomato is now available in an heirloom plant grafted onto a hybrid root. Another idea is using dwarf fruit bushes like the brazelberry. Rhodes enjoys visiting the Iowa Veterans Home raised gardens and seeing the varieties and ideas with which they come up.

The garden manager also noted the importance of good fertilizer soil plus giving a diluted fertilizer with each watering for container plants. She handed out an Earl May Garden flyer to those in attendance and noted that anyone interesting in receiving this once a year only mailing can come to the store and fill out a form.

Smith ended the meeting with a report of the Underprivileged Children’s (UPC) Fund collection for the day and a quote by Steve Brown “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly—until you learn to do it well.” Check out the entire Marshalltown Kiwanis family of clubs at, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.

Noon Kiwanians learn about online resources


Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club president Linda Dodd Smith called the Tuesday, April 23rd meeting at the American Legion to order. Gene Neven informed the membership on the news and weather provided by KFJB. Following the news those present stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Harold Cline offered the invocation.

Smith presented the program on Kiwanis online member resources. These resources include everything from membership to leadership training; from projects to fundraising and is so extensive that it is a website entirely separate from She gave the members a tour of the site and focused on the availability of webinars.

These webinars are hour long training and information sessions on Tuesday evenings, facilitated by Go To Meeting. Members are also asked to provide suggestions on the various topics, some of which are done in Spanish. The webinars are also recorded, archived, and available for replay within 24 to 48 hours. To demonstrate the registration and access procedures Smith went online and the club watched an archived webinar “How to Prospect for Members.”

She encouraged the members to test out their new skills on that night’s live webinar, “From Poverty to Prosperity: Why Grow”. The featured speaker was Dr. Bill Rauhauser, governor-elect of the Texas-Oklahoma District, who talked on the difference in mindsets, values, and relationships between the poor and the middle class.

He holds a BA from the University of Northern Iowa and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University. Rauhauser joined the Kiwanis Club of Milford, Iowa, and later Spirit Lake, Iowa, before moving to Texas. His career included teaching, coaching, Assistant High School Principal, High School and Jr. High Principal, Curriculum Director, Assistant Superintendent and State Department Consultant.  In 1987, after 17 years in public education, he started his own company and has conducted over 4000 workshops in 45 states, New Zealand, Europe, and Canada training school administrators in Strategic Planning.

But, Rauhauser explained his future didn’t look that promising growing up. “Growing up on welfare as the ninth of nine children and a single parent mom (dad died when I was two), I developed a keen sense of what it meant to live in poverty.  At 15 I dropped out of school, following in the footsteps of six older siblings.  My high school football coach cared enough to come to my house, and he literally took me back to school.  Every young person needs a positive relationship with a significant adult that does not practice self-destructive behaviors. Coach was that person for me.  Kiwanis is all about the kids.  That is why I have such a passion for changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

The Underprivileged Children’s (UPC) Fund collection was announced by Dorothy Rider. Smith offered a take on British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s quote “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman” and told the members to think “If you want something said, ask anyone; if you want something done, ask a Kiwanian.”

Club members were reminded to invite friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and relatives to attend the club’s “Bring A Guest Day” next Tuesday, April 29. The speaker is Lynn Rhodes, manager of Earl May Garden Center, and she will talk about something on everyone’s mind with the warmer weather, gardening and lawn ideas. Check out the entire Marshalltown Kiwanis family at, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.

MHS Key Club Presents Noon Kiwanis Program

MHS Key Club adviser Renee Mathews (l) and Key Clubber Kelly Vopava (r) spoke at the Noon Kiwanis meeting April 16.

MHS Key Club adviser Renee Mathews (l) and Key Clubber Kelly Vopauva (r) spoke at the Noon Kiwanis meeting April 16.

Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club president Linda Dodd Smith called the Tuesday, April 16th meeting at the American Legion to order and welcomed Gene Neven to the podium to read the news provided by KFJB. Following the news those present stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance and bowed their heads for the invocation by Harold Cline.

In club business it was announced that a Red Barrel meeting of the three Marshalltown Kiwanis clubs would be held that Thursday to discuss the project planning to date.

Other calendar items include Camp Olympia-Kiwanis in Boone June 2-7 and the Nebraska-Iowa District Convention at Prairie Meadows Conference Center in Altoona August 9-10.

Happy Dollars were given by Deane Adams for Kent Geffe taking his place delivering Meals on Wheels on Saturday; Deb Ewoldt for her trip back to her school days when she visited West Marshall Schools to discuss Camp OK; Smith for the Key Club visitors visiting that day.

Club guests were representatives from the Marshalltown High School Key Club, faculty advisor Renee Mathews and club member Kelly Vopauva who also presented the program about what the MHS Key Club is doing. Key Club is a Kiwanis Service Leadership Program and was started in 1921 by two California educators who were Kiwanians who wanted to find positive avenues for their students. It has become the largest teenage service organization in the world and Kiwanis has added youth groups for elementary (K-Kids), middle school (Builders), college (Circle K) as well as a club for disabled adults (Aktion Club).

The MHS Key Club was formed and sponsored 45 years ago by the Marshalltown “Noon” Kiwanis Club. The high school group is now sponsored by the Marshalltown Matins Kiwanis and the Noon and PM clubs are invited to attend meetings and assist in whatever ways necessary.

Mathews is the school nurse and she co-advises Key Club with teacher Marsha Johnson. This is the first year for both faculty members and they and the students are learning things together. They began the year with a “Dollars for Donuts” fundraiser for the House of Compassion and learned that students don’t like to part with their money, so they are focusing on service projects for the school and community.

The students worked with the Matins Kiwanis members on a Scholastic Book effort and placed a lot of bookplates in books for local preschools. Earlier this month they went to Kiwanis Park and cleaned up the grounds and wiped off the tables in the shelter as a Kiwanis One Day service project.

Key Clubbers also are working to provide prom apparel to needy students. To date they have provided students with 14 dresses and one dress shirt. They are also signed up to volunteer at the Hersey’s Track and Field meet.

Kelly spoke of her experience at Key Leader Weekend last October. This event is for high school students to learn about leadership and personal development and the traits and values that key leaders should demonstrate. She enjoyed meeting other students with similar and not so similar interests, all wanting to be the best persons they could. There was a variety of activities to introduce, examine, and develop the participants’ values, respect, honesty, and gratitude. They learned the importance of being on time, keeping their promises, and appreciating what they receive.

One project was to create mailboxes for everyone there and they were to drop notes of thanks and encouragement to each other. Kelly was so impressed with the exercise that she brought it back to her Key Club and they wrote thank you letters to the teachers and staff at the high school.

The MHS Key Club meets after school on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month in Room 238. Interested students are invited to attend.

The Underprivileged Children’s (UPC) Fund collection was announced by Dorothy Rider. Smith ended the meeting with two quotes: “Plan for the future by taking a firm grip on the present” by Croft M. Pentz, and “He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life” by Muhammad Ali.

Check out the entire Marshalltown Kiwanis family at, like them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter.

The Saturday weather forecast in a word is “Pancakey”

The rain and wind have subsided and the sun is shining brightly. But it’s still darn cold.

But take heart! It’s perfect pancake weather and Kiwanis Pancake Day is less than 24 hours away! Can’t you just imagine yourself sitting down with a stack of warm, hearty buttermilk pancakes, sausage, and milk or coffee?

Not only is it perfect comfort food for this time of year, you are satisfied because you know Kiwanis also uses a portion of your ticket price to comfort and encourage the children and communities of Marshall County through projects and donations.

Come and enjoy a great plate of food, visit with your friends, make new friends, and help Kiwanis make a difference in Marshall County!