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.