Kiwanis in Marshalltown began in 1921 and the newly chartered club embarked on a very Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG) when the members chose to build the high school an athletic field adjacent to Franklin Elementary School. Details of that endeavor are the subject of previous blog posts on this site.
We continue to lead the way in service and personal and leadership development. Our Kiwanis Service Leadership Program clubs, the Marshalltown High School Key Club (students) and the Marshalltown Bobcats Aktion Club (disabled adults), are similarly enthusiastic about giving back to their community.
Projects continue to include Kiwanis Park, Bicentennial Park, Westend Park. We have donated pediatric trauma kits to all Marshall County first responders. Backpacks and duffel bags are given to agencies that assist children removed from their homes. Onesies are given to newborn infants’ parents to remind them to place the babies “This Side UP” as part of a SIDS awareness effort called “Back to Sleep”. Our clubs also send 5th and 6th grade Marshall County students to Camp Olympia-Kiwanis each year to give them a camping experience that also provides tools they can use for the rest of their lives.
Kiwanis International has embarked on its second Worldwide Service Project entitled The EliMiNaTe Project to address Maternal-Neonatal Tetanus, a fatal disease that ravages families. The first WSP has virtually eradicated Iodine Deficiency Disorders, the single leading preventable cause of mental retardation in the world.
With servant hearts, we also donate to other causes in our community and in order to “make a difference one child and one community at a time”, we flip pancakes, make funnel cakes, host spaghetti dinners, hold garage sales, mow Westend Park, sell peanuts, and anything else we can. We also get to know one another and support each other.
Please take some time to read our blog posts here, visit us at http://www.marshalltownkiwanis.org, follow Mtown Kiwanis on Twitter, and like us on Facebook.
We also invite you to be our guest at one of our meetings. The original Noon Club meets at the American Legion, upper level, at Tuesday noon. The PM club meets at the Hy-Vee dining room annex on Wednesday nights at 6:30 p.m. The Matins club meets at the Salvation Army, rear entrance, on Thursday mornings, 6:30 a.m.
Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
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