Pancake Day set up begins tonight

Tis two nights before Kiwanis Pancake Day and all through the coliseum a lot of creatures are stirring, as they bring in the grills, the equipment, and supplies. The tables and chairs are set on the floor with great care and…well, it’ll keep us busy into Friday. The grills will be fired up to check connections and the food inspector will be visiting.

If you haven’t gotten your Pancake Day tickets, why haven’t you? Still time, but they’ll be $6.00 at the door with children age 5 years and younger still getting in free. A great deal for the meal, plus you’re helping Kiwanis members serve their communities and the kids. That’s what we’re really flipping those flapjacks for. And how can you beat the price when it includes that?

Stay tuned for more behind the scenes details.


A “no leftovers” challenge

There’s only 10 days and counting till Pancake Day, and we’d like to issue a challenge to the community. We want to sell enough tickets so we have no leftovers after Pancake Day.

Can Marshalltown and Marshall County go through 900 lbs. of pancake mix, several thousand sausage links, whole milk, skim milk, chocolate milk, and coffee and help Kiwanis continue to help kids and communities?

Less than 12-1/2 days till Pancake Day

As of this posting, there is less than 12 and a half days left till Kiwanis Pancake Day #58 is here! We’re keeping track of the time on our website,

Tomorrow morning the Pancake Day committee meets to go over our progress and what things still need to be done. We’ve done some things a little differently and we want to know what our guests at Pancake Day like. Suggestions and comments are most welcome.

The proceeds from Pancake Day help our Kiwanis clubs serve our community and our children, so your ticket purchase is important to us. Over the years this long-time Marshalltown Kiwanis event has contributed money for many community service projects, from parks and camp scholarships to scoreboards and pediatric trauma kits. The three Kiwanis clubs assist local organizations and agencies in their programs. They also sponsor Kiwanis service leadership programs that allow students and disabled adults to serve their communities and learn leadership and personal development skills. Pancake Day participants are treated to a warm and hearty meal of pancakes, sausage, milk, or coffee.

Tickets are $5 in advance from any Kiwanis, Key Club, or Aktion Club member, or you can buy them at Hy-Vee, Hy-Vee Drugstore, or Cline Photography. In conjunction with Kiwanis’ Young Children: Priority One emphasis, children age five years and younger are admitted free. Tickets at the door are $6. For more information please call 641-753-9153.

Kiwanis Pancake Day gears up for 58th event

Pancake Day chairman Harold Cline, Noon Kiwanis presidentAaron Lee, and MHS athletic director Tim Bell get their picture taken with a giant pancake.

Marshalltown Kiwanis Pancake Day tickets are going on sale this week! In celebration of our 58th annual event, we are taking pictures of people with giant pancakes. Here is Marshalltown High School athletic director Tim Bell (r) with Pancake Day chairman Harold Cline (l) and Noon Kiwanis Club president Aaron Lee (c). Bell was the guest speaker at the Noon club meeting and posed for the photo at the end of the meeting.

This year we begin retooling Pancake Day to make it even better for the next 58 years. We know that when you do the same things year after year people can start taking your event for granted. Our focus on children and community projects is too important to be ignored, especially in times such as these.

We also have discovered that sometimes we get so involved in helping people that others don’t know about those efforts–the very things we raise money for at Pancake Day.

This year Kiwanis Pancake Day tickets include a code that people can scan with their cell phones or other electronic devices. It will take them to this blog site where we will be featuring projects we have done and those we have worked on with other groups in our community. We hope that you can see their value and our dedication as Kiwanis volunteers “dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time”.

Like Us, Follow Us, Join Us!

We have been focusing on our Facebook and Twitter accounts this past year or so and can be found at and

Over the past few months the three Kiwanis clubs have kept busy with service projects, fundraisers, and donations. The Noon and PM clubs sent several Marshall County students to Camp Olympia-Kiwanis in Nebraska. The Matins helped raise the flags in Riverside Cemetery for Memorial Day and participated in local events with the Matins funnel cake trailer. The P.M. club held a garage sale at the Central Iowa Fairgrounds and toured the Grimes Farm Conservation Center. The Noon club donated 100 duffel bags for teen clients of Youth and Shelter Services expected during the year.

In addition, the clubs have donated to a variety of activities and projects in the community and hosted numerous individuals and groups as speakers at their meetings. For more information on those meetings, check out our website at, Facebook, or Twitter.

Stay tuned for information on Kiwanis Pancake Day #58! It will be Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Memorial Coliseum. Put it on your calendar and be sure to buy tickets!

Open House this Tuesday, Dec. 13!

This coming Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Noon club will host its second annual Christmas Open House from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the American Legion, upper level, 1301 S. 6th St., Marshalltown.

The Open House is a come-and-go event to thank the community, its residents, businesses, and agencies for their support and generosity throughout the past year. Our accomplishments are truly a team effort and we are grateful for the connections and friendships we have made as a result.

Your presence will make the season all the merrier!

Franklin Field Gateway Project

Kiwanis is a proud part of Franklin Field. So much so that nowadays many other groups would have requested “naming rights”.

But Kiwanis has continued to support projects in the community and in 1999 we contributed funds to replace the old scoreboard at the field. We are also working to contribute funds toward the Franklin Field Gateway Project.

Kiwanis is celebrating 90 years in Marshalltown. Next year Franklin Field will be observing that same anniversary.

To be continued…

You are invited to celebrate with the Marshalltown Bobcat Aktion Club!

People often think of the handicapped as those who receive help, but Kiwanis Aktion Club is challenging and changing that perception. Created 10 years ago, Aktion Clubs prove that everyone has abilities, talents, and a desire to give back and make a positive difference for others and their communities. Disabled doesn’t mean unable or …incapable.

Join with us April 12 to celebrate the creation of the Marshalltown Bobcat Kiwanis Aktion Club.

It's time to celebrate!

Our Kiwanis Club’s charter members

The following Times-Republican account of the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Marshalltown, Iowa, describes the organization event and the 52 community businessmen forming the first Kiwanis club in our city. Ninety years later, there are now three Kiwanis clubs: Marshalltown, Marshalltown-Matins, and Marshalltown P.M.; the Marshalltown High School Key Club (Key stands for Kiwanis Educating Youth); and the Marshalltown Bobcat Aktion Club!

Kiwanis Club is Organized Here

With fifty-two charter members, the Kiwanis Club was organized and officers were elected at a meeting at the auditorium of the YMCA Thursday night [September 29, 1921]. Delegations from Kiwanis Clubs of Des Moines and Cedar Rapids attended. Dinner was served at 6:30 by the Ladies’ Auxillary.

The following officers were elected: Dr. G.E. Hermence, president; F. E. Northup, vice president; C.C. Trine, treasurer; H.W. Heywood, secretary; and Stanley B. Sieg, district trustee. The directors chosen were Dr. Glenn Miller, Dr. D.A. Collison, R.W. Scott, C.D. Mulcahy, R.C. Valentine, Milo F. Hunter and M.S. McFarland.

It was decided that the club would meet at the YMCA auditorium at noon every Wednesday.

Dr. H.R. Best, Des Moines, gave a short talk on the purpose of the organization and Arthur Poe, Cedar Rapids, spoke of the work of the Cedar Rapids club. Joe Long, Des Moines, governor elect of the Nebraska-Iowa district, had charge of the organization and spoke of the work to be accomplished.

Visitors from out of the city were Charles Hummel, C.M. Anderson, S.W. Dorsey, John Anderson, Clifford Roy, Dr. H.R. Best, Linn Nevens, Joe Long and W. Zaisler, Des Moines, and Arthur Poe, Kenneth Lindsay and James Killian, Cedar Rapids. The high school orchestra played and M.J. Soukup and Charles Hummel were selected song leaders.

The charter of the club is now closed and will be presented to the club soon. Two members are allowed to a classification.

The charter members are O.L. Ingledue, shoes; J.W. Wiley, canner; Forrest C. Reed, accident insurance; Hugh C. Beard, farm implements; Glenn W. Miller, dentist; J.D. Plumb, live stock; Charles C. Trine, banker; D.A. Collison, dentist; O.H. Allbee, lawyer; Henry S. Mayer, druggist; Henry Wachter, confectioner; G.E. Hermence, surgeon; H.G. Brintnall, dry goods; Ralph C. Brock, groceries; M.S. McFarland, postmaster; T.E. Adams, abstracter; H.P. Black, wholesale fruit; R.W. Scott, real estate; Milo F. Hunter, clothier; W.G. Crowder, minister; Lloyd Edson, auto accessories; C.D. Mulcahy, druggist; R.C. Valentine, oils; Horace Patton, broker; C.H. Threlkeld, educator; A.R. Lynn, internal medicine; R.C. Jones, wholesale fruit; Howard A. Miller, printer; L. Horn, dry goods; Albert Odett, real estate; John Stouffer, civil engineer; P.W. Mikesell, hotel manager; H.W. Heywood, surgical dressings; Jesse E. Day, athletic director; Carl Larson, shoes; John Jacobson, building contractor; Ray L. Winders, auto tires; F.E. Northup, lawyer; E.E. Emple, drainage contractor; J.V. Arney, farmer; A.H.E. Matthews, Iowa adjustment Company; W.G. Horne, hardware; W.R. Stewart, farmer; Eugene Higgin, department store; Stanley B. Sieg, brick and tile; W.M. Hodges, jeweler; Mathias Soukup, baker; E.N. Peak, electrical contractor; W.O. Rutherford, Chicago-Great Western; John M. Francis, minister; T.C. Blue, insurance; and W.F. Hamilton, obstetrics.