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, http://www.marshalltownkiwanis.org.

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 twitter.com/mtownkiwanis and http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kiwanis-Clubs-of-Marshalltown-Iowa/140106372689328

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 http://www.marshalltownkiwanis.org, 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.

Marshalltown Kiwanis 90 years ago

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning


In The Sound of Music Maria segues into “Do, Re, Mi” by saying “Let’s start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.” There is a renewed interest in Franklin Field due to the proposed demolition of the unused two ticket booths on the site as well as the large Iowa Veterans Home construction effort playing out at the other end of the 13th Street neighborhood business district.

To use an athletic phrase, I’ve jumped the starting gun a bit to explain the creation of the field and failed to provide the background of Kiwanis in Marshalltown. Let’s start at the very beginning, 90 years ago…


Our Club’s History (reprinted from Recollections: 85 Years of Service)

“Every person has an inherent desire to be of service: To aid their fellow man, their children, their community, their nations, and, if possible, the entire world. In many this desire is concealed and unused, mainly because the person might not have available the method of putting his or her ideas to work in a worthwhile manner. On this principle the first Kiwanis club in America was formed in Detroit on January 21, 1915. Kiwanis, as an organization of business and professional leaders, provides its members this basis and opportunity since its entire structure is maintained for this single purpose: Service.

“As spelled out in the permanent list of Objects of Kiwanis International, the organization advises its members and provides a complete program of activity designed to Give, Encourage, Promote, Develop, Provide, and Cooperate within the community, the nation, and the world.

“About six years after the first Kiwanis club was organized, a group of Marshalltown businessmen including O.H. Allbee, Dr. George Hermence, Dr. Glenn Miller, A.B. Combs, James H. Wiley, and Lloyd Edson, while playing golf at the country club, talked of the feasibility of starting a Kiwanis club in Marshalltown and promoted the organization of the first Kiwanis Club of Marshalltown.

“Joe E. Long, then secretary of the Iowa Taxpayers Association and an active member of the Des Moines (Downtown) Kiwanis Club, was Governor of the Nebraska-Iowa District at the time. It was through his efforts and the support of the Des Moines club that the Kiwanis Club of Marshalltown, Iowa, was organized the evening of September 29, 1921, at the YMCA. There were 52 members in the club with Dr. Hermence as president. The self-sponsored Marshalltown club was presented with its charter on November 23, 1921.”

Marshalltown Kiwanis History

Kiwanis Club Sponsored Plans

to Build Franklin Field


Times-Republican, Tuesday, June 30, 1953

Marshalltown, Iowa, U.S.A.


In earlier years the high school athletic field teams of Marshalltown had no modernly equipped athletic fields such as are available in the city today. Football games under lights at night were to come in the far distant future.

When athletics first became prominent in the city schools, football games were played in the daytime on a field between Main and Church Streets from 10th to 12th Streets. When this section became a residential area, the games were transferred to the county fairgrounds.

Not until 1922 did Franklin Field come into existence; lights were not installed until 1931. The present concrete stadium was built five years later.

It was the Marshalltown Kiwanis Club that sponsored the plans for the athletic field on school property at Main and 13th Streets. John Stouffer and A.B. Combs, co-chairman of the Kiwanis project, had their plans accepted by the board of education on Feb. 17, 1922.

The $10,000 project was planned to include a quarter mile cinder track, a football fields, baseball diamond, basketball court, two tennis courts and wooden bleachers to seat 2,000.

Enthusiasm was high for the project, and other organizations contribute funds toward the field. About $3,000 had been subscribed by May 3 without solicitation.

Another $2,357.96 was raised by eager high school students with a tag day. They “took over the town” according to the May 22 issue of the T.-R. “M” men and Hi-Y members staged a parade. G-Y girls offered shampoos; Girl Reserves sold flowers and manual training students brought in the most money by shining shoes.

Considerable objection was raised by nearby property owners that the eight foot board fence proposed to encircle the field would decrease property values. A meeting for complaints was held March 2 with the sponsoring organizations.

Dr. F.S. Hynds was appointed chairman of the committee to settle the dispute. A compromise was worked out to erect an ornamental fence, to be covered with canvas when games were played. On July 19 the school board agreed to provide $3,000 as its share of the cost.

Grading of the field was begun June 1, and the Oct. 10 Times-Republican reported “Franklin Field is ready for dedication. The sod has been laid, the bleachers are up, and the goal posts in place.”

Oct. 19, 1922 was the first football game played on Franklin Field; Grinnell was beaten 32 to 0. Jesse Day was Marshalltown coach then and it was Maurice Whitaker who made the first touchdown on the new field that is still the home of M.H.S. athletes.

The cinder track was completed April 20, 1923, and the first track meet on the new field was held May 4. It was broadcast by KFJB as one of its pioneer remote broadcasts. Tennis courts were built as planned, but were not hard surfaced.

Floodlights had become popular across the country for football and baseball games, and by 1931 agitation was started for lights at Franklin Field. The school board agreed to the improvement and the lights were installed in the fall.

The T.-R. of Oct. 24, 1931, reported, “with floodlights illuminating Franklin Field, making night games possible, attendance at gridiron battles has shown marked increase.”

Due to increased attendance at the night games agitations was soon started for more adequate bleachers and a permanent stadium. C.C. Jennings, then president of the school board, succeeded in getting support for a WPA grant to build a concrete stadium to seat 1,200. Work was started Jan. 9, 1936, and was completed for the football season that fall.

The WPA grant did not include dressing rooms for the athletes. When th new addition was built to Franklin Field in 1950, this situation was remedied. Shower, locker and dressing rooms were installed in the ground floor of the new addition, just a few steps from the athletic field.

The cinder track was reconditioned in the Spring of 1952. The stadium seats were repaired during the summer of 1953. Also eight new field lights were installed, increasing the lighting upon the field by one-third.