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"It's Within Your Reach!" 2016 Kiwanis Club of Rockford Education Grant
12/1/2015
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Kiwanis Club of Rockford Valentines "Celebrate with the Ones You Love" Fundraiser at Granite City - February 14th, 9AM to 10PM - Mention Kiwanis Club of Rockford and 20% of your tab will be donated to our club.
12/15/2015
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All American Civic Pride in Your Bones? The Rockford Board of Election Commissioners Invites You to Become an Election Judge
12/17/2015
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Rockford Area Arts Council Spring ArtScene - Friday, April 15 & Saturday, April 16, 2016
12/19/2015
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More Info Soon

Talented and Vibrant Youth! Celebrate and Support the Fine Arts Programs of Rockford Public Schools
12/20/2015
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Kiwanis Club of Rockford, Illinois
P.O. Box 8472  Rockford, Illinois  61126

Chartered in 1917 and serving the Children of our Community and the World ever since
Over $1,852,000.00 in Charitable Grants Awarded since 1988


2013 Excelsior Award Winner
for Service to the Community


2016 Platinum Club Award
Over $77,000.00, and climbing, raised by our club to Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus
Worldwide

The Kiwanis Club of Rockford is a not-for-profit organization of
service-minded volunteers guided by the objects of Kiwanis International.  Our purpose is to improve the quality of life
for the youth we serve by fostering their health, academic success,
character development and their dreams for the future
.

... and, oh, don't forget to visit us on Facebook too.
A "Like" and a "Share" would be nice.

Facebook - The Kiwanis Club of Rockford

  Read Our  February 2016 "Spirit" Newsletter Here (PDF)


weird kiwanis  From our Tongue-In-Cheek Department

Google "Weird Kiwanis" Guess what Club is at the top of the search listing? If that doesn't intrigue you nothing will.


Great Moments
in K
iwanis History

Rockford Kiwanis
Solve
s New Member Recruitment

The Kiwanis Club of Rockford Chartered earlier than thought

 

Past Speakers and Other Great "K" Things

February 9, 2016 - Noon
Kiwanis Club of Rockford
           The Musical
SRO Performance of Love Songs featuring a Star Studded Cast and Stellar Chorus

Special Thanks to our Musical Director, Aaron Kortze






February 2, 2016 - First Tuesday Evening
Poe
ms of Love, Nature and Growing Older
Christine Swanberg - Poet, Author and Teacher


 

January 26, 2016 - Noon
St. Mark Lutheran Church Joins Forces With Beyer Elementary School to Provide Affordable Studen
t Uniforms
Stella Schroeder
and Maureen Hargrave




Our 'K" Kooks" are at it again preparing another healthy kid-friendly meal for the Rock House Kids.
Rock House Kids Website

 




January 19, 2016 - Noon
Our Adventures in Putting the Tick-Tock Back Into Rockford's Clock Tower Clock
Jim Stone and "Double T," Co-Hosts of the WXRX Morning Radio Show
A Bit More About It


Bryce Russell, Club Project Grant Chair presents a $1,200.00 Check to Taryn Marko, Program Director of Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA). The funds will be used to upgrade their computer system to meet confidentiality requirements.
CASA Website

January 12, 2016 - Noon
Financial Outlook 2016 - Moving Ahead in Choppy Waters
Jen Reisinger, Financial Consultant, EdwardJones



Jen's Special Guests - Nancy Clark and Melody Brocato representing Veterans Network Committee Honor Flight Hub of Rockford. Learn More About VNC
Veterans: Apply for the 2016 Honor Flight Trip

Janua
ry 5, 2016
- First Tuesday Evening
Healin
g Pathways, an Independent Organization Committed to Offering Supportive Services, at No Cost, to Those Touched by Cancer
Heather Carr, Program Director
Healing Pathways Website

Kim Johnsen, Director of Marketing and Membership of the Natural Land Institute receives a $1200.00 Check from Our Project Chair, Bryce Russell to Support NLI's New Learning about Nature Classes for Children.

NLI Website

Jensen Buetle, Lutheran Key Club President and Jaime Gates, Club Secretary display the results of their Winter Boot and Warm Sock Drive for the Benefit of the Children at Lewis Lemmon Elementary School



December 29, 2015 - Noon
Rockford Public Schools "Families in Transition."  A program that ensures homeless students to various aspects of a free public education.
Kevin Anderson, Student Advocate, RPS205 
"Families in Transition" Website

December 22, 2015 - Noon
Faith Based Pregnancy Care Center
Tiffany Staman, Executive Director

Pregnancy Care Center Website





Cookin' up some Tater Tot Casserole for the Rock House Kids with club members Amy Prosise, Bryce Russell, Ann Russell, Jane Austin and Erich Hagenlacher



December 15,
2015 - Noon
Annual Report on the Kiwanis Club of Rockford Endowment Fund and Its Charitable Activities
Paul Werther, Endowmwnt Chair and Past Club President


December 8, 2015 - Noon

On the Road to the Command Post, WWI & WWII Camp Grant Museum and Restaurant
Yolanda Weisensel, Co-Owner, "Lest We Forget," a history of Camp Grant and its impact on Rockford

We're Prou
d!
On the last week of October, our St. Bridget School Builders Club fund raised for “Pennies for Pink”. “Pennies for Pink” is to raise money for women and men with breast cancer. They were sponsored by B103 Radio Station.  At the end of the week, the whole school raised $1802.68 altogether.


December 1, 2015 - First Tuesday Evening
A Mellow C
ello Christmas Mini-Concert & Sing-A-Long
Chad McKenna, Assistant Pastor at St. Mark Lutheran Church

...and, Oh, A Surprise Visit by Santa and His Elf Promoting the Holiday Spirit

We W
ish to Extend Big Thank Yous to Kelce & Co. and A Place for Space for Their Generous Donations of Services Throughout the Years






Club member, Erich, shows off a plate full of the homemade Thanksgiving feast our "K Kooks" prepared for the Rock House Kids.
Rock House Kids Website


November 10, 2015 - Noon
Lutheran High School Key Club President Jenson Buelte Takes Charge of Our Meeting Auctioning  Homebaked Goods to Support Their Service Projects. Illinois All-State Musician, Julliand Willette, Set the Tone With a Cello Mini-Concert
What is Key Club?


WOW!, what a turnout at our combined Kiwanis Clubs' 100th Anniversary Ice Cream Social. We hope that all of our friends and families were pleased with their fill of all the goodies, activities, entertainment and Kiwanis hospitality. It was great to see you there.
1st round of Ice Cream Social pix here
Rockford Register Star article



Our "K Kooks" at Work...
150 san
dwiches, 40 pounds of homemade potato salad and 150 slices of watermelon prepared and ready to go for the Rock House Kids Monday Night Meal.
Rock House Kids Website


Our Club Members Poppin' and Sellin' our Famous Sweet N' Salty Kettle Korn at the Phantom Regiment's "Show of Shows." It is volunteer fund raising activities like this that allowed us to donate the cost of a new travel trailer to the Regiment along with supporting many other local youth related activities and organizations.




Our Club's Endowment Committee awarded Arles Hendershott, Milestone, Inc., $6.742.00 for the purchase of two specialized dental chairs for their Dental Clinic serving Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults.
Rick Valenzueula, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp, accepted a check for $10,000.00 toward the purchase of a new equipment trailer.



Kiwanis & Kids makes for the perfect day!, as our club, family and friends provide flowers, plants and a bit of gardening assistance to the children of the Rockford Day Nursery.
Rockford Day Nursery Website


Cherene Sweeny, President and CEO, Patriots' Gateway Community Center, accepts a check for $2,977.00 from club Project Chairman, Bryce Russell. The money will be earmarked from tournament fees and travel for youth sports participants.
Patriots' Gateway Website

April 21, 2015 Noon
Our club awar
ds $20,000.00 in Education Grants to 13 college bound local High School Seniors. The Grants are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, and service to their school and community.

Kiwanis Club of Rockford Members, their families and friends celebrate KiwanisOne Day by volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank
Northern Illinois Food Bank Website





Our Club Awards over $30,000.00 to Three Local Not-for-Profits
Accepting checks w
ere: Sarah Wolf, Discovery Center; Karen Tilly, MELD and Amy Morris, RAMP
Discovery Center Website     MELD Website     RAMP Website


 

 
Does your organization need volunteers to help with your service project?  Contact Us, maybe we can be of assistance.

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The Kiwanis Charities of Rockford is a 501(c)(3) Entity

Special Thanks to our Official Club Photographer, Ken Staaf