Author Archives: Kiwanis

Giving ‘Til We Give Out

Monday Morning

There were 17 members at our Monday meeting .Jim. Pete & John were our greeters. John had the grace. Dawn had a happy buck.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Melissa Schmidt will represent the club at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Spelling Bee in October.  Gary organized an interclub for the Noon Club on Tuesday. Sharon, Jackie, Gary Miller and John attended the Noon Club Tuesday. Pete was the winner and a loser. He picked the King of Spades. There are 43 cards left and a pot of $112.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

What We’ve Accomplished

  • Relay for Life Sponsorship – $500
  • Boys and Girls Spelling Bee – $500
  • Landscaping for Habitat – $625
  • Back to School Programs – $300
  • FdL BMX Trophies – $200
  • Pork Fest – September 28

Managing the Greatest City in the Country

Monday Morning

There were 15 members and one guest, Joe Moore at our Monday meeting .Sharon and Gary were our greeters. Dan had the grace. Charlene and Steve had the humor.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Melissa Schmidt will represent the club at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Spelling Bee in October.   Sharon was the winner and a loser. She picked the two of hearts. There are 44 cards left and a pot of $102.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Joe Moore, Fond du Lac City Manager

Joe Moore gave a report on the City of Fond du Lac. Unemployment is at an all-time low, 2 ½%. This accounts for the high number of employers looking to hire. Bad news, based on family income levels, the number of free or reduced school lunch program is at 50%.  The Military Rd roundabout will be done in November. The Second St. Bridge should be done any day. The Retlaw Hotel is hoping to start remodeling soon and be open by next summer. CD Smith is the contractor. . Hwy 23 projects stopped in 2015 and Joe hopes to see it restarted by next summer. Law Enforcement is reporting the lowest crime rate in years. However domestic violence is still increasing. Seven people died from heroin last year and Narcan was used over eighty times to prevent heroin deaths, Both the Combined Building and the two Catholic schools are in the process of being converted to apartments. Feel free to call Joe Moore or any city councilman with any other questions. They can be reached at the City of Fond du Lac web page.

You Need This to Break the Tobacco Addiction

Monday Morning

There were 15 members and one guest at our Monday meeting .Glen and Marlin were our greeters. Harry had the grace. Dan had the humor.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Melissa Schmidt will represent the club at the Boys and Girls Club Annual Spelling Bee in October.   Jim was the winner and a loser. He picked the eight of diamonds. There are 45 cards left and a pot of $92.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Sandy Bernier, Tobacco Free Living

Sandy is the Tobacco Control and Asthma Coalition Coordinator. Her job is to reduce tobacco and asthma problems. Fond du Lac has been tobacco free for seven years. WI WINS is a federal mandate to do compliance checks on retail stores. Good news, adult smokers are at 17%. The student’s rates are 10%. Bad news, the rate of homeless and drug abusers are over seventy percent.  Also electronic cigarettes and diacetyl products are increasing. Help is available from the Quit line and Fond du Lac county web pages for both tobacco and asthma.

Educating Kids Beyond High School

Monday Morning

There were 14 members at our Monday meeting. Harry and Chris were our greeters. John had the grace. Gary had the humor, very good humor.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event.  The Kewaskum Kiwanis Craft Beer and Wine Festival is August 2nd. Harry was the winner and a loser. There are 46 cards left and a pot of $82.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Bonnie Baerwald, MPTC Promise Program

Moraine Park has three main campus, Fond du Lac, Beaver Dam, and West Bend. They have 2,816 FTE students which mean 16, 236 students. They have 330 employees in the system. The Promise Program will help 300 students with an annual cost of $27, 150. It starts in the fall of 2018. They will need to raise $1/1.5 million to start the endowment. Some of the eligibility requirements are: reside in MPTC district, high school GPA of 2.5, score 16 on ACT and be eligible for Federal Pell grants. To remain eligible: full time student at MPTC, GPA of 2.5, eight hours of community stay in good standing. For complete list of requirements go MPTC web page of talk to Bonnie. What can we do to help: student referral, service learning referrals and donate to the program.

Helping Young People Reach the Heights

Monday Morning

There were 17 members at our Monday meeting .Dawn was our greeter. Sharon  had the grace. Charlene had the humor.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event.   We did have a winner and a loser. However, I forgot to write the name down. There are 47 cards left and a pot of $72.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Peter Vercouteren, EAA Young Eagles

Young Eagles started in 1992. It was a way to inspire the next generation of aviators. Chuck Jaeger was the first chairman and the goal was to fly one million Young Eagles. To date they have flow over 1.8 million young aviators. Pete has flown between 100/150 kids. If you have some one that wants to sign up, contact Pete or go to Youngeagles.org. In Addition, Pete volunteers at the Fond du Lac airport during EAA. This runs from the 24th to 30th this year. About 250 planes will park at the Fond du Lac airport. They have enough traffic to get a temporary tower. Some of the highlights of EAA Air Venture this year are the B2 Spint, B1 Lancer, B52 Stratfortress. Airbus A400M, Restored B29 and the Warbirds.

Kiwanis Details Update

Monday Morning

There were 16 members at our Monday meeting .Steve and Charlene were our greeters. Jackie had the grace. Steve had the humor.  Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18 from 4:00 to 7:30.  Back to school program will be August 5th and August 26th.  John was a winner and small winner. He drew the ten of spades for $10.00. There are 48 cards left and a pot of $30.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Board Meeting Recap

Dan recapped the Membership Committee survey. If you need a copy contact Dan. The rescheduled picnic is 5 – 8 at Deneuve Shelter on July 19th. Contact Charlene to attend. Bring your shovel, rake, and gloves to 501 Farwell Ave to help with landscaping on July 18th. Sign up with Bonnie for the Dock In addition; she has signup sheets for Back to School programs on August 5th and 26th. Harry reported that we made almost $28,000.00 at Walleye. Total numbers of volunteer hours were over 1000 hours. We donated $2,500 to Band Boosters and $500.00 to Family Resource Center for their help. Fondue Fest is cancelled this year. We move on to Pork Fest on September 28th. We will need your help on the 27th and 28th. In addition don’t forget to get your cake recipe ready.  Gary Miller has scheduled an interclub for Ripon Morning on Wednesday July 19th. Contact Gary to join the party.  Any questions on the board meeting, contact Dawn with your questions.

Best Baseball in Fond du Lac!

Monday Morning

There were 13 members plus our guest speaker, Ryan Moede at our Monday meeting. Mark and Gary Miller were our greeters. John had the grace. Charlene had the humor.  Dan had a happy buck for his new parking lot. Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18 from 4:00 to 7:30.  Back to school program will be August 5th and August 26th.  Pete was a winner and loser. He drew the seven of hearts. There are 49 cards left and a pot of $30.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Ryan Moede, Fond du Lac Dock Spiders

Ryan is the general manager of the Dock Spiders. He has been with the Timber Rattlers/Dock Spiders for six years. They play at Marian’s Baker Field and are part of the Northwood League. There are twenty teams in the league and they play seventy two games. The teams are from Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. Timber Rattlers spend 1.5 million to renovate the stadium for their play. There are two full time employees, nine interns and 100 part time employees. Zac Charbonneau is the team manager and is responsible for requiting the thirty members of the teams.

Getting a Major Head Start on College

Monday Morning

There were 17 members plus our guest speaker, Gina Rieder at our Monday meeting. Dan Leeds and Dave Lefeber were our greeters. John had the grace. Charlene had the humor.  No happy bucks. Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du Lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18 from 4:00 to 7:30.  Back to school program will be August 5th and August 26th.  Dawn was a winner and loser. She drew the seven of clubs. There are 50 cards left and a pot of $20.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Gina Rieder, College for Kids

Gina is a social studies teacher at Sabish during the regular year. College for Kids is 27 years old. It is part of the UW Extension System. It is an all day camp for student’s grades fifth thru eighth. There are about 190 students in the program. There is also a younger program second thru fourth grades. It is called Leaps. They offer a number enchantment classes. In the off summer season they offer soccer, gymnastics, travel and ACT practice tests. They are grouped together with the Fox Valley and Manitowoc campuses. We sponsored a scholarship for one of their students.

Better Higher Education

Monday Morning

There were 14 members plus our guest speaker at our Monday meeting. The waitress was our greeter. Dawn had the grace. Charlene sort of had the humor.  Harry and Gary Miller had happy bucks. Dawn announced that the District WI-UM convention is in Fond du lac August 18-20th.  She is looking for attendees and volunteers to work the event. See Dawn for details. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18th. Jackie was a winner and loser. She drew the seven of spades. There are 51 cards left and a pot of $10.00.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.  We have a projector for our speakers; please contact John if you need it. Speaking of programs for the future, get information to Jackie or myself. Member names are being added under Programs for your future dates.

Zach Messite, Ripon College President

Zach is the president of Ripon College. In addition, he teaches Government and Politics. Ripon College was founded in 1851. There are 800 students at Ripon. About 2/3 are from Wisconsin. The cost of Ripon is $50,000 per year. The average cost payed by their students is $20,000. They offer thirty five majors. 70% of the students graduate in four years. And 90% of the students are job placed or go on to grad school. Ripon just opened a new Health and Wellness at a cost of $23 million. In addition, they have move both the book store and art gallery to the down town area

Visit the Kiwanis for Cheese Curds at Walleye Weekend

Monday Morning

There were 16 members at our Monday meeting. Jackie and Sharon were our greeters. Steve had the humor. Happy bucks came from Dawn and Dan. John did the grace. Good news, Del was transferred from Milwaukee to Manor Care for rehab. He will probably be there for two weeks.  He likes visitors in the evening after his rehab is done. Gary is planning an interclub for June 14th at the Evening Club. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18th. Harry was a winner and a winner of the drawing. He took home $187.50.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.

Walleye Weekend Review

John and Harry reviewed all the rules and activities at Walleye Weekend. The beer will be Budweiser. The cheese will be fresh. Both the Band Boosters and Family Resource Center will have volunteers to help us.  The hours are 3 – 10 on Friday, Saturday 10-10 and Sunday 10-6. And don’t forget, we will have clean up on Monday morning in place of our regular meeting. We can use help until noon on Monday. We can always use extra help all weekend, especially Sunday. Stop by and enjoy some freshly fried cheese curds!