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!
There were 16 members at our Monday meeting plus three guests. They were Karissa Schneider and our speaker, Pam Sippel. Both are from Boys and Girls Club. In addition, Annie Moore, president of the Key Club joined us. Annie reminded us that there is no Storybook Land this year. The Key Club will help the library with a teddy bear sleep over April 8/9th. The greeters were a no show. Gary Miller led us in grace, again. Charlene had the humor. She gets better every week. Happy bucks, both Dawn and Steve were happy. We have all kinds of fund raisers, Gary Ring for Grief Relief, and Pete for South Shore Coracle on April 23 & 24th. Our speaker picked Glen again. He picked the three of Spades for a non-winner. Next Monday’s 50/50 Raffle will have 28 cards in the game including the five pay cards with a pot of about $315 Our own Jeff Stueber is guest speaker at the Sophia Servant Leadership on Friday morning at Children Museum at 7:00. He is talking about Fish Philosophy. I assume that it is not about Lake Winnebago fish.
Pam Sippel – Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run of Fond du Lac is an international 501 c 3 youth development program. The program is a transformational learning program for 8 – 13 year old girls that teach life skills through dynamic, conversation based lessons and running games over a 10 week season. Girls on the run has grown from 15 girls and one team to 150 girls and 11 teams in 2016. The 10 week program culminates with school age girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a 5K running event. The goal of this program is to unleash confidence through health and fitness. Teams meet twice per week for ten weeks at the school which they are registered. We inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running The girls get running shoes and t-shirts. We are donating our PDQ Brat Fry proceeds to sponsor a team. The goal is limit a girls total cost at $60.00 if they can afford it. The race is May 14th. They need volunteers to help the girls.
We had 19 members at our Monday morning meeting at the Retlaw Hotel along with our guest speaker, Tiffany Heim from the Boys & Girls Club. Gary Miller is looking for an InterClub to Ripon Early Birds on Wednesday, August 12th. Check your calendar and let Gary know on Monday. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Mark Luttenberger as he is officially retired, Charlene Pettit in thanksgiving for some rain, Dawn Scannell for a successful Relay for Life Rummage Sale with Sharon K and finally, from our guest speaker Tiffany for her incoming presidency of the Noon Kiwanis Club. Dawn Scannell was the 50/50 Raffle drawing winner. Unfortunately she drew the Eight of Spades, which was a non-winner. Next week’s drawing will have 30 cards with five pay cards and a pot of at least $280.
Tiffany Heim, Boy & Girls Club
Tiffany Heim is the Director of Resource Development for the Boys & Girls Club and also a fellow Kiwanian from the Noon Club. Tiffany talked with us about the upcoming 2nd Annual “Spell for Great Futures”. Spell for Great Futures event is a themed, team spelling bee featuring local business leaders teamed up with their Club members as participants, includes action-packed audience participation, and is planned around a different and exciting theme each year. This year’s theme is based around the Jurassic Park/World series. This event raised over $17,000 in its first year in 2014 and they’re expecting bigger and better things at this year’s event on October 14th. Our Club was encouraged to not only consider a monetary donation but also consider having some of our members act as participating partners with the spelling teams. Gary Ring did it last year and had a lot of fun. He encouraged others to consider joining this effort for a great cause.
It wouldn’t be Walleye Weekend without the Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac Cheese Curds! Walleye Weekend starts on Friday again this year with burgers, brats and yes, 3,000 pounds of cheese curds. We’d love to see you there! Stop in, say hi, and, by all means, support the children of Fond du Lac and the world by purchasing some delicious, deep-fried cheese curds!
We had 17 members at our Monday meeting along with our speaker Leanne Doyle from Fond du Lac Festivals. “Happy Bucks” were offered by Bonnie Baerwald for her first attendance at Celebrate Community, Gary Ring ($2) for a successful StoryBook Land and Celebrate Community, Gary Miller ($3) for the Food for Thought Project, Fondy Idol and Celebrate Community, Vickie Goldapske for her birthday and a weekend of family and fun and Glen Treml for being back from vacation. Chris Serres was the 50/50 Raffle winner on Monday and she drew the Three of Hearts, not a winner. Next week’s drawing will have 47 cards, including eight pay cards, and a pot of at least $58.
Leanne Doyle, Fond du Lac Festivals
Leanne Doyle joined us on Monday morning to find out what we knew about Walleye Weekend (WW). Leanne has been the Fond du Lac Festivals Executive Director since August 2012 so she’s had the experience of Walleye Weekend from the front lines for two years. Leanne brought along a 13 question quiz to help us learn how much we did or didn’t know about Walleye Weekend. The first significant statistic that Leanne noted was that they sold 17,000 wristbands at last year’s WW. Her next statistic was that 53,320 cups of beer were sold last WW or 3.14 cups of beer per wristband sold. While not in the Q&A, Leanne noted that the 2014 WW generated over $211,500 in funds for the 46 groups that participated in WW as either vendors or volunteers for the weekend. Another statistic not on the Q&A was the fact that it takes about $225,000 to fund all of the weekend activities from bands, to dog shows, Family Land, etc. Several other noteworthy statistics from the Q&A was that the festival has returned over $616,000 to the community in the past three years, no small amount. The final statistic of importance was that our Club sold over 2,700 pounds of cheese curds at the 2014 WW event. Leanne closed by reminding everyone to put June 12 – 14 on their 2015 calendar for the next Walleye Weekend.
You have another chance to support the Kiwanis Club of Fabulous Fond du Lac and fair trade through Just Fare Market by shopping on December 9 from 5-7 p.m. during our a Community Shopping Night. The Kiwanis Club will receive 15% of the sales if total purchases reach $500. In addition to helping our community through Kiwanis, purchases also benefit fair trade farmers and artisans in this special partnership.
Thank you so much to everyone in the Fond du Lac area who came out and helped make our Pork Fest fundraiser a resounding success. Our preliminary numbers show that we fed over 1,500 pork chop meals with the help of our own Key Clubbers and Trinity Baptist School who helped serve and bus tables. Beyond the money that was raised, which will all go back into the community, we were also able to help the community out in another way by donating two carloads of leftovers to the broken bread program. The Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac are committed to helping make our community a better place to live, and we thank you again for the part that you had in making it possible. Be on the lookout for announcements of financial donations and gifts that are possible because of the community’s support of fundraisers like this.
The Kiwanis of Fabulous Fond du Lac are proud to present the inaugural Pink Pumpkin 5K Run/Walk. This fantastic event will be held at 10:00 a.m. October 18, 2014 at MPTC in Fond du Lac to benefit women battling breast cancer and make it possible for them to attend the Infinite Boundaries Wellness Retreat. More information can be found at the link above or here. Or if you are already sold, you can register using the Registration Form
We have several events coming up over the next several months as you look at your upcoming calendars.
Fond du Fest – Today in Downtown Fond du Lac. We take a scaled down version of our cheese curd operation to the street in front of National Exchange Bank with the hopes of selling anywhere from 250 – 500 pounds of cheese curds. The weather is forecast to be beautiful, so come out and support the Kiwanis.
38th Annual Pork Fest – Thursday, September 25th at the KC Hall. Tickets available online
A confirmed date of October 8th has been set for our Annual Installation Banquet. Get the date on your calendar. Cocktails will be at 5:30PM with dinner at 6:30PM and the installation program to follow. The cost per person will be $20. The menu selections should be out next week.
The Club Satellite’s first annual Pink Pumpkin Run/Walk is set for October 18th at 10:00AM. This is a collaborative project between students at MPTC and our Club Satellite and Host Club Members. Proceeds from this event will be going to women battling with breast cancer by sponsoring them to attend a four day retreat through Bcrecovery.org.