Category Archives: Fundraising

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

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.

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!

You Go Girl!

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Monday Morning

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. 

How Do You Spell Success?

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Monday Morning 

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.

Wanna Get Some Cheese Curds?

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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!

What Do You Know About Walleye Weekend?

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Monday Morning

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.

Kiwanis Supports Fair Trade!

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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.

Just Fare is located at N7645 N Peebles Lane, Suite 2 in Fond du Lac; you can find out more information on Just Fare and the Community Shopping Night on Just Fare’s website

Pork Fest Success Owed to Community

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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.