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This Association Is Helping Where It’s Needed

Monday Morning

There were 16 members at our Monday meeting plus one guest, Cassandra Higgins. Jim and John were our greeters. Jackie did the grace for breakfast. Steve had the humor. Happy bucks came from Bonnie and Gary Miller.  We had a partial interclub to the Noon Club. Pete and Gary Miller golfed at their annual golf outing. . Special Committee is looking for members – see Dawn.  Pete was the winner and non-winner of the drawing. He drew the King of Spades. Bonnie announced that we are landscaping for Habitat on July 18th.  Remember that we have a Kiwanis web page and Facebook. If you are on Facebook, like our page.

Cassandra Higgins, ARC of Fond du Lac

Cassandra Higgins is the Development Manager for The ARC. The ARC has been serving clients since 1963. They help about 750 adults and youths in the Fond du Lac area. Some of their programs are Special Olympics, Adult Evening and Weekend Programs, Adult Day Services, Youth After School, and transportation training for professionals. They have twenty five vehicles in their fleet. They have nine group homes and one respite home.  For their Community Enrichment Programs, they need both volunteers and money. For Walleye Weekend, they run the “Boss with the Moss.” They also have parking available in their parking lot. Their Annual Golf Outing is August 6th. 80% of their funding comes from Medicaid and the balance is from donations.

ASTOP and ARC Present at Kiwanis

Monday Morning
We had 18 members along with our guest speaker, David Boelter from ARC and guest, Mitch Loomans at Monday’s morning. Bob Kahl had a “Happy Buck” in celebration of the first official dinner at the new Trinity Restaurant held last Saturday. Gary Miller offered up an “Honor Buck” in recognition of Dave Twohig’s assistance with the Friends of Taylor Park Pool Brat Fry on June 20th. Dave selected a flashlight from the Kiwanis Grab Bag. The 50/50 Raffle winner was Bonnie Baerwald. Bonnie drew the Ace of Diamonds. Not a winner but that’s one less card in the deck for next week. Next week’s drawing will only have 37 cards in the deck with seven pay cards and a pot of over $385.

Fond du Lac ASTOP, Linda Selk-Yerges – July 2, 2012
Linda has been the Director of ASTOP since its inception in 1992. ASTOP is a Sexual Assault Service Provider offering treatment, outreach, prevention, and advocacy, emphasizing hope and connection to self and others. ASTOP provides a link between crisis and recovery. The trained professional staff offers supportive ser-ices to survivors of sexual abuse, rape, or incest as well as other family members. Serving the greater Fond du Lac, Ripon, and Green Lake communities, ASTOP is a 501c (3) nonprofit organization established to assist survivors with treatment, provide outreach services that create awareness of the impact of sexual abuse, and reduce the incidence through prevention education programs. ASTOP offers emotional security, comfort, and safety for those affected by sexual assault through direct services and medical/legal advocacy at no cost to individuals and affected family members. They assist children six and older, adolescents, and adults. Linda provided us a number of sobering statistics regarding sexual assaults, such as the fact that only one out of ten sexual abuse cases are actually reported. Excellent program albeit scary.

Fond du Lac ARC, David Boelter – July 9, 2012
Dave Boelter is the current Executive Director of the Fond du Lac ARC. Dave is a native of North Fond du Lac and was a member of the ARC Board when he was appointed Executive Director about two years ago. He thanked our Club, along with the other two Fond du Lac Kiwanis Clubs for the recent repainting of the exterior of their offices on North Park Street. It took 110 gallons of paint and it looks wonderful.
The purposes of The Arc of Fond du Lac, Inc., as stated in the bylaws of the organization, are:

  • To promote the general welfare of the developmentally disabled.
  • To foster the development of programs on their behalf.
  • To encourage research related to all disabilities.
  • To advise and aid parents and guardians in the solution of their problems.
  • To provide advocacy services for persons with disabilities and their families. To develop a better understanding by the public of the problems encountered by individuals with disabilities.
  • To cooperate and collaborate with all public, private, and religious agencies, and professional groups in the furtherance of those ends.
  • To have the option to cooperate with and assist The Arc of Wisconsin Disability Association and The Arc U.S.
  • To serve as a local resource for information.

Recent Donations of Time and Money Aid Local Organizations

Kiwanians never rest. Over the past two months we have dedicated our time and energy to aid three different local organizations in Fond du Lac. Please don’t forget about supporting our upcoming fundraiser at Walleye Weekend.


On April 14th several Kiwanians donated portions of their Saturdays to run a brat fry at PDQ in North Fond du Lac. The efforts of these men and women generated $1,100 for the organization seeking to save the Taylor Park Pool in Fond du Lac.

Kiwanis One Day Service Project was last Saturday, May 12th at the ARC building on North Park Avenue. The fun began with breakfast at the ARC and after a few logistical glitches were corrected the painting began in earnest. The entire building received two coats of paint and according to Executive Director, David Boelter, it looks absolutely beautiful. According to an email from David, the three FDL Kiwanis Clubs saved the ARC approximately $16,000 in painting costs while applying 110 gallons of paint to the ARC building.

Bowling with unmatched Big Brothers/Big Sisters on Sunday, May 20th, at Karl Ray Lanes also recently completed. Thanks go out to members John Cooper, Jackie King, Gary Miller, Charlene Pettit, and Chris Serres and her husband, Jim. These along with three Horace Mann Key Clubbers and seven members of the Winter Guard were in attendance helping with this outing. There were about 25 unmatched “Littles” that had a great time bowling and eating pizza. Thanks to the Youth Services Committee for sponsoring this event.