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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.

Creating and Cultivating Bookworms

Monday Morning

There were 11 members plus one guest at our Monday meeting.   Marianne Geiger was our speaker. Dan was our greeter. Gary had the grace. Steve had the humor. No happy bucks, it was snowy outside. Bonnie was a winner and non- winner. She drew the ace of clubs. We still have 29 cards, 5 winners and a pot of $300.00.    Side note – Del is at home and loves visitors. He will have leg surgery on March 17th. West Bend German night is March 28th.    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.

Marianne Geiger, Wisconsin Bookworms

Recipe for a “Love of Reading”. Mix : 170 students from ages 3 to 5, give them 8 new books free per year, 20 volunteer readers. This reading program is a collaboration of: Fond du Lac County Association for Home and Community Education (HCE), UW Cooperative Extension Family Living Programs, and Wisconsin Public Television. In addition they get a tote bag fort their eight books. We donated one book for the program. Our book was Puddle Pug by Kim Norman. In case, you want to buy for your library. The 170 students are from “Head Start” in Fond du Lac and Early Childhood Class in Ripon. The readers also plan a craft activity in conjunction with the book read. In their seventeen years of reading, they have helped 2,615 children with 22, 000 books. If you wish to read or donate, contact Marianne at 948-9431.

MPTC Foundation Makes College Dreams Come True

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Monday Morning

We had 18 members at Monday’s meeting along with our guest speaker, Dana Knebel from the Moraine Park Technical College Foundation and five Fond du Lac High School Key Clubbers, Megan Buechel, Ali Gedlinske, Annie Moore, Priya Pathore and Alma Enciso.  President Charlene announced that the Oshkosh Mid-Morning Club is having a 40 Year Anniversary Celebration on November 14th from 5:30 – 9:00PM.  More details to follow but sounds like it might make a good InterClub opportunity.  Happy Bucks were offered by Gary Miller for his birthday, Vickie Goldapske for surviving her first practice as Jack’s 3rd grade basketball coach, Bob Kahl for his son’s victory party after Tuesday’s election, Steve Millin for a Badger road win, Charlene Pettit for a safe trip back to Iowa although for a sad reason and Jim Freiberg for a Wednesday with no political ads.  Gary Ring was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the winning Queen of Hearts.  The pot topped out at $711 so Gary won $355.50.  Congrats Gary.  Next week’s drawing will start all over with 52 cards.  Thanks everyone for playing.

Dana Knebel, MPTC Foundation

Dana Knebel, Director of College Advancement at MPTC joined us on Monday morning to talk about the MPTC Foundation. Established in 1976, the Moraine Park Foundation works to advance the College’s mission within the Moraine Park District by seeking an added measure of financial support used to offset the financial strain felt by Moraine Park students.  Although the majority of funding for the College comes from tax revenues and student fees, these sources do not meet all the needs for student scholarships, emergency financial assistance, or community partnerships. Through the years, the 12-member Foundation Board has significantly grown the Foundation endowment and annual fund and, subsequently, disperses an average of $140,000 in scholarships and $30,000 in emergency aid annually, most of which is gifted by service clubs, community members, and business and industry.

Dana handed out materials that described an exciting new opportunity for friends, alumni, students, staff, faculty and businesses to be part of MPTC’s new Student Services Center addition to the Fond du Lac campus. They invite you to create a lasting memory in honor of a family member, retiree, workgroup, business, student group, loved one, friend, or other important person in your life through a PERSONALIZED BRICK.

The engraved bricks will add life to the walkway around the flagpoles near the new main entrance frequented by students, staff, alumni and community members. The brick pavers are available in two sizes: 4×8 inches and 8×8 inches and cost $100 and $200 respectively.  These engraved bricks can commemorate such events as:

  • Births/Birthdays
  • Memorials
  • Graduations/Retirements
  • Dedications
  • Personal Achievements
  • Slogans/Quotes
  • Honoring Loved Ones
  • Weddings/Anniversaries
  • Business Partnerships

Kiwanis Welcomes Relay for Life for Donation Presentation

Monday Morning
We had 21 members and seven guests at our Monday morning meeting. Joining us were four Fondy High Key Clubbers, Megan Buechel, Katie Bucher, Luckie Cha and Bridget Stollfus and three guests from the American Cancer Society, Katie McCormick, Becky O’Brien and Sarah Karweick. Vickie Goldapske had a “Happy $” for her first deer with a bow and arrow, a 9 pointer that weighed in at 162 lbs. Gary Miller reminded members to watch for the Evening Club Spaghetti Dinner at the KC Hall on November 14th. That also can count as an attendance credit and possibly even an InterClub. John Cooper was the 50/50 Raffle winner and he drew the Ace of Diamonds. While that wasn’t a winner it does take another card out of the deck. Next week’s drawing will have 47 cards with nine pay cards and a pot of at least $70.

American Cancer Society, Relay for Life
John Cooper introduced three representatives from the American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay for Life Team in Fond du Lac, Katie McCormick, Becky O’Brien and Sarah Karweick. Katie is a full-time ACS employee while Becky and Sarah are volunteer co-chairs for the 2013 Relay for Life in Fond du Lac County. As part of the introduction John also presented a check to ACS Relay for Life in the amount of $1,245, which is the amount raised in the past two year’s Brat Fry at Relay for Life. Katie talked briefly about our local Relay for Life and that 2013 will be the 18th Annual in Fond du Lac County. The 2012 Relay for Life raised $284,385, down slightly from the previous year, but still a tremendous event for our community. The 2013 Relay for Life is scheduled for Friday, August 2nd at Fond du Lac High School. While it seems like that date is forever in the future the planning group for the local Relay for Life is already meeting and planning and will have their first Relay Team Meetings in early January. Apparently success drives from the commitment and energy of the local volunteers and dedicated staff of the regional ACS.

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.