The Rockford Police Department, in partnership with Rockford Fire Department and Rockford Park District, will host the last two of its annual summer safety camps for kids entering fourth and fifth grades.
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"1000 Books Before Kindergarten." Local Libraries team up - A FREE Pre-K Fun Reading program. Start now!
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Amazing Music for FREE! "Concerts on the Creek" at Spring Creek UCC, 4500 Spring Creek Rd., Rockford, Illinois
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The Sounds of Summer FREE Concerts and Fun Programs at the Sinnissippi Band Shell and Nicholas Conservatory and Gardens
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Midtown District Ethnic Festival - Sunday, August 28th
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Kiwanis Club of Rockford, Illinois
P.O. Box 8472  Rockford, Illinois  61126

Chartered in 1917 and serving the Children of our Community and the World ever since
Over $1,941,492.00 (and climbing)
in Local Charitable Grants Awarded since 1988

2013 Excelsior Award Winner
for Service to the Community

Almost a 2016 Platinum Club Award
Over $77,000.00, and climbing, raised by our club to Eliminate Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus

The Kiwanis Club of Rockford is a not-for-profit organization of
service-minded volunteers guided by the objects of Kiwanis International.  Our purpose is to improve the quality of life
for the youth we serve by fostering their health, academic success,
character development and their dreams for the future

... and, oh, don't forget to visit us on Facebook too.
A "Like" and a "Share" would be nice.

Facebook - The Kiwanis Club of Rockford

  Our July 2016 "Spirit" Newsletter Here (PDF)

Past Speakers and Other Great "K" Things
Check Out Our Upcoming  Programs & Speakers

Emily Rinaldi, Blackhawk Area BSA (and club member) announced that our club's $10,000.000 Challenge Grant has reaped, so far, $65,000.00 for upgrades at the Boy Scout's Camp Lowden.

July 26, 2016 - Noon
Beware! of the Top 10 Scams and How to Recognize Them
Dennis Horton, Director of the Rockford Regional Office of the Better Business Bureau

July 19, 2016 - Noon
The Music Academy - Celebrating Our 30th Year Teaching Music "With Heart"
Marti Franz, Executive Director
Music Academy Website


July 12, 2016 - Noon
New Library to Stay Downtown on the Riverfront.
Lynn Stainbrook, Executive Director of the Rockford Public Library.


Phil Davidson, Lt. Governor of Division 12, inducts our two new members, Darlene Riddle and Nick Reed.  A rousing WELCOME to you both!


A Plethora of Poppin' - Kiwanis Kettle Korn to raise money for local children's programs at the Phantom Regiment's "Show of Shows."

July 5, 2016 - First Tuesday Evening
Tips on How To "Stay Young to 100"
Charlotte Hackin,  Author and Resident Artist of the Kiwanis Club of Rockford

Byrce Russell, Project Chair presents a check for $1,740.00 to Chris Busker, Stronghold Camp and Retreat, to support Haskell School students transition into a new learning environment
Stronghold Center Website

June 28,2016 - Noon
Swedish American's Caring Canines
Deb Schwarze, Coordinator and Carol Snider with Maggie Mae

Bryce Russell, Program Chair, presents a check for $1000.00 to Amy Hoening to support Park Players - A recreational summer playground program
designed to teach teens and children violence  prevention  and positive life-building skills in a creative playground setting.
Park Players Website

June 21, 2016 - Noon
Habitat for Humanity  - Changing Lives with Homes
John Hargrove, Vice President
, Rockford Area Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity Website

June 14, 2016 - Noon
A Crime Prevented is Better Than a Crime Prosecuted -
A Modern Approach
Joe Bruscato, Winnebago County State's Attorney

Kids and Kiwanians Teaming Up to Plant Flowers and Veggies at the Rockford Day Nursery

June 7, 2016 - First Tuedsday Evening
Police Chaplins - Providing Support, Invention and Encouagement to First Responders, their Families and the City of Rockford
Lou Ness, Supervising Chaplin, Rockford Police Department

Bryce Russell presents a check for $1000.00 to Emily Anaya and Officer Brandon Dillard to support the creation of "Little Free Librarys"  for children in the neighborhoods of Jackson Oaks, South Highland and Keith Creek. What are Little Free Librarys?

May 31, 2016 - Noon
SOIL Haiti, producing an endless supply of rich, organic compost critical for agriculture and reforestation.

Bob McLaughlin, SOIL
Volunteer and Club Member

Learn More About SOIL

May 24, 2016 - Noon
What If You Had to Choose Between Paying for Rent, Utilities, Medicine or Feeding Your Children?
Noel Piatek of the Northern Illinois Food Bank  Explains their Network Services.

NIFB Website


Bryce Russell, Program Chair, presents a $1000.00 check to Yatte Moore and Danica Hoelty to support the Angelic Organics Learning Center's Youth Programs.
Learn more here...

May 17. 2016 - Noon
The Rockford Register Star "On the Road" Listening to Community Input
Mark Baldwin, Executive Editor - Anna Derocher, Managing Editor - Paul Gaier, Publisher and President - Wally Haas, Editorial Page Editor

and Special Guest, Bonnie Jefferson Alerting Us to the Illinois Treasurer's "I-Cash." See If You Have a Share in 2 Billion Dollars here:


May 10, 2016 - Noon
Klehm Arboretum and Botanic Garden - Rockford's Living Museum
Dan Riggs, Executive Director
Klehm Website


Dori Kearney, Director of the Ethnic Hertitage Musuem accepts a check for $2000.00 from Bryce Russell, Project Chair. The monies will be used to puchase software for the cataloging of their Ethnic Treasures.
Ethnic Heritage Museum Website

May 3, 2016 - First Tuesday Evening
Regional History Fair - Students Learning History Through Hands-On Projects
Richard Reynolds, History Teacher, St. Peter School

April 26, 2016 - Noon
10 Local High School Seniors Share in $15,000.00 in College Education Grants.
Alec Ciaccio and Julie Uram - Boylan High School
Lindy Dokken - Rockford Christian High School
Ericka Gustafson, Joslyn Juhl, Erin Karg, Collin O'Sullivan and Erica Tran - Hononegah High School

Breanna Reynolds - Harlem High School
Jessica Trinh - Auburn High School

April 19, 2016 - Noon
Market Street Press - Creating a Successful Niche Market Newspaper
Lisa Palmeno, Owner and Editor


Bryce Russell, Project Chair, presents a check for $2000.00 to Shamika Williams, Executive Director of KFACT, a youth  development and mentoring organization established to alleviate opportunity gaps among young ladies attending Rockford Public Schools.
KFACT Website

Budding Artists '16 Preview!
Participating Auburn High School artist, Alexandria White, working on her event piece.

April 12, 2016 Noon
Local History Lives On In a Quaint Home Built in 1850 Now Known as "The Ethnic History Museum" A Fantastic Talk and Tour

by Sue Lewandowski, Board President and Barb Berman, Volunteer
Ethnic Hertitage Museum Website

Our Washington Academy K-Kids volunteer to tie warm fuzzy baby blankets to be donated to the Crusader Clinic New Born Program.
Who are K-Kids?

We're at it!
Rockford and Freeport Kiwanians volunteer at the Northern Illinois Food Bank on "One Day"

What is Kiwanis One Day?
What is Northern Illinois Food Bank?

March 29, 2016 - Noon
MercyRockford, One Hospital Two Locations -
A Blending of Cultures and Medical Expertise

Dr. John Dorsey, VP of Physician Services

Ann O'Keefe, President and CEO of the Rockford Area Arts Council accepts a check for $2000.00 to support the RAAC Camp - A Camp for Young Creatives - from Bryce Russell, Project Chair
RAAC Website and Don't Forget to Check Out the "Spring ArtScene"

March 22, 2016 - Noon
Elderwerks - Helping You Help Seniors Through Services and Resources
Carol Raso, Community Resources Consultant
Learn more about Elderwerks here


Paul Werther, Endowment Chair presents a check for $19,500 (the first payment of our 3 year commitment) to Jane Armitage, Remedies Vice President for Development for the construction of their new "Home."
How you can help...

March 15, 2016 - Noon
Remedies -Tackling Domestic Violence and Addiction
Jane Armitage, Remedies Vice President for Development
Remedies Website

March 8, 2016 - Noon
The Boylan Key Club Commandeers Our Meeting with Youthful Enthusiasm and the Auctioning of Home-Baked Goodies. The Proceeds of Their Auction Will be Donated to
Gigi's Playhouse. Plus a Special Performance by the Boylan High School Choir, the "Octaves."

Stella Schroeder accepts a $500.00 check from our club on behalf of the Beyer School Uniform Project to purchase school uniforms. The uniforms will then be re-sold to Beyer Elementary School students at affordable prices.

March 1, 2016 - First Tuesday Evening
Under One Umbrella - Community Supported Agriculture
Katie Townsend, Urban Farm Educator

Learn More Here

February 23, 2016 - Noon
Rockford Public Schools -  Offering Pathways to College and Careers
Dave Carson, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness at Rockford School District

Learn more here

February 16, 2016 - Noon
The City of Rockford - Issues to be Resolved While Building Upon Our Rockin' Successes.
Tom McNamara, Alderman, 3rd Ward.

Paul Werther, Endowment Chair, presents a $15,000.00 check to Kim Adams-Bakke, Exectutive Director of the Rock River Valley Pantry toward the purchase of their new delivery van.
RRVP website

February 2, 2016 - First Tuesday Evening
ms of Love, Nature and Growing Older
Christine Swanberg - Poet, Author and Teacher


Our 'K" Kooks" are at it again preparing another healthy kid-friendly meal for the Rock House Kids.
Rock House Kids Website


Bryce Russell, Club Project Grant Chair presents a $1,200.00 Check to Taryn Marko, Program Director of Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children (CASA). The funds will be used to upgrade their computer system to meet confidentiality requirements.
CASA Website

Kim Johnsen, Director of Marketing and Membership of the Natural Land Institute receives a $1200.00 Check from Our Project Chair, Bryce Russell to Support NLI's New Learning about Nature Classes for Children.
NLI Website

Jensen Buetle, Lutheran Key Club President and Jaime Gates, Club Secretary display the results of their Winter Boot and Warm Sock Drive for the Benefit of the Children at Lewis Lemmon Elementary School

Cookin' up some Tater Tot Casserole for the Rock House Kids with club members Amy Prosise, Bryce Russell, Ann Russell, Jane Austin and Erich Hagenlacher

Our "K Kooks" at Work...
150 san
dwiches, 40 pounds of homemade potato salad and 150 slices of watermelon prepared and ready to go for the Rock House Kids Monday Night Meal.
Rock House Kids Website

Our Club's Endowment Committee awarded Arles Hendershott, Milestone, Inc., $6.742.00 for the purchase of two specialized dental chairs for their Dental Clinic serving Developmentally Disabled Children and Adults.
Rick Valenzueula, Phantom Regiment Drum and Bugle Corp, accepted a check for $10,000.00 toward the purchase of a new equipment trailer.

Cherene Sweeny, President and CEO, Patriots' Gateway Community Center, accepts a check for $2,977.00 from club Project Chairman, Bryce Russell. The money will be earmarked from tournament fees and travel for youth sports participants.
Patriots' Gateway Website

Our Club Awards over $30,000.00 to Three Local Not-for-Profits
Accepting checks w
ere: Sarah Wolf, Discovery Center; Karen Tilly, MELD and Amy Morris, RAMP
Discovery Center Website     MELD Website     RAMP Website


Does your organization need volunteers to help with your service project?  Contact Us, maybe we can be of assistance.


The Kiwanis Charities of Rockford is a 501(c)(3) Entity

Special Thanks to our Official Club Photographer, Ken Staaf