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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 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 Worldwide
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.
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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: IllinoisTreasurer.gov
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?
March29, 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 ResolvedWhile Building UponOur 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 Poems 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 sandwiches, 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