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Future Speakers
Apr 25 2014
Dr. Michael Fonkem (UW-Oshkosh)
"My Life: A Conflict Management Tale"
May 2 2014
Maria VanLaanen, Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
"An Update from the Fox Cities PAC-NEW season"
May 9 2014
Spirital Values Breakfast
May 16 2014
Kim Rudat, WI Dept of Transportation
"What's Comin' Down the Road?"
May 23 2014
Round Table
May 30 2014
Linda Drezdzon, Executive Director from Makaroff
"Dancing in the Fox Valley"
Jun 6 2014
Jay Stephany
"“Club Runner for Dummies” "
Jun 13 2014
Club Mixer
Jun 20 2014
Judge Mark McGinnis
"Truancy Court"
Jun 27 2014
Speaker to Be Determined
Jul 4 2014
Round Table
Jul 11 2014
Speaker to Be Determined
Jul 18 2014
Jay Stephany/Art Malcom
"Car Show Preparation"
Jul 25 2014
Jay Stephany/Art Malcom/Anthony Snyder
"Car Show Report Out/Club Financial Update"

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Become a Fan of Fox Cities Kiwanis on Facebook
by Stephany, Jay
Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis is now on Facebook.

Click on the link below to become our friend. This is a great way to stay connected to current and past members as well as a great marketing opportunity via social networking.

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Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Partners with the Sustainable Fox Valley's Neighborhood Partners Program
by Stephany, Jay
The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club is partnering with the Sustainable Fox Valley's Neighborhood Partners program this May with a neighborhood pilot which will be a model for community engagement around quality of life, health and sustainability in our Fox Valley neighborhoods. 

One of the projects happening this spring (in partnership with Goodwill NCW’s Community Garden Partnership Program) in a neighborhood in Appleton just north of downtown,  will be making raised garden  beds (a wood frame with compost to fill it) which will be available to people in the neighborhood at a very nominal cost.    This program will encourage people to put these in their front yards, if they have sun there, to promote vegetable gardening.  Educational and social events are also part of the project. 

Project dates will be May 13th and/or the 15th from 4:45pm-7:30pm to shovel dirt into 5 gallon pails, load the filled buckets into trailers and trucks, and then drive to the predetermined locations to dump the pails into the already placed raised garden beds within a defined neighborhood

If you are interested in signing up for one or both project days, please click on the link below:




What is Neighborhood Partners?

Neighborhood Partners is a collaboration of nonprofit, government and corporate organizations that support people who want to create positive social, economic and environmental change in their neighborhoods. Our vision is for a vibrant and resilient Fox Valley, built neighborhood by neighborhood by people at the grassroots. We believe that:

·         Our region’s quality of life is determined by its social, economic and environmental health, now and in the future

·         Neighborhoods are the most important building block of regional quality of life

·         All people deserve to live in a great neighborhood

·         Supporting the work of engaged neighbors is the best way to create great neighborhoods

Core Neighborhood Partners organizations include lead agency Sustainable Fox Valley, along with Greater Fox Cities Habitat for Humanity, Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin’s Community Garden Partnership, City of Appleton, East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, and Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region.

What does Neighborhood Partners do?

Neighborhood Partners offers a model for community engagement, planning and action applicable to urban neighborhoods and small rural communities throughout the Fox Valley. The model offers tools to help neighbors undertake the following activities:

·         Engage and connect people based upon the gifts and skills they have to share with one another

·         Plan and work towards a shared vision for the neighborhood

·         Implement projects that improve social, economic and environmental health

·         Access the help of nonprofit, government and business organizations to support the work of engaged neighbors.

·         Evaluate progress towards neighborhood goals and share success stories with the broader region

Where does Neighborhood Partners work?

Neighborhood Partners’ pilot neighborhood is located just north of downtown Appleton. The Historic Central Neighborhood, bounded by Richmond Street to the west, Wisconsin Avenue to the north, Drew Street to the east, and Packard Street to the south, is home to more than 2,700 people and 100 small businesses, Columbus Elementary School, Arbutus Park and several churches. Median household income in this area is 43% below the city-wide median, and more than 50% of housing units are renter-occupied. Recent neighborhood surveys reveal a place people love for its convenience to downtown, its historic architecture, and the close-knit feel of urban life, balanced with a desire to positively address crime and safety issues, build relationships among increasingly diverse neighbors, and maintain a spirit of neighborhood pride and stewardship. The area’s established residents group, the Historic Central Neighborhood Voice, has worked for several years to help neighbors take on stewardship of their neighborhood, most visibly by reclaiming and revitalizing Arbutus Park.

Current projects in the pilot neighborhood include:

·         Neighborhood asset mapping

·         Renovation of the Columbus School Playground to replace asphalt with green space

·         Creation of the St. Therese Community Garden

·         Erosion control work in Arbutus Park

·         Neighborhood Food Hub for bulk discounted seed/plant purchases and gardening education

·         Program to train youths as lawn care entrepreneurs to serve the needs of area residents

·         Arbutus Kids Club, facilitating children and youth as neighborhood stewards and leaders

·         Home efficiency campaign to help people save money through the introduction of energy- and water-saving behaviors and devices

Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club Participates in Kiwanis International Day of Service
by Stephany, Jay
Kiwanis International’s Kiwanis One Day of Service was recently held on April 5th, 2014. Kiwanis One Day brought together Kiwanis clubs from around the world for a day of giving back to local communities. This year, the event kicked off National Volunteer Week, and more than 26,000 Kiwanis members participated in the United States, donating $3.5 million worth of service.

“Kiwanis One Day is an opportunity for our clubs to join together on one day and make a visible difference in communities around the globe,” said Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom. “Often, the work is hard, but the need in our local communities is great. Our Kiwanis clubs address needs that would otherwise go unattended.”

As part of the effort, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis club volunteered at the Emergency Shelter Fox Valley preparing the Sunday evening meal for the residents.

Kiwanis One Day was established in 2007 to unite the Kiwanis clubs and their communities in the spirit of service and to make an immediate and measurable impact on communities around the world. This special day of service includes the entire Kiwanis family—Kiwanis, AKtion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builder’s Club and K-Kids—in 80 countries around the world.
Help for the Homeless Donations Top $335,000 in 2014!
by Heidi Prahl
The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club once again partnered with 91.9/91.5 The Family and the Help the Homeless Campaign. Our club delivered 350 collection boxes to the various locations and also helped with the pick-up efforts. 

91.9/91.5 The Family’s ‘Help for the Homeless’ Tops $273,000!

59 Local Crisis & Homeless Agencies Receive Hygiene Items from Their Communities

Appleton, WI –91.9/91.5 The Family: 91.9/91.5 The Family completed their 22nd annual ‘Help for the Homeless’ hygiene drive last week as hundreds of volunteers throughout Northeast Wisconsin retrieved donations from 650 area businesses, churches and schools - totaling more than $273,000 worth of personal hygiene and cleaning supplies for their area crisis agencies. The event also takes place in The Family’s 88.5FM listening area in Central Wisconsin where 24 more agencies received $62,000 worth of product within their communities.

The final total of all Help for the Homeless hygiene donations in all communities this spring is $335,000, collected from 850 donation sites and benefitting 83 agencies.

“When clients don’t have to worry about how they’re are going to buy diapers for their children or where they’ll take their next shower, they can begin to focus on their bigger goals like housing and employment and move forward in their journey towards stability.

The items you donate are directly used by our clients, and we rely on your generosity to meet the basic needs of our shelter clients for the entire year. We appreciate your support of this drive because it helps us to meet our client’s basic needs the minute they walk in our facility. Thank you!” - Carrie Schatzman, House of Hope

91.9/91.5 The Family works together with area homeless coalitions to collect hygiene supplies such as laundry soap, hair and dental care items, diapers, and other personal care and cleaning products for area crisis agencies, so that the agencies can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, housing, food, education, and counseling to those they serve. The goal of Help for the Homeless is to supply a year’s worth of products to each agency.

On behalf of the participating crisis agencies and those they serve - thanks to the generous people at all collection sites and the hundreds of volunteers and area businesses who donated their time, trucks, staff, printing services, boxes, sanctuaries and gymnasiums – all of the campaign's needs were met with breathtaking generosity. Thank you Northeast Wisconsin! Help for the Homeless will be back next spring. More info at thefamily.net or 800-236-9364

Sponsored by 91.9/91.5 The Family with Festival Foods, Affinity Health System, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Fox 11 WLUK, and Fox Communities Credit Union. Details at www.thefamily.net 
Click on the link below to see the Help the Homeless Slide Show




Join us for the 37th Annual Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet
by Stephany, Jay
The Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis Club is ready once again for the 37th annual Appleton Old Car Show and Swap Meet set for Sunday, July 20, 2014 at Pierce Park in Appleton

The Pierce Park Car Show started in 1976 when four friends got together to discuss hosting a car show in Appleton. They solicited input from car collectors and enthusiasts and determined that a free show in a beautiful setting with excellence at its heart was in order. Pierce Park was selected. The first show attracted 316 cars and 16 vendors, and by the fifth year, grew to over 1,000 cars. In 1982, the Kiwanis Club of Appleton-Fox Cities became the show’s sponsor and has remained involved ever since. Today the show is one of the largest free car shows in the Midwest and annually draws over 15,000 people and has nearly 1,200 cars on display.

Financially the Pierce Park Car Show has been the Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis Club’s largest consistent fund raiser through the years with estimated revenues of approximately $800,000 that has been reinvested into the Fox Cities though projects the Kiwanis Club provides that focuses on “serving the children of the world”.

Sponsoring the Pierce Park Car Show has allowed the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club to build a legacy for the community by bringing permanent enhancements in Pierce Park, providing an inexpensive, family-friendly community event, a reputation for excellence and dependability with events management, and it has sustained the region's largest free car show. The menu at the Pierce Park Car Show will include Cheeseburgers, Hamburgers, Brats, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Kettle Corn, Mini-donuts, Ice Cream, Nachos w/ Cheese, Chips, Soda, Beer, and Water.

Event Activities and Schedule

The Old Car Show, Special Collections, Vendor Sales, Swap Meet, Judging/Voting and Awards, Food and Beverage Concessions, Entertainment including a Magician, Children’s area including inflatables and coloring contest.

Show Schedule
6:00 a.m. Vendor Set-up, Concessions Set-up and Preparation
8:00 a.m. Show Car Registration Opens 
1:00 p.m. Show Car Voting Closes
2:00 p.m. Vehicle Entry Closes 
3:30 p.m. Miller Electric Company Welder Drawing
3:45 p.m. Show Car Award Presentations
4:00 p.m. Show Closes 

Come and join us for some fun and see what Kiwanis is all about.
11th Annual Gof FORE Children Event Set for August 19th
by Keshemberg, Kathy

Visit our website at www.GolfForeChildren.com for more information on our event. 

The Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis Club is promoting the 11th annual Golf FORE Children event to be held on August 19th at Royal St. Pat’s Golf Links. C ompanies and individuals have been good enough to support the past ten events by providing sponsorships, playing in the event, and/or donating an item for the raffle or silent auction. As a result, nearly $200,000 has been raised. This year’s recipients are the Building for Kids Children's Museum, CASA of the Fox Cities, and the Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis Club's programs for children. 

Not a golfer or can’t commit to the entire day? Join us for dinner and participate in our Silent Auction, Raffle, and other activities in the club house. Speaking of the auction/raffle, if you have something to donate please let us know.

Schedule for the Day
8:30-10:00 a.m. — Registration
10:30 a.m. — Shotgun Start
Lunch on Course
3:30-4:30 p.m. — Networking / Silent Auction / Raffle / “Wall of Wine”
4:30-5:00 p.m. — Dinner
5:00 p.m. — Silent Auction Ends
5:00-6:00 p.m. — Hole Event Winners, Raffle Drawings


More information can be found at www.golfforechildren.com.


The Building for Kids:
~ The Building for Kids Children's Museum believes in building imagination, creativity, and confidence in our community's youth. As a non-profit children’s museum, this mission is accomplished through providing a safe space for families to learn through play by exploring hands-on, educational exhibits, as well as curriculum-based classes for field trips, special programs, and family events.

CASA of the Fox Cities:
~ CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is dedicated to training volunteers who are assigned by judges to monitor abused and neglected children. Volunteers meet with these children weekly and provide reports monthly to the court. Judges then will use those reports to determine what is in the best interests of these vulnerable children. CASA volunteers are the voice these children so desperately need within our court system.

Appleton-Fox Cities Kiwanis Club programs
~ Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our local chapter donates hundreds of service hours each year and raises funds to support a wide variety of initiatives in the Fox Valley.

What is Kiwanis??
by Jay Stephany
Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of service-minded men and women who respond to the unique needs of their communities and address worldwide issues by "Serving the Children of the World."

Founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1915 by a group of businessmen, Kiwanis International is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Today, the entire Kiwanis family has more than 600,000 members in more than 13,000 clubs. Kiwanis clubs serve in 96 countries around the world and achieve what individuals cannot do alone.

Club meetings traditionally are conducted once a week and offer an atmosphere of fun, learning, and fellowship. In addition to attending the meetings, the typical Kiwanian volunteers each month to assist with club service projects.

Service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, "Young Children: Priority One." This initiative places continuing focus on the needs of children in pediatric trauma, safety, child care, early development, infant health, nutrition, and parenting skills.

Service projects also can address other needs within the community, such as working to stop substance abuse, helping the elderly, promoting literacy, supporting youth sports and recreation, responding to disasters, and supporting specific persons in need.

Kiwanis also plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders. K-Kids clubs at the elementary school level, Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level all are Kiwanis organizations that teach community service and leadership skills to young people. In addition, Aktion Clubs are made up of adults with mental and physical disabilities who enthusiastically perform service to help others.

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating, tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

A typical Kiwanis club is a snapshot of its community, with members from all walks of life and at every step of the career ladder. They are unified in their belief that children and their communities benefit from the efforts of a proficient group of caring and involved volunteers. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs invest more than 6.2 million hours and US$100 million in communities around the world. Through these efforts, the Kiwanis organization truly leaves a lasting impression on future generations.

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