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Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Editor:   Jay Stephany
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Future Speakers
Sep 5 2014
Cindy Czarnik-Neimeyer M.S.-Appleton Schools
"Youth in our Community and Risky Behavior"
Sep 12 2014
Club Foundation Board Members
"Kiwanis Foundation Update "
Sep 19 2014
Dani Engelbret, Executive Director
"YMCA News"
Sep 26 2014
End of Year Recognition Breakfast
Oct 3 2014
Kurt Eggebrecht
"What I want to do as President"
Oct 10 2014
Carrie Coffren, CSW
"Youth in our Community and Treatment Foster Care"
Oct 17 2014
Max Ritzow, Student
"Youth Concerned about the Disappearing Ice in Antarctica"

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Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Hold Annual Inspiration Breakfast
by Stephany, Jay

At our May 9th Annual Inspiration Breakfast at Fox Banquets and Catering, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club recognized senior citizens who volunteer their time to work with children of the Fox Valley area. The nominees for this recognition need to be those who are actively involved in some way with children here in the Fox Valley.

This year’s honorees were the following:

Jim Pierce
Nominated by Human & Spiritual Values Committee

Jim has been a member of our Club for over 35 years, and as all of us will attest, he participates at nearly every event or fundraiser, as well as takes a leadership role whenever needed. For the past 8 years he has participated in Appleton Area School District’s United Reading for Success program, reading to children at Ferber Elementary. Additionally, he volunteers for United Way, AMC, FVTC, and is a member of his church council.

Rose Heinz
Nominated by Mary Greiner

Since retiring in 2007, Rose has been involved with the United Reading for Success program. Each week she spends time reading and tutoring first graders at Johnston Elementary. She also is a counselor for Badger Girls State working with girls who are juniors in high school.

Ted Balser
Nominated by Renee Waterman

Ted's volunteer involvement is extensive; he was a Circle K Advisor at UW-Oshkosh for three years, a Youth Mentor for Best Friends of Neenah Menasha, “Dads' Support Group” Facilitator and Youth in Government Advisor at the YMCA of the Fox Cities, and Youth Board Advisor for United Way Fox Cities, among others.

His professional experiences include managing a family business, Director of Auxiliary Services/Student Union at St. Norbert College, University Center Supervisor at Northern Illinois University, Assistant Director of Residence Life Operations at UW-Oshkosh, and Director of Career Services at UW-Oshkosh.

Pastor Will Bloedow

A Minnesota native, Will served two parishes in Minnesota before coming to Appleton as one of the pastors at First English Lutheran Church, retiring after 29½ years in September of 2003.

Will was a member of a Kiwanis Club in Minnesota, and transferred to the Northside Club in 1974, serving on many committees and as president of this club in 1978.  Due to a heart attack in 1987,  he needed to resign from some of the organizations he enjoyed, including Kiwanis.

Active in our community, he serves on many boards and committees too numerous to mention here.  He and his wife, Ruth, received the Paul and Elaine Groth Mentoring Award sponsored by the Mielke Family Foundation.

When people ask Will what he does in his retirement, he replies “I am a professional community volunteer and I enjoy it!” 

The honorees each received a $75 donation to the charity of their choice - Rose chose Badger Girls State Scholarship, Jim picked United Reading for Success, and Ted chose the Appleton YMCA.


Pictures of the breakfast are below.



Congratulations honorees!

Horizon's Middle School Coffee Can Collection a Success
by Mangold, Thomas
The coffee can collection was initially a rain out at Horizons school. That, however, did not dampen the volunteer spirit of our young second grade friends at Horizons. We were able to reschedule last week and provide the Salvation Army ...with a load of coffee for their meal program.


Volunteers included: Jerry Murphy, Tom Mangold, Debi Bartel, and Ashley Gustafson was there for pick up and to thank the boys and girls on behalf of the Salvation Army.

Ron Steindorf Awarded 2014 Bert Grover Child Advocacy Award
by Stephany, Jay

If you ask a member of the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis club about the volunteering that we do, you will find that volunteering extends past Kiwanis service projects.


At the WASDA (Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators) award ceremony on May 8, 2014 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, club member Ron Steindorf was awarded the 2014 WASDA Bert Grover Child Advocacy Award.  The nomination was submitted by Val Dreier, Assistant Superintendent of Appleton Area School District (AASD).  This is a state selected award.

Ron is a substitute volunteer tutor for the AASD that has filled in (often when they are in a pinch) at several of the elementary schools for both the reading and math programs.  Ron began as a volunteer tutor at Badger Elementary School back in 1999 and has been a tutor ever since.

If you know Ron, you know he has a remarkable passion for helping children learn and grow.  He is a volunteer that can always be counted on. Ron also serves on the United For Reading Success (1st grade reading tutoring program) advisory board with the AASD.

Congratuations Ron!

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.

Become a Fan of Fox Cities Kiwanis on Facebook

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




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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