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Monday, April 21, 2014
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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"

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Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis to Support the Annual Help the Homeless Campaign
by Stephany, Jay
The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis is supporting the 22nd annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive which will go from March 3rd - March 30th. The goal of the "Help for the Homeless" campaign is to supply an entire years’ worth of products to agencies so that they can dedicate their limited financial resources to providing qualified personnel, safe housing, nutritious food, education, and counseling to those they serve. 

Did you know that when someone enters a crisis agency in the Fox Valley, typically everything they own fits into one brown paper bag?  With this donation drive, those agencies can now welcome them with a basket of personal care items. Last year, the collection boxes that were delivered and then collected at the end of the campaign resulted in over $300 per box of personal hygiene and cleaning products that were distributed to agencies in the Fox Cities. For some of the agencies, the items they receive from the Help for the Homeless campaign are enough to provide clients with items for the entire year.


For a list of donation drop off sites, visit the link below:



Needs for the donation drive includes the following:


Cleaning Supplies

Laundry Soap

Dish Soap

Garbage Bags

Floor Cleaner




Disinfectant Cleaner

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Dryer Sheets

Dishwashing Gloves

Paper Products:

Toilet Tissue

Facial Tissue

Paper Towels

Feminine Care



Baby Care:



Baby Bottles

Baby Lotion

Baby Shampoo

Rash Ointment

Hair Care:



Hair Brushes


Clips & Elastics

Styling Products - for all hair types

Little Girl Items

Personal Care

Soft Soap

Bar Soap



Shaving Cream

Nail Clippers

Cotton Balls



Contact Solution

Lip Balm

First Aid

Children’s Pain Meds


Band Aids

Rubbing Alcohol

Hydrogen Peroxide

Anti-Diarrheal Meds


Antibiotic Ointment

Cold Meds

Liquid Benadryl

Sun Screen

Treatment for Head Lice

Dental Care:



Dental Floss

Denture Care

Mouthwash – only non-alcohol please



Forty-five area crisis agencies and shelters (listed below) will receive donations of toiletries and cleaning products from this drive and we are looking for your support with donations of new cleaning and personal care items.  Hundreds of businesses, schools, churches, and clubs throughout Northeast Wisconsin will be collecting items.


FOX CITIES: ADVOCAP, B.A.B.E.S. Appleton, B.A.B.E.S. New London, Boys & Girls Club Runaway Program, Cerebral Palsy Mideast WI & Arc Winnebago Cnty, COTS Trans. Shltrs. for Men & Women, Emerg. Shltr of the Fox Valley, Fox Cities Comm. Health Cntr., Fox Valley Warming Shelter, Harbor House, Housing Partnership - Fox Cities, LEAVEN, Mother & Unborn Baby Care, Salvation Army, Ryan Community, Winnebago Cnty. Dept. Human Services    

FOND DU LAC: ADVOCAP, Beacon House, Fondy Food Pantry, New Beginnings, Salvation Army, Solutions Center  
GREEN BAY: Family Services Crisis Center/Open Door Youth Services, Family Services Transitional Living Prgm., Forward Service Corp. Supportive Housing Prgm., Freedom House, Golden House, House of Hope, Marion House, Oneida Social Services, Salvation Army Emerg. Services, Salvation Army Trans. Living Program, St John's Evangelist Homeless Shelter, St Vincent De Paul Homes, Welcome Home Project. The Brown County United Way partners with the Brown County Homeless & Housing Coalition in support of Help for the Homeless. 
MANITOWOC: Domestic Violence Center, House of Hope, Lakeshore CAP, R.A.Y.S Runaway & Youth Services,  Salvation Army 
MARSHFIELD: Soup or Socks 

OCONTO/MARINETTE: Forward Service Corp., NEWCAP Oconto (Housing, Community Access), NEWCAP Marinette (Housing, Community Access), Rainbow House Oconto and Marinette, Haven of Hope  

OSHKOSH: ADVOCAP, Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Father Carr’s Place 2B, Salvation Army, Winnebago County Human Services  
WAUSAU: The Neighbors' Place

Refugee Donation Drive a Success
by Stephany, Jay
A former bank building in downtown Appleton is filled with donations for a group of refugees. 

The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club held a collection drive, over three days, for furniture and other household items.

Jean Long Manteufel was one of the organizers, and she says they believe they have enough items for all of the refugees, except for a couple things. She says they're short on bed frames and pillows, but they'll work with churches or service organizations to fill that gap.

The refugees are coming from Myanmaar, Congo, and Iraq.

The donation drive ended yesterday, and Long Manteufel says she's impressed with how the community comes together, when there's a request for help.

Lawrence University owns the former bank building. Campus leaders are letting the community use it for the refugee resettlement effort.


Posted : March, 5th by WHBY

2014 Midyear Conference Registration Now Open!
by Stephany, Jay

The 2014 Midyear conference will once again be offered in three locations in the WI-UM District and will be held at the following dates and locations: 


March 22, 2014 – Bay de Noc Community College, 2001 N Lincoln Rd, Escanaba, MI 49829
March 29, 2014 –West Bend Mutual, 1900 South 18th Avenue West Bend, WI 53095
April 12, 2014 – Camp Wawbeek, 1450 Highway 13, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Our Club will once again support members that want to attend. Please complete the following registration for and submit to John Polansky.


Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club Donates $1,000 to Community Clothes Closet
by Stephany, Jay
At a recent club meeting, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club presented a check to John Mendoza who visited our meeting as a representative from the Community Clothes Closet. Our donation will help continue the mission of the Fox Valley non-profit. One of our longstanding service project partnerships, the Community Clothes Closet distributes over 25,000 items of clothing each month to needy families in the area.

The Community Clothes Closet seeks to fulfill its mission of providing free clothing to people in need. They utilize volunteers to staff their operations and assist with administration.

The Community Clothes Closet has been serving disadvantaged families since 1980. Since that beginning, the volunteers of the Community Clothes Closet, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, have been collecting and distributing clothing, blankets, towels and household items to people in need, who are referred by other human service agencies such as the Emergency Shelters, Red Cross, St. Joseph's Food Program, Domestic Abuse Shelters, County Services, Schools, Churches, and others.

The recipients are able to meet their clothing needs while using their limited income to meet other primary necessities such as food and shelter.
Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Awards $5,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits
by Stephany, Jay
The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club recently delivered $5,000 in annual donations to various nonprofits and community projects in the Fox Valley community.

“It is with great pleasure and pride in our club that we are able to announce the results of the grant requests submitted to our club and the foundation. This is possible only through the hard work and dedication of each of our members.” noted Mary Ann Wepfer, President of the Club and coordinator of this year’s grant process.

The members of the club, through a grant application process, identified various nonprofit agencies and community projects that would benefit by the annual campaign and through a vote by the Club and/or Foundation Board of Directors, dedicated over $5,000 in donations to the following:

Bergstrom Mahler Museum for their Art Activity Day
Bay Lakes Council - Boy Scouts of America for Science Night
CASA of the Fox Cities, Inc. for Volunteer Advocate Training
Fox Valley Sibling Support Network for their Sib Spot Program

Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Announces Award Recipients and New Officers
by Stephany, Jay

The 2012-2013 Kiwanis year was another outstanding year for the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis service club and celebrated the year at their recognition breakfast on September 27th at the Thompson Community Center in Appleton. The Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club provided over 2,500 hours of service to the community during the Kiwanis calendar year.

Each year, the club has an opportunity to award the Tim DuVall Kiwanian of the Year Award to a member that has gone above and beyond what is asked. This year’s president, Mary Ann Wepfer, recognized Renee Waterman for this award. Waterman has been a part of the club since September 2004

The Kiwanis International Foundation established the Hixson Fellowship in 1983 to honor George F. Hixson, the first international president of Kiwanis International. Each year, the Hixson award is voted on by the Appleton Fox Cities Hixson fellowship awards this honor to a member of our club that has made a significant commitment to Kiwanis. In recognition of service and dedication to the Kiwanis cause, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club was proud to recognize and honor Tom Suttner as the newest member of the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Hixson fellowship. Suttner has been with the club since 1998 and has been an active member of our club serving as Club President from 2003-2004.

In recognition of Tom’s receipt of the George F. Hixson award, the Appleton Fox Cities Kiwanis Club has made a $1,000 contribution in her name to the Kiwanis International Foundation. Those funds will be earmarked to fight Maternal Neonatal Tetanus in developing countries.

The “Walter Zeller Fellowship” is awarded to a Kiwanis member who the President recognizes for outstanding service to the club. The recipient of this year’s award was John Polansky. Polansky has been a part of the club since September 2009 and had been previously a member of the Darboy Kiwanis Club. A donation in Polansky’s name was made to the Kiwanis International Foundation

The induction of new Board Members and 2013-2014 officers were held at this time.

New Board Members:
Ellen Eversen
Dawn Malcom
Eric Read
2012-2013 Officers

Anthony Snyder
John Polansky
Kurt Eggebrecht
Sandy Potts
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

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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