O’Fallon Kiwanis Club Helping Kids

Members of the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club are working to help kids at the O’Fallon Salvation Army and the surrounding neighborhood by replacing an old playground.  The playground has served the area for over 15 years and badly needs to be replaced.  So the Kiwanis Club in O’Fallon is going to raise enough money to bring them a new and safer playground to play on.

Join us in this endeavor by coming to a Trivia Night on Friday, July 28th.

Here’s information about our Trivia Night –

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You can register on our website – ofkiwanis.com

Or use the following form to register –

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15th Annual Golf Tournament

On Friday, June 23rd the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club partnered with the O’Fallon Rotary Club for a Golf Tournment at The Falls Golf Club in O’Fallon.  We had a beautiful day.  Golfers enjoyed 18 holes of golf, lunch, dinner, awards and fun with friends.  All of the proceeds will provide scholarships for local youth and support O’Fallon charities.

 

Kiwanis & Girl Scouts spend Earth Day with the City of O’Fallon

O’Fallon Kiwanis members, family and friends partnered with a Daisy Girl Scout Troop led by Leigh Ann Wilson to help the City of O’Fallon on the rescheduled Earth Day on May 13th.  After meeting at Dames Park in O’Fallon our group reassembled at Veteran’s Memorial Parkway to clean the trash along both sides of the road.  This is the second year that the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club has cleaned along this road.  The extra hands provided by the Daisy Troop made the task far easier than the previous year.  Way to go everyone!

Adopt A Street – April 8

O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members and friends hit the streets to pick up trash for the first time in 2017 on April 8th.  Woodlawn Ave from W. Terra Lane north all the way to the park is the street adopted by the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club.   Members working at this activity included Tom Shea, Ed Radginski and John Chambless.  Friends and family members who helped were Chris Ballmann, Hunter Page and Xandria Page.  Great job everyone!!

 

National Pancake Day @ IHOP

On March 7th O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members volunteered at the O’Fallon IHOP on Hwy K for National Pancake Day. This was a great service project for the Club – raising money for kids!!!

IHOP started National Pancake Day back in 2006 at IHOPs across the country.  Kiwanis International has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network and IHOP for the past several years to help them raise money for kids.  The great thing is that all the money raised here will go to our local hospitals: St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Cardinal Glennon and SSM.

Kiwanis Club members, Ed and Martha Radginski started the day at 7:00am selling “balloons” to customers at the tables while telling them about National Pancake Day, Children’s Miracle Network and sometimes discussing Kiwanis.  The people were very generous in their donations.

The next O’Fallon Kiwanis members who worked a shift at IHOP that day collecting donations for Children’s Miracle Network were Tom Shea, Katie Page and John Chambless. Then later came Club members, Ozzie Maher and Jerry Davis.

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106.5 The Arch radio station was live on the air from 7:00-9:00am talking about National Pancake Day.  Lyndsey Skinner from Children’s Miracle Network was there with Kennedy, the poster child for this event.  She’s the reason we were there raising money.  What a great event!

2017 Kiwanis Missouri-Arkansas District Mid-Winter Conference

The 2017 Mid-Winter Conference for the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis was held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia, Missouri February 23-26th.  Greg Wilson, Ed Radginski and Martha Radginski represented the Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon at this Conference.  Kiwanis Club members from all over Missouri and Arkansas converged together for this conference to renew friendships and share ideas with each other.

Breakout sessions on different topics were presented each day.  Ed and Martha were scheduled to help out at a session called “Meetings That Inspire”- a spoof about what can go right & wrong at meetings.   At the last minute they were enlisted to present at a second session called “Leading Your Club” because the speaker had to cancel at the last minute.  Ha!  This was indeed an interesting event!

MO-ARK Kiwanis Governor Roger Jespersen welcomed everyone at the dinner.  The highlight of the evening was the ARMO Awards Ceremony.  Recipients were given Oscar-like awards for some of the terrific things they have done in the past year.

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Governor Roger ended up with some ears as well as an ARMO Award!

There were many baskets and items put out for the Silent Auction during Friday and Saturday.  Our Club put together a basket with a bottle of Jack Daniels and two tumbler glasses with the Jack Daniels logo.

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Saturday Breakout sessions included: Service Project Ideas, Get Acquainted With District & International Websites, Image & Branding, Fundraiser Ideas, Choosing Club Partners, Plan the Future of YOUR Club.

At the evening Banquet our Club received the Kiwanis Missouri-Arkansas District Distinguished Club Award for 2015-2016.

Conferences are always energizing to attend.  Watch out Club Members…we’ve got lots of ideas to bring back to YOU!!

Inter-Club Visit to South County

O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members sent a “flying squadron”- a group of members- to visit the South County Kiwanis Club on Wednesday, February 1st.  President Elect, Katie Page was the scheduled speaker for the day.  O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members John Chambless, Ed Radginski and Tom Shea with his wife Jan attended the meeting in support of Katie and to get credit for an inter-club meeting outside of our Division.

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Katie gave a presentation about the time she spent in Honduras last September with a Mission Team from her church, Calvary, which is located in St. Peters.

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Katie and her team worked on constructing the foundation to build another building for school located there.  They had to break up rocks,  haul them and mix up the concrete.  Katie also talked about the time spent doing activities with the children that attend the school and meeting local business owners selling their wares.  She was especially intrigued with a man who made and sold shoes for a living.  Katie brought samples to show.  Her presentation was enjoyed by all.  Great job!!

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O’Fallon Kiwanis Club Dine-Out Night to Save Babies

Members of the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club held a Dine-Out Night at Cappuccino’s Restaurant in O’Fallon on Thursday, January 26th.  Of the $15 spent from a special menu, $5 went to save a baby.  This is part of the Kiwanis International campaign to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus around the world.  Babies are being killed by tetanus every eleven minutes.   Kiwanis Club members in O’Fallon only have $4,000 more to raise of the $16,000 they pledged to help eliminate (MNT) Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.  Way to go!!

During the meeting portion of our dinner we had a special Boy Scout guest, Logan Cozart and his mother, Mary Ellen Cozart.  Logan came to give a talk about his Eagle Scout Project.  Kiwanis Club members have ideas about how to help Logan with funding for his project and will discuss it at the upcoming Board of Directors meeting.

Thanks to everyone who participated in this event!

Region IV Governor Roger Jespersen

On Monday January 23rd O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members- Greg Wilson, Katie Page, and Ed & Martha Radginski attended the Official Visit of Kiwanis Region IV Governor Roger Jespersen.  The dinner was held at Bartolino’s Osteria in St. Louis.  Greg Wilson presented a monetary gift to Governor Jespersen from the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club.  Each of us received a pin from the Governor if we promised to bring in a member this year.

O’Fallon Kiwanis December Happenings

As we come to the end of the month of December,  it’s fun to look back a bit to see what we did with our time.

On December 8th Katie Page, our own Kiwanis Club President-Elect, was our speaker.  She told us about her experiences from being a Calvary Church team member on a mission trip to Honduras in early September.  Her team spent time doing activities with the local kids at the school and also doing physical labor to create the foundation to build another part of the school.  Calvary Church teams are doing some fantastic work in Honduras.

December 15th many of our Kiwanis members braved one of the coldest days to stand outside Walmart all day to ring the bells for the Salvation Army.

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These are just a few of our members shown….Katie Page played Christmas Carols on her flute and John Chambless played his drum.  Gerry Schoenherr collected the most money on his shift.

Way to go everyone!!!

December 22nd was our Christmas Party.   President Mike Ballmann lead the meeting.  Members invited friends and family so we had a fun group to celebrate together.  Ed Radginski made some fantastic cookies and he and Martha officiated BINGO for prizes.

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Our meeting on December 29th was run by President-Elect Katie Page.  Guests included Dave Tuck, Jeff Johnson and Jan Shea.  Katie shared some entertaining New Year traditions from other countries and members shared a few of their own.  Happy New Year!!!