Members of the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club heard about a Kiwanis family from the city of Adelaide in South Australia that was traveling to Missouri to bring their son for therapy at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Seven year old Thomas has Cerebral Palsy and after a previous surgery (SDR) in St. Louis, he was back for therapy to help him walk. His mother, Rebecca Mattinson and grandmother, Angela Heath accompanied him. A call was out for any Kiwanis Clubs in the area that could help donate to this family who had come so far. After contacting Rebecca we learned that they had just ordered Thomas a walker for $600. Kiwanis Club President Martha Radginski, Secretary Tom Shea and his wife Jan plus club member Ed Radginski met the family in the lobby of the Chase Park Plaza Hotel to make our donation to pay for his walker. Thomas had just started walking on Friday and was even jumping around. It was so great to meet this precious family. Thomas was excited that he was to get a baseball glove. The family planned to take the Metro Link to visit the Cardinal’s Stadium so he could do just that. We found out that their own Genelg Kiwanis Club had raised $9,000 for Thomas and Rebecca talked about holding many bake sales and a fashion show on her own in order to raise enough money prior to their trip. The next part of their journey will be to spend two weeks at the Walk this Way USA – Specialist Therapy Centre for Cerebral Palsy in Houston for walking therapy. We were honored to meet Thomas and wish him the best in his goal to walk.
September 22nd O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members met for dinner at Madison’s Cafe in O’Fallon for their Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers. President Martha Radginski reviewed past year accomplishments and then recognized several members for their service during the year. Gerry Schoenherr and Rachel Donlan are two retiring Board of Director members and Greg Wilson is the retiring Immediate Past President. District Lt. Governor, Wendy Rackovan, installed the President, Secretary and Treasurer at the meeting. Club members surprised their out-going President with a beautiful glass plaque and a Presidential Walter Zeller Fellowship. Everyone is looking forward to another busy year to come starting October 1st.
2016-2017 Officers and Board:
- President – Mike Ballmann
- President-Elect – Katie Page
- Treasurer – Don Schappe
- Secretary – Tom Shea
- Past President – Martha Radginski
- Board Members – Brad Gould (incoming), Jerry Davis, Bo Engel, Nick Lindsay
O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members prepared bags for the Golf Tournament scheduled on May 23rd. We appreciated that Jeffrey M. Lee, Sergeant First Class from the U.S. Army Recruiting Center in Wentzville, donated bags and miscellaneous items to go into the bags. Kiwanis members also donated items to go into the bags for the golfers.
On May 19th the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club awarded one of the three $1,000 Scholarships to Ms. Nicole Marie Entzeroth from St. Dominic High School. Ms. Entzeroth’s goal is to work towards her PhD and become a doctor. Kiwanis committee members, Michael Ballmann, Don Schappe, and Katie Page received over forty applications for these scholarships.
Kiwanis Club of O’Fallon members and their families volunteered their time on Saturday, April 23rd for Earth Day. Thanks to Tom Shea, John Silberberg, Katie Page and her children Hunter and Xandria Page, Martha Radginski and her husband, Ed Radginski. This team volunteered for the City of O’Fallon’s Earth Day event to clean up the trash along Veteran’s Memorial Parkway in O’Fallon. The group found tires, hub caps and many, many bottles along that road. Great job everyone!!
O’Fallon Kiwanis Club President, Martha Radginski and President-Elect, Mike Ballmann attended the Club Strengthening Summit at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the St. Louis area. They met with Club Counselors Carolyn Dwire, Charles Greenwood and Jody Melcher during the morning. Mike and Martha brought back some interesting ideas to help make the club stronger. At a recent Club meeting, Martha presents Mike with some official Kiwanis “work gloves” that were given to members attending the Summit.
February 25-28th Martha Radginski and her husband, Ed, attended the Missouri- Arkansas Kiwanis Mid-Winter Conference in Jefferson City. It was a great conference and the hi-light of the event was seeing Kiwanis International President-Elect, Jane Erickson. She is smart, funny and so enthusiastic. What a great leader she will be! Pictured in pink below…
O’Fallon Kiwanis Club members, families and friends ate out last night at Cappuccinos in O’Fallon to raise money for the Kiwanis Eliminate Campaign. We are saving babies by getting their mothers vaccinated against Tetanus. We saw many familiar faces last night. Abby Hall, our Fort Zumalt West High School Key Club Advisor, was there with her husband and children too. Way to go everyone!!
Come join the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club for dinner at Cappuccinos Restaurant at 1365 Hwy K in O’Fallon (near Walmart) this Tuesday evening, January 26th from 4:00-9:00pm. Members, friends and families of the O’Fallon Kiwanis Club will be raising money to Eliminate Neonatal Tetanus that is killing mothers and babies around the world. At Cappuccinos, ask for the special Kiwanis Menu and for $15 you will get a drink, salad, entree and dessert. $5.00 goes toward protecting babies from Neonatal Tetanus. Or if you wish to order off the regular menu, 10% of your purchase will help this cause. President Martha Radginski says, “Be there or be square. Ha! We would really love to meet you at Cappuccinos for dinner!”
Katie Page met Kiwanis Region IV Governor Don Leupold at the Banquet Monday night. He invited everyone to come up and get a “Share Your Life” pin from him. When Katie went up to shake his hand, Governor Leupold told her that she can have a pin if she promises to bring a new member into our Club. All right…Go Katie!!