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Lincoln Northeast Takes Home the Ruby Award - 12/02/2017
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Congratulations to the Lincoln Northeast Kiwanis club for taking home the Ruby Award again this year!  The Ruby Award is given to the Kiwanis Club in Division 21 & 22 that solicits the greatest number of blood donations throughout the year.  A big thank you to all the Kiwanis groups who take part in the challenge.  Collectively, there was 141 units of lifesaving blood and platelets donated!  Pictured is: Jack SchinstockLenora Uhrmacher Hanna, George Cook, Sue Waldren, Jan Beck, and Rick Waldren.


Omaha Northwest Metro Kiwanis Club Chartered - 12/01/2017
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The newest Kiwanis Club in the Nebraska-Iowa District, Omaha Northwest Metro, was chartered with forty members and guests on hand to celebrate at the DC Centre Ballroom. Many guests brought and provided toys for the club to donate to those in need. Governor Jan Burch, Governor elect Sue Waldren, Vice Governor Lenora Uhrmacher Hanna, Past Governor Lawrence Ziska, Past Governor Jim Dane, along with Regional Trustee Lynda Meschede Henningsen, and Division 19 Lt. Governor, Joann Feller all participated in the event. Others assisting were Rick Waldren, Past Governor Bob Mitchell and Past Governor Don Glenn.

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Sack Sunday - Red Barrel Food Collection a Huge Success - 11/29/2017
Submitted by: Todd Ashby
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Ankeny Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis-sponsored Key Club high school service groups collected food donations the Sunday before Thanksgiving at the Ankeny Hy-Vee stores — helping DMARC/movethefood.org stock up food pantries for Thanksgiving!!! Thank you, Ankeny Hy-Vee stores and all who donated! 

In total 1,227 food items and $1,016.50 in cash were donated — an increase from last year’s numbers:  36% increase in food and 35% increase in money donations! 


World Getaway Fundraiser Will Help Kiwanis Miracle League - 11/24/2017
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DES MOINES, Iowa  --  The Downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Club is asking the community to step up to the plate and help pay for a new surface at the Miracle league at Principal Park. The old surface is starting to pull apart, and it needs to be redone.

The Kiwanis Miracle League is a game changer for kids with disabilities.

"When they made the Miracle League years ago, they saw this giant need," said Justin Brady, a board member of the Downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Club. "A lot of kids want to play baseball, but some kids who may have a disability, they can't."

But thanks to the Miracle League, they can.

"You see kids that come here and they...


A Thanksgiving Message - 11/23/2017
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As we gather at this special time of year with our families and friends, I can't help but be thankful for all of the relationships we have developed through our membership in Kiwanis. This is one of those Kiwanis benefits that we sometimes forget--getting to meet and work with folks in our communities that we wouldn't otherwise have the opportunity to get to know. What a blessing!

 

And thank you for all that you do in your communities for kids.

 

So, let's spread the joy of Kiwanis by asking someone to your next service project or meeting. You'll be glad that you did! Remember, a guest makes your meeting or service project a success!

 

Enjoy the holiday!

 


Northwest Metro Kiwanis Charter Date Set - 11/17/2017
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The newest Kiwanis Club in Nebraska will conduct their charter night on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at the DC Centre Ballroom and Banquet Facility at 11830 Stonegate Dr., Omaha, NE.

Beginning at 6:00  p.m. will be a social time followed by the dinner and charter celebration at 6:30 p.m.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP by November 27 by contacting Drew Mickle at drewrm@veridiancu.org   or 402-609-5942.   

The cost for the meal is $30 person and is payable at the event by cash or check.  Friends and family are welcome to attend and the dress is business casual.  In the spirit of Christmas,  please bring a new toy to donate to a child!


Division 19 & 20 Governor's Visit - 11/13/2017
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Governor Jan Burch visited Divisions 19 & 20 on October 26 to participate in a joint service project that included packing over 400 weekend food sacks for central Omaha kids and helping Creative Kids build  a haunted house.  Click for several other photos. 


Lincoln Center Volunteers in Helping Kids - 11/08/2017
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The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln Center helps English Language Learners with wherever they are in their skill sets.  This activity is usually on Fridays from 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.  The club helps with the alphabet, sight words, comprehension, and watch as they start testing out.   The kids are always happy to see their "Kiwanis Friends."  Members and volunteers can help every week, or a few times a semester.  


Joe Schmidtke Honored for Work with Key Leader - 11/07/2017
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Lynda Henningson, Region 2 District Trustee, presented an award of appreciation to Joe Schmitke on behalf of the Nebraska-Iowa District in recognition of all the work he has done over his years as a member.  Joe, a member of the Omaha Westside Kiwanis, was especially active and supportive of the Key Leader Program. 

 

He was involved as a Key Leader chaperone very early on and during the past number of years has served as the District Key Leader Administrator.  Pictured with Lynda and Joe is club president Dennis Cronin.  Joe and his family are leaving Nebraska to pursue new adventures in Idaho.  Congratulations to you Joe and thanks for your passion,...


Sunriser's Welcome Stars - 10/31/2017
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The Kiwanis Club of Marion Sunrisers has supported the Henry Davison Youth Center for a number of years and was pleased to welcome Steve Springer back this morning.   Steve has been representing the Henry Davison Youth Center at our meetings for several years.  Steve mentors junior high students in a STAR Achiever program (Success, Teamwork,Attitude, Respect).  Steve was accompanied by two of the students that he has mentored for nearly two years.  The eighth grade students brought projects that they completed as part of the STAR program and included a  stained glass decorative wall hanging, a spatula with a hand forged...