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The Kiwanis Club of Mattoon
Serving the Children in Our Community
PHOTO: ROB STROUD, JOURNAL GAZETTE & TIMES COURIER
Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation board Chairman Larry Forsberg is
pictured speaking to the Kiwanis Club of Mattoon on June 7.
The Foundtion is funded by Kiwanis Illinois-Eastern Iowa District clubs.
2017 Joe Gary Memorial Scholarship
MATTOON -- Emily Bowling was the recipient of the 2017 Joe Gary Memorial Scholarship from the Kiwanis Club of Mattoon. The $1,000 scholarship is named after long-time Kiwanis member Joe Gary and is awarded to a Lake Land College student. Gary was a part-time French and part-time audio visual instructor before becoming the full-time audio visual instructor and then later the director of print services for Lake Land College. He retired in 1985. Gary was a WWII veteran.
2017 Pancake Day, Saturday, March 11!
A blast from our past. This plaque was stored away and returned to the club on February 22, 2017. A little research revealed that Kiwanis Clubs in the Illinois-East Iowa District contributed money to erect a fence around the Thomas and Sarah Bush Lincoln graves in Shiloh Cemetery, and the Mattoon Kiwanis Club agreed to maintain it. This plaque was attached to the fence. Kiwanians from throughout the district, and a representative from the Governor's office, came to the dedication ceremony. See article below.
Wente receives Legion of Honor, club welcomes officers
The Mattoon Kiwanis Club presented Steve Wente the Legion of Honor award for 30 years of service as a Kiwanis member and welcomed new club officers for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year at a club meeting on October 19. Pictured from left to right are club Treasurer Gary Hawker, Immediate Past-President Phillip Spencer, Legion of Honor recipient Steve Wente, President Brian Johanpeter, Secretary Shelly Eddington, and Vice-President Steve Ferguson.
Key Club Lt. Gov. Sam Kettleson attends Key Club Convention
MATTOON -- Sam Kettleson, a junior at Mattoon High School, recently attended the Key Club International Convention in Atlanta. Kettleson, who is currently serving as 2016-17 Lieutenant Governor for the Mattoon, Shelbyville, Robinson and Paris Key Clubs, spoke to the Mattoon Kiwanis Club on Aug. 10 about his convention experience. The Key Club, a student-led organization, is the oldest and largest service club for high school students, and is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club and supports the Kiwanis mission to serve the children of the world.
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club recently welcomed four new members, Natalie Parkerson and Jason Badman, both with First Mid-Illinois Insurance, Jill Rohr with Camp New Hope, and Latonya Casas with the Mattoon Chamber of Commerce. The new members were inducted into the club in a ceremony on April 27. Pictured from left to right: Kiwanis secretary Shelly Eddington, club member/sponsor Natalie Parkerson, Jason Badman, Jill Rohr, Latonya Casas, and Kiwanis past-lieutenant governor Don Grewell.
Kiwanis Club of Mattoon Pancake Breakfast
March 19 at Mattoon Middle School
MATOON -- The Kiwanis Club of Mattoon annual Pancake Breakfast will be held on March 19 from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mattoon Middle School.
The breakfast is all you can eat pancakes and sausage, juice, milk and coffee. Tickets are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-12, and children ages 5-and-under are free. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis Club member, or at the door the day of the event.
Proceeds from Kiwanis events fund youth-oriented projects, such as the recent Lawson and Peterson Park projects, and youth programs and scholarships.
Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World.
ROB STROUD JG-TC Staff Writer (Oct. 3, 2015)
MATTOON -- Ken Wooddell was honored Wednesday evening for his 65 years of community service as a member of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.
Kiwanis District Gov. Penny Linneweh presented Wooddell with a Legion of Honor plaque during the club's annual dinner. In addition, state Sen. Dale Righter presented a senate proclamation honoring Wooddell and Mayor Tim Gover presented a city proclamation that named Sept. 30 "Ken Wooddell Day."
"I was surprised and also humbled," Wooddell said of these honors during an interview Friday afternoon.
Wooddell said he joined the Mattoon Kiwanis Club in 1950 a year after graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in radio journalism and moving to town to take a job selling advertising with radio station WLBH.
Membership in the Kiwanis Club provided him with a great way to get to know other business people while also working on community service projects, Wooddell said. He noted that the club was still meeting in what was then the U.S. Grant Hotel on Charleston Avenue when he joined.
Wooddell, who served as president of the club in 1959, said the club launched its annual Pancake Day dinner fundraiser in the late 1950s, a benefit that continues to this day. He said the first pancake dinners were held in the basement of what was then the Masonic temple on Charleston Avenue.
"I was at the griddle making pancakes with everyone else," Wooddell said. "We worked hard at that."
Two of the Kiwanis Club's biggest early supporters for the pancake dinner were appliance dealer Clyde Kirk and Dr. E.X. Link, Wooddell recalled. They had a friendly competition in advance of each dinner, he said.
"They fought each other to sell the most tickets," Wooddell said. "We would have a battle going with those two."
Wooddell, who has held a variety of leadership posts with the club, said he also has fond memories of pumping gas at Willaredt Oil and Platolene 500 service stations for the Kiwanis Club's Gasoline Days fundraisers, as well as taking part in other benefits of the years.
Wooddell retired in 1988 as a co-owner and executive with WLBH and then taught a pair of broadcasting classes at Eastern Illinois University for about a decade. He also continued broadcasting Eastern Illinois University football games until his retirement in 1999.
In retirement, Wooddell said he still stays active by attending the Kiwanis Club's weekly meetings. He said the meetings give him an opportunity to hear presentations from community leaders, keep up to date on club projects, and meet new club members.
"A person does not retire to just sit down," Wooddell said.
Club members attend KI and District conventions
MATTOON -- Mattoon Kiwanis Club members Steve Ferguson and Greg Thompson recently attended the 2015 Kiwanis International and the Illinois-Eastern Iowa (I-I) District Conventions. Ferguson attended the International Convention, celebrating the 100th birthday of Kiwanis, in Indianapolis on June 25-28. Thompson, the current president of the Mattoon club, attended the 98th Annual I-I District Convention in Peoria on Aug. 6-9. Pictured, from left, Ferguson and Thompson spoke to the Mattoon club about their convention experiences on Aug. 12.
MHS students receive Kiwanis scholarships
Pictured is MHS student Megan Shaffer at a Mattoon Kiwanis meeting on May 20
MATTOON -- Two Mattoon High School students received scholarships from the Mattoon Kiwanis Club at the MHS Honors Night on May 15, 2015 at Mattoon High School.
Megan Shaffer received the $500 Key Club scholarship and Landon Crary received a $500 Joe Gary Memorial scholarship through Lake Land College, both sponsored by the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.
Mattoon Kiwanis welcomes four new members
Pictured, from left, past-president of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club and past-district lieutenant governor Donald Grewell, and new members Madison Mullady, Victor Matigian, and Tami Knight. Photo on right, Bob Ramsey.
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed three new members on May 6 and one member on May 13. Madison Mullady, an attorney with the Law Offices of Winter-Black & Baker; Victor Matigian, a financial advisor with Edward Jones; and Tami Knight, a partner at Kemper CPA Group, were officially inducted into the club on May 6. And Bob Ramsey, owner of Ramsey Systems in Mattoon, was inducted on May 13.
Governor Rauner declares May 2 as Kiwanis Day in Illinois
In recognition of the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis International and the 233 clubs, including the Mattoon Kiwanis Club and Charleston Kiwanis Club, and 7,000 Kiwanis members in the Illinois-Eastern Iowa (I-I) District of Kiwanis who are building a specially designed playground at the YMCA Camp Independence to support children with Spina Bifida, Spastic Paralysis, and other spinal deficiencies, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner has declared May 2 as Kiwanis Day in Illinois.
May 2 was selected a Kiwanis Day in Illinois because on that day at 10 a.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at YMCA Camp Independence to celebrate the opening of a specially designed playground at the YMCA Camp Independence to support children with Spina Bifida, Spastic Paralysis and other spinal deficiencies.
Founded in 1915, Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14-18, Builders Club for students age 11-14, Kiwanis Kids for students age 6-12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, dedicate annually more than 18 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 600,000 adult and youth members in 80 countries and geographic areas.
Mattoon club plans pancake meal, celebrates Kiwanis International's centennial
Mattoon Kiwanis Club volunteers Mike Kallis, left, and Phillip Spencer pictured working at a previous Pancake Breakfast at the Mattoon Middle School. The club's 2015 event is scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at MMS.
March 13, 2015 4:48 pm •
The breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. Ninth St. The menu offers all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, plus coffee, milk and juice. Ticket are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger.
"This is our third year to partner with the middle school. It is really a great collaboration," said Kiwanis Club member Mary Weber, who is leading the breakfast.
Weber said live entertainment has been added to this year's breakfast, with performances by the Coles County Barbershop Singers at 8 a.m. and the Mattoon Middle School jazz band at 9-10:30 a.m.
The pancake breakfast and Peanut Days are the Kiwanis Club's main fundraisers. Proceeds from these events help this service club support programs for children.
"We are hoping the community will turn out for pancake day to help us help the community," said Kiwanis Club member Steve Ferguson.
Mattoon Kiwanis Club President Greg Thompson said they have helped fund new playgrounds at Lawson and Peterson parks in recent years and hope to help build another one. The club also has helped fund the construction of three pavilions at the youth sports fields on the northeast side town.
Other children's program have included providing sponsorships for youth sports teams, the Read Across Mattoon program and the Builders Club at the Mattoon Middle School, and the Key Club at Mattoon High School.
Funds raised by the Mattoon club also assist Kiwanis International's humanitarian work. In 1994, Kiwanis joined the fight to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. In 2010, Kiwanis pledged to join UNICEF in the effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from countries still affected by this disease.
Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit and the Mattoon club formed in 1929. Ferguson said the local club plans to send delegates to the Kiwanis International Annual Convention on June 25-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., where this organization is headquartered.
One of the mission's of Kiwanis is for its members to volunteer within their communities. Mattoon club members have volunteered to help Camp New Hope, Lightworks, One Stop Community Christmas, the Salvation Army, and many other local causes.
Kiwanis Club member Jim Glen said one of his favorite projects is delivering food for the Peace Meal program, for which the club has been providing volunteers since at least the early 1980s.
"You don't have to ask people for money and you don't have to give money. You just help others," Glenn said of volunteering with Peace Meal.
The Mattoon Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Brian's Place/Bourbon Street Steakhouse, 2100 Broadway Ave. At these meetings, participants hear updates on the club's community service projects and presentations from guest speakers.
More information is available by contacting Thompson at 217-276-9985 or by visiting www.mattoonkiwanis.com.
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Mattoon Kiwanis Club donates
to MMS Read Across Mattoon
Pictured photo on left, from left: MMS teacher Anieta Trame, MMS students Emma Philpott, Hannah Andersen and Katherine Carter-Alvis. Photo on right, from left: Philpott, Hannah Retzer, Carter-Alvis, and Andersen.
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club presented the Mattoon Middle School Student Reading Committee a $500 donation for the Read Across Mattoon program on February 11. MMS students/committee members presented this year's Ready to Read Across Mattoon book selection, "The False Prince," in a skit based on the book's theme at the weekly club meeting and issued a challenge to the club to participate in this year's program.
The Mattoon Kiwanis Club has been a long-time supporter of the Read Across Mattoon Program.
WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS
Jan. 28, 2015
MATTOON - The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Natalie Parkerson, on Jan. 28. Parkerson is a personal lines agent at First Mid Insurance Group in Mattoon. Pictured, from left, new member sponsor Clay Dean, new member Natalie Parkerson, and Kiwanis District Lt. Governor Janet Butler.
Dec. 3, 2014
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Clay Dean, to the club on Dec. 3. Dean is the CEO at First Mid Insurance Group in Mattoon. Pictured, from left, new member Clay Dean, new member sponsor Janice Moritz, and past-president and past-lieutenant governor Don Grewell, of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.
Nov. 19, 2014
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Lt. Daniel “T.J.” Simmons, to the club on Nov. 19. Lt. Simmons and his wife, Lt. Claudia Simmons, recently became the new officers of the Salvation Army of Coles and Cumberland Counties. Pictured, from left, new member sponsor Bob McClean, new member Lt. Daniel “T.J.” Simmons, and past-president and past-lieutenant governor Don Grewell, all of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.
2014 Annual Dinner
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club inducted officers and board members at its annual dinner at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club on September 24. Legion of Honor awards were presented to the following club members for continuous active membership and service to the club and the community: Steve Ferguson for 30 years, Dan Cunningham for 30 years, Gary Hawker for 35 years and Dan Coleman for 45 years. Also in attendance were District 26 Lieutenant Governor Janet Butler, and Assistant Governor South David Butler, both members of the Tuscola club. The 2014-15 Mattoon Kiwanis Club slate of officers pictured, from left, Sean Junge, board member; Gary Hawker, treasurer; David Butler, assistant governor South; Janet Butler, lieutenant governor District 26; Greg Thompson, 2014-15 president; Shelly Eddington, secretary; Steve Ferguson, board member; Brian Johanpeter, 2014-15 vice president.
2014 Peanut Days dates set
(Pictured left to right: Kiwanis members Jean Balch, George Miller, Bill Northam and former club member Steve Hayes.)
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club 2014 Peanut Days fundraising event dates have been set for October 17-18 in Mattoon.
Peanut Days is an annual tradition of the Kiwanis Club. The funds raised during the two days fund Kiwanis projects, such as the recent playgrounds purchased and installed at Lawson Park and Peterson Park in Mattoon as a joint effort between the City of Mattoon and the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.
Club members will be intersections located at Logan and Broadway Ave., Logan and Richmond Ave., and 14th St. and Dewitt Ave. in Mattoon on October 7-18. Donations to the club support Kiwanis projects. Kiwanis is dedicated to serving the children of the world, one community at a time.
2014 Kiwanis Pancake Day
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club, along with the MHS Key Club and MMS Builders Club, will be hosting the 2014 Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, March 29 at Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. 9th St., Mattoon.
Club members will be serving all you can eat pancakes and sausage, coffee, milk and juice from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member (or click on "Contact Us" at this website and send us an email) or can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children 5-and-under are free.
The mission of Kiwanis is to serve children. Proceeds from Mattoon Kiwanis Club events fund youth oriented projects, such as the recent Lawson and Peterson Park projects, and youth programs and scholarships.
Gary Hawker honored for 35-years of service at Mattoon Kiwanis Club annual dinner
L to r: Gary Hawker and Greg Thompson
MATTOON – Mattoon Kiwanis Club member Gary Hawker was honored with the 35-year Legion of Honor Award at the Kiwanis Club annual dinner on January 22 at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club.
Kiwanis president Brian Daniell was the host for the evening. President Daniell and the club recognized the club’s board members and officers and several members for community service projects: Mary Weber for Pancake Day, George Miller for Peanut Day, Bill Northam for the Peterson Park Project and Carolyn Cloyd for Peace Meals.
Mary Weber and Carolyn Cloyd were recognized for serving as club presidents.
Left: Derald Doehring and Mary Weber. Right: Terry Ward, center, with Key Club members, Michaela Drake (left) and Victoria Drake.
Kiwanis and Key Club participate in One Stop Community Christmas
Left, club members (r to l) Greg Thompson, Mary Weber, Dave Schilling, Christy Ferguson, Carolyn Cloyd at One Stop Community Christmas. Right, (r to l) Schilling, Shelly Eddington, Suzi Coffman (non-club member), Ferguson, Cloyd, setting up on Friday.
Key Club members at the gift wrap table
MATTOON – Mattoon Kiwanis Club members and MHS Key Club members took part in the annual One Stop Community Christmas event on Dec. 14.
One Stop Community Christmas is a community effort to provide Christmas to area families that need a little assistance for the holiday. Individuals and businesses throughout the community donate items and provide manpower for the collective effort to provide everything families in Coles County and the surrounding counties might need for Christmas.
Donations included items for the holiday meal, toys or gifts for children of all ages, clothing, cold weather clothing, underwear, socks, diapers, wrapping paper and more. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club was in charge of the sock and underwear table, with the guidance of club member, Christy Ferguson, who directed the club’s participation in the project, and the MHS Key Club provided wrapping paper and gift bags.
The Kiwanis Club and its members donated $1,570 and items toward the event and a number of club members volunteered their time to work the table or as helpers for the families. More than 1,900 children and more than 800 families benefited from the event.
Mattoon Kiwanis Club teams with City of Mattoon to build
new playground at Peterson Park
The park is open...Grand Opening Oct. 23, 2013
Members of the Kiwanis Club at the grand opening, Oct. 23, 2013
(for more photos of the build, click on "Events/Photo Gallery")
MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club teamed with the City of Mattoon to purchase and install a new playground at Peterson Park in Mattoon. City of Mattoon workers and Kiwanis volunteers, which included members of the MHS Key Club and EIU Student Services volunteers, installed the new equipment on Oct. 18-19, 2013.
The grand opening of the new playground was held on Oct. 23. Kiwanis member Bill Northam cut the ribbon to open the park to the public. Northam was instrumental in putting the project together and in raising funds for the playground equipment.
The Mattoon Kiwanis Club installed a new playground a Lawson Park in Mattoon in 2010.
2013 PEANUT DAYS
Mattoon Kiwanis Club members collecting donations during the 2013 Peanut Days fundraiser pictured from l to r: Jean Balch, George Miller, Bill Northam and Steve Hayes.
MATTOON -- Members of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club and Mattoon High School Key Club raised $2,782.02 during the annual Peanut Day fundraiser on September 27-28. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club raises funds for various projects benefiting children. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club recently partnered with the City of Mattoon to purchase and install playground equipment at Lawson Park and Peterson Park in Mattoon. Kiwanis is an international organization working to "Serve the Children of the World."
2013 PEANUT DAY FUNDRAISER
MATTOON - The Mattoon Kiwanis Club will be holding its annual Peanut Day fundraiser in Mattoon on September 27-28, 2013. Club members will at the intersections at Broadway/Logan and Richmond/Logan collecting donations. The Mattoon club has teamed with the City of Mattoon to put in new playground equipment in Peterson Park and the funds raised during Peanut Day fundraiser will go to help fund that project. Kiwanis is an international club working to “Serve the Children of the World.” Pictured (l to r) are club members, Carolyn Cloyd, Greg Thompson and Steve Ferguson.