Moline Kiwanis Service &  Activities



September, 2017: Video of Kiwanis Trail Bike Path along Rock River. Video taken by member/avid cyclist Frank Nowinski. This particular video shows section of the trail in need of repair or rehabilitation, and we as a club should monitor this situation and perhaps consider this a future project with the appropriate partners.


August 11, 2017: Moline Kiwanis Received "Distinguished Club" Award for 2015-16 Kiwanis Year
What is a distinguished club?  Kiwanis Clubs around the world strive to hit a variety of goals such as membership growth, hours of service, and a variety of other milestones and achievements. Who benefits from achieving these milestones and goals? The community in which the club is located! More hands (members) means more service can be conducted, and more of a community impact can be realized. We are happy to have this status for the 2016-17 Kiwanis Year!

L to R:
Accepting the Distinguished Club Award for 2016-17 are: Mike Daly, 1st Vice President, Mark Petersen, Secretary, Lisa Williams, incoming Lt. Governor, 2018-19, Brent Nelson, Immediate Past President (whose term the award is being celebrated) Penny Linneweh, Past Lt. Governor, Cathie Rochau, President, Wynn Fitzpatrick, member.





Summer, 2017:  Kiwanis Sponsors and Serves Lunch at the 100th Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication in the Floriciente Neighborhood, Moline, IL

December 13, 2016: Dave Holst Memorial Toys for Tots Toy Drive and Donation Day

Kiwanis members participated in providing a wonderful variety of toys for children in the QC community. We were able to honor former member and Marine Dave Holst, who was an avid Toys for Tots volunteer and one of their biggest cheerleaders. Here, the club poses with the toys, the "big check", and the Marines from the local QC Toys for Tots.





December, 2016: Once again, Moline Kiwanis members take time out to ring the Salvation Army kettle bell. This year, we rang two Saturdays in a row- once at Hy-Vee (JD Road) Moline, and again at Wal-Mart, Moline. Thanks to all who took time out of their weekend to conduct this very important community service. At right, noon club members Jim Mowen and Mary Chappell ring the bells at Wal-Mart.

November, 2016: Evening Club Euchre Tournament was held at Bad Boyz Pizza, Moline. (See Evening Club tab on left menu.)

October 1, 2016: Kiwanians from Moline noon, QC Evening, and Rock Island club applied "superhero" tatoos at the Gigi's playhouse Superhero Walk & Run, held in Davenport, IA. A SPIDEY-good time was had by all!







Summer, 2016: Kiwanians Mike Daly, Wynn Fitzpatrick, and a colleague of Mike's, assisted with childrens activities at the Moline Public Library as they had the very popular "Elephant and Piggie." They helped dozens of kids enjoy themselves with fun activities.



May, 2016: Kiwanis Member/Moline Mayor, Scott Raes, gets by with a little help from his friends- various Kiwanis member volunteers and the Boy Scout Troop from Seton Catholic School, Moline, assisted with litter pick-up along 19th Street Moline. We collected 20+ bags of litter/trash from either side of the street and overpass of I-74.





May, 2016: President Brent Nelson presents a check for $383.50 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Mississippi Valley. The proceeds were from club members who played a weekly game called Marble Lottery. Each year, the incoming President selects where the funds will go, and last year, Brent selected the Boys & Girls Club. We were proud to present this to (C) Jenny Garlach, Executive Dir., and (R) Jennifer Higgins, Dir. of Finance, Noon Kiwanis Member.

March, 2016: Sara Jarmon and Larry Sandefur help place blue pinwheels at a daycare in Moline, to recognize National Child Abuse Awareness Month. We were supporting the Child Abuse Council with this effort.
March 21, 2016: We passed the travelling gavel to our friends at Rock Island Kiwanis.
It "flew" in on a special Kiwanis One Charter.
November-December, 2015: Annually, Kiwanians sign up to be "Bell Ringers" for the Salvation Army. This year, we rang at the Moline Hy-Vee on John Deere Road. A few Kiwanians even brought carols and rang the bells to the beat of the songs! Here are Kiwanians Bill Barrett and Pat Puebla. Thanks to all who took a slot for this great service and to collect for the Salvation Army Red Kettle.
November 28, 2015:
First VP Cathie Rochau, Board Member Larry Sandefur, Perry and Hollie Rochau, volunteer at the Quad City Arts Festival of Trees North Pole Children's area. Member Larry volunteers his time annually to help set up the Festival of Trees area at the RiverCenter, Davenport.
November, 2015: Moline Kiwanis Club issued fall grants to local community organizations and charities who applied, and were accepted based on a set of qualifications. This year, we were able to help several local area organizations with funds from our "Porky Pig" (a.k.a. Happy/Sad dollars, shared at weekly meetings) as well as through our local community funds. We issued over $2,500 in funds.
Pictured in the photo are:
L to R: Pete Wislander, Past-President, George McDoniel & Angie Peterson, Children's Therapy Center, Youth Services Bureau, Christian Care, Gary Weinstein, Transitions Mental Health, Two Rivers YMCA, Mark Drake, Youth Hope, Toys for Tots, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Brent Nelson, Current Moline Kiwanis President.
(Front L to R) Mark Mathews, Child Abuse Council, Christina Conklin, Moline Public Library, Susie Smice, Wilson Middle School, Steve Flatt, Goodfellows/Argus/Dispatch, Holly Ehler, Salvation Army.
September 1, 2015:
Angie Kendall, Director of Development and Communications for the Child Abuse Council of the Quad Cities, presents President Pete Wislander with a "Life Saver" Campaign award. The Moline Kiwanis supported the efforts of the annual "Life Saver" campaign, which raised over $100,000 for the Child Abuse Council. Kiwanians are always generous in their contributions.
May, 2015: The Moline Kiwanis Club, in conjunction with the Kiwanis International Foundation, and the United Way of the Quad Cities, presented the Two Rivers YMCA, Moline, IL, with a $5,000 grant to support their Summer Enrichment Program. Select summer campers from the Two Rivers Y will participate in the program in order to supplement summer reading.  
Pictured (L to R) are Mike Wennekamp, Director, Two Rivers Y, Katie Bonick, Youth Enrichment Director, Two Rivers Y, Pete Wislander, President, Moline Kiwanis, Betty Petersen and Lisa Williams, Moline Kiwanis members. Pete, Betty, and Lisa all contributed to the grant submission.
May 2, 2015:
The Illinois-Eastern Iowa (I-I) District assisted in a special Centennial project by financially assisting with a “Gift of Play” playground at a YWMA Camp in Ingleside, IL.  Members of the Moline Kiwanis club, contributed to the cause through the I-I district. Created by Dr. David McLone, Camp Independence is a state-of-the-art facility for campers with spina bifida and other neurological conditions. Campers have the opportunity to grow and gain independence in a safe and fun environment where they are encouraged to try new things, develop character and make new    friends. Read more about this project by clicking this link.
Moline Kiwanians volunteering to answer phones and take pledges at the Childrens Therapy Center telethon.
Pictured are Brent Nelson, and Sue Swisher.

April, 2015: Moline Kiwanians sell Roses by the dozen for Administrative Professionals Day as a fundraiser to support our charitable giving and programs in the community. Larry Sandefur (left) helps distribute the roses at Wharton Field House, Moline.
Winter, 2015: We passed the traveling gavel to the Aledo club. The gavel was buried in paper "snow" and had a snow meter on the side, which represented 13" of snowfall in 2015. Pictured are Dave Holst, Mark Petersen, Aledo Kiwanis President, Larry Sandefur, and Jim Abbitt.
We were able to share some club proceeds from a weekly "happy/sad" dollar collection, which we Moline Kiwanians lovingly refer to as "Porky Pig" dollars, because they go into a "Piggy bank." (Literally!) A variety of local community not-for-profit organizations, were able to benefit from these extra dollars and use them to help fund a variety of very good programs.
Moline Kiwanis provides many volunteer hours and days of service to local organizations who need extra help. In this photo, we were mulching at a local park. We have helped mulch, build shelving, paint, and more at local organizations such as the Two Rivers YMCA, Moline, Boys & Girls Club, Christian Friendliness Youth Hope, and many many more.
Helping out at a Kiwanis Pancake Day. Pancake Day is an annual event.
We will post the future pancake dates on our website, and facebook pages. We make awesome pancakes (including chocolate chip pancakes for the kids) and sausages, apple sauce, coffee, milk, and orange juice. It's a great day on Pancake Day! President Pete Wislander and Special Events Chair Jana Lecander posed for our promotional photo for Kiwanis Pancake Day in 2014.