Serving Our Community
Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis is here to serve our community today, for a better tomorrow. Some of our ongoing programs are listed below.
Kiwanis Tree Nursery
Beginning in 2008, the Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis in collaboration with the City of Sheboygan Falls embarked on an ongoing tree nursery project. The purpose of the nursery is to provide the city with a supply of trees to be used as replacement for dead or storm damaged trees in the city’s beautiful parks. This reserve allows the young trees to grow and develop in to mature that can be transplanted when they are needed. The city providing land for the nursery, along HWY 32, near the DPW facilities buildings and Kiwanis
provides the young trees and the labor to plant and maintain them. This year, sixteen trees, about 2” in diameter, were added to the thirty existing trees. The new additions were mainly four varieties of maples and several lindens.
Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis Signature Project - Improving Our Parks
Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis’ mission is to improve our community, and replacing the outdated park play equipment in Woodview Park is currently our signature project.
The current wood play structure is old, outdated, leaning, and unattractive – which makes it unappealing to our children’s imagination and spirit of play. Our club’s goal is to raise a total of $30,000 to place modern, safe, kid friendly, and kid approved new play equipment in Woodview Park in 2018.
The City of Sheboygan Falls just replaced the aging play structure in Rochester Park for $75,000. But recognizing that the city budget is limited, we determined that other parks might also need updates – and after reviewing all parks, idenitfied that the leaning wood play structure in Woodview Park needed to be our first priority. We went door to door, dropping off over 150 park surveys in the neighborhood, and then hosted a night in the park to meet and talk with these same neighbors, resulting in a partnership to get the project underway.
We are committing $8,000 of club funds towards this project. Working together with the neighbors, we will continue to hold fundraisers to build up the park. Once this project is complete, we will identify the next Sheboygan Falls park that needs updating, and work to provide fun play spaces in all our parks.
Every year the Kiwanis Club awards scholarships to graduating seniors of Sheboygan Falls High School. Two to three Scholarships are awarded depending on the funds raised during the previous year. The District Foundation also provides a matching contribution which goes towards the amount awarded. The 2011 Scholarship winners were Samantha Audino and Brooke Buehler.
As a part of the annual review process, a committee of Kiwanis members assesses each applications and identifies the top candidates. The committee bases their assessment on four main criteria: the students leadership qualities, their contribution to the community, academic achievement, and financial need. Students interested in applying for next year's should contact the High School Office for more information.
Community Food Drive
In conjunction with the Sheboygan Falls Girl Scouts, the Kiwanis Club supports the Sheboygan Falls Food Pantry through an organized collection effort.
Club members were actively involved in this year's effort to collect a “Ton Of Food”. After all of the final collections were delivered the total weight was estimated to be between 4 and 5 tons. Thank you to the people of Sheboygan Falls for the outpouring of support and charity, and to all of the businesses and organizations that partnered with Kiwanis through this project: Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, Subway, Dairy Queen, The Gathering Place, Wells Fargo, Technical Assistance Co., Sheboygan Falls Aquatic Center, and Evans.
Sheboygan Falls High School Key Club
Key Club is an extension of the Kiwanis family, focused on developing leaders and providing service opportunities to high school students. The Sheboygan Falls Kiwanis works in conjunction with the Key Club in carrying out its mission of service to the children of the world. Members of the Key Club have been partners in numerous Kiwanis led initiatives, such as cleaning up & repairing the cities parks, collecting clothing for the needy, fundraising for community projects and organizing food drives. They also gain valuable leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions within the club, district and international levels.
For more information visit - http://www.keyclub.org/home.aspx
When: The second and fourth Tuesday of every month starting at 11:30am until about noon.
Where: Sheboygan Falls Senior Center, 650 Forest Blvd., Sheboygan Falls map
Contact: Toni Becker, (920) 467-9042
What: Kiwanis members volunteer time to call bingo for seniors. This event takes place the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month. Each volunteer signs up for only one month - which is a total of one hour of their time (1/2 hour each time they call bingo).
The volunteer arrives at the Sheboygan Falls ADRC on Forest Avenue at 11:15am.
They call out the numbers for a total of four games. The first three games are standard bingo played until there are three winners. Each winner receives a 50-cent piece. (If someone wins a second time, they pick out of the basket of goodies that the ADRC provides.) After the three games are played, a blackout round is played. (Standard bingo is where you get five in a row, blackout bingo is where your entire card must be covered.) The winner of that game wins a $5.00 gift certificate from Blattner's Piggly Wiggly. If more than one person achieves bingo at the same time, winners draw from a deck of cards and the high card wins the gift certificate.
This is a fun event for both the Seniors and the Kiwanis volunteer. the seniors love to play bingo, and the Kiwanis volunteer can promote Kiwanis functions and let people know about upcoming events and what Kiwanis has been doing for the community.