Galesburg Kiwanis celebrating 100 years. - WGIL Radio News

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children. First founded in 1915 as a whole, Galesburg Kiwanis was founded

in 1919 – the 173rd Kiwanis Club to begin. It’s the goal of Kiwanis Club to empower members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Among the services the club offers locally, the first major one is the second biggest park in Galesburg: Kiwanis Park. The Kiwanis Club project began in 1955 and was dedicated as a park in 1977. Today, Kiwanis has more than 550,000 members from 80 countries. “Our motto is “Serving the Children of the World” and we do that in Galesburg in lots of ways,” said member Faye Schultz. “First of all, like supporting a big park, like Kiwanis Park. (We) try to keep it clean. We hope to do more in the future by adding more playground equipment and things like that.  We take 36 needy children from the community shopping for clothes for themselves every year. We also sponsor a couple of Key Clubs which is the high school organization and get those students started on understanding service.” There will be a celebration on Tuesday, September 10th at 4:30 pm at Kiwanis Park where former members, State Representatives, and Mayor John Pritchard will speak. Kiwanis Club meets most Tuesdays at 11:30 am at the Kensington Ball Room for lunch and guest speakers. For more information, or for information on becoming a member, visit Kiwanis Club of Galesburg on Facebook.

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