Background information about the Kiwanis Club - from Wikipedia
The Kiwanis organization was founded on January 21, 1915, in Detroit, Michigan, by Joseph G. Prance and Allen S. Browne (a professional fraternity organizer). In August 1914, Browne suggested to Prance the idea of a business and professional men's club with social and commercial benefits. In 1919 when Kiwanis adopted a service-focused mission. The organization was for men only until 1987 and since then female membership has grown to be 22% of total members. The name Kiwanis means we trade or we share our talents and was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.
Organize Kiwanis Club in Lansing 1931
Mr. John E. Van Berschot Field Service Representative,
Region III, Kiwanis International, was here from Chicago
this week for the purpose of organizing a Kiwanis Club in
this city. He met about thirty-five of our business men
at a turkey dinner at the Wolfe Café Monday evening.
Three Kiwanians from Waukon, Messrs. Dudley Hale, Herman
Haehlen and C. C. Little were also present.
~Allamakee Journal and Lansing Mirror, February 11, 1931 ~contributed by Ann Krumme
Lansing Kiwanis Meeting 1965
At the regular Monday night meeting of the Lansing
Kiwanis Club, president Milton Wild was leader and the
only guest was Richard Spinner, traveling salesman for
Armor Industries. The group heard a substantial and
accurate report of a meeting in Cedar Rapids Friday from
Mayor elect George Trayer. The meeting covered a vast and
wide range of problems along rural and urban development
lines with governmental aid from the many different
bureaus in Washington administration policies. A question
is to find the exact bureau in which to seek aid as many
overlap and the red tape is passed from one to another.
Immense projects such as hospitals, the handicapped.
retraining the workers, water and sewer community
projects and the beautification of parks and open spaces.
All have some leeway to get aid up to a percentage of
costs. The meeting was to try and coordinate the bureaus
so that local applicants will know how and where to set
their cases. All present agreed to its objective but the
results of the meeting will take time to develop. The
Christmas show and treats for children are set for next
Saturday, December 11th, when Santa appears with treats
after the FREE SHOW for children 12 years and under. Jack
Grant is again in charge of the sacks and other
volunteers include Dr. Wilson, Charles Smith, Norbert
Spinner, Leo Stirn, Milton Wild and Howard Gaunitz and
his truck. The "Happy Birthday" song was sung
for Leo Willbrand, Norbert Spinner, Orville Hosksch and
Bill Underwood. The names drawn for next week's serving
committee include Marlan Hogan, Jerry Hanley, Howard
Gaunitz and Frank Randall, the latter our only member
from DeSoto. A general discussion of local interest
closed the meeting.
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