Sunday, March 29, 2015

Amazing Day at Bridging with our ONE DAY Project

Here are a few pictures from our Kiwanis One Day project on Saturday, April 28. We had many Region 7 clubs, plus several key clubs, and the new Circle K Club at the U of M join us. About 130 people building 85 dressers for needy families helped by Bridging in Roseville, MN. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Key Club completes teeter totter fundraiser

This year, Fridley Key Club’s annual Teeter-Totter Marathon lasted for 70 hours from 6:00 pm, Friday, February 13th to 4:00 pm Monday, February 16th.  It was held in Kiwanis advisor Crazy Mary Bowen’s family room. 30 Fridley Key Clubbers, 5 Columbia Heights Key Clubbers 12 Builder’s Club kids, 4 Kiwanis members and a couple of parents and siblings jumped on the teeter-totter.  They raised over $700 dollars for the Eliminate Project.  That project is the Kiwanis effort to vaccinate all mothers in the developing countries against maternal/neonatal tetanus.  It is also Key Club’s major emphasis project for this year.
Key Club partnered with the other members of the Kiwanis family, as well as the JAMS ladies of Fridley, on this effort to raise funds and have fun doing it!  While at the Teeter-Totter Marathon, those present stuffed 162 fabric dogs and dolls with fiberfill to make stuffed toys. The dogs and dolls, made by the JAMS ladies, will be sent to orphaned youngsters in Africa who are victims of AIDS.  Crazy Mary likes to call this duo event of teeter-tottering and stuffing the “Two-fer on the Teeter.”

Everyone was excited to be a part of the Marathon.  It was comical to watch the Builder’s Club kids’ eyes grow wide when they saw the teeter-totter in the basement, as they have never been a part of the Teeter-Totter Marathon before. It was also awesome to welcome Key Clubbers from the Columbia Heights Key Club, who came late Sunday.  They put in quality work stuffing the dogs and dolls, as well as teeter-tottering.

“It was great to see the partnership of so many different clubs and organizations,” said Key Club chair Kati Stevenson. “The event was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone who contributed time, energy and money to our Teeter-Totter Marathon.  Because of you, we have saved 400 mothers and their babies from maternal/neonatal tetanus.” Those who participated put in over 300 hours of service, which is a lot of time to go up and down, up and down, up and down. Thankfully, Crazy Mary’s family room had a real jukebox so the kids entertained themselves with the oldies as they laughed their way to a good time and a goal-reaching donation at Teeter-Totter Marathon 2015.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

A new Builders Club starts in Fridley

Students in grades 5-8 at Fridley Middle School now have an opportunity to become members of an international community service oriented club at their school.
Mary Bowen, Fridley High School Key Club adviser and Blair Berger, Fridley Middle School Band Director, recently chartered a Builders Club at Fridley Middle School.
As students maneuver the “in-between-stage” of life, Builders Club empowers them to be themselves, work together with peers and implement plans through action. An extension of Kiwanis International, Builders Club is a middle school program that shares the mission of building leaders to help children around the world. Through the club, students become leaders at school, in their community and in the world.
“Blair approached me with the idea as he saw the need of community service in the middle school,” said Bowen who has been the Key Club advisor for almost 30 years. “People see the need to have children help in their communities and there is movement to involve children in community service early – before they are overly involved in sports and other activities,” she said.
The middle school’s newly formed Builders Club already has 28 members who will hold a charter potluck event on Sunday, Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Fireside Room at the Fridley Community Center. During the event, the new members will receive their pins, T-shirts and certificates of membership and new officers will also be announced.
Berger, the club’s advisor, said he is excited about this new opportunity for middle school students.
“Community service is heavily imbedded in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum,” Berger said. “The Builders Club now gives our middle school students an organized voice for community service.” He added that any student in grades 5-8 can join the Builders Club. The club is student led and like the Key Club, has an emphasis on building leadership skills in the individual members. Bowen and Berger will work with the members as they learn the functions of the club, formalize all board positions and brainstorm on community service projects.
One of the club’s first projects will be a teacher appreciation day and participation in the annual Teeter Totter Marathon that is organized by the Fridley High School Key Club. “Our high school Key Club has an outstanding and distinguished community service record,” said Berger, “and my vision for the Builders Club is to help our middle school students aspire to that level of service.” (Source:
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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Kiwanis One Day Project Coming!

9th Annual Kiwanis One Day
        Service Project           

Building Dressers
Saturday, March 28, 2015
     Bridging Inc     
 “Serving Families in Transition”   
    1633 Terrace Drive, Roseville, MN 55113
Ph: 651-631-3255    
Contact Region 7 Service Director - Kathy Welle.    
Phone: 612-910-1988            
Service Project: 9:00 am – noon
Coffee, Juice and rolls provided at 8:30 am  

         Sponsored by the Kiwanis Family Clubs of Region 7         

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Upcoming Special Speaker

A special guest and speaker, Juan Carter, Caacupe, Paraguay will be our program next Tuesday evening  confirmed by Jim McChesney.   He has lived in Paraguay for 30 years and is in Mn for  a short time, so his schedule is filled with commitments every day.  Hope to see you all next Tuesday, February 3. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Upcoming January Meetings

Eve.  1/06/15 - White Elephant Auction (6 pm) -- Proceeds go to our benevolence fund.
Eve.  1/13/15 -  Workshop - V-Tines (6 pm) -- Making Valentines cards for local groups
Noon 1/20/15 - Molly Fisher - Mounted Police On Horses 
Noon 1/27/15 - Dr. Norm Charvary - Prof. Carlson School of Business

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Awarding Hard Working Members and Welcoming a New Member

At our November 11 meeting we honored two hard working members with Zeller Awards. Ted and Gene work hard at the recycling center. Not only do they volunteer hours there to keep the center open, they work through the material and find extra ways to bring money into the club. Their efforts have not only helped with recycling efforts in Columbia Heights, but by taking the extra time to sort out extra materials, they have brought in hundreds of dollars to the club which has been donated to the Eliminate Project.

Because of their efforts, the club has donated $1250 each in their honor to Eliminate. This gives the club two Zeller Awards, which are now given to Ted and Gene. THANK YOU, gentlemen, for your hard work!

We are also honored to welcome new member Vinita Khatavkar. Vinita became involved when her son became a part of the Fridley High School Key Club. Member Mary Bowen sponsored Vinita as a new member. We are grateful for the energy Vinita brings to the club!