“Serving the children of the world” is the motto of Kiwanis International, a global organization of members who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Mich., and just 14 years later the Chilton Kiwanis Club formed. The first project was to sponsor the Boy Scout troop in Chilton, and 83 years later the local Kiwanis Club continues to sponsor the troop.
The Chilton Kiwanis Club—the community’s oldest service club—recently became a Model Club by donating to Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project, which aims to raise $10 million to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus in 129 million mothers and children among the poorest and under served of the world. The club plans to donate $8,000 over five years.
For the past 33 years the club also has recognized the Chilton High School Student of the Month. For 26 years it has donated an annual scholarship to a high school senior, for 73 years it has sponsored a student to attend Badger Boys State, and for 28 years it has provided “Our Daily Bread” prayer booklets for offices and the hospital in Chilton. It also donates time and money to the Salvation Army.
Chilton Kiwanis members have earned seven George F. Hixson Fellowships named in honor of the first Kiwanis International president. It sponsors the We Care Aktion Club in Chilton, which is a Kiwanis club for adults with disabilities. That club has been in existence for nine years.
Robert Cullen is currently the president of the Chilton Kiwanis Club and Linda Edgington is the vice president. Rose Faust is the treasurer, Jean Van Frachen is the secretary, and board members are Richard Schmidt, Carl Siebert, Bill Elliott, Charles Zarnoth and Terry Schenkus.
The club also has supported the latest District Governor’s Project—autism. The district is Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and the Kiwanis governor’s goal in 2012-’13 is to raise $500,000 to purchase iPads for over 1,000 children in the district. Kiwanians will furnish iPads, autism software apps and protective cases. Former Green Bay Packer William Henderson is the spokesperson for the project.