The Sedalia Kiwanis Club has been around for approximately 95 years and is instrumental in helping many youth programs in the area. On Jan. 17 they will raffle off a handmade quilt, made by the Daughters of Isabella and donated by fellow Kiwanis member Linda Hoffmann.
Hoffmann gives credit to Joyce Grinstead, of Sedalia, for the majority of the work done on the quilt.
“She pieced it, constructed it and she quilted it, she did three fourths of the little tulip squares,” Hoffmann said. “But a lot of the other ladies from the Daughters of Isabella did the embroidery squares.”
The Daughters of Isabella previously conducted a raffle for the quilt, which Hoffmann won. She then donated it to the Kiwanis, in a pay it forward move.
The proceeds from the raffle will go toward helping youth programs that the Kiwanis sponsor.
“Kiwanis is really an international program, that tries to help one child, in one community, at a time,” said Pat Kelley, who is the Lt. Governor of Division 11. “One of our big projects is the car seat safety (check) that we do in conjunction with the police department and the fire department. We do it three times a year.”
She said people can bring in their car seats and have them checked or, if need be, they are able to receive new ones.
“There is an expiration on your car seat,” she added. “And a lot of people don’t realize that, plus your child will out grow it, and it becomes too small. And that’s one of the biggie’s we do.”
They also sponsor a Key Club for Smith-Cotton High School students.
“Which is a high school volunteer organization,” she said. “One of their main things is, they have to do so much service work in the community plus so much service work in their school.”
Smith-Cotton Key Club President Alex Eppenauer and Vice President Heather Galloway, both seniors, were present for Thursday’s Kiwanis meeting. This was their second year in the club, but the first year as officers.
“This gives us a lot of opportunities to help the community, in ways that we may not have thought of on our own,” Galloway said. “We come together as a group and accomplish bigger things than we could on our own.”
“I’m learning a lot about the leadership and how the structure is working,” Eppenauer said. “I’m a boy scout, so I’ve worked with leadership before, but it’s different, it’s a different setting. So I’ll use some skills I’ve learned from scouting and apply them here, and learn different things here that I can apply over there too.”
The Kiwanis also supports the BUGS or Bringing Up Grades Program for elementary children at Skyline Elementary. Kelley said this helps children work toward raising their grades one subject at a time. When the quarter is up, if they have succeeded, they receive an award certificate.
“So it’s trying to get kids to become better at studying and trying to get good grades,” she added. “And it really kind of caters to the opposite end of the spectrum for kids. You know the ones that are always getting the A’s and B’s, it’s actually rewarding the other end.”
Scholarships are also available through the Kiwanis. They offer a local $500 Bill Schien Scholarship and a $1,000 Earl Collins Scholarship, that goes to someone in the Division 11 area.
“We have a prayer breakfast in the spring,” Kelley added.
Churches nominate youth who portray volunteerism and spiritual values.
During the holidays Kelley and her husband David, who is the Kiwanis president, dress like Santa and Mrs. Claus to raise money too.
“We’re the fundraiser,” she said laughing. “And we made $1,040 this year.”
Some of the other programs supported by the local Kiwanis are Melita Day Nursery, the Community Cafe, Open Door and Paul Klover Soccer.
“One of the emphasis of Kiwanis is they believe in service,” Kelley added.
The queen size quilt will be raffled off at Trivia Night on Jan. 17 at the Salvation Army, 1200 E. Broadway. Trivia Night will begin at 7 p.m.
“It’s $10 a person,” Hoffmann said. “And if they want to bring a team or just individuals, the food will be supplied and the drinks. We have door prizes, and we’ll do 50/50 and we’ll raffle off the quilt.”
Raffle tickets are $1 a piece or six for $5, and may be purchased at the door.
The Kiwanis Club welcomes new members. They meet at noon each Thursday at Best Western State Fair Inn. For additional information call Linda Hoffmann at 827-1098.