Kiwanis Club donates $500 to the Willmar Food Shelf

Food shelf donationRadio for Relief 2015 – Food Shelf Benefit

Earl Knutson, President of Willmar Kiwanis Club is shown being interviewed this morning by Dan Schell of Q102.   Earl presented a check for $500 to the Willmar Food Shelf on behalf of the Kiwanis Club.  The Kiwanis mission is Serving Children of the World.  The funds were raised by passing a hat during our weekly Tuesday noon meetings in March.  If you’d would like more information about Kiwanis, please call 231-3777 and talk to Maribeth.  Guests are welcome anytime at our Tuesday noon meetings.   Our meetings are held at the Willmar Historical Society


The Willmar Kiwanis Club donated $10,000 to the Resource Center at West Central Industries for their Lego Fun & Friendship program. It’s a new program that positively impacts children ages 7 to 12 with challenging skills due to autism, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome and other disabilities. With support these children become accepted, active participants in the community. In the club, the children learn teamwork, listening skills, emotional management, pride and empathy.  The donation was made possible by the Kiwanis Peanut fund raising campaign supported by area individuals and businesses.

Kiwanis Peanut Partner for 2014 – Lego Fun and Friendship Club!

Kiwanis is pleased to announce the 2014 Kiwanis Peanut Partner The Lego Fun and Friendship Club!   The club is a project of The Resource Center Program at West Central Industries. This program positively impacts children with challenging social skills due to autism, ADHD, fetal alcohol syndrome and other disabilities.

With support these children become accepted, active participants in the community. In the club using colorful Lego blocks, the children learn teamwork, listening skills, emotional management, pride and empathy. Parents are taught the tools used with the children so they can reinforce the children’s new skills . Children, parents and ultimately the community win, now and in the future.

Pictured above are volunteer advisory board members Marlys Larsen, Arlen Christianson, Susan Lange, along with Jamin Johnson, Program Manager.  Please donate $100 to this great cause. In return, Kiwanis will give you a box of 100 bags of peanuts as a thank you!  For more information, please call Maribeth Williamson at 320-231-3777.

Roger Rhody Receives Walter Zeller Fellowship Award

Roger Rhody received a Walter Zeller Fellowship award which was presented by Dennis Hier.

Below is some information about the award:

A native of Waterloo County (near the city of Kitchener, Ontario), Zeller was the founder of Zellers chain of thrift stores. He began his business career in 1912 with a job as a stock boy with the F.W. Woolworth Company, and was later the General Sales Manager for the Metropolitan chain of stores for New York. He was considered by co-workers to be energetic, forthright, and magnetic, and served as director-at-large of the National War Savings Committee and a special advisor to the chairman of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.

Zeller gave much of his life to philanthropy, serving as the Montreal Director of the YMCA and staying involved in many capacities with his Kiwanis club. He served as the Montreal President and Governor of the Ontario-Quebec-Maritime District.

On behalf of The Eliminate Project, we are proud to honor Walter Zeller’s commitment to service by creating the Walter Zeller Fellowship. This is a very special opportunity designed exclusively for The Eliminate Project. You can become a Walter Zeller Fellow by making a one-time gift or two-year consecutive pledge of US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project. All Walter Zeller Fellows will receive a special medallion, lapel pin and certificate. We encourage you to join us to honor Walter Zeller by supporting The Eliminate Project as a Walter Zeller Fellow.

Kiwanis Talent Show – Fundraiser for The Eliminate Project!

The Willmar Kiwanis Club held a talent show on Monday, April 28, at the First Presbyterian Church in Willmar.  The talent show featured the Willmar High School 2701 choir along with other talent.   A silent auction was held in conjunction with the talent show to raise money for The Eliminate Project.   Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The club raised nearly $1800 to help immunize the mothers and their babies. 





James Buisman is chosen as the 2013 Touch-of-Life Award Winner

This award is given out each year by The Willmar Kiwanis to a resident of  Kandiyohi County that has shown outstanding volunteerism, dedication to service and someone that has put their community in the for front.  James Buisman of Willmar was chosen as the 2013 Touch-of-Life Award Winner at the Kiwanis 90th Anniversary Celebration.  Congratulations to James and his wife, Wilma.

Willmar Noon Kiwanis will be celebrating 90th Anniversary

On October 29th, 2013 the Willmar Noon Kiwanis will be celebrating the clubs 90th Anniversary.  The gathering will be taking place at The Oaks at Eagle Creek at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, October 29th.  Any Kiwanis (past and present) that would like at attend please contact Earl Knutson at  A special program with a meal following will be taking place.  Come Celebrate 90 years with the Willmar Kiwanis!!!!!!

October programs at Willmar Kiwanis

October 1, 2013
To Be Announced

October 8, 2013
LuLu Beans Coffee House
Speaker: Laure Swanson
Host: Dennis Hier

October 15, 2013
Burlington Northern Today
Speaker: Jonathon Taylor, Terminal Manager
Host: Clinton Rierson

October 22, 2013
Life Science – Innovation, LLC History
Speaker: Jenn Baumgartner
Host: Clinton Rierson

October 29, 2013
90th Anniversary Celebration
More Details to Come (No regular noon meeting)