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)

April programs at Willmar Kiwanis

April 2, 2013
Mid Central Research & Outreach Center
Speaker: Kathy Schwantes, Regional Director

April 9, 2013
University of Minnesota
Speaker: Dean Johnson, Board Regent

April 16, 2013
Social Media-West Central Tribune
Speaker: Ashley White, Community Content Coordinator

April 23, 2013
Willmar Stingers
Speakers: Marc Jerzak & Nick McCallum

April 30, 2013
Sibley State Park
Speaker: Gary Bullemer, Asst. Manager

February programs at Willmar Kiwanis

February 5, 2013
Women’s Fund – Willmar Area Community Foundation
Jean M. Geselius, Marketing Coordinator, Conway, Deuth & Schmiesing

February 12, 2013
Kandiyohi County & City of Willmar Economic Development Commission
Steve Renquist – Executive Director

February 19, 2013
Willmar Housing & Redevelopment Authority, & Kandiyohi County Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Jill Bengston, Executive Director

February 26, 2013
Public Defender, State of Minnesota
Tim Johnson