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.
The Willmar Kiwanis will be collecting Toys for Tots at there Tuesday, December 10th meeting…remember to all the members to bring an unwrapped toy.
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 email@example.com. A special program with a meal following will be taking place. Come Celebrate 90 years with the 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 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
Speakers: Marc Jerzak & Nick McCallum
April 30, 2013
Sibley State Park
Speaker: Gary Bullemer, Asst. Manager
March 5, 2013
A Very Special 4-H Project
Speakers: Cheri Buzzeo, Alice Lindgren & Christie Lindgren
March 12, 2013
Willmar Ambulance/EMT – Broslow Peds Packs
Speaker: Brad Hanson
March 19, 2013
Speaker: Author Laura Bichlder Hern
March 26, 2013
Willmar Community Activity Center & Aquatic Center
Speaker: LeAnne Freeman
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
We have several upcoming programs this month at Willmar Kiwanis.
November 6, 2012
“PC’s for People” at KandiComp
Speaker: Roy Stiff
November 20, 2012
Challenges of Writing and Publishing a Book
Speaker: Joanne Lovold
See a full list of November events here.
Wheels for Kids is a new initiative developed by Child Guides, Willmar Community Education and Recreation and the Willmar School District to help students from families without ready transportation a way to get to school, participate in activities and enjoy Willmar’s park and trail system. Wheels for Kids is collecting bikes and matching them to students along with connections to maintenance and safety information, a bike helmet and lock. Willmar Kiwanis recently presented Wheels for Kids with a $10,000 check.
We also have a new member at Willmar Kiwanis. Welcome, Becky!
Audrey Nelsen has been named recipient of the 2012 Kiwanis Touch a Life Award. Audrey has dedicated her life to the proposition that all women should be allowed full opportunity to participate in any occupation for which they are qualified. Anything less than this will result in an impoverished society wherein the gifts of 50% of our people go unshared and wasted.
Those who have worked with Audrey in making our community a better place, a place where all contribute to the betterment of all, describe her as one whose motto is “service above self.”
The city of Willmar has frequently appointed her to serve in challenging roles, confident that she will do the right thing for our community, even though it may not be the popular thing.
Her long-time friend, Verna Kelly who served 12 years on the Willmar City Council, states that it was Audrey’s objectivity and her ability to avoid “petty politics” which made her effective as a Charter member of the Business and Professional Women’s organization, the Willmar Planning Committee, the Willmar Charter Commission and the Rice Hospital Board.
Perhaps her most challenging work for our city occurred when she served on the Willmar Planning Commission during the contentious Westwinds House Development project in 2007-2009. Due in large to her bringing opponents and proponents of this development to make compromises, it became a reality which todays provides low-income housing.
Many people in our community credit Audrey with doing some of her most significant work while she served on the Willmar Charter Commission where she serves as secretary. Her work on the commission was highlighted by her dedication to bring about much needed changes to a Charter which was out of date.
Dick Hoglund, former Mayor of Willmar, worked with Audrey and has said, “She brings enthusiasm and creativity to all that she does, and doesn’t seek the limelight.”
Audrey and her husband Paul, who live in Willmar, have three children: Eric, Emily and Addy. Pictured above his her family including her daugher-in-law Brenda and brother Warren Damhof.
Congratulations to Audrey!