Kiwanis Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary

The Willmar Kiwanis Club celebrated the 100 year anniversary of Kiwanis International with a dinner and program October 20 at The Oaks at Eagle Creek.

Bob Rosenbrook, President of the Willmar Club said Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan, January 21, 1915.  Internationally, Kiwanis has grown to 630,000 members belonging to over 16,000 clubs in over 80 nations.

Kiwanis elected its first woman President, Sue Petrisin, at their international convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, last June.

“It’s truly an honor to be the first woman president of Kiwanis International, Petrisin said.  “Most importantly it’s an honor to serve alongside men and women around the world who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in their communities and in places they will never visit.”

At the October 20 event, the Willmar club honored long-term member Arlen Sjerven for 45 years of service.

Also honored were past members Lowel Melbye for 53 years of service and Ron Schneider for 45 years of Service.

Deceased member Richard Hoglund was honored by presenting a certificate of service to his widow, Delores.  Dick has the memorable record of bringing in over 100 new members during his 41 years of service.

The annual Touch-A-Life award was presented to Wayne S. Nelson, retired president of Heritage Bank for his many years of outstanding volunteer service on many boards and foundations.

The Kiwanis Club of Willmar has 42 members and meets at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society at noon every Tuesday.

Anyone interested in helping to improve the community and serve children of the world is invited to join us for a meeting or contact the club secretary at, phone 320 894 6761. More information is available at the club’s website