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While the Rochelle Kiwanis
Golden K serves the greater
Rochelle area, our focus is
 on the children of our

We support the following
programs in our local
and area public schools.

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2014 Awards Banquet

The Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K held its annual awards banquet February 27th, 2014 at the Paddock Room, Hickory Grove. Awards were given for perfect attendance, certificates presented for committee chair positions, and Kiwanian of the year, George Hixon Fellowship, and Walter Zeller Fellowship awards were presented. Past-president pins were also awarded to Hugh McDermitt, John Schinzer, Tom Villa, Chuck McGrath and Lee Harris.

Perfect Attendance:

1 year
Harvey Folkerts, Al Hann
2 years
Jack Gardner, Larry Wing
4 years
Dean Herrmann
5 years
Hugh McDermitt, John Schinzer
6 years
Charles McGrath
7 years
Jim Busse
8 years
Pal Colwill, Bill Paulin
12 years
Chas Reints, Tom Villa
18 years
Gordon Carlson
20 years
Archie Millotte, Gerry Wine
23 years
Bill Gaston

Leadership Awards:

                Kiwanian of the Year:          Robert Colville
                George Hixon Fellowship:    Leroy Shoemaker
                Walter Zeller Fellowship:      Dennis Swinton

The George Hixon Fellowship award is awarded to a member on behalf of a $1,000 donation to the Hixon fellowship by the Rochelle Golden K in honor of his outstanding contribution to the Rochelle Golden K over his years as a member.

The Walter Zeller Fellowship award was awarded on behalf of a $1,250 donation the the Walter Zeller fellowship by the Rochelle Golden K in honor of Dennis' outstanding contribution the the programs that raised the monies for this worldwide cause (see below: Kiwanis International Eliminate! Project).

Congratulations to all the fine gentlemen for their exemplary service, and to all golden K Kiwanians for making our organization an outstanding example of service to our children and our community.

Jim Busse, secretary, presents the
George Hixon award to Leroy Shoemaker

Jim Busse presents the Kiwanian of
the Year award to Bob Colville


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2014 Pancake Day

We held our annual Pancake Day fundraiser on February 8th at Hicks Hall, Rochelle United Methodist Church. This year's income totalled $4,173, which outpaced last year's event by $400. Our Key Club held a 50/50 raffle and netted $195, in addition to the proceeds from their cookie table. Focus House was on hand to help bus the tables, and our members waited on customers, served drinks, and cooked the great pancakes and sausages.

We were busy for most of the day...

Hosts and Key Club are there to serve...

Kiwanis International Eliminate! Project

With 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 effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Kiwanis International has established the Walter Zeller Fellowship award for contributions, by individuals or Kiwanis clubs in the amount of $1,250 or more, toward the success of the project. In 2012, Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K raised $1,250 through a service project in partnership with Wendy's International, where 10% of the sales - the first Monday evening of every month - were reserved for this project. Rochelle Kiwanis Golden K presented Kiwanis International a check for $1,250 in January 2013 in the name of Jim Busse, past president and existing secretary.