Monday, March 5, 2018

STEM Monster Chopper

We are excited for our first ever STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) night on March 27th at 6 PM at the Unity Point - Pekin Basement!

We need 20 volunteers from our club to help make this a success! As a volunteer we will work together with children ages 5-12 to build a Monster Chopper out of plywood and bolts. Don't worry, we have detailed instructions and a nice kit already made up... We just need members to engage with these kids!! Sign Up to Volunteer!!

We have enough supplies for up to 60 students, so help get as many children there as we can by sharing the Monster Chopper Facebook Event

FREE Registration can be done via the Facebook event.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

2018 Pekin Kiwanis Grant Applications Available

Grants from the Kiwanis Club of Pekin are given for direct services and programs that align with our mission to improve family wellness in the greater Pekin community through a growing and active membership network. Kiwanis will be a positive influence in our local community…so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.

Grants amounts generally range from $100 to $500.

Grant applications must be received by the executive board on or before April 1, 2018.

Grants will be distributed on April 24th at 11:30 AM at the Pekin Country Club. A representative from the receiving organization is expected to attend.

A one-page report detailing the outcome of any grant monies received is required.  Grant applications must be emailed to the Kiwanis Club of Pekin.

Click here to download the application and further guidelines.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

February 20th is Our Day of Service

We'll be snack packing on February 20th after our meeting.  We need 12 helpers:

Midwest Food Bank needs our help on February 20th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  Sign up here:

Friday, January 26, 2018

1st Quarter Social - Puppy Bowl

We are throwing a pre-Superbowl party and would love for you to join us! The party will be from 2-4PM, so people can reach their final destination to watch the game! The Puppy Bowl starts at 3PM and you wont want to miss that!

Non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, BYOB if you'd like. Appetizers to share are welcome!

Thank you to the Bloom family for hosting us!

Host:Kiwanis and The Bloom Family  (309)840-1121

When: Sunday, February 4 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM 
Where: The Bloom Residence 1613 Night Hawk Court Pekin, IL 61554


Friday, December 8, 2017

Austin & Jackson

If you are interested in helping Austin and Jackson (the two young boys Mr. Norman discussed on 12/5/2017) please visit

Monday, November 27, 2017

Bell Ringing

Kiwanis members will ring bells at two locations for the Salvation Army on Friday, December 15th. Sign up at:

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Kiwanis Cheese Sale

Members of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin are currently working on their annual cheese sale.  Members can download the spreadsheet order form or a .pdf version of the order form.  Orders are due at the 11/27 meeting.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Prep Freeze Cook Fundraiser

Join Us For A


WHEN: November 13th from 12:00-7:00

COST: Each meal is priced at $16.oo and serves 5.
Pick as many as you want!
(2-serving meals also available)

INCLUDES: Wide variety of meals - including Gluten Free, Paleo, Casseroles and Crock Pot Options

3564 Court St Pekin IL

 Kiwanis Club of Pekin will receive 20% of all walk-in sales during the event.

Friday, July 28, 2017

PCHS Dragon Closet

We are collecting items for the PCHS Dragon Closet until August 8th! Please bring these items or cash to the meeting:

- Clothing & Shoes appropriate for teenagers
- Shampoo/Conditioner
- Soap/Body Wash/Loofahs
- Deodorant
- Backpacks
- School Supplies
- Non Perishable Foods

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Parkway Clean-Up

Below is the link to signup for Parkway Cleanup for August 1-7.

It only takes 30-45 min usually per section.  Please adopt a section between Rt 98 and Sheridan!

Monday, June 26, 2017

Marigold Sign-Ups

Kiwanis Club of Pekin members are needed to work our booth and event during the Marigold Festival - September 9 & 10.

Here is the sign-up for our Popcorn booth.  There are only two slots per shift this year, but we need every slot filled!

And here is the sign-up for Lagoon Golf.  

Make sure you sign up for your favorite shifts soon!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Pekin Academy of Fine Arts - Summer Camp

We will be helping out with the Summer Camp program from 12:15-2pm on July 11th.

Date: 07/11/2017 (Tue.)
Time: 12:15pm - 2:00pm CDT
Location: Pekin Academy of Fine Arts, 601 N 4th St

Click here for more info and to sign up

Parkway Drive Clean Up (June 26 - July 1st)

We are supporting the city's new beautification efforts by continuing to maintain our adopted stretch of Parkway between Rt 98 and Sheridan! Let's get this cleaned up before the Fireworks!

Please bring your own bags and use gloves if you have them---just never know what you may find, but you are making Pekin a safer place for kids by helping out!

Sign up here

Monday, May 15, 2017

Camp Coco Collections

We are collecting items for Camp Coco until June 6th. Please bring items to the meeting (individually wrapped): Cookies, Sandwich Crackers, Goldfish, Chips, Pretzels, Animal Crackers, Crash, Kroger Cards. *No chocolate or candy*

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bike Rode Help!

Here's the link for the Bike Rodeo Signup! We need twenty volunteers to make this a success like last year. Lots of bikes and other prizes to give away on June 3rd!

PAFA Summer Camp

Want to help with the Pekin Fine Arts Academy Summer Camp? Sign up here:

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Spruce Up Pekin

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin will meet at 8:00 am on Saturday, May 6th to clean up our flower bed and plant flowers!  We'll be at the Kiwanis flower bed on Court Street across from Memorial Stadium.  It will take one or two hours depending on the number of volunteers.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast

This is no joke! Join the Kiwanis Club of Pekin on Saturday, April, 1, 2017 at the Pekin Applebee's for a Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast! 

The 🐰 Easter Bunny 🐰 will be at the event for photos! 

There is a coloring contest, too! Must be present to win a gift card! 

Tickets can be purchased beginning 3/1/17 at Dan Pfiefer State Farm, 1000 Court Street, Pekin, or by emailing

See more info at

Kiwanis is an organization that serves the children of the world! Money raised will support our 2018 grant process.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Kiwanis Cheese is on the Way

The weather put a crimp in our cheese delivery.  But the good news is the cheese is expected to be in Pekin today or tomorrow.  Look for deliveries of you order on Tuesday or Wednesday.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Kiwanis Cheese Sale Begins

The annual Kiwanis Club of Pekin Cheese sale is underway.  This is the clubs biggest fundraiser.

Club members are taking orders for several products, including gift boxes, 1-lb blocks of cheese, spreads, sausages, and mustard.  

You can place your order by contacting a member of the Pekin Kiwanis Club. Visit  to find a list of club members.

The order forms must be turned in by December 1st, so don't delay.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Grant Presentations on June 14th

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin will present grants to 9 different recipients at our June 14th lunch meeting.  The recipients will be at the meeting to talk about their organization and to accept their grant, which was awarded based on their applications.  The 9 recipients are:

Childrens' Home
Pekin Academy of Fine Arts
Neighborhood House
gitm Foundation
Pekin Hospital Foundation
Shade Memorial Youth Camp
Camp Big Sky
Pekin Community High School
Key Club Scholarship

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin has focused their grants on organizations working in our area of focus.  Our 3-year mission is to "Help Improve the Wellness of Children."  Each year we have a different focus:
  • Year 1 (2015):  Focus on children's physical health
  • Year 2 (2016):  Focus on children's mental health
  • Year 3 (2017):  Focus on maintaining wellness throughout the life of the child and building a healthy family environment.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Parkway Cleanup 5/31

Here is the link for the May 31st Parkway Cleanup. Please see the link for more details and to sign up. 

Tri-County Citizen of the Year

The Peoria Downtown Kiwanis club is proud to announce the 53rd annual Tri-county Citizen of the Year award dinner

June 8, 2016

Time: Cocktails at 5:30pm, Dinner at 6:00 pm

Place: the  new Warehouse on State banquet facility (catered by Cracked Pepper) corner of Washington and State St. (plenty of parking in the back by WTVP)..entrance is on Washington St, next to Thyme restaurant.
736 Washington St.
Peoria, IL

Speaker:  Honorable Ray LaHood, former Secretary of Transportation and former US Representative from central Illinois
Price: $40 per person, $320 per table of eight
(Checks written out to Kiwanis)

Entree choices:
   1. Ale braised boneless short ribs
   2. Herb-crusted Whitefish
   3. Roasted Vegetable napolini w/fresh mozzarella (similar to veg. lasagna

Please contact Linda Thomas to reserve your tickets and entree choices by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.
Phone or text: (309)360-6433
Address: 2611 W Windflower Ct.
                 Peoria, IL 61615

Monday, May 16, 2016

Peoria Chiefs Game

Tomorrow is the last day to sign up and pay for the Peoria Chiefs game on Thursday, June 2nd. If you’re interested in attending, please sign-up online. We currently have 24 people going:

Also, Marilyn has organized an inter-club on Wednesday, May 25th at noon at the Golden Corral with the Peoria Downtown Club. We would like to get at least 3 more people to go with Marilyn.  Please send an email to Marilyn or Dan directly to sign-up.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Peoria Chiefs Game

We have a club social scheduled for Thursday, June 2!  We will attend the Peoria Chiefs game, which starts at 7:))pm.  The cost is just $5 for members and $16 for non members. The price includes a hot dog, chips and a soda. Kids 2 and under are free! It is Ninja Turtle night and there will be post-game fireworks!

This social will replace our May 31st meeting, (5th Tuesday) which is why the member prices are discounted.

To sign up to attend please go to visit:

Monday, May 2, 2016

Several Volunteer Sign-up Opportunities

Aktion Club "helper" for future Aktion Club meetings. There are multiple slots open for all of the meetings from April through September of this year. If you are available and would like to see what it is all about go to:

Grant Review Committee - With our second round of grants needing reviewed in May we would love to have some fresh eyes. The original members from this committee are still signed up but we have a couple of slots still open. We will decide on a meeting time sometime in May. To learn more go to:

Focus Group (temporary name) - this group is called back in order to review the changes that we have made over the past couple of years. The group will talk about what is going well and what maybe can be improved. We also will evaluate our 3 year goals which will come to a end at the conclusion of FY17.  So we will need to decide on  our next goals. We will decide on a meeting time sometime in May. To learn more go to:

Flower Planting - We are going to join with the Key Club in order to plant our garden! Go to: 

Parkway Cleanup - A Kiwanis Club of Pekin tradition! To Sign up go to: 

Bike Rodeo - more Details to follow, but to sign up to help go to: 

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Volunteers Needed

Camp Big Sky serves individuals with disabilities and their families by offering special needs individuals an opportunity to learn how to live independently while enjoying fishing, games, nature studies, cookouts, arts, crafts and camping.

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin began supporting the camp through our grant process this year. We would like to extend that by volunteering our time to the camp as well.

Our Kiwanis Division 20 set up a work day at the camp fpr April 23. There will be 2 different work groups. A morning group from 8 am to noon and and afternoon group from noon to 4. Lunch will be served to both groups at noon. They are looking for a WIDE variety of talents and skill levels. They will have many different projects. Anything from cleaning to construction. Please join us if you can. I imagine it will be a very fun and rewarding day!

You can use the sign up genius for our group:

Monday, March 14, 2016

Hospital Mission Trip

Pekin Hospital is collecting items for their mission trip now through October. If you would like to donate, please see Sherry.  Here are the items they need for the children:

Hair Bows/Clips
Matchbox Cars
Bags of Candy/Suckers (No chocolate or anything that will melt)
School Supplies
Small Stuffed Animals
Infant Vitamins
Powdered Formula

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Ken Graman

A good friend and member of our Kiwanis family passed away over the weekend. Ken Garman has been a member of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin since 2005. Ken was always good for a smile and great conversation. He also embodied what it meant to be a Kiwanian. He served the children of our community (and the world) through several of our projects and was always available and willing to help out with our current initiatives. He will be dearly missed by many! 

You can see this video that features Ken:

Busy meeting today!

Before our committee meetings start today, we will induct 5 new members into our club:  Char Richardson, Lenora Fisher, Linda Ledger, Michelle Teheux and Shannon Tebben-Sandoval.  Our monthly board meeting will be held right after the committee meetings.

Upcoming Events

  •  Wednesday, 3/9  – Interclub with Pekin Sunset Kiwanis Club at Mashies. Please See Patty if you are interested in joining her at the 6:00 pm meeting.
  • Tuesday, 3/15 - Pat Graf & Sue Ranney will present a talk on their adventures walking across Northern England from St Bees Head on the Irish Sea to Robinhoods Bay on the North Sea- approximately 200 miles+/-; Brett Bode, K of the Day
  • Friday, 3/18 - New member orientation - learn about Kiwanis (local and International). New members encouraged to join us and all members welcome.  11:30 am at Kouri's.
  • Saturday, 3/19 – Kiwanis Family Easter Egg Hunt – Invitation only! We incited Sunset and Pekin Rotary to join us
  • Saturday, 3/19 - Parkway Cleanup 
  • Tuesday, 3/22 - Refugee Crisis, Bradley University Professor William Toel; Jeff Brooks, K of the Day; Leigh Ann Brown, Greeter
  • Wednesday, 3/23 - BUG Breakfast
  • Tuesday, 3/29 – No meeting!

We have a few sign ups that are available for volunteering opportunities. The links are below. You will find more detailed descriptions on the individual pages.

Committee Sign up:

BUG Breakfast:

Parkway Cleanup:

Grant Review Committee:

Aktion Club Helper:

Thursday, March 3, 2016

New Volunteer Opportunities

We have two new volunteer opportunities. Each link has a description of the event and also the member that is managing the event. Let me know if you have any questions!

To sign up for Parkway Cleanup on March 19 go to:

To sign up to help at the BUG Breakfast (Wilson and Washington schools) on March 23 go to:

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Special Meeting on February 9th

One of the club's most rewarding weekly lunch meetings of the year will be held on February 9th, beginning at 11:45am at the Pekin Country Club.   Throughout the year the club raised money by selling cheese over the holidays, kettle corn at the Marigold Festival, giving a dollar here and there for good news at meetings, attending events like the Patsy Cline Tribute Concert and  more.

For the past couple of years the club has slightly increased the amount of money raised each year. Every penny of this money is given to various charities and groups who align themselves with the mission of Kiwanis International (To Serve the Children of the World) and more specifically the focus of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin which is “Improving the health of children by improving or promoting their mental health.”

The charities are able to apply for grants each year and request money that goes toward a specific program or area of their business that reflects our yearly focus.  In the 2016 Kiwanis year the club will give $13,000 to local charities.

February 9 is the first part of these payments.  The club has invited agency representatives from 8 different charities to the meeting to receive their checks.  Each agency will also be given an opportunity to speak for a few minutes ho how their grants are being applied and why this is important to the overall mental health of children.

The luncheon is open to the public.  Cost of the lunch to non-members is $10.