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.

Monday, January 25, 2016


The 2016 Bowl-a-Thon for Spastic Research will be Saturday February 20, 2016 at 8:00 A.M. at Bass Pro Shop. There are signup sheets available for team sign ups. Please ask Susan if you would like one. It's a great way to teach your children the value of helping others.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Kiwanis Cheese!

It's time for the annual Kiwanis Cheese Sale.  Download your order forms and turn in by December 1st.  This is a big part of our club's fundraising for the year and allows us to support our 3-year mission to help support the wellness of children.

For questions or to place an order, contact any Pekin Kiwanis Club member, email or download the order form.

Thank you!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Upcoming Events

Check out the calendar for all of the upcoming events and meetings!  Just click the "calendar" link above.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Membership & Grant Application

Interested in joining the Kiwanis Club of Pekin?  You can find an updated membership application by clicking here.

And you can find an updated grant application by clicking here.  The Kiwanis Club of Pekin is interested in making grants to 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.
Please see the grant application for more details and information.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Upcoming Events Need Your Help

Kiwanis Club Members - Please sign up to work one of these upcoming events.  Click the link and sign up!

Bell Ringing for Salvation Army (2 Dates):

Aktion Club Helper (you can sign up for all 12 dates or just one - They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month):

Officers Installed

Lt. Governor Ron Givens installed the officers of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin at the October 13th lunch meeting.  The officers started their one-year terms on October 1st:  President:  Leon Edwards; 1st VP, Dan Pfeifer; 2nd VP, Baylee Gambetti; Secretary, Michele Ginther.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

New President's Message

Hi Everyone! Welcome to FY16 for the Kiwanis Club of Pekin. I am very excited to get things started and thankful that there have been so many strong leaders before me which makes this whole being president thing much easier! I think that we have some exciting things going on this year with our club. Thank you all for your dedication to our club, Kiwanis and the Central Illinois Community! If there is ever anything that you think we as a club or myself as president could be doing better, please do not hesitate contacting me or any of the board members. 

Last year we decided as a club to create a 3 year mission that our club would focus on. That mission is “Help Improve the Wellness of Children”. Each year the club has a different focus. 

o    Year 1 (2015): Focus on children’s physical health

o    Year 2 (2016): Focus on children’s mental health

o    Year 3 (2017): Focus on maintaining wellness throughout the life of the child and building a healthy family environment.

​This year we would like to tie this mission/focus in to what we are doing as a club. Programs, grants, volunteer projects, etc.. If you have ideas on how we can do this please see your committee chair person.  You can also download a copy of the grant application. ​

Last year we also divided our committees into 3 major areas. Membership - Fundraising - Community Services. Each member was asked to join one of these committee and get involved with one of the committee projects. We will be doing the same this year. If you are interested in joining a different committee or if you would like to stay on the same one please go to the link listed below. I have created an online sign up that will allow us to catch everyone even if you're not at the Tuesday meeting. We will have various links to Sign Up Genius as projects come up and we need volunteers. Please know that you do not have create a sign up genius account to sign your name. All they will need from you is a name, number and email. That information only goes to the committee chair person and it is not shared by sign up genius. I used this same service several times over the past couple of years and I am fully confident on the security of your information.   

Dan will be sending a revised K of the Day schedule out shortly. We will be adding in the 4th week to the schedule, so your dates that were previous set may change slightly.

We have a few things coming up over the next month or so I wanted to let you all know some dates.  

10/9/2015 - Governor's Dinner which is hosted by our club at the Pekin Country Club. Tickets are $25 but since we did not have the 5th Tuesday meeting last month, in lieu of a social we will use this dinner as the social. So tickets for Kiwanis Club of Pekin members will be discounted to $15. The flyer can be downloaded here.

10/13/2015 - At our regularly scheduled committee meeting lunch we will be installing new board members and also voting to approve the new yearly budget. In order to have enough for a vote we need every member to be present at this meeting.

10/27/2015 - Membership Drive for Kiwanis Club of Pekin. This will be a 5k Fun run and we will be sending out more information as it becomes available. Please print the attached flyer and post it wherever you can. We are encouraging everyone to dress up in costumes!  You can download the flyer here.

Again, if there is ever anything that I can do or help with, please let me know.

Thank you,

​Leon​ &
The Kiwanis Club of Pekin Board Members

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Kiwanis Convention

Attention Kiwanis Club Members:

This year's convention runs from August 6th – 8th.  It will be held in Peoria at the Pere Marquette.  It would be great if our club could show their support with great attendance.  Please notify Patty ( if you would like to attend, and she will arrange for reimbursement of the registration fee ($50 for members only or $85 for members and a guest).  You can pick and choose what you would like to attend.

Registration deadline is this Friday, July 24th.  Ruby is also in need of volunteers to sign-up to “work” the silent auction room.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Kiwanis Steak Fry

The Kiwanis Club of Pekin will skip our regular lunch meeting on Tuesday, June 30th and instead have a steak fry on Wednesday, July 1st, beginning at 6pm at the Pekin Insurance Lodge.  Cost is $10 for members / $20 for their guests.  More details and a sign-up sheet will be available at the next weekly meeting.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Join the Kiwanis Club of Pekin

Want to join us in our work?  Start by printing out and completing the membership application. We're going to need it eventually, so you might as well do it now!  Then you can forward it to: or contact any club member.

Monday, May 18, 2015


Throughout May and June we will be collecting items for St. Jude's Camp COCO.  These will be used for snack items for the kids.  Below is the list of needs.  If you are able to bring anything over the next couple meetings, that would be wonderful! Amy will be collecting the items.

Camp COCO presented to us last year. You can find more information about the camp at

Thanks for all that you do!!

Camp COCO Snack Wish List 2015
(We have 13 cabins/totes to fill with snacks)
Wish List
 Any food or snack, individually wrapped that won’t melt or perish in the heat 
Boxes of Raisins
Fruit Roll-ups
Fruit snacks
Granola bars
Individual animal crackers
Individual bags of chips
Individual cookie packs
Individual nut packs
Individual pouches of crackers- Ritz bits
Individual Snack crackers
Sandwich crackers (Peanut butter or cheese)

These will be used at scheduled Snack times
Fruit Wish List
Boxes of Raisins or other dried fruits
Bananas- (greenish so they last all week)
Cutie Oranges

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Simply Patsy

Simply Patsy
“A Patsy Cline Tribute – Starring Mary Pfeifer”

Pekin Country Club (310 Country Club Dr, Pekin, IL 61554)
Saturday, May 2nd
5:00pm - Doors open and cash bar begins
5:30pm-6:30pm - Dinner
6:30pm-8:15pm – Show

Tickets are $35/person or $280 for a table of 8. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Kiwanis Club of Pekin and their mission to “Help Improve the Wellness of Children”

Friday, March 20, 2015

Kiwanis Grants Available

Grants from the Kiwanis Club of Pekin are given for direct services and programs that align with our 3-year  mission: “Help Improve the Wellness of Children”.

Each year has a different focus and the grants will be given out based on that years focus.

o Year 1 (2015): Focus on children’s physical health
o Year 2 (2016): Focus on children’s mental health
o Year 3 (2017): Focus on maintaining wellness throughout the life of the child and building a
healthy family environment.

Grants amounts generally range from $100 to $1000.  This year's grant applications must be received by the executive board on or before July 31, 2015.  Grant applications must be emailed to the Kiwanis Club of Pekin ( and the subject line needs to read "2015 Kiwanis Club of Pekin Grant Application" to insure it is identified properly.

The application is available at:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Kiwanis to Award $6,000 to Local Groups

Beginning in 2015, the 3 year Mission of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin is to "Help Improve the Wellness of Children". Each year has a different focus and the grants will be given out based on that years 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.

Grants from the Kiwanis Club of Pekin are given for direct services and programs that align with our 3 year mission, and more specifically the focus of the year. Grant amounts generally range from $100 to $1000.

In October of 2014 the club opened up the grant application process and charities were able to fill out grant applications with the deadline of December 31, 2014. The Club received about 15 applications for grants.

On February 24th, 2015 The Kiwanis Club of Pekin will be donating nearly $6,000 to 8 different local organizations. The organizations include the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin, The Center for Prevention of Abuse, YWCA of Pekin, Crittendon Centers, Shade Park, Pekin Main Street, TCRC and Tazewell County Children's Advocacy Center. All of these organizations will have representatives at the meeting and will be honored with lunch and then a check presentation.

The General public is welcome (and encouraged) to attend the lunch and we would like to invite the local media to the event as well, to highlight the great work that these organizations are doing for our community....More importantly our children.

Lunch will begin at 11:45am at the Pekin Country Club and the check presentations should start around 12:20. There will be time for photos and interviews as each of the organizations receive their checks.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Vice President, Leon Edwards, at 309-224-9389.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Meetings Return to Country Club

Our weekly meetings will return to the Pekin Country Club with our February 10th meeting.  We have no program that day - it is our monthly committee meeting.

Don't forget to bring your canned goods for the food pantry.  Also, bring items to donate to the [urse show that is coming up.  They will be used as silent auction items.  All proceeds from the silent auction and tickets will go to the project fund of the Kiwanis Club of Pekin.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Next Meeting at PCHS

Our meeting on Tuesday (1/27) we will be at the Pekin High School Café in the Holman Center. This will be our Service week.  The membership will vote on the new club logo that was designed by the graphic arts students at PCHS!