Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Lakeland

Serving the Children of the World

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM

First United Methodist Church

72 Lake Morton Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801
United States

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Posted by Joy Davis

Jonathan Crain posted this photo of Matthew Cantrall giving his farewell address to Florida District Kiwanians this past weekend at the District Convention in Boca Raton. Our club and the entire District is better because of Matthew's leadership! Photo: Florida District Governor and Lakeland Kiwanis President- Elect addressing all of the attendees at the 97th Annual Florida Kiwanis District Meeting in at the Waldorf Astoria in Boca Raton! Inspirational words as always!



Posted by Scott Gardner

As you know the annual Kiwanis Cares for Kids Auction is fast approaching. This year our downtown Kiwanis Club of Lakeland has invited Girl’s Inc. of Lakeland to participate as benefactor of the proceeds. This fundraising event could provide Girls Inc. an opportunity to generate funds for a variety of capital needs at the main facility - the Jenkins Building in Lakeland.


This year the auction will be held September 26th at 11:30 at our normal Friday Meeting at First United Methodist Church on Lake Morton. In order for the event to be as successful as possible we need to assist in two major efforts.  First, we need to invite as many folks as possible to lunch on the day of the auction. Getting bidders there is an important aspect to making this event a success.


Secondly we need to put on a full court press in order to find auction items for the event. If each Kiwanian could find, at least, a couple of items it would go a long way towards making this event reach its potential. No item is too small. Themed baskets have always been popular items for the auction in the past. Of course larger items are encouraged as well. Flat screen TVs, air line tickets, hotel-condo stays, and outdoor experiences are just a few of the larger items that would provide great benefit for the auction.


Please respond to me (scott.gardner@bankofcentralflorida.com or 863-226-4117) with your items before Sept. 11th 2014.  I am hopeful our Club will do everything possible in order to make this event as successful as possible both for the Lakeland Kiwanis local Foundation and for Girls Inc.


Posted by Joy Davis

Thanks to Jonathan Crain, the Program Chair, we continue to have interesting and informative programs. You will notice that the online program list has a change. Sheriff Judd will not speak this Friday, August 29. We have the opportunity to hear Sheriff Judd speak on Medical Marijuana at the Bartow Civic Center on September 12 at an interclub with the Bartow Kiwanis Club. This Friday, the Sheriff's Department's Jim Ostojic will speak on "Organized Retail Theft". Invite a friend and we will see you at Kiwanis!

Posted by Joy Davis

Thanks to Stuff the Bus chair, Liz Antaya, and the many Kiwanians and community partners, thousands of dollars worth of school supplies were collected, sorted, and distributed to Lakeland elementary schools. (We appreciate Ray Kriegbaum capturing the event on camera, see the photos below and in the club website "Photo Albums" or try this link, http://www.clubrunner.ca/portal/Journals/JournalDetails.aspx?accountid=100254&jid=2779


Above: Danita and Fed Ex employees sort supplies.

Below: The Boskos make a delivery.

Posted by Joy Davis

Kiwanians are needed to provide a new home for a family in partnership with Habitat for Humanity. This ambitious project to build a home in only six weeks requires our participation to be a success. Please consider how you can help, even if only for a couple of hours, over the next six Saturdays. The home will be built in Carillon Lakes at 3815 E. Country Bend, Lakeland from August 16 through September 20. Volunteers may also work during the week days from 8a to 12p. Sign up by contacting Joy Davis at joybethdavis@Hotmail.com or simply show up ready to work. 

Posted by Joy Davis

We would like every member's photo in the online directory and upcoming print directory. This valuable tool will not be complete without you! Please upload your photo by logging in to lakelandkiwanis.org, under "My Clubrunner" you will see "Upload your photo". Contact Joy Davis with any questions. You may also email a photo to Joy if you prefer at joybethdavis@hotmail.com.

Posted by Joy Davis

The May 30 club meeting showed how Kiwanis dollars are changing lives through the work of three organizations. Chas Smith of the Community Service committee introduced representatives from each organization. Phillip Walker and members of Mu Zeta Lambda Education Foundation's Men of Tomorrow(MOT) organization shared how MOT is showing teenagers that they have opportunities to further their education. The leaders of MOT mentor boys and take them to tour various colleges to see first hand the options for a successful future. Our club donated $1,600 along with a member's donation of $200, to sponsor four teen boys this year. The impressive young men that spoke had ambition and hopes for a bright future due to the leadership of Mu Zeta Lambda.

Chas Smith also presented a check to the staff of the Doris Sanders Learning Center. This Polk County Schools facility serves students with a variety of disabilities from ages 3 to 22. The club's donation of $1,000 will help purchase four Leap Frog Reader and Writing Systems to engage students and promote development.  Hearing about the exceptional students' responses to learning at Doris Sanders was heart warming.

Our own Mark Codd, also a Salvation Army board member, shared how the Salvation Army's George Jenkins Community of Hope is changing the future of families. The extensive services that the center provides offer parents and children a safe place to live, opportunities in employment, childcare and educational assistance. Kiwanis has been a supporter of the Salvation Army through other projects including building the HALO playground. Friday the club presented the Salvation Army with a $1,000 check to accompany an anonymous donation of $1,000. The $2,000 will purchase a Smart board system that will enhance reading to children in a group setting.

Community Service Chairperson, Karin McKnight, and the committee has done an outstanding job in reviewing requests and approving donations that will serve children in our community. The club encourages Kiwanians to bring requests to the club from 501c-3 organizations. Kiwanians may "sponsor" requests for  consideration. Friday's program exemplified how the funds we raise improve lives.

Posted by Joy Davis

It's time for our club to fulfill its commitment to Kiwanis International and our District. Please pay your Kiwanis membership dues  for October 2013 through September 2014 in the amount of $200 if you have not done so. If you are not sure if you are current on your membership dues, contact Joy Davis at joybethdavis@Hotmail.com.

You can mail a check to: Kiwanis Club of Lakeland at Post Office Box 5146, Lakeland, FL 33807. Or, you can pay online at the links below.

Pay for dues, $200 at:  https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kcol/event/3725/

Pay for dues and 2014 Pancake Festival tickets: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/kcol/event/3898

Posted by Joy Davis

Check out Stuff the Bus 2013 thanks to Ray Kriegbaum.

Posted by Dale Gordon

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Posted by Joy Davis

Please extend birthday wishes: Eunice Hutto, Ben Fairchild, Nyrka Riskin, and Tamara Sakagawa.

Sep 05, 2014
Measutronics Corp.
Sep 12, 2014
AT BARTOW CHAMBER, Medical Marijuana
Sep 19, 2014
Meet at First United Methodist Church
Sep 26, 2014
Benefiting Girls Inc.
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