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Community Day October 7, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will be sponsoring our annual Community Day in Reeves Park on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 8am to 3pm.  The cost for a 10’ x 10’ space will be $15 in advance (payment received before October 5th) and $20 the day of the event.  We will be intermixing community groups and flea market vendors around the perimeter of the park.  Food vendors will be located within the park.  If you wish to sell food, the food vendor price will be $75 and you MUST complete the Chester County Health Department Temporary Event Form and submit a copy to the Kiwanis Club.  This does not include bake sales, which you may hold at your booth without completing the health form.  There will also be many additional activities going on in the park and at the bandshell.  It is our intent to make this a true Community Day, with involvement from multiple groups in Phoenixville, entertainment and food vendors.    Because of the increased involvement of multiple community groups, we anticipate that there will be significantly more foot traffic in the park on the day of this event.  Based on the feedback we received from vendors last year, Third Avenue will be open, with parking on both sides.  However, Main Street will be closed between Second and Third Avenues from 8 am through 3 pm to showcase the equipment of area fire companies.

This year we are moving to a first come-first select system for location selection by vendors.  In other words when you arrive at Reeves Park, you may select the location of your choice (spaces are marked by two white lines painted on the sidewalk) on Third Avenue, Main Street or Starr Street.  Set up your booth.  A Kiwanian will come by between 8 and 10 to welcome you and check you in.  We are also pleased to announce that this year we have a rain date of October 14, so that inclement weather on October 7 will NOT cancel Community Day.  If we are going to implement the rain date you will be sent an email or receive a phone call that it is necessary to move to the October 14th date due to inclement weather.  Please complete the form below and return it with your payment.  If you have any questions please contact John Keenan at 610-246-5388 or by emailing keenanjlj1@verizon.net.

Frequently Asked Questions

Kiwanis Community Day

October 7th, 2017

What time does the event begin?  The flea market/vendors will begin at 8:00 a.m.  All other events and activities will run from 9-3.  Members of the Kiwanis will be on site beginning at daybreak to assist.

How large is a space?  A space will be 10' x 10'.  (Many locations can go deeper than 10’ if necessary.)  Tents and tables MUST be provided by the vendor.

How do I know where my spot is?  The only assigned spots will be certified food vendors.  All other community groups and flea market vendors will be on a first come first serve basis.  If the area is empty it is available.  Once a person/group sets up in that area it will be their location.  A Kiwanis member will stop by between 8 and 10 to welcome you and check you in. 

Is Community Day just a flea market?  Absolutely not!  We welcome vendors selling new/craft items as well.  We also strongly encourage participation by community groups, churches, agencies & any organization which wishes to promote the activities of their group.

Can I sell bake sale items from my booth?  Yes, you may.  Other items which you may sell from your booth include water or soda, pretzels, etc.   If you wish to sell any prepared food, either prepared in the park or at another location and brought to the park, you will need to obtain a Temporary Event License from the Chester County Health Department.  The application must be filled out and submitted on line.  The application & all information is available at their website, http://www.chesco.org/2652/Temporary-Events .  Any person or group selling prepared food will be considered a food vendor and will be located in the park off of Third Avenue with the other food vendors.  Those spots will be larger than 10’ x 10’.   The price for a food vendor spot is $75.00 to the Kiwanis, plus your application to the Chester County Health Department.   Any group which does not have a Temporary Event License to sell prepared food will not be allowed to sell.   *Please note:  if your organization already has a food license from the county for the preparation of food at your location, it is only good for your location.  You must still obtain a Temporary Event license to sell food at Community Day.*

Is it rain or shine?  No.   We are pleased to announce that this year we have a rain date of October 14.  If we are going to implement the rain date you will be sent an email or receive a phone call that it is necessary to move to the October 14th date due to inclement weather. 

Will the Kiwanis Club be holding their chicken BBQ?  No, we have discontinued this portion of Community Day.

What is different about Community Day this year? Due to safety precautions and traffic patterns, vendors and organization booths will be located around the perimeter of the park.   Children’s activities/games & food vendors will be located within the park.

Will it be family friendly?  Yes!! Our focus will be on having activities and entertainment in the band shell as well as all over Reeves Park. Our mission this year is to make Kiwanis Community Day enjoyable for everyone!

Can I get a freebie (space) for my organization?  No, this event is a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club.

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Patriotic Celebration - Friday May 26 - Reeves Park

Pennsylvania District Governor Kiwanis International
John Gräb to Speak at Phoenixville Kiwanis 25th Annual Patriotic Celebration


PHOENIXVILLE, PA – The community is invited to attend the 25th Annual Kiwanis Patriotic Celebration held in Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA, on Friday, May 26, 2017, at 9:30 am. Over 500 school children, area dignitaries, and community leaders will participate to hear the keynote speaker, Governor Grãb.  This year’s theme is, Everywhere in the world people like to help people, so does Kiwanis.  They especially like to help children, particularly in our community!  Do you like to help people?  What would you do to help?”

News Release


Kiwanis Basket Bingo A Success!

Our spring fundraiser this year was a basket Bingo Night held at the Kimberton Fire Company Covered Bridge Room.  Over 50 baskets were donated for game prizes and raffles.  Attendance was approximately 210 people.

The event raised slightly over $ 10,000 for the evening and resulted in a net profit of $ 9,100.

The success of the event enabled us to donate $ 4,100 to our playground initiative.  The remainder of the profit will go to funding our remaining projects through the end of our fiscal year ($ 1,000 High School Scholarship Program, the $ 1,000 Annual Youth Involvement Award, our annual Children’s Halloween Party, funding of our annual Holiday Parade, replenishment of bags for our neo natal program at Phoenixville Hospital and various other projects including cash donations to local non- profit groups.)

Thank you to all of our donors, sponsors and Kiwanis volunteers who helped make the project a success.


Hey We've Moved Our Meetings!

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville have moved their bi-monthly membership meetings to the Phoenixville Area Senior Center, located at 153 Church Street, in Phoenixville.  Meetings are open to newcomers and guests alike.  Speakers from the local area and beyond share information on a wide range of topics. Meeting are catered by Foresta's Catering.



Well done, Barkley K-Kids!

Barkley K-Kids Bingo night on 3/17 was a resounding success, with over 200 attendees and fun was had by all! The K-Kids had well over $1000.00 in prizes #kkids #kidsneedkiwanis #kiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis

 

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Guest Speakers - Activate Phoenixville Area

Many thanks to Kim, Shannon, and Erica from APA presenting on their passion for Phoenixville!

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Highlight on the PAMS Builders Club!

Thanks to Voxipop for a wonderful segment on the Phoenixville Area Middle School's Builder Club! Well done, Builders; we are proud of all of your dedication and achievements in making our community better!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=95&v=fij70M1cFj4

More information about Builders Club can be found at: http://kiwanis.org/kiwanis/clubs-for-every-age/clubs-for-youth/builders-club

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Wonderful night celebrating OJR K-Family

The Kiwanis Club of Pottstown organized and sponsored a fantastic evening of K-Family pride on February 21st. K-Kids, Key Club members, and Builder's Club presented to a full room on their many achievements this school year; well done, everyone, on continuing your service and upholding our shared Kiwanis mission! We in Phoenixville are in awe!

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Long time Kiwanian and Phoenixville history buff, Jack Ertell, presented an amazing slideshow at last night's meeting. His presentation centered around the growth and evolution of our community, and how migration and immigration both strengthened and diversified Phoenixville over the last 150 years! #kidsneedkiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis

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What a wonderful Phoenixville Aktion Club meeting to kick off February! Visiting fellow Kiwanians dressed as colonial soldiers and gave a presentation of what 'home chores' would have looked like in the Revolutionary War time. Each Aktion Club member was given a loom and started making tape, working as part of a team mastering the "under-over-under" technique and then vice versa to make a tape bracelet or keychain #phxaktionclub #aktionclub #kiwanis

 

Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions yet for 2017? Maybe looking to be a part of the Phoenixville community, and volunteer? Follow our Facebook page to see what we do. There is always a new project starting, and  interesting people that want to make a difference. PS…you could even “like” us!

Aktion Club Celebrates Together

Nothing says 'togetherness' than eating and singing through the holidays, and the Phoenixville Aktion Club shows us all how to really have fun! At their annual Club Christmas dinner, the Aktion Club members voted snacks as the best part, enjoyed singing led by Josie and Tom Bachi, and even had a surprise visit from Santa himself!

'Tis the Season.....

What a busy week for Kiwanis! Care bags were delivered by John and Linda Keenan to Ann's Heart, which runs the Code Blue shelter. In addition to the bags, there were diapers, books, toiletries, toys and stuffed animals! Well done to dedicated Kiwanians Yvonne and Linda for coordinating this community effort!

Thanks again to all of you who responded so generously to help families who are less fortunate. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays  #kidsneedkiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis

Celebrating as One Kiwanis Family

The Club's annual Christmas dinner with the Aktion Club members was our biggest turnout to date! What a wonderful way to spread Christmas cheer but eating and singing together as one big Kiwanis family! #aktionclub #phoenixvillekiwanis #kidsneedkiwanis #kiwanis

Reading in our Phoenixville Community

Each year, the Kiwanis Club aims to read to our smallest of residents and then donates books to preschools and daycares! #readaroundtheworld

To learn more, visit: http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanisone/serve/read-around-the-world#.WEmxL31X_6g

Holiday Parade a Success

The 10th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Parade was an overwhelming success, with thousands in attendance, 17 participating groups, over 30 K-Kids involved, and Santa turning the Christmas tree on! Congratulations to Kimberton Fire Company for winning Best Fire Engine and the Phoenixville Area High School Band for best group/float

Two Members Inducted!

Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is beyond excited to have Stefan and Jennifer in our club. Welcome!

 

K-Kids Making a Difference!

K-Kids decorated a Purple and White tree in the lobby of Barkley Elementary, constructing a complete village with houses and a train.  They also decorated every door with a green swag and a red bow. 

These eager and enthusiastic students also set up a "mitten tree" for donations of hats, gloves, and mittens to keep people of all sizes warm.  They will be donated to PACS and other needy families! Way to go, kids!

 

Reeves Park Decorating

Amazing turn out at the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's annual decorating Reeves Park for the holidays! Huge thanks to Linda Mackie as Organizer Extraordinaire and the Kiwanis family & Phoenixville community for coming out and having fun!

 

Soroptimists Support Kiwanis!

Thank you so much to our Soroptimist friends, who not only invited us to speak about #reevesparkplaygroundinitiative but also donated $500 to the cause.....we can accomplish something amazing together as a community! #kidsneedkiwanis #phoenixvillekiwanis #kiwanis #phoenixvilleisawesome

www.phoenixvilleplayground.org

 

24th Annual Kiwanis Community Day

This year's event on October 1st raised just shy of $2,000 to be donated toward a new playground in Reeves Park! Thank you to ALL the volunteers who made the day a roaring success! #phxcommunityday

 

Kiwanis Club Filmed to Promote the Playground Initiative

Kiwanis has been featured in an upcoming segment of "And Now You Know"! Our gratitude to AVT and Lou Beccaria for allowing us to spread our mission of making Reeves Park Playground accessible to ALL children.....

http://www.phoenixvilleplayground.org

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Annual Duck Race Raises $8,426!

This year, the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville raised a whopping $8,426 through our famous "Duck Race!" Ducks were stuffed with tickets sold through various community events and the winning tickets benefit not only Kiwanis Club initiatives, but also those of the Historical Society, Soroptomists, and more!

Thanks to everyone who supported our event and congratulations to all the winners!

 

Reeves Park Playground Initiative

We in Kiwanis are so pleased and proud to be joining forces with the wonderful Phoenixville Jaycees in bringing our vision of an all-abilities playground to Reeves Park next year a reality!

We will "Make Our Mark" on this amazing hometown of ours!

‪#‎kidsneedkiwanis‬ ‪#‎kiwanis‬ ‪#‎jci‬ ‪#‎phoenixvillekiwanis‬ ‪#‎jaycees‬ ‪#‎reevesparkplaygroundinitiative‬

 

 

Annual Patriotic Celebration

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville held their 24th annual Patriotic Celebration on Friday, May 27 in Reeves Park.  This event originated when the American flag in the park was stolen and vandalized 24 years ago.  The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville replaced the flag and decided that a special ceremony should be held when the new flag was raised to honor the flag and to increase appreciation for the flag and for those who serve our country.  Since then a program has been held every year on the Friday before Memorial Day. 

Fourth and fifth grade students from Barkley Elementary, East Pikeland Elementary, Schuylkill Elementary and Holy Family School attended the program, which included an essay contest for those grades.   The theme of this year’s essay contest was “What is a Hero?  A Hero is…”  

In keeping with the hero theme, the guest speaker for this year’s program was Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient Major General James E. Livingston, Jr., United States Marine Corps (Ret).  Major General Livingston is one of only 74 living Medal of Honor recipients. 

The Kiwanis Club wishes to express their appreciation to the Borough of Phoenixville for their cooperation in producing this program and to the Phoenixville Area School District for the participation of their fourth and fifth grade students.


Kiwanis Collects for Refugees

The Kiwanis Club collected, donated, and organized with our friends at the Narenj Tree Foundation in Norristown. Narenj Tree Foundation helps thousands of people whose lives have been shattered due to the violence and conflict in Syria. Millions of Syrians are displaced and without basic necessities, and we are humbled in our experience to help in any way we can. Please contact our club or The Narenj Tree Foundation if YOU would like to get involved! http://narenjtree.org/


The Ducks are Back!!

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is once again doing the Duck Race Fundraiser and tickets are available now until July 9th at Blob Fest......with the race scheduled for 2 PM on July 10 near Rapps Dam Bridge.  Top prize is $1000!

Tickets are $5 each and benefit the Club's youth programs.

To get Phoenixville into quack-fever, check out our new game during the upcoming Dogwood Festival featuring ducks. Kids from ALL ages will certainly enjoy! Contact Yvonne Brownlee at 610-933-2154 or at flowergirl48@verizon.net for more information.


Youth Services Scholarship Awarded to Phuture Phantoms!

Congratulations to Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville's 2016 Youth Services Award recipient, Courtenay Williams! His organization, Phuture Phantom Football and Cheer, gives the youth of Phoenixville the opportunity to compete with the best youth football programs in the area. This award is presented annually to a greater Phoenixville area non-profit organization or committee who has done work to further the educational, financial or physical advancement of youth under the age of 18 in our area.

Well done, Courtenay, on your organization winning our $1000 scholarship!

http://www.phuturephantomsfootball.com/Default.aspx?tabid=784460


Project Comfort Bag Fundraiser at O'Grady's Family Restaurant a SUCCESS!!

We are pleased to announce that our first fundraiser for Project Comfort Bag brought in a whopping $3,248 from raffle basket ticket sales and donations from O'Grady's Family Restaurant. These proceeds will go directly to funding neonatal comfort bags for Phoenixville NICU families! #projectcomfortbag #phoenixvillekiwanis


Update on "Project Eliminate"

We, as an international club, are closing in on our promise to raise US$110 million to help eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus from the earth. As of February 2016, we’re at $107 million in cash and pledges. As we near our goal, the Kiwanis International Foundation has committed to bridge the gap that remains—so clubs and members in districts around the world can maximize the momentum of our final fundraising push and focus on fulfilling remaining pledges.

Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 21 countries are depending on Kiwanis. They’re waiting for us to fulfill our pledges—so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families!

http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/home.aspx


 

Read Around the World - one child at a time here in Phoenixville

Open a child's mind to reading - all year long! The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville believes that EVERY child should experience the joy of reading. Kiwanis International's Read Around the World program focuses on sharing the joy of books with young children - from reading to providing books!

Click to read more about this initiative! http://www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis/programs/read-around-the-world#.Vthpvuaig4A


"Project Comfort Bag" is here!

Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville has an exciting new passion project; one which needs help from our neighbors and members alike!

For many of us, awaiting and celebrating our baby's birth is a joyous chapter in our lives. However, at Phoenixville Hospital's NICU, these new additions cannot safely go home without further care. For various reason, these new mothers and fathers must leave their preemies or newborns in the capable hands of trained doctors and nurses while tending to other children and responsibilities. It is an incredibly lonely and vulnerable time, and one which we feel is imperative to remind these families that they are not alone! 

These "Kiwanis Comfort Bags" will include: a travel mug, healthy snacks, community support information, knitted baby hats, as well as an insulated interior for milk transportation. Even better....the hats, embroidered logos, and hand-sewn bags are ALL made by local talent! Supporting local business AND local families!

Want to help? You can 'sponsor' a bag, knit hats, and help us fundraise! Find and 'like' Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville on Facebook to join the conversation!

https://www.facebook.com/Kiwanis-Club-of-Phoenixville-158163144227137/


Open Enrollment for New Members!

Find new ways to get to know people in your community. Connect with others—and get involved in projects that change lives. Kiwanis is all about making friends—and making an impact—in your local community so you've come to the right place!

Come to a mixer, attend a club meeting, or reach out to our club's membership representative today to find out how YOU can make a difference to children and families in Phoenixville!

Contact: Genevieve Barker (genevieve.hughes@ymail.com)


Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is now on Youtube!

We knew Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" was going to win big at the Grammy Awards, so thought to do our own version with Phoenixville as the star! A massive THANK YOU to CJ Knonmuller, a student at Phoenixville Area High School, for lending his talents, patience, and technical skill for this little fun project!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXDQ8p4Pl7o


2015 Kiwanis Auction and Spaghetti Dinner raises over $25,000!

Many thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make our Live/Silent Auction a success and a very special thank you to all who supported the auction with sponsorships and by donating auction items.  We exceeded our goal of $20,000, making over $25,000, which will be split between the Kiwanis Club and The House.  Extra special thanks to Franco LoPresti of Franco Ristorante for donating the delicious spaghetti dinner.  We also greatly appreciate the assistance of the Kimberton Fire Company members, especially Karen Dobson. 

Lastly, thanks to the many donations and many volunteer efforts of the Kiwanis Club and The House, this project had expenses of less than $300.  This allowed us to have even more profit to be shared with The House. 

With many thanks and great appreciation, 

John Keenan, Chairman

            


Regular meetings are held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm at the Spring Hollow Golf Club, unless otherwise noted. Please click on the Meetings page link for more details!

 

 

 

 

We can be reached at:

PO BOX 622, Phoenixville, PA 19460
610-935-1383
info@phoenixvillekiwanis.org

 

 
 

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