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10th Annual Kiwanis Holiday Parade

Thank you to Voxipop for this amazing video on youtube! Make sure you all come out for holiday fun on Friday December 2nd at 7pm (please see 'Upcoming Events')

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOrzHQY4Pe4

We are also featured in The Mercury running up to the parade's fun!

http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/general-news/20161201/phoenixville-holiday-parade-firebird-festival-expected-to-draw-thousands

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!

It's GIVING TUESDAY!!!! #givingtuesday

Help spread the word of our amazing community initiatives and encourage your friends and family to "Pledge for Play". Our Reeves Park Playground Initiative is committed to ensuring ALL children can play and grow together.

How can you help?

 

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!

Special Guest Speaker 11/17- Jackie Brusch

Jackie Brusch is a Marketing Content Manager for a leading technology provider to the pharmaceutical industry. Her work to improve the lives of people with disabilities, including herself, has been a lifelong journey. As a student at Kutztown University, Jackie participated in all of the institution’s disability advocacy groups, including an on-campus awareness club, honor society for students with disabilities, and interning in the Disability Services Office pairing her love of marketing and writing with disability activism. Selected as the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker at her own graduation from KU, Jackie used this opportunity to inspire all students, from every walk of life, to live their dreams.

Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is pleased to have Jackie discuss what our Reeves Park Playground Initiative means to her and how your support will have a huge impact on people with disabilities in the immediate community and beyond!

 

*see "Meetings* for details*
Please RSVP by Tuesday November 15th to info@phoenixvillekiwanis.org

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

Reeves Park Playground Initiative - FAQ

What is an all-abilities playground? An environment free of social and physical restrictions for the area's children. This includes ramps for wheelchair access, accessibility kids on the autism spectrum, and youth with a variety of disabilities. We have a responsibility to ensure inclusion and allowing children to play together, regardless of their abilities.
What age range will this new equipment be for? Ages 2 to 12, as well as disabled parents to participate with their children.
Where will the new equipment go? The old swing set and balance beam will be removed in Reeves Park, and a new swingset and play equipment installed in the 4,000 sq. ft. area.
Who is spearheading this campaign for a more accessible and inclusive playground? Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville and the Phoenixville Jaycees have partnered to make this plan a reality. For more information on these two clubs, please visit www.phoenixvillejaycees.org www.phoenixvillekiwanis.org
How much is the entire project? The playground, shipping, surfacing, fencing, and accessories is budgeted to $300k.
When is the new playground being installed? Our goal is October 2017.
Who will own the playground? The Reeves Park Playground will still be owned by the Phoenixville Borough.
Will there be a fence? Yes! For safety of all children, a fence will be installed to protect children from wandering into 3rd Avenue.
What kind of surfacing will be included to make it wheelchair accessible? A two-layer resilient rubber base will be poured on-site. The new grounding will be slip-resistant, durable, porous, and handicap accessible.
Is the surfacing safe? Yes; the product conforms with and exceeds the Consumer Product Safety Commission's standards!
Where can I find more information about inclusive play? Please visit www.playlsi.com

How can I get involved? Spread the word, help us raise awareness of this need in the community! Donate on www.phoenixvilleplayground.org Get your school, club, company, and families involved by starting your own fundraising effort whether big or small!

 

Attention to All Clowns, Dancers, Firetrucks, Bands and Elves!

Friday, December 2nd at 7PM starts the 10th annual Kiwanis Holiday Parade.  This is a chance to be with your Phoenixville neighbors and enjoy the season before the winter sets in! We are starting the planning for the parade and tree lighting ceremony now, and welcome your participation either in the parade, on the sidelines, or with the details.

If you would like to help, but don’t know how, contact us! There is always a need for your helping hands. And who knows? You could be a dancing elf!

For applications for parade participation, please contact: Genevieve Barker (genkiwanis1@gmail.com)

 

 

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

 

 

Aktion Club annual hayride to the pumpkin patch at Yeager's Farm

 

New Member Orientation - Fall 2016

October 13th (Thursday) at 6.30pm
Location: Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E Pothouse Road, Phoenixville

November 10th (Thursday) at 6.30pm
Location: Phoenixville YMCA, 400 E Pothouse Road, Phoenixville

Topics to be covered will include:

  • Membership intranet log-in
  • How to maximize your impact in the club
  • History of Kiwanis International, our branch, and our modern brand
  • Event planning, fundraising, and volunteering
  • Resources and club support
  • Getting the most out of your membership
  • How to get your ideas and talents incorporated into the club's mission

Please RSVP to Genevieve Barker at genkiwanis1@gmail.com

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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

 

 
 

Date Type Title
12/15/2016 Event

Potluck Party for Kiwanis family members and the Aktion Club.

 

Greeter - Everyone!                         Invocator –  TBD

01/05/2017 Meeting

This is our Club Party, the first of the New Year!

 

Greeter – Ginny Hughes                                  ...

01/19/2017 Meeting

"Growing With Our Community" is the topic that Genevieve Barker will be addressing. How has Phoenixville changed through the years, and how can we as Kiwanians rise to help be a part of that?

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01/30/2017 Committee

   

02/02/2017 Meeting
02/16/2017 Meeting

  

02/27/2017 Committee

  

03/02/2017 Meeting

  

03/04/2017 Event

Details to come. Please check later for updates! 

03/16/2017 Meeting

  

03/27/2017 Committee

  

04/06/2017 Meeting

  

04/20/2017 Meeting

  

04/24/2017 Committee

  

05/04/2017 Meeting