Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, founded in 1993, has the mission to improve the world one child and one community at a time. We have had a very busy December so far achieving this mission.
On December 5th, at our regular meeting, we honored Terrific Kids from the 4th grade of Tommie Barfield School. Jacqueline Miller, Ocean Musgrave, Lea Berkley, Anthony Higuera, and Jocelyn Pantoja were all honored for their accomplishments.
On Saturday, December 7th, we held our 7th Annual Marco Island Kiwanis Family 5K run with over 200 runners signed up. The proceeds from this event help to fund our service programs for local children.
On Sunday, December 8th, we held our annual Kiwanis Christmas Sing-along to raise funds for our annual toy distribution for the kids. Music was provided by Rosetta Stone, there was a cookie decorating contest, and Santa & Mrs. Claus arrived for the festivities.
On Saturday, December 14th, several members of Kiwanis met at Walmart, along with some teachers and the school nurse from Manatee School, to shop for the gifts for the children. Kiwanis of Marco Island has been doing this for 18 years since taking over the project from the Coast Guard Auxiliary. William Huff Movers from Naples has, for the past 15 years, donated a large truck and several men to move the gifts from our collection point to the Manatee school.
Then on Monday, December 16th, several Kiwanis members met at Manatee School along with Santa and Mrs. Claus to greet every child in the school and assure that they each got a gift from Santa. For many of these children, it is the only gift that they will receive.
Our next big event will be Our Annual Texas Hold ‘em Tournament on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at Rose Auditorium, 180 S. Heathwood Drive. Doors open at 5 PM with FREE lessons, and the game begins at 6 PM. $50 Buy-in and $20 Re-buys. All proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Children’s fund. Seating is limited to 140 players. Reserve your spot now at marcokiwanis.org or contact Lucky Lang for details at LuckyTeamFl@gmail.com
If you would like to join us in our mission, Kiwanis meets the first and third Thursday of the month at 7 AM for our breakfast meeting. Meetings are held at Stonewall’s, 551 S. Collier Blvd. and guests are welcome.