The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island, founded in 1993, has the mission to improve the world, one child and one community at a time. Even dealing with COVID-19 this year, we were able to hold three of our major fundraisers, the 5K Race, The Texas Holdem, and our Annual Car Show. Sadly, the Seafood and Music Festival had to be canceled. With the money raised from these fundraisers, we were able to:
- Provide $8,000 in scholarships to Key Club members.
- Help Santa and Mrs. Claus distribute toys to each child at Manatee Elementary School.
- Sponsor and support Marco Island Academy Key Club.
- Celebrate Terrific Kids and their families from Tommie Barfield and Manatee Elementary Schools each month.
- Distribute books to all children at Manatee and Tommie Barfield Elementary Schools through our Reading is Fundamental program.
- Contribute to Meals of Hope and help pack 250,000 meals.
- Work the polls during elections through Adopt-a-Precinct.
- Hold beach cleanups.
- Donate funds to Priority One for Pre-school children.
- Donate additional funds when requested by groups that serve children.
Kiwanis held our first meeting this season on October 1st at Leigh Plummer Park, outside and socially distanced with masks. We enjoyed pizza and had a very interesting program by Allyson Richards and Loraine Corva from Al’s Pals and Liz & Don Pecora from The Food Pantry. Members brought food supplies that were needed by these two groups. Our next meeting will be Thursday, October 15th, at 5:30 PM at Leigh Plummer Park where we will have a Halloween celebration. Come in costume if you like, and bring an adult or child costume to donate to the Abused Women’s Shelter on Naples. We will have a speaker from there to tell us about their work. Regular meetings will resume on November 5th at Stonewall’s at 7:30 AM with our new President Lucky Lang.
On the evening of November 14th, we will have our installation of new officers at Speakeasy where we will enjoy a BBQ on the back patio for $25 each with happy hour pricing on drinks.
This coming year, we will participate again in the Meals of Hope packaging event which will be on November 21st at Veteran’s Park where we will be socially distanced with two shifts in a big tent and everyone will wear masks. Kiwanis will sponsor two tables and make our usual $4,000 donation.