Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World
Division 5 BBQ - 07/12/2017

The Elmira Kiwanis Club presents

Division 5 Interclub BBQ

hosted by Jane & Tom Hendrick

On Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Social Hour 5-6 pm

Dinner at 6 pm

At 18 Covered Bridge Drive

West Montrose

Cost: $30 per person

Contact: Ron Wagner

Poster: Division 5 BBQ

Wine and Cheese Tasting Event - 05/10/2017
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wine & Cheese Tasting Event

at Pat & Jamie Meek's Place

10 Anita Drive, St Clements, ON

at 6:00 PM

Wine & Cheese Party





Monday - Friday, April 24 - 28, 2017

Final Concert

Saturday, May 6, 2017

1:30 PM

at Gale Presbyterian Church

Registration Deadline January 20, 2017

Membership Drive - 04/12/2017
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Membership Drive

Buffet Dinner Meeting

Guest Speaker - Heather Wyatt, LG

6:30 PM

Crossroads Restaurant


Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - 04/01/2017



Saturday, April 1, 2017

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Downtown Elmira

Winter in Bloom - 02/20/2017
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Winter in Bloom is coming

Monday, February 20, 2017

9 am to 3 pm

Lunch 11 am to 1 pm

Woolwich Memorial Centre

Valentine's Social - 02/08/2017
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Valentine's Social


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

at Golf's Steak House & Seafood

Social at 6 PM

Dinner at 7 PM

598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener

Kiwanis Club donations help stock shelves of school libraries in Woolwich - Whitney Neilson - Observer - 01/26/2017

Kiwanis Club donations help stock shelves of school libraries in Woolwich

Whitney Neilson - Observer

There’s less empty space on the library shelves at Elmira’s schools thanks to an annual donation from the Kiwanis Club of Elmira.

Park Manor PS, John Mahood PS, Riverside PS, Floradale PS and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic School all received $600 worth of new books, part of an ongoing contribution from the local service club.

Park Manor library clerk Marion Grant says it’s difficult to pinpoint how many books each school receives but each book ranges from $10 to $15 a piece.

“It also depends because they give $600 to K-5 schools as well so you’re talking totally different...

Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Liz Bevan - Observer - 12/03/2016
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Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Liz Bevan - Observer

The time has come for Woolwich residents to line Arthur Street waiting for Santa’s wave.

The annual Santa Claus Parade is coming to Elmira on Dec. 3, starting at 10 a.m. sharp.

This year, there are new costumes and a new band to entertain crowds while they await the big man in red.

“It really is a great community event. We put a lot of effort into and it is just for everyone to enjoy,” said Kiwanis Club member and parade chair Lyndon Zeigel, adding he hopes the weather is bright and crispy when Santa takes to the streets. “It is supposed to be nice weather. The long-term forecast says it is supposed to be plus-5 and...

Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade 2016 - 12/03/2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016


Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade


10 AM 'til Noon

Downtown Elmira




Download Entry Form:

Parade Entry Form 2016


KIWANIS FOOD DRIVE 2016 was a tremendous success - 11/20/2016
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Many thanks for your help and that of your team,  in making the 2016 KIWANIS Food Drive a tremendous success . Despite the wet weather a seemingly never ending series of teams loaded with food and toiletries etc. filed down the stairs and filled the basement  at Woolwich Community Services   with an incredible  quantity of supplies for the WCS Christmas Food hampers.   As well there were  donations of money.

 Approximately 270 volunteers  invested countless hours: putting up flyers at businesses; dropping flyers at homes; posting notices on church bulletin boards and in bulletins; posting on electronic notice boards; canvassing yesterday;  ...

Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Door-to-Door Food Drive - 11/19/2016
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Saturday, November 19, 2016

from 9:00 AM until Noon

Woolwich Christmas Goodwill


Food Drive

Food Drive goes door-to-door Saturday - Observer - By Whitney Neilson - 11/19/2016
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The Kiwanis Club of Elmira gathered more than 20,000 pounds of food for Woolwich Community Services last year and are hoping for the same result this Saturday for their annual Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Food Drive.

More than 200 volunteers will spread out across the township gathering non-perishables for the food bank to use in their annual Christmas hampers.

They’re asking residents who wish to donate to place their donations on their front porch before 9 a.m., says food drive co-chair Fred Karpala.

“The previous year was an all-time record. And last year we were told by Woolwich Community Services that what we were providing them was sufficient,” he said.

If they receive...

Social Interclub with Members of Guelph Kiwanis Club - 10/26/2016

Social Interclub

with Guelph Kiwanis Club

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

at Jamie & Pat Meek's Place

10 Anita Drive

St Clements

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Allan Poffenroth Trees for Elmira - Planting Event - 10/22/2016

Allan Poffenroth

Trees for Elmira

Planting Event

Saturday, October 22, 2016

9:00 - 11:00 AM

Meet at Kiwanis House

Go to Planting Location from there

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

7:00 PM -1:00 AM



40 South Street West

Advance tickets: $15

At the Door: $20

Understanding Terrorists - Views from Palestine, Central Africa and Libya - 08/03/2016
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A Presentation of Interest to Kiwanis Members


2016 Black Walnut Division #5 Interclub Fish Fry - 07/13/2016
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2016 Black Walnut Division #5

Interclub Fish Fry

Hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

6 PM to Dusk

at Tom & Jane Hendrick's Home

18 Covered Bridge Drive

West Montrose, ON

Wine & Cheese Tasting Event - 04/13/2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Wine & Cheese Tasting Event

at Pat & Jamie Meek's PLace

10 Anita Drive, St Clements, ON

at 6:00 PM

Wine & Cheese Party





Monday - Friday, April 4 - 8, 2016

Final Concert

Saturday, April 16, 2016

1:30 PM

at Woodside Bible Chapel

Registration Deadline January 15, 2016


Good Friday Fish Fry - 03/25/2016
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Good Friday Fish Fry



Friday, March 25, 2016

At the St Jacobs Community Hall

Sittings at 4 pm and 5:30 pm

Take Out available between 4 and 5 PM.

$15.00 per person

Winter in Bloom - Part of the Family Day Activities - 02/15/2016
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Winter in Bloom

part of the Family Day Activities

held at the Woolwich Memorial Centre

Monday, February 15, 2016

from 10:00 AM until 3:30 PM

Valentine's Social at Golf's Steak House & Seafood - 02/10/2016
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Valentine's Social


Wednesday, February 10, 2016

at Golf's Steak House & Seafood

Social at 6 PM

Dinner at 7 PM

598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener

Santa Comes to Town - 12/10/2015
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Santa waves to the crowds lining Arthur Street last Saturday morning, while marching bands play classic carols, the Elmira Sugar Kings thank their fans and hand out candy and a human mailbox collects children’s letters to send to the North Pole. The parade is organized by the Kiwanis Club in Elmira and according to organizers, grows larger and longer every year. [Liz Bevan / The Observer]

Elmira Santa Claus Parade 2015 - 12/05/2015


Saturday, December 5, 2015


Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade


10 AM 'til Noon

Downtown Elmira




Download Entry Form:


Parade Entry Form 2015

Ho Ho Hold the traffic as Santa Claus parades into Elmira on Saturday morning - 12/03/2015
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Ho Ho Hold the traffic as Santa Claus parades into Elmira on Saturday morning

By Liz Bevan - Observer - December 3, 2015

Santa Claus is coming to town on Saturday morning in a parade that is going to be bigger and better than last year.

Lyndon Zeigel, the Kiwanis Club’s parade organizer, says this is going to be the biggest Elmira Santa Claus parade yet, setting out at 10 a.m. sharp on Dec. 5.

“We are going to well exceed where we were at last year,” he said. “Every year seems to get bigger. So far, we have about 25 groups, plus on top of that, we’ve got 10 bands this year. Normally the fire department and the police are involved. I would say that by the time we...

Kiwanis Food Drive pulls in its biggest haul ever - 12/03/2015
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Kiwanis food drive pulls in its biggest haul ever, helping to fill WCS Christmas hampers

By Liz Bevan - Observer - December 3, 2015

Kelly Christie from Woolwich Community Services (middle) and some staff from the Elmira Food Basics show off just some of the many donation cards filled out by customers giving $5 to the local food bank. The effort raised $4,905 for the local charitable organization. [Liz Bevan / The Observer]The Kiwanis Club of Elmira has collected more food donations than ever in this year’s Christmas season food drive.

John Kendall, a member of the local organization, said they don’t have an exact total for the weight or number of items collected, but the donations...

Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Door-to-Door Food Drive - 11/21/2015
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Saturday, November 21, 2015


Woolwich Christmas Goodwill

Door-to-Door Food Drive


Starting at 9 AM

Elmira Kiwanis Club to fan out across Woolwich for Nov 21 Food Drive - Observer - Whitney Neilson - 11/12/2015
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Elmira Kiwanis Club to fan out across Woolwich for Nov. 21 food drive

With Christmas only six weeks away, the Kiwanis Club of Elmira is gearing up for their annual food drive, aiming to gather 20,000 pounds of food for the Woolwich Community Services Christmas hamper program.

Co-chair of the food drive, and club past-president Fred Karpala says last year’s food drive went well. It was the first year they were able to store the donated food at WCS because they had their new building open.

“We usually look for a place where we can store the food when it comes in. Over the years we’ve used various places and since most of it was ready they let us use it. Once the canvassers went...

Kiwanis Members Add to the Tree Count - Observer - 10/24/2015
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Trees for Elmira

Rhonda Chandler

John Chapman

John Kendall

Tom Hendrick

Walt Ireson

Jim Stewart

Mark Wemp

Lyndon Ziegel

Lyndon's Assistant


Part of the Crew


Elmira Kiwanis Haus (Oktoberfest) - 10/17/2015
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Saturday, October 17, 2015

7:00 PM until 1:00 AM

Live Band "Moonshine"

Lions Hall 40 South Street West Elmira

Advance tickets $15 At the door $20

Tickets available from:

fb and me (40 Arthur Street South

Food Basics and Foodland

Read's Decorating (27 Arthur Street South)



Park Manor Thank You for Books - 10/13/2015
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A great big 'Thank You' to the Kiwanis Club of Elmira for their support with literacy in Elmira schools. The club annually donates $600 each to the local schools to purchase books for the school libraries and other literacy programs.

Pictured are Park Manor School students:
Gavin, Andrew, Quinn, Colson, Olivia
Jacob, Liam, Shelby, Ben
photo: M. Grant

Marion Grant

Library Clerk
Park Manor Sr Public School

Elmira Kiwanis 40th Anniversary Celebration Dinner - 09/09/2015
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Elmira Kiwanis 40th Anniversary

Celebration Dinner

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

at Timeless Cafe and Bakery

305 Northfield Drive East

Waterloo, ON

Details to follow

Former Woolwich Councillor Dies in Collision - Whitney Nielson - Woolwich Observer - 08/19/2015
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Former Woolwich councillor and Elmira realtor Allan Poffenroth has died as a result of injuries from a three-vehicle collision east of Palmerston on Wednesday. He was 68.

The crash happened at the intersection of Wellington County Rd. 8 and Wellington County Rd. 9 in Mapleton Township around 2:42 p.m. on August 19.

Poffenroth was the driver and lone occupant of the vehicle. He was transported by Guelph-Wellington Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital then airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.   A man in a tractor-trailer was taken to a local hospital for minor injuries, and the driver of the third vehicle was...

Division 5 Interclub Hosted by Elmira Kiwanis - 08/12/2015

Division 5 Interclub Hosted by Elmira Kiwanis

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

at 6:00 PM

at Tom Hendrick's Place

18 Covered Bridge Drive, West Montrose, ON

Cost: $25 per person - reserve a seat

Limited to 30 Guests


Division 5 Interclub Hosted by Elmira Kiwanis

Ontario Volunteer Service Awards Recipients - 05/11/2015
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Elmira Kiwanis Club recognizes longtime service of three of its members

With nearly 100 years of combined service to Elmira, Tom Hendrick, Lorne Martin and Eugene Read certainly earned their Ontario Volunteer Service Awards.


Eugene Read, Tom Hendrick and Lorne Martin were recognized with Ontario Volunteer Service Awards last week for their numerous decades of service to the community through the Elmira Kiwanis Club. [Whitney Neilson / The Observer]

The three longstanding Kiwanis Club members were recognized for 40, 30, and 25 years of service respectively. It’s a fitting recognition as the club celebrates its 40th anniversary.


Kiwanis Shredding Event - 05/09/2015
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Kiwanis Shredding for the Community

Prevent Identity Theft - Shred Your Documents

Personal or Business


Foodland Plaza, Elmira

Saturday, May 9, 2015

10 am to Noon

Beside Harvey's/Swiss Chalet

Arthur Street South


Suggested Donation $10 per box to shred

Thank You - ACRA Fish Fry - 05/08/2015

Hi Tom!
What a great evening!!  Thank you to you, and the rest of your fellow Kiwanians for coming and preparing the wonderful fish this evening at the Alma Community Hall.  We learned a lot during our first annual fish fry – overall, we were very pleased – and our guests left very full and completely satisfied!!

An after thought – did you and the rest of your crew get into the hall for your own dinners?  I hope so!!!!  If not, so sorry on that huge oversight!

If you could pencil us in for next year on the first Saturday of May – we are meeting in June to evaluate this first run, and will determine if we go again next year.  We would love to keep...

Thank You - Mockingbird Trees are Delightful - 05/02/2015

 Dear Sir,

Re: sugar maple trees planted along Mockingbird Drive on Saturday April 25, 2015
I am  writing to thank the Kiwanis Club for the lovely gift of sugar maple trees which were recently planted on city property along Mockingbird Drive in Birdland, Elmira.
We would like to make sure the tree in front of our house on Mockingbird Drive lives, and ask you for directions on how much we should be watering it and for how long?
Will the residents of Mockingbird be asked to water their trees in front of their homes?
Thanks again for this lovely and unexpected gift to the community and residents of our street.
Best wishes,
Lisa, Rachel...

First Annual Alma Fish Fry - 05/02/2015
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First Annual Alma Fish Fry

Saturday, May 2, 2015


Advance Tickets Only

Alma Community Hall

5:00 PM Meal

6:00 PM Meal


Tickets: $18

The Kiwanis Club of Elmira will be preparing the fish.

Upcoming Speakers - 04/30/2015
Upcoming Speakers
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 7:30 AM
at Crossroads Restaurant

Guest Speaker - Jessica Kuepfer, Home Hardware

How Home Hardware benefits the Elmira community.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:30 AM

at Crossroads Restaurant

Guest Speaker - John Coffey - International Teams

Update on his mission in the Philippines


Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 7:30 AM

at Crossroads Restaurant

Guest Speaker - Patrick Merlihan - Ward 1 Councillor

How he sees the new council shaping up, township issues that he's concerned/passionate about and what he see as the future vision for Elmira.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 7:30 AM

at Crossroads Restaurant

Guest Speaker - Dietmar...

Elmira Kiwanis Music Festival - 04/13/2015


Monday-Friday, April 13-17, 2015

 and the final concert will be on

 Sunday, April 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm.

Wine and Cheese Tasting Event - 04/08/2015

Wine and Cheese Tasting Event

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 6:00 PM

at Jamie and Pat Meek's Residence

10 Anita Street

St Clements

Elmira Kiwanis Good Friday Fish and Chips - 04/03/2015
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Kiwanis Club of Elmira

Friday, April 3, 2015

Good Friday

Fish Fry

Fish and Chips

$15 per person

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Take Out Available (Best times 4:45 PM and 5:45 PM)

Hugh's Hall (Beside Perks Coffeehouse)

25 Industrial Drive

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - 03/28/2015



Saturday, March 28, 2015

7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Downtown Elmira

Valentine's Social - 02/11/2015


Valentine's Social


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Social Hour at 6 PM - Dinner at 7 PM

Golf's Seafood and Steak House



Elmira Santa Claus Parade 2014 - 12/06/2014


Saturday, December 6, 2014


Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade


10 AM 'til Noon

Downtown Elmira




Download Entry Form:


Parade Entry Form 2014

Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Door-to-Door Food Drive - 11/22/2014

Saturday, November 22, 2014


Woolwich Christmas Goodwill

Door-to-Door Food Drive


Starting at 9 AM

Trees for Elmira - 10/25/2014

Tree Planting Event



Trees for Elmira

Location and further details to follow

Approximately 15 trees will be planted

from 9 AM until done

Some members have generously contributed funds so this planting can proceed

Elmira Kiwanis Haus (Oktoberfest) - 10/18/2014
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Saturday, October 18, 2014

6:00 PM until 1:00 AM

Live Band "Moonshine"

Lions Hall 40 South Street West Elmira

Advance tickets $15 At the door $20

Tickets available from:

fb and me (40 Arthur Street South

Read's Decorating (27 Arthur Street South)

Food Basics


Annual Installation and Awards Banquet - 10/08/2014
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014


Annual Installation and Awards Banquet


6:00 PM Social - 7 PM Dinner


Royal Canadian Legion Hall


First Street


Upcoming Fish Fries - 09/01/2014

Upcoming Fish Fries


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

St John the Evangelist Anglican Church

23 Water Street North

Kitchener, ON

3:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Breslau Lions Club

Breslau Community Centre

100 Andover Drive

Breslau, ON

3:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Friday, September 26, 2014

St Teresa of Avila Catholic Church

19 Flamingo Drive

Elmira, ON

3:15 pm - 9:00 pm

Kiwanis Club of Elmira Interclub BBQ/Fish Fry - 07/09/2014

Division 5 Interclub hosted by Kiwanis Club of Elmira

Second Annual Summer BBQ/Fish Fry

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

5:30 pm - Social   6:30 pm - Dinner

at Tom and Jane Hendrick's Residence

18 Covered Bridge Drive, West Montrose

$30 per person

Fish Fry Flyer

RSVP to Ron Wagner

2014 ACME Cup at Elmira Golf Club - 06/18/2014

2014 ACME Cup at Elmira Golf Club

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

12:30 PM Start Time

Contact Walt Ireson

EDSS Reunion 75 - Kiwanis Lunch - 06/07/2014

EDSS Reunion 75 - Kiwanis Lunch

BBQ at Front Entrance of EDSS

Saturday, June 7, 2014

From 11 AM to 3 PM

Prime Rib and Lobster Dinner - 05/30/2014
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Prime Rib and Lobster Dinner

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lions Hall, Elmira


4:30 pm Dinner Only - $45.00

7:00 pm Dinner and Dance - $55.00


Dinner Includes                              COME FOR THE DINNER

1 1/2 lb Shediac Lobster

Prime Rib                                                     ...

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - 04/04/2014

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival

Saturday, April 5, 2014

from 7 AM until 4 PM

Downtown Elmira


Kiwanis Club will be serving

German Style Potato Pancakes

and Schnizel on a Bun

and new this year

Fried Potato on a Stick

Valentine's Social - Golf's Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant - 02/11/2014

Valentine's Social

Wednesday, Februray 12, 2014

Social Hour 6:00 PM - Dinner 7:00 PM

Golf's Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant

Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade 2013 - 12/06/2013

Elmira Kiwanis

Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, December 7, 2013

from 10 AM until Noon

Downtown Elmira

to enter a float or for more information
contact Lyndon

Parade Entry Form 2013

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
9 AM 'til Noon

In Support of:
Woolwich Community
Christmas Goodwill

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Saturday, October 19, 2012

from 6:00 PM until 1:00 AM

Lions Hall, 40 South Street West

Advance Tickets $15, $20 at the Door

Dance to the music of


One of the Elmira Youth Soccer Teams that We Sponsor - 09/24/2013
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Upcoming Speaker - 09/17/2013
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Upcoming Speaker

Wednesday, September 18, 2013
at 7:30 AM
Guest Speaker - Christine Padaric
Skate Elmira

Upcoming Events - 08/27/2013

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, August 28, 2013
at 5:00 PM at Gibson Park
(Rain date Thursday August 29, 2013)

BBQ & Fun

Tuesday, September 12, 2013
Guelph Kiwanis Duck Dinner
at Camp Belwood
$35 each

Kiwanis Club of Elmira Hosts Interclub Barbeque - 07/09/2013

Interclub Barbeque

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Social at 5 PM, Dinner at 6 PM

at Tom and Jane Hendrick's Residence

18 Covered Bridge Drive

West Montrose

Lobsterfest 2013 - Saturday, May 25, 2013 - Dinner & Dance 7:00 PM - 05/24/2013
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LobsterFest 2013

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Lions Hall, Elmira

Dinner Only at 4:00 PM $39

Dinner & Dance starting at 7:00 PM $49

For tickets call 519-669-3658

or visit

Read's Decorating Centre

or No Frills in Elmira

Upcoming Events - 05/14/2013

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 25, 2013
Lions Hall

Carol Sing Monday, December 10, 2012 in West Montrose - 12/09/2012
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West Montrose, Ontario – Let it never be said the Kiwanis Club of Elmira is not resourceful, especially when it comes to the club’s annual Covered Bridge Carol Sing. With the West Montrose covered bridge closed for repairs following structural damage in September, the club has found a simple solution – roll another covered bridge into town!

“The bridge isn’t very attractive right now, with barricades and signs all around it, so we decided to move away from the actual bridge area but still stay in the village. We’ll still have a covered bridge to sing at though!” says Tony Dowling, Kiwanis member and coordinator...

Elmira Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade - 11/30/2012
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Elmira Kiwanis

Santa Claus Parade

Saturday, December 1, 2012

from 10 AM until Noon

Downtown Elmira

to enter a float or for more information
contact Lyndon

Parade Entry Form 2012

Christmas with Grand Harmony Chorus - 11/29/2012
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Christmas with
Grand Harmony Chorus

Sunday, December 2, 2012 - 2 pm

Lions Hall

For our Kiwanis friends:
Come and get in the Christmas mood. We shall feed and entertain you!
Mary (and Joyce and Phyllis)

Food Drive Nets Thousands of Pounds for Goodwill Program - Rachel Dyck - Independent - 11/29/2012
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Food drive nets thousands of pounds for Goodwill program
RACHEL DYCK, For the Independent

Photo: FOOD DRIVE — Kiwanis Christmas Goodwill Food Drive co-chairman Fred Karpala, volunteer Hugh Weltz and co-chair John Kendall are pictured during the annual food drive on Saturday. Food collected at homes throughout Woolwich Township will support the Christmas Goodwill program. Photo - Rachel Dyck 
The Kiwanis House in Elmira was a happening place last Saturday morning. As the drop-off location for this year’s Christmas Goodwill food drive, the house was the central hub for the 175 volunteers who spent the morning collecting canned items to be distributed through Woolwich Community Services’...

Volunteers gearing up for Kiwanis Club food drive Nov. 24 - by Elena Maystruk - Observer - 11/16/2012
Volunteers are gearing up for Kiwanis Club food drive Nov 24

The Observer – Elena Maystruk

The time for giving is upon us again, and no one knows it better than The Kiwanis Club of Elmira. The organization will extend a helping hand during the annual food drive November 24, canvassing for non-perishables for Woolwich Coomunity Services’ holiday hamper program.

“the food drive is for the hampers that are given to needy people and our food drive provides about 85 per cent of the food items for that program,” said Fred Karpala, Kiwanis Club member and co-chair of the food drive.

Last year Elmira’s Kiwanis Club collected 13,000 pounds of food for local families and individuals in need during the...

Kiwanis Food Drive set for Nov. 24 - Elmira Independent - 11/14/2012
Kiwanis Food Drive set for November 24

A virtual army of groups and community members will join the Kiwanis Club of Elmira on Saturday, Nov. 24 for its annual Christmas Goodwill Food Drive.

Last year, the club collected 13,000 pounds of food, and they hope to exceed that total in 2012.

“We feel the need is greater this year than last,” said Fred Karpala, Kiwanis member and co-chairman of the food drive. You’ve perhaps heard about the empty or almost empty cupboards that the food bank has been facing, and we fear the hamper program might face a similar situation. With the help of all our volunteers, we’re confident we can overcome this challenge.”

The success of the food drive has been the participation...

Trees for Elmira - 11/02/2012
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Trees for Elmira

Date: Saturday, November 3, 2012

Time: 9 am

Meeting Place: 59 William St
(corner of William and Ann)

Please bring a shovel,
we'll provide the rest.

Lyndon and Allan

Kiwanis Sports Celebrity Dinner - 10/29/2012



Tuesday, October 20, 2012
Cocktails 6:30 PM - Dinner 7:15 PM

Italian Canadian Club
135 Ferguson Street

Put on by the Kiwanis Club of Guelph

Sports Celebrity Dinner 2012 Flyer

Kiwanis Transit Celebrates 20 Years - Gail Martin - Independent - 10/17/2012
Thursday, October, 18, 2012

Gail Martin Photo
GETTING A RIDE — Maurice Bauman gets a lift from Kiwanis Transit driver Norma Martin. Kiwanis Transit is celebrating 20 years of providing service to local residents

Kiwanis Transit celebrates 20 years
GAIL MARTIN, Independent Editor

Kiwanis Transit is making a difference in the lives of local seniors.
Just ask Maurice Bauman, who uses Kiwanis Transit service for his weekly visit to Elmira Donuts & Deli.

Bauman, who lives at Leisureworld Caregiving Centre and uses a wheelchair, said that it is unlikely he would be able to get to the local restaurant every week, without the help of Kiwanis Transit. Bauman used to drive a car, but lost his...

Aphasia support group offers ‘bridge’ to stroke survivor - Gail Martin - Independent Editor - 10/14/2012
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Wednesday, September, 26, 2012 - 4:04:43 PM 
APHASIA SUPPORT — Frank Austin, a stroke survivor, has started a support group for those struggling with aphasia — the inability to choose the correct word. The group meets at the Woolwich Seniors Centre. Gail Martin Photo
Aphasia support group offers ‘bridge’ to stroke survivor - GAIL MARTIN, Independent Editor
When Frank Austin suffered a stroke, he was only 40 years old.
The stroke initially left him paralyzed, with limited mobility in one hand. Within in a few days, however, Austin was able to physically recover about 80 per cent of his former ability. What he had lost, however, was something that is very difficult to recover...

Elmira Kiwanis Haus 2012 (Oktoberfest) - 10/12/2012
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Saturday, October 13, 2012

from 6:00 PM until 1:00 AM

Lions Hall, 40 South Street West

Advance Tickets $15, $20 at the Door

Dance to the music of


Elmira Kiwanis Haus 

A Place for Everyone - 10/10/2012
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A place for everyone
Elmira Independent editorial
This week’s committee-of-the-whole meeting featured some extremely touching moments, as councillors were able to watch a short video featuring Kate Meissner.
Kate is the namesake of the Kate’s Kause charity, a charity that, by now, most of us recognize.
Kate’s Kause, through sponsorships, online voting competitions, donations, and sheer grit and determination on the part of Kate’s mother, Kelly, raised $300,000 to make Kate’s Place for Everyone, a fully accessible playground for Elmira.
This amazing playground — which is nearly always filled with munchkins and their parents — has been created in two short years, and is an amazing...

Kiwanis Haus - Elmira Independent - 10/10/2012
Tickets are still available to celebrate Oktoberfest in your own backyard, at Elmira Kiwanis Haus.

The event, set for this Saturday, will be used to provide support for various Kiwanis projects.

This is the third year that the Kiwanis Club has brought Oktoberfest to Elmira, but there will be a few changes. Instead of a DJ, there will be a live band, Moonshine, providing a range of music from the traditional Oktoberfest fare, to country, to rock.

Advance tickets are $15 each, and are available until Friday at Elmira's No Frills and fb & Me. Tickets may be available at the door, space permitting, and will cost $20 per person.

In addition to the dance, a traditional Oktoberfest meal will be available...

Kate's Kause enters second phase - Gail Martin - Independent Editor - 10/10/2012
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Woolwich councillors have lent their support to the second phase of fundraising efforts for the Kate's Kause playground, and have also provided financial support to the project.

Kelly Meissner made a brief presentation to councillors at the Oct. 9 committee-of-the-whole meeting. A short video highlighted how her daughter Kate, who was born with Angelman Syndrome, is now able to navigate various parts of the playground with ease.

"It's done wonders for her development," said Meissner, who added that the fully-accessible playground has also proved educational fotrthe entire community, by encouraging others to get to know Kate, and others who struggle with physical limitations.

"It's what every parent...

Annual Installations and Awards Banquet - 10/09/2012
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Head Table:

LG Jim & Linda Schwindt
MC Walt & Joyce Ireson
President John & Kathryn Craig
President-Elect Cynthia Hastings & Tom Edge

Board of Directors Induction:

NEW Director
John Eby

Murray Haight,
Tom Hendrick,
Maureen Phillips,
Jim Schwindt,
Allan Poffenroth,
Wayne Vanwyck, 
Ron Wagner

NEW Executive - 2012-2013

President - Cynthia Hastings

President - Elect - Fred Karpala

Vice President - TBA

Treasurer - Jamie Meek

Secretary - Monty Steenson

Past Secretary - Monty Steenson

Perfect Attendance                    # Years

Lorne Richmond                               ...

Kate's Place for Everyone Grand Opening Celebration! - 09/28/2012
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Kate's Place for Everyone

Grand Opening Celebration and BBQ

Around 150 children and adults turned up for the Grand Opening Celebration of Kate's Place for Everyone in Gibson Park on Saturday from 11 AM until 2 PM. Kate's Kause put on the celebration and our Club did the barbequing that fed the hungry multitude.

Thank you to the following Kiwanis members and/or their spouses who helped out:
Cynthia Hastings and Tom Edge
Dianna Weltz
Walt Ireson
Tom Hendrick
Ernie Robertson
Murray Haight
Jim Stewart
Ron Wagner
Organized/Coordinated by Fred Karpala

Check out the photos of the celebration under Events > Picasa Album > Kate's Place Grand Opening Celebration and BBQ

Note: Two picnic tables and two park benches...

ARC Industries BBQ and Games - 08/20/2012
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ARC Industries


(formerly the ARC Industries Baseball Game & BBQ)

The event was held on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 starting at 5:00 PM at Gibson Park in the shaded area next to Kate's Playground for Everyone. The weather was perfect. The scavenger hunt was enjoyed by the participants. The Barbeque consisted of hamburgers and hot dogs with all the fixings and ice cream bars for dessert. A great time was had by all.

Check out the photos under Events>Picasa Album 

Kiwanis Summer Barbeque at John and Kathryn Craig's Place - 08/07/2012
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The Kiwanis Summer Barbeque was held at
John and Kathryn Craig's place on
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
from 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Thanks to John and Kathryn for hosting, Walt for cooking the salmon to perfection, Jamie for making sure everyone who needed to, paid up and Pat for presenting John K, with a special buttertart, Chloe for finally attending one of our functions and Fred for screwing up John's buttertart photos. 

In attendance were:
 John & Kathryn Craig
Eric & Mary Adams
Rhonda Chandler
John & Phyllis Chapman
Cynthia Hastings & Tom Edge
Paul & Adele Henderson
Tom & Jane Hendrick
Fred Karpala
 Chloe Hamilton
Lorne Martin
Allan & Darlyn Poffenroth...

It's all About Preparation As Team Gets Ready To Ride - Colin Dewar - Observer - 08/03/2012
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It’s all about preparation as team gets ready to ride
August 3, 2012 By: Colin Dewar 

The fundraising is still going strong for Kate’s Kause charity.

While the all-accessible playground has been built and children from across the township have enjoyed the swings, slides and playground equipment for weeks, there are still a few key components that were missing from the build, including a water element and sensory wall.

It is the sensory wall that Joe and Fred Meissner are fundraising for with a scheduled 80-kilometre bike race in September. The father-son duo have been training and recruiting team members to compete in the Centurion bike race at Blue Mountain from Sept. 14-16.

Photo: Joe...

A Big, Heartfelt Thank You from Kelly Meissner - 08/03/2012
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No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves. ~ Amelia Earhart

It’s definitely time for a new blog post! We’ve had the most amazing spring as we watched our dream become a reality when the BEST playground for EVERYONE was built on June 23. I’d like to share some important memories.

We’ve had a pretty amazing year. In fact, since Kate’s diagnosis, I think my life has only gotten better. Kate has opened my eyes to many things. Right now, I certainly love...

Kate's Kause playground a real community builder - Letter to the Editor - Observer - 07/27/2012
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To the Editor:

I truly hope that Kelly and Jeremy Meissner know their amazing efforts over the last few years with Kate's Kause have created a re-birth of this community. Not only have they brought together friends, family and new community partners for a cause near and dear to their hearts, but they have created an incredible meeting place at Gibson Park, which has been desperately in need of new energy.

Everybody is talking about Gibson Park. There are families having picnics, birthday parties, children and adults of all abilities are enthusiastically embracing this new resource. The best way to describe it is a re-birth. The landscape was already wonderful with the vast space and plenty...

Laurier's Little Counters Program Featured - 07/20/2012

WLU Little Counters Program

Donna Kotsopolous Associate Professor
at Wilfred Laurier University
gave an enlightening presentation on the impact of mathematics on young minds ages 0 - 4.
The attached is her slide presentation. We will be donating $1,000 towards the program which will be run in Elmira or Woolwich Township.

Little Counters Presentation  

The Kause is Kate, the effect is fun - Colin Dewar - Observer - 07/13/2012
The Kause is Kate, the effect is fun
Accessible play area, officially dubbed Kate’s Playground for Everyone
Photo: Joshua Thompson, 4, has fun climbing on the new playground equipment in Elmira’s Gibson Park on Monday.
The swings are up, the slides are ready and the children are having fun.
The new community-built Kate’s Kause charity playground in Gibson Park is finally open for business.
After a strong surge courtesy of a large number of volunteers, the majority of the playground equipment was installed on June 23 awaiting the rubber surfacing to be set into place. The material is needed around the equipment to prevent children from hurting themselves if they fall.

Books for Schools - 07/02/2012
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Subject: kiwanis donation

Thank you Kiwanis Club of Elmira for continuing to donate books to our local elementary school libraries. Park Manor, John Mahood, Floradale, Riverside and St. Teresa are all recipients of $600 in funds for literacy annually. On behalf of the
students, staff and school community I would like to say that we appreciate your support!

In attached photo (left to right): Daniel Gallant, Jesika Wilson, Sheldon Metzger and Daniella Gough

Marion Grant

Library Clerk
Park Manor Sr Public School

A playground for kids of all abilities - Colin Dewar - Observer - 06/28/2012
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With one big push courtesy of a large number of volunteers, the dream of an accessible playground is now a reality in Elmira.
It took less than five hours last Saturday to bring the Gibson Park project to fruition, with work completed almost two hours ahead of schedule.
The build began around 9 a.m. and organizers expected about 70 volunteers to show up throughout the day. What they did not expect was to have 110 willing pairs of hands waiting at the gates first thing in the morning.
“I would never have thought we would have this playground completed so early in the day,” said Tony DeJongh, the playground’s project manager. “What a great turnout for this community. Because of their...

If You Build It, They will come! Thank You From Kate's Kause. - 06/27/2012
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I am still overwhelmed by the outpouring of support, encouragement and love that we received on Sat June 23rd. It was the most unbelievable experience. I had THE BEST day. Even Kate's terrible seizure that evening couldn't damper our spirits. We knew you were all behind us. It really does take a village to raise a certainly takes a community to build a playground!

And what a community you are! You are OUR COMMUNITY. You're not defined by geographic area; you're defined by your desire to help with a great kause, to show what true love is all about. I can't believe I ever felt alone during this diagnosis. I will bottle that feeling from Saturday and keep it with me forever. It will save...

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Office Space for Rent for "Not For Profit"
 Woolwich Township org

Date Listed 23-May-12
Price Please contact
Address 28 South Street W,
Woolwich, ON N3B 1K6, Canada
Size (sqft) 1300
For Rent By Owner
Furnished No

Office Space for Rent for:
For "Not For Profit Woolwich Township organization or charity"
older 3 bedroom house about 1300 sq. ft. known as Kiwanis House
plenty of parking
has central air
rent will include all utilities and maintenance
monthly rent negotiable
located near Elmira Memorial Centre (arena & pool) KIWANIS HOUSE
could share with other "not for profit" group or charity

Contact: Allan Poffenroth

Kate's Kause Playground Community Build!!! - 06/24/2012
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Kate's Kause Playground Community Build!!!

Gibson Park, First St. West Elmira, ON

The playground that a year and a half ago was a pipe dream is almost complete. In an awesome display of community spirit more than 100 volunteers helped assemble the various structures that make up the Kate's Kause Playground. Our Kiwanis Club was involved in helping with the build. Rhonda Chandler, Moe Phillips and Fred Karpala were part of teams putting together the playground equipment. Tom Hendrick, Jim Stewart, Murray Haight and Monty Steenson were part of the BBQ Lunch team.

The finishing touches are under way with the rubberized flooring going in this week and the sod around the perimeter....

Kate's Kause Community Build at Gibson Park - 06/22/2012
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Hi All,

This is what many of you have been waiting for. We will build again. The tentative dates for the Community Build are Saturday, June 23, 2012 and Sunday, June 24, 2012 from 9 AM until 5 PM. We will be assembling the various elements of the playground. Other details to follow. Food will be provided for the volunteers. If enough volunteers sign up, and they estimate that at least 60 will be needed, the job may be completed in one day barring any unforeseen developments.

If we want to take a lead role in this project and show that we're the builders in the community we have to sign up early and in great numbers. Wouldn't it be great if out of the sixty volunteers needed we made up at least...

Needed for the Kause - Colin Dewar - Observer - 06/21/2012
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The concrete pads are in and the Kate’s Kause charity playground is starting to take shape. The $300,000, community-funded accessible playground is well under construction in Elmira’s Gibson Park. The new playground is located east of the creek that flows through the First Street park.

Photo: Kelly Meissner, and her daughter Kate are hoping for at least 60 labourer volunteers to help finish the construction on the Kate’s Kause Charity playground in Gibson Park Saturday. [colin dewar / the observer]
Today (Saturday) Kate’s Kause is hosting a community build. With the help from volunteer labourers the installation cost should be kept to a minimum. The build also offers the volunteers an opportunity...

KATE'S KAUSE PLAYGROUND NEARS COMPLETION - Gail Martin - Elmira Independent - 06/20/2012
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Thursday, June 21, 2012

Photo: GETTING READY TO PLAY – Kelly Meissner and daughter Kate are excited about the progress being made on the Kate’s Kause playground. The fully accessible playground is being built in Gibson Park, and should be ready by the July 1st long weekend.
In a few short weeks, Elmira residents are going to have a brand-new playground.
Work has begun in Gibson Park for the Kate’s Kause accessibility playground – the result of 19 months of fundraising that has netted $300,000 for a state-of-the-art playground.
For Kelly Meissner, seeing the work underway is very exciting.
“It’s a little unreal,” said Meissner. “It’s...

THE PLAYGROUND THAT LOVE BUILT - Elmira Independent Editorial - 06/20/2012
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In a few short weeks, Elmira will have an amazing playground that children of all abilities will be able to enjoy.
It won’t matter if you’re in a wheelchair, or need a walker. It won’t matter if you are sensitive to noise, blind, or are simply a little awkward. This playground will be for you. And for the able-bodied children in our community, the playground will be just as fun and exciting as any other – even more so, since their disabled friends will be able to take part.
The amazing thing about this playground, now under construction in Gibson Park, is that it took less than two years to raise the $300,000 it will take to make the playground a reality.
The town of Elmira has...

West Montrose residents getting set to paint their beloved covered bridge - Kevin Swayze - The Recor - 06/20/2012
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Photo: Painting job Tony Dowling and some volunteers plan to paint the inside of the West Montrose covered bridge on the weekend of June 23-24.

WEST MONTROSE — It won’t be the first time residents living around Waterloo Region’s famous kissing bridge have given it a little tender loving care.
Saturday, some 20 nearby residents have signed up to paint the interior of Ontario’s last historic covered bridge.

“We want to get it done…we’ve always taken ownership of the bridge,” said Tony Dowling, spokesperson for The West Montrose Residents’ Association, which calls itself The Bridgekeepers.

“If we see it needs cleaning, we go out and sweep it. If we see graffiti, someone grabs a brush and uses...

Volunteers to build accessible playground this weekend - Linda Givetash - The Record - 06/20/2012
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Photo: KATE'S KAUSE Kate Meissner, 3, and her brother Jamie, 5, plays at Gibson Park in Elmira on Thursday.Volunteers will finish the assembling the playground this weekend. It is designed to be enjoyed by people of any ability.
Philip Walker/Record staff

ELMIRA — A year and a half of planning and fundraising is about to pay off as a new playground designed for children and adults of all abilities comes to life in Gibson Park.

A community build will be held on Saturday, when volunteers will assemble all the parts of the new playground which was funded by the charitable organization Kate’s Kause.
“It’s the best park we can put together for everybody,” said organizer Jeremy Meissner.

2012 ACME Cup at Elmira Golf Club - 06/19/2012
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2012 ACME Cup
at Elmira Golf Club

It was hot. It was humid. It was hell.

11 intrepid members and guests hit golf balls every-which-way over the treacherous Elmira Golf Club course.

Team 1
Tom Hendrick
Brian Hendrick
Jim Stewart
Fred Karpala

Team 2
Charles Arndt
John Eby
Bill Larose

Team 3
Rhonda Chandler
Walt Ireson
Monty Steenson
Mark Wemp

Fun was had by All but One.
Just Kidding.

Cycling Team to Support Kate's Kause - 06/13/2012
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A team of cyclists will be participating in a Centurion Cycling event at Blue Mountain in September as a fundraising effort of Kate’s Kause.
Founded in the fall of 2010, Kate’s Kause has raised money for inclusive projects in the community in response to local toddler Kate Meissner’s battle with a rare neurogenetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome.
The Kate’s Kause team is taking shape for the Centurion Cycling event, which begins and ends at Blue Mountain Resort northwest of Collingwood, Sept. 14-16.
“We’ve got about 17 riders signed up who are competing,” said Joe Meissner. “We’re still looking for a few riders.”
A recreational cyclist, Meissner and his father, Fred,...

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Forty-one members, spouses and guests attended the Flow into Summer Event on
Wednesday, June 13th at Tom & Jane Hendrick's home 
Hors d'Ouvres were 
served by FLOW Catering, Elmira
See the menu below.
The members, Spouses and Guests attending were:
Mary & Eric Adams
Charles & Marjorie Arndt
Rhonda Chandler
Murray & Mary Haight
John & Gail Eby
Gael Soehner
Mark Wemp
Jim & Jackie Stewart
John & Kathryn Craig
Allan & Darlyn Poffenroth
Monty & Karen Steenson
Ernie & Elaine Robertson
John & Sandra Kendall
Lorne Martin
Fred Karpala
Ron & Joan Wagner
Tony & Barb Dowling
Marjorie Carroll-Nelson
Lyndon Zeigel
Rebecca & Gord Hafekost
Don Wilson
Tom & Jane...

40th Anniversary Annual Review - 822 Tutor Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets - 05/31/2012

Just a friendly reminder of the upcoming annual review marking the 40th ANNIVERSARY - 822 AIR CADET SQUADRON, Cadet Youth Development Centre - Region of Waterloo International Airport, Breslau.




RSVP or 519-648-3560 ext 227

Kickin' It For Kandis - James Jackson - Observer - 05/17/2012
Like most other kids her age, Kandis Braid should be outside playing and exploring the world around her. Yet for the two-and-a-half year old Elmira resident, being active and involved is sometimes painfully difficult.
The blond-haired girl suffers from what doctors call systemic-onset juvenile arthritis. Juvenile arthritis, or JA, is one of the most common chronic illnesses affecting children – according to the Arthritis Society, one in 1,000 children under 16 has the affliction.
Yet the systemic-onset form Kandis suffers from is a rarer and more severe type of JA. It occurs in about 20 per cent of all children with JA and affects both boys and girls equally. Kandis’ problem began last...

A taste of the coast coming to Elmira courtesy of Kiwanis Lobsterfest - James Jackson - Observer - 05/17/2012
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It’s almost time to dig out your favourite bib and those pants with the stretchy waistband, because the Kiwanis Lobsterfest is coming back to Elmira. The region’s most luscious lobster dinner returns to Lions Hall for its 31st year on May 26, and this year promises to be as big as ever. Lobsters weighing 1.5 pounds will be flown in fresh on the day of the event and steamed to perfection by the club’s experienced lobster masters.
Add in some prime rib for those who choose not to indulge in the lobster, along with a wide range of salads, potatoes, a secret baked bean recipe and dessert, and everyone is sure to go home with a smile on their face.
“There are two secrets – you need to start...

Going the distance for a good Kause - James Jackson - Observer - 05/17/2012
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Fred and Joe Meissner shouldn’t have any problem digging deep for motivation to train for an 80-kilometre bike race in September.
The father-son duo have formed a cycling team to raise funds for their granddaughter and niece Kate Meissner, and her charity Kate’s Kause, which is building an all-accessible playground in Elmira’s Gibson Park.
“We’re hoping to get 25 riders on our team and they’re going to be asked to raise a minimum donation and then go and do the ride,” said Joe. “We’ll donate all those proceeds to Kate’s Kause.”

Headed by Kelly Meissner, the charity is named after her young daughter Kate, who was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome about two years ago. Angelman Syndrome...

Success on the Trail! - 05/14/2012
Success on the Trail!

Thank you for showing your support for the naturalized trail systems.

The fundraising campaign was a great success. During the event, many participants told us they had never seen so many people out on the Kissing Bridge Trailway. Hundreds of cyclists took to the trail and many of them expressed shock that they had not heard of or found this trail before. It is likely, that if you happened to fly over the trail, it would have looked like an army of ants moving between Guelph and Millbank.

Saturday was a perfect sunny day with an estimated 1000+ people on the 45km long trail, starting or stationed, at our 8 Community Checkpoints. Participants took part in over 20 different...

Spring on the Trail 2012 - 05/11/2012
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The Spring on the Trail Event was held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
See the Photos under Events - Picasa Album

Thanks to our Volunteers:
Tent Set-Up in Elmira
Lorne Martin
Tom Hendrick
John Craig
Jim Schwindt
John Kendall
Sam Read
Fred Karpala
Manning the Booth in Elmira
Jim Stewart
Fred Karpala
Tent Takedown in Elmira
Tom Hendrick
Fred Karpala

Woolwich Counselling Centre Fundraiser - 05/10/2012
       Woolwich Counselling Centre Fundraiser

Greetings Kiwanians

The Woolwich Counselling Centre (WCC) is holding its signature fundraiser on Friday, May 11th beginning at 6:00 p.m. A $20 ticket will give you an opportunity to bid on a variety of unique and wonderful items in the silent auction as well as an enjoyable concert by Mat Gauthier who comes highly recommended for his entertainment value! The poster is attached with more information.

As you are aware WCC's goals are to strengthen families, building a strong foundation for healthy communities through providing professional counselling services to all residents of Waterloo Region; and to assist the most vulnerable...

Woolwich Campiagn Aided by Tree-planting Blitz - Colin Dewar - Observer - 04/26/2012
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Photo: Kiwanis Club members Jim Stewart, John Kendall, Jim Schwindt, Ernie Robertson, John Craig, Tom Hendrick, Allan Poffenroth, Paul Henderson, Mark Wemp and Hugh Weltz were out planting trees along Riverside Drive on Apr. 21. [colin dewar / the observer

Woolwich campaign aided by tree-planting blitz
April 27, 2012 By: Colin Dewar 

A troop of school children from Conestogo Public School trudged down a muddy trail leading to a cluster of small trees waiting to be planted at the dairy farm of Ed Frey in Elmira on Wednesday. The children were there to participate in the Trees for Woolwich spring planting campaign.

“We have partnered with schools across the township; the program allows students...

Future Guest Speaker - Rachel Clark - 04/26/2012
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Photo: Rachel Clark will be hosting a benefit concert today (Saturday) at Trinity United Church in Elmira to help raise funds for her ongoing volunteer work in Kenya. Clark has enlisted the help of some 50 friends and family, and the show will include performances ranging from acoustic duets to solo dance routines. [JAMES JACKSON / the observer

Music to their ears
April 27, 2012 By: James Jackson

It takes a village to raise a child, and Elmira’s Rachel Clark hopes her hometown community can help her ongoing work to support a Kenyan orphanage when she holds a benefit concert today (Saturday) at Trinity United Church.

The variety show is titled “Until Alone is Over” and will include performances...

Future Guest Speaker - Chef Ryan Terry of FLOW Catering & Cafe - 04/26/2012
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Putting together pulled pork perfection

April 27, 2012 By: Ryan Terry 

Pork shoulder is a great cut of meat for this recipe and budget friendly. Pick up your meat from a local butcher or the farmers’ market if this is accessible for you. You can be creative as you wish with sauces from smoky, sweet or spicy. There are plenty of great BBQ sauces available at your local grocery store or use ours.

Most of this recipe can be done ahead of time and is a great time-saver or addition to any potluck or family gathering.

The key to creating great pulled pork is to braise your meat for 5-6 hours until it becomes fork tender. This can be done in your oven or slow cooker, but you may need to add extra...

Young musicians shine at Kiwanis Music Festival - Colin Dewar - Observer - 04/26/2012
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Photo: On Apr. 21 the Kiwanis Music Festival held its final concert performance at Woodside Bible Fellowship in Elmira [Colin Dewar /THE OBSERVER

Young musicians shine at Kiwanis Music Festival
April 27, 2012 By: Colin Dewar
Some 125 individual competitors participated in the 2012 Elmira and District Kiwanis Music Festival, from Apr. 16-19 at Woodside Bible Chapel, with the final concert on Apr. 21. The competitors were joined by choirs from Park Manor and John Mahood Public School, as well as a band from Emanuel Christian School in Fergus. The winners in each category are as follows:

The Myrtle Wilfong Memorial Trophy and $200 Scholarship for Senior Piano: Madeline Weber

The Jack Price...

Woolwich Youth Centre to Celebrate 10 Years - James Jackson - Observer - 04/26/2012
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Photo: The Woolwich Youth Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary on May 2, having come a long way from when it was a summer pilot-project on the floor of the old Elmira arena. [submitted photo]

Woolwich youth centre to celebrate 10 years
April 27, 2012 By: James Jackson - Observer 

The Woolwich Youth Centre will mark its tenth anniversary on May 2 with a birthday party hosted by staff and members in the Woolwich Memorial Centre from 5-7 p.m. It’s a landmark achievement for an organization that got its start on the floor of the old Elmira Arena a decade ago, and the woman who was one of the primary forces behind its formation hopes it will be around for decades more to come.
“I think...

Elmira District Kiwanis Music Festival - Final Concert - 04/20/2012

2012 Individual Trophy & Scholarship Winners

Scholarships for Strings & Flute
Grant Mundell
Shannon Metzger
Aidan Reid

Scholarships for Vocal
Linde Nabrotzky
Jodie Gunn
Jasmine Thuroo

The Myrtle Wilfong Memorial Trophy and Scholarship for$200 for Senior Piano
Madeline Weber

The Jack Price Memorial Scholarship of $100
Will Allen

Scholarships in Order of Merit for $50
Nia King
Abigail Hamann
Thomas Chapman
Sonya Martin
Cassia Deering
Danielle Johnson
Noah Steinmann
Ciaran Fast-Sittler

The Elmira Kinnettes Trophy and Scholarship for $150 for Junior Piano
Tony Domzella

Scholarship for $75
Irian Fast-Sittler

Scholarships in Order of Merit for $50
Savannah Weber
Alice Wang
Sam Domzella
Michelle Lin
Mercedes Weber

Trees for Elmira - 5th planting - 04/20/2012

22 trees were planted along Riverside Drive starting at Dunke Street and going west. The trees were planted in record time (10:10 AM). It took another hour to stake them, tie them down and put mulch around them. Coffee, hot chocolate and one beer at Allan's place afterwards
 The Tree Planting Crew was as follows:
Lyndon Zeigel (Tree Guru & Hole Driller Extraordinaire)
Tom Hendrick
John Craig
Jim Schwindt
Paul Henderson
Jim Stewart
Hugh Weltz
Ernie Robertson
Allan Poffenroth (Originator & Organizer)
Walt Ireson
John Kendall
Mark Wemp
Eric Adams (Truck Driver & Casualty)
Fred Karpala (Photographer & Stake Collector)
Charles Arndt (Final Inspection)

Photos will be posted soon...

"Kate's Kause" Changes the Way Kids Play - by Nadia Matos - CTV News - 04/07/2012
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The following is a link to the CTV News clip:

Kate's Kause Changes the Way Kids Play

Woolwich Council has given the green light to remodel and redesign a portion of Gibson Park in Elmira to include an accessible playground. This is a project that one Elmira family holds close to its heart.
The Meissner family started a fundraiser called Kate's Kause to honour their daughter. Kate was diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder that has severe developmental delays. One in 15-thousand children are diagnosed with this syndrome.
"We decided to put our positive energy into something a little more affective for the rest of the community and for our daughter, too." Kelly...

St Theresa Benefits from Kiwanis Club Book Donation - James Jackson - Observer - 04/06/2012
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Members of the Kiwanis Club of Elmira were at St Theresa school on Tuesday to present a $600 donation for the school's library, which will be used to purchase new graphic novels. The club has made a similar donation to each school in town. Principal Sherry Peeples (left) was joined by Luke Decorte (Gr.8), Austin Whittom (Gr.6), past Kiwanis president Ron Wagner, Kaitlyn Lang (Gr.7), librarian Joe Walsh, Matthew Columbo (Gr.3) and Kiwanis member John Chapman.

Lorney is Out of Commission - 04/05/2012
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Lorne Martin had his hand operated on this week and it's "all bandaged up". The stitches won't come out for two weeks. He's worried that he won't be able to wash his dishes with one hand. I told him we'd get a gang together and come wash them for him once a week. (I just added this bit.) He said he would be alright. I said he should get some paper plates and plastic cups and utensils and he said "I can get that at Foodland." Everyone should email him a get well message. He can still work a keyboard with one hand so never you mind. As for the dishes, "They will get done".

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival enjoys another successful year - by Gail Martin - Elmira Independent - 04/04/2012
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STILL BUSY — The weather wasn’t quite as spectacular as in 2011, but this year’s Elmira Maple Syrup Festival still brought out the crowds.
Gail Martin, Independent Editor
They came, they saw, they ate.
The 48th annual Elmira Maple Syrup Festival was a great success, with thousands of hungry and winter-weary Ontarians making the trek to Elmira for spring’s first major festival.
Chairman Cheryl Peterson said that while the festival was not as successful as 2011, she was pleased with how well this year’s festival went.
“It was a great average year,” said Peterson. “The weather was perfect, and we had no big issues.
“I think a lot of people are comparing...

Event aims to position Kissing Bridge Trail as a community-wide resource - by Colin Dewar - Observer - 04/04/2012
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Photo: Doug Cerson of the Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Board hopes to make Spring on the Trail an annual event to match the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival and summer sidewalk sale.

The second annual Spring on the Trail is set to go May 12. The event began as a necessity to bring the public’s attention to the trail, explained Doug Cerson of the Kissing Bridge Trailway Advisory Board. “A lot of residents in Elmira associate the trailway with the intersection on Arthur Street North, and people living in West Montrose associate the trail with the sign by the Kissing Bridge – we are trying to identify the trailway as a whole.

This trail is 45 kilometres long and that is a large area that is being...

When Duty Calls, a Kiwanian Answers No Matter What! by Phyllis Chapman - 04/04/2012
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John did a bit of self-discovery this week at the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. Every year, John has worked the grills at the Kiwanis tent flipping potato pancakes. I was uncertain how well John would get on doing that job so I was very glad when Ron called me at work to ask me if I thought John would be willing to help him count the money and do the bank runs. I thought that was a more appropriate use of his time, but of course it had to be his decision.

John talked to Ron on Friday about helping with the money so I thought that everything had been arranged. However, I was not with him when he got to the tent on Saturday morning because I was parking the car, so I was very surprised when I arrived...

50,000 to 60,000 Visit Elmira for Sap Fest - by James Jackson - Observer - 04/04/2012
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It’s never easy following up a record-setting performance, something that organizers of the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival discovered last Saturday.
Despite ideal temperatures and sunny skies, the estimated number of attendants to the festival is down compared to last year, with somewhere between 50,000 and 60,000 people coming to Elmira – down from a historical best of 80,000 last year.
“It was a good year. A normal year,” said chairperson Cheryl Peterson. “People compare it to last year but that was just a phenomenal year.”

Peterson also said the slight drop in numbers was actually good for the crowds that did come because there were fewer people to contend with for space in the busy downtown...

Another Successful Maple Syrup Festival - Thanks to Our Volunteers - 03/31/2012
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Many thanks to everyone for making it a successful Maple Syrup Festival Day. While the pre-Festival weather on Friday and the forecast for Saturday kept attendance figures and sales below expected levels it was still a superb day.

With lots of volunteers, including many new recruits, the day was fun and went by quickly. We even had some people from out of town, who were visiting the Festival with other volunteers, offering to take a shift.

From the pre-Festival acquisition of product, permits etc etc etc by Eric, to the crew that worked long hours cleaning up pails and readying stoves, through an afternoon of fun frolic, potatoes and onions at ARC making product (aided significantly by the quality...

And the Band Played on ....- by Colin Dewar - Observer - 03/30/2012
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Note: No mention of our Kiwanis Club's contribution to the 80's restoration of the bandstand and the many summer music series that our club used to sponsor at the bandstand. Our club pledges $9,000 towards the restoration project.

And the band played on
March 30, 2012 By: Colin Dewar

When the music returns to Elmira’s Gore Park for the popular summer concert series, the bandstand there will be continuing a role that has made it a fixture in the downtown core for 120 years. The original bandstand is thought to have been located behind a hotel on the northwest corner of Church and Arthur Street and erected by the hotel owner, Henry Zilliax, in 1892. The hotel, the Anglo-American House,...

And the band played on... Continued - by Colin Dewar - Observer - 03/30/2012
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Note: The attached article is from a local paper circa 1980s talking about the restoration of the bandstand and our pledge of $9,000 to cover part of the job.

“This was a time before television, a time when people got together not to just listen to music but to be social and meet neighbours,” added Josephs. “Numerous politicians have used or visited the site of the bandstand, including prime ministers John Diefenbaker and William Lyon Mackenzie King.”
A social gathering place, the bandstand held many community events and churches would use it for their meetings. “For a long time it was the heart of Elmira,” said Thompson. “Every week people would come down to the bandstand to listen to music...

Potato Pancake Batter Making Mashup - 03/28/2012
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Thursday afternoon we made the potato pancake batter for the upcoming Maple Syrup Festival on Saturday. There were plenty of volunteers to make the task that much easier although not everyone that signed up showed up. But that's okay, we prevailed anyways. The antiquated equipment functioned perfectly. No injuries were sustained. No blood spilled as in past years. We ended up with 27 buckets of batter and about eight buckets of sliced onions.

Thank you to the following volunteers:
Sarah and Karen Wetteskind
Bill LaRose
Mary and Eric Adams
Lorne Martin
Sam Read
Ernie Robertson
Lorne Richmond
Wayne Vanwyck
Fred Karpala
(Our Local Johns) John Kendall & John Eby
Allan Poffenroth (Thanks for the suds)

Paul Rak - Father and Businessman Speaks about: Going Green for Daughter, for Environment - 03/27/2012
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Paul Rak of VeriForm and VeriGreen spoke to our club about his passion for
 Going Green for his Daughter and for the Environment.

Here's his presentation slides:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Kate's Kause at Boston Pizza for Fundraiser - 03/25/2012
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On Monday, March 26, 2012 from 5 to 8 PM, 10% of the bill at Boston Pizza on King St N, Waterloo, went to Kause's Kause. Kate, her parents and grandparents and even her great-grandmother who turns 91 on Wednesday along with many family and friends and strangers were there to raise some money for Kate's Kause. The amount raised has yet to be determined but a grand time was had by all. See the photos under Events - Picasa Album. 

Inclusive Playground Finds Home in Elmira's Gibson Park - by Steve Kannon - Observer - 03/23/2012
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Watch for construction to get underway this spring as Woolwich council this week cleared the way for an accessible playground in Elmira’s Gibson Park.

A spot east of the creek that flows through the First Street park will be the new home for the project organized by the Kate’s Kause charity.

Councillors needed little prompting Tuesday night following a presentation by director of recreation and facilities Karen Makela that showed overwhelming public support for the playground. An open house was held Feb. 23 to discuss the Gibson Park location, and the township solicited input directly from the public – “95 to 98 per cent of the feedback was supportive.”
For Mayor Todd Cowan, the decision...

Update on Everything Kate ... et al .... - 03/21/2012
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"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies" ~ The Shawshank Redemption

Hello friends and family!

The new year has brought us amazing things so far. Kate's development is progressing at what seems like an accelerated rate (well, to us it's accelerated). Even when she was super sick with a fever of 41(yikes!) before March Break, she didn't let it slow her down. She's now picking up food with her hands, feeding herself, and holding things better than she ever has. She is climbing stairs on her hands and knees and crawling on all fours like there's no tomorrow. We are so confident that everything is in place for her - we just have to wait. Sheesh...that's really...

Update on Everything Kate ... et al .... (Part 2) - 03/21/2012
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continued ...

Her birth story for her daughter, Nella, will break your heart and then sew it back together even bigger than it was before! On Monday, Jeremy and the kids were at the park behind our house with Jenny and Aiden. As I crossed the field to see them, Jeremy had Kate on his shoulders and they were running toward me. I could see Jamie in the background playing with Aiden. Kate was laughing, making sounds of pure rapture and joy. I've never heard a more amazing sound. It made my heart soar. I'm sad I don't have a picture of this scene. It looked like heaven. I thought to myself: it's a beautiful day to be alive. Indeed, that is truly all that matters. This idea is so well reflected in...

Kate's Kause Playground Approved - by Gail Martin - Elmira Independent - 03/20/2012
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It only took a few moments for Woolwich councillors to lend their approval to the Kate’s Kause playground, soon to be a permanent feature in Elmira’s Gibson Park.
The playground, however, is the result of months of exhaustive fundraising on the part of the Kate’s Kause committee, spearheaded by Kelly Meissner.
The fully accessible playground is Meissner’s dream, and is named after her daughter, Kate, who was born with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that produces severe physical limitations.
Since Kate was first diagnosed in 2010, Kate’s Kause has raised a total of $265,000 towards the playground. The most recent support for the playground came from the Aviva Community...

Momentum Building for Spring on the Trail - Chuck Kuepfer - Elmira Independent - 03/20/2012
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An event that aims to raise the profile of the Kissing Bridge Trailway continues to build momentum.
Spring on the Trail, which will be held on May 12, marks the unofficial season opening of the community trailway that stretches from Guelph to Millbank.

The KBT passes through seven communities and three counties along its 45-kilometre route — and right through the backyard of those who live in Elmira.
The event aims to raise the profile of and support for the trail, by turning it into a main street one day.

“It’s the epitome of an open space for the public to come out and enjoy,” said spokesperson Doug Cerson.
Cerson and those behind the Spring on the Trail event see the trail as a resource...

Council Approves Location for Kate's Kause Playground - 03/19/2012
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On Tuesday, March 20, 2012the Woolwich Township Council approved the location for Kate's Kause Playground. The playground will be built on the east side of the little creek that runs through Gibson Park in between all those mature trees that are standing so majestically there. Some of those trees will be taken down, not because of the playground being built there, but sadly because the trees are in bad shape and need to be taken down. New trees will be planted where needed. Construction of phase 1 will start in April.

Township Unveils Plans for Accessible Playground - James Jackson - Observer - 03/02/2012
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After more than a year and a half of successful fundraising efforts and community engagement, it seems that the Kate’s Kause universal playground project has hit its first snag. On the evening of Feb. 23 the Township of Woolwich hosted an open-house meeting to give residents the opportunity to see a very preliminary plan for the universally accessible playground that is to be built in Elmira’s Gibson Park. Of the approximately 55 people who attended, there were a handful of residents who voiced some concerns over the location in the green space on the west side of the creek that runs through the middle of the park.
Originally hoping to raise $250,000 over five years, Kate’s Kause found considerable...

Township of Woolwich OPEN HOUSE - 02/22/2012
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Proposed Accessible Playground with Splash Feature at Gibson Park in Elmira

Neighbours and other interested parties attended an open house at Woolwich Memorial Centre on Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 6:30 PM to present their comments and suggestions and any objections they had to the proposed accessible playground which is to be built in Elmira. Gibson Park has been identifies as a potential opportunity, and those who attended the open house learned more about the project and provided some valuable input.

The photo shows the concept design plan of the features and layout of the playground. Actual may be considerably different. Below is an aerial view of the approximate size and location of...

Gibson Park - Ideal Home for Accessible Playground by Steve Kannon, Observer - 02/09/2012
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A playground for kids of all abilities is likely to make its home at Gibson Park in Elmira. If all goes well, construction should begin this spring on the facility, the goal of the charitable organization known as Kate’s Kause.
Originally shooting to raise $250,000 over five years, the group found considerable public support, collecting $265,000 in just 15 months. Given the response, the goal is now $500,000, which would allow for a larger facility, including a splash pad.
Woolwich Township, which will provide the space for the play park, launched a community consultation process to get the ball rolling immediately after discussing the plan at a council meeting Tuesday night.

Kate's Kause Provides Update to Council by Gail Martin, Elmira Independent - 02/07/2012
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Kelly Meissner made an appearance in council chambers on Tuesday, to update councillors on the progress of Kate’s Kause.
It was a happy update.
Kate’s Kause, a charitable organization launched by Meissner in 2010, has as its goal a fully accessible playground for Elmira.
To date, $265,000 has been raised towards this goal, through donations, fundraising events, and several grants, including the most recent, $60,000 from the Aviva Community Fund.
Meissner started Kate’s Kause with her daughter in mind. Kate Meissner was born with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurological condition that has severely limited Kate’s mobility and communication skills.

By launching Kate’s Kause, Meissner...

Valentine's Social - 02/07/2012
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The Valentine's Social was held on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at Golf's Steakhouse & Seafood. A very enjoyable evening was had by all, except for maybe these two (see photo) . A number of doggie bags were taken home. Everyone was stuffed. Thanks to Tom for organizing, Ron for making sure everyone who needed to, paid up and Fred for manning (as in Eli Manning) the sign-up sheet.

In attendance were:
Eric & Mary Adams
Charles & Marjorie Arndt
Marjorie Carroll-Nelson
Rhonda Chandler
John & Phyllis Chapman
Tony & Barb Dowling
Cynthia Hastings & Tom Edge
Paul & Adele Henderson
Tom & Jane Hendrick
Fred Karpala
Lorne Martin
Moe Phillips
Allan & Darlyn Poffenroth

Kelly Meissner Speaks at Township Council Meeting - 02/06/2012
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Kelly Meissner of Kate's Kause spoke to Woolwich Township Council about their fund raising progress to date, showed a video from Shane's Inspiration and requested that a change of venue for the proposed accessible and all inclusive playground be made from the Woolwich Memorial Centre site to Gibson Park. Information about a public meeting to be held to discuss various issues will be available in the next 7-10 days.

Tom Hendrick, Murray Haight and Fred Karpala were in attendance at this meeting showing support for Kelly and Kate's Kause. Allan Poffenroth was doing double duty as Kiwanis member and councillor.

Also DJ Carroll, organizer of "Robin in the Hood" made a presentation asking council...

Kate and Her Mom Tell Us All About Kate's Kause - 01/31/2012
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Two and a half year old Kate Meissner and her mother Kelly and grandmother Terry came to our breakfast meeting on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 to tell us all about Kate's Kause. Kate actually didn't do any of the speaking but she said a lot just by being there. Kate has Angelman Syndrome and speech is one of the things that she has a hard time grappling with.

Kelly showed us a short video about Shane's Inspiration. The mission of Shane's Inspiration is to create inclusive playgrounds and programs that unite children of all abilities. Kate's Kause has won $50,000 of design and programming services from Shane's Inspiration to build the accessible and inclusive playground in Elmira. Kelly then...

Membership Drive Dinner Meeting - 01/10/2012
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Membership Drive Dinner

A very successful membership drive dinner was held on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Crossroads. We had special guest LG John Patterson from the Stratford Kiwanis Club give a brief account of the Kiwanis International and District activities including the new Elminate Project. President John Craig showed a slide presentation with commentary of club activities that was prepared by Fred Karpala. He also showed a video on the Eliminate Project. Other guests included PLG Shelley Des Cotes from the Kiwanis Club of Kitchener-Waterloo and Bill Cooper, a member of the Stratford Kiwanis Club who came with John Patterson.
Our very special guests, the prospective members...

Updated My Blog: E-Mail from John Coffey in the Philippines - 01/01/2012
Hi Ron,
I'm very sorry for my belated reply. I hope I didn't have you too worried! I've been spending the holidays away from my apartment and celebrating with my Filipino friends & family - so I haven't been keeping up-to-date with my emails. My sincere apologies!

The recent floods have been quite tragic here. The children and myself are far from that place though, so you don't need to worry about us. But please keep those families and communities in your prayers.

Thank you for your compassion and concern Ron. Thank you also for the updates with everything The Kiwanis Club has been involved in over the holidays. It's always encouraging to hear the ways in which you are blessing the greater...

Hello from Bridgewater - E-mail from Fred Speth - 12/28/2011
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What a pleasant surprise to see your e-mail. Always nice to hear from old acquaintances and find out what is happening in the Elmira Kiwanis Club. Do check out your web site from time to time.Had a call from Walt a few weeks ago. Don't know why I would be on the Elmira membership list. I checked our club list and Grace and I are both listed under Bluenose Golden K. Let me know what International has to say.

I too was Secretary of our club for five years and then President. I was Lt. Gov. of Division 20 (Nova Scotia and PEI) and last year served as Lead Trainer for Region E (NS, NB, PEI and NF & L). I have had to cut back on a number of activities above the club level as I have run into a...

A Thank You Note from Woolwich Community Services - 12/28/2011
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Woolwich Community Services thanked us for our support of the Christmas Goodwill Hampers Program. 177 hampers were distributed this year.

Round Table Meeting at Robin's Nest - 12/27/2011
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There were thirteen members that showed up at Robin's Nest Wednesday morning. Almost all were there early or on time including Alan Poffenroth. An enjoyable time was had by all. The attendees were Sam Read, Lorne Martin, Fred Karpala, Dave Huck, Cynthia Hastings, Alan Poffenroth, Ernie Robertson, Jim Stewart, Tom Hendrick, Jamie Meek, Ron Wagner, John Craig and Monty Steenson. A terrific venue. Kudos to the organizer.

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December 14, 2011
Social 6:00 PM, Dinner 7:00 PM
Royal Canadian Legion Hall
Santa is coming.

Santa Claus Parade Sponsors and Donors - Thank You All - 12/11/2011
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Thank You All!

The Elmira Kiwanis Club would like to thank the following community minded businesses and organizations who generously supported our very successful Santa Claus parade this year.

Voisin Motors, Waterloo Regional Police – Traffic Division, Paul & Adele’s No Frills Food Market, Elmira Legion Br.469, Riverside Public School, Walter Plein, Martin Mills Inc., McKee Farm Technologies, Resurfice Corp., Sulco Chemicals, M&G Millwrights, P.I.B. Insurance Brokers, Sanyo Canadian Machine Works, RBC Financial Elmira, Elmira Home Hardware, McDonalds Restaurants Elmira, Elmira Pet Products, Elmira Insurance Brokers, VHF Construction, TD Canada Trust Elmira, HJM Insurance and Financial...

Elmira Santa Claus Parade in the Papers - 12/09/2011
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The 19th annual Elmira Kiwanis Club Santa Claus Paraderolled through the streets of Elmira last Saturday morning. About 40 floats andseven bands helped entertain the hundreds of children and parents who came out to watch. Highlights included the Kitchener Rangers' giant inflatable hockey player, the Region of Waterloo ceremonial police marching band, members of the Elmira fire crew handing out candy to childre, and the big man himself - Saint Nick.

Not a silent night in the covered bridge - Observer - 12/09/2011
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The rainy weather wasn't enough to keep dozens of carolers away from the Elmira Kiwanis Club's annual bridge carol sing held Monday evening in West Montrose.

Open House at Winding Road Maple Products - 12/09/2011
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Open House at Winding Road Maple Products

On Saturday, December 10, 2011 we cooked and served pancakes with lots and lots of maple syrup and sausages on a bun or on their own with onions and other condiments. Coffee, pop and water were consumed in copious amounts. There must have been well over 1,000 hungry mouths of all ages to feed.

The team consisted of Dave Huck on pancake batter mixing, grill masters Murray Haight and Jim Schwindt on pancakes, Ernie Robertson and Jason (Lorne Martin's grandson) on sausages and onions. Sam Read, John Eby and Fred Karpala on serving with a smile, Moe Phillips on coffee and generally a busybody and Lorne Martin, overseer, making sure that...

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in West Montrose

Thanks to all of you who made the Covered Bridge Carol Sing such a great success last night. The Grand Harmony Chorus was a grand touch above the Grand River.

For a dreary evening, we had a great turnout, perhaps one of our best in the past few years. I would guess we had between 110 and 130 people out. The BridgeKeepers crew handed out about 250 flyers along the parade route on Saturday, promoting the caroling and we also talked it up as we walked along. I think that resulted in several more guests coming out. We should consistently schedule the carol sing for the Monday after the parade – handing out the flyers and talking to people just two days in...

Elmira Santa Claus Parade was Fabulous - 12/02/2011
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Another Santa Claus Parade is in the books. Weather was perfect with the temperature hovering above zero. Over 50 entries and a huge crowd made this one of the best parades ever. Thanks to the organizers, the participants and all the folks that turned out to watch the parade.

The following is a list of bands and floats and other entries that made up the parade. We'd like to thank all our sponsors, particularly the band and Santa Claus float sponsors and all our donors for making this a terrific parade. Check out the parade pictures in our Picasa Album.

Police Cars
Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party
Waterloo Regional Police Band 
        Sponsored by...

Heather MacKneson Speaks to the Club About Pride Stables - 11/29/2011
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Heather MacKneson spoke to our club about the Development Riding Program at Pride Stables. She literally put us through through our paces. The Club has been a long time supporter of Pride Stables and today was no exception. John Craig presented her with a check for $900 that will be used to further the program activities. She also got a Kiwanis mug. Heather brought us their latest newsletter and a copy of their Pride Stables 2012 calendar. Go to the Picasa Album tab to see the newsletter and calendar photos. Also check out the Photo Album.  

Kiwanis Leads Food Drive - 11/24/2011
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FOODSTUFFS Some 200 volunteerswere out November 19 to help Elmira Kiwanis Club collect nearly 13,000 pounds of food for local food banks. Among those volunteers was Tyson Bender of the Woolwich Major Peewee A Boys' hockey team.

Santa is cofirmed for Elmira - James Jackson - Observer - 11/24/2011
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For nearly two decades Santa Clause has paid a special visit to Elmira, and this year is no different as the 19th annual Santa Clause parade rolls into town next Saturday.
Organized by the Elmira Kiwanis Club, this year’s parade should prove to be as big as ever, with seven bands and about 20 floats confirmed for the event.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. sharp in front of Riverside Public School on William Street, before winding along Arthur Street and through downtown Elmira towards its finishing point at the Legion located on First Street. The parade takes about an hour and a half to complete, and is a great deal of fun for the whole family, says the chair of the parade committee.

FOOD DRIVE COLLECTS 13,000 POUNDS OF FOOD - by Rachel Dyck for the Independent - 11/23/2011
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Photo: Donations - Sarah Wetteskind and Kaitlyn Read sort through donations during the 15th annual Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Door-to-Door Food Drive, coordinated by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira.

Lights are being hung, trees are being decorated, and gifts are being purchased. As December draws near, people are getting into the Christmas spirit. And based on the success of last Saturday’s Christmas Goodwill food drive, it is clear that many Woolwich residents are eager to share the holiday cheer with others.
The annual drive, first held in 1997, supports the Woolwich Community Services Christmas Goodwill program. This year’s event saw 170 people volunteer their time to canvas door-to-door,...

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It was a crisp, clear morning on Saturday November 19, 2011 when a small army of almost 200 volunteers spread out through various parts of Woolwich Township, and part of Wellesley as well to canvass door-to-door in the Kiwanis Club's Annual Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Food Drive which is run each year to support Woolwich Community Services' Christmas Goodwill Hamper Program.

The Air Cadets from the Cadet Youth Development Centre canvassed the entire village of Breslau. About 30 cadets, leaders and drivers were involved in this operation.

A team from Bloomingdale Mennonite Church went door-to-door collecting food donations in Bloomingdale and Maryhill.

A number of members from the Woolwich...

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Ron Gowing, Director Program Development at the Cadet Youth Development Centre wrote me a note about their participation is this Saturday's Food Drive and to thank us for the donation we made to the Cadet Youth Development Centre. There will be 25-30 cadets and drivers canvassing all of Breslau. The additional route that Ron mentions below will be the 7th route in Breslau.

Photo: John Craig, President, is presenting a cheque to Ron Gowing and Jesse Grubb.

Hi Fred:

Thanks for the photos.

The posters for the food drive have been posted on all the community mail boxes and also at the postal station and store in Breslau. I added one additional route to the Breslau collection plan. It covers Woolwich...

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November 4, 2011 By: Colin Dewar - Observer

Photo: Goodwill Campaign Cynthia Hastings (left) and Fred Karpala are the co-chairsof the Kiwanis Club of Elmira's annual Christmas Goodwill food drive occurring on Nov. 19. The club with the help of other organizations will be going door-to-door in Woolwich collecting non-perishable food for the WCS food hampers. 

The Woolwich Community Services are preparing their hampers for the Kiwanis Club of Elmira’s annual Christmas Goodwill food drive.
Volunteers from this year’s community drive will be canvassing door to door looking for non-perishable items to replenish the local food bank.
Instead of smaller community groups running their own...

KIWANIS DRIVE SET FOR NOV. 19 - Elmira Independent - 11/02/2011
A number of groups and members of the community will join the Kiwanis Club of Elmira for its annual Christmas Goodwill Food Drive on Saturday, November 19th. “Last year we collected 13,000 pounds of food. We hope to match that this year, even though the economic outlook is not as promising as last year. We feel the need is just as great if not greater than last year”, said Fred Karpala, Kiwanis member and co-chair of the food drive. “With the help of other community groups, we are now able to canvass all of Woolwich in just three hours.”

The success of the food drive has been the participation of other community groups. This year members of the Bloomingdale Mennonite Church will canvass Bloomingdale...

Tree Planting Event - Trees for Elmira - 10/21/2011
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Trees for Elmira

On Saturday October 22, 2011 from 9 AM until Noon 27 trees were planted along Snyder Avenue North from Church Street to the end. Among the volunteers were Tom Hendrick, Jim Stewart, Murray Haight, Dave Huck, Eric Adams, Lorne Martin, Walt Ireson, John Kendall, Allan Poffenroth, the organizer, and Lyndon Ziegel and his trucks, his equipment and his crew. We will plant again in the spring. 

Inductions and Awards Banquet - 2011-2012 - 10/11/2011
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Head Table:

LG John Patterson & Guest 
MC Walt & Joyce Ireson
President Ron & Joan Wagner
President-Elect John & Kathryn Craig

Board of Directors Induction:

NEW Director
Wayne Vanwyck

Murray Haight,
Tom Hendrick,
Fred Karpala,
Maureen Phillips,
Jim Schwindt,
Allan Poffenroth,
Ron Wagner

Treasurer - Jamie Meek

Secretary - Monty Steenson

Past Secretary - John Chapman 

President - Elect - Charles Arndt

Vice President - Cynthia Hastings

President - John Craig - 2011-2012

Special Recognition Awards & Certificates:

Certificates - Peter Black - Woolwich Food Drive - 2010

Elmira Kiwanis Haus - 10/07/2011
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Saturday, October 8, 2011
6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
at Lions Hall

Wine & Cheese Event at Allan & Darlyn Poffenroth Residence - 09/20/2011

A Wine & Cheese Event was held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the home of Allan & Darlyn Poffenroth. Everyone that attended had a great time. Looking forward to the Poffenroth's hosting another event next year.

Baseball Game/Barbeque - 08/23/2011
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Baseball Game /  Barbeque

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

at 5:00 PM

at Gibson Park

Elmira Kiwanis BBQ - 08/09/2011
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Dubbed the "RIBFEST" the BBQ was held at Tom and Jane Hendrick's Residence in West Montrose on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 with reception starting at 5:30 PM with dinner served shortly after 6:30 PM. Although the weather was cold and windy, it did not dampen the spirits of the attendees. A grand time was had by all. Big thank yous to Tom and Jane and all those who helped put this event on. Another smashing success.

Elmira Street Dance - 08/05/2011
Saturday August 6, 2011
from 5 - 11 PM
Downtown Elmira

Canada Day Ice Cream Scoop - 06/30/2011
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The Kiwanis Club will be dishing out FREE ICE CREAM at the Canada Day celebration at Gore Park from 2 PM until the ice cream runs out. See you there.

Boiling Up Some Funds - Observer - James Jackson - 06/03/2011
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Murray Haight of the Kiwanis Club of Elmira holds up a freshly-boiled lobster during the group's annual Lobsterfest last Saturday night at Lions Hall. The event raised in Excess of $10,000 to help fund charitable work throughout the rest of the year.

KIwanis Club goes into the deeps for Lobsterfest - 05/13/2011
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It’s time to get cracking. No not with eggs, but with crustaceans. Lobsterfest is back, the 30th year for the event organized by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira.
The club has been fine-tuning their culinary skills for three decades and boasts they have the best tasting lobster festival in the region.
“When people keep coming back for 30 years, you know you’re doing something right,” said Tom Hendrick, committee chair and founder of the event.
When it comes to preparing the meal, you have to start with a big, fresh lobster, he explained.
“Timing is everything. After cooking over 20,000 lobsters over the years, we have it down to a science.”
On the day of the event, one-and-a-half-pound...

Spring Adopt a Road - West Montrose Roadside Clean-Up - 05/06/2011
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Fellow Kiwanians
The weather is getting warmer - spring is coming along. And so is this year's Adopt-a-Road cleanup in West Montrose.
Date:  Saturday May 7th
Time:  9am
Location: Meet at Letson Park in West Montrose (just over the covered bridge and to the left)
Ideally I would like to get 8 people to help with the Adopt-a-Road. We have found in the past that this makes the cleanup of our designated roads go fairly quickly.
I have noticed over the last couple years that there seems to be less trash to pickup, which also helps with the timing. I expect we will need no more than 1.5 hours for
the cleanup.  As in past years, Tom Hendrick has...

With Others In Mind - James Jackson - Observer - 05/05/2011
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The mission of Elmira District Community Living is to, “Provide support to individuals and the families and to facilitate and advocate for meaningful community participation, in keeping with each person’s life vision.” For 30 years Maureen Phillips was an integral part of the growth and success of EDCL and its mandate within the community.
On Apr. 19, Phillips was recognized for her years of dedication to the association with a retirement party at the Elmira Legion, where she had the chance to relive some of her memories of the past.
“It’s hard to believe that 30-years have gone. It just seems like yesterday. You look back and think, ‘wow, time flies,’” she said.


With Others in Mind - Continued - James Jackson - Observer - 05/05/2011
“I never missed work. Even when I was a kid I never missed school. I just have that ethic.”

For Maureen, the clients always came first, whether it was cooking them a hot meal, giving them some guidance on how to land their first job, or helping them to trim shrubs or pick up leaves and horse manure with Six Star Maintenance.

She also believes that people around town and in the surrounding areas are much more accepting of the clients at EDCL than they were 30 years ago, which she views as a tremendous step forward.

“I think they’re more open-minded, I do. It makes you feel great that they (the clients) can do this work and they have done it all on their own.”

Although she officially retired back...

Tree Planting Event - Trees for Elmira - 04/29/2011
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The Tree Planting Event will be held on Saturday April 30, 2011 from 9 AM until 1 PM. He hope to plant 30 trees along the weat side of Barnswallow Drive in Elmira. If you would like to help or contribute to the purchase of a tree please email Allan Poffenroth.

Kiwanis Club to Plant Trees - Observer 2/4/2011

With the Elmira Kiwanis Club prepared to supply labour, Woolwich will save about half of the $7,500 it had budgeted to spend on planting trees in the boulevard on the west side of Barnswallow Drive in Elmira.

Some 30 trees will be planted as part of a series of traffic-calming measures on the busy street. 

The other half of the money saved in the agreement...

Kiwanis Music Festival held April 11 -16, 2011 at Woodside Bible Chapel - 04/15/2011
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Individual Trophy and Scholarship Winners:

Scholarship for $100 by Kiwanis and trophy presented by the studio of Jacqueline Wall for violinistic excellence went to Janna Martin.

Scholarships for Strings and Flute went to Veronica Connors and Aidan Reid.

The Myrtle Wilfong Memorial Trophy and a scholarship for $200 for senior piano was presented to Will Allen.

Scholarship for $75 went to Evangeline Drost.

Michelle Lin was the recipient of the Jack Price Memorial Scholarship of $100.

Scholarships in Order of Merit for $50 went to Julia Bowman, Katie Glofcheskie, Henrietta Flach, Abigail Hamann, Danielle Johnson,Thomas Fast-Sittler and Jordan Long.

The Elmira Kinette Trophy and scholarship...

Allan Poffenroth's Father Julius Passes Away - 01/18/2011
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Julius Fred Poffenroth

Julius passed away on January 19, 2011 of Elmira. Born September 5, 1912, in Calgary, Alberta. He is survived by his son Allan and wife Darlyn, fondly remembered by grandchildren, Aaron and Taylor Poffenroth and Alanna, Kyle and Moira McAndrew. He will be missed by special friends Debbie, Jessie and his many Legion friends. Predeceased by his wife Agnes (Link) 2002, daughter Faye McAndrew 2000 and her husband Dennis 1986. He was the last surviving member of his family. Predeceased by his parents John 1960 and Matilda Redmann 1936, and siblings Edward Uveida, Amelia Uveida (Kaiser), Elizabeth (Stone), Lydia (Kneeshaw), Frederika (Frances Weichel), Rosa (de Caux) and Gustav....

School Libraries get a Boost from Kiwanis Club - Observer - 01/14/2011
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Park Manor Senior Public School was one of four area schools to receive $500 in funding from the Elmira Kiwanis Club through its "Books for Kids" program. Park Manor purchased 50 new books with the donation, and Kiwanis president Ron Wagner was at the school on Thursday to receive thanks from this group of Grade 6 and 7 students. The other schools to receive funding were John Mahood, Riverside, and Floradale.

Voices raised in song fill covered bridge by Katie Edmonds - Observer - 12/16/2010
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Photo: UNDER THE BRIDGE Joy Borutskie from Hawkesville performed a number of solos at the Covered Bridge Carol Sing December 13 in West Montrose. She's a former first runner-up in Faith-FM's Shinin' Star Christian talent competition.

The temperature dropped to -13 Celsius, and with the windchill it felt more like 022, but that didn't stop the more than 80 people from making the trip to the West Montrose Covered Bridge Monday night for some apple cider and an evening of carol singing.

"Only once do I remember a carol sing night colder than this one," said Kiwanis Club member Fred Karpala. "But despite the weather, people keep coming out."

This is the 23rd year that the bridge has hosted the carol...

MPP Congratulates Club on a Successful Food Drive - 12/14/2010
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Leeanna Pendergast, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga sent the attached notice of congratulation to the Club for a successful Food Drive.

Covered Bridge Carol Sing in West Montrose - 12/12/2010
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Monday, December 13, 2010 was a very cold night. But a bunch of hardy souls came and sang their hearts out. Hot cider, cookies and carol booklets were provided.

Check out the Carol Sing photos under Events/Picasa Album.

Joy Borutskie from Hawkesville performed a couple of solos for us and sang with us too. Joy was the first runner-up among about 70 contestants in Faith-FM's Shinin' Star Christian talent competition a couple of years ago.

Elmira Santa Claus Parade Afterthought - 12/05/2010
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The parade Saturday was great. As Lyndon said "Best ever!"
Here's a note from John Kendall - Santa Claus Parade Volunteer Organizer:

What a great day for a parade and what a superb parade. MANY THANKS to all the volunteers.

All the feedback seems to be more than positive (especially true regarding some of the bands especially the MM Robinson High School Marching Band who broke ranks a number of times to entertain the kids). That band also made a special effort and played a song for the seniors from Chateau Gardens who were in the Kiwanis bus at Arthur and First.

Here's an email from one of our participants:


I just wanted to say that your Santa was fabulous! It was well organized, a perfect...

Elmira Santa Claus Parade - 12/03/2010
The Club put on a fabulous Santa Claus Parade today. The following is a list of bands and floats and other entries that made up the parade. We'd like to thank all our sponsors, particularly the band and Santa Claus float sponsors and all our donors for making this a terrific parade. Check out the parade pictures in our Picasa Album.

Police Cars
Royal Canadian Legion Colour Party
Waterloo Regional Police Band 
        Sponsored by Royal Canadian Legion
Fire Trucks
C-Max Fire Solutions
VIP Ken Seiling
Elmira Nursery School
Pork Chop Review Band
Stoltz Sales and Service
MM Robinson High School Marching Band 

Over 13,000 Pounds Raised in Food Drive - 11/26/2010
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In Photo: Front Left to Right - Sam Read, Ron Wagner; Norma Martin and Cheryl Fisher (Kiwanis Transit Bus Drivers)
             Back Left to Right - Ernie Robertson, Lorne Martin, John Eby; Fred Karpala and Peter Black (Food Drive Co-Chairs)

Santa Claus comes to Elmira next Saturday by James Jackson - Observer - 11/25/2010
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In Photo: EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE Event chair Lyndon Ziegel dons a Santa hat outside of the Elmira Legion, the end point for this year’s Santa Claus Parade, which takes place next Saturday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.

Kiwanis Club gearing up for expanded parade, seeks volunteers to lend a hand

Next Saturday marks the 18th annual Santa Claus parade in Elmira, an event that’s come a long way from its humble beginnings, says its organizer.

“It started out being something that has been small and low-key, to something that has grown substantially,” said Lyndon Ziegel, who chairs the Kiwanis Club’s parade committee. “I can remember years ago when we might have two or three bands, and this year we’ll have eight...

Score one for the Food Bank - in the Observer - 11/25/2010
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The Woolwich Wildcats were one of the many groups, organizations and individuals who helped out with the annual Woolwich food drive Nov. 20. More than 13,000 pounds of food were donated to the Christmas Goodwill Program at Woolwich Community Services

Volunteers do their "little part" - Caitlin Snider for the Independent - 11/23/2010
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Annual food drive raises 13,000 pounds of food for Goodwill Program

In Photo: FOOD DRIVE - Kiwanis members Peter Black, John Eby, Fred Karpala and Ron Wagner were busy Saturday, Nov. 20 for the Christmas Goodwill Food Drive, which collected 13,000 pounds of food from houses in Woolwich Township and surrounding communities

With Christmas just a month away, members in the community are hustling and bustling with buying presents, putting up decorations, and thinking over holiday dinner plans with family. For some, however, getting into the Christmas spirit is not an easy task when funds are low and buying gifts, let alone food, is a stressful ordeal.
Christmas is meant to be a time of giving....

Entries still available for Elmira Santa Claus Parade - Chuck Kuepfer - the Independent - 11/23/2010
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Preparations for the Elmira Kiwanis Club’s annual Santa Claus Parade are in full swing.
Kiwanis member Lyndon Ziegel indicated that a number of people have already filled out entries to put a float in the parade, which will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4.
For sure, they’ll be no shortage of Christmas music during the event.
“We have seven bands lined up this year,” said Ziegel.
The deadline to enter a float is Thursday, Dec. 2.
“The day before the parade we call everybody and let them know their place in line,” explained Ziegel.
The Elmira Kiwanis Club took over the organization of the parade about five years ago from the Elmira Jaycees, of which Lyndon is a former member....

Kiwanis Plans Food Drive Blitz by Katie Edmonds - Observer - 11/11/2010
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As we start preparing for holiday festivities and feasts, the fact that others will go without becomes even more apparent. Next Saturday, more than 160 volunteers – members of the Kiwanis Club of Elmira, plus friends, family and other community service organizations – will try improve the lot of those less fortunate when they take to the streets of Woolwich Township seeking donations for the annual Christmas Goodwill Food Drive, with proceeds going to support the Woolwich Community Services Christmas Goodwill hamper program.
The success of the event has grown steadily over the past few years, as more volunteers and more communities are included in the canvass. Last year, the club collected...

Young man killed in Elmira collision had many plans for his future - By James Jackson - Observer - 10/28/2010
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Photo: One of countless photos of Miles at his family cottage doing what he loved: enjoying the outdoors and living for adventure.

Friends and family spent the week recalling the all-too-brief but action-packed life of Miles Hamilton.
The 18-year-old Elmira man was killed Oct. 22 when the black Dodge pickup truck he was a passenger in crashed into another truck parked on Elmira’s Barnswallow Drive, subsequently bursting into flames.
Police say they pulled Miles and the driver of the vehicle, 17-year-old Brendon Fitzgerald, from the wreckage, but Miles was pronounced dead at the scene. Brendon was rushed to Hamilton General Hospital, where he remains in serious condition. Police continue to investigate...

Allan Poffenroth - Ward 1 Councillor - 10/28/2010
Woolwich Ward 1 chooses newcomers for next term of council
By: Katie Edmonds - Observer

The ‘out with the old, in with the new’ phenomenon was in full force during this week’s election in Woolwich’s Ward 1. At least one new face was expected, as incumbent Sandy Shantz declined to run again, but voters chose to send two newcomers to council: Allan Poffenroth and Julie-Anne Herteis.
“I think people just needed a bit of change,” said Poffenroth of why he was elected. “We’ve had a lot of the same people for many years, and I think we need a different slate, and newer, fresher ideas. That’s why we saw four of five of the council spots were given to new people.”
Long-time councillor Ruby Weber...

Tree Planting - Caitlin Snider Photo - Independent Express - 10/28/2010
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Andrea Tench and Michelle Thompson from Huron Heights Key Club along with John Kendall and John Eby plant a tree on Memorial Avenue. The Kiwanis Club planted 25 trees on Saturday, October 23, 2010. Last spring they planted 25 trees in the community, and hope to plant an additional amount of trees next year as a project to beautify the township.

Marjorie's Breaking Out - 10/28/2010
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Marjorie Carroll-Nelson is going home next Friday, October 29, 2010. Keep it hush, hush. She doesn't want THEM to find out.

Elmira teen crash victim did 'a lot of good' - by Melissa Tait - Record Staff - 10/24/2010
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ELMIRA — An 18-year-old Elmira teen, who was known for his love of adventure and the outdoors, was killed Friday when the driver of the truck he was travelling in lost control and collided with a parked vehicle.
Waterloo Regional Police said Miles Hamilton and the driver, 17-year-old Brendon Fitzgerald, were pulled from the burning vehicle by police on Barnswallow Drive in Elmira.
Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene and Fitzgerald was taken to Hamilton General Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police believe speed was a factor.
Fitzgerald is in critical condition.
Hamilton’s eldest sister Chloe said he had just been promoted that day in his job as a machinist at Elmira Machines Industries...

Second Tree Planting Event in Elmira - 10/22/2010
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On Saturday October 23, 2010 the second Tree Planting Event took place in Elmira. Volunteers met at Elmira Stove Works at 9:00 AM including two Key Club members from Huron Heights, Michelle and Andrea, who were front and centre in all the action. They were a big help. Check out the pictures in the Photo Album.

The other volunteers were John Eby, Tom Hendrick, Walt Ireson, Lyndon Ziegel, John Kendall, Allan Poffenroth and Fred Karpala. Allan, Chair of the event, must have closed his eyes and threw darts at a map of Elmira because the locations of where trees were to be planted were scattered over a wide area of eastern Elmira. The goal was to plant 25 trees but when we went around to spread bark...

Chloe Hamilton's Brother Miles Passes Away Tragically - 10/21/2010
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HAMILTON, Miles Price.
It is with the greatest of sadness that we are forced to say goodbye to the beloved son of Brenda Hamilton of Elmira, and Jim Hamilton of Elmira, and cherished brother of Chloe, Kalen, Ruben and Avery. At the age of eighteen, he was tragically and prematurely taken from us on Friday, October 22, 2010 when he was fatally injured in a motor vehicle accident while riding as a passenger. Miles was known for his exuberant smile and contagious laugh. He had the most magnetic personality that ensured he was friends with everyone. His hardworking nature and determined personality showed in everything he did - work, play, and personal life. Miles was known as a gentleman and was...

Elmira Kiwanis Haus - 10/15/2010
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Dear Elmira Kiwanis,

What a great event last night! Jim Schwindt did a great job in organizing and delegating jobs.

Thank you, Jim. Super job. Super night.

We received many positive comments. Many people asked us to make sure to have an Oktoberfest Dance again next year.

Mike Abbott, Supervisor of Oktoberfest raved over the schnitzel on a bun -- he loved the fried onions on it (Doesn't like sauerkraut). He said we are the only Oktoberfest Hall that served schnitzel with fried onions.

Special thanks to all the members and wives, and friends who pitched in a made this event a wonderful success.

Special thanks to Walt Ireson, Bob Brown, David Perchaluk and Jim Jansen for volunteering for security...

Inductions and Awards Banquet - 2010-2011 - 10/12/2010
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Head Table:

LG Shelley & Steve Des Cotes
MC Walt & Joyce Ireson
President Ron & Joan Wagner
Secretary John & Phyllis Chapman

Board of Directors Induction:

NEW Directors
Allan Poffenroth,
Monty Steenson,
Hugh Weltz

John Chapman,
John Craig,
Murray Haight,
Tom Hendrick,
Fred Karpala,
Maureen Phillips,
Jim Schwindt,

Treasurer - Jamie Meek

Secretary - John Chapman

President - Elect - John Craig

Vice President - Charles Arndt

President - Ron Wagner 2009 - 2011

Special Recognition Awards & Certificates:

Certificates - Peter Black - Woolwich Food Drive - 2009
Fred Karpala - Woolwich Food Drive - 2009

Certificate - Fred Karpala - Website and Newsletter - 2009 -...

LG-Elect John and Nancy Patterson Attend Our Awards and Induction Night - 10/12/2010
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Thanks for a Great Evening 

Dear Ron,

Nancy and I want to express our sincere appreciation for the warmth of your welcome - yours and your Kiwanis Club of Elmira - last Wednesday evening. A delicious meal - we love Chinese - an impressive program of tributes - and a wonderful bouquet of flowers contributed to many good feelings on our part. We enjoyed chatting with various members of your club and discovering mutual friends and acquaintances. We had an opportunity to touch base with Shelley and Steve as well. And by the way, we have already sampled some of those sausages that we purchased. Very tasty. All the best for the coming year.

John Patterson

Thanksgiving Parade 2010 Pancake Breakfast - 10/10/2010
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We held a Pancake Breakfast in front of Kitchener City Hall during the Oktoberfest Thanksgiving Parade and you'd think this would be a good thing. But it wasn't. There were lots of people along the parade route and they seemed to be enjoying the parade. It was considered one of the best ever.  

Friend of Kiwanis: Linda Wilson - 10/07/2010

On Friday, October 8, 2010 at the Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital. Linda (Underwood) Wilson age 56 years of Elmira was the devoted wife of Don. Beloved daughter of Beverley (Phillips) Underwood of Whitby and the late William (Bill) Underwood (2004); loving sister of Patricia Underwood and Valerie Underwood both of Whitby and Geoff Underwood of Oshawa; adored aunt of Mathew Underwood and Emily Underwood. Linda was a long-time employee at Elmira Stove Works and was a volunteer for the Kiwanis Club of Elmira. The family will receive their friends and relatives at the Dreisinger Funeral Home , Elmira on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 from noon until the time of the funeral service in the...

Kiwanis Preps Lions Hall for Oktoberfest - 09/09/2010
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In the photo Elmira Kiwanis Club members Ron Wagner, Tony Dowling and Jamie Meek raise their glasses to celebrate the announcement of the first annual Elmira Oktoberfest event, the Elmira Kiwanis Haus which will happen October 16 at the Lions Hall.

Kiwanis preps Lion’s Hall for Oktoberfest

September 10, 2010 By: Katie Edmonds of the Observer  

Elmira residents won’t have to travel any further than their own city limits to roll out the barrel and celebrate Canada’s greatest Bavarian festival this year as the Elmira Kiwanis Club are getting set to host their very first annual Oktoberfest. The Kiwanis Club will be operating a K-W Oktoberfest accredited festhall, aptly named Elmira...

Annual Barbeque and Baseball Game - 09/07/2010
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The baseball game involving ARC Industries and Kiwanis members will be held on Wednesday, September 8, 2010 starting at 5:00 PM. Barbeque will follow the game around 6:00 PM rain or shine.   

LG Shelley Des Cotes Visits Our Club - 08/17/2010
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LG Shelley Des Cotes had breakfast with us at our meeting this morning. She updated us on what transpired at the E.C. & C. Convention in St. John, New Brunswick. She also presented Ron Wagner with a patch signifying that our club had fulfilled its promise to the HIV Challenge children's project for year 2.

Kiwanis Summer Barbeque at the Hendricks in West Montrose - 08/10/2010
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Kiwanis Summer BBQ 

Barbequed chicken and ribs were served with all the trimmings at the Kiwanis Summer BBQ event hosted by Tom and Jane Hendrick at their home. Appetizers and desserts were also well received. Thanks to Tom and Jane for again hosting a wonderful event.

Elmira Street Dance - 08/06/2010

Some 600 people came out to mingle, dance and celebrate summer at the annual street dance Aug. 7, the last hurrah of the Elmira BIA Sidewalk Sale last weekend. After a two year hiatus when the event was rained out at the last minute, this year’s party went off without a hitch.

“It was very well attended,” said event organizer Hugh Weltz. “I was pleased to see a lot of families come out this year.”

Weltz mentioned that typically the crowds don’t stay for the entirety of the show but this year was an exception. “The band was excellent. I have heard nothing but good things said about them.”

Fundraising totals will be announced a few weeks from now when the proceeds are totaled. Next

year’s dance...

Beat Rocks the Block - 07/23/2010
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The Kiwanis Club of Elmira runs the food booth on site. Be there.

Elmira Kiwanis ACME Cup Golf Outing - 07/06/2010
The Elmira Kiwanis Club Acme Cup Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday July 7, 2010 at the Elmira Golf course. Seventeen members and friends braved blistering heat in the quest for the coveted trophy.

The winners were Jim and Linda Schwindt with friends Rick and Marg Scheid with a score of 2 under par.

John Kendall's Father Ernie Passes Away - 06/27/2010
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Ernest Wakefield (Ernie) 1908-2010 Ernie had a great run at life and ran the victory lap and passed away, peacefully, surrounded by family at Chateau Gardens Nursing Home, Elmira, on June 26, 2010 in his 102nd year. Ernie was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Grace (Jowett), his parents, Ernest and Estelle Kendall, his sisters, Margaret Anderson and Lois Tuthill and his brother, John Thomson Kendall. He is survived by his children, Amy Grace and Gary Wobeser of Saskatoon, Jane and Al White of Harriston, John and Sandy Kendall of Elmira, as well as his grandchildren, David White, Andrew (Sally) White, Sara (Brent) Hughes, Keith (Rachel) Wobeser, Bruce (Bridget) Wobeser, Heather Kendall, Laura...

Lobster-licious! by Katie Edmonds - Observer - 05/20/2010
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Kiwanis Club members Tom Hendrick and Tony Dowling have a little pre-Lobsterfest fun. The real crustaceans will be served up May. 29.
Click on Lobsterlicious

John Soehner - 05/16/2010
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SOEHNER, John D. Passed away after a gallant struggle with many health issues on Monday, May 17, 2010 in his 71st year. John Soehner of Elmira is the beloved husband for 45 years of Gael Soehner (nee Matthews); loved father of Heather Uttley and her husband Steve, Chris (Skip), and Jody and his wife Jenny all of Elmira; devoted grandfather of Kyle and Alexander Uttley, Phebe Fritz-Soehner, Danny and Desi Soehner; dear brother of Gladys Archibald of Alma and Ruth-Ann Rae of Waterloo. Also lovingly remembered by his mother-in-law Pearl Matthews of Loring, Ontario. Predeceased by his parents Gertrude and Clarence Soehner of Floradale. John was the owner/ operator of C.H. Soehner Insurance for over...

Kiwanis Cleans Up West Montrose - 05/14/2010
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After being cancelled last Saturday due to rain and wind, a number of Kiwanis members braved the sun this Saturday to clean-up the roadsides in West Montrose as part of their Adopt-a-Road project. Marjorie Carroll-Nelson, chair of the event, led a dedicated gang of a dozen or so Kiwanians to pick up litter that somehow had found its way to the roadsides of quiet West Montrose village with its historic Covered Bridge. Along with Marjorie, there were Charles Arndt, John Chapman, John Craig, Tony and Barb Dowling and daughter Lilli, Tom and Jane Hendrick, Walt Ireson, Fred Karpala, Jamie Meek and Jim Stewart. Tom and Jane treated the gang to coffee and muffins after the event....

Remembering Percy Robbins - 05/11/2010
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At our dinner meeting on Wednesday May 12, 2010, John Soehner presented a Distinguished Service Award plaque to Beth Robbins in memory of her father Percy Robbins who was a long time Kiwanis Club member and a Past President.

Percy Robbins Award

District Council Meeting with Governor Gary Levine - 05/06/2010
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EC&C Govenor Gary Levine and his wife, Julia, attended District Council Meeting at the Presidents Club, University of Waterloo on Friday, May 7.  This was a District 5 Meeting hosted by Lt. Gov. Shelley Des Cotes. Gary explained the new organization of trustees for EC&C. We should save $240,000 in expenses. This needs to be voted on at the District Convention in St. John, New Brunswick, August 4-7.  

Presidents and secretaries were encouraged to ask their club members to complete the Club Excellence Tool. Ideas were shared to encourage members to complete the survey online or by paper and ways to help boost new membership. After the presidents and secretaries had their...

An Important Message from Governor Gary Levine - 05/04/2010
HIV AIDS Letter from Gary Levine

RE:  Important Message from Governor Gary Levine
Please visit the District website at for Information regarding “The Eastern Canada and Caribbean District Project for Children in Partnership with UNICEF” and interesting ideas for your club to use during District Project Month.

Young Performers Honoured at Kiwanis Music Festival - Woolwich Observer - 04/23/2010
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The last notes having echoed off the hall at Woodside Bible Fellowship, the Elmira & District Kiwanis Music Festival has wrapped up for another year.

The weeklong event saw some 125 performers, some a young as five years old, played in front of judges in the categories of junior and senior piano, strings and flute.

The following winners were announced this week:

The trophy presented by the studio of Jacqueline Wall for violin excellence went to Katie Bartel.

The Rampal Award for outstanding performance on flute, presented by Constance Madelina of the St. Jacobs Conservatory of Music in memory of Jean-Pierre Rampal, was won by Steph Hoffer.

The Myrtle Wilfong Memorial Trophy and a scholarship for...

Tree Planting Event in Elmira - 04/23/2010
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Allan Poffenroth's Dream of Greening Elmira took a big step on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Twenty-five trees were planted along Queen Street and Memorial Drive. The planting crew consisted of John Chapman, John Craig, John Eby, Tom Hendrick, Dave Huck, Fred Karpala, Allan Poffenroth, Monty Steeson, Jim Stewart, Lyndon Ziegel and Shaun. 

Email to Randy Ross, Marketing, Communication and PR Chair from our Club President Ron Wagner

Hi Randy,

Elmira Kiwanis Club Plants Trees
One of Kiwanis Club Members, Allan Poffenroth brought forth the idea for this project. He took it on as his own.
The idea of planting trees on all streets in Elmira is his dream and ambition. We kicked off the project...

Second Annual Seniors Tea at Huron Heights Secondary School - 04/12/2010
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For the second year the students at the school hosted a Tea for Seniors (and not-so-seniors). Fred Karpala, Gail Eby (wife of John Eby), Ron Wagner, John Chapman, Chloe Hamilton and Eric Adams attended this event. We were met at the door by our hostesses.


We were served sandwiches (ham, egg salad and salmon) and plates of dainties. Tea and coffee was in abundance. Our hostesses at our table were Melissa (President of the HHSS Key Club) and Spenser and volunteer, Courtney (who were think we persuaded to join the Key Club). Gillian Little came to talk to us as well.


We were entertained by a choir ensemble, and various musicians on the piano and /or guitar. Many draws were made to...

Kiwanis One Day Event - Foot Bridge Building and Shrub Planting at Victoria Glen - 04/09/2010
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On Saturday morning April 10, 2010, a bunch of Elmira Kiwanians went to Victoria Glen Park to do some bridge building and shrub planting. It was a crisp sunny day.
Team 1 consisting of Tom Hendrick, Jim Schwindt and Jim Stewart along with Mark Bauman from the Township assembled and hammered and nailed the foot bridge together over a muddy patch of  a park trail. The wodd at been precut by Mark Bauman.
Team 2 consisting of John Chapman, John Eby, Murray Haight, Paul Henderson, Fred Karpala, Allan Poffenroth, Sam Read, Monty Steenson, and Ann Roberts from the Township cleared the brush and dug holes and planted nine shrubs in a designated area of the park. The shrubs were provided...

Elmira Maple Syrup Festival - 03/26/2010
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The weather was brisk but sunny and the temperatures climbed all day - ideal for the festival.  The crowds came in droves and the sidewalks were jammed with people and strollers and dogs.  People seemed very cheerful this year!

The new scheduling system organized by Fred Karpala really turned out well with lots of volunteers and everyone turning up on time and knowing what they were supposed to do.  The scaled down menu of Schnitzel on a bun and German Potato pancakes, soft drinks and water seemed to meet everyone’s needs.  We saw many of our old customers returning saying “I come every year for potato pancakes.”  Now they are saying the same nice things about our schnitzel. ...

Valentine's Social - 02/09/2010
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On Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Dinner at 6:30 PM at Golf's Steak House and Seafood
598 Lancaster Street West, Kitchener

Cheque Presentation to Grand River Hospital Foundation - 01/19/2010
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Jane Jamieson, Associate Director accepted a cheque for $15,000 on behalf of the Grand River Hospital Foundation from the proceeds of the Dragon Boat Festival.Jim Schwindt, Jamie Meek and Ron Wagner presented her the cheque at our breakfast meeting.

The Grand River Hospital Foundation was pleased to receive a $15,000 gift from proceeds of the 2009 Waterloo Region Dragon Boat Festival, organized by the Kiwanis Club of Elmira .  This gift will be used by the hospital for the redevelopment of the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry (CAIP) unit which serves children age 7 to 18 from our community.

Jane Jamieson, Associate Director

Kiwanis Club to discontinue Dragon Boat Festival by Chuck Kuepfer, Elmira Independent Weekender - 01/14/2010

The Elmira Kiwanis Club has announced it will no longer run the annual Dragon Boat Festival of Waterloo Region. That means that the 2010 dragon boat races won’t happen unless another group or organization comes forward to keep the event going.

Kiwanis Club to discontinue Dragon Boat Festival continued

The Kissing Bridge Story, Cover to Cover by Katie Edmonds, The Observer - 01/07/2010
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The ‘Kissing Bridge’ story, cover to cover

Del Gingrich has worked in the St. Jacobs Visitor Centre for more than a decade; nearly every day, someone comes in with a question about the ‘Kissing Bridge’ in West Montrose. In that time, he’s come to learn much about the famous covered bridge.

The Kissing Bridge Story continued

The Kiwanis Club of Elmira visits the Air Cadet 822 Squadron in Breslau - 01/05/2010
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In the evening of January 6, 2010, Eric Adams, Peter Black, John Chapman, Tom & Jane Hendrick, Fred Karpala, Ed Morden, Sam Read, Ron Wagner and Lyndon Ziegel visited the Air Cadet 822 Squadron building at the Region of Waterloo International Airport in Breslau and were treated to a tour of the facilities by Ron Gowing. Peter Black presented a cheque from the club to Captain Gillespie to help support activities at the centre. Eleven air cadets participated at our Food Drive in November for which we were very greatful. Check out the Photo Album for more pictures.


Hi Peter:

 I enjoyed your visit on Wednesday.  ...

Thank You from Woolwich Community Services - 01/04/2010
for our support of the Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Hamper Program
through our Door-to-Door Food Drive.

Wooolwich Community Services Thank You

Dr. John Craig's Mother Anabelle Craig Passes Away - 12/26/2009
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Anabelle Craig

Peacefully on Sunday December 27th, 2009 at the Freeport-Grand River Hospital in Kitchener. Anabelle, beloved wife of the late John (Jack). Loving mother of John and his wife Kathryn of Waterloo On. and Diana and her husband Tom Young of Rothesay NB. Cherished grandmother of Gavin, Robert, Hilary, Meaghan, Lindsay and Tyler and great grandmother of Maren and Jack. She will be sadly missed by her sister Donna MacTavish of Glencoe, ON. and sister-in-law Betty Craig of Point Edward. Friends may call at the McCormack Funeral Home – Stewart Chapel, 254 George Street (at College Avenue) Sarnia from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Sunday. Funeral service at Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 120...

Lorne Martin's Wife Melba Passes Away - 12/21/2009

MARTIN, Melba (Mrs. Lorne) Peacefully on Tuesday, December 22, 2009 at Freeport Health Centre of Grand River Hospital. Melba (Schwindt) Martin age 85 years of Elmira. Beloved wife and best friend of Lorne for over 60 years. Dear mother of Lois and LaMonte Jefferies of Elmira, Randy and Anne Martin of London. Loving grandma of Jason and Tarah Jefferies, Kathleen and Marianne Martin. Sister of Homer and Sylvia Schwindt of Elmira, Bruce and Kay Schwindt of Vancouver Island, Susan Holst of Waterloo, Eileen and Vern Gingrich of Elmira, and sister-in-law of Ruth Schwindt of Elmira, Marion Schwindt of Grand Prairie, Alberta. Melba and Lorne along with Arnold Schwindt owned and operated Central Cycle...

Santa Prepares for Ride into Elmira - by Katie Edmonds, The Observer - 11/27/2009
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Next Saturday marks the 17th annual Kiwanis Santa Claus Parade in Elmira. Surrounding the arrival of St. Nick himself will be a whole flurry of yuletide cheer from throughout the region.

A variety of floats, including a 53-foot trailer with a full hockey rink will be joined by six marching bands, including the Dutch Boy Drum and Bugle Corps and the Kitchener Brass Band, as the parade makes its way from William Street, through the downtown area on Arthur Street and ends up at the Royal Canadian Legion building on First Street.

The event helps kick off the holiday season in Woolwich. Parade organizer and Elmira Kiwanis Club member Lyndon Ziegel has been in charge of making sure the festivities...

Big Total for Kiwanis Drive - Katie Edmonds, The Observer - 11/24/2009
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The Kiwanis Club of Elmira held its annual Woolwich Christmas Goodwill Food Drive Nov. 21, with members happy to discover that not only did they surpass their total amount of donations from last year, they beat their even higher goal for this year, collecting almost 12,000 pounds of food. In addition to the edible items, the community donated $900 in cash and cheques to Woolwich Community Services.

More than 160 volunteers, including service clubs and students, canvassed some 4,700 homes in the area.