Kiwanis Club of Red Oak, Iowa

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Meeting time and place

Officers and board members

What we do for the community





Meeting place: The Pizza Ranch 1511 N Broadway (near the south end of the plaza)

Meeting time: Each Monday noon except holidays (The meeting starts at 12:15 P.M.)

Meetings end promptly at 1:00 P.M.

Visitors are always welcome!

Board Meetings on the second Monday each month at noon




President-Dr. Terry Gillespie

President Elect- David Jennings

Past-President- Sharon Weise

Secretary- Dr. Jen Black

Treasurer- Allan Olson



Chuck Truka (14)

Connie Mellott (14)

Rev. Caryn Pedersen (15)

Ron DeMarce (15)

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Our club's membership averages about twenty-five.

The club's average yearly project expenditures are about $11,000.



Our club was instrumental in bringing soccer to Red Oak, supplying the first goals and coaches.

We work at concessions at volleyball, basketball, and football games.

For sixteen years we have bought and fit bicycle helmets for Red Oak's third graders.

We sometimes buy and fit bicycle helmets for the Red Oak Head Start Trikathon.

We read to elementary students.

Jointly with the YMCA, we sponsor a TRYathlon each year, with an emphasis on the TRY. For some serious participants it is their first competitive event of the season; some don’t even want to be timed.

We present Loren Works Music Scholarships annually to music students, totaling $1000 to $2,000.

Each year we sponsor a County Fair trophy.

We sponsor a Duck Race each Fourth of July, originally floating them down the Nishna Botna River, but in recent years we have held it in Legion Park, racing the ducks in the swimming pool. We invite other organizations to share in this event.

We also have a Bicycle Poker Run, where participants visit historic sites around Red Oak. Representatives at these sites give tours to the participants.

We were an original sponsor the Summer Junior Tennis Program. over the years we have contributed over $20,000 since its beginning through salad luncheons, potato bars, or tip night at the Pizza Ranch, where we buss tables for tips.

Various organizations take turns feeding the Red Oak football team and coaches the Thursday evening before games. We feed them our famous K-Dogs (quarter-pound hot dogs) along with baked beans chips, etc, and a desert.

We volunteered to paint benches in city parks.

We sponsor fire extinguisher training for Red Oak’s fourth graders each year.

We help the Montgomery County Public Health at flu clinics.

We buy clothing and gifts for two needy families at Christmas time.

We contribute to the YMCA annual campaign.

We conduct an annual coat drive in the fall.

We buy meals for two families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

We provided financial assistance to the Red Oak Community High School for its virtual technology program.

We provided financial assistance to the Red Oak Community Middle School for its wind power generator.

We supported the Kiwanis International World-Wide Iodine Deficiency Program.

We supported the Kiwanis International World-wide Eliminate Project to rid the world of maternal and neonatal tetanus.

We contribute to the Kiwanis District and International foundations, along with other special Kiwanis protects.

We support other community projects that vary throughout the year that are not ongoing. Some are just financial gifts to help other volunteer organizations, and others are work projects.




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