The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club is a subgroup of Kiwanis International, a group of men and women dedicated to service both locally and worldwide. Kiwanis International was founded in Detroit, Michigan, in 1915. Since then, Kiwanis has gained over 606,000 active members in 8,400 clubs located in 96 different nations. Kiwanis is for all ages, starting with K-Kids at the elementary level, to the Key Clubs of high school, the collegiate Circle K Clubs, and adult Kiwanis clubs.
Naperville Evening Kiwanis
The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club was built upon a Midwestern foundation, with positive values and a constant striving for excellent community service. It was founded in 1955, with 28 members. Today, the club has approximately 100 members and is comprised of professionals both retired and still active in the work force who offer their experience, knowledge, time and talents to the community. These members annually provide over 10,000 volunteer hours to 30 community service projects, donate nearly $40,000 annually to more than 15 nonprofit community organizations, and support one middle school Builders club, three high school Key Clubs, one collegiate Circle K Club. The Naperville Evening Kiwanis club is rich with a history of service which has a focus on children and youth. It continues to strive today to give "hands-on" help to the community. It has a reputation of being the "grunt workers" of area service organizations. That's part of the culture of the club. Members cut grass, paint, cut wood, stuff envelopes, clean up roads, deliver meals and books, pick up and sort food, shuttle Edward patients within the hospital, assist at Special Olympics and sing along with residents of retirement communities and nursing homes. Members serve because they care.
The Naperville Evening Kiwanis Club meets every Monday on the 3rd floor of the Education Center at Edward Hospital, in Naperville, Illinois, at 6:15 PM. The meeting begins with fellowship and dinner, and includes discussion about upcoming events and work projects, as well as presentations from special guest speakers.
BUILDERS CLUB - We are there to help Hill Miidle School Naperville with their service projects to promote teamwork and allow for leadership growth.
KEY CLUBS – Naperville Evening Kiwanis sponsors three high school Kiwanis Key Clubs which perform their individual service projects in the community and assist the Evening Kiwanis in their major fundraising activities. The three Key Clubs that Naperville Evening Kiwanis supports are at Metea Valley High School, Naperville North High School, and Waubonsie Valley High School.
CIRCLE K – Circle K is a Kiwanis-sponsored collegiate level service club which performs its own service projects and assists the main club in fundraising. Naperville Evening Kiwanis sponsors the Circle K Club of North Central College in Naperville.
NAPERVILLE LITTLE LEAGUE – The Naperville Evening Kiwanis club has sponsored one of the local Little League teams for many years.
The Evening Kiwanis Club of Naperville was chartered on June 20, 1955 with 28 members. It was the third service club in Naperville, a town of 8,000 people at the time. Weekly dinner meetings were originally held at the downtown Naperville Y.M.C.A., were moved to North Central College for a time, and for the past 20+ years have been held at Edward Hospital.
Kiwanis began as and continues to be a "hands on" service club, helping other not for profit organizations. The number of service projects has increased, and the variety has changed to meet the needs of the community and the growth of the club. While fund-raising has never been the primary focus of Kiwanis, Pancake Day and Peanut Days have been around since the early days of the club. The first Peanut Day was held in September 1958; net profit has grown from $595 to over $12,000. Pancake Day began in 1956 and raised about $4000 a year until 1994 when the name was changed to Pancake Festival. The new name reflected a change in format. New revenue sources and activities resulted in increased attendance and income. In 2008, net earnings were $35,000 with over 3,000 people served.
The club expanded its role with youth by sponsoring the Waubonsie Valley High School Key Club beginning in 1998. Sponsorship of Naperville North High School Key Club began in 2007 and Metea Valley High School Key Club in 2009. Naperville Kiwanis also sponsors the North Central College Circle K Club which was organized in 2005.