of Sikeston, Misssouri
Serving the Children of the World





Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. In the early years, members focused on business networking. In 1916, Kiwanis became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. In 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. By 1962, worldwide expansion was approved. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.

The Sikeston Kiwanis club was sponsored by clubs from Poplar Bluff, Bloomfield, and Charleston. It was chartered on Oct. 18, 1935, with 28 charter members (see article from the Sikeston Standard at the bottom of this page).  In turn, the Sikeston Kiwanis Club has sponsored 11 other clubs throughout southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas. Our fundraising projects throughout the year support various organizations and activities that directly impact the lives of children in Sikeston and the surrounding area.  Some of these activities and organizations include Boy Scouts (since 1936), Girl Scouts, Boys State (since 1950), Little League baseball, Little League basketball, youth soccer, the Kenny Rogers Children's Center, the Sikeston Public Library, the Sikeston Depot, and the annual Elks fireworks display, among others.

The 2015-16 officers for the Sikeston Kiwanis are John Mobley, president; Travis Garrett, vice president; Ron Eifert, secretary; and Linda Myers, treasurer. Members of the Board of Directors are Rick Justice, Larry Lindsey, Morton Potashnick, Tom Ray, Jimmy Sanders, C.D. Springs, Chuck Stalker, and Bill York.

2015-2016 Club Officers

Officers and board members for the Sikeston Kiwanis Club for the 2015-16 school year are (from left) Ron Eifert, Travis Garrett, John Mobley, Tom Ray, Chuck Stalker, Larry Lindsey, C.D. Springs, Morton Potashnick, Jimmy Sanders, and Doug Griffin. Not pictured are Rick Justice, Linda Myers and Bill York.

Also a part of the Sikeston Kiwanis family is Key Club International, the oldest and largest service leadership organization for teens, teaches leadership through service to others. Key Club’s 250,000 members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Key Club’s 5,000 clubs thrive in 30 nations in North America, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. By performing more than 12 million service hours each year, Key Club members make a difference in their communities and the world by organizing a variety of service projects and fundraisers such as food drives and raising money for cancer research. Currently, Key Club International is working to raise $1.5 million for UNICEF’s Operation Uruguay: Protecting the Rights of Children. Local projects have included planting and maintaining a community garden and helping with Kiwanis fundraisers, among others.

Key Club Officers

Officers for the Sikeston High School Key Club for the 2015-16 school year are
(from left) Carrie Justice, president; Mandy Huang, vice president;
Alison Miles, secretary; and Chazmin Williams, treasurer.

Article about founding of Sikeston Kiwanis

This page updated on December 1, 2015.