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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
updated on December 1, 2015.