Youth Outdoors Day
Every June, targeted for youth ages 8-16 and their parents. The community is invited to participate in 20 outdoor related activities ranging from archery and pellet rifles to duck calling, fishing and compass reading. This is a full day event starting at 9:00 AM, lunch is provided for all attendees and wraps up with a door prize raffle at 3:30. At our first event we had more than 60 youth, in 2010 175 youth attended the event. Children must be accompanied by a parent. It requires more than 40 volunteers to host this event. Throughout the day this event provides us teaching opportunities regarding: patience, respect, and sportsmanship as well as encourages families to become more active.
Coats for Kids
Every year, from October through December, collection bins are placed at the Rapids Mall and Shopko. Through a media campaign including the Daily Tribune, NRG Media radio stations and the Buyers Guide, we ask the public to donate their gently used or new winter clothing articles. Donations are sorted and transported to Traditions cleaners to be laundered. The articles of clothing are then donated to the Family Center of Wisconsin Rapids. Annually, thousands of winter clothing articles are distributed to families throughout South Wood County.
Easter Egg Hunt
Established in 1933, this tradition is one of our most cherished. Children up to age 12 are invited to join us at both Mead Field and Witter Field at 10:00 AM the Saturday before Easter. Each year up to 500 children giggle and laugh as they search for their candy. This event provides opportunities to introduce children to virtues of sportsmanship, courtesy, and giving.
Rod Stapleman Kiwanis Invitational Track Meet
Each May, our club sponsors a track meet for Lincoln High School each year in honor of our past member. This event includes five to six schools in the Wisconsin Valley Conference. Kiwanians volunteer their time to work the track and field events for the evening. In addition, our club also sponsors all the awards for the evening.
NFL Pass Punt Kick
Conducted each September at Witter Field. Area children are separated by both age and gender into six categories. Youth compete in three activities: Passing (throwing), Punting (drop kicking), and Kicking (place kicking). Using a formula that awards both distance and accuracy, scores for all three activities are combined for a final score. Top individuals in each of the six age and gender categories advance to a sectional qualifier in October. In November sectional winners compete at Lambeau Field for a shot to ultimately compete at the Super Bowl.
Conducted each November at the Kiwanis Youth Lodge in Kellner. Wisconsin is rich in agricultural history and tradition. This event is an opportunity for our club to give back to members of our community involved in the agriculture industry and celebrate this year’s harvest with a related programs and activities for the evening.
Winter Outdoors Day
Is the spirit of the Youth Outdoors Day help in June, each February we host an event at the Nepco Lake Shelter to introduce area residents to outdoor winter activities. The event is help free to the public and includes the following activities: snowshoeing, cross country skiing, fur trapping, ice fishing and a naturalist program by the DNR. Future activities may include: ice skating, sledding/toboggans, curling, downhill skiing, ski jumping or winter survival.
Student of the Month
In recognition of hard work and dedication to both studies and volunteering, we recognize one student each month from surrounding area high schools. Participating schools include: Nekoosa, Port Edwards, Assumption, and Lincoln high schools. Students are invited to a club meeting, at which they are introduced by a faculty member, provide a short presentation regarding their accomplishments and future goals, and finally are presented a plaque recognizing their accomplishment.
Kiwanis Educational Scholarship
Area students are invited to submit an application by mid April each year. A committee of members reviews the applications and determines who will receive the annual scholarship. Prior to 2005, scholarship winners were awarded $250 for each of four years. To simplify the process and adjust to the increasing cost of education, we no award a one-time sum of $1000 to one applicant each year.
CMN Ballon Rally
This is an annual event held at Alexander Field. On Friday night and all day Saturday, we sell hotdogs, brats, burger and cheese burgers. 100% of net sales is donated to the Children’s Miracle Network.
Kiwanis Peanut Sales
Kiwanis Peanut Day is our major fundraiser. This project includes both handing out peanuts at area merchant storefronts while collecting donations, and a door-to-door campaign asking area merchants for donation in exchange for roasted peanuts, honey roasted peanuts, or cashews. Annually this campaign raises roughly $10,000 towards our Wisconsin Rapids Kiwanis Foundation. All of these funds are then given back to the community through both services project and monetary donations. None of the proceeds from this campaign are used to support our clubhouse or defray membership costs.
Copps Food Center Brat Fry
One Saturday each summer we man the brat stand at Copps to sell hot dogs, brats, burger and cheese burgers. This event only requires about three members.
Lunch By The River
Each Thursday, June through August, we participate in the Lunch By The River event. Along with 4-5 other vendors we sell hotdogs, brats, burgers and cheeseburgers. This is a substantial fundraiser for us. During the Stuff The Bus week we donate 25% of net sales to the United Way Stuff The Bus campaign.
Nekoosa Giant Pumpkin Fest
This is an annual event held in Nekoosa All day Saturday and Sunday we sell hot dogs, brats, burger and cheese burgers. This is another substantial fundraiser for us.