June 14, 2018
t was Indianapolis Indians Day! Bruce Schumacher, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Club shared that on June 7th, Howard Kellman, calling his 43rd season of Tribe baseball, was honored with the Spirit of the International League Award! Kellman, in turn, moderated dialogue between guest players Johnny Helweg and Kevin Kramer. We learned that pitchers need to keep it simple and let the "mechanics" work on cars," while the "thing-of-the-past spitballs" would no longer have "spit" on them but, rather, gel, mousse or pomade! These players praised the Indianapolis Indians and are enjoying being a part of the organization!

(Photo:  L to R Johnny Helweg, Howard Kellman, Kevin Kramer)



June 7, 2018
Today was a GREAT day at the The Salvation Army of Indianapolis Fountain Square location! Our members took a tour of the facility and had the chance to have story time with some of the kiddos! If you haven't already checked out their impressive Fountain Square location, you really should!

We learned that the Salvation Army of Fountain Square is part of the city of Indianapolis in the Indiana Division. Within the Indiana Division there are twenty-six Corps Community Centers for worship and service, which are the basic units of The Salvation Army, and various specialized centers, including shelters, child care facilities and Service Centers. The functions of each corps include religious and social services which are adapted to local needs.



May 31, 2018

Founded in 1994, International School of Indiana's emphasis is on global learning and language immersion. Tim Veale, Upper School Principal, provided an insightful look into the International Baccalaureate education, the preparation, and the challenges it provides for our children.

Elyssa Campodonico-Barr, President and CEO, Girls Incorporated of Greater Indianapolis accepted a $2500 grant today from Foundation President, Greg Fennig. The grant will provide 85 girls the opportunity to attend the empowering summer day camp which will inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold via a "sisterhood of support!" 


May 25, 2018
500 Festival Memorial Service 

May 24, 2018
No Meeting

May 17, 2018
Domestic violence affects people of all backgrounds and education levels. Cindy Lanane, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, shared her time with us, stressing the importance of prevention.


Foundation President, Greg Fennig, presented Tonja Eagan, Social Health Association of Indiana, a $2500 grant to help fund the organization's "Step up for Kindness" bullying prevention program. Approximately 600 Marion County children will develop skills to address bullying!


May 11, 2018
Six set of foster parents were celebrated last week with the program theme centering around the book/movie Wonder.  Each of these individuals "inspire with acceptance and kindness!" 

Pictured L to R:  Graham Honaker, Gwen Williams, Melvin Williams (Adult and Child Agency) Mike Halstead

Pictured Lto R: Graham Honaker, Sandra Beecher (Nat'l Youth Advocate Program), Mike Halstead 

Pictured L to R:  Graham Honaker, Kim Buntin, Byron Helms (Children's Bureau, Inc.), Mike Halstead

Pictured L to R:  Graham Honaker, Stephenie Jay, Tony Jay (Damar Foster Care Services), Mike Halstead

Pictured L to R: Graham Honaker, Nichelle Miles, Steven Miles (Marion Co. Dept. of Child Services), Mike Halstead

Pictured L to R:   Graham Honaker, Gwen Williams, Melvin Williams (Adult and Child Agency), Mike Halstead

To show our appreciation for their selflessness and compassion toward children, they were presented with the following gifts:

  • Trendy clear backpack
  • Kroger $100 gift certificate
  • Wonder book
  • Wonder DVD
  • 2018 Indiana park pass
  • Laptop loaded with Microsoft Office
  • Insulated travel mug
  • Tea
  • Cookies
  • Notecards

In a bittersweet moment, Graham Honaker, honored the late Tim Blakley a Posthumous Committee Appreciation Award for his 17 years of service!

A special thank you to the following, for without them the program would not be possible:

  • Angela Cain - Emcee
  • Mike Yonts - Videographer, Mike Yonts films
  • Rush Yelverton - Photographer
  • Fostering Families Committee 
    • Graham Honaker, Chair
    • Suzanne DeCellis
    • Lou Drexler
    • Steve Fero
    • Chuck Kotterman
    • Carol Orbison
    • Wende Padek
    • Jackie Salmon

You may view this year's video here.

May 4, 2018
Founded in 1980, Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. is the 2nd largest food bank in the country. Board Chair, Greg Fennig, provided us the history of the amazing organization as well as the horrifying statistics of "food insecure" Hoosiers. Across the 21 counties that Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc.serves, there are over 300,000 food insecure people and 99,600 of those are children! Contact Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. and pledge your support. Let's help fight hunger! Thanks to Greg for the truly eye-opening presentation!

Our Kiwanis Election slate was approved by the membership on Thursday, May 3rd.  Congratulations to: 

Grahma Honaker, President Elect
Chuck Kotterman, Board
Wende Padek, Board
Jaime Smith, Board
Alex Sventeckis, Board

April 26, 2018
Did you know there are 49,000 illiterate adults in Indy? Jeremy VanAndel, VP Indy Reads, shared the plight of the city and the goal with Indy Reads' Community Classrooms. This "process-based" program is all about establishing connections and developing necessary skills to provide opportunities for all adults. Volunteer today and help make Indianapolis 100% literate!

We also heard from our slate of candidates that will be up for election to the Kiwanis Club Board. 
President Elect:  Graham Honaker
Board Member:  Chuck Kotterman
Board Member:  Wende Padek
Board Member:  Jaime Smith
Board Member:  Alex Sventeckis
Online voting is happening now!  It closes at noon on Wednesday, May 2nd!
Ballot voting will happen at the meeting this Thursday, May 3rd!

We were fortunate to have seven of our friends from the Kiwanis Club of Richmond plan a road trip!  Thanks for sharing and for making our meeting one of your stops! 



April 19, 2018

500 Festival CEO, Bob Bryant, gave us the rundown on the 500 Festival. ((No pun intended!)  Get marking those calendars so you don't miss a single event!  There is something for all ages from health and fitness to community and celebrations! Get out there, enjoy May and all of the activities this organization provdes!


Patty Dunham, wife of Kiwanian Tom Dunham, and Jane Wainwright, Tom's daughter, attended on our meeting on Tom's behalf.  Patty accepted a Certificate of Appreciation for Tom for all that he has done for Kiwanis through the years.

 From L to R:  Mac McWhirter, Patty Dunham, Greg Fennig

Daughter, Jane,  presented the two $2500 Kiwanis Improvement Program at Southport High School “KIPS” Scholarships!
From L to R:  Patty Dunahm, Hlim Kol, Jane Wainwright, Aye Aye Chaw

April 12, 2018
It was interesting to hear from some of our sponsored clubs today! Moses Mang, Perry Meridian Key Club, expressed that his club finds true purpose in serving the community! A favorite of the Key Clubbers is working with Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Inc. H L Harshman Middle School Builder's Club along with IPS George Washington Carver School 87 Builder's Club expressed appreciation for Kiwanis-funded activities as well as for setting the example of volunteerism such as food pantry donations and blanket-making. Capital City Aktion Club member, Jenneth Phillips, summed it up perfectly, "it's about fellowship, friendship and food!" Please note that Aktion Club is always looking for volunteers!

Moses Mang, Perry Meridian High School Key Club

(L to R) Cindy Banks, Rob Schlegel--Advisor Capital City Aktion Club, Jenneth Phillips

(L to R) Juli Cooper, George Washington Carver Builder's Club Teacher Liason, Wendi Hopewell--George Washington Carver Builder's Club Sponsor, Lori Sumner, Partner's in Education Harshman Builder's Club Teacher Liason

April 2, 2018
Spring Break Hiatus!

March 29, 2018
"Keeping a sense of humor no matter what," is the motto of Howard Kellman, the Voice of Indianapolis Indians and 2017 Broadcaster of the Year! Kellman quipped that "if baseball were easy, they'd call it football!" Amid jokes, stories and trivia, we learned about the 2018 Indianapolis Indians and a few lucky members even won free tickets for their baseball knowledge! Get out to Victory Field; it's baseball time! Thanks for the laughs, Howard!

Mark Bowell, Executive Director of Friends of Garfield Park, Inc. (AKA Mr. Garfield Park) praised the Club as he accepted a $2500 grant from Foundation President, Greg Fennig. The oldest and most diverse park in the city, the grant will be used for to sponsor "The Garfield Park Youth Adventure." That program will connect kids and parents to the park for nature, recreation and opportunities that would not ordinarily be had.  


March 22, 2018


Five Marion County Senior High School Boys Basketball players received Downtown Indianapolis Kiwanis Boys Basketball Academic All-Star Scholarship at the 72nd annual Indiana State High School Boys Basketball Finals Luncheon on March 22.  The luncheon, which honors the eight state finalist basketball teams, was held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, home of the Indiana Pacers - a sponsor.


Recipients were (left to right holding plaques)  Jacob Ball, Cathedral High School; Joey Gruber, Cardinal Ritter High School; Nick Hall, Franklin Central High School; T.J. Mann, Bishop Chatard High School and  Trevor Russell, Lutheran High School. Each received a $1,000 scholarship that recognizes the importance of academic excellence in athletics.  The scholarships are awarded to five senior Marion County basketball players who maintained the highest career grade point averages.  


Additionally, Gruber received the $1,500 Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship, given to the All-Star who is selected Most Valuable Player with the highest GPA.


Other officials who participated in the luncheon included (left to right) Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb; Kiwanis Club President Mike Halstead; Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) Commissioner and Kiwanis Club member Bobby Cox;  Jim Mills Memorial Scholarship presenter Jeff Mills; and Bill Benner and Darnell Hillman, both of Pacers Sports and Entertainment.



March 15, 2018

Filmmaker Ted Green joined us today and gave a glimpse into the making of his newest film Eva. Traveling 90,000 miles around the world, Green professes Eva Kor's story is one that reveals the triumph of the human spirit!  The premier is April 5th at Clowes Memorial Hall, Butler University.

Claire Brosman, School on Wheels,  gratefully accepted a $1700 grant from Foundation President, Greg Fennig.  Become a tutor or volunteer at the organization to help them break the cycle of homelessness through education! #LuvIndySOW

March 8, 2018
Jed Cornforth, Beyond Monumental, shared some of the organization's history and accolades as well as their important mission to help kids connect their health to fitness!

Robin Elmerick accepted the Foundation's $2500 grant on behalf of Starfish Initiative. Focusing on college and career readiness for students below poverty level, the organization is celebrating 15 years of assistance to Marion County youth! 

March 1, 2018
LaToya Pitts, Christamore House Family & Community Center, was presented a $2500 grant from Foundation President, Greg Fennig. We learned from Pitts that these funds will enable low income students the opportunity for college visits to Butler, IU and Notre Dame, as well as other resources for at risk youth.

Bob Schultz and Jacqueline Eckhardt, both prominent faces of Downtown Indy, presented an engaging, panel share-session today! Always forefront for the pair is the question, "how can downtown work better?" The organization constantly keeps the branding and marketing of the "product"--Indianapolis--in mind while striving for: customer confidence; beauty and ways to improve cleanliness; ways to improve transportation and flow; and how to manage and activate public space. We thank them for all Downtown Indy does and for allowing the Q & A!

February 22, 2018
Kris Bowers, co-owner of The Wine Market at Fountain Square, humorously explained that the inception of the business partly resulted from her not wanting to simply be a "grumpy past Lieutenant Governor of Kiwanis!" The popular gathering place Kris refers to as, "The Business that Kiwanis Build", emerged from a solid plan that included assistance from many established and new relationships. And you guessed it, many were Kiwanians! If you haven't been there yet, you're missing an awesome place to "sip, sit, and share!"


The Foundation presented a grant for $2500 to Dennis Bland, President, Center For Leadership Development. Dennis expressed his gratitude for the support, revealing firsthand knowledge of the successes the Center provides to young men.


February 15, 2018
Justin Ferguson, Ball State College of Architecture and Planning proved to us just how cool the University and Indianapolis are! With an approximately 50 year relationship, Ball State College of Architecture and Planning has worked with the city. They are mentoring Indy students in conjunction with vocational programs, encouraging design fields in college, providing architectural camps and experiences so that the young people know what it might be to work in this field. Civic design: educate, assist, and advocate all for a better quality Indy!

The Foundation presented a $2500 Grant to Andy Amick from the The Salvation Army Indiana Division to fund the Salvation Army Kettle Card Stands. We enjoyed hearing about the "red kettle evolution" of 126 years!


February 9, 2018

Our Abe Lincoln scholarship program was featured on the front page of  the Indy Star, make sure to check out here: 

Our four scholarship winners with Mike Halstead and Steve Willem

Abe Lincoln attendees enjoy the program

Anne Ryder, Senator Joe Donnelly, and Steve Willem

  • 43rd Annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards Banquet was held Friday February 9th at Ivy Tech
  • Club honored 26 senior high school students who have led very challenging lives
  • Each has overcome significant obstacles and still have achieved  success
  • $41,000 in scholarships presented to four of the candidates
  • $5,500 in awards were presented to the remaining 22 candidates.

The four scholarship recipients are: 

1st:  Caroline Kavanaugh
Perry Meridian High School

2nd:  Abiodun Akinseye
Northwest Community High School

3rd:  Charles Peterson
Warren Central HIgh School

4th:  Abigail Boldt
Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School

February 1, 2018
Corey Parchman, former NFL wide receiver turned child advocate, was sincere and humble as he relayed to us events from his past.  His determination to break free from the "labels" led to his current affiliation with the United Way of Central Indiana and ultimately his founding of the Mini Men Pre-K Leadership Academy!  

It was a full agenda and while we don't often have the Press in attendance, we did last Thursday!  Angel Starks, TV Talkshow Host at WHMB TV, was in attendance and provided realtime coverage of our meeting!

(Left to Right:  Angel Starks, Club President Mike Halstead)

(Left to Right:  Angel Starks and Corey Parchman)

Past Abe Lincoln Winner, Brooke Moreland, shared her successes with us!  We apppreciated her candor and wish her the best as she works toward her Doctorate!

3PEAT for Kiwanis in the Golden Kettle Contest with Rotary!  A special thanks to Karen and Joe for all of their work!

(From L to R:  Duke Haddad, Joe Marbuagh, Karen Burns, Andy Amick, Mike Halstead)

Brandi Herbert, Principal, Center for Inquiry #27 received a well-deserved grant from Foundation President Greg Fennig

January 25, 2018
Routinely recognized by the Arbor Day FoundationKeep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc. strives for an Indy that is loved, cared for and ecologically rich! Dave Forsell, man at the helm, shared about our cities volunteerism and the building of capable, caring young people... It's not only about esthetics but the "human landscape of beauty!"


January 18, 2018
With witty humor, conveyed in a somewhat playful manner, Michael Leppert, Public Affairs Director, Krieg Devalt, provided us the lowdown on the current legislative session! Not only did he field questions, but he also provided some entertaining tidbits from the timeline of Indiana's Alcohol Laws such as: 1941 Female bartenders were proihibited except for those who owned a bar or who were the wife of the owner! If you didn't make it, you missed a great meeting.

January 11, 2018
Raad Khatib, Programs Coordinator 21st Century Scholars Success Program, IUPUI, explained what 21st Century Scholars is and also the eligibility requirements. We discovered that equally as significant in the lives of these young scholars is the "Success Program" IUPUI has in place to bridge that gap from high school to college. From mentoring to tutoring to social understandings, support is always available. Quite a nice gem of a program which contributes greatly to each scholar's success! Kudos to IUPUI!

We also paid a special tribute to Andre Lacy, fellow Kiwanian and friend who passed away November 30, 2017


January 8, 2018
We've missed you!  Please reconnect with us this Thursday, January 11th!
Our guest will be Raad Khatib, Programs Coordinator, IUPUI, 21st
Century Scholars Success Program.  We hope to see you there!

December 21 - January 4, 2018
No Meetings
Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 14, 2017
The Julian Center, 24/7/365, providing assistance, empowerment, and the ability to rebuild lives... Every human being deserves a life without violence and abuse! Everyone!  Don't hesistate, call their crisis line: (317) 920-9320.  That was the powerful  message last week.  We thank Kristin Jones for providing information, answering our questions and for all they do at the Julian Center!  Kiwanis surprised Kristin with donations from the Center's "wish list!"

The Club also recognized Tom Ewbank for his dedication and service to the Foundation.  Thanks, Tom!


Friday, December 8, 2017
Tom Allen, Head Coach of Indiana University Hoosiers Football delivered a compelling and highly motivation message to over 350 of the best Marion County High School Student Athletes, Cheerleaders and Drum majors last Friday, December 8, 2017,  at the 61st Annual Kiwanis Football Awards Luncheon held at the Indiana State Fair Grounds.  His power-packed delivery kept all in attendance on the edge of their seats as he described his own experience with setting goals and not letting anyone dissuade him from reaching his goals. Coach Allen encouraged all the students to "believe in themselves" and never let anyone "tell them they could not do something". 

Tom Allen, IU Head Coach

Noah Delumpa of Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School was awarded the GREAT Player Award for his triumphing over adversity and a signed football by Colts player Anthony Castonzo. 

Tommy McDonald of Ben Davis High School was awarded a $2,000 Academic Scholarship for his excellence in the classroom.

Thursday, November 30, 2107
Major KK Mathews shared with us how the The Salvation Army  Indianapolis Harbor Light Center is staring down the "Opioid Crisis."  They provide  direction, guidance and hope.  And we must not forget education is prevention!

Thursday, Novermber 19, 2017
So what are the 10 worst states to live in? Did you know that there are 43,000 museums in the US or that North Dakota is the least visited state? Humorous and engaging, travel journalist, radio host and author Bill Clevlen teased us today, sharing a bit of Americana through his stories and left us wanting more! If you were lucky enough, you snagged one of books. They are definitely a hot commodity! Thanks, Bill, for making our meeting one of your stops!



So what are the 10 worst states to live in? Did you know that there are 43,000 museums in the US or that North Dakota is the least visited state? Humorous and engaging, travel journalist, radio host and author Bill Clevlen teased us today, sharing a bit of Americana through his stories and left us wanting more! If you were lucky enough, you snagged one of books. They are definitely a hot commodity! Thanks, Bill, for making our meeting one of your stops!

Thursday, November 9, 2017
Extrordinary meeting! A special thank you to Rabbi Dennis Sasso, from Beth-el Zedeck and Rima Shahid, Director, Women4Change Indiana, for candidly speaking with us about civility and kindness. They answered questions relating to their respective beliefs and reinforced the fact that we all must come together for "civility is the lubricant to good relationships."


Thursday, November 6, 2017
Did you know that you would have to work for 130 hours a week, at minimum wage to even be at the poverty level for a family of 3? Margie Worrell, United Way of Central Indiana, opened our eyes today as we simulated wage reductions and made choices for our pretend families. What needs will we be forced to do without? It is all about survival. We must break the cycle of poverty!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017
It's been a few years since we've held a State of the Club!  It was invigorating! A special thank you to those Committee Chairs who presented, reaffirming for all of us how dear our Kiwanis mission of helping children is!  Click here for a look at all of our committees.
*Wende Padek - Orientation

* Steve Willem - Abe Lincoln Committee

Jackie Salmon - Female Athlete Awards/
Fostering Families

* Tom Dunham - Adaptive Bikes / KIP 

*Scott Bearby - IUPUI Circle K
(Aaron Sinclair, Treasurer, presenter)

*Trena Roudebush - Program

*Bob Baxter - Riley

* Rob Schlegel - Aktion Club

* Gary Stage - East Scholarship

*Lou Drexler - PMH Key Club

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Kiwanis Business Club was pleased to have Kiwanian Genan Kirby, Fifth Third, share her expertise on private banking and the markets at the Tuesday meeting.  Don't forget KBC meets the fourth Tuesday of each month!

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Future Kiwanian David John Jacoby made a special guest appearance!

Ronnie Ramos, Executive Editor of the Indy Star, shared fascinating facts about the media and forecasted trends for the future!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
The last Kiwanis Social of the year was held at the new Wine Market in Fountain Square (Proprietors are fellow Kiwanians
Kris Bowers and Zach Davis!)  Kiwanians in attendance were treated to lucsioius wine and cheese pairings, conversation and
many laughs.  


Thursday, October 12, 2017
Trena Roudebush, 
Program Planner, Secretary and simply a "Kiwanis Jack of all Trades" was named Kiwanian of the Year!  Congratulations, Trena, on a well-deserved award!

EmployIndy President and CEO, Angie Carr Klitzsch explained growing the talent pipeline from the inside to help underrepresented residents obtain quality employment.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

It’s the start of a new year! We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Mike Halstead as the new Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis President! Thursday he was sworn in by Kiwanis International’s Executive Director, Stan Soderstrom. While swearing in our new officers, he also gave us some insight of what’s going on at our headquarters. 
We look forward to a new year with an outstanding group of Board of Directors: 
Mike Halstead, President 
Greg Fennig, Immediate Past President
Tom Ewbank, Foundation President 
Genan Kirby, President-Elect 
Trena Roudebush, Secretary 
Chic Born
Duke Haddad 
Peter Schueth 
Brandon Herget 
Kay Millar 
Joe Marbaugh 
Jackie Salmon 
Eric Steel

Thursday September 28, 2017
It was a day of celebrations!  We honored two very special Kiwanians, Marge O'Laughlin, the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Civic Award winner and Jay Brill, the 2017 Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Career Award winner.   It didn't stop there as we also rightfully celebrated current President, Greg Fenning--on the eve of his joining that past president group!  OUt distinguished group of Past Presidents reiminisced and advised, the soon-to-be-at-the-helm, Mike Halstead!  Some fun needling also took place as the group enjoyed the fellowship!

Thursday September 21, 2017
Our meeting today was anything but dull! Aside from the annual softball game--and of course the dredded "victory lunch"--when do members of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis and Rotary Club of Indianapolis have lunch together? When it's for a great organization like the Indianapolis Children's Choir! Charming and witty, the "Hoosier Hoofer", Don Steffy shared history and the fact that this organization is about more than just singing! 

Tom Schneider from the Rotary Club of Indianapolis joined us today--and it had nothing to do with softball! He graciously shared information about Indy Do Day!

Thursday September 14, 2017
Does our brain matter actually affect how we think politically? Jeff Rasley shared some interesting insight and research with us Thursday on that very topic! We appreciate his fascinating perceptions and his time!


Thursday September 7, 2017
Loved having Dennis Wimer from the Old National Center for Closely Held Business as our guest! It was exciting to learn of the special partnership with Old National Bank and the mission to connect businesses with the right assets to help them advance and excel! We felt pretty special with the limited edition coffee travelers!

Accolades from Indiana Distict of Kiwanis for our Abe Lincoln Scholarship Program!! Kudos to our Committee and Chair!

Aktion Club rocks! Thanks to Ben, Dustin and Jenneth for sharing lunch with us today, and to Ben for providing an update on happenings in the Club! We appreciate their service to the community!

Thursday August 31, 2017
Senator Joe Donnellygraciously praised our Club for "taking care of the kids!" He discussed issues from opioid addiction to
North Korea, visited with members, and answered questions. We appreciated the time he took from his schedule to sseak to us!

Thursday August 24, 2017
If you didn't join us for lunch today, you missed it! The Voice of the Tribe, Howard Kellman interviewed Indian outfielders Christopher Bostick and Austin Meadows! We heard tales about the nerve-racking draft and team trades, as well as a few more off-the-field details. Another "homerun" meeting! (Pun intended!)

Thursday August 17, 2017
Mario Rodriguez, Indianapolis International Airport,  shared with us the history of the Indy Airport, information about the addition of nonstop flights, various airport trivia tidbits and held a Q & A for us, among other things.  We appreciate his time and our award winning airport!

Thursday August 11, 2017
Amid the friendly rivalry between the Navy Kiwanians in attendance and those from different branches of the Armed Forces, Rear Admiral Gary Mayes, Navy Region NW, gave us an overview of  naval operations.  With currently 276 warships--and the hopes of growing to 355--he shared the importance of U.S. "presence" in the world as well as the significance of U.S. innovation and new technology.  An interesting bit of trivia about Admiral Mayes, albeit obscure, is how he came to enlist in the Navy.  We have to give thanks to actor Tom Cruise and the film Top Gun!  

Thursday August 4, 2017
With our regularly scheduled guest falling ill, we were very luckly to have Up With People representatives Natalia Serna and Maria Jose Campos waiting in the wings!  The young women shareed with us the special partnership of UWP, Kiwanis International, Zionsville Kiwanis Club, and Zionsville Community Schools.  UWP will be performing, "The Journey:  Feel the Music, Live your Dream, Change the World, Friday & Saturday September 1st and 2nd at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.  Their mission is simple, but significant, a global education for young adults around the world--diversity and acceptance, the importance of  everyone!

Thursday July 27, 2017
Warm and friendly, Mayor Joe Hogsett made his way around the amazing Crystal Terrace at the Columbia Club, visiting speaking with guests! Once at the podium, he enthusiastically shared about Project Indy as well as the plans and dedication of the city to reversing the unacceptable gun violence. Awesome meeting!

Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis was honored by 23rd Annual Communicator Awards.  Our very own Kay Millar was the  editor!
Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis honored by
23rd Annual Communicator Awards – selected from 6,000+ entries worldwide, two awards --
    Excellence (gold statuette): “100-Year History (1916-2016)"
Editor: Kay Millar
        Graphic designer: Brad Luther
        Researchers: Karl Ahlrichs, Thomas Dunham, Austin Greene, Nancy Hershman, Rush Yelverton

    Distinction (silver statuette): 100-Year Gala event 
         collateral materials (save-date over-size postcard, invitation and reply package, printed program, and history                   book bookmark)
gency: Millar Communication Strategies, Inc. 

Annual Communicator Awards of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) – touted as the largest and most competitive awards program honoring creative excellence for communications professionals – the competition honors the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and identity work for print, video, and interactive.

AIVA – a 600-member invitation-only organization of leading professionals from various disciplines of the visual arts dedicated to embracing progress and the evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. Current AIVA membership represents a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms including: AirType Studio, Condè Nast, Disney, Keller Crescent, Lockheed Martin,, MTV, rabble+rouser, Time Inc., Tribal DDB, Yahoo!, and many others.

Statement from Linda Day, executive director of AIVA:

“We are both excited and amazed by the quality of work received for the 23rd Annual Communicator Awards. This year’s class of entries is a true reflection of the progressive and innovative nature of marketing and communications.

On behalf of the entire Academy I want to applaud this year’s Communicator Awards entrants and winners for their dedication to perfecting their craft as they continue to push the envelope of creativity.”

  (Left to Right: Greg Fennig and Kay Millar)

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Official Babe trophy passing from Rotary to Kiwanis!  From L to R: Brandon Herget, Chris Bush, Albert Gonzalez, Greg Albright, Ramona Adams

PMHS Key Club members providing activity updates.  L to R: Elizabeth Len and Moses Lang

Dr. Jennifer McCormick, State Superintendent, IDOE, fielded questions and shared information about Hoosier education.


Thursday, July 13, 2017
Kudos to Chief Roach and IMPD! Not only do they enforce the law, but equally as important to them is building relationships in the community and helping those who need assistance. We appreciated the time he and Commander Burton took to join us today.  We thanked them for joining us as well as the service they provide our city!!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Independence Day Hiatus!  

Thursday, July 29, 2017
What do you know about conservation?  Here's a quiz to test your conservancy smarts!  What's a cover crop?  What does soil health mean? What is the "gem" of Indiana?  How'd you do? The answers were all discussed last Thursday!  If you weren't able to attend, you missed an educational speaker! Mary McConnell of The Nature Conservancy in Indiana shared with us her passion for nature and the following crucial agenda of "to do's" shared by conservancies:

  • Land and water preservation
  • Climate change
  • Food and water sustainability
  • Building healthy cities
  • Connecting people and nature

From Left to Right:  Mary McConnell, Greg Silver, Greg Fennig



Thursday, June 22, 2017
Field trip to the Indy Zoo!  This time we were the guests!  Kiwanis members enjoyed a wonderful, summer day, marveling at the Magnificent Macaws! A special thanks to Karen Burns and Kayli Cole for all of their help and organization with this event! 


Thursday, June 15, 2017
Enterprising Bill Taft, Executive Director of Indianapolis LISC, shared with us the Great Places 2020 Initiative! 2020 marks the Bicentennial and, if we all get on board, we can help LISC achieve their goal of transitioning 5 neighborhoods in Marion County!

Thursday June 8, 2017
We were honored to have Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor's Office as one of our guests. The "Richmond Hills" explosion case was the focus. We were able to take a behind the scenes look at the tedious investigation (Archeology, anyone?) and the workings of our court process.  Check out the Crime Prevention Programs and the Summer Youth Camps sponsored by the Community Prosecution Division.   We thank Prosecutor Curry for his time!

We were also lucky enough to have the Indy Star/Kiwanis Club Marion County High School Female Athlete Scholarwhip Award winner, Alia Martin, with us!  The grateful and poised Alia spoke of her philanthropic goals of breaking down barriers!


Thursday June 1, 2017 
Our guest Brandon Brummett, Louisville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, explained the process of what it takes to get a project funded and initiated. Navigation, flood and storm risk management, aquatic ecosystem restoration and watershed planning are the four main civil works of the Corps. A huge thank you for all they do for the U.S.!


Friday May 26, 2017 - Memorial Service at the War Memorial

No meeting May 25, 2017. due to Memorial Service at the War Memorial Friday May 26, 2017.

May 18, 2017 - Foundation President, Tom Ewbank, presented a $2500 grant to Tonja Eagan, CEO, of Social Health Association.  The grant will be used to help fund their new CARE Program, part of their Healthy Relationships program.

If you weren't familiar with Hoosier award-winning author, Kurt Vonnegut, after our meeting Friday you were!  Julia Whitehead, the bubbly Executive Director of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, transported through time as she shared with us facts and details about the life of Vonnegut.  We hope all Hoosiers join in the celebration with the KVLM, Visit Indy, and the City of Indianapolis as they commemorate the writer, essayist and political activist!  As Julia proclaims, "This is the Year of Vonnegut!"

May 11, 2017 - Faith, Hope and Love Awards Program
Selfless. Compassionate. Loving.  Words can't describe how proud we were to honor five sets of extraordinary foster parents at our meeting last Thursday.  Each of them are all of those things and and more!  To recognize and thank them for going above and beyond, they were presented with a laptop, laptop case, state park passes, books, a movie and more! Foster Parents are Superheroes, and we thank you for your service to the children of the world!  Our thanks also goes out to Angela Cain for emceeing our event, Mike Yonts of Mike Yonts Films, Inc. and to Graham Honaker, Fostering Families Committee Chair, for making this well-deserved day occur! 

Chuck Kotterman was honored for his twelve years of dedicated service to the Fostering Families Committee. Well done, Chuck!


May 4, 2017 - Chris Gahl with Visit Indy educated our club on how amazing our city really is! Picked as Best Places to Travel in 2017 by Travel Leisure, also picked as 6 Cities to Watch in 2017, Hottest Food City in 2016, #1 convention city.... To name a few! Let's be proud of our city! 

KIPS Scholarships Awarded

KIPS Scholarships were awarded May 4th to Sai Rat and Van Hnem of Southport High School!  These outstanding students were chosen based on their improved grade point averages and their excellent attendance.  The scholarships are funded by the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis and Kiwanian Tom Dunham. Congratulations Sai and Van!

From left to right:  Kiwanian Tom Dunham and Van Hnem.

From left to right:  Kiwanian Tom Dunham and Sai Rat.

April 27, 2017 -  (Below) Foundation President, Tom Ewbank, presented a $2500 check to Pat Wachtel of Girls, Inc.  Pat shared that the grant will be used to help fund a summer camp for 100 girls aged 6 to 14! They will be taught leadership and empowerment skills such as self-defense.

(Below) Bobbi Bosch, VP of Marketing and Development, Christel House International shared their vision with us. Healthy and nourished children learn better. Christel House serves approximately 1.5 million meals a year and educates roughly 4,600 children from the United States, India, Mexico, and Africa.


April 20, 2017 - (Below) Mingling with Doug Boles, President of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  From L to R:  John Reddington, Nicki Reddington, Guest, Stephanie AmickDoug Boles. 

(Below) From L to R:  Marge O'Laughlin, Nicki Reddington, Tim Blakely, Graham Honaker, Doug Boles.
Dynamic and engaging, Doug Boles reminded us of the significance of Indy 500 race history, while affirming the importance of new tradition.  




April 13, 2017 - The beautiful Ball Room at the Columbia Club all set for our meeting with Senator Todd Young!​

Senator Young speaking with  Kiwanian John Reddington

Senator Young and Marge O'Laughlin

Senator Young spoke with us about many issues.  He even fielded some questions!


April 6, 2017 - First Thursday Meeting at the Columbia Club joined by Howard Kellman, the Voice of the Indians!

Our first Thursday meeting at the Columbia Club!  The Crystal Terrace was delightful as the sun shone in, welcoming us for conversation, camaraderie, and Kiwanis reconnections! 

After enjoying the delicious buffet, Columbia Club General Manager Jim Rentschler warmly greeted us to our new home!

Howard Kellman, Director of Broadcasting, Indianapolis Indians, "took us out to the ballgame!"  Though it was a very cool, blustery day, Howard pulled out all of the stops, from baseball trivia to anecdotes! He warmed us up and, we're ready for the season!


March 31, 2017 - Ontay Johnson, Executive Director of 100 Black Men of Indianapolis

With wit and compassion, Ontay explained how the power of mentoring can positively impact the development and outcome of youth in our communities.

Tim Nation, Executive Director and Cofounder of Peace Leanring, accepted a $2500 grant on behalf of Peace Learning.  

New Kiwanian Wendi Hopewell shared with us about herself.

We also presented our friends at the Skyline Club with a special cookie to thank them for five years of hosting our Club.  

March 23, 2017 - 71st Annual Boys High School Baskeetball Award & State Finals Luncheons

The atmosphere was full of excitement and anticipation at Banker's Life as we experienced High School Hoosier Hysteria at its finest!  We were graced by athletes and scholars!

March 17, 2017 - Kären Haley, Executive Director of the Indianapolis Cultural Trail

Kären Haley quizzed us on our knowledge of the trail (Did you know Dancing Ann is quite a famous piece of iconic art with locals and tourists!), progression of the trail and the awesome Pacer's Bike Share Program. Get active; check it out!

March 24, 2017 - Dr. David Dixon, Kiwanis Indiana District Governor

Dr. Dixon  was with us today and provided updates on the Indiana District as well as the Eliminate Project and the International Convention.

March 10, 2017 - Robert Driver, Indy Opera Artistic and New Initiatives Advisor

Robert Driver, Indy Opera Artistic and New Initiatives Adviser, kept us engaged and entertained!  He taught us about the

origins Opera and shared many humorous tales of his vast experiences!

March 3, 2017 - Mike Langellier, President and CEO, TechPoint

Mike Langellier, TechPoint, discussed strengthening the tech community in Indiana, as well as sharing with us their Initiatives

and Scale-Up Programs.

Tom Ewbank presented a $2,500 check from the Kiwanis Foundation to Jill Gordon, Program Director, Youth Philanthropy

Initiative of Indiana.  Jill informed us about the broad range of youth the program reaches.   The grant will be used for supplies

to help empower the younger children to be "superheroes!"  


February 24, 2017 - Chris May, Director of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame

Chris May, stirred up Hoosier Hysteria as he shared with us intriguing facts and photos from the past and present, as well as

sharing with us what's going on the the Hall of Fame!   

Tom Ewbank presented a $6,000 check from the Kiwanis Foundation to our own Steve Kessinger, Chair of the Young

Children Priority One on behalf of the Center For Inquiry (CIF). CIF principal, Brandi Herbert, explained that the grant would be

used for supplies for their program.

February 17, 2017 - Carl Rochelle, Reuben Engagement Center

Carl Rochelle shared with us the Reuben Engagement Center's unique approach to keeping homeless out of the criminal justice

system.  The Center is in need of many items for their program.  If you are interested in helping, please contact them.

February 10, 2017- 42nd Annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Program

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis honored 25 specially-

challenged area high school seniors who have overcome significant obstacles

while achieving successes and presented $41,000 in scholarships to four of the

candidates at our 42nd annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet at

the Ivy Tech Event Center. The service organization gave $5,250 in honor gifts to

the remaining 21 candidates.

            The four scholarship recipients are:

•           First-place recipient – DeShawn S. Thompson/Speedway High School  ($16,000)

•           Second-place recipient – Megan P. McQuade/Warren Central High School High School ($12,000)

•           Third-place recipient – Jessica F. Borum/North Central High School  ($8,000)

•           Fourth-place recipient – Anna Hinders/Indiana School for the Deaf l ($5,000)

Circle of Valor awards were presented to the 25 candidates, each

representing an area high school. The 21 candidates not selected for a scholarship were presented with honor gifts of $250 each.

Candidates were nominated by their high schools for the scholarships because of their achievements in the face of daunting obstacles, ranging from disease and disability to dire family environments.  

Steve Willem, chairman of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards committee, served as master of ceremonies of the awards program. The following Kiwanians presented the four scholarship award recipients by telling their respective stories: Chic Born, Diane Nichols, Alex Sventekis, and Rush Yelverton.  

Anne Ryder, Emmy Award-winning television journalist, interviewed the four scholarship recipients.           

Check out the coverage from the event:

Indy Star

Fox 59



The four 2017 Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards recipients pose with their awards. Those pictured are (from left): Steve Willem, chair of the Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards program; Jessica F. Borum, North Central High School, third-place recipient; DeShawn S. Thompson, Speedway High School, first-place recipient; Anna Hinders, Indiana School for the Deaf, fourth-place recipient; Megan P. McQuade, Warren Central High School, second-place recipient; Anne Ryder, guest interviewer; Greg Fennig, president of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis.

2017 Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards candidates by schools:

Arlington Community High School – Justin I. Smith

Arsenal Technical High School – Martha L. Peraza

Beech Grove High School – Cassandra Rabadan

Bishop Chatard High School – Maria T. Linehan

Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School – Annie E. Watson

Cardinal Ritter High School – Lucas C. Roberts  

Cathedral High School – Dylan A. Pfeister

Covenant Christian High School – Kaylee R. Smith

Decatur Central High School – Megan L. Arsenault

Emmerich Manual High School – Maria G. Cardenas

Heritage Christian High School – Leia M. Szabo

Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired – Christopher Avila

Indiana School for the Deaf – Anna Hinders

Lawrence Central High School – Darien N. Pipken

Lawrence North High School – Kamryn K. Mitchell

Lutheran High School – Joshua R Clemens

North Central High School – Jessica F. Borum

Northwest Community High School – Raul Tecuarapa

Pike High School – Brandon M. Brown

Roncalli High School – Devon A. Belcher

Scecina Memorial High School – Shelbie Lawson

Shortridge High School – Samantha M. Jones

Southport High School – Lal Chan Hima

Speedway High School – DeShawn S. Thompson

Warren Central High School – Megan P. McQuade

The 42nd  Annual Able Lincoln Awards Scholarship Luncheon was a huge success!  With 307 in attendance, our guests were once again inspired by the courageousness and determination of our nominees.  Thank you to Steve Willem, our committee chair, Kathy Lee, Kay Millar, Bob Webster and the Salvation Army, Steve Robinson, Eric Steel, Austin and Chris Greene, Shari and John Frank, and Karen Burns, our table sponsors.  Thanks also must go out to John Frank and Scott Harkness, as they secured us the sponsorship of UnitedHealthcare and Norris, Choplin & Schroeder.  Kudos to all of our table hosts, our presenters, photographers and the PR committee who provided our nominees with a wonderful media packet!

February 6, 2017

Greg Silver shared with us some scientific research on climate change and discussed ways we can help the issue.  A special thanks to Dori Chandler for her assistance in Greg's presentation.   

Duke Hadad presented special awards to Joe Marbaugh and Karen Burns as Golden Challenge Winners during the Golden Kettle Campaign!


January 30, 2017

A big shout out to Lou Drexler as the Key Club Chairman. PMHS Key Club members worked hard at Gleaners over the weekend, preparing food bag for weekend meals.  Thanks to all the Kiwanians that were able to come and help support our key club!


Victoria Petersen Elia provided updates on the Eliminate Project. Though 41 out of 59 countries have been validated MNT free, there is more money to be raised and more work to be done!

Maj. Bob Webster presented the Golden Kettle to Karen Burns and Joe Marbaugh on behalf of the Indy Kiwanis Club for topping the Indy Rotary Club during the "bell ringing" campaign.  Way to go, Kiwanians!


January 23, 2017

Cassie Stockcamp, President Athenaeum Foundation, shared an early look at the renovations taking place at the historic Athenaeum.  Fantatic!  Thank you, Cassie!

A special check presentation to Meredith Howell, Visually Impaired Presechool Services, to help provide early intervention and instruction to young children coping with blindness or severe vision loss. 

January 16, 2017

Jackie Nytes, CEO of Indianapolis Public Library, provided library updates and shared about some of the exciting, upcoming programs!  Thanks, Jackie!

We honored deceased Kiwanians:  L. Tex Black, Bill Campbell, and Bernie Cooper with a Candle Lighting Ceremony.

December 16, 2016

Ted Maple, CEO of Day Early Learning shared a little about the importance of quality early education for Hoosier families.

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I don't think there is a proper way to thank Karen Burns for her service as Kiwanis Foundation President! We are lucky and proud to have you as a Kiwanian. 

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December 9, 2016

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis named Noah Thomas of Ben Davis High School this season’s top senior football student-athlete at its 60th Annual High School Football Awards luncheon, while honoring approximately 300 area high school football players and coaches today at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.Thomas was presented with a $2,000 scholarship award. He was selected the Academic MVP as measured by grade point average, class rank, and community and school activities.The event’s featured speaker was Oliver Luck, father of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and the NCAA’s first executive vice president for regulatory affairs. Today’s attendees representing each of 29 Marion County high schools included athletic director, head football coach, most valuable player, academic MVP, GREAT Player nominee, drum major, cheerleader captain, Key Club sponsor, and Key Club president. The Indianapolis Colts were the corporate sponsor for today’s event.

December 2, 2016

What a great meeting we had today with Dr. Ferebee the Superintendent with Indianapolis Public Schools as our speaker! He informed us of what is happening with IPS Schools. And did you know he was named Principal at only age 25?!

Dr. Ferebee started the meeting today reminding us that as we go into the Holiday season and reflect on 2016 to remember humility and the importance to serve.

November 25, 2016

No meeting, We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!

November 18, 2016

Conner Prairie's Norman Burns talks about $35m economic impact, the treehouse and how they make history fun for kids of all ages.

November 11, 2016

Happy Veteran's Day! Thank you to the United States Armed Forces for serving our country and protecting our freedom.

November 4, 2016

We enjoyed having Kelli Marshall, CEO of Tindley Accelerated Schools as our speaker today!

Kelli shared with us that it’s clear when you walk in the door: the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School isn’t like other schools.
Some of the differences are obvious, like the school uniforms. Others are subtler, like the way each classroom is named for a prestigious college. It all serves a single purpose: to help each of our students gain admittance into a highly selective college or university.

We also recognized our Legion of Honor Members, Ruky K Recipients and members with Perfect Attendance.

October 28, 2016

We were thrileld to hear from Indiana Basketball Legacy and Legends, Phil Hoose!


October 21, 2016

Kiwanian and Indiana State Senate Candidate, Pam Hickman addressed our club with the issues our community faces!

We were so proud to present Rick Hunt with Christel House Academy a $2,500 grant from the Kiwanis Foundation. With that grant we were able to support a whole grade (1st grade) and send them to an outdoor camp with their teachers! They were able to enjoy the great outdoors under the stars by roasting marshmallows, sleeping in bunks, and getting some fresh air! We are so proud to support Christel House!

October 14, 2016

Carol Baker, Director of Community Engagement from the Indianapolis Opera gave a wonderful presentation today!

The very deserving Steve Robinson was presented the Past Presidents Civic Award last Friday. Congrats, Steve! Rob Schlegel presented the award to Steve. Read his remarks here.

October 7, 2016

We were honored to welcome another candidate to our podium. Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb shared how answering the call to serve has been a theme throughout his life.

September 30, 2016

We honored our Past Presidents today along with inducting our new officers and directors!

September 23, 2016

Thank you to Brandon Crone, Coordinator of Basketball Operations for Butler University, for joining us for lunch on Friday. We had a wonderful time getting to hear about what goes on behind the scenes of picking such a great and well known team!

September 16, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the Centennial Gala from here and afar! It was a great success and it was an honor hearing Senator Richard Lugar and the Honorable Sarah Barker speak. We were so thrilled to have raised $74,688 (gross). Thank you to everyone to who made that possible! We are looking forward to the next 100 years!

Here are two videos that were shown during the Gala:
Kiwanis Centennial History Video
Adaptive Bike Video

September 9, 2016

It was an honor and a pleasure to have Gubernatorial Candidate John Gregg come and speak to our fellow Kiwanians Friday. It was even captured on the news, watch here!

September 2, 2016

We hope everyone had a safe and happy Labor Day!

August 26, 2016

It was great hearing Joe Vezzoso of French Lick Resort! He shared many great stories from how French Lick got its name to stories of the wonderful Cook Family.

August 19, 2016

It was an honor having Evan Bayh, 46th Governor of Indiana, speak with us about his hopes of what can be accomplished in the future.

August 12, 2016

What a treat to have Kent Brown, CEO of Fairbanks Hospital today sharing with us how substance abuse is a major public health problem that impacts society on multiple levels.

Lauren Coons of WEDO Charity Auctions also graced us with her presence last Friday doing a demonstration on how to bid on silent auction items and getting us excited for September 16th!

August 5, 2016

We loved having Dick Wolfsie from WISHTV with us last Friday! 

August 1, 2016

Major Bob Webster from the Salvation Army shared his experiences of his time spent at Ground Zero. It was a very moving presentation.

July 25, 2016

Robby Slaughter, AccelaWork, joined the Indianapolis Downtown Kiwanis to discuss about how Failure is the Secret to Success.  

July 18, 2016

Heather Hall, Vice President for Development of Sun King Brewery, joined Indianapolis Downtown Kiwanis and guests for lunch to share more information on Sun King's community involvement along with beer samples.

July 11, 2016

Mario Rodriguez, CEO of the Indy Airport Authority, came for lunch and shared some upcoming aviation changes as well as explained why Indianapolis's Airport has been rated the #1 airport in the country four out of the last five years.

July 5, 2016

There was no meeting last week due to the long holiday weekend. We hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th of July!

June 24, 2016

Gerry Dick, host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, came for lunch and informed us of how the state of Indiana is growing to meet the needs of technology in regards to businesses and universities.

We also had a surprise visitor-Governor Mike Pence showed up!

June 17, 2016

Ernie Vargo with Eskenazi Health charmed us today proudly showing us the new facilities at Eskenazi! 

June 10, 2016

Last Friday, we were very excited that Indianapolis Indians broadcaster, Howard Kellman came back to the Club to interview two of the Indians players: Gift Ngoepe & Steven Brault!! Gift & Steven shared with us how they came to play for the league and what's in store for this season!

Riley Children's Foundation received a $15,000 grant from the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis for the Magic Castle Cart at Riley Hospital for Children. The "Smile Therapy" cart brings smiles and laughter to those children going through a very difficult time in their life. The cart is an impressive 6 feet tall, 6 feet long and two and a half feet wide in configuration of a medieval castle. Inside are nine treasure drawers full of toys appropriate for all age groups. Volunteers visit inpatient rooms five nights a week spreading smiles! If you are interested in volunteering, please email Bob Baxter. 

June 3, 2016

Kiwanian Jim Schellinger, President of the Indiana Economic Development Coproration packed the Skyline Club last Friday impressing us with facts on Indiana business growth!

Hawthorne Community Center received a $2,500 grant from the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis last Friday. The grant helped create a Hawthorne Summer Teen Park Patrol Program. The program allows the teen participants to assume a leadership role in maintaining the park and improving other aspects of the park. The vision of this project is to enable young teens to gain self-confidence, foster team building, increase self-esteem and embrace civic engagement as they work to improve Hawthorne park. 

May 27, 2016

Thank you to everyone who came to the Memorial Service at the War Memorial last Friday. It was a touching ceremony where they honored those serving who have given thier lives for our country. 


May 20, 2016

A quick hitting - no pun intended - presentation from Karen Valencic teaching how to use power, not force, to get it done with grace.

May 13, 2016

Words can't describe how proud we are of these wonderful foster parents that we honored last Friday! They are such compassionate, caring, and extraordinary people that we couldn't be happier to recognize. We presented them with YMCA memberships, Indiana beach passes, gift cards to various places, coloring books, cook books, encouraging books, games and toys, state park passes, Indianapolis Indians tickets, coupon books, and more! Thank you to all the Foster Parents out there! Thank you to Angela Cain for emceeing our event and thank you to Graham Honaker, Fostering Families Committee Chair for making this special day happen!

May 6, 2016 

What a treat to listen to one of Indy's greatest community leaders, Doug Boles, CEO of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway! His energy got everyone excited for the 100th running of Indianapolis 500! 

KIPS Scholarships were awarded to two Southport High School seniors funded by the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis and Tom Dunham. "KIPS" recognizes seniors at Southport High School with the most improved grade point average and excellent attendance. 

Our Kiwanis Election Slate was approved by the membership on Friday, May 6th! Congratulations to:

Nancy Ahlrichs, President-elect
Brandon Herget, Board
Genan Kirby, Board
Joe Marbaugh, Board
Kay Millar, Board

April 29, 2016

We know why Howard Kellman is the Indians Broadcaster! Howard is captivating and intriguing and he drew the Club in with his funny tales of broadcasting with the Indianapolis Indians!!

Booth Tarkington's Catherine Dixon & Julia Bonnet (Julia's was a participant of Booth Tarkington when she was younger and now works for them, she's also an incredible singer!) came for lunch and explain how are grants is helping their organization.

April 22, 2016

What a day! We enjoyed the folks from the Benjamin Harrison Home telling us about the grant we provided them with and the difference it's making in the lives of children.

Our slate of candidates introduced themselves as we are getting ready for our Kiwanis elections!

Nancy Ahlrichs      President-elect

Brandon Herget     Board 

Genan Kirby           Board

Joe Marbaugh         Board

Kay Millar               Board


And finally, we had two stellar speakers with us Krystle Ford with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra and Beth Outland with the ISO telling about how the love of music has transformed so many lives! 

April 15, 2016

Honorable Judge Sarah Evans Barker shed some light on the growing problem of methamphetamine in our state. The effects that it has on the community, their family, & themself.We enjoyed having one of our own at the podium this week!

Monica Brase from the National Junior Tennis League (NJTL) came to our meeting to accept a $2,500 grant!

Each year, NJTL of Indianapolis serves more than 1,500 children in Central Indiana by providing low-cost tennis, life skills, and healthy living instruction at more than 16 public parks, schools, and indoor facilities.  Programs include a six-week summer session at area parks and schools; four one-week summer camp opportunities at Perry Park in Indianapolis; a seven-week fall session at a city park; two seven-week winter sessions at area racquet clubs;  the Jack Bradshaw Program offering more intensive training on the court and an additional educational component; and a seven-week spring session at a city park.  Programs provide youth ages 5 to 18 with increased skills, leadership development opportunities, healthy living principles, a summer reading challenge and positive role models.  

April 8, 2016

We had the pleasure to recognize and celebrate our Service Leadership Programs: K Kids Club, Harshman Magnet Middle School, Perry Meridian Key Club, UIndy Circle K Club, Aktion Club, IUPUI Circle K Club, Young Children Priority One, Butler University Circle K Club, & George Washington Builders Club.  Thank you Trena Roudebush for being the emcee!


April 1, 2016

Congresswoman Susan Brooks is on recess so she came by the Club to tell us that they are looking into proposed solutions for national issues like national security, healthcare, poverty, jobs & the economy, and restoring authority in the legislative branch. She also mentioned focusing on the local drug overdoses and to help find solutions.  Congresswoman Brooks also gave a shoutout to Purdue with their recent new research giving us more information on the cure for the Zika virus.‪#‎boilerup‬

Fun fact! She and Paul Ryan are the only members of Congress who graduated from Miami of Ohio!



Claude McNeal with Claude McNeal Productions received a grant for $2,500.  CMP partners with schools and community organizations to provide alternative educational theatre experiences for children and adults in order to build healthy relationship with individuals and communities.


March 25, 2016

The 70th Annual Boys Basketball State Finals Luncheon at Bankers Life Fieldhouse had an AWESOME turnout and was well received by everyone in attendance!  Glenda Ritz, Indiana State Superintendent of Public Instruction & Indiana Governor Mike Pence gave some uplifting words to the students in attendance.  Eddie White, Director of Corporate Communications for Pacers & Sports Entertainment interviewd Quinn Buckner, Vice President of Communications with Pacers Sports & Entertainment about his successes in basketball on and off the court.  Bob Lovell, host of Indiana Sports Talks interviewed all 8 State Finals Coaches as well as Bobby Cox, IHSAA Commissioner.


March 19, 2016

Karl Ahlrichs, whom is a direct descendant of The Donner Party, informed the Club of how The Donner Party teaches us about leadership and also about possibilities and risks!!


Landon Martin with TeenWorks was in attendance to accept a grant check in the amount of $2,500.  Their organization helps provide teenagers with working skills!


March 12, 2016

Tim Molinari with the Milan '54 Hoosier Museum shared the history of the museum and some future endeavors!

Sonya Beery-Yoder with Young Children Priority One IPS #27, which is a school that member Steven Kessinger volunteers at, was in attendance with some of her collegues to accept an internal grant of $5,000!

Jill Gordon with The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana (YPII) was also in attendance to accept an external grant in the amount of $2,500 and give us some background on their programs!


March 4, 2016

Dan Madigan with the Indianapolis Zoo talked about the conservation happening in our own backyard!

February 26, 2016

One of the last Holocaust survivors Eva Kor spoke to us and showed how the power of hope, healing, respect, and forgiveness is what is needed to illuminate the world! Pictured left to right: Judy O'Bannon, Greg Silver, Demi Zoeller, Eva Kor

The grant check of $2,500 was presented to Peace Learning Center.  Tim Nation & Demetrees Hutchins were in attendance for Friday's luncheon to accept the check.

February 19, 2016

Lauren Battista & Tracie Hitz came by to give the Club an overview of the 2016 NCAA Women's Final Four and how the student-athletic experience isn't a "traditional" college experience and how athletes that are women hold great leadership roles!! They also invited everyone to come out for the Women's Final Four April 3-5, you can use this promo code!  You can view the flyer for FREE fan events April 1-3.

Pat Wachtel with Girls, Inc was presented with a $2,500 grant check!

The Circle K - IUPUI was in attendace for our Friday Program.



February 12, 2016

Congratulations to the 2016 Abe Lincoln Scholarship Winners and all 25 Abe Lincoln Circle of Valor honorees!!

Abigal Gregory, Aisha Burdine, Alison Shaner, Beverly LaVertu, Caitlyn Moore, Carissa King, Ellen Flood, Emanuel Duncan, Emma Latz, Jacob Springer, Jasmine Brown, Jerrica Clay, Jonathan Bradway, Jonathon Cardinal, Kaileigh Thomas, Latasha Richardson, Lee Driver, Macy Huff, Marsha Jean-Baptiste, Monasha Kimbrough, Monique Jones, Mycah Daniel, Natalie Cunningham, Starr Franklin, & Taylor Hylton


February 5, 2016

Thank you Ronald Court for flying in and sharing with us about Booker T Washington's life and why he was so important to our history.   Thank you for keeping his legacy going!


Heather Mauer with Keep Indianapolis Beautiful came by to accept a $2,500 grant check and share with us the different programs they offer.  One includes an after school nature club which helps create the next generation of environmental stewards!

We won the Kiwanis vs Rotary Club Red Kettle Bell Ringing Challenge!!  We raised $5,252.73!!  Thank you all for your generous donations!



Rebecca Thompson Boyle with Teach For America spoke at our Club lunch about why all children deserve an education and how they recruit teachers to help these kids reach their full potential!

Tonja Eagan with Social Health Association of Indiana was in attendace to accept a $2,500 grant for their organization.  Social Health Association offers a variety of school-based health education programs that meet both the Indiana Academic Standards for Health Education and the need to provide relevant, age-appropriate health information for Indiana students.


January 22, 2016

Vicki Bohlsen & Kathy Pedrotti Hays with Bohlsen Group shared with the the Club how doing good will benefit your business and why corporate social responsibility matters!


Kendee Kolp accepted a grant for $2,500 on behalf of Reach for Youth.  Reach for Youth's mission is to empower Central Indiana youth and their families through prevention, intervention, counseling and youth development initiatives.



January 15, 2016

Kevin Brinegar, President & CEO of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce shared with the Club the struggles that he endured growing up, but none of it stopped him from being who he is today!  Kevin also shared with us the plans for 2016 in regards to Eduction, Environment, Labor Relations, Health Care, and Unemployment Comp just to name a few.

Andra Martinez with Children's Bureau joined us for lunch to receive a grant for $2,500.


January 8, 2016

Jonathan Nalli, St. Vincent Health, CEO kicked off our first meeting of the new year with a BANG!  He shared with us how St. Vincent is changing the face of healthcare!

The Candle Lighting Ceremony for Joel Gauthier, Marcie Thompson, and Irving Ball.  All memebers will truly be missed.



January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!!


December 25, 2015

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas with their loved ones!


December 18, 2015

President of Martin University, Dr. Eugene White headlined our Club meeting.  Dr. White gave us the background of Martin University and what they have to offer.  He also discussed the five goals of their strategic plan:  1. Build solid financial stability for the University; 2. Enhance academic programs and services to students; 3. Enhance, expand and improve Martin University's campus and infrastructure; 4. Improve the quality of operations and working conditions for faculty, staff and administrative personnel; 5. Enhance the University's engagement and services to the community.



December 11, 2015

Gary Brackett, Former NFL Indianapolis Colts Linebacker, was the Keynote Speaker for our 59th Annual High School Football Awards Banquet.  He did a wonderful job motivating the kids about making goals and pursuing your dreams.  Gary shared that in his big family he was the slowest and not the smartest, but he worked the hardest.  And look at the payoff, not only was he an NFL player but he owns a chain of restaurants, Georgia Reese's and Stacked Pickles!

We also presented a $2,000 scholarship to Steven Salvas of Cathedral High School for the Acedemic MVP Scholarship!


December 4, 2015

Jeff Patchen excited the Members with the wonderful new changes coming to the Museum to help the children continue to enjoy learning. Plus we got to hear about the brand new health and wellness additions and experiences that are coming by 2018; football, basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer, golf, nascar, or track fans will get to experience fitness while doing their favorite sport! WAIT THERE'S MORE...a Giant Fantasy Tree House of Sports will be installed that the kids will absolutely fall in love with!! We also had a chance to learn what the Children's Museum is doing for the surrounding neighborhood including free memberships and offering scholarships through their Promise Program for the kids and even the parents!



November 27, 2015

Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving!


November 20, 2015

Anne Noble with Purdue Polytechnic Indpls High School shared with us Purdue's advanced courses in polytechnic that they offer and their plans to build a charter school here in Indy! 

November 13, 2015

Emmy Hildebrand, HVAF, Nancy Schalk, Yes to Vets and Chrissy Vasquez, Back On My Feet, shared many inspiring stories with the Club of the Veterans that they have helped through their programs.  These organizations are truly a great asset to our community!

November 6, 2015

General James L. Bauerle, Chairman of the Indiana Veteran Affairs shared with us why keeping our Veterans in Indiana is so important.

October 30, 2015

Kurt Godlevske, Butler Women's Basketball Coach spoke to the Club about Building Successful Teams and the strategy he use.

October 23, 2015

Great information from Ron Gifford with Jump IN for healthy kids.  Ron gave the Club ways of improving the health of the children in our community. 


October 16, 2015

Thank you to Ted Green with Ted Green Films for speaking at our luncheon!

October 9, 2015

Eric Ellsworth, CEO & President of Central Indiana YMCA, spoke to us on how their Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility impacts our community.


October 2, 2015

Kiwanis International Past President, Don Canaday, inducted our new officers and told us humour stories of his adventures as a Kiwanian.

Thank you to Karen Burns for serving as our 101st Kiwanis Club President! Also, thank you to Rick Warren serving on the Club board the past 3 years.


New Club Directors: Mike Halstead and Nancy Ahlrichs

President Elect: Greg Fennig

President: Tom Ewbank

Immediate Past President: Karen Burns



September 25, 2015

It was awesome to hear from some of the Past Presidents and listen to their experiences as President!  


Phyllis Usher also received the Civic Award!  Please help us in congratulating her.

September 18, 2015

The auction and gala was a huge success! Thank you to our wonderful event committee and HUGE thank you to auction chair, Jay Brill!




September 11, 2015

Dr. James Madison educated us on 200 years of Indiana history!


Rush Yelverton and his special guests gave us a special tribute to 9/11.



September 4, 2015

Hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend!!


August 28, 2015

Not a stranger to the Kiwanian stage, Joe Hogsett gave a speech to the Club describing the success of local schools and the city's greatest public safety challenge.  In unveiling his policy platform, Hogsett called for an end to divisive rhetoric on both sides of the education debate and urged civic leaders to embrace the legacy of past mayors by uniting behind a set of guiding principles that he describes as "The Indianapolis Way".  Read the full press release, his five-point education plan, and check out "The Indianapolis Way".

We presented Circle K - IUPUI a grant check for $1,000 and they surprised us with gifts!  Read the thank you card here.



August 21, 2015

Thank you to Leah Lentini with Fair Oaks Farms for driving down to speak to us about the farm!  She shared with us how they treat the animals and how they have the best corn bread because the ingrediants are from their farm.  Go visit the farm and shop in their store for fresh items!


It was wonderful for the Indianapolis Fire Department to come speak and show us a video, and accept a grant check for $2,500 for their kids program!


August 14, 2015

It was a beautiful day for a field trip to the Indy Zoo to meet the Koalas Milo & Thackory!  Rachael Ledbetter provided us with tons of information on what it takes to care for the Koalas, where they are from, and some interesting facts such as they are not bears (so no more calling them Koalas Bears)!!



August 7, 2015

Catherine Esselman, Downtown Indy spoke at the luncheon today about what new developments are coming to downtown Indy and why more and more people are moving downtown.

Easter Seals Crossroads joined us at our meeting and we presenting them with a check in the amount of $2,500. They help individuals with disabilities and special needs.


July 31, 2015

Wonderful field trip to Eskenazi Hospital and listened to Dr. Lisa Harris speak about the all the exciting details of the new hospital and what it's doing for the community.  You can see all the pictures from the tour here.


July 24, 2015

Chuck Brewer, mayoral candidate talked with the group about his plans to focus on education, jobs, and safety if he's elected into office. 


Steve Fero presented a check to Bob Baxter for the Riley Foundation, Magic Castle Cart in the amount of $3,750!


July 17, 2015

Peter Schueth moderated the financial panel which consisted of Trent Cowles, Jo Rathbun and John Reddington. They provided the Club with a lot of knowledge that we can apply starting now!


Rise Learning Center was in attendace to receive the $500 grant check.  Nita Taylor & Dr. Scott Carson spoke to the Club and showed their appreciation.



July 10, 2015

Cliff Chapman, Central Indiana Land Trust did a wonderful job informing the club on the meaning of a land trust and how they go about helping the environment and trying to preserve the heartland!


Hannah Gentry with Child Advocates was in attendace to accept the $2,500 grant check from the Kiwanis Foundation!

July 3, 2015

Hope you enjoyed your July 4th weekend!


June 23, 2015

Centennial Cocktail Celebration was the perfect way to kick-off the International Convention.


Pancakes on the Circle had a great turn out in spite of the rainy weather!



June 19, 2015

Mary Clark with the International Marketplace Coalition provided us with her plans for rebuilding the northwest side of Indy.  That side of town is becoming international with grocery stores and restaurants that specializes in Asian, African, and Latin.  If you want to "get out of the country" for the night, visit the northwest side of town!


Concord Neighborhood was presented with a grant check by Steve Fero for $2,500 at this week's meeting. Concord is the oldest and longest running neighborhood center association in Indianapolis that offers the south side of Indy a one-stop source for social services, children's programs, education opportunites, health & fitness information and recreastional activies and cooperative programs.


June 12, 2015

Friday's luncheon was informative and fun!  It was great learning about the AAA in Baseball from radio announcer Andrew Kappas, Indians Outfielder Keon Broxton, and Indians Hitting Coach & former Major League catcher Butch Wynegar!  Thanks to Max and Bruce Shumacher for putting together!



June 5, 2015

Steven Stolen from the Julian Center was our guest speaker and his great sense of humor gave us a refreshing luncheon.



May 29, 2015

This week was the Legislative Wrap Up with Representative Christina Hale and Senator Jim Merritt.  They shared with us their unique perspectives on this term and addressed concerns of our members and friends.


May 22, 2015

All the excitement that surrounds the annual running of the Indianapolis 500 eagerly pauses for one solemn morning for a memorial service each May as a grateful community gives honor to Hoosiers who died in defense of our country so that others might remain free.

May 15, 2015

Ryan Vaughn, President of Indiana Sports Corp. was our guest speaker last week.  


May 8, 2015

The Faith, Hope & Love Program was such a touching and impactful event! The foster families who were honored were an inspiration to us all.  The Fostering Families Committee did a spectacular job putting on this event! Here are a few photos from the event.  Click here to check out our FaceBook page to view the complete album of photos.


Kiwanian Lou Drexler was also honored at this meeting for his 20 years of dedication and service on the Fostering Families Committee!



May 1, 2015

Friday was Kiwanis Election Day! Congrats to Greg Fennig, our new President-Elect and to Nancy Ahlrichs, Mike Halstead, Jackie Salmon, and Eric Steel on becoming board members! This is a great group of leaders.

Thanks Marge for working the polls! 

At this meeting we also recognized our Kiwanians who are members of the Kornerstone Society. Thank you Austin Greene for sharing so many great stories with us. 

We also presented a grant check to Claude McNeal Productions at this meeting.  The money will be put toward their anti-bullying program.  They acted out a few of their skits for us, similar to those they put on in schools to help eductate students on this topic.  It was very entertaining!


April 24, 2015

Kiwanian Greg Silver spoke at last week's meeting with a fitting topic to follow Earth Day on Wednesday April 22nd.  Greg shared with us some very interesting informtion about climate changes, and our effect on the global climate. 

We also had the KIPS scholarship presentation.  Tom Dunham presented winners Cori Church and Nancy Hiawntin Sui with their checks.  


April 17, 2015

Doug Boles, President of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was our guest speaker this week.   He was full of energy and fun information about the IMS and all the exciting things going on here in our city in the month of May! 

Greg Silver recited the Gettysburg Address for us at this meeting! 

Last but not least, the 2016/2017 slate of candidates were announced.  President Elect, Greg Fennig shared a few words with the group.  


April 10, 2015

This was a fun and eventful meeting. We had the grant check presentation to Mark Bowell with Friends of Garfield Park and the Celebration of Service Leadership program!  

Click here to view all of the pictures on our club Facebook page!

April 3, 2015

We missed everyone last week!  Hope to see you all this week at the Skyline Club for our regular weekly meeting!  

March 27, 2015

The 69th Annual Basketball Awards Luncheon was a great success!  Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to all who helped make the event go off without a hitch.

March 20, 2015

Our speaker this week was Indy Kiwanian, Dr. Kathleen Lee, chancellor of Ivy Tech Community College. She brought with her a great deal of interesting information about the college and how it compares to the other colleges and universities in Indiana.  

We also presented the grant check to the lovely ladies of the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation today.  The grant money will be used to support a new teen reading program at the library.  How exciting! 


March 13, 2015

The Salvation Army released their annual port last Friday and we are so proud to see so many of our Kiwanians are a part of this amazing organization.  To view the list of board members click here

We were also joined by guest speaker Janet Allen, Artistic Director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre.  It was a great meeting!

March 6, 2015

Our guest speaker this week was Mr. Dale Ogden, Chief Curator of Cultural History at the Indiana State Museum.  He shared some very interesting information about the Lincoln & Loss Exhibit. We also presented the  grant check to Charles Hyde, President and CEO of the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site on Friday.  This grant will help fund their "Future Presidents of America School."



February 27, 2015

We were blessed this week to have Diane Arnold, IPS School Board President and Dr. Lewis Ferebee, IPS Superintendent join us for our meeting!  Ms. Arnold and Dr. Ferebee shared some great insight on their plans for the upcoming years in IPS and how they are working hard to provide their students with the best education possible. 

February 20, 2015

Our speaker this week was Dr. Jeff Patchen, CEO and President of the Indianapolis Children's Museum.  He shared with us the many exciting things to come in the next few years at the Children's Museum. We also presented a check to IPS #27 for the Young Children Priority One grant. Several of the teachers from IPS #27 joined us for the meeting.  It was a fun and eventful meeting!


February 12, 2015

The Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards Program went extremely well last Thursday, February 12th! Thank you to Committee Chair, Steve Willem and the rest of the Abe Lincoln Committee for all their hard work to making this one of the best programs yet!

Listed below were the 2015 winners and the amounts they were selected to receive:

Hayley Faucett, Broad Ripple High School, $16,000 (pictured: 2nd from the left)

Victoria Updike, Southport High School, $12,000 (pictured: far right)

Ashley McWhirter, School for the Blind, $8,000 (pictured: far left)

Madisan Johnson, Speedway High School, $5,000 (pictured: 2nd from the right)

The program was featured in an article in the IndyStar last Friday. Make sure to check it out!

Broad Ripple Magnet High School principal Mike Akers hugs Hayley Faucett after she accepted first place in the Abe Lincoln Award from Kiwanis Club's Tom Ewbank.  Matt Kryger / The Star

Hayley Faucett, first place Abe Lincoln Award winner, talks with emcee Ann Rider. The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis presented the 40th annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet Thursday , February 12, 2015, afternoon at the Sheraton City Centre.  Matt Kryger / The Star

Hayley Faucett smiles as she accepts the first place Abe Lincoln Award from Kiwanis Club's Tom Ewbank. The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis presented the 40th annual Abe Lincoln Scholarship Awards banquet Thursday , February 12, 2015, afternoon at the Sheraton City Centre.  Matt Kryger / The Star

Dela Wright prepares to hug her niece Hayley Faucett after she accepted first place Abe Lincoln Award from Kiwanis Club's Tom Ewbank.  Matt Kryger / The Star

Victoria Updike receives her Abe Lincoln Award winner, accepts the award from Kiwanis Club's Tom Ewbank.  Matt Kryger / The Star

Ashley McWhirter, third place Abe Lincoln Award winner, talks to emcee Anne Ryder. Matt Kryger / The Star

Madisan Johnson, fourth place Abe Lincoln Award winner, talks to emcee Anne Ryder. Matt Kryger / The Star

Abe Lincoln Award winners Ashley McWhirter (from left), Hayley Faucett, Madisan Johnson and Victoria Updike share a laugh after the ceremony.  Matt Kryger / The Star

February 6, 2015

Our speaker last Friday was Carmel Mayor, James Brainard.  He had some very interesting information to share with us about the city of Carmel. Greg Silver provided Mayor Brainard's introduction.  To read this intro click here.



January 30, 2015

Matthew Tully with the Indianapolis Star joined us this week.  What a great meeting with lots of information! 

January 23, 2015

Our guest speaker last week was Troy Riggs, Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis (IMPD).  The safety of our city is important to all of us, so we want to Thank Troy for his efforts!  Also at this meeting, Trena Roudebush shared with us the pictures of the playground project that we are helping fund.  

January 16, 2015

Our guest speaker last week was David L. Johnson, President & CEO of Indiana Corporate Partnership and BioCrossroads.  


January 9, 2015

Last week was our candle lighting ceremony for Kiwanian Wade Rubick, who passed away in August 2014.  

This was a jam packed meeting!  We also had speaker Sarah Taylor from the Hoosier Lottery and Henry Ryder performed as James Whitcomb Riley.  What an entertaining and informtaional line up! 

January 2, 2015

There was no meeting last week due to the New Years Holiday.  


December 26, 2014

There was not meeting last week due to the holiday.  We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break with your loved ones.   

December 19, 2014

Amy Lamb was our speaker at last week's meeting.  Amy is with the Indiana Historical Society.  She had great information to share with us about the IHS and all the great events and activities they have there.  The Perry Meridian Key Club president, Lt. Governor and treasurer also paid us a visit at this meeting.  


December 12, 2014

The 2014 Kiwanis Football Awards Luncheon was such a great experience!  We honored some amazing kids for their hard work on and off the football field!  Our keynote speaker, Devon McDonald gave a very inspirational speech and Anthony Calhoun not only did an amazing job as our MC, but he also added his humor to the event.  Thanks to all who came out to support these amazing high school students! 

December 5, 2014

What a great meeting this week!  We had Tania Moskalenko from the Center For the Performing Arts join us to tell us all about the wonderful things going on at the Center.  Julie Laginess from United Way also paid us a visit to share some information about the United Way ReadUp Program.  The ReadUp Program pairs volunteer tutors with students who are struggling to read at grade level. What a fun and rewarding program to get involved in.  To find out more about the program click here.


November 21, 2014

Angela White was our guest speaker this week.  She brought with her some very interesting and useful information regarding philanthropy.  The Legion of Honor and Perfect Attendance Awards were also presented today.  Congratulation to all those who earned an award.  

November 14,  2014

This week we heard from Keira Amstutz, President and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council.  Keira showed us a fun interactive way to learn about the history of Indiana, called All IN.  How much do you know about Indiana's history?  Test your knowledge go to  


November 7, 2014

Chris Gahl with Visit Indy joined us this week.  What a great reminder that we live in an amazing city with so many great things to do all year long! 


October 31, 2014

These members came to the meeting in the Halloween spirit!  

We had fun, but we also learned a great deal from Mr. Bryan Mills, CEO of Community Health Network.  He shared some very interesting information about the health care industry and Community Hospitals' mission.

We also celebrated all of the October birthdays with a delicious cake from Taylor's Bakery!


October 24, 2014

Our guest speaker this week was Dr. Dan Bradley, President of Indiana State University.  He shared some very interesting information about the University, the community, and his plans for the upcoming years to increase enrollment and student success.  


October 17, 2014

Mr. Ersal Ozdemir, owner of Indy Eleven joined us this week to share a little about the background of Indy's own professional soccer team.  We also honored Steve Robinson as Kiwanian of the Year!  Steve has served above and beyond since joining the club in 1990.  Congratulations Steve.  

October 10, 2014

Our guest speaker was Mr. Nicholas Rhoad, Executive Director,  IPLA.  

Mr. Rhoad provided us with great information regarding licensing in Indiana, read more here.


October 3, 2014

Kiwanis International President, Dr. John Button / Induction of new board/officers/committee chairs

This week Dr. John Button joined us to speak and induct Karen Burns as the new Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis president.  We are looking forward to working with Karen.  The new directors for the 2014-2015 year, Kim Fogg, Greg Fennig and Peter Schueth were also inducted. Congratulation to Tom Ewbank, the President Elect. Last but not least, we want to thank Steve Fero for his service as Club President.

Read Karen Burns's Acceptance Speech as she began her role as the new Club President here.


September 19, 2014

2014 Kiwanis Gala

This year’s Kiwanis Gala centered on frest starts and challenging the Foundation in new ways to continue to move forward and prepare for our Centennial! 

Thanks to the creativity and perseverance of our planning committee led by Steve Robinson, the silent and live auction were a smashing success with the implementation of the new Online Bidding format and Kiwanis members had fun trying out the new technology and getting competitve with their fellow Kiwanians!

As part of the formal program, guests heard from MC of the night, Foundation President, Jeremy King, as he presented our fifth annual Partners with Riley adaptive bike to 13-year-old Brayden Cox, who was joined by his sister, Alisse, brother, Collin and parents Jacob and Holly. Everyone was moved by the touching video about past Lincoln Scholar, Mike Foddrill, Associate Director at Tangram as he discussed his battle with Cerebral Palsy (View the video here). He illustrated the importance of programs like the Kiwanis Lincoln Scholarship Program, and our guests were abundantly generous in offering "gifts from the heart" raising over $10,000 in support of the Foundation’s, new initiative to provide all Lincoln Scholars with a minimum $250 scholarship every year.

And, of course, some of the great fun of the evening came as Past President Larry Barrett again served as Auctioneer Extraordinaire as he masterfully sold our 13 Live Auction items to the highest bidders.

As we are still tallying up the net proceeds numbers, we wish to thank Goelzer Investment Management, Merrill Lynch Cowles-Fogg Group, and Robinson Wolenty & Young, LLP for being our supporting sponsor for this event.

If you see any of the planning committee members, please thank them for pulling together a fun-filled and record-setting event:

  • Larry Barrett
  • Nancy Hershman
  • Kathleen Bernhardt
  • Nancy Ahlrichs
  • Steve Fero
  • Jeremy King
  • Pat McCrory
  • Trena Roudebush
  • Jaime Smith
  • Tim Worthington
  • Chair: Steve Robinson
  • Staff Member: Taylor Bontrager
  • Amber Fields and We Do Charity Auctions

Stay tuned for more pictures from Paul Best Photography soon!


September 12, 2014

Michael Malik, Campaign Associate Director for Fundraising for Eliminate.

Septemeber 5, 2014

We enjoyed hearing from the President and CEO of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce Michael Huber. He shared his visions for Indianapolis with the Club and all of the exciting things to come for our wonderful city.

August 29, 2014

Friday we enjoyed hearing from Attorney General Greg Zoeller with a great Introduction from Marge O'Laughlin! 


August 22, 2014

Governor Mike Pence, filled up the Skyline Club last Friday during our Noon meeting. Governor Pence praised Kiwanis's service to the community saying, " I am thankful for your service to the people of our capitol city". 

August 15, 2014

John Ketzenberger with Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute

Please view his webiste to learn more!

August 8, 2014

Last Friday, fellow Kiwanian, Mark Monson, spoke to the club about his work as President and CEO of Fairbanks Hospital. He is charged with responsiblity for all day to day operations of Fairbanks Hospital and affiliate member organizations. As the oldest not for profit alcohol and drug treatment center in the U.S. Fairbanks provides a full continuum of care and sponsors a Charter School. Fairbanks provides services for men, women and adolescents and their families who struggle with addiction from the Midwest and from around the country.

And last Thursday was the annual Kiwanis vs. Rotary Softball Game at Victory Field. Kiwanis was victorious with a final score of 7-6, and gets to keep the honored Babe Ruth Trophy for another year! Great job Team!

August 1, 2014

Last Friday, fellow Kiwanian, Tim Wilcox, spoke to the club about his experiences as a Private Investigator. Over the course of his 26 year membership he has been the featured speaker of the club 13 times! He discussed the variety of work his company, International Investigators, Inc can perform incluidng cell phone spyware. The latest technology can ping the cell phone of a missing person within 50 ft of their location in North America, this can be done because a cell phone is always communicating with cell towers at all times. International Investigators can also locate birth parents of adopted children, and even help employers look into prospective employees through social media. For more information about International Investigators, Inc click here.


July 25, 2014

Last Friday, fellow Kiwanian, Deborah Hearn Smith, spoke to the club about her experiences as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Central Indiana. Committed to helping girls overcome barriers they face, Deborah has impacted the lives of nearly one million girls through the Girl Scouts organization. Deborah has dedicated her life to encouraging them to become leaders with courage, confidence and character. Deborah has helped to ensure that generations of Hoosier girls enter the next stage of their lives as well educated, civically engaged and philanthropic women. She also shared with us a powerful and inspirational video of Judy O'Bannon accepting an award from the Girl Scouts, you can view it here.


July 18, 2014

Last Friday, Ellen Rosenthal, President and CEO of Conner Prairie spoke on the growth and focus of programs for all in the family, kids, teens, and even adults.

She spoke on the "Informal Learning” that takes place at Conner Prairie and the great impact it has on the children and adults who visit them. Conner Prairie’s transformation has drawn international attention, and the museum was awarded the 2010 Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at a White House ceremony.

She left us with a simple message to families and adults that plan on visiting Conner Prairie: "Expect the Unexpected."


July 11, 2014

Last Friday,  Max Schumacher proudly introduced his friend of over 70 years to our club, Dick CampbellDick Campbell presented to our club about remembering the U.S.S. Indianapolis and her crew.  In the past 15 years, Campbell has shared these various history talks over 300 times to service clubs, school and university classes, civic groups, church groups, and retirement homes throughout Wisconsin and even up in Fairbanks, Alaska. He shared many photos with us with detailed descriptions. Below are some photos he shared with us last Friday.

Survivors as of August 2013.


July 4, 2014

No meeting was held due to the Holiday.

We hope you had a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

June 27, 2014

Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Loretta Rush

This week's guest speaker highlighted her extensive career working with Indiana Youth.

“I thought that (children) were the least represented, or had the least rights that were set forth in court,” Rush said. “So I saw the need. The need is just so pressing and it’s just as pressing now as it was when I started working with children in the legal system 25 years ago.”

Rush has seen hundreds of children in her courtroom over the years, each one of them special to her. She still remembers every single one of their faces and names to this day.

The number of pictures of the children who stood before Rush in the courtroom were so many, the collection eventually grew to cover her entire bench. She took all of these pictures and decoupaged them on a large canvas. The portrait hangs in the Statehouse today to remind people of the “importance of the law in protecting children in the system.”

“Pieces of those cases stay with you. I can close my eyes and see some of the cases.”

One case in particular stuck out to Rush during those years, which involved a girl under 10 years old who was molested by one of her family members. When the little girl was recounting her experiences to Rush, she paused and said, “I hope this isn’t hard to hear.”

“It hit me; that one hit me,” Rush remembered. “That she had the empathy to worry about me hearing the horrors that she had lived.”

This instance, among many others, reaffirmed the importance of her role in these childrens’ lives.

“When you are involved in this, you are resolved to put those children in a safe place and not let it happen again. Not let the system take advantage of them and to make sure that they are gonna get to know the world again as a safe one. That is why you do it, because you know how bad it can be for them out there. You can’t turn a blind eye to it,” Rush said.


June 20, 2014

Kim Graham Lee, trueU

Kim Graham Lee spoke to the club about a new nonprofit founded in February. trueU is a consortium of companies and individuals who believe in growing leaders, investing in relationships, and serving others. The theme of her presentation was, relationships matter. They are the building blocks of rewarding lives and successful companies. Healthy relationships are learnable skills and chooseable attitudes. Building strong relationships requires intentionality and investment. A healthy company recognizes that its success is ultimately based on the support of people (internal and external) who impact the business. Just as we are all leaders and teachers, we are all students, and we learn from each other, sharing what we’ve discovered and growing together.

June 13, 2014

Indianapolis Indians

Radio Broadcaster, Will Flemming, Indianapolis Indians outfielder Jaff Decker, and pitcher A.J. Morris along with Indians Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Bruce Schumacher joined the club in celebrating A.J.'s shut out the night before, and leading us in a discussion about the Indians, and baseball in Indiana. The players cheered Indianapolis as a beautiful city, with a beautiful ball park, and great hospitality from it's citizens, creating a great atmosphere to play in. Lunch was a special "ball park" themed buffet and was a fun way to celebrate summer!

This week we also had a special Interclub group visit us from the Golden K Club of Decatur, Illinois. Our 5 visitors from Illinois enjoyed this meeting immensly, noting enaging members, beautiful location and a wonderful presentation. Below are pictures of our special guests!


June 6, 2014

Website Changes and Member Updates

John Ketzenberger was unable to attend last week's meeting but that did not stop Kiwanis from having a fabulous meeting anyway! Joe Marbaugh, as well as several other members gave updates on current Kiwanis projects and President, Steve Fero gave a demonstration of all the new changes taking place on the Kiwanis website. Take a stroll through the new website setup and let us know what you think!

May 30, 2014 

Tom King, Indiana State Museum 

Tom King reminded us during his presentation of what it means to be a Hoosier and that the Indiana State Museum tries to capture the Hoosier spirit in telling Indiana's story. He mentioned that Mike Crowther from the Indianapolis Zoo asked him, "What is most authentically wondrous to Indiana?". As President and CEO he has accomplished just that. The Indiana State Museum houses collections such as the Wooten Desk (made in Indiana), Amish Quilts, the Abe Lincoln Collection, and much more! King has a lot to be proud of; there were 695,086 visitors to the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and IMAX last year!

Check out the Indiana State Museum website here.

May 23, 2014

Indy 500 Festival Memorial Service 

Each year nearly 1,000 people gather at Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis to honor Indiana’s military personnel who have made the ultimate sacrifice in America’s wars at the 500 Festival Memorial Day, presented by Rolls-Royce. All the excitement that surrounds the annual running of the Indianapolis 500 eagerly pauses for one solemn morning each May as a grateful community gives honor to Hoosiers who died in defense of our country so that others might remain free. The Memorial Service was held downtown on the north steps of the Soldier’s and Sailors’ Monument on Friday morning of race weekend.

Click here to view pictures from the Memorial Service in the Indy Star. Click here to view a video posted by Fox 59 News from Friday's service. 

May 16, 2014

Zoo Meeting at the International Orangutan Center

Friday's meeting was at the International Orangutan Center at the Indianapolis Zoo.  Downtown Kiwanians were treated to a presentation by Dr. Martin, apost doctoral research associate who will be focused on studying orangutan mental abilities, in the dolphin gallery. After this presentation, we were granted early access to the Center and given an interactive presentation with Azy, the Orangutan and Dr. Schumaker, lead researcher at the Center.

Sunday’s Indianapolis Star had a picture of our Kiwanis Club’s group on our exclusive tour last Friday.  Click here.

May 9, 2014

Fostering Families, Faith Hope and Love Program

Our Fostering Families Committee honored exemplary foster parents during the 25th annual Faith, Hope & Love Recognition Awards Program luncheon, led by chair Graham Hoanker. The program was sponsored by OneAmerica and our Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis. Those honored were:

Derek and Terri Anderson, nominated by The Villages, Inc.

Lynn and Abron Buckner, nominated by KidsPeace

Mike Locotosh, nominated by Marion County Dept. of Child Services

Barb and Earl Olson, nominated by Adult & Child

Jennifer and Randall Thomas, nominated by Benchmark Family Services

Shelonda White, nominated by National Youth Advocate Program

Emcee Angela Cain, WTHR, provided the back story on the honored families, followed by a moving video tribute produced by Mike Yonts Films. Committee members included Graham Hoanker (chair), Tim Blakely, Suzanne DeCellis Lou Drexler, Steve Fero, Chuck Kotterman, Carol Orbison, Wende Padek and Jackie Salmon.

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May 2, 2014 

Legislative Panel with IndianaWeek in Review's Ann Delaney, Michael McDaniel & Jim Shella

Steve Fero's Dad, Richard Fero came to visit too!