Name Chairs Description
Ag Appreciation Day
Smith, Larry
Local Farmers and their families are invited to attend luncheon at normal meeting time to thank them for their contributions to our community
Whittler, Gregory
Annual audit of the finances for the club
B.U.G Program
Swanson, Lois
We are beginning our third year!! We read and work on spelling with third graders who are deemed by their teachers as children who need extra help. In third grade, they have to pass the IRead test in order to move on the fourth grade. The kids are great and we all love working with them. I currently have 14 volunteers and one Sub involved in this program. Two volunteers go on Thursdays and two volunteers go on Friday.
Builders Club - Boston
Riehle, Michael (JR)
Bernth, Steven
Middle School Kiwanis Club known as Builders Clubs. This club will start 2017-2018 School Year with Holly Welsh as the teacher representative from the school.
Circle K
Pappas, John
Clergy Day
Frohne, Victor
Coordinates invitations and program to celebrate local clergy with a luncheon at our normal meeting time.
Fun Committe
Jongkind, Jan
Organize "Fun" events for the club
Golf Outing
Schreiber, Mark
Held Early June. Organizes and plans yearly golf outing
Holiday Wreath Sale
Komp, Linda
Pappas, John
Corrdinates the sale of wreaths, garland, etc. during the holidays to members and the community. Pre-sales, and then final sale and pick-up is after the Santa Parade.
KBF Awards
Biernacki, Joseph
This started out with just La Porte High School when I first started. As they had several Valedictorians that were awarded each year. Recently though, LPHS has gone to point system that awards 1 valedictorian and 1 salutatorian. As a result, we have expanded to include both South Central and New Prairie High schools. We chose these schools because we also support Key Clubs at each of the schools. In fact I know of one key club member last year from New Prairie who was also a KBF Award winner. The event is held each May before schools let out. We invite the students and their parents for lunch, also invited are the superintendants and principals. The principals give a brief synopsis of each student and present them with a plaque that is provided by Kiwanis.
Kiwanis Park
Komp, Linda
Maintains the Kiwanis Park on Pine Lake Avenue. Coordinates with the City Park Department
K-Kids (Hailmann)
Komp, Linda
Works with local elementary school to coordinate local Kiwanis club within the school
K-Kids (Crichfield)
Hague, TJ
Kiwanis Club of local elementary school studends
Meals On Wheels Committee
Pappas, John
Jimerson, Beth
Delivers weekly meals for La Porte Meals on Wheels program to an assigned route of home-bound clients.
Stevens, Bruce
Support the club in recruiting new members Conduct orientation training for new members Prepare and conduct induction ceremony for new members Assist in keeping membership directory updated
Pancake Breakfast
Riehle, Amy
Annual Fundraiser held at the La Port Armory
Radio Days
Schafer, Ron
Local radio station WLOI-AM allows the Kiwanis Club of La Porte to sell :30 second radio ads to local businesses and to keep all the profits. We do this in February during the anniversary of our club. The businesses can purchase Kiwanis prepared scripts or one of their own ads if they are currently on the air. The ads will run during a one week period (our anniversary) and on Tuesday of that week the Kiwanians become the local DJ's, broadcasting from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. We have 3 or 4 periods (3 minutes or more) each hour to discuss Local, District and International Kiwanis activities and what we stand for. This is a fun and exciting event.
Run for Riley 5K
Hague, TJ
Annual 5K race that takes place before the 4th of July Parade in La Porte. Proceeds benefit Riley Hospital.
Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Osborn, Drumm
Coordinates date and time for members to volunteer to ring the bell for Salvation Army
Santa Parade
Riehle, Michael (JR)
Komp, Linda
Pappas, John
Coordinates annual parade in downtown La Porte the day after Thanksgiving with Chamber and City of La Porte.
Scholarship for La Porte High School
Biernacki, Joseph
Reviews applications, chooses recipient and coordinates with winners to award and distribute $1000 scholarship to a high school senior that is renewalable for 4 years of college.
Sunflower Fair 5k
Foglesong, Jonathan
Run & Health Walk the morning of the LaPorte Sunflower Fair. Follows the fitness Friday course from YMCA to Beechwood and back.
Riehle, Michael (JR)
Updates and coordinates website and information