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Sycamore Kiwanis makes 'Peanut Day' a way to help the children

“Peanut Day” will be held in communities throughout Illinois Sept. 25-26.
 
The Sycamore Kiwanis club, the DeKalb Kiwanis Club and the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club will be on various corners and intersections throughout our neighborhoods volunteering to raise monies for the children of our communities.

For many of the Kiwanis clubs throughout the state and the nation for that matter, this is one of – if not the – largest fundraiser of the year for the club.

The men and women who volunteer for their local clubs take time to do so because they know the funds they raise for helping on a corner, or from going from business to business, helps not just one, but many children in our community.

In Sycamore, our uses have been many, including but not by any means limited to, the Kiwanis parks in Sycamore, the Mason Court Children, the Head Start program, Voluntary Action Center, the Sycamore Historical Museum and more. In addition, we are sponsors for The Action Club, The Key Club, and the Builders Clubs all surviving and growing in thanks to our community’s support.

Nationally, many of the Kiwanis clubs do many of the same things for their children and families as we do in DeKalb and Sycamore, but, sometimes on a much different level and for other reasons and goals, but see what’s possible with Kiwanis volunteers and a community’s support.

For instance, in Santa Fe, N.M., the Kiwanis club has a “Cure for the Gloom," and it calls it “Zozobra”. By September, the tourists are all gone and the town attempts to “regain” its town with this festival. This may sound different to us in DeKalb and Sycamore, but in Santa Fe, it works very well. The 70-member Kiwanis “ZCrew” is part of a team of 258 (last year) volunteers that help put together this festival that with one giant night raised money to support 21 scholarships for local children.

And since 1992, believe it or not, the Kiwanis club of Olympia Fields, Wash., has grown and donated an average of 14,000 pounds of fresh organic produce every year. (Our Kiwanis club of Sycamore has done that very thing; just not that many pounds). But ... can you imagine with your donations what could be?

Lastly, the Kiwanis club of Fargo, N.D., reset the world’s pancake-serving record last year in 2008; the Lubbock Texas Lions set out to reclaim the title and did it. Keep in mind that these are fundraisers and help children in local communities all over the U.S. and worldwide. (Lubbock served 66,459 pancakes in eight hours last February). When floods ravaged Fargo a month later, Lubbock sent $5,000 of its pancake proceeds to Fargo to help support of its programs. Imagine that: clubs helping clubs, helping children and families together in our communities. 

Our local Kiwanis clubs in Sycamore and DeKalb are community service organizations, comprised totally of volunteers and dedicated to the betterment of our communities. If you are interested in providing comments or action, contact one of the clubs, listed below.

• Sycamore Kiwanis Club; Roger Burdick, 815-787-2258 or roger.burdick@anbdc.com

• Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club; Amy Polzin, 815-522-6384 or apolzin87@yahoo.com

• DeKalb Kiwanis Club; Amy Elliott, 815-756-4654 or daazelliott@comcast.net

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