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Local Kiwanis clubs participate in Peanut Day today

Who are those people with the peanuts and why are they there? They belong to Kiwanis, which is an international service organization. Area Kiwanis clubs (Sycamore, DeKalb and Kishwaukee-DeKalb) were at local street corners and in front of major stores yesterday and will be there again today handing out peanuts as they seek donations for their individual club projects benefiting the community, especially the children. All monies collected from this endeavor go directly back to the community. With your help, the Kishwaukee Kiwanis Club has financially assisted the Children’s Learning Center, Hope Haven, Safe Passage and Simba/Simpsa, to name a few.

The Kishwaukee Kiwanis was chartered in 1969 and their early mission was to establish, extend and maintain bike paths in the area. This is still a very strong commitment for the club. Each year around Earth Day, the Kishwaukee Kiwanians clean up garbage around the bike paths and check for any other maintenance issues.

Kishwaukee Kiwanians have assisted in playground construction, painting projects at various service agencies, and assisting other nonprofits agencies.

The local Kiwanis Clubs are part of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District, which has been a key financial supporter of the researchers for spastic paralysis. SP is not necessarily a disease, but a symptom of various diseases or medical conditions of the central nervous system that cause spasticity (stiff or rigid muscles that interfere with walking, movement or speech). Research targets have included diseases such as brain tumors, spina bifida and Alzheimer’s; genetic causes of mental retardation such as fragile X syndrome and fetal alcohol syndrome; stroke rehabilitation; and neonatal care and developmental disabilities of prematurely born infants. The researchers supported by the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District are world-renowned and have made significant discoveries. So as you can see, your local Kiwanis Clubs have much to do and your support is greatly appreciated. They welcome not only your monetary contributions, but would love to have you visit their clubs as a potential member.

For more information about the Kiwanis Clubs in DeKalb and Sycamore, please contact any of your local Kiwanis Clubs:

Sycamore Kiwanis – contact Roger Burdick at 815-787-2258 or roger.burdick@anbdc.com.

Kishwaukee Kiwanis – contact Amy Polzin at 815-522-6384 or apolzin87@yahoo.com.

DeKalb Kiwanis – contact Amy Elliott at 815-756-4654 or DAAZ_Elliott@comcast.net.

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