Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Inc.

Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Foundation, Inc. 

Serving Martin County Since April 1, 1938

See our club Welcome at the bottom of this page 


Many thanks to the following sponsors of this website and their continued support of the activities of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart:

Club member Alex Ralicki and Ralicki Wealth Management Services, Inc.

1235 SE Indian Street, Suite 102, Stuart, FL, 34997

(772) 221-4508   www.ralickicpa.com

Helping Individuals and Businesses Achieve their Financial Goals

 


CHRISTMAS SHOPPING - CLOTHES FOR KIDS WITH SANTA  

December 9, 2017

Santa and dozens of members of the Kiwanis family and friends will meet on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at Beall’s on Cove Road in South Stuart to shop for clothes for approximately 65 kids.  Christmas Shopping for Kids has been an annual project of the KCOS decades.  You can see photos of past shopping events on this website under "Photos" and then under "Photo Albums."  

Anyone who may be interested in helping the KCOS to provide clothing to more children may do so by contributing to the event.  More details are shown in the followng flyer.


!!!!! ON SALE NOW !!!!!

Martin County Historical Ornament Series

Woodman Hall

2017

Available now at the Stuart Heritage Museum, the

Stuart-Martin County and Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s and from Members of  the Kiwanis Club of Stuart

 $25.00 each

Since 1995, the Kiwanis Club of Stuart has produced annually an ornament celebrating the history of Martin County.  The ornaments are handmade in the USA by nationally recognized, ChemArt and are accompanied by a booklet containing the local history relating to the ornament.

ChemArt is well known for producing the White House Ornament since 1981 and are often featured by the Discovery Channel during the holiday season on John Ratzenberger’s, Made in America.

The ornaments are solid brass, dipped in 14K gold and enameled using a silk screened process and still made by in the USA!!

100% of the profits from this ornament benefit children of Martin County.

 


2017 Back To School Clothes and Backpacks with School Supplies For Kids Was A Great Success

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart Back to School event was held on August 3rd, a hot and steamy Thursday afternoon, at Kiwanis Park. What a  great way to spend an afternoon--100 children received backpacks full of school supplies, new clothes and shoes.

Children and their families enjoyed a hot dog picnic and had loads of fun at booths provided by Face Painting by Karla, Arts Council of Martin County, S.P.A.M. Robotics headed by Stacy Jones, DJ Brad from Full House Entertainment, First United Methodist Church. 

Other volunteer groups included two dentists performing evaluations (Dr. Girlinghouse, Dr Kusel and dental assistant Marge Murrell), three hair stylists giving complimentary cuts (Sharon Smith of Cutters Cove, Adam Sculnick of Rock Paper and Jennifer Braun of Hair Cuttery), City of Stuart snow cones, 4Cs Caring Children Clothing Children, and Seacoast Bank.

Special thanks to Maverick Sportsfishing of Jupiter, First United Methodist Church of Stuart, Maureen and Hal DeThorne, Jenny Yingling, Dr Kim Detorri, Sherriff's Department of Martin County and ARC for their contributions to the event.

Thanks as well to all those who donated backpacks, school supplies and purchased raffle tickets for a full one day offshore fishing charter.

Click here to see a youtube video about the event: 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=yQqTnzs6JVE

Peter Hartman was the happy winner of the raffle prize.

 


Kiwanis Kicks off Campaign for Shade on Hot Playground

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is fast-tracking fundraising efforts to build a shade structure at Kiwanis Park

Stuart, FL. – The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is launching a campaign to raise $30,000 to build a shade structure to protect the playground equipment for kids at Kiwanis Park.

The campaign is kicking off with a Go Fund Me page and a Facebook page with the goal of raising the money so that construction can begin before the height of summer. The City of Stuart has agreed to match the goal of $30,000 to fund the purchase and construction of the shade structure.

“We’re really stepping up and trying to get this built quickly in time for the summer. Parents love to take their kids to this beautiful park, but the hot Florida sun beats down on the equipment and they can’t use it,” said Barbara Essenwine, Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart. “We’ve seen children come to the park and leave crying because it’s too hot to play on. We need to change that.”

Over the past 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Stuart has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of time in the development of the park. The playground is the only barrier free playground on the Treasure Coast – allowing children with and without disabilities to play side by side.

AS OF 09-20-17 WE HAVE REACHED THE $30,000 GOAL AND ARE NOW PROCESSING THE PURCHASE OF THE SHADE STRUCTURE THROUGH THE CITY OF STUART - THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO CONTRIBUTED AND SUPPORTED OUR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS!   YOU RAISED THE $ AND NOW WE WILL RAISE THE SHADE!  

11-20-17 update:  The shade is expected to be installed before the Pancake and Reading In The Park event on March 3rd.

 


T. T. Oughterson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Lacey Lingelbach 

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is proud to award the 2017 T. T. Oughterson Memorial Scholarship to Lacey Lingelbach of South Fork High School.  Lacey will be attending UF in its Honors Program.  Club presenters are Scholarship Committee Chairperson Robert Sander and KCOS President Evan Reif.

 

 


Pancakes And Reading In The Park

(and optional green eggs and ham)

March 3, 2018

Our annual Pancakes and Reading In The Park breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 3, 2018.  In addition to the traditional pancakes, sausage, fruit, scambled eggs, and beverages you will  also e able to dine on specialty pancakes (blueberry - chocolate chip, etc) and, in honor of Dr. Seuss, ham and optional green eggs for kids of all ages.

Kiwanis encourages children to read and as part of the event we will have many activities designed to encourage children to read.  The annual event is held the first Saturday of March as it is the closest Saturday to the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  Reading activities for the kids include:

local celebrities reading to children;

children drawing in chalk on sidewalks;

a Martin Rocks hunting event with Dr. Seuss themed painted rocks hidden in the Kiwanis Park;

free books for kids; and

other fun things.   

Over 500 people are expected to attend the breakfast and reading events.

Sponsorships of the breakfast are now available for those who want to help the Kiwanis Club of Stuart to help the children of Martin County.  Sponsors receive recognition in a number of ways including on signage at the Kiwanis Park and on event shirts  Other benefits are also provided to sponsors.   Contact Bob Burson for more details for the sponsorship opportunities:  bob@robertburson.com  (772) 286-1616.  

2017 SPONSORS:

PRIMARY SPONSOR ($2,000):  1 Available

READING RUG SPONSOR: ($600):  1 Available

ARTS IN THE PARK CHALK DRAWING SPONSOR ($600):  1 Available 

MAGNIFICENT SPONSORS ($500):  19 Additional Sponsorships Are Available

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Laviano & Associates - Vince Laviano

$250 SPONSORS:  Sponsorships Are Available

$100.00 SPONSORS:  Sponsorships Are Available 

Bill Stroman

THE FOLLOWING WERE OUR 2016 SPONSORS: 

  • Simply The Best Realty, LLC - Russ Sites
  • Mark Brechbill PLLC CPAs - Mark Brechbill
  • Merritt Chiropractic Office - Jason Townsley
  • Ralicki Wealth Management and Trust Services - Alex Ralicki
  • Tilton & Tilton, P.A. - Lee Tilton
  • U.S. Paverscape, Inc. - Ray Paulding
  • Extreme Metal Fabricators, LLC - Paul Filipe
  • U.S. Sugar
  • Wallace Auto Group -Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep-Ram

 


THANK YOU FOR BUILDING THE PLAYGROUND!!!!

The community build of the newest phase of the Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn was completed over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend as all of the play equipment was assembled.  A grand opening was held on July 16, 2015.  

This playground is usable by all children but the equipment and ramps allows children with disabilities to have access to slides, swings, and other exciting sensory equipment.  

Hundreds of photos of the community build may be seen under the menu item on the left side of this page shown as "Photos" and the sub-menu item "Photos-Picasa."

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart spent 3 years raising funds and planning for the construction of the  playground.  The $200,000 in project costs are shared equally by the KCOS and the City of Stuart.  

If you were there for the build, contributed materials, contributed food, contributed advertising, or in any other way helped make the playground a success, the KCOS and the City of Stuart, on behalf of the children who will use the playground over the coming decades, say THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!

 


 Youth Service Organizations
The Kiwanis Club of Stuart sponsors youth service organizations in various elementary, middle and high schools.  Check out their activities throughout the year by looking under "Service Leadership-Youth" located under the "Projects - Service" on the menu.

 


 Kiwanis Club of Stuart - Fundraising Information 

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation and solicits funds from the public to allow it to provide service to the community.  Copies of the Foundation's documentation may be found under the "About Us" drop down tab on the left of this page.

 
A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY
BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLLFREE 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE OR (850) 410-3800 FROM OUTSIDE FLORIDA. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.   www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com  Our registration number is CH5176.


Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida
Serving Martin County since April 1, 1938

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart (KCOS) was formed on April 1, 1938 and through its members and Foundation (the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Foundation, Inc.) has since continuously provided much needed service to the residents of Martin County.   

Some of our major projects over the years include the Martin County pool located at Martin County High School; Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn located in Stuart near Confusion Corner; the Courthouse gazebo; an annual clothes shopping trip for appoximately 70 underprivileged children; start up funding for the Martin County YMCA and Lyric Theatre; a shelter at the YMCA; sponsorships of youth organizations in many of the MC elementary, middle and high schools; the Adopt-A-Class program; years of assistance with Special Olympics; scholarships; and financial assistance to many organizations including the Boy Scouts, the ARC of Martin County, and Helping People Succeed.    The club also provides many other smaller service projects to the community each year.

Our Foundation holds several annual fundraisers to raise funds to support our many projects:  the Historical Ornaments of Martin County and a Sporting Clay Tournament.  Details of each of the fundraisers may be found on the menu tab "Projects - Fundraising" on the left side of this page.

Some of our recent service and fundraising projects are highlighted below.  The news articles on the right side of this page shows some of the past media coverage for our service and fundraising activities.  More detail for many of our activities can be found under the menu tabs listed on the left side of this page including photos of many of our events under the menu tab "Photos."

We are always looking for new members who have an interest in serving their community. If interested, join us for a lunch meeting as our guest.  We meet on Tuesday's from 12:15 to 1:15 at Flanagan's Restaurant on US 1 in Stuart (next to Burger King - just south of Kanner Highway/Colorado Avenue).  Also, membership information may be found under the "Membership" menu tab on the left side of this page.

Donations to our Foundation and certain of our fundraising items may be purchased on this website under the menu tab "Store - Donation Center."

Thanks for visiting the website of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida and the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida Foundation, Inc.


 

Flags at Kiwanis Park, Stuart, Florida 


Upcoming Events of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart 

Date Type Title
11/28/2017 Committee

The committee for the Pancake portion of the event  will meet at the Tiki Bar at Flanigan's before the regular club meeting.

11/28/2017 Meeting

The speaker for the meeting will bring us great information on a great topic.

12/02/2017 Event

Club members will clean up trash from along both sides of US 1 from Pinch-A-Penny to Jensen Beach Blvd. 

12/08/2017 Committee

Review prior month club financial statements

12/09/2017 Event

The KCOS will hold its annual shopping trip for clothes for deserving children at Bealls Department Store on Cove Road and US 1. 

03/02/2018 Event

Members will clean the grills and do other prep work for the pancakes and Reading In the Park to be held the following day at Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn.  Food will be delivered and placed on ice. 

03/03/2018 Event

The KCOS will hold its annual Pancakes In The Park combined with Reading In The Park. 

03/17/2018 Event

Club members will clean up trash from along both sides of US 1 from Pinch-A-Penny to Jensen Beach Blvd. 

06/28/2018 Event

The Kiwanis International Convention will be held at the joined Paris and Bally's hotels in Las Vegas on June 28 - July 1st, 2018.

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Kiwanis Hosts Its Annual Back To School Party
08/08/2017
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The KCOS provided back to school supplies, clothes, back pack &...

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KCOS Hosts "Back To School Party"
08/15/2016
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The KCOS held a back to School party for deserving children.  Clothes,...

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KCOS hosts "Back To School Party" - #2
08/15/2016
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The rest of the story!

Back To School Kiwanis Style
07/25/2016
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This is the inaugural Back To School event for the KCOS.     

Kiwanis Park Butterfly Garden Restoration
06/28/2016
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The Garden Club of Stuart has begun a maintenance program for the butterfly...

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Butterfly Garden Restoration - Luminaries Article
05/23/2016
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The Garden Club of Stuart, the City of Stuart, and the Kiwanis Club of Stuart...

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2016 Kiwanis Challenge
12/22/2015

SAVE-THE-DATE!

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart has set the date for their 2016 Sporting...

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