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Our weekly meetings occur most every Friday at noon at the Florence Conference Center off Veterans Drive. They last about 55 minutes and feature a guest speaker–the topics vary greatly. Enjoy a great lunch as well. Come be our guest! Click here for details. Kiwanis Club of Florence provides excellent opportunities for Community service. We encourage you to get to know us better. Attend a few of our meetings, do a bit of research and you will be impressed. Click here for details on how to join Kiwanis Club of Florence and be a part of something big!
The motto for all Kiwanians is "Serving the Children of the world." Kiwanis Club of Florence embraces this motto as it raises funds then gives back to the local as well as the world wide community. Click here for details on just one way Kiwanis proudly gives back to children in the Florence area. Kiwanis Club of Florence largest fund raiser of the year is Pancake Days. This is one of the great social events of our community with hundreds of volunteers and thousands of pancake consumers. Click here for details on this fantastic event and, of course you can volunteer to join in the fun of fund raising!

68th Annual
Kiwanis Pancake Days
At the Florence-Lauderdale Coliseum

Friday, March 8, 2018
6:00 am to 7:00 pm.


Saturday, March 9, 2018
6:00 am to 1:00 pm.

For more info click here.


Kiwanis Club of Florence — Strong Supporters of Boy Scouts & Camp Westmoreland
Just a few years ago Camp Westmoreland had been allowed to deteriorate. Beautiful land with more than 4000 ft on Shoal Creek, but the Reservation and facilities maintenance had been largely ignored. The Florence Kiwanis stepped up. Initially when they built 10-12 permanent tent shelters. They then took on a major effort of rebuilding three nearly dilapidated Adirondack shelters that had been built in the 1930’s. The next year, one of the Kiwanian’s started building new Adirondack shelters of his own design. He has since completed and donated 6 of these which provides a total of 81 bunks. A local church group added handicap ramps on two of these. This individual has also provided a GaGa pit for the Scouts. (This is a 8 sided pig pen that the boys get in and play dodgeball below the knees). Another Kiwanian has built and donated an Adirondack to his design. Both of these individuals plan to build and donate more. And the Club is now providing funds to assist. In 2017, club members rebuilt the old trading post. Futhermore the kitchen has been totally updated. Other local volunteers have also been busy painting, clearing campsites, and a multitude of other good things. Last year the NRA awarded a major grant for a new Rifle Range.

The Kiwanian who built and donated the 6 Adirondack shelters and the GaGa pit plus 39 bird houses that have been put up on the Reservation by the local AKtion Club has been honored by the BSA with their highest award given a non Scout - The Heart of an Eagle. 

A beautifully restored Westmoreland BSA Reservation is now available and easily accessible to the Scouts of Northwest Alabama, Southwest Tennessee, and Northeast Mississippi.
Click here to see a slide show.

Reroofing the Cabin


Kiwanis Club of Florence 2018 All-American Poster/Essay Contest
We have now sponsored a poster and essay contest for 51 years, with the help each year of Billy Ray Warren. Billy began as an English teacher in the Florence City Schools and retired as the Director of Curriculum. He is now the City Historian for the City of Florence. Winners of the 2018 Kiwanis Poster & Essay Contest are listed below:

Poster Contest Winners:
Grades 1-2: No Entries
Grades 3-4:
      1st Wyatt Bugg–3rd Grade Rogers (Ford)
      2nd Ashlyn Rishardson–4th Grade Brooks (Farris)
      Honorable Mention: Warren Tompkins–Riverhill, Pride Tompkins–Riverhill

Grades 5-6:
      1st Finley Harscheid–6th Grade Kilby
      2nd Lillie Williams–6th Grade Brooks
      3st Chloe Mauter–5th Grade St. Joseph
      4nd Nhu Pham–5th Grade St. Joseph
     
Honorable Mention: Nathan Miller–St. Joseph, Emma Kate Davis–St. Joseph

Essay Contest Winners:
Grade 7:
      1st Trinity Bradley, Brooks HS
Grads 8:
      1st (Tie) Akshaya Naidu–St. Joseph
      1st (Tie) Wyatt Sullivan–St. Joseph
      2nd Alex Lewis–St. Joseph
      3rd Bao Phal–St. Joseph

      Honorable Mention: Nadia Fields, Justin Hendon, Tam Nguyen– All St. Joseph
Grade 11:
      1st Madelyn Hunter–Brooks High
      2nd Ryan Frost
–Brooks High

 

Cash prizes awarded in the poster contest were $50 for first, $40 for second, and $30 for third, and $20 for fourth place. Cash prizes for the essay winners were $100 for first, $70 for second, and $40 for third place. Honorable mentions get a hearty congratulations. First place winners also receive a certificate of achievement, suitable for framing. In addition to these cash awards, for the first time, the contest winners decided to offer rewards to teachers who produced a good showing from their students. This year (2018) a $75 Longhorn Steakhouse gift card was given to Ms. Katherine Crow (St. Josheph Regional Catholic School), who was the teacher for all the winners in the 8th grade contest, and a $50 Olive Garden gift card was sent to Mr. Phillip Garrett (Brooks High School), who was the teacher for both winners in the 11th grade. The contest was publicized on our Facebook Page and a picture of the winners was posted there after the presentations were made at the club meetings.


2019 Scholarship Offers from Florence Kiwanis Club:
In keeping with the Kiwanis goals of investing in our community and our future community leaders, the Florence Kiwanis Club is proud to announce that we will again be awarding scholarships to deserving students in the Florence area. Click here for more infomation and an application.

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