CHANGE THE WORLD ONE CHILD AND ONE COMMUNITY AT A TIME

OVERVIEW

The Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls was organized on April 21, 1919. Our club has produced one District Governor, Alexander Wiley (1933) and thirteen Lieutenant Governors, the first Alexander Wiley (1932) and the last G. Rex Rathbun (1988).

UPCOMING EVENTS

POSTED ON JANUARY 5, 2015

STEINMETZ NAMED 2014 AGRICULTURAL FRIEND OF THE YEAR

We are proud to announce that Mr. Frank Steinmetz has been awarded the 2014 Kiwanis Agricultural Friend of the Year. Congratulations to Frank.

For the full news story, please visit the Chippewa Herald here.

POSTED ON DECEMBER 19TH, 2014

CHIPPEWA VALLEY KIWANIS CLUBS PARTNER TO PURCHASE THERAPEUTIC HORSE FOR CHILDREN AND VETS

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Two Chippewa Valley Kiwanis Clubs recently partnered with the WI-M Kiwanis District Foundation to support a local therapeutic riding and equine assisted psychotherapy program. The Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Kiwanis each donated $500 and the Foundation $2,000 to the non-profit Trinity Equestrian Center to purchase a horse now named Kiwanis.

This is not the first time for the Eau Claire Kiwanis Club and KD Foundation to partner in the purchase of a therapeutic horse. In 2010, the KDF helped the Kiwanis Club of Eau Claire purchase a horse for Trinity Equestrian Center. That horse was renamed Kiwanis and she quickly became known as the most intuitive, affectionate, approachable, safe and reliable horse at Trinity - truly one of a kind! Kiwanis was the #1 choice for the Equestrian Therapy team and youth clients, and she provided more than 100, 50- minute riding sessions per year. She also worked with Veterans with PTSD, depression, anti-social behaviors, and anger management in more than 100 sessions. Her personality and spirit enabled the therapists to produce positive outcomes in record time.

Unfortunately, Kiwanis became ill and had to be put down in 2013 due to a fast-growing bone cancer. Her death meant that the many children and Veterans who were able to ride Kiwanis through Trinity's programs had to wait longer to gain access to continue their therapy or in some cases cease their therapy.

Because of the increased potential for good that Kiwanis, demonstrated the Eau Claire Kiwanis Club reached out to the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club as a partner in providing funds to help purchase a second Kiwanis therapeutic horse.

The partnership between the district foundation and the two Kiwanis clubs was critical in making the purchase of a new horse affordable, said Toni Mattson, Trinity's owner. "Our mission is to provide hope and healing by connecting people and horses," Mattson added. "Kiwanis will be an integral part of a therapy program that offers individual and group riding sessions virtually every day of the year. Hundreds of children and veterans will benefit from this addition. On behalf of them and how they will benefit, I can't thank the Kiwanis organization enough."

For details on Trinity Equestrian Center, Kiwanis and the therapeutic riding program, go to their website at www.trinity-ec.com.

POSTED ON JULY 17TH, 2014

NORTHERN WISCONSIN STATE FAIR KIWANIS ICE CREAM STAND THANK YOU

Thank you to all who vistited the Kiwanis Ice Cream Stand at the Northwern Wisconsin State Fair! Can't wait for next year.

POSTED ON JULY 12TH, 2014

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE

The Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club has initiated a Golden Rule Student Recognition Program that honors local students for following the age-old motto "Do unto others as you would like others do unto you".

"Kiwanis members appreciate the value of recognizing our young citizens for doing community service and displaying positive character," says Mary Jacobson, co-chair of Community/Youth Services Committee of the Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls. "Many students are recognized for athletic and academic achievements, but we choose to honor students who live by the Golden Rule, one of Kiwanis Constitutional objects, as integrity and character are valuable attributes for life."

Each month, two seniors, one each from Chippewa Falls Senior High School and McDonell Area Catholic Schools, are selected.

In honor of their recognition, Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls donates $25 to the charity of the student's choice.

Golden Rule students are nominated by the respective schools' teaches and staff, using specific criteria including, among others:

  • Respect for all nationalities, race, ages and gender
  • Would be willing to stand up for the rights of others
  • Active in doing community service
  • Being goal-oriented
  • Taking responsibility for one's own actions
Please click HERE to view the students honored, along with their charities.