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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 APRIL 18TH, 2016

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATIONS TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR


CHI-HI student Tyler Mason and McDonell student Ben Retzlaff were recently honored as March "Golden Rule Students" by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

Tyler, son of Tim and Amy Mason, chose Agnes Table. Ben, son of Scott and Shelly Retzlaff, chose The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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

"The Kiwanis motto to live by the Golden Rule is reflected in these two students and our club honors and recognizes their efforts," says Mary Jacobson, Kiwanis Club Facilitator for the Golden Rule Students. "They are our future leaders and our community will benefit greatly."

POSTED ON MARCH 8TH, 2016

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATIONS TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR


CHI-HI student Sydney Hillert and McDonell student Bryan Misener were recently honored as February's "Golden Rule Students" by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

Sydney, daughter of Kim Brown-Hillert and Brian Hillert, chose Chippewa County Humane Association. Bryan, son of Krista Misener and Shawn Misener chose St. Francesca Resource Center.

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

"Our club is honored to recognize these students who live by our motto, to live by the Golden Rule," says Mary Jacobson, Kiwanis Club Facilitator for the Golden Rule Students. "They are our future leaders. We recognize their positive attitude, their willingness to be the best they can be, and their efforts to give back to the community."

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016

ANNUAL KIWANIS CLASSIC TASTING GALA THIS WEEKEND


Be sure do join us this weekend at the gala!

POSTED ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 2016

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATIONS TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR


CHI-HI student Sydney Faschingbauer and McDonell student Maggie Meinen were recently honored as January's "Golden Rule Students" by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

Sydney, daughter of Jon Faschingbauer, chose the Special Olympics of WI. Maggie, daughter David and Diane Meinen, chose Feed My People Food Bank.

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

"It's not easy for teenagers to live by the Golden Rule, but once again, our Club met two more stellar students who are doing just that," says Mary Jacobson, Kiwanis Club Facilitator for the Golden Rule Students. "It's an honor to our community, to have young citizens modeling this quality."

POSTED ON DECEMBER 31ST, 2015

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATION TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR


CHI-HI student Meghan Cihasky and McDonell student Taya Kremer were recently honored as December's "Golden Rule Students" by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

Meghan, daughter of David & Teri, chose the Red Cross. Taya, daughter of Bob & Sheri chose Agnes' Table.

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

"This month we celebrate two more local youth who are living our Club's motto, to live by the Golden Rule," says Mary Jacobson, Kiwanis Club Facilitator for the Golden Rule Students. "Our Club, and our community, benefits greatly when we have young citizens modeling this quality."

POSTED ON NOVEMBER 19TH, 2015

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATION TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR


CHI-HI student Mikhaela Beebe and McDonell student Henry Erickson were recently honored as October’s “Golden Rule Students” by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

Beebe, daughter of Nicole and Jay Beebe, chose Susan G. Komen for breast cancer research. Erickson, son of Deb and the late Mark Erickson, selected the Chippewa Humane Association.

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

"The Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club is excited again this school year to recognize these high school seniors for living by the Golden Rule”, says Mary Jacobson, Kiwanis Club Facilitator for the Golden Rule Students. “We have been impressed the last two years by the positive character in these young people. We love hearing firsthand the good things they are doing, and have been impressed by their humility, their discipline and their integrity."

POSTED ON OCTOBER 14TH, 2015

CHIPPEWA FALLS KIWANIS HONORS FOUR WITH LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP AWARD

By Caleb Brown of the Chippewa Herald

When Dave Raihle Sr. looks back on all his years with the Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls, he figures it as time well spent.

Raihle fondly recalls the time when the club bought t-shirts for the athletes of the Chippewa Falls Special Olympics. Prior to that, the athletes didn't have any kind of identifying attire.

"They were so thrilled to have their own shirts," Raihle, now 81, recalled, explaining that the athletes even referred to the shirts as their uniforms. In fact, the athletes were so excited by the donation that several of them showed up at a Kiwanis meeting to express their gratitude.

Raihle said that was a very touching experience.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the club," he said.

It was those kind of moments that kept Raihle coming back, week after week, to the Kiwanis Club.

Raihle, along with three other long-time Kiwanis Club members were honored Wednesday at the Avalon Hotel and Conference Center in Chippewa Falls for their tireless work upholding the club's ethos of living the Golden Rule and community service.

Besides Raihle, the honorees are: Dr. Charles Kemper, Calvin Kraemer and Gerald Joas. All four men were awarded Life Member Status with the club.

This is the first time the club has honored anyone with that title. Indeed, the club invented the honor in recognition of how these men have impressed and inspired other Kiwanis members. The international Kiwanis organization does have a lifetime member status, but that isn't the same as what the Chippewa Falls chapter has done.

Instead, this is a way to locally recognize the work these men have done for their community.

"They give their efforts. They give their abilities any way they can. They give so much inspiration to the rest of us," said Mary Jacobson, current president of the Kiwanis Club.

But the way the honorees tell it, their efforts aren't that big of a deal.

"It was our privilege to serve," Raihle said.

Kemper agreed.

"It's both a pleasure and an honor to be with these people," he said.

At Wednesday's event, each man was honored with a plaque and a brief outline of some of their efforts over their years with the club.

Joas was recognized for 65 years in the club over which time he served on several committees, including the agricultural committee and committees on the group's stand at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair and the Tour de Chippewa. His work with the pancake breakfasts and travelogues was also recognized.

Kraemer was a Kiwanis member for 33 years and served as president in 1976 and Lieutenant Governor in 1981. As president, Kraemer raised the boost (an amount given away in a drawing) from 10 cents to 25 cents. His special projects with the club included the Kiwanis public relations efforts and s newsletter.

Kemper belonged to the Kiwanis Club for 64 years and only slowed when health problems made participating in the meetings more difficult. He was famous for his thought of the day which he offered each meeting, a tradition he carried on even as he was inducted as a life member. Kemer was also president from 1969 to 1970.

Raihle's 38 years saw him serve as both president, vice president on every committee for every special project during his tenure. Raihle was described as having given time, talents and funds to whomever need them without any expectations.

"What these four men have in common is a huge commitment to bettering the community," Jacobson said.

Joas said that the men also worked on many of the same projects.

"Almost everything we did, Cal (Kraemer) was there," Kemper said, while chatting with Kraemer after the meeting.

"It's a very close knit group," Raihle added.

They also share many stories in common.

Kraemer recalled how, when he was president, he traveled to Vienna, Austria for a gathering of the International Kiwanis organization. Getting to go to such events was one of the perks of the office. Normally the convention happened in the United States or Canada so Kramer considered himself lucky.

The next year Raihle was president of the club.

"Can you guess where the convention was?" Kraemer asked those gathered at the meeting. "Minneapolis/St. Paul."

All the Kiwanis members gathered for the ceremony had a healthy chuckle upon Kraemer's adventure and Raihle's misfortune.

Of course the men's combined years of service made it impossible to honor all their actions. The men themselves would have to really sit down and think about everything they did.

"That's a long time to remember," Joas said.

And Jacobson expressed as much in her remarks noting that some of the programs the men started more than 50 years ago are still in operation today.

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2015

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS INDUCTS LIFETIME MEMBERS

Dr. Charlies Kemper, Gerald Joas, Calvin Kraemer and David Raihle, Sr. will be inducted as Kiwanis Life Members at a special ceremony on September 30, noon, at Avalon Hotel and Conference Center, Chippewa Falls, by the Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls.

Individuals who achieve Life Member Status are those who perpetuate core values of Kiwanis, including the Golden Rule and altruistic service to build better communities.

"These men were instrumental in developing and sustaining committees that still remain today, some fifty years later. They gave of themselves without expectation and created a foundation of our club that gives thousands of dollars back to our community annually, specifically to youth, and will for years to come. Their unselfish character and tremendous accomplishments truly inspire our members. We could not be more grateful and proud of these humble men."

The Chippewa Falls chapter meets on Wednesdays at noon at Avalon Hotel and Conference Center. New members welcome. For more information about the Kiwanis Club of Chippewa Falls, visit www.chippewafallskiwanis.org.

POSTED ON MARCH 31ST, 2015

KIWANIS CLUB OF CHIPPEWA FALLS HONORS STUDENTS FOR FOLLOWING THE GOLDEN RULE; MAKES DONATIONS TO CHARITIES IN THEIR HONOR

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Chi-Hi students Emily Meinen and Jacob Runge and McDonell students Zach Ruf and Ben Ruf were recently honored as "Golden Rule Students" by the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club.

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

February:
Ben Ruf, senior at McDonell, is the son of Ron and Cindy Ruf, chose St. Francesca Resource Center
Emily Meinen, senior at Chi Hi, daughter of Paul and Sue Meinen, chose Cakes for Grace (no photo available)

March:
Zach Ruf, senior at McDonell, the son of Ron and Cindy Ruf, chose the Boys and Girls Club
Jacob Runge, senior at Chi Hi, son of Tim and Sheri Runge, chose Special Olympics of Wisconsin

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

"The Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club is thrilled with our opportunity to recognize these high school seniors for their good character; to honor them for living by the Golden Rule, one of Kiwanis' Constitutional objects, as integrity and character are valuable attributes for life," says Mary Jacobson, President of the Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. It is great to meet them and their parents, and hear about their school activities and future plans. We have been impressed by their humility, maturity and poise. Additionally, we are hearing about their connections to their charities. Our Golden Rule Student Program is very rewarding to all of us in the club."

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.