2014 Kiwanis Hot Air BallonFest Re-ignited!

The 2014 Porter County Fair/Kiwanis Hot Air BalloonFest is Coming!

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On July 17 and 18, 2014, the Kiwanis Hot Air BalloonFest will be re-ignited.  Held in conjunction with the Porter County Fair, the BalloonFest will be the exciting Opening Day/Evening Event for the very popular Porter County Fair. 

  • Thursday evening Balloon Flight – at approximately 7:00 pm
  • Thursday evening Balloon Glow – at approximately 8:30 pm
  • Friday morning Balloon Flight – at approximately 6:30 am
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2014 Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day

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Valparaiso High School Cafeteria
6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (EarlyBird Door Prizes, 6-9 a.m.)

Tickets: ONLY $5.00 in advance
$6.00 at the door Bring the family (Pre-Schoolers eat Free)

Tickets available from

  • any Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club member
  • Kings Hobbies and Raceway, 423 Acher Way
  • BoyConn Printing, 803 Glendale
  • Von Tobel Lumber, 256 Washington
  • NWI Eye & Laser Center, 502 Marquette

 All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and beverages!

Kid’s Play Area – Entertainment – Face Painting – Cotton Candy – Magician – and…….THE BEST PANCAKES IN VALPO

 If you’re feeling lucky we have terrific Early Bird Door Prizes from 6 AM to 9 AM awarded every half hour. We also have outstanding Raffle Prizes awarded throughout the day. Last year we raffled off Power Tools, a bike, a mini-refrigerator and others.

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Kiwanis Citrus Sale 2013

The Noon Valparaiso Kiwanis Club is taking orders for its annual tree-ripened Florida citrus sale.  Orders and checks (made out to Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club) must be in by Nov. 8.  The fruit will be delivered in early December.  All funds raised are returned directly to our community to improve the lives of children and their families.

FLORIDA CITRUS FRUIT

Navel Oranges: Small Box (20 lbs)         $25
Navel Oranges:  Large Box (40 lbs)        $35
Grapefruit:  Small Box (20 lbs)         $25
Grapefruit:  Large Box  (40 lbs)        $35
Mixed Oranges and Grapefruit: Small Box (20 lbs)         $25
Mixed Oranges and Grapefruit: Large Box (40 lbs)        $35

For information or to place orders, call Ron Hager at 219-531-2879 ( hager1234@comcast.net ) or Bob Schwartz at 219-928-6960 ( srschwartz1@comcast.net ) or any Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Member.  Make checks to Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club.

All orders will be available for pickup during early December at the Porter County Career Center, 1005 N. Franklin Street (West Building) in Valparaiso. Customers will be called when their orders are ready.

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Special Veterans Day Invitation

The Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club would like to invite veterans, active duty personnel and Kiwanians from throughout Indiana to our Special Veterans Day celebration to be held this year on November 6 at the Strongbow Banquet Center in Valparaiso. The speaker for our observance will be Barb Claypool, an Air Force veteran; who will talk about her service with Joint Task Force–Full Accounting, the military unit charged to investigate cases of missing American service members lost during the Vietnam War. Meal service begins at 11:15. The program begins at noon.

Lunch is a full turkey buffet for only $10. All attending veterans will receive special recognition at the event.

Spouses, family, and friends are also welcome. This celebration is open to the public.

 

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Kiwanis Chicken Dinner – September 5, 2013

Kiwanis Chicken Dinner Tickets for PopcornFest Tent at Central Park Plaza

Delicious Rotisserie Chicken, potato, and salad 

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Thursday, September 5

$10 in advance, $12 at the door

Dinner served from 4:30 – 6:30

 All proceeds go to support the needs of children in our community.  See any member of the Noon Kiwanis Club for tickets.

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Kiwanis Keys 2013

The Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club is bringing out the Kiwanis Keys to the City on June 20.  Keys to the City is a public piano performance art program developed by the Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club.  Ten pianos will be placed around the downtown area to entice piano aficionados and amateurs to tickle the ivories at their convenience.  The pianos will remain outside until July 8.  Visitors and regulars to the downtown area will enjoy music at any time of the day.  Kiwanis Lt Governor, Steve Ingram is the leader of this project.  Sponsors for this event include the Valparaiso Community Festival and Events, Two Men and a Truck, Design Construction, Boy Conn Printing, and Valuation Services.

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Pictured is former Kiwanis Club President, Rev. John Albers at the piano.

For a short video about the event go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25e8RKVZn_c&safe=active

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Bill George Named Greater Valparaiso Volunteer of the Year

Bill George, Volunteer of the Year, receives congratulations from Roger Luekens, Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Foundation Chair

Bill George, Volunteer of the Year, receives congratulations from Roger Luekens, Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Foundation Chair

Bill George was surprised at being named Volunteer of Year in the Kiwanis 12th Annual Greater Valparaiso Volunteer of the Year Award Recognition Luncheon held at Strongbow Inn on May 29, 2013. “It was an honor just to be nominated for this award,” said George, “but this is . . . unbelievable.” Mr. George was nominated by the Family & Youth Services Bureau for his work as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, or ‘CASA’ volunteer. He has been an advocate for children who have been deemed to be abused and/or neglected by the children’s birth families, work that he has been doing since 2008. His main task is to look out for the best interests of each child. In the last four years, Mr. George has represented 26 children, volunteered over 900 hours, and driven over 1800 miles for children that need him the most.

The Greater Valparaiso Volunteer of the Year Recognition Program is sponsored annually by the Valparaiso Kiwanis Club Foundation in order to celebrate the spirit of volunteerism, recognize outstanding volunteers in the Greater Valparaiso area, and encourage increased volunteerism. Mr. George’s name was submitted by Family & Youth Services Bureau in March along with a record number (14) of names from non-profit agencies within the Greater Valparaiso area. All nominees received a recognition plaque at the luncheon with the winner receiving a $500 for the nominating non-profit agency. This year, the program included congratulatory remarks from United Way Volunteer Center Director Kathy Wojkovich and a letter of congratulations to each nominee from Jon Costas, Mayor of Valparaiso.

“We are so excited that Bill won this award,” said Jackie Gray of Family & Youth Services Bureau. “So often our volunteers do not get the recognition they deserve because most of their work is confidential and difficult to discuss. Bill is certainly a worthy recipient because of what he has done for so many children. The Kiwanis Volunteer of the Year Program has helped us say thank you to a truly deserving man.”

Volunteer of the Year Nominees:  Front L-R – Margy Boyce (Caring Place); Sue Brown-Nickerson (Calumet Region Striders); Sue Joys (Altrusa International); Delores Eagan (Immanuel Food Pantry); Darlene Perry (Housing Opportunities); Susan Brychell (Valpo YMCA); SanDee Adams (Union Twp. Middle School); Back – Debra Samahon (Opportunity Enterprises); Bill George (Family & Youth Services Bureau); Tom Brown (Immanuel Lutheran Church); Perry Riffel (NWI Lutheran Hispanic Mission); Bill Steinbrecher (Hilltop Neighborhood House); Stan Schorum (Valpo Adult Learning Center); Joe Baker (Porter Co. Career & Tech Center)

Volunteer of the Year Nominees: Front L-R – Margy Boyce (Caring Place); Sue Brown-Nickerson (Calumet Region Striders); Sue Joys (Altrusa International); Delores Eagan (Immanuel Food Pantry); Darlene Perry (Housing Opportunities); Susan Brychell (Valpo YMCA); SanDee Adams (Union Twp. Middle School); Back – Debra Samahon (Opportunity Enterprises); Bill George (Family & Youth Services Bureau); Tom Brown (Immanuel Lutheran Church); Perry Riffel (NWI Lutheran Hispanic Mission); Bill Steinbrecher (Hilltop Neighborhood House); Stan Schorum (Valpo Adult Learning Center); Joe Baker (Porter Co. Career & Tech Center)

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Volunteer of the Year Award

Since 2002, the Valparaiso Kiwanis Foundation has recognized outstanding volunteers through its Volunteer of the Year Award program. Through this program, Kiwanis seeks to recognize Valpo area volunteers, promote volunteerism, encourage increased volunteerism within our community, and celebrate Valpo’s strong spirit of volunteerism in the past.

Attached are documents which describe the Volunteer of the Year program:

We encourage you to nominate a special volunteer by March 23, 2013. All nominees receive special recognition at our annual Volunteer of the Year program, this year on June 1. One volunteer is selected to receive a $500 donation to his/her nominating agency. Nominees and representatives from nominating agencies should be available to attend the Volunteer of the Year program at Strongbow Inn as our guests (1 volunteer and 1 agency representative) on May 29, at 11:45 am.

 

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Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day – March 9, 2013

2013 ANNUAL KIWANIS PANCAKE DAY  —  Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club

All the Pancakes You Can Eat     

6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Early Bird Door Prizes, 6-9 am)
Valparaiso High School Cafeteria
2727 Campbell Street

Tickets: ONLY $5.00 in advance
- $6.00 at the door (Pre-Schoolers eat Free)

Tickets are available from any Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club member.

All-you-can-eat pancakes, sausage, and beverages!

Kid’s Play Area – Entertainment – Face Painting – Cotton Candy – Magician – and…….THE BEST PANCAKES IN VALPO

The Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club has 200 members who are business owners, teachers, doctors, retirees, government employees, lawyers, policemen, firefighters, pastors, housewives, architects, educational administrators, and more. We support the local community by donating all profits back to those in need. In any given year, we return nearly $50,000.00 to the community. We are involved with kids, the elderly, the handicapped, families in need of help, or those in need of temporary assistance.  Please help us serve our community by eating our pancakes!

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Purdue Glee Club Concert – Sunday February 17, 2013

Valparaiso Noon Kiwanis Club presents the Purdue Glee Club featuring VHS alumni Bryce Shaffer.

The Purdue Glee Club will be performing at the VHS Auditorium at 2 pm on Sunday, February 17.  Adult tickets are $12 and student tickets are $8 in advance, all tickets at the door will be $15.  Children under five are free.  All funds raised will go to benefit the lives of children in our community.  Please contact any Kiwanis members for tickets.

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