to the Florence Kiwanis Club
Kiwanis is proud to benefit the students of the Florence, Alabama area; providing scholarship award programs created through community fund raising events, sponsors,
and club volunteers. Special
recognition is given to our contributing recipients, volunteers, students, and fellow Kiwanis
Club members for their time and support.
Kiwanis Club of Florence — Strong Supporters of Boy Scouts & Camp Westmorland
Just a few years ago Camp Westmorland 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 beautiful restored Westmorland BSA Reservation is now available and easily accessible to the Scouts of Northwest Alabama, Southwest Tennessee, and Northeast Mississippi.
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 as follows:
Poster Contest Winners:
Grades 1-2: No Entries
1st Wyatt Bugg–3rd Grade Rogers (Ford)
2nd Ashlyn Rishardson–4th Grade Brooks (Farris)
Honorable Mention: Warren Tompkins–Riverhill, Pride Tompkins–Riverhill
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:
1st Trinity Bradley, Brooks HS
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. JosephGrade 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.
Help Florence Kiwanis Club Reach Out to Children
“If you have a new idea for helping a child or a group of children perhaps Kiwanis can help with activities, staffing, or equipment.
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and we can consider your idea.”
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.
To view Don Rohling's 2017 photos click here!
For more info click here!
Proceeds from the Kiwanis Pancake Days event will benefit local community projects including the following:
- Key Club at Florence High School
- Key Club at Central High School
- Key Club at Brooks High School
- Key Club at Rogers High School
- Key Club at Shoals Christian
- Key Club at Wilson High School
- Circle K at UNA
- Salvation Army Kettle Fund
- Attention Homes
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- The Help Center
- Freedom House
- Meals on Wheels
- NW Al. Health/Dental Clinic
- Children's Museum of the Shoals
- Boy Scouts—Camp Wesmoreland
- Boy Scouts—Cub Haunted
- Handy Head Start
- Cerebral Palsy Center
- Children's Miracle Network
- N.A.M.I. Shoals
- Reading Is Fundamental
- Music Preservation Society
- Give-A-Kid-A-Chance Program
- ARC of the Shoals
- Boys and Girls Clubs of NW Alabama
- Shoals Scholar Dollars
- United Way of the Shoals
- Kiwanis All American Week
- First Responders Award Event
- Plus many more!
Florence Kiwanians Help Build Camp Westmoreland Craft Lodge
Trevor and Bob Willhide did the most work. Kiwanians Michael and Jacqueline Broder, Ron Paulus along with Keith Underwood and his nephew pitched in to help construct this much needed building. The power was out at Camp Westmoreland following the storms of Saturday evening (11/18/17) so the crew couldn't' finish putting up the batten strips. Trevor did get a couple of coats of paint on the building and it is starting to look great! A couple more hours of work, a little more paint, and the camp will have another 1st class building that will serve our area's Boy Scouts well for years to come!
2017 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.