To the Editor:
As we complete our 49th year in St. Charles, the Noon Kiwanis Club wishes to thank all the individuals and businesses who have contributed to our fundraising activities during the year. These activities, including the Peanut Day Drive, Rose Day, Golf Outing and others, raised over $95,000 in donations.
Because of this generosity, our club has been able to award monetary grants to more than 30 organizations dealing with children in the Tri-City area. These include the Association for Individual Development, Anderson Animal Shelter, Builders and Key clubs, CASA Kane County, Community Crisis Center, Ecker Center, Elgin Youth Symphony, Fox Valley Pregnancy Center, Fox Valley Hospice, Fox Valley Repertory, Fox Valley Special Recreation Association, Girl Scouts – Fox Valley, Humanitarian Service Project, Kane County Juvenile Drug Court, Lazarus House, Literacy Volunteers, Little Angels, Living Well Cancer Resource Center, Mid-Valley Special Education Cooperative, Northern Illinois Food Bank, Riverwoods Christian Center, Royal Family Kids Camp, St. Charles East and North high school scholarships, Spastic Paralysis and Eliminate projects, St. Charles Public Library Foundation, STC Underground/St. Charles Park District Teen Center, Salvation Army, Shelter Assistance Committee, Steel Beam Theater, Boy Scouts – Three Fires Council, TriCity Family Services, TriCity Health Partnership, Tri-City school supply, Visiting Nurses of Fox Valley, Well Child Dental Program, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, and Young Life.
The Kiwanis Noon Club sponsors the Builders Clubs at Thompson and Haines middle schools. The club also sponsors the Key Clubs at both St. Charles East and St. Charles North high schools. These clubs play a special role in developing future generations of leaders by teaching community service and leadership skills to young people.
Kiwanis is an organization of service- and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world. One of the top priorities for the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club is – “Young Children: Priority One.” This initiative places continuing focus on serving the needs of children in the Fox Valley “one child and one community at a time.”
Our club currently has 84 members of the St. Charles community working on this commitment to children. Our meetings are held every Tuesday at noon in the PNC Bank building at 2600 E. Main St. in St. Charles. If you are interested in obtaining more information about Kiwanis, please call Lori Linkimer at 630-841-3278.
President of the St. Charles Noon Kiwanis Club