Tuscola Kiwanis Club and Foundation
Serving the Children of the World







On December 3, 2018 the only disc (frisbee) golf course in Douglas County was dedicated by the Tuscola Kiwanis Club and Tuscola School District.  It is a 9-hole course located at the East Prairie Middle School.  It is used by students during recess and PE, and open to all children and adults after school and on non-school days.  This project was funded by the members of the Tuscola Kiwanis Club with Gift in Kind/Donations from Hastings Printing, Tuscola Builders, Tuscola Home Center, Tuscola IGA/Kirby Foods, and Winn Welding.




Kiwanis Scholarships

Each year, the Tuscola Kiwanis Club selects at least two graduating high school seniors for a $1,000 scholarship each.  Candidates submit an application to the club, and a sub-committee reviews and selects the winners.  The winners are announced during the Honors Night celebration at the high school.

 Previous winners: 

Year Winners Award
2019 Sabrina Alcorn Key Club Member $1,000
Sara Kremitzki Key Club Member $1,000
Garbielle Ainsworth $1,000
Halie Pfeiffer $1,000
2018 Conner Baer Key Club Member $1,000
Sydney Hoel Key Club Member $1,000
Miah Phillips Key Club Member $1,000
Grace Snider Key Club Member $1,000
2017 Ashley Mattingly Key Club Member $1,000
Alexis Nau Key Club Member $1,000
Cassidy Westjohn Key Club Member $1,000
Josiah Lemay $1,000
2016 Taylor Mattingly Key Club Member $1,000
Brianne Voyles Key Club Member $1,000
Courtney Brewer Key Club Member $1,000
Nick Bates $1,000
2015 Alli Moss Key Club Member $1,000
Grace Hardwick $1,000
Dakota Little $1,000
Anna Heinz $1,000
2014 Katie O'Hearn Key Club Member $1,000
Victoria Price $1,000
Tucker Robinson $1,000
Tristan Williams $1,000
2013 Mackenzie Seip Key Club Member $1,000
Rebecca Maree $1,000
Kristin Dickens $1,000
Daniel Yoakum $1,000
2012 Leslie Borries Key Club Member $750
David Frye Key Club Member $750
Kayce Patton Key Club Member $750
2011 Claudia Christy Key Club Member $750
Lydia Swinford Key Club Member $750
Lexi Wasiloski Key Club Member $750
2010 Anna Frye Key Club Member $750
Rachael Sapp $750
Taylor Turner Key Club Member $750
2009 Mariah Brookins Courtney Day $750
Michael Ovca Kelsey Phipps $750
2008 Alyssa Gordon Kaela Kroenung $500
Elizabeth Otto Matthew Whittington $500
2007 Rebecca Endres Erin Riley $500
2006 Annie Sutherland Carly McCrory $500
2005 Dusty Hawkins Kristen Ochs $500
2004 Megan Watts Brittany MacGibbon $250
2003 Nicole Corum Brad Opperman $250
2002 Evan Simpson Angie Otto $250
2001 Erica Hall April Richardson $250
2000 Doug Opperman Mike Woods $250
1999 Kyli Payne Lindsay Snider $250

Note:  One of the 2013 scholarships was funded by donations in memory of long-time Kiwanian Clarice Hausman.  The 2013 Key Club scholarship was funded by donations from Janet Cox, Gary Weber and David & Janet Butler. 



Tuscola Community High School


The Tuscola Kiwanis Club sponsors a Key Club at the Tuscola Community High School.  There are two co-advisors from our Kiwanis Club and a faculty advisor, Darcey Helmick.

Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. What makes Key Club so successful is the fact that it is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through serving their community and others. As members of the Kiwanis International family, Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities.

Today, Key Club exists on more than 5,000 high school campuses, primarily in the United States and Canada.  The organization offers a wide range of opportunities to its members:

  • Leadership development

  • Vocational guidance

  • College scholarships

  • Subscription to the Key Club magazine

  • Service-learning

  • Personal enrichment

The Key Club motto is “Caring: Our Way of Life.”  Their mission statement is:  “Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.”  Their vision is:  “To develop competent, capable, and caring leaders through the vehicle of service.”

Key Club membership is open to high school students who wish to provide service to their school, community and others.  Membership provides opportunities for leadership development and scholarships.  Every club elects its own officers annually - a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and editor.  Every Key Club also has the authority to select its own service projects.



Builders Club  Builders Club Logo


Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide. 

Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to babies and children of the world.


Building leaders


  • To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.
  • To develop leadership potential.
  • To foster the development of strong moral character.
  • To encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.


To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.


Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.

Core values

  • Character building: The ability to do the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice.
  • Leadership: The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others.
  • Inclusiveness: Accepting and welcoming differences in other people.
  • Caring: The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations.


"I pledge on my honor to uphold the objects of Builders Club. To better my school, my community, my nation, and myself. To aid those in need while enhancing leadership capabilities, and to encourage the fellowship of all mankind."


K-Kids is the youngest and fastest growing service organization for elementary students worldwide. These clubs are ideally suited for students in grades 1 through 5 (ages 6 to 12).

K-Kids is a "student-led" community-service organization, which operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body.

The K-Kids' pledge:

"As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school; I will show respect toward my environment; and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live."

The K-Kids' motto is "We Build," and its objectives are:

  • To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.

  • To develop leadership potential.

  • To foster and development of strong moral character.

  • To encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.

During the school year, Tuscola K-Kids participate in community and world-wide projects.  Previous projects have included donating and planting a tree at their school, raising money for Chernobyl children and washing teachers' cars during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Tuscola Kiwanis club recognizes and thanks the Tuscola K-Kids with certificates and gifts.  Club members host wiener/marshmallow roasts and ice cream parties during the school years for the K-Kids.



"BUG" is a program that gives students a goal of improving their grades.  East Prairie Elementary School and the Tuscola Kiwanis have teamed up to administer and support this very worthwhile effort.  Students receive awards for making improvements in their grades.

1st time winners receive a "BUG" certificate and button.  They also receive a congratulatory postcard from a Kiwanis member and their name in the Tuscola newspapers.

2nd time winners receive a "BUG" certificate and pencil.  They also receive a congratulatory postcard and phone call from a Kiwanis member and their name in the Tuscola newspapers. 

3rd time winners receive a "BUG" certificate.  They also get treated to a lunch with the Kiwanians and a postcard and phone call.  Their name also appears in the Tuscola newspapers.


Making Trauma Dolls for Kids in Need

Trauma dolls are hand-made by club members for children.

Currently, the club provides our trauma dolls to Carle ER and the Pediatric ward of the Carle Hospital in Urbana.  Occasionally we provide dolls as needed to the Douglas County ambulance services and the Tuscola Fire Department. 

These dolls serve two purposes: 

1) To comfort children whose lives have much turmoil.

2) To provide enjoyment and purpose to club members who get together to make the dolls for this good cause. 

Our last workshop met at the Douglas County Museum where we enjoyed a potluck dinner before making trauma dolls. A single workshop usually completes 80-90 dolls.

Please join us for food, fun and fellowship with other Kiwanians when the next workshop is announced.



Click Here for the Kiwanis International Young Children/Priority One Newsletter Article of April 2009.


Showing the Kiwanis Spirit at Local Events

The Kiwanis Float for the 2005 Tuscola Harvest Fest Parade

The Traveling Gavel Tradition

Each October, the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Governor presents each new Division Lt. Governor with a handsome, personalized gavel.  The Lt. Governor sets up a schedule for the clubs in his or her division to pass the gavel from club to club within twelve months.  The purpose is to generate Interclub visits.  The gavel must be delivered in some unique way, and finally returns to the lieutenant governor before the end of his or her term.

Great creativity or culinary expertise is appreciated when presenting the traveling gavel. Clubs have presented the gavel with customized chocolate and caramel gavels, built into a bird house packed with birdseed, frozen in a block of ice, suspended in a pan of lime Jell-O, dropped from an airplane in a bag of flour, and buried in a basket of Easter eggs.   Clubs enjoy this tradition both for the creative ideas and the opportunity to enjoy the delivery!

Meeting With Other Kiwanians

An Outing

It was a rainy, dreary evening on October 2005, when four brave souls assembled for a monthly experience.

They were about to embark on an adventure of meeting people in a distant city and experiencing new people belonging to the same family.

It rained during their entire journey on Route 36 West, it rained during the maneuvering through the city of Decatur and it continued to rain on the northern stretch of Route 51.

Fortunately, our four brave souls had a great gps (global positioning system) in the person of their own poet laureate who seemed to know where they were going.

They finally arrived at a little building in Clinton, Illinois, marked with our family emblem.  Moving quickly from car to building, trying to avoid the water filled pot-holes, they made it safely inside.  The room seemed to be ready for an interesting meeting with placemats announcing projects, fundraising proposals and activities for the coming year.

As it happened, they were not the only visitors this night for these Clinton family members.  There was another family group from Decatur delivering a “traveling gavel” to this family branch.  In this particular delivery, the gavel was wrapped in layers and layers of duct tape so it took the president, who had to unwrap it, quite some time.

The “traveling gavel” is like any gavel that a president of a family club would use to open and close a family meeting.  However, the “traveling gavel” is moved from club to club (family to family) so that all the club families in a district receive it every year, and each club must deliver it to the next club as assigned by the district.

Each club tries to make their delivery, with the gavel wrapped in an innovative way, so that it is fun and difficult to get to it.

By visiting the other clubs in their district, and also in other districts, we meet other members of our KIWANIS family, and share ideas about projects and fundraising activities.

The best way to do this is to sign up for an inter-club meeting!

                   TUSCOLA KIWANIS CLUB

THE friendliest club (so proclaimed by others; not our brag)


Submitted by Ed Wachala

Helping Out Other Worthwhile Causes

Frequently, members volunteer their time to help the community with other activities.