Anoka Area Kiwanis still going strong after 90 years

Excellent leadership during the last 90 years has kept the Anoka Area Kiwanis Club following its motto, “Changing the world one community and one child at a time.”

The club will be celebrating its 90th birthday at this year’s charter hight at Majestic Oaks on May 17. Other area Kiwanis clubs and interested community members are invited to attend. Contact Jan Clemens for more information at 763-753-2455.

The club sponsors student clubs: Anoka High School Key Club, Anoka Middle School Center for the Arts Builders Club and K-Kids at Wilson, Lincoln, Franklin, Crooked Lake and Ramsey elementary schools. Students in these clubs ensure the strong continuation of community services provided by members of Anoka Kiwanis.

Pictured are 18 of the 89 past presidents (and year they served) who served the Anoka Kiwanis Club. Standing left to right: Bruce Frank, 1993; Destin Anderson; 2007; Art Dussl, 1981; Chuck Drury, 2000; Gene Dvoracek, 1996; Jim Neilson, 1976; Ed Wilberg, 2003; Ed Bock, 1991; Ron Eastman, 1985; Richard Blomquist, 1978; Barb Winfield, 2005; Kathie Prokosch, 2008. Seated left to right: Scott DeLong, 1962; Orv Bies, 1990; Bert Dahlman, 1977; Shirley Christenson, 2004; Joyce Paul, 1995; Shirley Curbow, 1998. Photo submitted

Pictured are 18 of the 89 past presidents (and year they served) who served the Anoka Kiwanis Club. Standing left to right: Bruce Frank, 1993; Destin Anderson; 2007; Art Dussl, 1981; Chuck Drury, 2000; Gene Dvoracek, 1996; Jim Neilson, 1976; Ed Wilberg, 2003; Ed Bock, 1991; Ron Eastman, 1985; Richard Blomquist, 1978; Barb Winfield, 2005; Kathie Prokosch, 2008. Seated left to right: Scott DeLong, 1962; Orv Bies, 1990; Bert Dahlman, 1977; Shirley Christenson, 2004; Joyce Paul, 1995; Shirley Curbow, 1998. Photo submitted

Anoka Area Kiwanis donates money for scholarships to Anoka High School, Anoka-Ramsey Community College and Anoka Technical College students. It supports Lyric Arts Theater, ACBC Foodshelf, Kiwanis International’s current global campaign to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus around the world, Anoka High School All Night Party, Girl Scouts, Boy Scout Troop 204 and various requests from members of the community.

Fund-raising activities to finance these projects include peanut day donations, Anoka County Fair ticket selling, charter night/silent auction, birthday and happy dollars, Anoka Halloween pancake breakfast and concession stands at Riverfest and the Anoka Halloween Parade.

Many community service activities keep the members busy including Akin Riverside Park cleanup each spring and fall, Anoka County Christmas food and toy distribution at the Anoka Armory each December, volunteering at Feed My Starving Children, concessions at Lyric Arts Theater, Lyric Arts mural painting, and the July 4 Mayor’s Ice Cream Social at George Green Park.

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