Recent News: Escanaba Kiwanis Sets Dates for 2023 Home & Garden Show!

The 2023 Kiwanis Home & Garden Show will be April 14, 15 and 16 at the Ruth Butler Building in Escanaba. Stay tuned for vendor signup and sponsorship information coming soon!

Escanaba Kiwanis Celebrates Wins at Fall Banquet.  It was a packed room at the Bonifas Art Center on September 23rd as the club celebrated wins from the past year. Some of the largest wins include:

  • Creation of club Mission and Vision Statements
  • 225 Community service hours provided to our Strategic Partners and the Escanaba community
  • An additional 400 service hours for the very successful 2022 Home & Garden Show
  • 50% membership growth

At the event Kiwanis District Lieutenant Governor Steve Halsey presented Legion of Honor awards to 12 of the current members who have served at least 25 years. Top Legion of Honor award went to Roy Hivala for his 57 years of service to the Escanaba Kiwanis. Roy received a standing ovation for his incredible service. Mr. Halsey also inducted the incoming board members, and Aaron Deiter was installed as the new club President. Thank you to all who were able to attend and make it such a fun event! The club is already busy planning more ways to grow, have fun, and help Escanaba youth and the community in the upcoming year.

August 6, 2022: Escanaba Key Club and Kiwanis Club Pull For Honor.  Escanaba Kiwanis joined their High School Key Club to raise funds for the UP Honor Flight. The team pulled a FedEx truck 30 feet in 20 seconds and had a blast raising funds to help Upper Peninsula veterans take part in the future UP Honor Flights.

July 19, 2022: Escanaba Kiwanis visits Scout Camp Hiawatha.  Camp Hiawatha is a jewel in God’s Country, and Scouts from around the Midwest are lucky to enjoy all that Camp Hiawatha offers. Kiwanis was given a fantastic tour by Alan Barr, Erick Kestila, and Craig Woerpel, leaders from the Bay Lakes Scout Council.  Throughout the summer, about 250 Scouts each week visit this amazing camp while they learn valuable leadership skills. They also work on merit badge requirements for everything from swimming to wilderness survival. Oh, and they have a TON of fun while they are learning these great life lessons. What an amazing resource for kids who are part of the Scout program!

July 16, 2022: Escanaba Kiwanis Highway Cleanup.  Kiwanis jumped back into cleanup mode and tidied up the two mile stretch of M-35 in Delta County.

July 7, 2022: Escanaba Kiwanis assisting with Library Reading Program.  Your local Kiwanis club has been supporting the Escanaba Summer Reading Program by reading to kids each week. Your kids can join us on Tuesdays at 11:30 July 12th and 19th.

May 19, 2022: Escanaba Kiwanis was busy again this weekend serving our community.  Last weekend members supported the Scout Spring Camporee activities and took part in the Enhance Escanaba tree planting project. Yesterday the Kiwanis Club and employees from DS Tech teamed up to help Escanaba Clean Up week. We cleaned the entire Ludington Park and then enjoyed a fun social gathering at Upper Hand Brewery to celebrate our successes.

May 4, 2022:  The Escanaba Kiwanis Club was busy cleaning up our 2 mile section of highway. Blessed with sunshine and warmer temperatures, we began cleanup of our adopted highway in the Ford River area. It feels great to help clean up our community!


May 2, 2022: The Escanaba Kiwanis Club was privileged to be the first audience for the Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center’s new community training, Darkness To Light. We learned about the suffering caused by child sexual abuse, possible signs of abuse, what to do if you know or suspect abuse is happening, and ways to help prevent it. It is very important information and will help save kids. Many thanks to our Strategic Partner, the Child Advocacy Center, for this opportunity!


The 2022 Kiwanis Home & Garden Show sponsored by American Metal Roofs was a great success! Thank you for your support, and check back for more photos soon. Special thanks to additional sponsors TV6 News and Amp’d Entertainment for helping to make this show the best ever! Here is a quick video and some photos from the event.  2022 Home & Garden Video

Escanaba Kiwanis Celebrates 100th anniversary!

Our Escanaba Kiwanis Club was started March 16th 1922 and is still going strong! The club celebrated their milestone with the public on Wednesday, March 16th at Hereford & Hops in Escanaba. Did you miss this fun event? Then don’t miss the encore which will happen Saturday, April 9th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the 2022 Kiwanis Home & Garden Show!

Kiwanis Helps Delta Regional Child Advocacy Center








March 5th, 2022  saw five members of the Escanaba Kiwanis Club return bottles and cans collected by the Child Advocacy Center. Over $350.00 in returnable cans were processed to help the Child Advocacy Center with their ongoing funding.

Kiwanis Helps Scouts

February 25th and 26th, 2022 was the Redbuck District annual Klondike Derby for Scouts. Five members of the Escanaba Kiwanis Club assisted the event by providing adult supervision during the overnight campout and judging the competition on Saturday. The overnight involved sleeping in snow shelters made by the scouts in zero degree weather!

New Escanaba Kiwanis Members February 2022

Last October the Escanaba Kiwanis Club decided to challenge ourselves with a goal to grow to 50 members in the next year. We are well on our way to that goal and have added SEVEN new members in the last 4 months!

Pictured above are new members Karlena Houle, Melissa Bonifas-Ness, past president Pat Rudden, new members Gina Laur, Racheal Paslawski, and president Gordy Fitch. Not pictured are new members Jenine Maloney, Bethany Leiter and Pastor Mike Markwell.


Kiwanis Assists the Salvation Army

The Escanaba Kiwanis Club assisted the Escanaba Salvation Army with Red Kettle bell ringing at Elmer’s County Market December 23rd and 24th. Most of the club volunteered to take 1-2 hour shifts and were very grateful to see the generous giving by this community.


2021 Home & Garden Show

The 2021 Home and Garden Show was a tremendous success! Thank you to all our wonderful vendors who made the show so fun and informational. Enjoy this great video compliments of Jamie Solis-Beaver at Key Realty. 2021 Home & Garden Show Video

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