Serving the Children of the World
Veteran Paul Montgomery and David Schilling talk to club about Honor Flight
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Paul Montgomery and David Schilling spoke to the Mattoon Kiwanis Club on March...

JG-TC publisher Craig Rogers speaks to club
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Craig Rogers, publisher of the Journal Gazette-Times Courier, was the guest...

Kiwanis member vist Builders Club
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MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club visited the Builders Club at Mattoon Middle...

MFD Chief Tony Nichols visits club
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Mattoon Fire Department Chief Tony Nichols was the guest speaker at the Mattoon...

MMS Student Reading Committee talk to club
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Mattoon Middle School teacher Anieta Trame and MMS students visited the Mattoon...


Welcome to the Mattoon Kiwanis Club

Mattoon club plans pancake meal, celebrates  Kiwanis International's centennial

Mattoon Kiwanis Club volunteers Mike Kallis, left, and Phillip Spencer pictured working at a previous Pancake Breakfast at the Mattoon Middle School. The club's 2015 event is scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at MMS.

March 13, 2015 4:48 pm  • 

The breakfast is scheduled for 7 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28 at Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. Ninth St. The menu offers all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage, plus coffee, milk and juice. Ticket are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 5-12, and free for children ages 4 and younger.

"This is our third year to partner with the middle school. It is really a great collaboration," said Kiwanis Club member Mary Weber, who is leading the breakfast.

Weber said live entertainment has been added to this year's breakfast, with performances by the Coles County Barbershop Singers at 8 a.m. and the Mattoon Middle School jazz band at 9-10:30 a.m.

The pancake breakfast and Peanut Days are the Kiwanis Club's main fundraisers. Proceeds from these events help this service club support programs for children.

"We are hoping the community will turn out for pancake day to help us help the community," said Kiwanis Club member Steve Ferguson.

Mattoon Kiwanis Club President Greg Thompson said they have helped fund new playgrounds at Lawson and Peterson parks in recent years and hope to help build another one. The club also has helped fund the construction of three pavilions at the youth sports fields on the northeast side town.

Other children's program have included providing sponsorships for youth sports teams, the Read Across Mattoon program and the Builders Club at the Mattoon Middle School, and the Key Club at Mattoon High School.

Funds raised by the Mattoon club also assist Kiwanis International's humanitarian work. In 1994, Kiwanis joined the fight to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders. In 2010, Kiwanis pledged to join UNICEF in the effort to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from countries still affected by this disease.

Kiwanis was founded in 1915 in Detroit and the Mattoon club formed in 1929. Ferguson said the local club plans to send delegates to the Kiwanis International Annual Convention on June 25-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., where this organization is headquartered.

One of the mission's of Kiwanis is for its members to volunteer within their communities. Mattoon club members have volunteered to help Camp New Hope, Lightworks, One Stop Community Christmas, the Salvation Army, and many other local causes.

Kiwanis Club member Jim Glen said one of his favorite projects is delivering food for the Peace Meal program, for which the club has been providing volunteers since at least the early 1980s.

"You don't have to ask people for money and you don't have to give money. You just help others," Glenn said of volunteering with Peace Meal.

The Mattoon Kiwanis Club meets at noon every Wednesday at Brian's Place/Bourbon Street Steakhouse, 2100 Broadway Ave. At these meetings, participants hear updates on the club's community service projects and presentations from guest speakers.

More information is available by contacting Thompson at 217-276-9985 or by visiting

Contact Stroud at or 217-238-6861.

Mattoon Kiwanis Club donates

to MMS Read Across Mattoon

Pictured photo on left, from left: MMS teacher Anieta Trame, MMS students Emma Philpott, Hannah Andersen and Katherine Carter-Alvis. Photo on right, from left: Philpott, Hannah Retzer, Carter-Alvis, and Andersen.

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club presented the Mattoon Middle School Student Reading Committee a $500 donation for the Read Across Mattoon program on February 11. MMS students/committee members presented this year's Ready to Read Across Mattoon book selection, "The False Prince," in a skit based on the book's theme at the weekly club meeting and issued a challenge to the club to participate in this year's program.

The Mattoon Kiwanis Club has been a long-time supporter of the Read Across Mattoon Program.



Jan. 28, 2015

MATTOON - The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Natalie Parkerson, on Jan. 28. Parkerson is a personal lines agent at First Mid Insurance Group in Mattoon. Pictured, from left, new member sponsor Clay Dean, new member Natalie Parkerson, and Kiwanis District Lt. Governor Janet Butler.

Dec. 3, 2014

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Clay Dean, to the club on Dec. 3. Dean is the CEO at First Mid Insurance Group in Mattoon. Pictured, from left, new member Clay Dean, new member sponsor Janice Moritz, and past-president and past-lieutenant governor Don Grewell, of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.

Nov. 19, 2014

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club welcomed new member, Lt. Daniel “T.J.” Simmons, to the club on Nov. 19. Lt. Simmons and his wife, Lt. Claudia Simmons, recently became the new officers of the Salvation Army of Coles and Cumberland Counties. Pictured, from left, new member sponsor Bob McClean, new member Lt. Daniel “T.J.” Simmons, and past-president and past-lieutenant governor Don Grewell, all of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.


2014 Annual Dinner

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club inducted officers and board members at its annual dinner at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club on September 24. Legion of Honor awards were presented to the following club members for continuous active membership and service to the club and the community: Steve Ferguson for 30 years, Dan Cunningham for 30 years, Gary Hawker for 35 years and Dan Coleman for 45 years. Also in attendance were District 26 Lieutenant Governor Janet Butler, and Assistant Governor South David Butler, both members of the Tuscola club. The 2014-15 Mattoon Kiwanis Club slate of officers pictured, from left, Sean Junge, board member; Gary Hawker, treasurer; David Butler, assistant governor South; Janet Butler, lieutenant governor District 26; Greg Thompson, 2014-15 president; Shelly Eddington, secretary; Steve Ferguson, board member; Brian Johanpeter, 2014-15 vice president.


2014 Peanut Days dates set

(Pictured left to right: Kiwanis members Jean Balch, George Miller, Bill Northam and former club member Steve Hayes.)

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club 2014 Peanut Days fundraising event dates have been set for October 17-18 in Mattoon.

Peanut Days is an annual tradition of the Kiwanis Club. The funds raised during the two days fund Kiwanis projects, such as the recent playgrounds purchased and installed at Lawson Park and Peterson Park in Mattoon as a joint effort between the City of Mattoon and the Mattoon Kiwanis Club.

Club members will be intersections located at Logan and Broadway Ave., Logan and Richmond Ave., and 14th St. and Dewitt Ave. in Mattoon on October 7-18. Donations to the club support Kiwanis projects. Kiwanis is dedicated to serving the children of the world, one community at a time.



2014 Kiwanis Pancake Day

MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club, along with the MHS Key Club and MMS Builders Club, will be hosting the 2014 Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, March 29 at Mattoon Middle School, 1200 S. 9th St., Mattoon.

Club members will be serving all you can eat pancakes and sausage, coffee, milk and juice from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from any Kiwanis member (or click on "Contact Us" at this website and send us an email) or can be purchased at the door the day of the event. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 5-12. Children 5-and-under are free.

The mission of Kiwanis is to serve children. Proceeds from Mattoon Kiwanis Club events fund youth oriented projects, such as the recent Lawson and Peterson Park projects, and youth programs and scholarships.

Gary Hawker honored for 35-years of service at Mattoon Kiwanis Club annual dinner

L to r: Gary Hawker and Greg Thompson

MATTOON – Mattoon Kiwanis Club member Gary Hawker was honored with the 35-year Legion of Honor Award at the Kiwanis Club annual dinner on January 22 at the Mattoon Golf and Country Club.

Kiwanis president Brian Daniell was the host for the evening. President Daniell and the club recognized the club’s board members and officers and several members for community service projects: Mary Weber for Pancake Day, George Miller for Peanut Day, Bill Northam for the Peterson Park Project and Carolyn Cloyd for Peace Meals.

Mary Weber and Carolyn Cloyd were recognized for serving as club presidents.

Left: Derald Doehring and Mary Weber. Right: Terry Ward, center, with Key Club members, Michaela Drake (left) and Victoria Drake.              

Kiwanis and Key Club participate in One Stop Community Christmas

Left, club members (r to l) Greg Thompson, Mary Weber, Dave Schilling, Christy Ferguson, Carolyn Cloyd at One Stop Community Christmas. Right, (r to l) Schilling, Shelly Eddington, Suzi Coffman (non-club member), Ferguson, Cloyd, setting up on Friday. 

Key Club members at the gift wrap table

MATTOON – Mattoon Kiwanis Club members and MHS Key Club members took part in the annual One Stop Community Christmas event on Dec. 14.

One Stop Community Christmas is a community effort to provide Christmas to area families that need a little assistance for the holiday. Individuals and businesses throughout the community donate items and provide manpower for the collective effort to provide everything families in Coles County and the surrounding counties might need for Christmas.

Donations included items for the holiday meal, toys or gifts for children of all ages, clothing, cold weather clothing, underwear, socks, diapers, wrapping paper and more. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club was in charge of the sock and underwear table, with the guidance of club member, Christy Ferguson, who directed the club’s participation in the project, and the MHS Key Club provided wrapping paper and gift bags.

The Kiwanis Club and its members donated $1,570 and items toward the event and a number of club members volunteered their time to work the table or as helpers for the families. More than 1,900 children and more than 800 families benefited from the event.

Mattoon Kiwanis Club teams with City of Mattoon to build
new playground at Peterson Park

The park is open...Grand Opening Oct. 23, 2013

Members of the Kiwanis Club at the grand opening, Oct. 23, 2013
(for more photos of the build, click on "Events/Photo Gallery")


MATTOON -- The Mattoon Kiwanis Club teamed with the City of Mattoon to purchase and install a new playground at Peterson Park in Mattoon. City of Mattoon workers and Kiwanis volunteers, which included members of the MHS Key Club and EIU Student Services volunteers, installed the new equipment on Oct. 18-19, 2013.

The grand opening of the new playground was held on Oct. 23. Kiwanis member Bill Northam cut the ribbon to open the park to the public. Northam was instrumental in putting the project together and in raising funds for the playground equipment.

The Mattoon Kiwanis Club installed a new playground a Lawson Park in Mattoon in 2010.



Mattoon Kiwanis Club members collecting donations during the 2013 Peanut Days fundraiser pictured from l to r: Jean Balch, George Miller, Bill Northam and Steve Hayes. 

MATTOON -- Members of the Mattoon Kiwanis Club and Mattoon High School Key Club raised $2,782.02 during the annual Peanut Day fundraiser on September 27-28. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club raises funds for various projects benefiting children. The Mattoon Kiwanis Club recently partnered with the City of Mattoon to purchase and install playground equipment at Lawson Park and Peterson Park in Mattoon. Kiwanis is an international organization working to "Serve the Children of the World."



MATTOON - The Mattoon Kiwanis Club will be holding its annual Peanut Day fundraiser in Mattoon on September 27-28, 2013. Club members will at the intersections at Broadway/Logan and Richmond/Logan collecting donations. The Mattoon club has teamed with the City of Mattoon to put in new playground equipment in Peterson Park and the funds raised during Peanut Day fundraiser will go to help fund that project. Kiwanis is an international club working to “Serve the Children of the World.” Pictured (l to r) are club members, Carolyn Cloyd, Greg Thompson and Steve Ferguson.