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Painting the Manhattan Sign on Bluemont Hill

Here’s some great pictures from our latest maintenance project of the Manhattan sing on Bluemont Hill. We are in the midst of raising funds to build a viewing platform that is handicapped accessible for this site. The younger guys are from the FarmHouse Fraternity–they do the heavy lifting. Thank you FarmHouse guys!

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Pancake Feed and Holiday Silent Auction December 9!

Just a head’s up that our annual pancake feed and silent auction will take place Saturday, December 9–come and get pancakes and Christmas gifts! Every year we have amazing auction items, including innumerable gift certificates from local businesses. You can also come for the auction and not the pancakes for vice versa. This is always a real hit. It takes place in Pottorf Hall in CiCo Park. More info to follow closer to the time.

Why do Kiwanians Stand in Front of Stores Begging for Money?

Why local service clubs? Because when you support your local service club you’re saying “yes” to people in your community who want to help other people in your community. When we do enough of that, we need other entities less, namely government and big business. We become more self-supporting–and that means more free. All giving is a good thing, but the “value added” with local giving is that we are doing what we should be doing–taking care of our own community so someone else doesn’t have to. Imagine how things might be different if we consistently looked to our own community–each other–for support, and could count on a “yes.” In our small way, Kiwanis is trying to do just that. We would love for you to join us, and thank you for your donations this evening and tomorrow morning at Dillons East and West.

Kiwanis Pretzel Days October 6-7

This weekend in Manhattan KS we are holding our annual Pretzel Days! Yes, it used to be Peanut Days, and all we’ve changed is what we’re giving away. You’ll see us handing out little packages of pretzels at Dillons Grocery Stores, East and West today from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8-noon. This is one of our two biggest fundraisers of the year, the other one coming up in December (our Kiwanis Pancake Feed and Silent Auction).

The way Pretzel Days work is that if you shop at Dillons East or West, we’ll be standing outside and we’ll offer you some pretzels. We aren’t selling them, we’re giving them away as a little gesture of community friendship. If you’d like to donate to our causes, we have cans you can plunk your change or your extra cash in–every little bit counts. We support a variety of youth-related causes here in town, including the Manhattan High School Key Club that helps young people become community-minded leaders, and KSU Circle K Club, which does the same. We provide Friendship Meals to Senior Citizens every week, and pick up food from local stores and restaurants to take to the community foodbank, the Breadbasket, once a week. We sponsor kids’ softball and baseball teams, and the list goes on!

Service clubs are a part of what makes a local community into a caring community in which people think about their civic responsibilities and take steps to care for those in need of support. They are–and we are–an institution in towns like Manhattan, KS. Come out to one of those Dillons stores today and say “hi!” and consider making a small donation to help us help Manhattan!

Manhattan Sign on Bluemont Hill

Our club, along with members of FarmHouse Fraternity, has been maintaining the famous Manhattan sign for decades. The sign on top of Bluemont Hill is visible as visitors approach the city from the south. The little park surrounding the sign is a place almost everyone from Manhattan, and many of the students and families who have spent time at K-State, have visited to enjoy the spectacular views. Our project is to build an attractive and safe viewing platform that is handicapped accessible so that the park continues to be enjoyed for years to come. The project has been given a “go” by the city, so all we need is the funds.

Donations will be used to pay for the supplies and labor to build the platform and to beautify the surrounding area. We will be thankful for any amount you can give to help us make warm Manhattan memories! All donors who do not want to be anonymous will be listed in gratitude on our website.

Here’s a link to our GoFundMe campaign!

Pretzel Days Fundraiser

Each year, our club holds a very special fundraiser. In the past, this was “Peanut Days.” You’d see Kiwanians with orange aprons on offering nice little packets of peanuts and asking for donations. Now we are offering pretzels, but everything else is the same. If you see us at Dillons West or Dillons East grocery stores, grab a packet of pretzels and say “hi!” If you feel moved to donate, we’ve got some cans to plunk your coins and bills into. All proceeds go to help local projects, particularly children and youth. In fact, our Manhattan High School Key Club members will be using donations to attend their District Convention next May and buying supplies for service projects! Our university affiliated organization, Circle K, will also be helping out!

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