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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Kiwanis Club ready to celebrate 90 years

  • HARRISBURG -- The Harrisburg Kiwanis Club will celebrate 90 years of service Saturday with a dinner at the SIC Foundation Building at 340 N. Commercial St.
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  • The Harrisburg Kiwanis Club will celebrate 90 years of service Saturday with a dinner at the SIC Foundation Building at 340 N. Commercial St.
    Just seven years after the founding of Kiwanis International in 1915 the Harrisburg club received their charter on Oct. 20, 1922. Clubs in Cairo and Mount Carmel sponsored Harrisburg at the time.
    Marvin Teckenbrock, club president for the past year, said the anniversary is giving the members an opportunity to look back at all the club has accomplished over the years. Nine members have been assigned a decade to research and many have been busy talking to former members and combing through old newspapers and microfilm in preparation for Saturday.
    The dinner is at 6 p.m. Teckenbrock said they still have a few seats available. Anyone interested should call Mike Williams at 262-2500.
    In recent years Teckenbrock said the club has once again been on the upswing.
    "We just increased our membership to 45. A few years ago we were down to four or five," he said.
    In recent years they've also had success in building youth auxiliary organizations, K-Kids at the elementary schools, Builders Club at the middle school, Key Club at the high school and recently re-started the Circle K program at Southeastern Illinois College. The Key Club at the high school he said is really strong with more than a hundred members.
    The mission of Kiwanis is "serving the children of the world," as their slogan says.
    At present the club is working with KaBoom! on the new park development planned in Gaskins City.
    "Kiwanis is co-sponsoring it," Teckenbrock said. "(Also), both international statewide and local clubs have made large donations for tornado victims."
    The club helped start the youth baseball and softball programs with the park district in the mid 20th Century and more recently helped kickstart the youth soccer program before handing it off to the current sponsors.
    In recent years the club has helped finance the new concession stand at the park, helped send the high school band to Florida and has donated to Pregnancy Matters, CASA, American Cancer Society and the Anna Bixby Foundation.
    Teckenbrock will be handing over leadership of the club to Jason Cook, incoming president, on Oct. 1. He and other members are making an effort to invite all past presidents and secretaries to the anniversary dinner Saturday.

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