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A Tasty Fundraiser

This Spring, our Kiwanis Club had our second most successful fundraiser since we have been in existence.

Our club member, Jan Booker, had heard that service clubs and organizations could partner with their local Texas Roadhouse Restaurant to sell their FAMOUS Rolls as a popular fundraising idea.

The concept is simple:

Step 1. The club members take orders for the rolls by the dozen (rolls will be frozen)

Step 2. When completed, the club gives their local Texas Roadhouse the totals (rolls and their famous cinnamon honey butter)

Step 3. Texas Roadhouse makes the rolls and prepares everything for pick-up

Step 4. The club picks up the rolls and delivers them to members who in turn deliver them to their customers

Step 5. Texas Roadhouse makes money and the club makes a decent percentage of the sales

Our club, in just a short period of time, sold enough rolls to make over $750.00. This money will be put to such good use in helping the kids in our area and the kids around the world.


Kiwanis is the safety net that creates opportunities for children to be curious, safe and healthy regardless of the community in which they live.

Kiwanis is a positive influence in locations worldwide with a dream that all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.

The Kiwanis Family

Kiwanis created its family of sponsored leadership clubs to help people of all ages develop the heart to serve, answer the call to lead and accept the courage to engage. By working together, we can become an force for good in the world for children and communities.

Kiwanians around the globe have one common goal: To serve the children of the world. Kiwanis advocates this vision every day by providing opportunities to serve for every member of a community through Service Leadership Programs. Through these opportunities, youth and young adults around the world become competent, capable and compassionate leaders.

For more information on the Kiwanis Family, just click the link below:

Indiana District Council Meeting

Fellow Members of Indy Metro Division Clubs & Service Leadership Programs: On behalf of my Key Club and CKI lieutenant governor counterparts, I hope you are planning to join us for our online Division Council Meeting this coming Wednesday, October 7th, from 5:30-6:30 pm. ALL KIWANIS CLUB, CKI and KEY CLUB MEMBERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO PARTICIPATE!

Since we will be celebrating on James Whitcomb Riley’s 171st birthday, the primary goal for this virtual GoToMeeting gathering will be to celebrate all things Riley! Our Indiana District has been supporting Riley Hospital for Children for 101 years, starting five years before they even opened their doors. Amber Miller, Associations and Radiothon Coordinator, Riley Children’s Foundation, and Susan Schwartz, Program Manager-Volunteer Resources with Riley Hoppital for Children at IU Health, will be joining us to provide an overview regarding the myriad of ways Kiwanis has supported their needs through the years. 

We are also going to be calling on a representative from each of our eight Kiwanis clubs, sharing quick updates and future plans. Of course, we also want to learn what’s going on with Key Clubs and CKI Clubs in our area…and will definitely celebrate the brand-new Park Tudor Key Club, which our Broad Ripple Kiwanis Club has offered to sponsor! 

Last, but certainly not least, it is high time you all kick me to the curb…so Governor Martyn Furnish will be presiding over the installation of our new Indy Metro Division Lieutenant Governor, Tina Siddle! For those of you who wish to contact her in the future, she may be reached at or (317) 563-6904. Tina is a second-generation Kiwanian, and I know that her parents, Ted and Elsie Siddle, and members of her North Indianapolis Club are mighty proud of her!

Please join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)

United States: +1 (646) 749-3131
– One-touch: tel:+16467493131,,291486778#

Access Code: 291-486-778

We have organized this Division Council Meeting to be fun and informative. Frankly, now that most of our members are accustomed to zooming around, I’m hoping we can celebrate “All Things Riley” every October near JWR’s birthday! 

In closing, thanks to all Indy Metro Division members for allowing me to zoom onto so many of your club meeting calls, as well as letting me take part in your service projects, fundraising events and social gatherings. I’m so proud of how our club leaders have stayed in touch with all members, despite these troubling times…and know the officers who just took over last week will be counting on every member to help them navigate the way forward and seek new ways to meet the needs of kids and our community. And so long as you promise not to invoice me for membership dues, I plan on zooming around when time permits and stay in touch with so many fast friends I have made this past year! 

Please make every effort to join us for this special hour of Kiwanis fellowship this coming Wednesday evening! 

Brad B. Boyd

2019-20 Indy Metro Division Lieutenant Governor

Food Drive!!!!

Important Announcement!

We are having a huge food drive for The Pike Red Zone Food Pantry here in Indianapolis! Details are on flyer below. If you can’t be there to donate food or hygiene items and would like to make a donation of money–checks can be made out to: Pike High School and in the memo–food pantry. Those can be mailed to the attention of Bryce Kinder at Kiwanis International (same address as below). THANK YOU everyone for your support!

Raising Money For COVID-19


Want to join us in supporting a good cause? We are raising money for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, to support the most urgent needs of children, especially those related to COVID-19. And right now, every dollar donated on Facebook, up to $50,000 will be matched!

As you know, we serve kids around the world. Our Kiwanis Children’s Fund has received an overwhelming number of requests from clubs who need financial assistance to help children during the COVID-19 crisis—from providing food to hungry families to essential technology for students and so much more.

We are fundraising to help meet these urgent needs of children! If you would consider donating, I can assure you your gift will be put to good use.

CLICK HERE to go to our Facebook Fundraising Page to help out in any way you can!

Important Silent Auction Update!

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I will tell you what…setting up an Online Silent Auction is SOOOOOOO much fun until the T-Rex shows up and starts wreaking havoc on everything you have accomplished!  LOL

But…he is now contained and hopefully everything will be smooth sailing from here on out!  But it has delayed our auction by a couple of days!

But…if you would like to get a sneak peek at some of the items for sale…


And there will be a few more items coming!


And make sure you tell all your friends and family!!!


Scott Booker

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund

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Kiwanis Children’s Fund
The Kiwanis Children’s Fund helps make remarkable things happen for kids and communities around the world.
Kids need Kiwanis, and the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, formerly the Kiwanis International Foundation, helps you reach them, amplifying your impact in communities around the world. The Children’s Fund supports five Kiwanis causes — initiatives that Kiwanians have shared they want to support:
  • Service Leadership Programs
  • Club and district service projects
  • Disaster relief
  • The Eliminate Project
  • The sustained elimination of iodine deficiency disorders
In each of these areas, the Children’s Fund turns money into meaning. Beyond that, the Children’s Fund can be a resource for your club, too. Its staff members help clubs and districts establish and manage their own foundations. They visit clubs virtually and in-person to provide updates on the Children’s Fund. And they can even offer clubs fundraising and goal-setting advice.
Every district has a Children’s Fund staff member they can turn to for help. The Indiana District’s staff member is Jereme Grinslade. Feel free to reach out to Jereme for more information about the Children’s Fund. You can contact Jereme at or 317-217-6157.

Kiwanis Indiana District – Habitat For Humanity

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René and Sandy attended the Indiana District Mid-Year on March 10th, 2018 on behalf of our Kiwanis Club of Indy-It’s 5o’clock Somewhere.

This year at the convention, Kiwanis members got to assist in a Habitat for Humanity Build. There were two sign up times for this event. René and Sandy took Crew 1 from 7 to 9 am.  Each crew was divided into 5 groups consisting of about 10 to 12 people. They all worked together, no matter what their skill set was, to help build a house for a mother and her 5-year daughter – Kisha and Khole. It was really cold but well worth it! Working together, meeting other Kiwanians, and helping a family in our community.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

Habitat Family

For more information on Habitat For Humanity – CLICK HERE

And as always…To learn more about how you can get involved…please contact us!  We are more than happy to invite you to one of our club meetings!!

Our Service Project…


Once again, our club members have been going into action at B.A.B.E. as a follow up to our original service project.

Only this time…the diapers were really stacking up!  But nothing would stop our gang of Pamper Packers!!!

We have been gathering a few times now at B.A.B.E. to pack up those diapers….and even though they seem to be stacked against us…we prevailed every time!  LOL

This program is such a valuable one and a great project for our club!  We love that we are able to help them out and hope to continue doing this for them on a regular basis,

To learn more about B.A.B.E – Check out this B.A.B.E Fact Sheet or this really informative B.A.B.E Brochure

Here are some pictures showcasing the FUN time we had helping others!!

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And as always…To learn more about how you can get involved…please contact us!  We are more than happy to invite you to one of our club meetings!!

Chipotle – Pennies For Patients


On Thursday, February 15th, The Chipotle Mexican Grill on 86th Street here in Indianapolis participated in the Pennies For Patients Campaign.  (More about the Campaign is below.)  Our Club Members, if they ate there, just had to mention that they were “Here For LLS” and Chipotle would donate 50% of its proceeds to the campaign.  This actually went well beyond just our club.but our club members were happy to participate and give back!!!pennies2Since 1994, millions of dollars have been raised in pennies and other spare change by more than 10 million elementary, middle and high school students throughout the country. The funds, collected during a three-week period, benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Everyone who participates is a winner!

Students across the country are collecting pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters during the Pennies for Patients campaigns benefiting the Society.

In the Pennies for Patients campaign, the class collecting the most change in each school receives a pizza party. Prizes such as computers, electronics and sports equipment are presented to the top schools in each area. The Pennies for Patients campaign began in the Society’s North Carolina Chapter in 1995.

For more information on The Leukemia And Lymphoma Society – CLICK HERE