Reader News: Willmar Kiwanis Club celebrates its 100th anniversary

Club plans to do 100 acts of kindness each month throughout 2023.


WILLMAR — The Willmar Kiwanis Club was established in January of 1923. For 100 years, your friends and neighbors have helped kids in Kandiyohi County — as members of the Kiwanis Club of Willmar. Each year our club raises money to donate to non-profit organizations that benefit children. We focus on children and youth services, community outreach programs, medical and emotional health of children and youth, education and schools, new businesses to the region, and community service projects.

The name Kiwanis came from a native American phrase “NunKeewan-is.” That translates to “We have a good time — we make noise.” The Kiwanis motto is “Serving the Children of the World” to emphasize the primary focus of Kiwanis.

To celebrate our anniversary, our Willmar club plans to do 100 acts of kindness each month throughout 2023. In January, we will be donating 100 cans of soup to the food shelf. Our club is also planning a community event for children in conjunction with Willmar Fests in June 2023.

group photo of members of the Willmar Kiwanis celebrating their 100 anniversary
Members of the Willmar Kiwanis celebrate the club's 100th anniversary. The club meets the first and third Tuesday of every month at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.
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In our 100th anniversary year, our club hopes to increase our club membership. The more members we have, the more kids we can help, because kids need Kiwanis in many ways. Some need mentors, some need books or school supplies, or academic help, or simple access to the fun other kids take for granted. Some kids do not even have dinner at home after school, or coats or shoes to wear.

The Willmar Kiwanis Club also started a Key Club at the Willmar High School which is thriving and doing many service projects to help fellow students in school and kids in our community. Their latest project is a “Cardinal Cabinet,” where students have free access to necessary items.


The Kiwanis Club of Willmar is making a difference to help change children’s lives — and maybe even your own. Come find out more at our next meeting. We meet the first and third Tuesday of the month at noon at the Kandiyohi County Historical Society.

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