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96th Kiwanis Club of Fargo welcoming Bosnian Muslim as its incoming President - 10/13/2016

The Kiwanis Club of Fargo began its 96th year on October 1, 2016. As a worldwide service organization devoted to the principle of service, one of the objectives in Kiwanis is to encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships, regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation. Understanding that diversity in our country is a hot topic, we are proud to announce that our club installed its new officers, including our first Muslim president, Nedzad “Ned” Halilovic. 

Ned is a Bosnian refugee, from Srebenica, that came to West Fargo in 1996. Upon graduation from West Fargo High School in the 1997, he then attended Concordia College. Majoring in Political...

Kiwanis Club of Fargo to offer local organizations grants - 08/31/2016

The Kiwanis Club of Fargo Grant Committee has approved grants to a few local organizations.  During their July meeting, the committee approved grants to the YWCA, Jr. Achievement, Charism, Juvenile Drug Court and the Lutheran Social Services.  This year, they approved $11,000 total!  We are grateful to have the opportunity to help local charities serve children in the Fargo/Moorhead community.

Kiwanis Pancake Karnival - 06/06/2016

     The Fargo Kiwanis Pancake Karnival is estimated to have raised around $53,000 in net profit. This profit is $2,000 more than last year’s event! The net profit goes to our foundation, which will distribute the funds to the local community through grants to non-profits and scholarships to high school and college students. Thank you to the over 300 volunteers who helped us with this event and to the 10,000 + people who took the time to stop out to the Fargodome. 

     This year we also added some new sponsorship opportunities, so a BIG thank you Ambassador Cleaning and Rainbow Restoration, Knight Printing, Dacotah Paper, Biolife, Conme Feste Attorneys,...

Community Grants Awarded - 08/10/2015

Twice a year our Grants Committee selects and awards grants to community projects. The local projects funded must stay true to our mission and affect a large number of youth (newborn through college age) among other criteria.

This month a total of $20,500 in grants were awarded from the Kiwanis Club of Fargo.

The YWCA received $3,500 for activities for children in the Shelter Children’s Services Program.

Nokomis received $1,000 for soft climbers in the daycare toddler room.

Fraser received $10,000 for playground at 711 South University Dr in collaboration with other local Kiwanis Clubs.

The Fargo Public Schools received $1,000 for the Got No Milk Program.

The Plains Art Museum received...

Kiwanis International Convention: Celebrating 100 Years - 06/30/2015
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Annually we send delegates to attend the Kiwanis International Convention, which is held in various parts of the world as international members come together for fellowship and leadership. This year was an exceptionally special event as we celebrated 100 years of Kiwanis since it's founding in 1915. Members Ned Halilovec, David Gregor, Kent Hochgraber, and Courtney Taylor attended the Kiwanis International Convention this year. It was a monumental year with Kiwanis electing the first female president. It is also hard to believe that there are currently 237,000 key clubbers, more than the 207,000 Kiwanians worldwide. 659 clubs were represented and 2,558 delegates....

Raffle Winner Announced - 05/01/2015
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Congratulations to Shanara Lassig on winning the $5000 travel voucher to Kvamme Travel. Shanara owns a pre-school in Fargo and teaches piano lessons. She bought 3 raffle tickets at the Pancake Karnival, and Kiwanian Alex Demkiw sold her the winning ticket! Shanara will follow-up with us on what she will use the voucher for. We were able to raise $15,000, all of which will go towards the Kiwanis Eliminate Project to end neonatal and maternal tetanus worldwide. It costs only $1.80 for a vaccination, so this raffle enabled us to protect over 8,333 lives.

Scholarships Presented at the Honors Banquet - 04/22/2015
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The Annual Honors Banquet at the Holiday Inn recognizes senior students from the National Honor Societies of South, West Fargo, Davies, North, and Shanley High Schools. Our attendance was outstanding this year and every seat was filled with Kiwanians, parents, and students.

Graduating seniors who are members of a Key Club at Fargo North, Davie's and South High Schools, Moorhead High School, Shanley High School, West Fargo High School, or members of the Circle K Clubs at NDSU, MSUM and Concordia College who plan to continue their education are eligible to apply. For Circle K Clubs, the members must be full time freshman, sophomore or junior year students. 

In 2015 eight $1,750 scholarship...

Community Grants Awarded - 04/10/2015

Grants are awarded twice a year from the Kiwanis Club of Fargo Grants Committee to 501 C (3) organizations. These projects affect a large number of youth and take place locally. 

The following grants were awarded:

$1,500 to the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center

$2,500 to the YMCA

$2,500 to Trollwood

$500 to FMCT

Congratulations to these well-deserved non-profit organizations! The funds to support these grants are raised annually at the Fargo Kiwanis Pancake Karnival. In 2015 for the first time in the 57 years the event has been held, the total revenues exceeded $100,000 ($100,230). The net income exceeded $50,000 for the first time ($50,025). Held annually at the Fargodome, over 20,000...

A Record Breaking Year for the Pancake Karnival - 04/01/2015
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This year was a record-breaking year for the Pancake Karnival, taking its stance as a prominent community event. For the first time, our total revenues exceeded $100,000 at $100,230. Our net income was $50,025, exceeding $50,000 for the first time in our 57 years of holding this fundraising event! This year we raised more than $10,000 through sausage sales ($10,780). 

The following awards were presented yesterday during our recap meeting:
Top Seller– Tom Dowdell with $7458 in sales
Top Rookie Sales– Mike Slette with $700 in sales
Rookie of the Year– Brett Kinzler for this hard work in line supply, even volunteering on the event committee 

We are making a significant...

57th Annual Pancake Karnival on February 7th, 2015 - 01/01/2015
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The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is getting ready to flip thousands of pancakes at its 57th Annual Pancake Karnival scheduled for Saturday February 7th, 2015 at the Fargodome. The event is scheduled from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm with free parking at the dome.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Fargo Glass & Paint, Straus Clothing, Wimmer’s Diamonds (West Acres location), IHOP, and the Fargodome or from any Kiwanis Club of Fargo member for $7 (children 2 and under free). Tickets at the door are $8.

This year’s event will include the popular Games Galore, the Kiwanis Champion for Kids award presentation, and the 2nd Annual Boy Scouts of America Scout Show featuring multiple troops and interactive...