New Kiwanis Club In Vermilion Will Help Kids Thrive


Whether you’re a young professional, a new parent or a retiree, you can make a difference in the lives of children in Vermilion and expand your social network. A new Kiwanis club was formed in Vermilion and will help our kids thrive, prosper and grow.

“There are too many kids in Ohio who need help learning to read, who need mentors to guide them and who need help finding their opportunity to shine,” said Daniel Vigneron, 2019-20 Kiwanis International president. “People who want to help children are invited to join us in forming these new clubs.”

Kiwanis exists to help children around the world. Some popular projects that help kids include installing reading rooms in schools, packing backpacks with school supplies and establishing student-run programs such as Key Club in schools to teach students leadership skills. The members of these new Kiwanis clubs will look at the needs of children in the communities and decide the projects that will benefit local kids. Some of those decisions will be made at the next meeting. Community members are invited to attend.

The next Kiwanis Club of Vermilion meeting takes place at 6 pm on March 26, 2020 at Martino’s International, 4415 Liberty Avenue, Vermilion, Ohio. At the initial meeting on March 5th, the following officers were elected: Sherri Bennett – President, Charl Gabel – President Elect, Kathleen Cislo – Treasurer, and Vickie Dyke - Secretary.

“Kiwanis clubs provide a great opportunity to meet new friends who believe in serving their communities, networking with business professionals and making a significant impact on the community through volunteering,” said William Pees, membership coordinator of the Ohio District of Kiwanis. “Kids need Kiwanis in Vermilion and in communities around the world so they can grow up in a world where they are happy, healthy, safe and loved.”

“We understand the changing needs of today’s busy volunteers, and encourage members to give time when they can, whether that’s at a service project or at a meeting," said Pees. “We hope that men and women of all ages will join us and help make a difference for children in our community.”

Those interested in membership but unable to attend the meeting can email membership@kiwanis.org. Learn more about the Kiwanis Club in Vermilion at Facebook.com/VermilionOHKiwanis.

Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, Key Club for students age 14–18, Builders Club for students age 11–14, K-Kids for students age 6–12 and Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 558,000 adult and youth members in 82 nations and geographic areas. Visit kiwanis.org for more information.