Service Projects

Mid-Winter Kiwanis Convention

The photos below were taken at the 2017 Mid-Winter Conference of the Kiwanis Missouri-Arkansas District (MO-ARK) of Kiwanis International which was held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia from February 23 to 26. 

Four members of Columbia Golden-K spoke on the subject of the mental and physical development of children during their first three years of life. The four speakers – Harlan Hackett, Fern Parrish, Dick Hessler and Charlie Dreyer – each presented a segment of the subject. The specific purpose of their presentation was to encourage other Kiwanis clubs in the MO-ARK district to adopt similar projects. Brochures titled “Your Baby’s Brain” in English were distributed. In addition, our club commissioned Kate Brown to write a Spanish version of the pamphlet (see below). These, too, were distributed to attendees.

Harlan Hackett, Fern Parrish, Dick Hessler, Charlie Dreyer

Harlan Hackett

Fern Parrish

Dick Hessler

Charlie Dreyer

Below are photos of the recognition and honoring of Raymond W. Lansford who was Kiwanis International President during 1984-85. Dr. Lansford is a professor emeritus of finance at the University of Missouri and, in addition to his role as international president, was a former treasurer and member of the Kiwanis International Board of Directors. He was lauded during the luncheon at the Mid-Winter Kiwanis conference with the presentation of the prestigious Earl Collins award.

Sally Robinson, Ray Lansford, Les & Virginia Mace

Presenting the Earl Collins award - Sally Robinson, Ray Lansford, Virginia & Les Mace

Sally Robinson, Ray Lansford, Virginia & Les Mace

Ray Lansford, Virginia Mace


Golden K Kiwanis-Columbia has had a strong history with Young Children Priority One projects since early in 2000, giving service to many local child care centers. Readers (members and non-members) have read regularly to an average of 327 preschool children each month, reading to over 57,000 children in 15 years, and the reading continues.  Over the last 15 years nearly 70,000 books were distributed in Columbia to Title One Schools, Head Start and other agencies in Boone County, including the child care centers. 

A new focus was begun during 2016 to concentrate on a Kiwanis International Service Project about the early development of children’s brains with examples of how important the first 1,000 days of a baby’s life can be.  Members have distributed over 1,000 copies of “Your Baby’s Brain” in Columbia. This trifold brochure is part of a larger Service Bulletin from Kiwanis International, “A service project for Young Children Priority One: Brain Development, PO #25”. 

When it became apparent that a Spanish version of this tri-fold brochure could reach additional mothers and children, the Golden K Kiwanis-Columbia commissioned Kate Brown to create a Spanish translation. We hope that International will accept and make available this translated brochure to other Districts and Clubs Internationally.

Spanish Version of 
"Your Baby's Brain"

The golden pages above are two sides of a tri-fold brochure which can be printed out. Simply drag each page onto your desktop (the upper cover and the lower inside page) and print them out; then you can fold them along the vertical lines to re-create the tri-fold brochure.

More information:

Please click on the URL below (or copy/paste into your browser) to access the 11-page "A Service Project for Young Children: Priority One" document BRAIN DEVELOPMENT which includes a tri-fold brochure of the English version of "Your Baby's Brain":