Service Projects


The five Columbia Kiwanis clubs sponsored the 65th Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day on Saturday, March 25, 2017, using the kitchen and dining hall 
facilities of Columbia College’s Dulany Hall. The five clubs are Boonslick, Columbia Club, Golden K, Little Dixie, and Westside. Members from all five 
clubs mixed the batter, made the pancakes, and prepared and served plates loaded with pancakes, ham, and (optional) eggs from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Other 
groups assisted the five clubs – about 150 volunteers from the Lee, Benton and Derby Ridge School K-Kid clubs; the Battle High School and Tolton High 
School Key Clubs; several Middle School Builders Clubs; and Columbia Aktion Club for adults with disabilities. The final total figure of the amount 
raised by the event (after expenses) was $22,800.00.

Pancake Day funds raised stay in Columbia – all proceeds go toward organizations and causes which enrich the lives of children of Columbia and the 
mid-Missouri area.  Some of the organizations that are partially supported by the funds raised by this event are: Camp Mudd, University of Missouri 
YMCA summer camp for children; YEZ (Youth Empowerment Zone) to reach under-served at-risk urban youth; Boys and Girls Club of Columbia; Cedar 
Creek Riding Camp for handicapped children; Camp Hickory Hill – support for persons with diabetes, especially children; Rainbow House for abused 
children; Ronald McDonald House to provide temporary shelter for families of hospitalized children; and True North – a women’s shelter.

 Ticket Sellers – Sharon Fischer, Janet Brandt, Jim Boillot

 DeMarko Coleman, Jack Meinzenbach

 Diners Linda & Rick Hudson

 Ranard & Mari Warren

 Coffee server Sally Robinson

 Aareshna Kelley, Amajanay Reyn, Jaelyn Dawson

 Ham handlers Ron Miller and Phil Olson

 Jim Rhodes, pancake baker

 Ann McGinity, Batter provider

 Tom Sisson, Batter maker

 Murray Baker, Janet Kimmons – Ticket table

 Shirley and Bob Marshall

 Aaron, Caz, and Kyndal Riffie

 Ally Alcabasa, Juice station

  Tom Froidl, Christine Kastens – Pickup pancake + ham station

 Larry Propp – Flapjack flipper

Mid-Winter Kiwanis Conference – 2017

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 

 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.

 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 Spanish version above and the English version below 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.

English Version of "Your Baby's Brain"