New Kiwanis Club forms in Galva

Mike Landis, Editor
Willie Burford, left, turns in his application to the new Galva Kiwanis Club to Kiwanis International president Jim Rochford, center, and Angela Burford, right, secretary of the local club.

With a focus on the community and its children, a new Kiwanis Club has been formed in Galva.

The new Galva Kiwanis Club is part of Division 17 of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District, which also oversees clubs in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline-Silvis, Aledo, Annawan and Kewanee. The club began as the result of joint efforts between the sponsoring Kewanee Kiwanis Club and its secretary and District club opener, Angela Burford.

On Aug. 7-8, a two-day blitz was held by various members of the Kewanee club; Jim Rochford, Kiwanis International president; Terry Cunefare, I-I District governor; and several other members from Kiwanis International and the District. Following two days of appointments and walking the streets of Galva, a club of 25 members was formed and the Galva Kiwanis Club held its first organizational meeting Aug. 8. During the meeting, members created the Galva club’s bylaws and voted on its leadership, electing Patrick Sloan as charter president, Dr. Kevin Wapelhorst vice president, Angela Burford secretary, andLuke Hawkins treasurer.

Galva Kiwanis will meet the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Crescent City Tap banquet room.

All those interested in joining are encouraged to attend the meeting. The meeting will be an opportunity for those in attendance to brainstorm and decide on projects and issues that will impact the direction that the club takes in years to come.

For more information on how to join the Galva Kiwanis Club, contact Angela Burford at (309) 883-3410 or For more information on Kiwanis International and its mission, visit

Kids need Kiwanis

Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children, according to Kiwanis International’s official mission statement.

The organization achieves this goal through regular community service projects as well as sponsorship of Service Leadership Programs —such as Circle K in colleges, Key Clubs for high school students, Builders Club for junior high, K-Kids for elementary schools and Young Children Priority One serving children ages 0-5.

Kiwanis focuses on children and all children deserve the opportunities to learn service.

Kiwanis history

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 by a group of businessmen in Detroit, Mich.

The organization was originally called the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order of Brothers, but changed its name to Kiwanis a year later. The name "Kiwanis" was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, "Nunc Kee-wanis," which means, "we trade." In 1920, the motto of Kiwanis became “We Build.”

It remained the motto until 2005, when members voted to change it to “Serving the Children of the World.”

In the early years, members focused on business networking, but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service — specifically service to children. Kiwanis became an international organization with the founding of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in 1916.

Kiwanis clubs formed in communities across the United States and Canada until the 1960s when worldwide expansion was approved. Today, Kiwanis clubs are helping children thrive, prosper and grow in nearly 80 nations and geographic locations with over 600,000 members.

Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children through local service projects and fundraising.