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THANK YOU Northwest Kiwanis for the pizza party for “Blue Lightning” Barrington 3-4th grade soccer team!


Date/Time: Saturday April 4, 2015 at 1 p.m.

Where: Wyman Woods Park on Goodale Blvd., Grandview Heights, 43212
(Northeast corner of Goodale and Grandview)

Sponsor: Kiwanis Club of Northwest Columbus

For more information, contact club secretary Joe Sonderman, 614-294-8402 or by email:



100yearsOn January 28 we celebrated 100 years of service to our community. Our event was at the Amelito Mirolo Barn in Upper Arlington, a facility we helped to fund. 1509310_10204706164387829_7490904552597446221_n

Bill, George and Ed Gallowitz - v2

This photo shows Ed’s sponsor, George Kirsch (left) and Bill Snellgrove (center) and Ed Gallowitz.  Ed became a member during our October 28 meeting.

Ed was in the Army for 25 years prior to moving to UA a couple of years ago.   Ed is a banker at FirstCity Bank on Northwest Blvd.

music on the lawnphotoTuesday July 8 the Grandview Library had the music of “Birdshack”, a jazz group.     NW Kiwanis is to be a proud sponsor of this evening’s community activity.  The library is having events every Tuesday during June and July from 7:30 to 8:30.

honeyOn Saturday June 28, 2014 with Upper Arlington staff providing tools and guidance, Northwest Kiwanis and other volunteers improved Miller Park, near Miller Library, in southern Upper Arlington.  The project for the morning was the removal of honeysuckle plants, an invasive species..  Photo does not fully reflect the size of the 40 to 50 foot long brush pile.



NW Kiwanis along with other Kiwanis clubs have raised funds to vaccinate over 16,000 women of child bearing age. Kiwanis Clubs are leading this effort. Our club is proud of what has been accomplished. But we still have much to do. Although UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 35 countries since 1999, including Sierra Leone, Iraq, Cameroon and China, MNT still remains a deadly threat in 24 countries.

Surveys conducted by The World Health Organization have shown that Madagascar has eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). More newborns and mothers’ lives are now free from the anguish of tetanus.  Kiwanis received this message from Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF “Thank you, Kiwanis, for your continued commitment to the mothers, babies and families served by The Eliminate Project. Your passion and drive to deliver urgently needed funds to the countries still at-risk of this terrible disease will ensure that no mother has to worry about losing her baby to tetanus.”



In May the club’s committee finalized its search for high school students in the Upper Arlington and Grandview areas.  On May 14 eleven seniors were provided financial support for their upcoming university studies.  For the first time the awards were increased to allow 10 students to receive $2000 amounts and one student received $2500.

“We had many outstanding students applying for the Kiwanis scholarships this year,” said Jim Bauer, who chairs the Northwest Kiwanis Club’s scholarship program. “Approximately 20 percent of the students had a grade-point average of 4.0 or better, along with 90 percentile or higher on their SAT/ACT scores”.

Mr.  Bauer stated “Every applicant had a wonderful resume of community involvement, volunteering and giving back to the community”. “Everyone on the scholarship committee felt all of the applicants were great and the idea of giving back to the communities and helping others less fortunate is certainly instilled in all of these applicants.”

These outstanding students attended Grandview High School, Columbus School for Girls and Upper Arlington High School.

A special award this year was the first annual “Jake Will Kiwanis Scholarship” given in honor of Mr. Will, a long-time member of Northwest Kiwanis and a leader of the scholarship committee.

For more information; see


NWK Easter Egg Hunt 4-19-14 006This year the annual Northwest Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt included about 20 participants and caregivers. The event was held at the Upper Arlington’s Northwest Park on Saturday, April 19.

Each participant received a gift card to McDonalds in addition to a basket for collecting eggs and participation in the hunt.  About 20 dozen “real Easter eggs” were found.  Our thanks are extended to Peggy Janotka because she donated  donated the McDonalds gift cards.   Our guests were recruited from local agencies; many thanks to Barb Williamson for helping to contact the agencies.

Soccer kindergartenIt is always a treat to see the young players (and new coaches) take the field.  Many will have years of soccer enjoyment!