Sep 11, 2020 5:03 PM

St. Joseph Kiwanis Club celebrates 100 years, begins new community project

Posted Sep 11, 2020 5:03 PM

by SARAH THOMACK

St. Joseph Post

The Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph is kicking off a new project this weekend as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

St. Joseph Kiwanis Club President Bobbie Cronk says it's very rewarding being part of an organization that's been around for 100 years.

“We have made a huge difference in our community and we also have adapted over time. We’ve done different projects for the community as we see different needs come out, but all focusing on helping the community, helping children in many different ways,” Cronk tells host Barry Birr on the KFEQ Hotline. “We’re part of an international organization as well, so not only does our club have an impact on our local families, but also international efforts.”

The Kiwanis Club of St. Joseph, after speaking with community leaders about what was needed, what would benefit children and families and what was a good fit for what the Club, decided to build a new family/community shelter at Bartlett Park. 

"It will be adjacent to the playground," Cronk says. "So families will be able to use the shelter and allow their kids to run over the grass to the playground and not across the street the way the current shelter is positioned. So we were thinking that would be a nice benefit." 

Cronk says the shelter will include tables, a grill and a water foundation with a water bottle filling station.

The ground breaking for the new shelter starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Bartlett Park and will be livestreamed at facebook.com/stjoemokiwanis.