Message from the President

It is my pleasure to serve as President for The University Kiwanis Club of Wichita Falls. UKC is a member club of the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members, and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Presently world-wide there are more than 550,000 members including youth clubs (K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Clubs, Circle K) and Kiwanis members in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to creatively meet the needs of children in our communities.

In Wichita Falls, our club has student service and leadership organizations: Elementary School level - BUG (Bringing Up Grades) City View Elementary; Middle School - Barwise Builders Club; High School Key Clubs - Hirschi Key Club, Rider Key Club, and Wichita Falls High Key Club; University level - Midwestern State University Circle K. The students in each of these clubs also do volunteer projects of their own choosing as well as helping University Kiwanis with the annual Pancake Festival and Kiwanis Park Concession Stand Baseball Program. Working with the youth is inspiring.

This, the year of Covid, has presented challenges for our club-and for the whole community. Our lunch meetings are being held virtually via Zoom, and in person at the Wichita Falls ISD CEC. We are unable to have our signature in-person Pancake Festival; this year would be the 66th consecutive year of the Pancake Festival. Since we depend on this, our only, fundraiser, we have had to cut back on community support to children's activities, notably the Christmas project. We regret that we are having to suspend that project this year. However, we are able to continue with support for the 4-H Livestock Show, the city-wide Easter Egg Hunt, the concession stand at University Kiwanis Park, the Hotter 'n Hell Hundred Bike Ride and Race Rest Stop, Children's Miracle Network, Wichita Falls Area Food Bank, Camp Harmony, and the Builders Club, Key Clubs, and Circle K Clubs. Of course, some of the listed activities may be cancelled yet again due to Covid.

For years we saved for a large signature project, which was finally Constructed this last year. The NEW inclusive playground is for children ages 2-5 which was constructed at the University Kiwanis Park on Southwest Parkway. This park has accommodations for mentally and physically challenged young children and scaled for young children. The playground consists of 8 swings, 2 Ziplines, a 4-person see-saw, 2 2-person bobble riders, an Omni Spin, and Cozy Dome, 3 Whimsey riders, and a large central play structure with multiple tunnels, climbing elements, and slides.

In order to continue with our support of children in our community, we need members who are not afraid to work hard. All of our members assist with the Pancake Festival (when we get to have it again) during setup and breakdown and the festival itself. Members also assist with passing out ribbons at the 4-H Livestock Show, running the concession stand at University Kiwanis Park, and manning the Hotter 'n Hell Rest Stop. If you are up for a challenge and want to be involved in helping the community and its children, please consider joining us. If you have questions about membership, please feel free to contact us on the website or call me at 940-524-3792. We do have quarterly dues which are assessed to meet International and District Kiwanis dues, pay for our website, and pay for administrative expenses. All money raised, or donated goes directly to youth programs, never to administrative expenses. Additionally, members must pass a background check conducted by Kiwanis International. Please consider joining us in our work for the youth of Wichita Falls.

Glenda Ramsey
President 2021-22

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