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Club History

The club was organized in 1939 with 38 members.  In 1977, when we had 45 members, we organized the Hannibal Early Bird Kiwanis Club.  Today we have over 90 members and the Early Birds have about 50 members.  The number of Kiwanians in Hannibal has grown from 45 to 140 since 1977.  That may not be a record, but it is something we like to brag about!

We conduct three fund-raisers each year which enable us to spend over $30,000 annually on community service projects.

Our fund-raising projects are:

  • Pancake Day on the Saturday before Easter.
  • The Samuel L. Clemens Arts & Crafts Festival during National Tom Sawyer Day, the Fourth of July weekend.
  • Kiwanis “Car or Cash” Raffle.

Notable past accomplishments include:

  • 9-1-1 emergency service in Hannibal.
  • Kiwanis Park on the riverfront.
  • Improvements  in Central Park:  new fountain, sidewalks, benches, and bandstand rehabilitation.
  • Cabins at Camp Oko-Tipi.

Some of our traditional annual projects are:

  • Shoes and coats for school kids.
  • Kids’ Christmas shopping.
  • Sponsorship of the Hannibal High School Key Club.
  • Reading programs for kids.
  • Support of other worthwhile organizations such as the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, CHART Teen Taskforce, AVENUES, Nutrition Center, and Shiloh Christian Children’s Ranch.
  • $3,000 for the following college scholarships:

Dillinger-Herrin Memorial Scholarship

Mack Long Memorial Scholarship

Morris Resnick Memorial Scholarship

Andy Zembles Memorial Scholarship

Mark Eggleston Key Club Scholarship

Bill Webber Kiwanis Scholarship