What is Kiwanis? Kiwanis is a 100 year-old global volunteer organization of nearly 600,000 members serving the children of the world in 82 nations. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon strive “To improve the world and our community, one child at a time”We do this through many community service programs including : two four-year college scholarships this year, bringing our total to 20, through the Escambia School Foundation’s “Take Stock in Children”. Our signature “Reading Builds Leaders” program read books and donated over 5000 books to individual children and school libraries We show homeless children through 5year’s old love with “Kiwanis Kare” kits and quilts donated to the Gulf Coast Kid’s House. We sponsor Service Leadership clubs in our schools to build character and leadership through community service. Big Lagoon works year round organizing and promoting “Wreaths Across America” to remember and honor departed veterans while teaching children about the sacrifices made in service to our country. We partner with many organizations to meet the needs within our community. These include the United Way, PACE Center for Girls, The Salvation Army, the Chamber of Commerce, The Escambia Schools Foundation, Boys Base, and Kairos Prison Ministry But what does Kiwanis mean? It’s loosely translated from the Otchipew American Indian expression “Nunc KeeWanis”—To make Noise and have fun” We have fun and make great friends along the way by serving kids! Website: Biglagoon.portalbuzz.com Facebook: @biglagoonkiwanis
The Kiwanis Club of Big Lagoon’s Charter Night was November 30, 1984 The Club was sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Warrington. We have outlived our sponsoring club. Warrington surrendered their Charter just a few years ago.
The Kiwanis weekly meeting was at 7:30 AM and met at the Grand Lagoon Yacht Club, in1997 meetings were moved to Trigger’s Restaurant for a Breakfast meetng at 7:30 AM, and in 2004 after Ivan hit we met in the home of Roger Both for several months and then moved to the United Methodist Church Activity Center where we currently meet.
This is the list of Founding Members, many are still with us but reside in Barrancas National Cemetery:
Brown, William J.(still on our rolls) Boerner, Bruce J. Burden, William D.
Coe, Jr., David C. Cristadoro, Maurice A. Doak, William C.
Doyle, Richard B. Edwards, Herman B. Fulford, John E.
Hampton, W. F. Hargreaves, William T. Hartman, Richard J.
Hatcher, Thomas E. Howes, Drew B. Hurd, Howard E.
Keller, William K. Kubiak, S. Allison Lewis, Andy
McLaughlin, Bernar Muehlenkamp, John C. O’Neil, Richard L.
Peterson, Dennis I. Reynolds, Milton L. Roberts, Daniel L.
Robinson, Kenneth L.Rountree, Frederick M. Russo, Anthony F. 1st President Ryder, George A.
Sanders, Charles T.(Still on our Rolls and active) Terry, Ross R. Van Epps, Hugh C.
Wadley, Hugh Edward 1st Secretary who served until 2004 Walker, John F.
Weatherhead, Ronald E. West, James C. (No longer a member but lives at 4 Navaho Drive)
Thank you “Padre Joe” for this information.