Kiwanis - Serving the Children of the World
Serving the Children of the World
Stan Geison, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, McLean County.
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On Monday, we welcomed Stan Geison, Executive Director of Habitat...

Maria Palazzolo, Key Club International President.
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we welcomed Maria Palazzolo, Key Club International President. Maria...

Andrea Raycraft, , executive director of the I-I District of Kiwanis International, aassisted by her husband Rob
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Our presentation on Monday was given by Andrea Raycraft, assisted by...

Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald. A native of Bloomington-Normal, Judge Fitzgerald is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Illinois State University and University of Illinois College of Law.
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On Monday, we welcomed recently re-elected Chief Judge Kevin Fitzgerald....

Jerry Ringer presented on the EliMiNate Project, the signature project of Kiwanis International striving to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) throughout the world.
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On Monday, our very own Jerry Ringer presented on the EliMiNate...


February 16, 2015 update

Jerry Ringer also had the honor of presenting the Zeller Award at April 22, 2013 meeting to Elizabeth Weir. The Zeller Award is named after Walter Zeller, past president of Kiwanis International and the first person to donate to the Kiwanis International Foundation, which receives the gifts for the eliMiNate project.

Elizabeth Weir has been involved with East Bay Camp and Camp Limberlost from the 1940s when Bloomington Kiwanis took over the program from the Pantagraph. She also supports our club by eating pancakes, buying peanuts and contributing to our foundation! Congratulations on this esteemed honor, Elizabeth!

Jerry Ringer presented on behalf of the EliMiNate committee. Our club has pledged to be a model club, which represents clubs that have raised $750 per member average to support the EliMiNate Project. Jerry encouraged members to consider pledging to support the efforts to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. You can also pledge through purchasing a Zeller award ($1,250, up to a two-year period). We are close to our goal now and appreciate any support! Pledge forms are also available. Please contact Andrea if you are interested in pledging or making a gift. Forms will need to go through her so our club will get credit for member pledges.

Our club not only awards Zeller awards to existing club members, but also members in the community who exemplify the mission. Jerry proudly awarded a Zeller Award to John Maitland, who was in attendance at Monday’s meeting. Congratulations, John, and thank you for your support!

                           Ben Green with Rusty Depew


Benoni "Ben" Green is a special Kiwaniian. He is a veteran of WWII as well as a POW. He worked at Beich’s Candy Company for 41 years and has 3 children. He is known as the “granddaddy of Bloomington / Normal Tennis.” He has left a lasting impression with ISU as he is in the hall of fame and has endowed a scholarship there.

He served as president of the Bloomington Kiwanis Club in 1972 and 1973. During these years the Normal Kiwanis Club was introduced and the ISU Circle K Club was chartered. We recognize Benoni Green with the Zeller Award as well as the 600 lives saved with the EliMiNate project.

EliMiNate Committee – Jerry Ringer presented the prestigious Zeller Award to John Couillard, as part of the EliMiNate campaign to eradicate Neonatal Tetanus globally. 

EliMiNate Committee – Jerry Ringer presented the prestigious Zeller Award to Claude Miller, as part of the EliMiNate campaign to eradicate Neonatal Tetanus globally. 

The Walter Zeller Fellowship is an exclusive award unique to The Eliminate Project.   The Walter Zeller Fellowship honors Walter Zeller, who made the first gift of 25 silver dollars to establish the Kiwanis International Foundation.

The Zeller Fellowship recognizes a gift of $1,250 and greater to The Eliminate Project. You can become a Zeller Fellow by making a gift or three-year pledge of US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project.  (Contact Andrea Raycraft for how to donate) 

All donations, all sizes,  are welcomed.  

One time gifts:  Make checks to the Kiwanis Club of Bloomington Foundation note on check "ELIMINATE"and we will collect all donation until we have enough to honor someone with a Walter Zeller Fellowship.  Our Board of Directors will choose recipients of the awards.

Monthly or quarterly gifts: To make gifts directly to Kiwanis International, on a regular basis, monthly or quarterly, you will need a special form with your Club number and your Membership number, to give both the club and you credit for the gift(s).  

The following Bloomington Kiwanis Club members and friends have been designated as Walter Zeller Fellowship recipients:


Davis Wil 3/31/2012 

Feicke Dennis 3/31/2012 

Ringer Jerry 3/31/2012

Shaw Tricia 3/31/2012 

Raycraft Andrea 3/16/2013

Weir Elizabeth 4/22/2013

Nathan Barbara 5/1/2013

Dorsey Gil 8/19/2013 

Hoffman,Angie 8/19/2014


Hoffman, Frank  9/29/2014

Presidential Zeller

Wil, Davis  9/30/2013

Presidential Zeller 

Hauman, Diana 10/13/2014 

Presidential Zeller

 Green, Benoni 01/26/2015

Couillard, John   02/06/2015

 Miller, Claude 03/09/2015


 For more information or to become a Zeller Fellow, please contact Jerry Ringer and/or Andrea Raycraft to learn more and make your donation via the Kiwanis Club of Bloomington, Illinois Foundation, assuring credit for our club's donation.

Dear Andrea,