The Kiwanis Club of Pulaski Heights
in Little Rock, Arkansas
Welcome to Our HOME Page
WHO ARE WE?
Chartered on 11 June 1951, the Kiwanis Club of Pulaski Heights (a tax-exempt, non-profit, community service organization) is part of Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis Division 21B within Kiwanis International (www.kiwanis.org). Founded on 21 January 1915, Kiwanis is now both international and co-educational, with approximately 227,000 adult members in 7600 clubs within 80 countries. Kiwanis also sponsors an extensive network of service-leadership programs/organizations: Bring Up Grades, Terrific Kids, K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Leader, Key Club, Circle K, and Aktion Club. Our club has earned many Kiwanis awards; additionally, one member is a Tablet of Honor recipient and fifteen are Hixson Fellows. While our members share the Kiwanis commitment to changing the world one child and one community at a time, they represent diverse religious, political, philosophical, and cultural viewpoints. Our current roster reflects several generations and various professions/occupations.
WHAT DO WE DO?
Although we are seriously committed to community service, we enjoy socializing at our weekly dinner meetings (which also include distinguished guest speakers) and during our service projects. Traditionally, we hold two annual fundraisers, the Kiwanis Family Pancake Festival with Silent Auction in May and the Pulaski Heights Kiwanis Golf Scramble in August. These, along with our chapter dues, help support our local service projects (e.g., Arkansas Children.s Hospital, Arkansas Foodbank, Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Ranches, Boy Scouts - Quapaw Council, Early Head Start - UAMS, Joseph Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp, Junior Deputy Baseball, Key Leader - Arkansas, Little Rock Zoo - Kiwanis Kid's Corner, Single Parent Scholarship Fund - Pulaski County). We also hold two annual banquets to honor service-minded teenagers: the C. R. Bates Spiritual Aims Awards Banquet in December (to honor one youth from each congregation connected to our club through membership and/or service projects) and the Tullio Jacuzzi Outstanding High School Seniors Awards Banquet in February (to honor one student from each traditional public/parochial high school serving the Pulaski Heights Kiwanis neighborhood.) Through our international/district dues, we support Kiwanis International's official service partners: Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Canada, Boy Scouts of America, Children.s Miracle Network, March of Dimes, and UNICEF. The current Kiwanis-UNICEF global campaign (www.TheEliminateProject.org ) aims to protect 129 million mothers and their future babies by eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, which currently kills one infant every nine minutes.
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE MEET?
We hold dinner meetings each Monday (except Memorial Day and Labor Day) from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the private dining room at Grady.s Pizza and Subs (6801 West 12th Street, Little Rock, AR 72204). Dinner ($10, including tax and gratuity) is served buffet- style with the following menu: tossed green salad, garlic toast, spaghetti (with marinara and meat sauce), sandwiches (turkey, muffuletta), pizza (supreme, pepperoni, vegetarian), calzones, choice of beverage. We enjoy fellowship (with members, prospective members, guests, and guest speakers) over dinner between 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. The meeting is called to order at 6:30 p.m. and adjourned at 7:30 p.m., with the second half-hour reserved for a guest speaker. (Our club is noted for its slate of distinguished speakers on a variety of topics.) A board meeting (required for officers and directors, open to all members) is held immediately after the general meeting on the second Monday of each month.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER BECOMING A PULASKI HEIGHTS KIWANIAN?
Having served the Little Rock community since 1951, Pulaski Heights Kiwanis has a well-established reputation based upon many decades of experience. For those interested in changing the world one child and one community at a time, our club offers the chance to do so while enjoying fellowship within a diverse group of adults dedicated to that mission. Each member is valued greatly within our club, and we offer a wide variety of opportunities to participate through our service projects and our many committees (e.g., Community Services, Sponsored Youth, Young Children: Priority One, Human and Spiritual Values, Club Administration, Membership Growth and Education, Public Relations, Finance and Fundraising, Audit/Financial Review Committee, Service Leadership, Programs, Inter-club Visits, Social Activities). Although there are other Kiwanis clubs in Division 21B (Downtown Little Rock, Central Little Rock, Southwest Little Rock, North Little Rock, Maumelle, Jacksonville), Pulaski Heights Kiwanis is the only club which meets in the evening. (If another meeting time or location would be more convenient for you, use the club-locator feature on the Kiwanis International home page at www.kiwanis.org.)
HOW DO YOU CONTACT US OR APPLY FOR MEMBERSHIP?
Mailing Address: Kiwanis Club of Pulaski Heights, P. O. Box 56007, Little Rock, AR 72215 You are encouraged to explore not only our website here at www.phkiwanis.org but also those for the Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis District (www.moarkkiwanis.org) and Kiwanis International (www.kiwanis.org). If you are interested in learning more about our club or applying for membership, consider attending one or more of our weekly dinner meetings. For further details about Pulaski Heights Kiwanis membership or service projects (including Key Leader), contact Pulaski Heights Kiwanian and Missouri-Arkansas Key Leader Chair John Goss (JohnGinLR at aol.com, 501.223.4077).