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Message from the District Governor


The Illinois Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International is the home of over 6800 Kiwanis members in over 200 communities.  Our Kiwanis family consists of service clubs for all ages, abilities and backgrounds. 

There are 24 Aktion Clubs comprising over 600 members, who may have limited abilities but have no limit when it comes to giving back and caring about their communities.  At the college level our district works with over 270 Circle K members at 23 colleges.  There is no one busier than a college student, but Circle K members find the time for what’s important -- helping others.  At the end of September, 2015, there were 10,238 high school teenagers performing community service through the 206 Key Clubs supported by our district.  These are clubs that do from one to as many as ten projects a month, making the lives of the people in their communities better in countless ways. We have 95 Builders Clubs in the middle schools of our district, spending many hours at improving their school environment and the community they live in.  They do thousands of projects per year and bring joy to seniors, reading help to younger kids and packaging food for hungry people worldwide just to name a few.  For grade school age children our district supports 47 K Kids Clubs that learn from an early age the joy and satisfaction that comes from doing good deeds. 

This incredible Kiwanis family has accomplished much.  Working together we have raised over 2.5 million dollars to eliminate the scourge of Maternal Neo Natal Tetanus worldwide.  Through our efforts, 1,388,800 moms and their babies have been protected from contracting tetanus.  We will continue in this effort until all moms and their babies have immunizations available to them and tetanus is under control.

Our district supports the Spastic Paralysis Research Foundation which supports researchers in their efforts to find medical solutions for conditions that affect the central nervous system.  Through our support many solutions have been found but there is much more to learn as our researchers study stroke, fragile x and other conditions of the central nervous system.

Besides these two major focuses, the clubs in our district impact their communities and the world every day with their caring projects.  Children have warm coats, food to eat, presents at holiday time, playgrounds, help learning to read, encouragement in sports, a chance to go to camp, help with their homework and  are taught to become leaders.  There are parks being maintained, parades being sponsored, balloon fests, kite flying festivals, fish releases, trails, highways and rivers being cleaned and much, much more.  The impact is incredible.

Readers of this letter fall into two categories – Kiwanians and non-Kiwanians.  If you are a Kiwanian, be proud of all that you, your club and the Kiwanis family have accomplished to improve the world, one child and one community at a time.  If you are not a Kiwanis member, we are happy to have you join us.  Click on the “contact us” tab and get more information about us.

I’m proud to serve as the 2015-2016 Governor of this wonderful district.  The work of our Kiwanis family is amazing.  Please join me in continuing to improve our communities.  Let’s do it …….. for the children.

Penny Linneweh, 2015-2016 Governor
Illinois Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International

The I-I District consists of all K-Family clubs located in the State of Illinois as well as those in the the following counties of Iowa: Allamakee, Clayton, Delaware, Dubuque, Jones, Jackson, Cedar, Clinton, Muscatine, Scott, Louisa, Henry, Des Moines & Lee.

The members of the I-I District are very proud of our midwestern heritage and our long standing Kiwanis service in our communities. Having chartered on September 27, 1918, the I-I District K-Family has provided service to children for over 91 years.

What if you could save a baby's life?

With The Eliminate Project, you can. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every nine minutes. But three doses of a 60-cent vaccine can protect mothers and babies. Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to bring this vaccine to 38 countries, eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. What can you do right now? Learn about MNT and advocate for the cause. Participate in our fundraisers. Over the next few years, the work we do will change the world. Find out more at