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Watertown Kiwanis Club




The promise of fair weather should bring a big turnout of skaters for the annual Kiwanis speed skating meet which will be held on the Rock River ice near the Klink property on North Water Street Sunday afternoon.  The affair will start at 2 p.m. and skaters are urged to be on hand well before the starting time.  There will be 100 yard, 220, 880 and one mile events on the program.  Boys will be divided into three age groups for the competition — midget for those under 12, cadet for those from 13 to 15, and junior for those from 16 to 19.  Girls will be divided into similar age groups.  Trophies will be awarded to those accumulating the most points in each bracket of competition.   WDT



01 04       The newly elected slate of officers of the Watertown Kiwanis Club was installed last night at the East Gate Inn.  The installing officer was Milton Frater, a member of the local club and former lieutenant governor of Division Five, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis International.  Those officers installed were Harry Dopke Jr., president; Archie Loeb, first vice president; Donald Malcolm, second vice president; Wayne Strayer, secretary and Fred Luhman, treasurer.  Roy Childers, the 1961 president, was installed as immediate past president and a member of the Kiwanis board of directors.   WDT


09 26       Don Malcolm has been elected president of the Watertown Kiwanis Club at a meeting held at the East Gate Inn, it was announced today. Mr. Malcolm is the manager of the A & P Store in Watertown. He succeeds Harry Dopke in the presidency. Mr. Malcolm is apparently keeping up with a family tradition as his brother, Ken Malcolm, manager of the A & P Store in Rhinelander, Wis., is president of the Rhinelander Kiwanis Club. Other officers elected were: first vice president, Fred Luhman; second vice president, Wayne Strayer; treasurer, Bernie Adams; secretary, Lorenz Wesemann; board of directors, Archie Loeb, Harry Dopke, Clyde Pophal, Dr. William Foster, the Rev. Gene A. Lackore, Stan Gronert, Carl Hobus and Robert Erdman.   WDT



04 11       A Help Beautify Watertown project has been set up by the Watertown Kiwanis Club.  In the project two types of trees will be sold — a Flowering Crab for $7 and a Black Hills Spruce for $5.  The trees will be sold by members of the club.  It is planned to make general contacts throughout the city.  The trees will be provided by McKay Nursery of Waterloo and have been selected by the nursery exclusively for the club.  Profits from the project will be used for scholarships, Bethesda Day, Badger Boys State, safety patrols and the ping pong tournament.   WDT



04 18       The Watertown Historical Society has been presented with a decorative mountain ash tree for planting on the Octagon House grounds by the Watertown Kiwanis Club which is currently engaged in its “beautification through trees” project.  The presentation was made for Miss Gladys Mollart, curator for the society, by Stanley Gronert, Kiwanis Club president, and James Glaser, club treasurer.  Mr. Gronert explained that the mountain ash was selected because of the great beauty of its clusters of white blossoms in the spring and the attractive large clusters of orange-red berries each fall which will help brighten the grounds of the historical society.  Kiwanis Club members have been contacting city residents, urging them to plant decorative trees such as red, white or pink flowering crabs, Black Hills spruce and mountain ash, all of which are available through the Kiwanis club or President Gronert, at 201 Mary Street.  Phone Number 261 4993.  Proceeds from sales are used for various club projects.  WDT




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02 16       Boy Scout and Cub Scout leaders in Watertown and Dr. J. R. Casanova were guests at the Monday evening meeting of the Kiwanis Club at Welcome Inn.  Vice president Dennis Johnson said Kiwanis Clubs in the United States and Canada have long been partners in scouting.  The organization sponsors more than 2,000 units, making the Kiwanis the largest scout sponsor by percentage in the state.  At the meeting, the local leaders were recognized for their involvement with youth. Very active in community affairs, Dr. Casanova has been chairman of two public drives to raise money for the hospital and is a member of the Elks Lodge, Rotary Club, Jefferson County Dental Society, Catholic Knights Insurance Society and scouting organizations.  In 1968, he was named "Citizen of the Year" by the Watertown Chamber of Commerce.   WDT



11 29       In times of tragedy only one thing matters.  That everyone survives.  Worldly items suddenly don’t matter — the value of human life is paramount.  A local group is spearheading a project designed to ensure that in a house fire, everyone in the family — young and old — gets out alive.  It’s called the Survive Alive Fire Safety House.  The Watertown Kiwanis have been working behind the scenes for months, collecting donations for the miniature home, which is used to simulate a house fire.  The two-story home comes complete with smoke and electricity.  [Watertown Fire Dept]   WDT




The Survive Alive Fire Safety House will be dedicated to the city of Watertown during a 1:30 p.m. ceremony Sunday in the North First Street parking lot.  Guided tours of the two-story, portable home will be available after the ceremony.  The Watertown Fire Station will be open for tours, also.  Mayor Fredrick Smith and Capt. Ken Peterson of the fire department will be there to receive the keys to the house from the Watertown Kiwanis Club, which oversaw the project.  “We hope all the citizens of Watertown and the surrounding communities will join us,” said chairwoman Dawn McBride of the Kiwanis Club.  “The Kiwanis Club is excited to have the project complete and turn it over to the city.”    WDT




Editor, Daily Times:


The Watertown Kiwanis recently had a meeting honoring the volunteers who help to restore The Survive Alive House.  The house was built by Kiwanis about 16 years ago, along with the gracious Capt. Ken Peterson who was working at the Watertown Fire Department at that time and Dawn McBride who at that time was a Kiwanian.  They took hold of this project along with the Watertown Kiwanis to make this dream come true.  The materials were mostly donated by the local business to keep the cost within reason.  We all worked very hard on this project.  We had a lot of fun, story telling (doughnuts) and jokes while we worked.


The restoring of the house is now completed with the help of Ken Peterson, Deputy Chief Ralph Wandersee, material and time from John Toma from Toma Construction, Chuck Volrath redid the pay phone system, Jim Zuern with materials from Zuern Lumber and Steve Lehman for the new stove from Felton Electric.


The house will soon be at schools, gatherings, fairs, etc., to teach the children how to get out of a house in case of fire.  The house is completed with smoke added to detect a fire in progress so the children learn to keep low and get out quickly.  When you see this house out and about be sure to let the children go through as we have heard good results from the teaching of this Survive Alive House saved lives.


Many thanks to all.

Watertown Kiwanis

Edna DeWitt, Secretary





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