Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs: Serving Children of the World for 100 Years

1940 Kiwanis Marker

The Manitou Springs Heritage Center proudly presents the 100th Anniversary of the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs virtual exhibit. Our virtual exhibit covers Historical Highlights, Featured Presidents & 2021 Member Biographies, Scholarships & Boy Scouts, Builder’s Club & Key Club and Community Events & International Impact.

Historical Highlights

The Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs was chartered on May 7, 1921. In 2021, we are celebrating 100 years of service to our community and to the children of the world. The Club meets every Monday night in the Fellowship Hall at the Community Congregational Church in Manitou Springs.

1923 Pikes Peak Meeting

The following video covers the historical highlights of the Club during the first 55 years. Starting in 1921, we look at the Charter celebration, the historic 1923 Pikes Peak meeting, the 1927 Memorial Park dedication, the 1971 Golden Anniversary and more.

Featured Presidents and 2021 Member Biographies

The Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs elects a new President every year.  Since 1921, there have been 100 Presidents, made up of a diverse group of individuals with a common goal:  helping children around the world. 

Earl Pitcock, 1964 Governor
Earl Pitcock, 1948 President
Craig Carnick
Craig Carnick, 2021 President

Part 1 of this video highlights a few of the outstanding individuals who have left their mark of community service and leadership on Manitou Springs over the years while serving as President of the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs.

Part 2 of this video presents Biographies of the current 2021 members.  These are your friends and neighbors who volunteer their time to make Manitou Springs a great place to live.  Our interviews revealed a common theme:  what Kiwanis Club members like most about the activities of the Club are the sense of community they gain by being part of Kiwanis.

Scholarships & Boy Scouts

The Kiwanis Foundation is a non-profit which annually provides an average of $24,000 in college scholarships to graduating Manitou Springs High School seniors. The Kiwanis Foundation was founded by the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs and incorporated in 1959. Part 1 of the video below reviews a history of the Kiwanis Foundation and presents the Club’s scholarship Hall of Fame, highlighting biographies of a few memorable scholarship recipients over the years, including 3 siblings from the same family who each received scholarships between 2010–2014.

Wilson Bundy
Wilson W. Bundy, long time Superintendent of Manitou Schools
Boy Scout Salute by Norman Rockwell
Boy Scout Salute by Norman Rockwell

In 1925, the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs started sponsoring local Boy Scout Troop 18 and the partnership continues today, teaching young boys self-sufficiency and giving them a sense of community.  Part 2 of the video below reviews historical highlights of Troop 18 and covers current Scout activities. 

Builder’s Club & Key Club

The Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs has Junior Kiwanis Auxiliary Programs in the Middle School and the High School.  These children are your friend’s and neighbor’s Sons and Daughters volunteering their time to continue the legacy of community service in Manitou Springs for years to come.

Builders Club seal

For Middle School students, Builder’s Club is a student-led Kiwanis organization that teaches leadership skills through service to others.  Around the world, more than 45,000 Builders Club members are making their community and the world a better place.  Part 1 of this video highlights the community service events and international humanitarian projects that the Manitou Springs Builder’s Club has contributed to since its founding in 2011.

Key Club seal

For High School students, Key Club members around the world learn how to lead and stand for what’s right through service and volunteerism. In partnership with their local Kiwanis Club, High School students make a positive impact as they serve others in their schools and communities. Part 2 of this video highlights the international humanitarian projects and leadership skills that the Manitou Springs Key Club has contributed to since its founding in 2004.

Community Events & International Impact 

Manitou Springs is known for its fun Community events for children and adults. Part 1 of the video below covers key community events sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Manitou Springs including Breakfast with Santa, the Easter Egg Hunt, the Golf Tournament Fundraiser, Huck Finn Day, the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser and the St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance Fundraiser.

Manitou Springs welcome arch
UNICEF trip at Tang Krasang health center, in Kampong Thom province Cambodia, April 5, 2011
Kiwanis International seal

Part 2 of the video below highlights the history, structure and International Humanitarian Aid projects that the Kiwanis International Organization is involved in.

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