For over 100 years, Kiwanis International has been an organization of members dedicated to serving children. Today Kiwanis International has nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and our members have made a positive impact on millions of lives.  The Kiwanis Club of Newark is quickly approaching its 100th anniversary as a chartered club and during that time it has been serving the children of the local community and the world too. We do this through the hard work and dedication of men and women who give of themselves in a variety of ways. 

The Kiwanis Club of Newark holds a number of annual fundraisers; Pancake Day, Fish Fry, and its most popular fundraiser Kiwanis Strawberry Festival.  Pancake Day is held each winter and the Fish Fry is hosted in the fall.  The Kiwanis Strawberry Festival is held annually the weekend after Memorial Day in downtown Newark and this strawberry-themed festival draws thousands of people from across central Ohio. The Strawberry Festival features arts and craft vendors, a wide-variety of musical entertainment, a Miss Strawberry Pageant, and of course the famous Newark Kiwanis strawberry shortcakes. Proceeds from all three of these fundraisers support Camp O’Bannon through our long-standing relationship where each summer more than 400 disadvantaged children are able to enjoy a week of bonding, playing games and swimming.  

In addition to supporting Camp O’Bannon, the Kiwanis Club of Newark sponsors Key Clubs at Newark Catholic High School and Newark High School, as well as, an AKTION Club chartered in 2016.  The men and women of the Kiwanis Club of Newark also helped to fulfill the Kiwanis International mission this past year through the Eliminate Project, a joint effort with UNICEF, to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth. These efforts coupled with our local philanthropy bestowed the Kiwanis Club of Newark as a “model-club”.

The Kiwanis Club of Newark meets every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 50 N. Second Street, Newark, Ohio. We enjoy lunch and fellowship, as well as, a guest speaker from the community. I invite you to attend one of our meetings to learn more about the women and men of the Kiwanis Club of Newark and the important work we are performing in our own community, and across the world.

Abbey Border

2016-2017 President

Kiwanis Club of Newark