His Kiwanis journey began during his freshman year of High School while attending Zion Lutheran School. In the introductory meeting he was elected President of the newly chartered Key Club. He learned how to organize and plan a large event alongside a team of other dedicated club members and to volunteer to help those in need in his community. The following year he was re-elected as Club President and was an active participant in The ELIMINATE Project, a joint health initiative between Kiwanis International and UNICEF to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) in underserved countries. He often speaks of the proud moment when he was a winner in the Kiwanis Divisions 23/24 ELIMINATE Pageant at their annual luncheon and for his contribution in promoting TEP within his Key Club Division. That same year Aaron ran successfully for Division 23B Lieutenant Governor of the Florida District of Key Club International. He contributed to inter club relations and greatly improved communications as well as strengthening project management for more effective results and served in the leadership role as Chair of the Key Club District Conference Talent and Oratory Committee.
“Throughout my journey I have gained valuable experiences that I will carry with me for the rest of my life and why I am a Kiwanian today”. Aaron was recently inducted into his local Kiwanis Club and can be seen on any given week working with the club’s sponsored youth programs – from K Kids to Builders Club to Key Club. He is a remarkable role model for these students.
Established on June 30, 1971, the Florida Kiwanis Foundation is dedicated to supporting the Youth of Florida. One of the primary functions of the Foundation is to provide an Endowment toward which Kiwanis Clubs and individuals can contribute so together we can Leave a Legacy for the Children of Florida. The Foundation provides funding to support the Florida District Service Leadership Programs. Approximately $45,500 each year is distributed to Key Club, CKI, Aktion, K-Kids, and Builders to support vital leadership training opportunities. Investing in our most precious resource, Florida’s Youth, the Foundation provides funding for Scholarships including the J. Walker Field Scholarship for members of Key Club and the George Langguth Scholarship for a Kiwanis Family member.
Recognizing the extraordinary service Kiwanis Clubs perform, the Foundation provides funding for Matching Grants and Mini Grants so Kiwanis Clubs can make a Kiwanis Difference in their communities. Combining the resources of the Florida Kiwanis Family, the Foundation enables all Kiwanians in Florida the opportunity to open their hearts in the spirit of giving to make a greater impact on the needs of children and families.
Our Mail Address is: Florida Kiwanis Foundation, c/o George Leonard, 1485 North Atlantic Avenue #102, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931.
Kiwanis Helps Families Recover from Hurricane Michael
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida Kiwanis Foundation and Capital City Kiwanis teamed up with Healthy Families and Healthy Start to help families impacted by Hurricane Michael. Kiwanis members assembled “recovery kits” including comfort and hygiene items for families as well as toys for children affected by the storm. The Florida Kiwanis Foundation provided a $2,000 grant to assist in purchasing supplies for the kits.
Several families from the Healthy Families and Healthy Start networks gathered to receive the recovery kits in person. Additional kits will be distributed to families in Leon, Gadsden and Wakulla Counties.
Tommy Mills, Florida Kiwanis Foundation trustee said, “Florida Kiwanis Foundation has a long history of helping families get the resources they need to succeed. We are pleased to partner with Healthy Families and Healthy Start to provide assistance to families who have endured great loss during this time.” Heather Locke, president of Capital City Kiwanis said, “Capital City Kiwanis is dedicated to helping families and children flourish. Many families lost everything to this devastating storm. It is our pleasure to offer toys and other items that can provide them comfort and ease their burden as they get back on their feet.”
Florida Kiwanis Foundation and Capital City Kiwanis teamed up with Healthy Families Florida and Healthy Start to help families impacted by Hurricane Michael. Kiwanis members assembled “recovery kits” including comfort and hygiene items for families as well as toys for children affected by the storm. The Florida Kiwanis Foundation provided a $2,000 grant to assist in purchasing supplies for the kits. Florida Kiwanis clubs and members step up time and time again to meet the needs of families in the Healthy Families network and beyond. Contributions from Kiwanis clubs have taken stress off families and helped them provide healthy and safe environments for their children. Watch this great video of families receiving the recovery kits from members of Kiwanis Clubs in the Big Bend.
Disaster Relief Check Presented To Port St. Joe KC
Foundation Trustee Division 02 Keith Forehand presents a $1,000 disaster relief check to members of Kiwanis Club of Port St. Joe.
Funds will be used to purchase diapers, clothing, food staples and school supplies for victims of Hurricane Michael.
Kiwanis Florida District and Foundation Officers visit Camp Kiwanis. The infirmary is being renovated by Lake Weir Kiwanis Club with funds received from the Florida Kiwanis Foundation.