Kiwanis Club of Meriden 2018-19 Board and Officers - elected Sept. 29, 2019

Kiwanis Souper Bowl
Feb. 4, 2017

On Feb. 4, 2017, Meriden Kiwanis celebrated the final score of the 2017 Kiwanis Family Souper Bowl Food Drive! Between the Kiwanis Club of Meriden and its participating SLP Clubs -- John Barry K-Kids, Israel Putnam K-Kids, Lincoln Builders Club, Washington Builders Club, Wilcox Key Club and University of New Haven CKI Club -- a total of 2,590 food items and $420 in cash and gift cards was donated to the Meriden Soup Kitchen. Thanks to the generosity of all those who donated food and gave their time to make this event such a huge success! MSK President Tim Granucci noted, “We have never had a food drive like this!”

Kiwanis Kapers 2016 Cast
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86th Annual Installation of Officers and Board of Directors.
Sept. 19, 2014

Kiwanis Kapers 2013 Cast
Kiwanis Kares for Veterans
Oct. 28, 2012
Items collected: 
Shaving Cream 48
Toothpaste 120
Shampoo 99
Soap 293
Razors 214
Toothbrushes 120
Deodorant 86
Misc items 127
Gift cards $10 ea 27
TOTAL 1134 items

On Oct. 13, 2012, a Kiwanis Community Service project worked at the Meriden Soup Kitchen to temporarily move all shelving and supplies from the Pantry, thoroughly clean and sanitize the floor and then return all items to the Pantry. Approximately 20 youth volunteers from the Washington and Edison Builders Clubs and the Platt Key Club participated.


Can and Bottle Drive


We are sponsoring a month long “Kiwanis Kares” can and bottle drive to benefit The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s new global service campaign to wipe out maternal/neonatal tetanus.  Cans and bottles may be dropped off at Robert A Gollnick, CPA (83 Broad St, Meriden) or Squire Travel/Diversified Physical Therapy (1260 E. Main St., Meriden).
(August 2012)


Historical Society clean-up on July 21, 2012 - For additional (and larger) photos, go to our Facebook page

Daffodil Festival April 28-29, 2012. Fried dough!


Meriden Kiwanis Hi-Liters 2012 - click on photo  for video


Walter Deptula Public Speaking and Essay Contest

May 17, 2012

Chairman and Moderator E. Jack Shorr
gets the Walter Deptula
Public Speaking and Essay Contest
under way Thursday night
at Washington Middle School in Meriden.


Mother's Day Plant Sale - Tues. May 8, 2012
Past Presidents, Legion of Honor, and Legion of Merit Awards Dinner
Jan. 27, 2012

Kiwanis of Meriden held its Past Presidents, Legion of Honor, and Legion of Merit Awards dinner at the Il Monticello Restaurant on Fri. Jan. 27, 2012. Organized by Kiwanian Ed Murphy, a delightful dinner accompanied numerous recognitions and awards. A somber ringing of the bell for each deceased past president was followed by a prayer. Then each attending past president was asked to stand to be recognized.


Bob MacDuff was presented the Legion of Honor, followed by the recognition of Legion of Merit members. Kiwanian and Meriden Mayor Mike Rohde made a special presentation to the B.A.B.E.S., a group organized by MAWSAC (Meriden and Wallingford Substance Abuse Council) which performs weekly in area elementary schools to provide education about substance abuse. And Ray Parmentier was presented with a red jacket.


Steve Hinson from Kiwanis International and President Bob Gollnick presented the Zellar Award to Past President Carol Reiss for her efforts in getting the Foundation to donate $2,000 to The Eliminate Project last year, and delivering the check to the International Convention. This well-attended event was a treat for all who attended.

Meriden Mayor Mike Rohde - Presentation of official city pin to the B.A.B.E.S.


Kiwanis Installation - Jan. 19, 2012
Brian Cofrancesco (blue jacket) and Josh Davenport (khaki shirt)


Kiwanis Kapers 2011 cast

"Kapers @ 60 - You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"
Fri. Nov. 11 & Sat. Nov. 12, 2011
Maloney High School - 7:30 pm
To view the entire show, click here

Kiwanis Kapers

Kiwanis Kapers - a two night variety show held in early November. Here's a sample from 2005.
Meriden Daffodil Festival - we sell fried dough at the food tent during April
Kiwanis Peanut Day - scheduled in early June, we sell peanuts by the bag and by the case
Kiwanis Giant Tag Sale - held in June
Bicycle Rodeo & Safety Day - held in July
Bell ringing for the Salvation Army - held in December
Other fund raisers in the past have included Kiwanis Kwiz Bars, Cow Plop Lotto (Splotto) and a bus trip to Mohegan Sun


New England District of Circle K

Kiwanis Computer Center at the Meriden Public Library
Kiwanis Teddy Bear Project
Kiwanis Deptula Speaking Contest
Kiwanis Hi-Liters
Kiwanis Family Safety Day & Bike Rodeo
Kiwanis International
Kiwanis Educational Awards

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life
B.A.B.E.S. - a drug awareness program for elementary children
Beat the Street
Child Safety Seat Stickers
Ed Walsh Little League
Girls Inc. of Meriden
John Barry Little League
John Nerden RTC Camp
Kiwanis Reads to Kids
Maloney High School Allegrettos/Platt Pentangles
March of Dimes
Meriden Girls Softball League
Meriden Senior Citizens Center
Martin Luther King/Albert Owens Scholarship
Meriden Emergency Services - Spirit of Giving
Project Graduation
South Meriden Youth League
South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department - Brian David Ash Fund

Triad of Meriden