Kiwanis began on January 1915 in Detroit, Michigan
The name Kiwanis means: Two Indian words, “Ki” or “Kee” and
“Wanis” meaning “We Trade”
The motto of Kiwanis is “We Build”
Our club was the third club chartered in the Minnesota
Our club was also the 33rd club to be chartered in the
entire Kiwanis International Organization.
First meeting held Tuesday, October 10, 1916 at 12:15 - room
#700 in the Holland Hotel, 35 members attended.
The guest speaker was A. S. Browne of Buffalo, New York,
National Organizer. Mr. Browne took the floor and gave an outline of the
history of the Kiwanis Club and Kiwanis principles.
We met at the same location, but where the
old Holland Hotel stood is now the Radisson Hotel - 505 West Superior Street.
Our club meets every Wednesday at 12:00 noon. We will be moving to the Kitchi Gammi Club on January 2, 2013 our club vote for this move was 53 yea to 11 no.
Calvin How Jr. was the first president of the club and it
was under his administration that we secured 100 charter members.
Our Club officially organized on January 30, 1917, and
received its charter February 26, 1917.
Our second president was Isaac Lewis, and under his
leadership the mercenary slogan of “We Trade” was dropped, and the inspiring
“We Build” was adopted.
N. Frank Russell was the third and fourth president. Frank
was president during the years 1918 and 1919 and, during his administration,
the club raised and used for the War Relief Work, over $3,000.
Anton I. Ahlen was the fifth president and under his
administration Free Band Concerts were given in the parks of Duluth during the
entire summer of 1920
Funds to provide the concerts in the amount of
$7,500 were raised through two dances given at the Armory by the Kiwanis Club.
During Anton Ahlen’s term as President, the club had its
greatest growth, reaching a membership
James Ray Stack was the sixth president. Ray was at the head
of our First Community Fund Drive, in later years this particular money-raising
drive was re-named the United Way of Greater Duluth.
District Governor, Ed Eclund, Bob Fleischmann with Fireman and Engineer on the DM&IR
Kiwanis International Convention was held in St. Paul, MN in
Kiwanis had it’s first small office on the mezzanine floor
of the Hotel Duluth.
We went from 230 square foot office in the Radisson
Hotel to a 1320 square foot office in the old KDAL building, 407 West Superior
Street - in the fall of 2003. To a small offixe in the King Building off of 27th auvenue west, and now we rent a small storage space in the basement of the Domestic Abuse Intervention building at 202 E Superior Street.
January 26 was the first joint meeting with the Rotary Club.
We host Rotary on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving
and Rotary hosts us on the Thursday before Easter.
February 20, there
was a bowling match between the Kiwanis club and Rotary Club, Kiwanis won.
March 6, Kiwanis challenges the Lion’s Club to a spelling
match to be broadcast on WEBC radio station, the Kiwanis club won.
On March 20, there was an Inter-Club with 77 Kiwanians in
attendance. The program was Dr. Pace, pastor of First Methodist Church.... it
is believed that this was the most successful Inter-club meeting in the history
of our club.
On December 31, the music at that meeting was The Chester
Park Melody Mothers and the Arco Banjo Boys.
Ben Gronlund, Clark Isle & Gus AndresenCharter train trip to Iron Range
the Arco Banjo Boys were courtesy of Gus Andresen who
was a charter member and owned and operated Arco Coffee.
The first District Convention was held in St. Cloud, MN in
1930, a total of 32 members attended the convention from our club.
In former years attendance prizes were gives out at weekly
meetings - Some prizes were really good!
• April 24, 1929 - a case of Fitger’s assorted beverages and
Fireside Creams, donated by Tom Miller of Fitger’s Company.
• July 24, 1929 - one 33 x 6.00 Goodrich Tire given by Bill
Arper, manager of Goodrich Tire Company.
• May 14, 1930 - a ten portion ice cream pie given by N. F.
Russell, president of Bridgeman Russell Company.
• September 3, 1930 - three pound box of Little Boy Blue
• December 30, 1931 - one ton of Coke (coal) was given by
Runcie B. Martin,
Northwestern Fuel Company.
• February 17, 1932 - two Hockey Tickets, game between
Duluth Hornets and St. Louis.
• Perfect Attendance for one year gets a little tab
that hangs down under your lapel pin and shows the years of perfect attendance
• 50/50 drawing - We sell tickets every other week. The
winner gets to draw a card from a deck of cards, looking for the Queen of
Spades. If the winner should draw it, they receive the cumulative money in the
pot. Half the money taken in from ticket sales each time goes to administrative
purposes but during November, the money goes to help out the Food Drive.
- past and present
• Minstrel Shows
• Speech Festivals; held for Jr. High, over 300 students
• Swain Cross Country Event; named for John Swain, who was a
very successful coach in cross country and track at Duluth Central, it drew
many high school runners from all over the state each October.
• Duluth Kiwanis joint meeting with Superior Kiwanis Club;
each year they would hold a golf match, alternating matches between golf
courses in Duluth and Superior.
• Kiwanis Auction; held every April at WDIO TV, all the
money raised at the Auction is donated back to the sponsored youth of the
• Food Drive; started in 1993 we have raised a total of
47,353.5 pounds, and a total of $23,229
- jointly with Rotary.
• Bayfront Kite Fly; held every September, we hand out free
kites to all family's who attend.
• Special Olympics; Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth
participated each year, we are in charge of timing for the track event.
• Reading is Fundamental; 3 times a year Kiwanians attend
area schools and read to students.
• Police Officer and Fire Fighter of the Year Award; these
dedicated community servers are chosen by their piers. Kiwanis Club of Friendly
Duluth has been involved with this project.
• White Elephant Auction; Kiwanians bring in their unwanted
items, an auction is held during our regular Wednesday meeting, proceeds from
the auction go to fund our Kiwanis office.
• Boyscout Troop 29 (1937) Grant School
• City Skating Championships for grade school and Jr. High,
this was also an annual event.
Key Club, East High School.
Price of meals raised from 60¢ to 65¢.
prices went from $9.50 to $10.00. 2012 meal prices are $12.00, ANd when we move to the Kitchi Gammi Club in 2013 our meals will be $14.00.
August 3, our Kiwanis meeting was held on board the Steamer
Noronic. The Noronic was one of 3 Canadian passenger ships that would dock at
Duluth each week. This was an annual meeting held during the summer.
September 4, the suggestion of the Chamber of Commerce that
all service clubs decide upon one day of the week to hold their meetings. Our
club decided on Monday as the day on which to meet.
To change to Monday if other service clubs likewise select
37 - yes and 10 - no... to change from Wednesday to Monday if other clubs do not
13 - yes and 22 - no nothing ever happened with this vote, we still meet every
Wednesday for lunch.
On July 17, 1940 a golf tournament between Kiwanis and
Rotary and the Arrowhead Civic Club was played.
The prize was: two tickets to the Gene Autry Show, that was
won by P. J. Frost, a long time member of our Kiwanis Club.
Gene Autry was a guest of honor at our Kiwanis meeting and
entertained the club with descriptions of making his Western movies and an imitation
of President Roosevelt’s acceptance speech when Mr. Autry presented him with a
large, white Western hat. Miss Joan Grady presented Mr. Autry with a large
bouquet of peonies, a gift from the Duluth Peony Club.
On May 31, the Kiwanis program was the YMCA Centennial 1844
1957 - 40th Anniversary Alonzo Taylor, William Crawford, Gus Andresen, Louis Dworshar, Phil Frost, Harold Lyons
February 17, our club traveled to the Annual Division 6
meeting in Grand Rapids by train.
Now we are Region 3.
Our first Auction held May 10th
• There were 3 Kiwanis clubs that participated in our first
auction; Superior, Cloquet noon and us.
• The chairman that year was Sam Atkins.
• The total net profit for the three clubs was $12,313.45.
This amount was divided on a percentage based on the number and amounts on each
contract secured by the respective clubs. The Duluth’s Club net profit was
The Port of Duluth was first charted on January 22.
In October the Kiwanis held a President’s Ball, it was
a fine affair.
Kiwanis first hired an office secretary - Jean Vigen.
Our Kiwanis Administrative Assistant is Carol Snoeyenbos. Before Carol was Tricia Peterson, Cassi Beamer, before Cassi was Jan O’Brien, Jan
started on April 14, 1992 and worked for our club for 13 years. Sue Brundage
was the person before Jan, and Debbie Peterson before Sue.
Our Kiwanis theme for this year was “Reach Out” Member Arthur W. King received proper recognition for his
leadership in community service. It was announced that the 98 unit housing
facility for lower income and elderly located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue East
will be named the “Arthur King Manor”. Mr. King was president of our club in
Happy Dollar was created by president John Harris on August
2, 1978, John was the first to give a check of $30.00 to the new “Happy Dollar”
fund for his 30th wedding anniversary.
District Kiwanis Convention
Our club has hosted the District Kiwanis Convention five
times, we’ve had that honor in 1919, 1952, 1966, the Port of Duluth hosted this
convention in 1980 and 2000.
was the first to receive the “Kiwanian of the Year” award inn November of 1991. Bob Fleischmann was the Plant Manager of Zinsmaster Baking Company. All of the information obtained for our 90th Anniversary came from Kiwa News over the years and Bob’s article “Moments in time”. Thank you, Bob, for all of your hard work!
Gay Lynne Liebertz
served as our club’s first female president. Ms Liebertz also served as Lieutenant Governor.
“Just a few” famous names who have been members
Business positions listed below, were at the time of their
1946 Plant Manager, Zinsmaster Baking Co.
All the information obtained in this history page came from Kiwa
News over the years from Bob’s article “Moments in Time” Thank you Bob, for all
your hard work!!
Royal D. Alworth
1947 Oneida Realty Company
1997 Duluth Mayor
1981 Allen & Associates, later Dave became
Mayor of Hermantown
Jeno F. Paulucci
1947 Bean Sprout Growers Association, Inc.
1947 Manager of Insurance Service Agency
1939 President of Woodruff Lumber Co., named for
Arthur King Manor
Gustav A. Andresen
1917 Founder of Arco Coffee
(Andresen-Ryan Coffee Company)
Edward C. Barbo
1953 Columbia Clothing Company
William W. Crawford
1916 Crawford Mortuary
1964 Professor of Music
Elton H. Gujer
1963 Advertising Specialties
Robert K. Prescott
1958 Oneida Realty & Subsidiary
A.W. Taylor, Jr.
1955 Stewart-Taylor Company
was the first to receive “Kiwanian of the
Year” award, in November.
Gay Lynne Liebertz
was our first women president of our
club, she also was a Lieutenant Governor.
During the year that Tom Vukelich was President, Kiwanis
Club of Friendly Duluth dedicated a bench in Conrad Stephenson’s name, it sits
on the corner of 5th Avenue West and Superior Street.
Presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Friendly Duluth
1916 Calvin F. How
1917 I. K. Lewis
1918-1919 N. Frank
1920 Alton L. Ahlen
1921 James R. Stack
1922 Wallace S.
1923 Dr. William A.
1924 Robert J.
1925 H. Rowland
1926 Richard L.
1927 Kenneth S. Cant
1928 Adolph B. Anderson
1929 Victor Stearns
1930 Noble S.
1931 Norman D. McLeod
1932 Harry W. Clark
1933 Alonzo W. Taylor
1934 Dr. Waldo N.
1935 J. Daniel
1936 John L. Bero
1937 Henry Halenbeck
1938 Richard M. Funck
1939 Charles R. Jacobus
1940 Clarence W.
1941 Donald M. Stalker
1942 Stanley T. Vaill
1943 William K.
1944 Harry C.
1945 Herbert Sorenson
1946 Earl W. Long
1947 Rev. Arthur C.
1948 Dr. Philip F.
1949 Dudley J.
1950 Wellington J.
1951 Samuel F. Atkins
1952 Robert Clark*
1953 Walter Warner
1955 Robert C.
1956 Kenneth Duncan
1957 C. Luther Eckman
1958 George Zeller
1959 Otto Olsen
1960 Frank Sibley
1961 Larry Garity
1962 Dr. Richard
1963 Gene Halverson*
1965 Dr. Chester Wood
1966 Dr. Andrew
1967 Arthur W. King
1968 Peter Bye*
1970 Harry Ramaley
1971 Leonard Griffith
1972 E. A. Youngstrand
1973 Jerome N.
1974 John Rosen
1975 Charles Patton
1976 Thomas Daly
1977 John Harris
1978 H. Wittmore
1979 Neil Waldo
1980 Robert Heller
1981 John Verrill
1982 Robert Chapman
1983 Dean Ager
1984 Paul A. Gustad
1985 James R.
1986 Alan R.
1987 Thomas W. Klenz
1988 Richard J.
1989 Dr. James
1990 Stephen L.
1991 Gay Lynne
1992 Steven W.
1993 Donald W.
1994 A. Susan Adam*
1995 George Lah
1996 Thomas G.
1997 Janette A.
1998 Paul Manning
1999 Carol Hall*
2000 David J. Allen
2001 Doug Melander
2002 Patrick Spott*
2003 Darren Danielson
2004 Corey T. Collier
2005 Thomas Vukelich
2006 Jane Dolter
2007 Don Lilyquist
2008 Denny Nelson
2009 Rob Swor
2010 Kurt Erickson
2011 Mike Lamminen
2012 Glenn Meints
2012 Keith Johnson