OUR HISTORY

Oshkosh Mid Morning Kiwanis was chartered in 1974 with 32 members as the third club to charter in Oshkosh. Our sponsoring club was Lakeshore Kiwanis, and the first President was Marty Bankert. During that same year, the club began would become our longest running service project; The Magic Shows and Food Drive.

In 1987 Kiwanis International voted to accept women into membership. Today our club is made up of about 50% women with the first woman president (Susan Steinhilber) elected in 1996.

2005 saw a new Philanthropic Partnership form when our club began collaborating with the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation to fund Education Grants in the Oshkosh Area School District. Our club has awarded well over $100,000 to teachers since the relationship began.

In 2012 Mid Morning Kiwanis established our own Foundation a 501c3 not for profit organization. Shortly after we began gifting IPads to children with Autism with over 80 given to date.

We also developed a new type of membership in 2012 when we accepted Communities School at Oshkosh North into our club as a corporate member. This allowed any student in the Communities independent learning program to attend our meetings and report to the club what they were working on. Adult club members are often tapped as an authentic audience for the students or as outside mentors for specific projects. In turn, the students have given their time and support for a number of our projects, including helping staff the EAA Water Sales.

During the COVID19 pandemic beginning in 2020 our club developed what would become our biggest fund raiser to date with NEW Top Dog. During it’s inaugural year we raised over $50,000. In year two, we widened our scope including six animal shelters and grossed over $235.000.

 

Past Presidents

  • 1974 – 1975      Martin J. Bankert
  • 1975 – 1976      Gerald Gehrt                         
  • 1976 – 1977      Arthur Jordee                        
  • 1977 – 1978      Rev. Fred Kruse
  • 1978 – 1979      Michael Plummer
  • 1979 – 1980      Marvin Knight                                                                     
  • 1980 – 1981      Donald Truit                         
  • 1981 – 1982      Tim Groh                          
  • 1982 – 1983      Ron Burich
  • 1983 – 1984      Charles Stusek                        
  • 1984 – 1985      Joseph Hough                         
  • 1985 – 1986      William Fairbank
  • 1986 – 1987      Fred Auclair
  • 1987 – 1988      Ken Hoffmann                      
  • 1988 – 1989      Thomas Last
  • 1989 – 1990      Jeffery Tressley                      
  • 1990 – 1991      Gary Konrad                        
  • 1991 – 1992      Thomas Keller                        
  • 1992 – 1993      Neil Anderson                      
  • 1993 – 1994      Donald Krueger                       
  • 1994 – 1995      Patrick Guarino
  • 1995 – 1996      Nick Jensen
  • 1996 – 1997      Susan Steinhilber
  • 1997 – 1998      Diane Penzenstadler
  • 1998 – 1999      Debi McGregor
  • 1999 – 2000      Tim Groh
  • 2000 – 2001      Krista Williams
  • 2001 – 2002      Rev. Edward Riddick Jr.
  • 2002 – 2003      Judith Haymon
  • 2003 – 2004      John Krueger
  • 2004 – 2005      Linda Artz
  • 2005 – 2006      Michael Hert
  • 2006 – 2007      Bruce Dumann
  • 2007 – 2008      Daniel Morrill
  • 2008 – 2009      Sandra Reeser
  • 2009 – 2010      Amy Sitter
  • 2010 – 2011      Travis Duchatschek
  • 2011 – 2012      Janet Murphy
  • 2012 – 2013      Michelle Wihlm
  • 2013 – 2014      Jon Rucinsky
  • 2014 – 2015      Randy Hedge
  • 2015 – 2016      Colleen Harvot
  • 2016 – 2017      Amy Bargenquast
  • 2017 – 2018      Todd Ceman / Jodi Jensema
  • 2018 – 2019      Curt Stam
  • 2019 – 2020      Brittany Bartel
  • 2020 – 2021      Heather Wincher