NORTH RIDGEVILLE KIWANIS CLUB

Welcome to the North Ridgeville Kiwanis Club’s website.  We are always looking for people that are passionate about giving back to their communities and the children of North Ridgeville.  Our club meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday nights at 7:00 at Bullfrogs Sports Cafe located at 33137 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039.  We also have a lunch meeting only on the 3rd Monday that meets at O’Neill Healthcare North Ridgeville located at 38600 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville 44039 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Anyone that is interested in learning more about Kiwanis is welcome to come as a guest to one of our meetings and/or a community project to get a better understanding about what our group does for the children of our community. Our motto is “Changing the world, One Child and one Community at a Time”  Please also make sure to check out our Facebook page to see lots of photos and keep up on what is going on with the club.  Hope to see you at an upcoming meeting!

Sincerely,

Tony Baldassar

President

Defining Kiwanis

Our History

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan.  In 2015, Kiwanis celebrates its 100th anniversary with a big celebration in Detroit.  
In the early years, members focused on business networking but in 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. In the 1960s, worldwide expansion was approved and within the decade, Kiwanis International-Europe was formed, representing Kiwanians in 11 European nations. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership.  Kiwanis is always looking for new members looking to give back to their community!

Kiwanis helps kids around the world. Our Kiwanis club looks out for our community and the Kiwanis international organization takes on large-scale challenges, such as fighting disease and poverty.

The Kiwanis Mission & Vision

Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Kiwanis strives to be a positive influence in communities worldwide — so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive. Our Kiwanis club fulfills the Kiwanis mission by serving our community through Kiwanis Community Service Projects

Kiwanis Service

Service is at the heart of every Kiwanis club, no matter where in the world it’s located. By working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.

We are a Family

A family of Servant leaders: To reach more people and have a greater service impact on their communities, many clubs sponsor a Kiwanis family club — K-Kids for primary school children; Builders Clubs for adolescents; Key Clubs for teens; Circle K clubs for university students and Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities.

President- Tony Baldassar

Vice-President- Toni Krone

SecretaryBob Fortune

TreasurerJanet Schneider

Fundraising

We are selling Petersons Nuts from now until December 10. Delivery is currently set for December 17th. If you are interested in helping the club with a purchase please contact a member. With Christmas being right around the corner Peterson’s Nuts would an excellent gift, snack for the holidays, or decoration. Help us as we help the community one child at a time.

Holiday Cards

Holidays are coming up and our Kiwanis club is selling these awesome cards of Cleveland at night. The inside is blank so can be used as a Thank you card as well. The cost is $10 for a quantity 12 w/envelope and the entire amount goes to our club so we can help the kids in North Ridgeville. Please let Scott Hosler or another kiwanian know if your interested and we can make arrangements to meet up.

Amtryke? What it is and Why its not just a bike

Amtryke? What it is and Why its not just a bike

An Amtryke is a therapeutic tricycle that is modified to meet the particular needs of handicapped children and adults and as the child grows, the Amtryke can be modified. Amtryke makes foot trykes, hand trykes, and hand & foot trykes in a wide range of sizes. Nearly every rider can be successful, no matter their diagnosis, because Amtrykes are highly adjustable trykes and have a huge range of adaptive accessories.

Its not just a bike! Its Love!

Parents and therapists report that Amtrykes build strength, coordination, tone and self-esteem. “For parents, the Amtryke fills the need of every child to have a bike—just like their siblings and friends.” (AMBUCS, “Parents”) They have been found to create independence and mobility as well as providing social opportunities such as helping establish new friends, promoting family activities and enabling greater interaction with peers. One should see the face of the child light up in joy when knowing that this bike is made for them and they can have fun riding a bike!

KIWANIS AMTRYKE PROGRAM

The Amtryke Project was started in 2017 and is still going strong.

Adaptive tricycles are expensive but we know theirs a need for them. Many Families who would benefit from them are already under financial strain due to therapy and medical bills. We knew we could help! Thus, we started doing projects to help raise funds for them (our spaghetti dinners) and working with area service agencies to select children that would be capable and benefit from the presentation of an Amtryke. We not only donated them for families; but also donated bikes to schools, where many children could use them. So far, six amtrykes have been assembled and presented to children in the area. We are currently working on making two more!!

How did this all come together?

  • In 2016, The North Ridgeville Club heard about the Amtryke Project that was the First Family Project of the 2015-2016 Ohio Kiwanis Governor, Amy Zimmerman. The opportunity to help a young child be more active and have fun while getting fit was right in line with their mission
  • The N. Ridgeville Kiwanis Club contacted Murray Ridge School and with the help of Jeff Miller and Dan Swift, they were able to arrange for the therapist’s assessment to ensure the bike was a proper fit.
  • The order was placed with the assistance of Amy and Sandy Zimmerman, and the Club members came together to assemble it.
  • Murray Ridge assisted with the arrangements to present the Amtryke to Lana and Her Family.
Lana

Thanks to Cindy Hemsoth, for taking charge of this project and making contact with the school to find a need. Thanks to the our other members for their help in guiding us thru the process to get this off the ground and make it a reality.

First bike but not last

A Murray Ridge School student got an early Christmas present on Dec. 19 2017 with the help of the Kiwanis Club of North Ridgeville.

Ten-year-old Makenzie Dvorscak of Elyria was presented with a custom-made Amtryke therapeutic bicycle in a special ceremony in the school’s gymnasium by members of the Kiwanis Club.

A team of volunteers put the bicycle together over the course of about five hours, getting it ready for the special presentation.


“We try to stay positive but when something like this comes together, it’s really nice,”

Wayne Dvorscak.

Makenzie, a fourth-grader at Murray Ridge, struggled to contain her excitement when the bicycle was overwhelmed with tears of joy before getting the chance to take her first ride around the school’s sprawling gymnasium.

“Putting this all together, Kiwanis if you don’t know about us we are all about helping the children and the community but we focus on the children. But I think having this opportunity to bring the Amtryke in at the time, is really close to our hearts. It is really our pleasure,”

Cindy Hemsoth, who coordinates the Kiwanis Club’s Amtryke program.
Cindy Hemsoth pushing the Makenzie on her new bike

Michelle Hyer, a paraprofessional at North Ridgeville Schools, said the district is grateful for the donation. “They are so generous, not just for her bike, but for the four others as well,” Hyer said. “Kiwanis has been a huge help.”

“These bikes aren’t cheap; they are at least $1,000 (the bike that was purchased is listed at $1,316.69 on americanqualityhealthproducts.com), so it’s really a huge donation.” (The Morning Journal).

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