President’s Dinner – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

The Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene recently had the honor of hosting the President’s Dinner to recognize the International President (Paul Palazzolo) from Kiwanis International.  What an inspirational night!

Many of the North Idaho clubs were present (including the Panhandle Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Club of Post Falls) as well as the Key Club from Coeur d’Alene High School (sponsored by the Panhandle club) and the Aktion Club from our friends at TESH (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene).

As we enter the holiday season, let’s remember that true spirit of giving and bless our communities one child at a time.  Following are some pics for you to enjoy:

Lieutenant Governor Ginny Tate, International President Paul Palazzolo, International Trustee Randy Delay, PNW Governor Patrick Ewing

Front Row: Debbie Lawton-Shipman, Angela Erickson, Jill Jurvelin / Back Row: Maryellen Garasky, Ginny Tate, Genca Sakwi, Kathy Bush, Cheryl Shippy, Kevin Garasky, Dick Jurvelin

Angela Erickson, Ginny Tate, Maryellen Garasky, Cheryl Shippy, Genca Sakwi and Jill Jurvelin

Jill and Dick Jurvelin

Cheryl Shippy, Genca Sakwi and Maryellen Garasky


About Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene


Kiwanis Park, Kiwanis Club of Coeur d'AleneKiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene was founded in 1925, and we have 12 past presidents.  In 1927, for $7500, our club purchased 100 acres of water front land on the beautiful Spokane River.  As it turns out, it was a very wise investment.  In 2000 we sold off approximately 40 acres and, because of that, it makes us one of the only self-sustaining clubs in the world.

Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene received $150,000 from the Higgens family (former club members) and that money was used to create Kiwanis Park (see photo above) as we know it today, which was dedicated in April 2001.

Covering 40 acres, Kiwanis Park draws locals and tourists with its lush and beautiful surroundings and many amenities, including picnic areas, picnic shelters, restrooms, beach access, and trails.  Kiwanis Park has become a staple in the community and is often the site for frisbee golf tournaments, school day-retreats, high school cross country track meets, family reunions, and much more.

Kiwanis Club of Coeur d’Alene meets every Wednesday at Michael D’s Eatery at 12 noon.  Michael D’s is located at 203 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Drive.

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About Kiwanis International


Kiwanis LogoKiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis Name
The name “Kiwanis” means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” It was coined from an American Indian expression, Nunc Kee-wanis.

Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities. Kiwanis members help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged, and care for the sick. They develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research, and much more. No problem is too big or too small. Why? Because working together, members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things happen!

As Kiwanis clubs and members, we see it everyday!


  • About 8,000 clubs in 96 countries
  • More than 260,000 adult members
  • Approximately 320,000 youth

To serve children of the world.

Each year, clubs:

  • Sponsor nearly 150,000 service projects.
  • Raise more than $107 million.

Global Results 
Members and clubs have contributed more than $80 million toward the global elimination of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the leading preventable cause of mental retardation.

To visit Kiwanis International, CLICK HERE.


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