A Capsule View of the Kiwanis Club
Of LaPorte, Indiana
Over the Years – Founded February 8, 1921
From its humble beginnings as a Business Men’s Club in Detroit in 1915 to the giant it is
today. Kiwanis International continues in its quest to make the communities in which it
serves a little better because of its presence.
Like all Kiwanis Clubs, the LaPorte Club seeks through its projects to carry out the
purposes for which it was founded: (1) To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather
than the material values of life; (2) To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in
all human relationships; and (3) To provide through Kiwanis a practical means for
forming enduring friendships, to render altruistic service and to build a better LaPorte.
(See appendix for charter member list.)
Thus Kiwanis is something you live, feel, and experience. It is, if you please, a way of
Our local club, the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana, was born a little better than six (6)
years after the founding of the Detroit Club. 1917 had seen the expansion of Kiwanis
beyond its natal place of Detroit. LaPorte’s Club held its first meeting on February 8,
1921, and received its charter on March 10, 1921, the earlier date being observed as the
birth date of the club. We are the 30 th club to be founded in the State of Indiana. At the
time there were about 275 clubs throughout the United States and one in Canada.
1926 saw the LaPorte Club contributing funds to purchase the ground, the building of
dressing rooms, showers, and comfort stations on the real estate leased from the Andrew
Estate known as the “E” Street Playground. The property was taken over by the then
School City of LaPorte and in recognition of the contributions made by our club became
officially known as Kiwanis Field.
In its first year, the Club, in cooperation with the Knights of Columbus, raised funds for
poor relief, purchased uniforms for the American Legion Baseball team and promoted a
public swimming beach at Pine Lake.
After the first year of its existence, the Club in its early years: (1) Purchased equipment
for the Y’s Boys’ and Girls’ Camp; (2) Helped maintain a Summer Camp for Girls at
Crane’s Nest (on the bluff at the northeast corner of Johnson Road and U.S. 35); and (3)
Contributed to the School Milk Fund.
1924 saw the Club raising $75,000 for the building of the south wing of the Holy Family
Hospital on “E” Street plus a large amount of money for the improvement of Scott Field.
Substantial amounts of money were also contributed between 1924 and 1926 toward the
addition of a Kiwanis wing at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital in Indianapolis and to the
Tornado Fund in Princeton, Indiana.
Other early projects included contributing to local schools for dental clinics, eye-testing,
and therapeutic equipment.
The Club in 1932, as part of LaPorte’s Centennial Celebration, sponsored the building of
a model pioneer log cabin for the Girl Scouts on Michigan Avenue just north of
Washington Street near the Old New York Central Depot. The cabin stood until 2006.
For several summers, Kiwanis sponsored what the Club chose to call a Preventorium, a
summer camp on Pine Lake for underprivileged and undernourished children. Here the
children received proper food and learned good health habits.
An early major project of the Club was the establishment of a visiting nurse service for
the community. Such services were provided by Frona Von Osinski, known as “Mrs.
Von”. Most of her services were directed toward underprivileged children and elderly
shut-ins. Kiwanis provided “Mrs. Von” with a car and paid her salary. (Such service is
now a community project).
In addition to our Potato Club, at least three other projects of the local club have received
international recognition. These are:
1. The narrated educational film entitled “Know Kiwanis”, the brainchild of Henry
Schulze and Paul F. Boston. The film sought to educate and to orient new
members and was shown to the International Board of Trustees three times at its
annual business session.
2. In 1955, a time of serious teacher shortage, Paul Boston, then Superintendent of
the LaPorte Schools, proposed to Kiwanis International that Teacher Recruitment
be adopted as an International Project. The proposal was presented at Valparaiso
University to 300 high school seniors from all the schools in Division 1 as an
“Introduction to Teaching.” Dan Lewis, Sr. was part of the program. A feature
story of this pilot clinic appeared in the February 1956 Kiwanis Magazine. (The
pattern established by the pilot clinic became the model followed by other
3. At the International Convention of 1954 held in Miami, Florida, Dan Lewis, Sr.,
then Club President, heard several fine programs. At the conclusion of one, he
and the then Vice President, “Bill” Angrick, both agreed the LaPorte High
School Swing Choir was the equal or better than most of the programs presented.
Dan decided to approach the International Trustee (Jack Raney from
Indianapolis) about the Choir’s appearance at the International Convention in
Cleveland in 1955. Delegates from other Indiana Clubs said it can’t be done.
Too much politics! But Dan and Bill did it. The Choir was a smash hit and the
group, appearing with Comedian George Gobel made the cover of Kiwanis
Other Club money raisers over the years have included:
1. A series of Ballroom Dances held at the Civic Auditorium to raise money for
2. The continuing popular Peanut Days – an annual fall event.
3. Auctions held at the LaPorte County Fairground s
4. Sale of Kiwanis Calendars.
5. Sale of Merchandise coupon books with the help of participating merchants.
6. Apple Days.
7. Gum Ball Machines.
8. Maple City Kiwanian advertisements.
9. One or Two pancake breakfasts a year.
10. Kiwanis Club sponsored Circus.
11. Travelogue Series.
12. Sales of Kiwanis Trash bags with proceeds from sale to Riley Hospital.
13. Christmas tree Sales.
14. Carson Pirie Scott Community Days.
15. Radio Days.
16. Weekly 50-50 drawings at club meetings to be used for ongoing administrative
17. Members dues – mostly used for administrative expenses plus International and
18. Dessert Auctions – to start off the new administrative fund each year.
NOTE: All money raisers are only as successful as the members themselves make them.
The greater the participation the more funds there are to finance our various projects. We
can’t build without Builders.
Community Project, Youth Assistance and Special Programs which are sponsored
or assisted by the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana
The following identified projects are the lifeblood of the Club, its purpose for being. We
do build through:
1. AG DAY. Farmers of LaPorte County are guests of club members at a special
luncheon featuring an appropriate program. The County Extension Office
cooperates in planning the program. Up to 70-80 farmers have attended this
2. American Field Service (AFS). The American Field Service Chapter of LaPorte
received financial support each year from the Kiwanis Club. The AFS selects
American students to study abroad, while students from foreign countries study in
3. Baseball League Sponsorship. The Kiwanis Club sponsors teams in the Babe
Ruth League, Little League, and Challenge League, which are operated by the
Park and Recreation Department. Kiwanis funds cover cost of uniforms, special
emblems, snack treats, awards, trophies and incidentals. The club provides a
picnic for each team.
4. Bell Ringers. Annually Kiwanians man the Salvation Army’s Christmas Kettles
in competition with other service clubs. Several hundred dollars are raised each
year for the Salvation Army’s Program.
5. Career Camp (Kiwanis-Indiana State Police Career Camp). Each year a special
encampment is held for young people who are considering careers in police work.
Two camps for boys and one for girls are held in June and July. This project is
managed and funded by Kiwanis Clubs of Indiana. Staff and programs are
provided by the Indiana State Police. LaPorte Kiwanis budgets for two boys and
one girl to attend the Police Career Camp.
6. Career Development Seminar. 1982 was the first year that LaPorte Kiwanis Club
participated in this activity, which is an Indiana District Kiwanis Program. Gifted
high school students are exposed to special fields of college study. In 1982,
LaPorte Kiwanis sent one student. In 1982, sponsorship was planned for two or
7. Carrier Watch. This is a new program being set up by the U.S. Postal Service,
whereby senior and/or handicapped citizens may req uest a special notice be
posted inside their mail boxes. If on subsequent deliveries the carrier sees the
mail has not been picked up, he or she notifies the police to check out the
situation. LaPorte Kiwanis club covers the expenses of the program – printing,
etc. It is not funded by the U.S. Postal System.
8. Circle K of Purdue North Central. At one time, the LaPorte Kiwanis Club
sponsored a Circle K Club at PNC, which did service work in the area. The
annual Christmas Party at the County Home was one o f the projects, which was
financed by car washes and similar activities. LaPorte Kiwanis covered most of
Circle K’s administrative expenses.
9. Clergy Day. Annually the Kiwanis Club honors all area Clergy with a special
program and dinner. We have upwards of 50 attend this special event.
10. Fellowship of Christian Athletes. This project enjoys a wide support throughout
the area including the sports department of the Herald-Argus. Each year, LaPorte
Kiwanis finances two local athletes who attend an encampment of Christian
11. 4-H Clubs. This is a major program of the Kiwanis Club and has one of the
highest budget outlays because it reaches the largest number of people –
especially youth – in a beneficial way. There are three parts to this program:
a. A gift is made to the County Extension Office to cover operating expenses
for the 4-H Summer Program for the City of LaPorte.
b. The Club sponsors delegates to the 4-H Junior Leader Conference each
summer. Kiwanis funds are used to pay the expenses of the Junior
Leaders who cannot pay their own way.
c. Each fall the Kiwanis Club, in cooperation with the LaPorte Farm Bureau,
arranges a banquet to honor the 4-H adult leaders. Individual leaders are
honored for outstanding work and recognition for years of service in 4-H.
In 1981, there were 267 4-H adult leaders in LaPorte County guiding the
activities of 59 clubs and 3 special groups. As many as 600 boys and 850
girls have been involved in these clubs.
12. Hoosier Girls State. Each June the American Legion Auxiliary of Indiana
operates a citizenship training program for girls at Indiana State University. Girls
are selected by each chapter to be sent to the assemblage. 1982 was the 41 st
annual session of Hoosier Girls State. Training sessions are held on the
American system of government and political system via mock participation.
LaPorte Kiwanis accepts the responsibility for a delegate’s expenses.
13. Hoosier Boys State. This program is similar to Girls State and is sponsored by
the American Legion. Our club provides expenses for a local delegate.
14. “IDEA” Program (Infant Dental Education Awareness0. The LaPorte County
Dental Society has originated a program for new and expectant mothers of the
area. Information is given on diet, hygiene, and habits that protect their infants
from dental problems that often result from poor diets, bad habits, and improper
hygiene. The physicians and the local hospital have cooperated by disseminating
the information to the mothers. The LaPorte Kiwanis Club budgets funds for the
major portion of the expenses for the preparation, printing, and distribution of the
15. Indiana District Foundation. This is an operation of the Indiana Kiwanis District
to which contributions are made through and by local Kiwanis Clubs in the
District. The District issues scholarships annually. The LaPorte Kiwanis Club
has had 3 winners: 2003, 2004, and 2006. This is a $1000 scholarship from the
district. The LaPorte Club has been in a financial position to match these funds
for the three winners. The District also picks up projects that are two big for
individual clubs to do.
16. Jaycees’ – 4th of July Parade. Each year LaPorte’s Jaycees hold a large parade on
the 4th of July Parade. The townspeople are very proud of the quality of these
parades and the activities that ensue during the afternoons and evenings
surrounding the holiday. The local Jaycees organize and manage these annual
affairs. Kiwanis has been proud to participate in many ways through the years,
such as helping to meet the costs of these parades, having a parade unit, and
selling raffle tickets.
17. KBF Awards (Kiwanis Builds Forever). For more than 50 years, the Club has
honored the top five scholars of the graduating class of LaPorte High School at a
luncheon meeting. Parents and special friends are invited to attend as guests of
the Club. The highlight of the program is the presentation of a beautiful plaque
inscribed with the name and achievement of each honor student.
18. Kiwanis International Foundation. The Kiwanis Interna tional Foundation covers
those programs that are too large for local clubs or districts to handle. Much
support is given to Kiwanis Clubs abroad as they work on local problems. The
Kiwanis Club of LaPorte annually budgets an appropriate contribution to the
fund. We are very fortunate in the Indiana District because the International
Headquarters are located in Indianapolis.
19. LaPorte High School – Music Department. At times, The Kiwanis Club budgets
money for ventures and activities of the LPHS music department.
a. In the past assistance was provided for some band members who could not
come up with expense money to make a trip to play at the Mardi Gras in
b. Some time ago the Concert Choir was invited to a Choral Competition in
Denver. Some key soloists could not raise expenses so the Kiwanis Club
covered the shortage. The choir and soloists won several honors.
c. The Kiwanis Club has budgeted for the “National School Orchestra
Award” for outstanding orchestra members.
d. The Club has financed the purchase of the National School Orchestra
Award for the most valuable orchestra member.
20. LaPorte High School – Athletic Department. Kiwanis has been a strong
supporter of high school athletics for many years. Some of the more recent
a. The Annual Spring Sports Banquet is a joint effort of the Club and the
Athletic Department. Invitations and arrangements are made by the
athletic department. The club pays for the meals of the athletes and
coaches and provides a master of ceremonies.
b. In 1982, the LPHS baseball team won its 4th IHSAA state championship.
The club purchased special “patches” for the uniforms and feted the team
at a noon luncheon. The coaches and bat girls were included. The girls
were presented with chain pendants.
21. LaPorte High School – Academics. Kiwanis annually sponsors an Academic
awards banquet. This event honors students who compete in academic
competitions. The club has done dinners and most recently an ice cream social.
We invite the students and their parents.
22. The LaPorte Icers. In the past the LaPorte Icers was a hockey team of high
school aged boys. The hockey team was independent of LPHS, so financing and
coaching was on an independent basis. The Kiwanis Club budgeted funds for
operating expenses for this very successful program.
23. LaPorte Community Preschool Project. LaPorte does not qualify for the federal
Headstart program. A voluntary program for preschool training for 4-year old
children is supported by fees paid by parents. There are many children who need
this training but the parents cannot afford the fees. To meet this need, some
ladies organized a training program for indigent and/or handicapped 4-year olds.
There were twice as many applications as were expected. Kiwanis agreed to
cover the expense for an additional class.
24. Meals on Wheels. A large number of elderly people are able to live at home by
receiving a special or properly balanced diet delivered to them by volunteers.
The LaPorte Hospital Staff prepares the prescribed meals. Members of Kiwanis
take a regular delivery route each week. Funds have also been provided by
25. Salvation Army Summer Camp. Each Summer the Salvation Army holds and
encampment for special children as a break from everyday life. Kiwanis believe
this meets basic needs and a contribution is budgeted by LaPorte Kiwanis.
26. Visiting Nurse Association. The VNA of LaPorte County has headquarters in
LaPorte. Its purpose is to provide nursing services to the homebound elderly
beyond that provided by official sources. Such morale boosting services as
hairdressing, massages, organizing prescribed diets, therapy or medication, etc.
are part of this operation. Kiwanis believes this to be a worthwhile community
project and has financially supported it as one of its major emphasis projects.
27. Miscellaneous. There are a number of projects that are given financial support on
special request basis. Some of the most recent are:
a. LaPorte Sesquicentennial (1982 only)
b. SOY (Support our Youth). This is a county-wide organization devoted to
reducing drug abuse by young people. The club currently provides a
pancake breakfast at their annual Dusk to Dawn fundraiser.
c. The Swanson Center for the Elderly.
28. Major Emphasis Program. This is the section of the Club’s Community Service
Budget to which an annual major allotment of money is made. The projects are
deemed as most vital to the welfare of the community and receive a most favored
status with the club. Currently Young Children Priority One, YMCA, Lighting of
Kiwanis Teledyne Park, and Boy Scouts are our major emphasis areas. Young
Children Priority One is our top budget item behind scholarships. Area groups
that support the development of children under 5 can apply for grants from this
fund – annually we distribute just under $3000 to 6 – 10 organizations. Some of
the recipients include: Barker Woods Enrichment Center, YMCA early
childcare, LaPorte Community Turbo Swim Club, Dunebrook Prevent Child
Abuse, and Women’s Assistance Center.
29. Kiwanis was one of the original sponsors in the Fall Welcome for New Teachers.
The Chamber of Commerce now handles this luncheon. The Kiwanis Club of
LaPorte became a member of the Chamber in 2005.
30. In 1995, the Kiwanis Club developed the Neutral Zone Teen Center. It was
originally housed at Kesling Middle School and eventually found its final home
at the YMCA. This became an independent entity. The Club won the diamond
award for a single service project from Kiwanis International.
31. The Kiwanis Club has started two Key Clubs. One at LaPorte High School and
the other at South Central High School. The Club has also sponsored a Builders
Club at Boston Middle School.
32. The Club has been an active participant in the Shots for Tots program. This is a
single day event where children 18 & under can be given the needed shots at no
charge to their parents. Currently this program is in transition. The local Health
Department is trying to meet this need on a monthly basis.
33. The LaPorte Club buried a time capsule in the parking area between the
Courthouse and the County Complex. This was buried in 1976.
34. International Service Project. Kiwanis International took on a project in the early
1990’s to eradicate iodine deficiency disorder around the world. The best way to
do this is to have iodized salt available. It only takes 5 cents per person to get a
lifetime of benefits. IDD results in goiters in adults and mental retardation in
unborn children. This project is still ongoing. As an international organization
we have raised over $75 million worldwide. We made commitments individually
and as a club during the initial drive. Annually now we skip one meal at a regular
meeting and donate the money we would have spent for the meal to the IDD
cause. Kiwanis Club of LaPorte has donated more than $10,000 to the
eradication of IDD worldwide.
35. The Club made a three year commitment to the Boy Scouts along with the other
clubs in our division. This was a $30,000 project for renovation of the local Boy
Scout Camp – this was completed in 2006.
36. In 2006, the club started a new project for the youth of our community. The
Kiwanis for Kids Triathlon. The event is for children 6-12 years of age. This
will be an annual event. The first year had 59 entrants from the northern part of
the state. This event was a collaborative effort between other service clubs, the
community, and the Kiwanis Club. The event promoted children’s health, raised
awareness of Kiwanis, and raised funds to be used within the community.
Although the greater share of the projects herein listed are still in operation as part of the
LaPorte Club’s service to the community, some might at this writing not be active as far
as our participation is concerned.
At this time it is well to note that the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana now includes a
nucleus of women members who were inducted in the spring and summer of 1988. They
have proved to be builders in the best tradition of Kiwanis and have added much to the
Club by their active participation in Club Activities. The original women who joined in
1988 were Janet K. Jongkind, Elizabeth Carney, Sandra L. Stence, Emily A. Frontczak,
and Belva Jo Ingersol.
The Kiwanis Club of LaPorte Indiana needs its members to give it direction by their
participation and by their belief that they can help build a better LaPorte. Let’s work at
The Scholarship Foundation
The Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana
A very special program of the Kiwanis Club is its Scholarship Foundation, which is
funded every year before money is allotted for any other purpose.
Each year the Scholarship Committee screens a large number of applicants from the high
school graduating class for a $1,000 scholarship to any college of the student’s choice.
The successful student must meet a tough set of standards in order to become a winner,
but after having won the award he or she will continue to be a recipient of the scholarship
money throughout the student’s four years of undergraduate study, if he or she maintains
a level of scholarship deemed appropriate by the committee thus resulting in a total award
scholarship of $4,000. Up to four students a year can be attending college with the
assistance of a Kiwanis Scholarship.
Did you know that:
1. Our Club hosted the Indiana District of Kiwanis starting September 27, 1936. All
74 Indiana Clubs were represented. Convention headquarters were at the Rumely
Hotel. Programs were held at the Civic Auditorium with Dr. R.B. Jones of our
Club acting as Master of Ceremonies and/or toastmaster. Activities included a
Golf Tournament, a Cook’s Tour of the City of LaPorte, a Bowling Tournament,
and the Governor’s Banquet and Ball at the Civic Auditorium.
2. “Bud” Luhr, former member of this Club, gave the land to LaPorte County for
establishing Luhr Park and that Kiwanians gave many hours labor to its early
3. Kiwanis developed, made the shelter, and provided labor for Kiwanis Park on
Pine Lake. The Park is now known as Kiwanis-Teledyne Park as Teledyne gave
additional land to the Park system. We also spearheaded the drive to raise
additional funds to light the Park which had been renovated during 2005-06.
4. In the 1930’s, Kiwanis sponsored a basketball team which took on all comers with
the Civic Auditorium as a home base.
5. The LaPorte Kiwanis Club sponsored a concert by the United States Marine Band
on September 15, 1930, at the Civic Auditorium.
6. The Club participated in a School Beautification and Landscape program in 1967-
68. This was a 5- year program.
7. At one time the LaPorte Club sponsored an All-Sports Banquet for LPHS athletes
in the spring. Participation in a great number of sports caused the school to
spread sponsorship among other service clubs in the fall and winter.
8. All but two of the Superintendents of Schools have been Kiwanians during the
Club’s existence. Four of six have been Presidents of the Club.
9. Three Mayors of LaPorte have been Kiwanians.
Charter Members 2/8/1921
George W Allen, Archi tect Ira S. Loos, Proprietor, Carl beck
George C. Al drich, Industry Hotel
R.C. Beall, Tire Dealer (Rail way Mail Robert Loomis, NA
Clerk) E.C. Luedtke, Druggist
John A. Bear, Clerk, Codding ton M.E. LeLiter, Lawyer
Hardware O.E. McCarver, B ookkeeper
Fred C. Brewer, Insurance F.M. Medaris, Dairyman
Martin Behrens, Krei dler Cl othing Charles Mussey, NA
C.A. B ormann, Plumber Roy Morrison, B aker
J. Osborne Brink, Farm Loans Dr. H.H. Martin, Physician and
Ethelred Curtis, Optometrist, Surgeon
Chiropractor Harry L. Marum, Insurance
Austin Cutler, Cutler Brothers Walter W. Meyer, Druggist
(Undertaker) A.J. Miller, Cigar Store Owner
Stephen L. Chase, Printer R.L. McCarthy, Lumber and Coal
Wallace DeWitt, Dentist Dealer
Al vin J. Droege, Clothier K.D. Os born, Lawyer
L.A. Decker, Undertaker D.R. Paul, Grocer
Ral ph A. Fretz, Clerk and Window William “ Rubber Bill” Pelz, Sporting
Tri mmer, Lows Clothing Goods
Joseph P. Fog arty, Osteopath W.F. Pusch, Grocer
George A. Graf, Drycleaner Brenton Rinehart, Plasterer
Harry C. Henoch, Ove Gnatt A.C. Steigley, Architect
Executi ve John Scholl, Manager, Scholl’s Dairy
William Heal d, Car Dealer H.W. Sall wasser, Lawyer (one-ti me
J. Earl Jewett, Executi ve, Advance- Mayor)
Rumely R.N. S mith, Lawyer
Dr. R. B. Jones, Physician and Joseph Smith, Proprietor, Music
M.C. Kale, Salesman A.M. Torgeson, NA
Dr. George W. Ki mball, Physician H.A. Thomas, Trucker
Dr. Frank J. Krejci, Dentist George Wedeking, Manager, Butcher
Ed Kanney, Sanitary Engineer Shop
Louis C. Kelling, Shoe Store Manager
Club Presidents – 1921 to date
1921 Dr. H. H. Martin 1966 J. Robert Miller
1922 Dr. H. H. Martin 1967 John M. Whitted
1923 Dr. R. B. Jones 1968 Donal d Clayton
1924 George Allen 1969 Edwin W. Bl ake
1925 Frank V. Newman 1970 William B . Bergren
1926 Dr. George W. Ki mball 1971 Raymond L. Cook
1927 A.J. Miller 1972 Paul P. Church/Richard Shick
1928 Dr. Jon N. Kelly 1973 Jack M. Hyde
1929 John B. Dil worth 1974 Thomas T. Boyd
1930 Ray Huber 1975 Franklin R. B onnet
1931 C.L. Rhoade 1976 Perry F. Stump, Jr.
1932 Rev. Victor P. Frohne 1977 John A. Tramm
1933 Dr. G.O. Larson 1978 Dr. Richard E. Pliske
1934 Dr. John E. Mag nuson 1979 James J. Trapp
1935 Harry Henoch 1980 Glen U. Mosher, Jr.
1936 E.B. Wetherow 1981 William D Rudd
1937 L.A. White 1982 Anwar H. Zainal
1938 Isadore Levine 1983 Carl A. Shakley/Martin Veldman
1939 A.W. Mi tchell 1984 John D. Scholl
1940 C. Bruce Roberts 1985 Russell W. Dexter
1941 Wirt Worden 1986 Thomas R. Larson
1942 John M. French 1987 Daniel W. Fri dh, DDS
1943 Rev. C.H. Lininger 1988 Fred D. John
1944 J. Alvin Taylor 1989 Eugene R. Stence
1945 Harol d Hargrave 1990 Max Wilson
1946 James B. Nyce/Ray M. Poth 1991 Michael B urns
1947 John C. Hargrave 1992 Arthur L. Roule, Jr.
1948 Carl Thode 1993 Stephen L. Bol and
1949 Paul F. B oston 1994 Larry S mith
1950 Dr. R.M. Kelsey, Sr. 1995 Donal d E. B aug her
1951 Robert J. Henoch 1996 Kathleen Chroback
1952 Orville O. Schumm 1997 Ronal d C. Schafer
1953 Larry Wright 1998 Larry Houseman
1954 Daniel E. Lewis, Sr. 1999 Janet Jongkind
1955 William P. Angrick 2000 Patrick Abiney
1956 Henry W. Schulze 2001 Louis Ri denour
1957 Albert V. Hinton, Jr. 2002 Jay Pouzar
1958 Howard Hill 2003 Mark Manering
1959 John E. Newby 2004 Sue Szilagyi
1960 Dr. S.S. Philbrook 2005 Ronal d C. Schafer
1961 Dr. Charles Kenward 2006 Mark Manering
1962 Charles Boston 2007 Michael Riehle
1963 Dr. John Kl ooster 2008 Dava Buell
1964 Gale Hess 2009 Cheryl Reinhart
1965 Thomas Sallwasser
Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Kiwanian of the Year – 1965 to date
1965 Roy Arnol d 1987 Robert Dodge
1966 Lee Fuller 1988 Norman J. Gang wer
1967 Dr. G.O. Larson 1989 Daniel E. Lewis, Sr.
1968 Benjami n B ortz, Jr. 1990 Richard E. Pliske, DVM
1969 Dr. H.D. Kesling 1991 Gene Stence
1970 Norman J. Hubner 1992 Thomas T. Boyd
1971 Harol d Hargrave 1993 Elizabeth Carney
1972 Richard Schick 1994 Ronal d C. Schafer
1973 Donal d L. Fuller 1995 Daniel W. Fri dh, DDS
1974 John M. Whitted 1996 Thomas T. Boyd
1975 James J. Trapp 1997 Janet Jongkind
1976 Dr. John E. Mag nuson 1998 Robin Clark
1977 Harry S. Driggs, Jr. 1999 Albert V. Hinton, Jr.
1978 Clarence V. Hendrickson 2000 Bertha Sappenfiel d
1979 John C. Hargrave 2001 Ronal d C. Schafer
1980 Richard E. Pliske, DVM 2002 Norma Sabie
1981 Glen U. Mosher, Jr. 2003 Susan Szilagyi
1982 Msgr. John C. Witte 2004 Ronal d C. Schafer
1983 Edwin W. Bl ake 2005 Louis W. Schumm
1984 Kermit A. Horn 2006 Robin Clark
1985 Louis W. Schumm 2007
1986 Russell W. Dexter 2008
Lieutenant Governors from the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana
1921 Harry B. Darling
1922 Harry B. Darling
1935 C.L. Rhoade
1938 Dr. John E. Mag nuson
1943 Harry Henoch
1947 Harol d Hargrave
1952 Paul F. B oston
1980 Richard E. Pliske, DVM
1982 Edwin W. Bl ake
1997 Albert V. Hinton, Jr.
2000 Albert V. Hinton, Jr.
2005 Susan Szilagyi
2007 Robin Clark
Legion of Honor
Roll of Current LaPorte Kiwanians with me mbership of Twe nty -Five or more years
Donal d Baugher 29 years
Franklin Bonnet 40 years
Charles Boston 55 years
Michael B urns 29 years
Donal d Cl ayton 43 years
Dr. Daniel Fri dh 26 years
Glen Mosher, Jr. 34 years
Davi d Osborn
Dr. S.S. Philbrook
Louis Schumm 46 Years
Perry Stump 45 years
William Weston 31 years
Our Legacy – families in Kiwanis
K.D. Os born, Davi d Os born, D. Drummond Osborn (grandfather, father, son)
Gene Gierke, Gina Gierke (father, daug hter)
H.W. Sall wasser, Thomas Sall wasser, Patricia Sall wasser (great-grandfather, father,
Lewis Ri denour, Elizabeth Ri denour (husband, wife)
Patrick Abi ney, Karen Abi ney (hus band, wi fe)
Perry Stump, Tamara Stump (father, daughter)
Thomas Larson, Timothy Larson, Thomas Larson (father and sons)
Austin Cutler, Robert Cutler, Sr. (great uncle and nephew)
Art Cooksey, Lorna Cooksey (husband, wife)
Paul B oston, Charles Boston (father and son)
Richard Buell, Dava B uell (husband, wife)
Gene Stence, Sandra Stence (hus band, wi fe)
Susan Lindgren, Davi d Lindgren (wi fe, hus band – Val po Club)
Orville Schumm, Louis Schumm (cousins)
Rev. Victor P. Frohne, Rev. Victor Frohne (father,son)
Dan Lewis, Sr. was our honored historian during his 50 + years as a Kiwanian (a
Kiwanian with perfect attendance we might add). He would not have been able to
assemble this history of the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana had he not had available to
him facts, figures, and writings from the following persons and sources:
1. Dr. G.O. Larson, past President
2. Harold Hargrave, past President and Lt. Governor
3. Donald Fuller, long-time Club Secretary
4. Robert Dodge, Club Secretary
5. Lee Fuller, Club Secretary for 20+ years
6. Paul F. Boston
7. Old Scrapbooks
8. The LaPorte Herald-Argus
9. Club Record Books
10. Personal experiences since joining the club in 1943.
Note: Dan Lewis, Sr. was privileged to know personally all but nine of the 52 charter
members. This brief historical sketch of the Kiwanis Club of LaPorte, Indiana was
revised and updated by Dan Lewis, Sr in 1993 and the c urrent club members in 2005 and
2006. Please send any corrections, deletions, and/or additions to: Kiwanis Club of
LaPorte, Indiana, c/o Kiwanis Club Secretary, P.O. Box 175, LaPorte, IN 46352 or e- mail