Since 1918, the Kiwanis Club of Newark has been serving the children of the local community and the world.  We do this through the hard work and dedication of men and women who give of themselves in a variety of ways most notably through our long-standing support of Camp O’Bannon. 

The Kiwanis Club of Newark holds a number of annual fundraisers – Pancake Day, Fish Fry, Charity News and the popular Kiwanis Strawberry Festival.  Held each year the weekend after Memorial Day on the Courthouse Square in downtown Newark, this strawberry-themed festival draws thousands of people from across central Ohio.  The Strawberry Festival features arts and craft vendors, a wide-variety of musical entertainment, a Miss Strawberry Pageant and of course the famous Newark Kiwanis strawberry shortcakes.  Proceeds from these fundraisers support Camp O’Bannon where each summer more than 400 disadvantaged children are able to enjoy a week of bonding, playing games and swimming. In addition to supporting Camp O’Bannon, the Kiwanis Club of Newark sponsors Key Clubs at Newark Catholic High School and Newark High School. 

The men and women of the Kiwanis Club of Newark also help to fulfill the Kiwanis International mission of changing the world one child, one community at a time through the Eliminate Project a joint effort with UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year.  To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take $110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.  The Kiwanis Club of Newark has pledged to be a Model Club, meaning each member has agreed to donate $750 toward the elimination of MNT.

The Kiwanis Club of Newark meets every Monday from 11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the Buckingham House in Newark.  We enjoy lunch and fellowship as well as a guest speaker from the community.   I invite you to attend one of our meetings to learn more about the men and women of the Kiwanis Club of Newark and the important work we are performing in our own community and across the world.

David Doney
2014-2015 President
Kiwanis Club of Newark