Fairfield Kiwanis honored for Kids Day

Members of Ide Gymnastics perform in the Kiwanis Kids’ Day parade in 2018. (File photo)
Members of Ide Gymnastics perform in the Kiwanis Kids’ Day parade in 2018. (File photo)

FAIRFIELD — The Fairfield Kiwanis has received top honors from the regional Kiwanis organization, which recognized the Fairfield branch for its annual Kids Day celebration.

The Fairfield club won the gold award from the leadership committee of the Nebraska-Iowa District of Kiwanis. The district issued awards to the top projects in each of two tiers. Tier 1 refers to clubs with fewer than 28 people, and Tier 2 refers to clubs with more than 28 members. Fairfield and seven other clubs from the district were in Tier 2.

For winning the district competition, Fairfield Kiwanis will represent the Nebraska-Iowa District at the organization’s international convention June 24-27 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Fairfield Kiwanis member Daryn Hamilton said the club will learn more on March 22 about where it stands in relation to other district-winning projects. If Fairfield is in the Top 10, it will receive an award at the international convention, and the top three projects will receive Olympic-style medals of either gold, silver or bronze at the international convention.

Hamilton said the district committee that issued the gold award to the Fairfield club gave a couple of reasons why Kids Day was the best project in the region. One of them is that Fairfield Kiwanis is able to raise double its budget for the event, raising $12,000 with a budget of $6,000. Another reason is that about 97 percent of Fairfield Kiwanis members participate in the club’s signature event.

“They also considered how many people we affect, and [Kids Day] touches over 2,000 people,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said it was a tremendous honor for Fairfield Kiwanis to have its project named the best in the district. A couple of years ago, the downtown Des Moines Kiwanis Club won not only the district competition but the international competition for raising money to build a baseball facility for handicapped children.

Could Fairfield’s club have similar success in 2021? Hamilton and the other members of the club have their fingers crossed.

This was the first year the Fairfield Kiwanis Club submitted a project to the competition. Hamilton said the competition is fairly new, about five years old. Kiwanis Kids’ Day, on the other hand, is not new. It’s been a staple in Fairfield for 52 years.

“We’re really proud of the club, and we’re looking forward to the international competition,” Hamilton said.