The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida
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Kiwanis Hosts Its Annual Back To School Party
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The KCOS provided back to school supplies, clothes, back pack &...

KCOS Hosts "Back To School Party"
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The KCOS held a back to School party for deserving children.  Clothes,...

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Back To School Kiwanis Style
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This is the inaugural Back To School event for the KCOS.     

Kiwanis Park Butterfly Garden Restoration
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Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Inc.

Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Foundation, Inc. 

Serving Martin County Since April 1, 1938

See our club Welcome at the bottom of this page 

Many thanks to the following sponsors of this website and their continued support of the activities of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart:

Club member Alex Ralicki and Ralicki Wealth Management Services, Inc.

1235 SE Indian Street, Suite 102, Stuart, FL, 34997

(772) 221-4508

Helping Individuals and Businesses Achieve their Financial Goals


Wallace Automotive Group:  3801 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart, FL 34997  for company information for phone numbers of dealerships

2017 Back To School Clothes and Backpacks with School Supplies For Kids Was A Great Success

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart Back to School event was held on August 3rd, a hot and steamy Thursday afternoon, at Kiwanis Park. What a  great way to spend an afternoon--100 children received backpacks full of school supplies, new clothes and shoes.

Children and their families enjoyed a hot dog picnic and had loads of fun at booths provided by Face Painting by Karla, Arts Council of Martin County, S.P.A.M. Robotics headed by Stacy Jones, DJ Brad from Full House Entertainment, First United Methodist Church. 

Other volunteer groups included two dentists performing evaluations (Dr. Girlinghouse, Dr Kusel and dental assistant Marge Murrell), three hair stylists giving complimentary cuts (Sharon Smith of Cutters Cove, Adam Sculnick of Rock Paper and Jennifer Braun of Hair Cuttery), City of Stuart snow cones, 4Cs Caring Children Clothing Children, and Seacoast Bank.

Special thanks to Maverick Sportsfishing of Jupiter, First United Methodist Church of Stuart, Maureen and Hal DeThorne, Jenny Yingling, Dr Kim Detorri, Sherriff's Department of Martin County and ARC for their contributions to the event.

Thanks as well to all those who donated backpacks, school supplies and purchased raffle tickets for a full one day offshore fishing charter.

Peter Hartman was the happy winner of the raffle prize.


Kiwanis Kicks off Campaign for Shade on Hot Playground

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is fast-tracking fundraising efforts to build a shade structure at Kiwanis Park

Stuart, FL. – The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is launching a campaign to raise $30,000 to build a shade structure to protect the playground equipment for kids at Kiwanis Park.

The campaign is kicking off with a Go Fund Me page and a Facebook page with the goal of raising the money so that construction can begin before the height of summer. The City of Stuart has agreed to match the goal of $30,000 to fund the purchase and construction of the shade structure.

“We’re really stepping up and trying to get this built quickly in time for the summer. Parents love to take their kids to this beautiful park, but the hot Florida sun beats down on the equipment and they can’t use it,” said Barbara Essenwine, Past President of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart. “We’ve seen children come to the park and leave crying because it’s too hot to play on. We need to change that.”

Over the past 30 years, the Kiwanis Club of Stuart has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of time in the development of the park. The playground is the only barrier free playground on the Treasure Coast – allowing children with and without disabilities to play side by side.

Construction is expected to take six weeks in the late fall of 2017.

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T. T. Oughterson Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to Lacey Lingelbach 

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart is proud to award the 2017 T. T. Oughterson Memorial Scholarship to Lacey Lingelbach of South Fork High School.  Lacey will be attending UF in its Honors Program.  Club presenters are Scholarship Committee Chairperson Robert Sander and KCOS President Evan Reif.



Pancakes In The Park

(and optional green eggs and ham)

March 4, 2017

Our annual Pancakes In The Park breakfast was held on Saturday, March 4, 2017.  As part of the breakfast we encouraged children to read as part of the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  In addition to the traditional pancakes, sausage, fruit, scambled eggs, and beverages we also served specialty pancakes (blueberry - chocolate chip, etc) and, in honor of Dr. Seuss, ham and optional green eggs for the kids.

Over 500 people attended the breakfast and reading events and, together with our sponsors, donors, friends and family, the KCOS raised over $8,000. for our community projects.      

Many, many thanks to each of the following for being our Magnificent Level Sponsors of the 2017 Pancakes and Reading In The Park:

Martin County Historical Ornament Series

Martin County - Shark Capital of the World


You may be surprised to learn that Martin County was once the Shark Capital of the World.  From use of sharks in commercial manufacturing of Vitamin A by individual boat yards and the Borden Company to the discovery and manufature of shark repellent.  Each ornament comes with a history of sharks in Martin County. 

Available now at the Stuart Heritage Museum, the

Stuart-Martin County and Palm City Chamber of Commerce’s and from Members of

the Kiwanis Club of Stuart

 $25.00 each

Since 1995, the Kiwanis Club of Stuart has produced annually an ornament celebrating the history of Martin County.  The ornaments are handmade in the USA by nationally recognized, ChemArt and are accompanied by a booklet containing the local history relating to the ornament.

ChemArt is well known for producing the White House Ornament since 1981 and are often featured by the Discovery Channel during the holiday season on John Ratzenberger’s, Made in America.

The ornaments are solid brass, dipped in 14K gold and enameled using a silk screened process and still made by in the USA!!

100% of the profits from this ornament benefit children of Martin County.



Santa and dozens of members of the Kiwanis family and friends met on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at Beall’s on Cove Road in South Stuart and provided a clothes shopping trip for approximately 65 kids.  You can see photos photos of the event on this website under "Photos" and then under "Photo Albums."  


Trying out the playground at Kiwanis Park

Gary Frechette, Florida Kiwanis District Governor - 2016-17



The community build of the newest phase of the Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn was completed over the 2015 Memorial Day weekend as all of the play equipment was assembled.  A grand opening was held on July 16, 2015.  

This playground is usable by all children but the equipment and ramps allows children with disabilities to have access to slides, swings, and other exciting sensory equipment.  

Hundreds of photos of the community build may be seen under the menu item on the left side of this page shown as "Photos" and the sub-menu item "Photos-Picasa."

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart spent 3 years raising funds and planning for the construction of the  playground.  The $200,000 in project costs are shared equally by the KCOS and the City of Stuart.  

If you were there for the build, contributed materials, contributed food, contributed advertising, or in any other way helped make the playground a success, the KCOS and the City of Stuart, on behalf of the children who will use the playground over the coming decades, say THANKS TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU!!


The new playground does not have the natural tree shade that covers the other 2 playgrounds in the park.  In order to make the playground usable during even the hotest part of each day we are planning on installing a shade structure over the playground.  We have received plans for shade which will cost approximately $100K.  If you would like to be one of our shade sponsors, please contact our club president, Evan Reif at

Individual donations are still being accepted in an effort to raise funds for the shade and you can do so on this website through the "Store Donation Center" accessible on the left column of this page.   

 Youth Service Organizations
The Kiwanis Club of Stuart sponsors youth service organizations in various elementary, middle and high schools.  Check out their activities throughout the year by looking under "Service Leadership-Youth" located under the "Projects - Service" on the menu.


 Kiwanis Club of Stuart - Fundraising Information 

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non profit corporation and solicits funds from the public to allow it to provide service to the community.  Copies of the Foundation's documentation may be found under the "About Us" drop down tab on the left of this page.


Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida
Serving Martin County since April 1, 1938

The Kiwanis Club of Stuart (KCOS) was formed on April 1, 1938 and through its members and Foundation (the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, Foundation, Inc.) has since continuously provided much needed service to the residents of Martin County.   

Some of our major projects over the years include the Martin County pool located at Martin County High School; Kiwanis Park at Woodlawn located in Stuart near Confusion Corner; the Courthouse gazebo; an annual clothes shopping trip for appoximately 70 underprivileged children; start up funding for the Martin County YMCA and Lyric Theatre; a shelter at the YMCA; sponsorships of youth organizations in many of the MC elementary, middle and high schools; the Adopt-A-Class program; years of assistance with Special Olympics; scholarships; and financial assistance to many organizations including the Boy Scouts, the ARC of Martin County, and Helping People Succeed.    The club also provides many other smaller service projects to the community each year.

Our Foundation holds several annual fundraisers to raise funds to support our many projects:  the Historical Ornaments of Martin County and a Sporting Clay Tournament.  Details of each of the fundraisers may be found on the menu tab "Projects - Fundraising" on the left side of this page.

Some of our recent service and fundraising projects are highlighted below.  The news articles on the right side of this page shows some of the past media coverage for our service and fundraising activities.  More detail for many of our activities can be found under the menu tabs listed on the left side of this page including photos of many of our events under the menu tab "Photos."

We are always looking for new members who have an interest in serving their community. If interested, join us for a lunch meeting as our guest.  We meet on Tuesday's from 12:15 to 1:15 at Flanagan's Restaurant on US 1 in Stuart (next to Burger King - just south of Kanner Highway/Colorado Avenue).  Also, membership information may be found under the "Membership" menu tab on the left side of this page.

Donations to our Foundation and certain of our fundraising items may be purchased on this website under the menu tab "Store - Donation Center."

Thanks for visiting the website of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida and the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida Foundation, Inc.


Flags at Kiwanis Park, Stuart, Florida 

Upcoming Events of the Kiwanis Club of Stuart 

Date Type Title
09/26/2017 Meeting

City of Stuart Staff will be present to provide a presentation regarding Kiwanis Park and the plans fo rthe bathroom, splash pad, and shade structure update.

12/09/2017 Event

The KCOS will hold its annual shopping trip for clothes for deserving children at Bealls Department Store on Cove Road and US 1. 

12/09/2017 Event

Club members will clean up trash from along both sides of US 1 from Pinch-A-Penny to Jensen Beach Blvd. 

03/03/2018 Event

The KCOS will hold its annual Pancakes In The Park combined with Reading In The Park. 

03/17/2018 Event

Club members will clean up trash from along both sides of US 1 from Pinch-A-Penny to Jensen Beach Blvd.