The Hamilton Kiwanis Club’s programs are typically engaging and thought-provoking.  In order to better serve our members and the community, this page serves as a record and a resource about Kiwanis’s lunch programs.  Below is a list featuring the 2016 programs along with a Web site (if applicable).  Please click here for a complete list of our 2015 programs.


All Community Activities:

Christmas Food Baskets:

We want to thank everyone whom helped make this program a success once again.  Check out what the Ravalli Republic has to say about this great program


Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis charter member Bill Delaney watches Friday as the work begins to fill 600 boxes and supplies for 300 families participating in the 42nd annual Kiwanis Food Box program.  Delaney and Gail Lewis started the food box program back in 1974.



Thank You To All of Our Sponsors!



Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis administers two fall soccer leagues that run concurrently, in partnership with the Ravalli Sports Club:

  • 1st – 6th Graders, practice starts in late September and games are played every Saturday morning in October.
  • 7th – 8th Graders, practice starts in late September and games are played every Friday evening starting September 30th through October.

Over 400 children participate; more than 40 community businesses sponsor the teams; and more than 30 community members volunteer to coach the teams.

To register for the fall leagues, please visit the Ravalli Sports Club’s online registration page:https://squareup.com/store/ravalli-sports-club.

All-Valley All-Star Basketball Classic (March 15, 2016): a showcase of the best in Bitterroot Valley boys and girls High School basketball.  Our committee chose the best players from Florence, Stevensville, Victor, Corvallis, Hamilton, and Darby to play in our end-of-season matchups at Hamilton High School.  The event featured a three-point competition, a cheer-off, and other high-energy activity!  We also honored the top athletes from other sports from the area schools–this event is a “can’t miss!”

All Skalkaho Highway Clean-Up (TBD, Spring, 2016): Key Clubbers and Kiwanians band together to pick up trash along Skalkaho Highway near Hamilton, Montana.  This bi-annual event serves to beautify the highway and build camaraderie between the clubs.

All 31st Annual Youth Fishing Derby (June 11, 2016–Sponsored this year by Cabela’s): Our club hosts a fishing derby event for local youth at a local stocked trout pond.  The children compete to catch the largest fish.  Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, and Aktion Club members work to ensure this event goes off without a hitch, from baiting hooks to cleaning fish.  And, the kids keep what they catch! Pre-registration is required, and Kiwanis limits the number of participants to 100.

All Pancake Breakfast (Daly Days, July, 2016): As part of Hamilton’s “Daly Days” historical celebration, Kiwanis hosts a Pancake Breakfast at Bell McCall in Hamilton.  This fundraiser is a longstanding part of the celebration!

All Ravalli County Fair Booth (Labor Day Weekend (September), 2016): The Ravalli County Fair is one of the biggest events in the City of Hamilton each year.  Kiwanis’s booth offers kabobs, corn dogs, ribbon fries, and french fries to famished fair-goers each year.  This event is the local club’s largest fundraiser and serves as an excellent way for the club to connect with the entire valley.  For more information, please visit the Ravalli County Fair’s webpage here.

All NFL Punt, Pass, & Kick (TBD, September, 2016): Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis put on the NFL “Punt, Pass, & Kick” competition at Haynes Field in Hamilton.  In 2015, the girls 14-15 National Champion came from our competition!  See the story at http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_4a416626-a510-11e5-8218-37bd5b656806.html.

All Kiwanis Youth Soccer (September through October 2016): Each year, Bitterroot Valley youth participate in competitive soccer games every Saturday.  Kiwanis provides support for these games, whether it be referees, concessions, or administrative.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ravallisc.org/. Sign your child up at: https://squareup.com/store/ravalli-sports-club.

All Skalkaho Highway Cleanup (TBD, October, 2016): The fall iteration of this event mirrors the spring version, and has become a staple of Kiwanis-Key Club relations.

All Trick-or-Treat for Food (October, 2016): Key Clubbers, with minimal support from Kiwanis, don costumes and “Trick-or-Treat” for non-perishable food several days before Halloween each year as a large donation to the Haven House food bank in Hamilton.

All Kiwanis Swim Program (October through December 2016): Kiwanis supports a swimming program for Hamilton primary school students.

All Sweetheart Dance (TBD, November, 2016): Hamilton Key Club’s primary fundraiser is a winter-time formal dance at Hamilton High School.  The Key Clubbers plan and execute this event with stunning precision each year, all with minimal guidance from Kiwanis.

All Christmas Food Boxes (December 17, 2016):   Was at Hamilton High School Lunch Commons.  This year we were able to feed 300+ families for the holidays by providing them each with 2 boxes.  Each year, Kiwanis distributes food boxes containing roughly $60 worth of food to area families in need.  Members either deliver these boxes or assist families in picking them up at Hamilton High School.  In 2015, Kiwanis collected enough local donations to distribute boxes to over 285 families, helping at least 1,000 local men, women, and children!


Past Programs:

January 6, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis’s Aktion Club, lead by Kiwanian Mary Millin, presented to the club.

January 13, 2016: Kate Johnson discussed the recent move and expansion at Bitterroot College.  For more information about Bitterroot College, please visit: http://www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college/.

January 20, 2016: Julie Foster updated the club on recent activity at the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA).  For more information about RCEDA, please visit: http://www.rceda.org/.

January 27, 2016: Hamilton High Principal Dan Kimzey and Hamilton School Board member Mark Yoakam visited to present plans for the Hamilton School District Sports Complex at Hamilton High School.  For more information about the Hamilton School District, please visit: http://www.hsd3.org/.

February 3, 2016: JC McDowell, Darby Mayor and Bandit Brewing Co. owner, discussed his brewery, small business, and small-town governance.  For more information about Bandit Brewing Co., please visit: https://www.facebook.com/banditbrewing.

February 10, 2016: Alyssa Barnes and Jim Maunder (Bitterroot Valley Kiwanian) presented Ravalli Electric Coop’s new solar project to the club.  For more information, please visit: http://www.ravallielectric.com/ravalli-electric-co-op-taking-reservations-for-community-solar-project/.

February 17, 2016: Jane Samuelson, President of our Local PEO (Philanthropic Educational Organization), addressed the club.  For more information, please visit: http://mtpeo.org/.

February 24, 2016: Kathy Dickemore and Suzy Campbell from the Daly Families for Education (FFE) talked about the new 5th Grade Ski Program.

March 2, 2016: Rod and Linda Allen spoke about starting their own vineyard in the Skalkaho area.  For more information, please visit: http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_cf509be4-2018-11e4-a8e6-0019bb2963f4.html.

March 2, 2016: Due to a scheduling conflict, Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis did not have a program.

March 16, 2016: Matt Grimes will spoke about the FabLab at the Bitterroot College.  For more information about Mr. Grimes, please visit: http://www.umt.edu/bitterroot-college/faculty/dir.php?ID=3480.

March 23, 2016: In lieu of a program, Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis used the club meeting to brainstorm and discuss upcoming membership recruitment events.

March 30, 2016: Due to a Key Club Advisor failure to prepare a program, member John Ormiston stepped in to talk about birds in the valley.

April 6, 2016: Due to a scheduling conflict, Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis did not have a program.

April 13, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis did not meet so its members could represent the club at the Hamilton High School Community Appreciation Luncheon.

April 20, 2016: Brad Mohn, Hamilton Fire Chief, addressed the club.  For more information about the Hamilton Volunteer Fire Department, please visit: http://www.hamiltonfire.net/home.html.

April 27, 2016: Our club held a membership drive luncheon for prospective members to check out our club.

May 4, 2016: The Hamilton High School Key Club brought an extended presentation on its activities.

May 11, 2016: Bill Fulbright updated the club on Emma’s House.  For more information, please visit: http://www.emmashousecac.org/.

May 18, 2016: Laurie West spoke to the club about what’s in store for the Hamilton Farmers Market.  For more information, please visit: http://hamiltonfarmersmarket.org/.

May 25, 2016: Due to a scheduling mishap, the Web coordinator did not receive the program information for this day.  Sorry for the blunder!

June 1, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis’s own Andy Kehmeier (longtime member and current board member) talked about his recent hunting trip to Alaska.

June 8, 2016: Kendol Siler introduced himself and updated the club on the goings-on at Lakeland Feeds.  For more information, please visit: http://www.lakelandfeeds.com/.

June 15, 2016: Kristy Schlimgen, coach, and Michael McKay, player, from the newly formed Corvallis High School Golf team discuss efforts to raise funds and create a self-sustaining team.  For more information, please visit: http://goo.gl/KJAtC9.

June 22, 2016: Kyle Barber visited to discuss recent developments and the Bitter Root Land Trust’s 20th Anniversary.  For more information, please visit: http://www.bitterrootlandtrust.org/.

June 29, 2016: Chris Clancy from Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, spoke about fishery projects in the Bitterroot.

July 6, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis board member Andy Hughson provided “a scintillating review of recent accomplishments in the Rocky Mountain Labs Prion Group.”

July 13, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanian Marlin Lewis updated the club on all things Hamilton Middle School.  For more information about the Middle School, please visit: http://www.hsd3.org/Domain/9.

July 20, 2016: Former Bitterroot Valley Kiwanian Dominic Farrenkopf spoke about Sapphire Lutheran Homes.  For more information, please visit: http://www.sjlm.org/campus-location/sapphire-lutheran-homes-hamilton/.

July 27, 2016: July Programs Coordinator Andy Hughson fined for not providing program information to the Webmaster.

August 3, 2016: Stephanie Adams discussed & solicited help for the Bitterroot Water Forum’s “River Clean Up 2016.”  For more information about the clean up, please visit: http://www.brwaterforum.org/#!bitterroot-river-clean-up/c7ar.

August 10, 2016: Linda Olson talked about Bitterroot Therapeutic Riding to the club.  For more information, please visit: http://bitterrootriding.org/.

August 17, 2016: Ann Mildenberger spoke with us about her efforts to raise the money necessary to build two more softball/baseball fields to complete the 4-plex at the High School. The original 2 were built 14 years ago with area reserved to add two more.

August 24, 2016: Nikki Perez visited to present the Fort Missoula Regional Park.  For more information, please visit: http://fortmissoulapark.org/.

August 31, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis did not meet to allow members to focus on the booth at the Ravalli County Fair.

September 7, 2016: Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis did not have a program due to a schedule conflict.

September 14, 2016: Dennis Stranger updated the club on City of Hamilton projects.

September 21, 2016: Cryss Anderson will provide a Ravalli County Fair wrap-up and an update on the Hamilton Skate Park project.

September 28, 2016: Outgoing Bitterroot Valley Kiwanis Secretary/Treasurer Al Hill will give the 2015-2016 Financial Report.