Greater Merced
PO Box 1450
Merced, Ca 95341
Meetings: Every Monday at Noon ·Elks Lodge ·Merced, Ca·Telephone: 209-658-5631
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The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced: Chartered in 1956.

    The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced WELCOMES YOU into our HOME on the

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Kiwanis International is working with UNICEF in an effort to ELIMINATE maternal neonatal tetanus in countries around the world where health conditions are so poor tetanus kills one baby every nine minutes, or 160 newborns each day. Please check out the information Here   

 

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is part of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community and one child at a time.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced performs community service projects in Merced designed to serve children.

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced extends a grateful THANK YOU to the members of the North Merced Rotary and the the Merced Elks for the very generous donations of $1000.00 for their sponsorships of rides at Kiddieland. NM Rotary has the Go-Gator!  The Merced Elks Lodge has the Carousel, thank you both.  

  1. Our largest and most time consuming is Kiddieland located in Applegate Park.
  2. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced turns 60 in 2016. In recognition of our Diamond Anniversary the Kiwanis Kiddieland advisory committee is offering to the first 150 children, ages 2-10 the Kiddieland VIP Membership. Members are allowed unlimited rides every day Kiddieland is open for normal business for the entire 2016 season. The first 50 to join will receive an engineers hat. For more information please see the flyer here.  
  3.  Kiddieland Opens for the 2016 Season Saturday, March 19 with third Annual  "Race to the Kiddieland Train" Info and registration here.
  4. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced sponsors three local High School Key Club's the newest is El Capitan, Merced and Golden Valley whose members gain community service hours through the time spent volunteering to operate rides at Kiddieland. Ride operators also include the Key Club from Livingston High School and the Merced Police Dept. Explorers. We have recently included the Atwater HS Key Club.
  5. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is a Sponsor of Kiwanis Family House located in Sacramento California that provides necessary hotel/motel type accommodations for families of patients being treated at hospitals in the local area.
  6. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced sponsors and conducts the largest Easter Egg Hunt in Merced annually the Saturday before Easter in Applegate Park.
  7. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced provides free parties at Kiddieland to schools in the local area for students in grade 3 and below during the month of May. 
  8. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is now a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and can accept donations and contributions. We also raise funds through ticket sales at Kiddieland, ride sponsorships, donations and park rentals (Birthday Parties) For Party information click here.
  9. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is always looking for new members.If you are interested in performing community service and helping children in Merced, we encourage you to learn more about Kiwanis and The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced and welcome you to join us for a meeting. We'd like to invite YOU to join US for lunch and see if The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced might be the group for you. Please see your invitation to lunch here, print it out and bring it with you. Your first lunch will be on us! For your convenience we have also made membership applications available on our news page. Please print out the PDF files titled (Membership Application f and b). 
  10. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced does have a newsletter; THE ECHO, which can be read on the NEWS link or if you'd like a personal copy delivered to your email address sign up for one here.

 

Here are a few facts about our Primary Kiwanis Project:

Kiddieland OPENED for 2015 Season following the Second Annual  Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced "Race to the Kiddieland Train" on Saturday, March 28, the event was a success and will be an ongoing event hosted by The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced, so all you athletes mark your calendars now for next year, and check back here for the date and time of the Third Annual Race to the Kiddieland Train!

  1. Kiddieland opened in the mid 1950's with five rides, the Kiddieland Express (train ride) wasn't around then.
  2. Kiddieland is only OPEN on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) with one exception when we open in support of Merced for National Night Out, in August which Kiddieland Rides are free to the public.
  3. Kiddieland can be rented for parties, see the party flyer here.
  4. Admission to Kiddieland is FREE. Ride tickets cost $ 0.50 cents each and all rides require one (1) ticket with exception of The Kiddieland Express (The Train) requires most kids and adults to have two (2) tickets. Kiddieland also offers a a wrist band for $10.00 that entitles the wearer to ride all rides all day on the day of purchase.
  5. All rides do have height restrictions, some require small children to have a chaperone while others prohibit children under 36 inches tall. Adults can ride some rides with their children while restricted from others. An example would be: Adults can ride the helicopters with children but not the rocket ride.
  6. Kiddieland does have a page on Facebook and you are welcome to join the Kiddieland group.
  7. Kiddieland has an email address and we welcome your comments send to:1kiddieland1@att.net, please include any and all photos you'd like to share with names of those in the photos!
  8. Kiddieland has a concession booth that offers a limited variety of foods, drinks and snacks all at reasonable prices. Ride tickets and all day wrist bands are purchased at the concession stand.
  9. All transactions at Kiddieland require CASH, no checks are accepted and no ATM is available in the local area.
  10. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced works diligently to keep ticket prices affordable, so as many community members as possible can enjoy the ride attractions we offer at KIDDIELAND, which has been open for over half a century in Applegate Park.
  11. Kiddieland rides are State inspected annually and the park is in compliance with OSHA safety standards. Safety is Priority one!
  12. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced is constantly looking for ways to improve Kiddieland and many positive suggestions have been received over the years, if you have one please let us hear from you, send them to 1kiddieland1@att.net 

 

The Kiddieland Schedule is for 2016 is not ready yet, look for it soon!

Many visitors remember coming to the park as children, now bring their children and some even bring grandchildren. You may be one of those who have done so. We thank you.

A NOTE to our members - If every one of us brought a prospect to a club meeting this year and managed to get half of them to join us, how many new  Kiwanians could we add this year? We're looking to add as many new members as possible! The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced added 5 New Members last year, we are still looking for YOU!
The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced constantly seeks sponsorships for the rides at Kiddieland. Keeping them serviceable, safe and licensed is becoming more and more expensive. The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced sincerely appreciates any and all support through sponsorship of the rides. Sponsorships provide necessary funds to help maintain the rides in a safe condition without increasing prices to Kiddieland visitors while keeping in compliance with State standards. Club members will be contacting past ride sponsors requesting Sponsorship for the 2016 season sometime in February and March, if you are able to help The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced and Kiddieland through our Sponsorship program please do, we sincerely appreciate your kind and generous help. If you want to help and are not ask please print out the request, mark your selection and mail it in. The Sponsorship form is located HERE .

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced.

Past Presidents

 

 IMG_0208.JPG 15  Tyler and Atticus on the Rocket at Kiddieland  Carl shared his experiences while serving as member of the crew that maintained Air Force One and what lead him to this area after retirement. He is owner operator of Presitential Computers and can be located on the www @ http://www.presidentialcomputers.com  John Carlos spoke to us on January 23, 2012. Representing the Merced Zoological Society John explained the workings of the Applegate Zoo's funding and operations. In short, the Zoo needs both increased funds and more help in the form of volunteers.  IMG_0208.JPG 2  sponsor banner for ride  IMG_0208.JPG 21  Key club members performed coastal clean up on Septemebr 21 and enjoyed a day at a big amusement park, thanks kids for a job well done.  The judge is explaining how he likes to hear directly from those who have direct knowledge of how a child is reacting to his or her environment and has spent time with the foster child as opposed to guessing in many cases about what the child is doing.  Project Cherish administrator Dena Jackson exprsses how much she appreciates what The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced does for her progam.  Key club members performed coastal clean up on Septemebr 21 and enjoyed a day at a big amusement park, thanks kids for a job well done.  Larry Brammer pictured with two great granddaughters in the "Brammer Caboose" at Kiwanis Kiddieland on Sunday, October 25, 2015. The Caboose was dedicated to Larry and his Brother Don, both long time members of Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced who spent many hours working on and running the Train.  Tammy Alvarez receives her Kiwanis Pin from sponsor Jim Eckman at the clubs regular lunch meeting on Monday, April 22. The Installation service was conducted by LTG. Al Smith.  IMG_0208.JPG 17  We'll ride in the caboose Delaney, sure Jon, its a great view of the Park from here. Most kids love to ride here don't they?  IMG_0208.JPG 24  Tom, publishes Downtown Life Magazine, a free monthly journal that focuses primarily on the heart of Merced. He spoke to those in attendance on August 8 telling about the changes in the Farmers Market, and Summer Fest and how the main street store managers have grown to accept, and work together to build the type of community seen in other communities with a small town flare. Market night is quickly becoming the time to be in Merced for residents of all ages, food is readily available from the many vendors, music is provided and it is growing. Tom is also involved in the Black Box Theater which keeps the arts going in Merced. Many UC Merced students find what Tom has done and continues to do an asset to this community. He is driven by the feedback provided by young enthusiastic people. Store owners and managers trust him to be open and honest. Next time you have a chance pick up a copy of DLM or check it out on line at http://www.thedlm.com  The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced recognized several long time members during Charter Night, celebrating the clubs fifty plus years of service to the community held July 28 at Stafford and Evans in Merced. Those recognized at the event and pictured are with current club president Ellen Taylor who made the presentations from left to right are Ron Hanson-25 years, John Sykes-35 years, Howard Doc Larson-55 years and Hal Hambley-30 years. Other members recognized but pictured include: Peter Fluetsch-55 years, Steve Jones-30 years, David Fuentes-25 years, and Joe Cortez-25 years.  New club member received his Kiwanis pin from sponsor Janice Jimenez at the regular lunch meeting on Monday, April 22. The Installation service was conducted by LTG Al Smith.  Here is Jon and sister Delaney riding the Helicopters, both seem to having a fun time at Kiddieland.