Peanut Days is one of the club’s major fundraisers, which helps to support community organizations that focus on serving children in the Beach Park, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion areas. Since June of 1976 when the club was founded, over $740,000 has been returned to worthwhile causes within Zion and Benton Townships, including: Child Evangelism Fellowship; Coalition for Healthy Communities; Cory’s Project; Freedom Farm for Vets; Love, INC.; Midwest Therapeutic Riding Center; My Father’s Business; Robert R. Guerin Foundation; Zion-Benton Children’s Services; and more.

You can support the Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton even more by buying a case of peanuts from any Kiwanis member. The suggested donation is $50 per case. Click here to contact us with questions or orders.

2Lee J. Fischer photo017 Lee J. Fischer Firefighter/Police Award Recipients To Be Honored

First-responders from Beach Park, Lake County, Newport Township, Winthrop Harbor, and Zion will be honored at annual dinner and award ceremony on Thursday, September 21, 2017. This year’s recipients of the Lee J. Fischer Firefighter/Police Awards include:

  • Tom Stahl, Firefighter/Paramedic
    Beach Park Fire Protection District
  • Kevin Klincik, Firefighter/EMT
    Newport Township Fire Protection District
  • Jordan Hook, Firefighter/Paramedic
    Village of Winthrop Harbor Fire Department
  • Nick Urbanik, Firefighter/Paramedic
    Zion Fire/Rescue Department
  • Deputy Timothy Fish
    Lake County Sheriff’s Office
  • John M. Kusch, Officer and Dispatch Administrator
    Village of Winthrop Harbor Police Department
  • Officer Derek Zaloudek
    Zion Police Department

Click here for a list of previous award recipients. Click here for photos from the 2017 Awards Presentation on September, 21.

Kiwanis One-Day Basketball Camp

The Kiwanis Club of Zion-Benton is bringing the spirit of service alive by hosting a basketball camp for local children on Saturday, October 28, 2017. The club selected this project as part of Kiwanis One Day, a global day of service that unites the entire Kiwanis family, to engage local boys and girls in grades K-8. A $5 registration fee includes camp, snacks, a t-shirt, and awards. The camp will be held from 11 AM-1 PM at the Zion Park District Leisure Center at 2400 Dowie Memorial Drive in Zion. Click here to download a registration form.


This year, seven students from the ZBTHS Industrial Technology class submitted designs for the club’s annual ornament fundraiser. The winning design, Shiloh House, was created by Rafael Murillo. Murillo chose Shiloh House because he felt it was “one of the most important historical pieces.” Although Murillo said he did not know a lot about Shiloh House prior to designing the ornament, he saw it as an opportunity to learn more. His research led him to different sources, where he “started learning about the true history of Zion and when and how the city came to be what it is today.” If you are interested in purchasing the Shiloh House ornament, contact any Kiwanis member.

Eliminate Projectmom-baby-love-graphic

At our weekly meetings, please support the Kiwanis International service project to reduce Maternal Neonatal Tetanus, MNT, with your pocket change. Read more…