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  • 12 Jun 2018 4:00 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    On Saturday, May 19, 2018, the Ramps and Construction Committee, along with many Kiwanis Tampa Club volunteers completed a fence repair in Land O' Lakes.







  • 9 Apr 2018 12:02 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    2018 Engineering Excellence Awards Recipients

    Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 5:30 PM

    at The Straz Center for The Performing Arts

    Download the flyer here.

    5:30 Cocktail Reception
    6:30 Dinner and Awards Program
    8:30 Dessert and Coffee Bar

    Additional Information
    Cocktail Attire
    Complimentary Valet Parking
    $150 per ticket

    Click here for sponsorship information

    For more information, please contact Vic Teschel, Associate Director of Development at 813.974.9992 or

    View more details here.

  • 22 Mar 2018 9:28 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    We are positing this on behalf of Trina Sessions...

    Paint Your Heart Out 2018 is around the corner so be sure to mark it on your calendar! 

    We will be helping a citizen in need with the beautification of the exterior of their home on April 21st from 7:45AM-4:30PM (Until project completion, so bring friends). 

    We need volunteers who have a passion for hands on community service. 

    If you are volunteering, consider bringing a friend who is not a member of Kiwanis yet so they can experience the joy of serving others. 

    Just add their name to the sign in sheet so we have an accurate headcount. More information to come.

    Click Here to sign up or email Trina Sessions at

    Thank you,

    Warmest Regards,

    Trina Sessions

  • 5 Mar 2018 3:43 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Greetings from the Bradenton Kiwanis Club,


    Since the Tampa Club was the sponsoring club of the Bradenton Kiwanis Club back in 1922, it would only be appropriate for the Tampa club to have a delegation and come and join in the celebration.


    Bradenton Kiwanis hall is located at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, second floor.

    Please ask your Club, to come and enjoy the evening of festivities with us.

    I am sorry for this late notice, but I have had some health issues, but please make an effort to come.

    Thanks in advance.

    Yours in Kiwanis Service,

    Bill Edwards
    Vice President
    Bradenton Kiwanis

  • 1 Mar 2018 9:48 AM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    We are posting this on behalf of Shawn Robinson...

    In addition to sponsors and players, Golf Tournament Chair Shawn Robinson, is asking for donations and volunteers for the tournament. 

    Donations are needed for goodie bags (120 items as goal), door prizes (less than $50 value), raffles prizes (at least $50 value), and auction items (a couple of big ticket items). 

    We also need volunteers to help stuff goodie bags the week before the event, perform set-up the morning of the event, staff the check-in table, supervise the putting contest, monitor the challenge holes (hole-in-one, longest drive, etc.), assist with the drawings, and run the auction. 

    Please email Shawn directly at or sign up at a meeting, if you can help.

    View and download the most up to date Golf Tournament Flyer here.

    Thank you,

    Warmest Regards,

    Shawn Robinson, President-Elect

    2018 Golf Tournament Chair

  • 26 Feb 2018 1:14 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Update on Rob Wallace

    Rob Wallace’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers for the funeral, they have asked for donations to be made in the name of Rob Wallace at the following charities:

  • 21 Feb 2018 4:39 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    We are posting this on behalf of Roger Bell, Governor PNW District of 2017-2018...

    I have known Steve Emhoff personally for nearly 40 years and am forwarding his campaign committee's message of support for his election to Kiwanis International Trustee.  As Governor of the Pacific Northwest District, I highly recommend him to you as a Candidate. 

    Steve Emhoff is a well-qualified candidate for International Trustee, who, with your support, will make our organization stronger.  He is a 40-year Kiwanian who joined Kiwanis at age 27. Steve is the only Governor in his district to achieve net membership growth between the years 1992 and 2017.

    What has been his key to membership growth?  He attributes it to something that sounds like a radio station: WII FM -- What's In It For Me?  In other words, what are people looking for that Kiwanis can provide?  Are the businesses in your community looking for business networking?  Are young professionals looking for mentors with contacts in the community?  Are there people who are looking to help children, or the less fortunate?  Are there people simply looking for a chance to expand their social circle?  Identifying what people are looking for is key to bringing them in the door, and ensuring they get that experience is key to retaining them. The key would be to incorporate the concept of social and business networking into the existing Formula membership program.

    Steve also brings a wealth of convention planning experience, having chaired district conventions for 11 years.  After a convention lost $20,000, Steve built a very strong team, and helped charter an internet club that supports the convention team, to ensure that district conventions are financially sound and well-attended.  With your support, he wants to work with the board and staff to find ways to reduce international convention costs, increase attendance, and bring in more revenue from outside organizations.

    So what's the "WII FM" of voting for Steve Emhoff?  If you want to see stronger membership growth and more successful international conventions, a Trustee that is accessible and will listen, and is committed to serving you, make sure he gets your vote. 

    If you need more convincing, please read the flyer here which lists his accomplishments.  Better yet, we encourage you to take the time in Las Vegas to meet him and talk to him about the issues that matter to you.  You will feel confident voting for Steve Emhoff for Kiwanis International Trustee.

    To personally communicate with Steve: or 509-945-3944.

    Warmest Regards,

    Roger Bell

    Kiwanis Governor PNW District, 2017-2018

  • 20 Feb 2018 12:34 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)

    Please find the is the 2018 Tampa Kiwanis Club Foundation Golf Tournament brochure here for the April 20th event.

    We are looking for all levels of sponsorships, including our new Signature Sponsor option.

    Additionally, we need to get raffle items ranging from gift cards to sporting event tickets to hotel stays to artwork.

    All items will be accepted and packaged according for prizes.

    Lastly, we do not need wine – President Susan Maurer has taken care of that.

    Thank you,

    Warmest Regards,

    Shawn Robinson, President-Elect

    2018 Golf Tournament Chair   

    Ofc: 813-253-7755

    Fax: 813-253-7610

  • 6 Nov 2017 12:13 PM | Kiwanis Club of Tampa (Administrator)


    Louise Thompson, Executive Director

    TBCN’s executive director since May 2003, Louise Thompson is responsible for the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers, maintaining an operational budget, a 5,000-square-feet facility at the University Mall with a main studio and edit suite, the maintenance and upgrading of a million-dollar inventory of video production equipment, revenue generation activities, community outreach efforts and contract compliance with local government.  Since July 2002, Thompson has also hosted a live, hour-long, call-in TBCN series called “Speak Up Presents,” where she interviews panels of three or more guests who are generally related through their work, charitable activities, community leadership or special interests.  They convey information of interest to viewers.

    The recipient of many awards, she was chosen “2006 Executive Woman of the Year” by the Network of Executive Women and a finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2005 "Business Woman of the Year in Media.” In 2003, the national Alliance for Community Media presented her with its Director’s Choice Award for defense of public access and the First Amendment.  Tampa’s Italian Club Auxiliary named her 2002 Italian-American Woman in Business.  She was previously named “Woman of the Year” by a chapter of Business & Professional Women, “One of the Bay Area’s 50 Most Influential Women” by Tampa Bay Life Magazine and was listed in Who’s Who in Editors, Writers & Poets.  Creative Loafing Newspaper named her “Best of the Bay” four times: in 2000, for her efforts on behalf of public access television; in 1996 for women’s issues; in 1994, for community issues and in 1993, for leadership and ethics.

    A former employee of General Foods, IBM, Boise Cascade and CNA Financial corporations, Thompson was CEO of an award-winning advertising, marketing and public relations firm for two decades, a freelance writer, author and speaker.  Thompson is a USF honors graduate with a B.A. in Mass Communications.

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