Kiwanis: Serving the Germantown Community

Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion

Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion getting closer to final form as construction nears completion.

Kiwanis Pavillion Project Nears Completion

The Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion in Firemen’s Park nears completion as the roof panels are now in place. The dream of building a “band shell” has evolved into a beautiful modern pavillion structure as Germantown Kiwanis proudly awaits the final touches on the construction. 

Keller Builders set footings for the Kiwanis project in January. Then International Concrete Products panels were set in place during February. Then Keller oversaw the installation of steel trusses for the roof panels. All of this confirmed that the project which was started in 2009 is finally seeing a successful completion. 

John Krause and Jim Barnes, members of the Germantown Kiwanis are spearheading the committee for the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion. Krause, the committee chairman and chief proponent of the project, had secured an important source of private funding through the Gehl family who founded Gehl Foods, Germantown’s long standing commercial base business. With the Gehl family in support of the effort, other community minded businesses and individuals have stepped forward to provide the additional funding for the $400,000-plus project.

After the structure is completed, the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department will use the facility to hold events in the park for the area groups, i.e., Germantown Community Band, the Germantown High School Band and organizations such as Destination Imagination. It will be available for weddings and private events. It is the hope of the Germantown Kiwanis Club that more events will be created for the pavillion.

The Kiwanis Pavillion Project is supported by Kiwanis of Germantown in Germantown, Wisconsin. Here is a list of upcoming events in which Germantown Kiwanis sponsors or participates. 

Maifest, May 18-20, 2018

Fourth of July, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

A Taste of Germantown, Thursday, July 26, 2018

NAC Night, Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Safety Fair, Saturday, October 6, 2018

Breakfast With Santa, December 16, 2018


What Is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanians are volunteers changing the world through service to children and communities.

There are over 8,000 clubs in 96 countries with more than 260,000 adult members and approximately 320,000 youth.

Germantown, Wisconsin Kiwanis

Germantown Kiwanis has been serving the community for over 29 years. Its volunteers have raised funds to give back to the community and to help support Germantown youth with leadership programs in the Germantown schools at the elementary level with K-Kids, middle school level with Builder’s Club and high school level with Key Club. These clubs all help kids learn about the value of volunteerism in the community. In addition, Kiwanis awards educational scholarships; sponsors youth sports teams, works with the PTA to offer education grants to help teachers develop special educational programs in the classroom and other volunteer work to support youth and the community. To support these activities, Kiwanis organizes a number of fund-raising events including the Germantown July 4th Festivities, the Taste of Germantown events and the project to build the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion in Firemens Park.

The Kiwanis Club of Germantown, Wisconsin is proud to support youth in our community. We are a proud group of community volunteers comprised of individuals from a wide array of backgrounds. Some of our members volunteer as individuals, parents, educators, civic leaders, or business owners. Anyone who is interested in making Germantown a better place to live is welcome to join us!



General weekly meetings are held at 7:30 am every Wednesday at Aldo’s Pizza in Germantown. General weekly meetings are often times informal, but a great time to discuss pressing needs of the group or simply to gain fellowship and learn more about our fellow Kiwanians and happenings in the community. If you are interested in joining or just want to learn more about Kiwanis, feel free to stop in.

If you or someone you know is interested in speaking at a Kiwanis Club meeting, please get in touch by email –

Meeting attendance is not mandatory for members, but is encouraged for all members.

If you are interested in learning more about our group, you are always welcome to attend any meeting!

Thank you for your interest in the Germantown Kiwanis.

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Performing Arts Pavilion

IPC Sets Panels For Kiwanis GFPAP

Pavilion construction underway.

4th of July Celebration

Wednesday July, 4th 2018

Taste of Germantown

Thursday, July 26th at Firemen's Park

Breakfast With Santa

Breakfast With Santa

Sunday December 16th, 2018

Christmas Festival 2018

The official start of the Christmas Season is the Germantown Christmas Festival and Parade.