Kiwanis: Serving the Germantown Community

Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion Rendering

Germantown Kiwanis Club Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion Rendering

GFPAP Meeting Its Goals for 2017


The dream of building the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion in Firemen’s Park is looking more and more like a reality for the Germantown Kiwanis Club. Just watch the “thermometer chart” in front of the Germantown library and see the mercury rise on this project.


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, has secured an important source of private funding through the Gehl family who founded Gehl Foods, Germantown’s innovative food services business.


Gehl Foods Performing Arts PavillionBarnes, a music instructor at Germantown High School, has recently established a Go Fund Me account to accept donations to finish the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion. According to the total shown on the publicly viewable Go Fund Me page, they have raised over $41,000 in small donations from private individuals.


Krause told the Kiwanis Club at their regular Wednesday morning meeting at Aldo’s Pub and Pizzeria that the Leadership Germantown team will create a “Buy A Brick” campaign to encourage all Germantown community citizens to join the effort to complete the Pavillion in time for the summer of 2017.


The Germantown Kiwanis Club is looking for community minded people who would like to help with the funding for this project. The “Thermometer Chart” in front of the Germantown Village Hall is one way the community can check the progress on the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion. As of today they are within $100,000 of their $400,000 goal.


Donations are welcome.  Just go to  this link: Donations can be made by credit card.


In recent months the  Germantown Kiwanis Club has been in discussions with the Germantown Building Construction Oversite Committee. The committee has indicated that they want the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion to be constructed in the Northeast corner of Firemen’s Park. This location was a change from the earlier site between the baseball field and the old Firehouse. Adjustments to the site plan needed to be made.


After the structure is built the Germantown Parks and Recreation Department will use the facility to hold events in the park for the area groups, i.e., Germantown 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. One idea is to have a Jazz In The Park night at the pavillion for the whole community to enjoy.


Interested Germantown residents will find the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion page to be informative. There are multiple digital .pdf files available there including a brochures for fund raising and information on the construction of the GFPAP. Follow this link to review the page.

Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion


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.

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