Kiwanis: Serving the Germantown Community

Kiwanis Turns Gehl Foods Pavillion Over To The Village

Germantown Kiwanis turns over the keys to the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavillion to the Village of Germantown at this year’s Taste of Germantown.

Taste of Germantown


The Germantown Kiwanis Club officially turned the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavillion over to the Village of Germantown during a ceremony featured during this year’s Taste of Germantown. This year’s event held in Firemen’s Park broke all records for attendance as performances by area bands and performning groups highlighted the evening. 

A Taste of Germantown, the Germantown Kiwanis Club’s annual Party in the Park, was held here July 26, 2018. Germantown Police Chief Peter Hoell estimated the size of the crowd in attendance at over 3,000. The event happened in the area surrounding the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavillion (next to the Senior Center) in Firemen’s Park on Thursday. 

Taste-of-Germantown-2017During the event, Kiwanis of Germantown gave the keys to the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavilion over to Village of Germantown President Dean Wolter. The event marks the culmination of eight years of planning and fund raising to build the pavilion in Firemen’s Park. The project was promoted and funded through the Germantown Kiwanis Club. The Kwanis Club built the pavilion for the benefit of the residents of the Village of Germantown.

A Taste of Germantown is the a community event that the Germantown Kiwanis started four years ago to raise money for their ambitious project, the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavilion. It has turned into an anual event for all Germantown residents to enjoy food and fun in the park as local restaurants and eateries present some of their fine fair, and local entertainment groups show off Germantown’s talents.

First Bank Financial Centre here in Germantown is the featured sponsor for the event this year. Their participation has allowed us to expand our offerings making this year’s event a family friendly activity. A children’s play area, including a bounce house, sensory tables, crafts  and the Firemen’s Park playground were available for children in attendance. 

Entertainment sponsored by Goff’s Collision and Sobelman’s Pub & Grill includes:

Change Makers Jazz Combo
Dixielanders Dixieland Band
Muzik Bande German Band
G-town Poms
Cold Front Trombone Quartet
G-Town Wall of Sound
All-Star Jazz Crusaders Big Band


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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Germantown 4th of July 2018

Wednesday July, 4th 2018

Pavilion Dedication

John Gehl cuts ribbon on Gehl's Performing Arts Pavillion

John Gehl cuts the ribbon on the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavilion in Firemen’s Park on Wednesday evening. From left, Katherine Gehl, John Gehl, Dwayne Ketterer, Lynn Grgich and John Krause.

First Concert at Pavilion

Adult Wind Ensemble in the Gehl Foods Performing Arts Pavillion

Jim Barnes and the Germantown Adult Wind Ensemble were the first group to play a concert at the Gehl’s Performing Arts Pavilion.

Kiwanis Honored

A core group of members of the Germantown Kiwanis Club were present at the Chamber of Commerce banquet as the club was awarded the Service Organization of the Year Award.