About

History

The Kiwanis Club of Winter Haven has been serving the Winter Haven community for 87 years. We were chartered in February of 1935. When we started, the population of Winter Haven was about 7,000 citizens, and roughly 800 students enrolled in the high school. The club's first meetings were held in the Lake Region Hotel on Mondays around noon. Our first president was Norma A. Street, the president of the American National Bank here in Winter Haven. The club had 26 members, which consisted of 14 business owners, three company presidents, a city commissioner, a Florida State police officer, and a few business managers.

Now, the population of Winter Haven is about 50,000 people and roughly 3,500 students enrolled in high school. We currently meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month with a lunch meeting held at Beef O' Bradys. Our current President is Mary Venrick, Deputy Director of records for the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The club has 21 members who come from a range of professions. We currently sponsor four Service Leadership Programs and partner with numerous organizations to benefit the Winter Haven community.

Who we are

Board members

Mary Venrick

President

Member Sicne 2016

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Gonzalo Gutierrez

Secretary

Member Since 2014

Polk State College

Missy Joyce

Treasurer

Member Since 2012

City State Bank

Robert Brown

Webmaster

Member Since 2018

Winter Haven High School

Steven Horstman

Board member

Member Since 2010

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Rhonda Todd

Board Member

Member Since 2016

Givewell Community Foundation

Georgia Fisher

Board Member

Member since 2006

Retired

David Rounds

Board Member

Member Since 2007

Polk County Sheriff's Office

Current members

Laura Abercrombie Member since 2014 Chain of Lakes Collegiate High School

Kelly Casey Member since 1981 Retired

Bob Conley Member since 1996 Retired

Amanda Hurles Member since 2015 Citizens Bank and Trust

Andria McDonald Member since 2007

Tracy Mercer Member since 2001 Lake Region Lakes Management District

Suzanne Moraco Member since 2002 Retired

Joe Schroeder Member since 1987

Mike Simpson Member since 1993

Tj Thomas Member since 2020

Curtis Ulch Member since 1983

Irving Wheeler Member since 1960

David Wiemer Member since 2005