The Kiwanis Club of Galva marked its formation with a Charter Night celebration Thursday, Nov. 1.

The Kiwanis Club of Galva marked its formation with a Charter Night celebration Thursday, Nov. 1.

The new Galva club — which was formed under the leadership of Willie and Angela Burford — is part of Illinois-Eastern Iowa, Division 17, which has clubs already established in Aledo, Annawan, East Moline-Silvis, Geneseo, Kewanee, Moline and Rock Island.

The Galva group held its first organizational meeting in August, and now meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. at the Crescent City Tap meeting room.

The club’s president, Patrick Sloan, addressed the group at its Charter Night gathering and noted he was aware of the Kiwanis organization, but wasn’t aware of its emphasis on projects that benefit children.

“I think once that was presented to me, and many of our other new members, it was something we are happy to be a part of,” Sloan said. “The mission of simply making our community and world a better place for kids is something that we can all really take on with a tremendous amount of passion.”

Joining Sloan as officers of the Galva club are Kevin Wapelhorst, vice president; Rick Feltner, treasurer; and Angela Burford, secretary. The charter members of the group were introduced at the celebration — Adam Baze, Angela and Willie Burford, Scott Caravello, Shelley Collis, Amy Corkill, Greg Cortes, David Dyer, Luke Hawkins, Mark Jeffrey, Alyssa Loughe, Todd Merkel, Rich Nordstrom, Doug O’Riley, Hayley Ralph, Shawn Roman, Patrick Sloan, Jackie Smith, Kevin Wapelhorst, Debbie Wright, Mary Kelly, Bell Trucking (Duane Bell), Country Insurance (Dan Meyer), Feltner’s Fun Center Child Care (Rick Feltner), Galva Christian Church (Jeff Goard), Stark County Ambulance (James Roesner) and Community State Bank (Kevin Yepsen).

“I know we’re all excited about the things we can do with our collective efforts. I think all of us feel like we have the ability to do things by ourselves, but with the collective focus that we can apply, I think we can really do some tremendous things,” Sloan said.

“I grew up in this town and the type of town I grew up in was one in which one of the most redeeming things was, as a kid, you really felt like the adults were there — they were looking out for you and they cared about you,” Sloan added.

“Anything we can do to help bolster that and help our schools and community at large — the children in particular — I know we’re very excited to do it.”