For Michael Carpanzano, nothing gives him more joy than being a part of something larger than himself.
That’s why about three years ago he joined the Kiwanis Club of Bolingbrook & Romeoville.
“While on an individual level we may make a child's day by giving them an award, the larger picture of us making a lasting impression on children is something that really can't be described in words,” said Carpanzano, president of the organization.
Members of the nonprofit devote themselves to serving children and communities.
Chartered in 2002 to serve Bolingbrook and Romeoville, currently about 25 members make up the club. Carpanzano hopes to see that number increase. The group is seeking active adults who live or work in the Bolingbrook and Romeoville area to join.
“The more members we have, the more we can expand our reach to really serve those who are the future: the children,” Carpanzano said.
The Kiwanis have established a presence within many schools in order to direct activities that promote personal responsibility, encourage leadership and community service.
Fundraisers such as See's Candies sales around the holidays and Peanut Days in May and September help support the club’s efforts.
“Also, compared to some non-profits, our annual dues are only $120 per year,” Carpanzano said.
Those dues cover induction by Kiwanis International as well as district dues and some insurance coverage.
For those interested in join the club there are two upcoming meetings. One is a lunch meeting at noon Wednesday, at the . An evening meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at in Bolingbrook.
“Anyone interested can join us to learn more. Meet the club — see and hear what we do — and see if it is a great fit for them,” Carpanzano said.
For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page, or contact Carpanzano at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 699-4326.