In July the Mukwongo Kiwanis Club was recognized by the Mukwonago Chamber of Commerce as the club/business of the month.
Dick Hill from The Mukwonago Kiwanis presented Kevin Schmidt, the Police Chief of Mukwonago, a check towards the purchase of two bullet proof vests.
Mukwonago Police Department has 14 full time officers and Chief Schmidt has been the Police Chief for 3 years. The new vests protect around the entire body where previous vests did not cover under the arm area. The vests weigh about 5 lbs, 8 - 10lbs with plates inserted in the front for extra protection. The police officers use the older vests as additional backup equipment when needed. They have specific blue vests that protect against high powered rifle rounds. These specific vests weigh 25 - 30 pounds. The manufacturer estimates the "life" of a vest to be 5 years as the material may breakdown over time.
On December 17, 2014 the Mukwonago Kiwanis presented Garrett Becker with a special Eagle award in recognition of his dedication to serving others.
Garrett was born four months early and was given a 15% chance of survival to reach six months in age by the Doctors. Garrett was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy, and is legally blind. Garrett didn't let anything stop him in his goal to achieve the Eagle award. He has earned 27 merit badges and plans to continue to help others at Troop 20 to achieve their Eagle award. Tim McCormick from the Mukwonago Kiwanis presented an Eagle sculpture to Garrett in the presence of his mother and father. Also in attendance was Cathy Rapp, director from the Hope Center in Waukesha, WI. Garrett's project was to gather 200 pieces of clothing for the Hope Center. He ended up with over 2,700 items, 3 car loads of clothes were donated. Last year Dennis Becker pinned his own Eagle pin, that he received in 1961, onto Garrett.
Those in attendance thanked Garrett and his family for their efforts and service to their community.
The Kiwanis Park on the corner of ES and Hwy 83 in Mukwonago, recently had some updates which include a new sign installed, the barn has been repainted, and new trees planted.
More news to come on the barn painting and the selection of the design.