Fifty members were present for the first meeting of the Macomb Kiwanis Club at the old Pace Hotel in downtown Macomb on February 23, 1922.
The program featured Rev. Allen of Galesburg, pastor of the Universalist Church, who was also a Kiwanian. He praised the objects and purposes of the organization and noted the good that has been done by other Kiwanis clubs.
Our club held its meetings at the Lamoine Hotel after it was built in downtown Macomb in 1927. The club continued to meet there until 1970 when the weekly meetings were moved to the Holiday Inn, now known as the Days Inn, on Route 67 North. Then the club met at St. George's Episcopal Church in downtown Macomb.
In October 2009, the club meeting location moved to Wesley Village, 1200 East Grant Street, and the start time was changed to 6:00 PM instead of 6:15.
The club celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2012. Macomb Mayor Mike Inman issued a proclamation declaring 2012 as a year to celebrate the Macomb Kiwanis Club. We held a special 90th anniversary dinner at the University Union with special guests from the city and the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis International.
On Tuesday, February 5, 2013 the club held its first ever Noon meeting at Wesley Village. The noon meetings started as an experiment to see if club members, and potential new members, prefer the Noon hour meeting to the regular evening meeting. Noon meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month. There is no evening meeting on the first Tuesday of each month. That was eliminated by our Board of Directors in March, 2013.
In June, 2014, we began a club rebuilding program to help reinvigorate members and encourage more new members to join. As part of the club rebuilding, we now meet twice per month. The first Tuesday continues to be a Noon meeting. The third Tuesday of each month is the Evening meeting. We do not meet on the second, fourth or fifth (if any) Tuesdays.
Read the history of Kiwanis International here.