Enjoy Some Chili on Election Day and Support a Good Cause

Millie Karleskint dipping up chili at a prior fundraiser. Submitted photo.
The  35th Pioneer Kiwanis Chili Feed fundraiser is Tuesday, November 7th, election day, and the venue is across the street from the Bourbon County Courthouse.
The site for the feed is United Methodist Church, 301 S National.
The all-female Kiwanis club in Fort Scott,  The Pioneers, has a signature chili they will be serving, with crackers and a homemade cinnamon roll from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A free-will donation (suggested minimum $8.00 donation per meal) is to be collected at the door.
All of the funds raised stay in Bourbon County stated Kiwanis Pioneer President Kelley Collins.

This meal is a drive-through only. Pick-ups will be available under the canopy on the National Avenue side of the church. Please do not block private driveways as you are waiting in line for service.


Deliveries will be available for orders of ten or more by calling 620-224-0563 during serving hours.

Elizabeth Schafer boxing cinnamon rolls. Submitted photo.
“Kiwanis International welcomed women into the organization in 1987, Collins said. “The following year approximately 60 women formed the Kiwanis Pioneer Club (in Fort Scott).
“The Kiwanis Club of Fort Scott Pioneers was chartered in May 1988,” said President Kelley Collins. “After brainstorming ideas for fundraisers, it was decided that we would hold an annual chili feed in November as our major fundraiser.”
Kiwanis Pioneer Club members, from left: Marlene Braker, Millie Karleskint, Holly Fritter (County Health Department), Dee Ann Davis, Vickie Chaplin, and Kelley Collins presenting a check for the 2023 Community Baby Shower event. Submitted photo.
Their mission:
To support the children of Fort Scott and Bourbon County through volunteerism and fundraising, she said.
“We provide college scholarships and support CASA( Court Appointed Special Advocates), the Backpack Food Program, Fort Scott High School Key Club, the Beacon, foster kids, Care to Share, and school reading and arts programs,” she said. “Club members also volunteer for Feeding Families in His Name, the American Red Cross Blood Drive, and maintain a flower planter in the historic Fort Scott downtown.”

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