Kiwanis hosting first Firehouse Day

A new effort by the Greenwood Kiwanis Club aims to help local kids and families learn about fire safety.

The club will host its inaugural Firehouse Day on Saturday at Otte Golf and Family Fun Center, 681 S. Sheek Road, Greenwood.

Kids and families can check out Greenwood Fire Department firetrucks in the Otte Golf parking lot, where firefighters will interact with kids and teach them some fire safety lessons.

“There are so many fundraisers where the guys go out and play golf for lots of money, but we wanted to do something for families,” said Phyllis Meek, Kiwanis member.

The Firehouse Day is the first of its kind for the Greenwood club. Meek and her husband, treasurer Chuck Meek, are coordinating the event, which adds to a lengthy roster of charitable programs and fundraisers that benefit local kids and families in the Greenwood area and Indy southside.

Families can play miniature golf and play games, and proceeds from those will go to the educational programming at the Greenwood Fire Department.

Food trucks also will be on hand, which will donate a portion of proceeds to the department through Kiwanis.

Greenwood Kiwanis also hosts a haunted trail fundraiser, bicycle safety days, chili cookoffs and many programs benefiting Riley Hospital for Children and other local charities.

Kiwanis has clubs worldwide. Worldwide Kiwanis campaigns include programs to eradicate tetanus from the planet. Indiana Kiwanis clubs are working on creating centers to benefit kids with autism.

The Kiwanis Club of Greenwood focuses on charities and programs for children and teens. Chief projects include sponsoring Key Clubs at Greenwood, Center Grove and Franklin Central high schools; a K-Kids club at Center Grove Elementary School; a Terrific Kids club at Northeast Elementary School; and an Aktion Club, a Kiwanis program for adults who live with disabilities, at Gateway Services.

The group also awards scholarships to students at Greenwood, Center Grove and Franklin Central high schools and hosts a dunk tank at the Greenwood Freedom Festival.

If you go

What: Greenwood Kiwanis and Greenwood Fire Department’s first-ever Firehouse Day.

When: 1-6 p.m. July 22

Where: Otte Golf & Family Fun Center, 681 Sheek Road, Greenwood

What’s going on: meet-and-greet with Sparky the fire dog, real fire engines to check out, interaction with firefighters, mini golf, games and food. Proceeds benefit educational programing at Greenwood Fire Department.

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Anna Herkamp is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2712.