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McHenry Kiwanis Soap Box Derby

100% of the net proceeds from the Soap Box Derby will be used to support Kiwanis projects, with a special emphasis on the youth of McHenry and McHenry County. No money will be used for our club's administrative expenses.

Most of the volunteers putting on the derby are Kiwanis members and their spouses, friends or family. Their job is to be sure that you have a good time. Feel free to approach any of them with a question or a need.

Kiwanis is a worldwide organization of men and women, with over 350,000 members. Local clubs are made up of individuals desiring to improve their community through service, with an emphasis on projects benefiting young children.

We are always looking for more members who would like to have fun while helping others. Our club meets the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon, at the McHenry Country Club (summer) and Rusty Nail (winter). Guests are always welcome! While attending meetings is encourgaged, it is not mandatory. Some members who cannot make luncheon meetings are active members, volunteering for our service projects.

Our club is particularly proud of our members; Brian Cunat is a past president of Kiwanis International! Brian has led all Kiwanis clubs in serving the children of the world -- "Serving Children around the World" is the motto of the Kiwanis.

If you are interested in learning more about joining our Kiwanis club, please click here. Or, better yet, be our guest at any Wednesday luncheon by visiting one of our meetings. We hope to see you there!


Mission Statement

The Soap Box Derby® is an international nonprofit organization whose mission is to build knowledge and character, and to create meaningful experiences through collaboration and fair and honest competition.

Core Vaules and Drivers

• Youth Education and Leadership Development
• Family Engagement and Enrichment
• Honesty, Integrity and Perseverance
• Innovation and Entrepreneurship
• Teamwork and Collaboration
• Mentoring
• Volunteerism
• Commitment to Community

The Derby is the official sanctioning body of Soap Box Derby racing and has exclusive licensing partnerships with more than 100 racing districts throughout world. These racing districts conduct sanctioned Soap Box Derby races throughout the year and qualify champs for the annual FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby® World Championship race at the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio. 

The Derby's Education Program is a fast-growing component of the organization and includes a STEM-Based Curriculum, the Gravity Racing Challenge® STEM Team Competition and a Mini Soap Box Derby program. 

The Derby also operates the world famous Derby Downs Track in Akron, Ohio where events are held throughout the racing season.

The Board of Directors oversees the operation of the Derby, and the day-to-day activities are handled by the Headquarters staff in Akron.