Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Michigan

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club has been serving the children of Chalevoix for over 80 years. The Club as sponsored the Boy Scouts of Charlevoix for over 75 years. As Kiwanians we strongly support the concept of young child development programs with our reading program for head-start children, but we haven't forgotten adults with special needs. The Charlevoix Club was one of the first clubs in Michigan to form an AKtion Club for special needs adults. Our club members are active in an array of community service projects including Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Highway Clean-Up,

We are part of a greater global organization of members is dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs— more than 660,000 members strong—annually raise more than $100 million and dedicate more than 18.5 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds for various causes and participate in service projects that help their communities. Members also make an impact throughout the world by participating in Kiwanis International’s Global Campaign for Children, The Eliminate

May Luncheon Programs


On May 3:  Al Gooch will report on his 7th mission trip to a small mountain town of 85 families in Guatemala.
May 10: Lorraine Manary, Executive Director, Char Em United Way will speak about the Dolly Parton Imaginary Library.
May 17: Following our annual meeting, Gayle Gennett will describe "Spending a winter in Florida"
May 24: Dave Garland and Sue Goss will introduce the winners of the Vandenberg Eddie Essay Contest.
May 31: Terry Edger will speak on sailing from Tahiti through the Panama Canal to Ft. Lauderdale.

Head Start Reading Program

During the school year our members read to children in our communities local Head Start program. We believe there is nothing more important to a child's future than an early interest in books and reading.

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Vandenberg Essay Contest

The Eighth Annual Vandenberg Essay Contest Award Ceremony was held Thursday, May 19, 2016, at St. Mary School.

 Winners pictured left to right: Jillian Romano, Grand Prize Winner and a student at St. Mary,  Aiden Parish,  a student from St. Mary, Kately Pawlak, a student from St. Mary and John Paul Culver, a student from Charlevoix Elementary School. In the back row are the representatives who received monetary awards from the students which will be forwarded to the agency the student wrote about.
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Scholarship Programs

The Club currently offers two scholarships. One to high school senior who excels in math and science. Selected by the school. The second to a student who has completed one year of secondary education. Selected by the Club.

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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Club members lend a hand to the Salvation Army by becoming "bell ringers" during the Christmas season. They have even been known to sing carols at the K-Mart location. Club members often assisted by Builder's Club members usually raise over a thousand dollars.

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Each year the Club selects an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the Charlevoix community. The name of the award speaks for itself... Distinguished Service Award.

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The Eliminate Project

Through The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus—a deadly disease that steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. Kiwanis set a goal to raise 110 million dollars over a three year period. They are close to that goal. The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club as raised over ten-thousand dollars from member contributions.

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Luncheon Speakers & Other Events

Our club members work hard to find interesting speakers for our luncheon meetings. We meet at the Weathervane Restaurant each Tuesday at noon. Visitors are welcome.

If you have a program that might be of interest to members, feel free to contact us. (We have a wide range of interests)

2016 Robotics Program

Bob Rajewski Awarded Lifetime Kiwanis Membership

May 17, 2016

At our Annual Kiwanis meeting held May, 17, 2016, our club surprised and honored Bob Rajewski with a Lifetime Membership Status. Individuals receiving this honor perpetuate the objectives of Kiwanis International.  Bob has been exemplary in his actions and duties since he joined our club;  December 4, 1979. Bob was always available to install 911 signs well before…

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Lorraine Manary 5-8-16

Lorraine Manary Char-EM United Way

May 13, 2016

Guest Speaker Lorraine Manary executive director of the Char Em United Way spoke about the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library USA to promote childhood literacy. The organization provides free books to children from birth to age 5. There are 518 youngsters receiving books in the two-county area. Lorraine also spoke about the new direction that United Way has taken.…

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Al Gooch-Nicaragra Mission 3-5-2016

Al Gooch Guatemala Mission

May 3, 2016

Club member Al Gooch presented a slide show presentation on his most recent Mission trip to Guatemala. Al has made seven trips to the Central American country and has helped build schools and churches. His daughter Kristen has also made a trip with Al and several more on her own and even rented a home…

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2016 Charlevoix Wrestling team

Charlevoix High School Wrestling Team

Apr 26, 2016

Coach Mike Hinkle brought five members of District Championship to the Club’s luncheon today. Pictured left to right are Jake Seger, Mick Hinkle, Jordan Chernauckas, Camden Alden, Tyler McCallum and coach Hinkle. This year’s squad is the first team ever to win a district championship in the school’s history. They were the regional runner-up. For the “Individual”…

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Elizabeth Looze Camp Quality

Challenge Mountain

Apr 19, 2016

Challenge Mountain provides people with physical or mental challenges with the opportunity to interact with others in a variety of activities. Executive Director Elizabeth Looze told the Club how their programs help build self-esteem and confidence. Challenge Mountain is a non-profit organization that is supported by donations and primarily by their resale shop in Boyne City which…

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Cheri Leach

Raven Hill Discovery Center

Apr 12, 2016

Cheri Leach is co-founder and CEO of the Raven Hill Discovery Center. The center was established in 1991 as a hands-on museum and the home for some exotic animals. The center has special free admissions on the second Saturday of each month. Normal admission fee is $10.00. They also have week-long summer camps with a…

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Jon Mays Gloria Barnes Jessica Dominic

Greensky Hill

Apr 5, 2016

Jon Mays and Jessica Dominick from the Green Sky church spoke at April 5th luncheon meeting. Jessica spoke about the history of the church and the Native American people in Northwestern Michigan. The church was founded by Peter Greensky a Chippewa chief in 1844. Pastor Mays described a renovation program that is needed for the old…

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3-29-2016 Kelly Speech

Michigan AKTION Club Governor Speaks

Mar 30, 2016

At the March 29th luncheon meeting, Charlevoix AKTION club member and Michigan’s AKTION club governor gave the speech that she will be giving this Saturday at the Michigan Regional meeting to be held in Boyne City. She will also l be giving the speech at the State District convention to be held in East Lansing in August.…

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John Donker Marl Schwartz Cloe Winnie robotics 2016

Charlevoix Rayder Nayders

Mar 22, 2016

Members of the Charlevoix High School Robotics Team were our guest speakers at the March 22, meeting. John Donker, Marlo Schwartzfisher and Cloe Winnie spoke to the Club about this year’s robotics competition. Early in January year robotics teams across the country are given the specifics for the year’s competition. The clubs have six weeks to…

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Linda Adams & Laura

Linda Adams Director Charlevoix Public Libary

Mar 15, 2016

Today our speaker was asking most of the questions. Linda Adams directors of the Charlevoix Public Library was our guest speaker. She explained that the library is ten years old and they have been conducting focus groups to determine how the library can better serve the community. She first asked questions about the Club and…

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March 8 2016 Ron Bindi

Ron Bindi Charlevoix Football Coach

Mar 8, 2016

Charlevoix High School coach Ron Bindi was the speaker at the Club’s March 8th luncheon meeting.  Ron is a native of Charlevoix and played football and graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1972.indi has coached at the Division II level in Texas, Division III level in Indiana and three years as a coach for the Grand…

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Kristin Belfy

Kristin Belfy Rhythmic Roots Doula and Birth Services

Mar 1, 2016

Kristin Belfy spoke to the Club at the March 1, 2016 meeting. Kristin’s Rhythmic Roots Doula and Birth Services  Empowers families to know their choices and find their voices as they journey into parenthood. Serving the families of greater Northern Michigan with evidence based education, experienced and professional training, knowledge filled physical and emotional support,…

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