Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Michigan

The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Michigan has been serving the community and its children for more than seventy-five years. The Club was chartered on March 19th, 1935 at the Masonic Temple in Charlevoix. The club currently has fifty members and meets each Tuesday at noon in the lower level of the Weathervane Inn in Charlevoix. The Club is proud to be the first Club in Michigan to sponsor an AKtion Club. Read More About the Club’s History

September Luncheon Programs

Sept. – 1st Under Sheriff Chuck Vondra always informative and entertaining

Sept- 8th Hugh Hansen member of the cast of “Letters of Love” Produced by Armchair Theatre, the performing arts branch of the Charlevoix Circle of Arts.

Sept.- 15th Ben Muladore Edward Jones “making Sense of Investing”

Sept. – 22nd Kristen Belfy Rhythmic Roots & Birth Services “Kristin is the blessed mama of two sons, her journey filled with infertility, loss, interventions and cesareans she understands deeply all aspects and impacts of the birthing process and is passionate about helping families create the best birthing experience possible.”

Sept. – 29th To Be Determined

Speakers – Michael Ridder New Charlevoix School Superintendent

Mike Ridder w Ed Buday

The August 15th Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Luncheon Speaker Mike Ridder is pictured with Club member Ed Buday who introduced Mr. Ridder to the Club. Mr. Ridder assumed his duties as the Superintendent of Charlevoix Public School System on July 1st. He was the principal of Ludington’s Foster Elementary School. He and his wife Julie have three children who will all be in the Charlevoix School System. Ridder outlined his goals for the school system and answered numerous questions from Club members who were impressed with his experience and enthusiasm.

Project Eliminate


During Kiwanis International’s centennial year, we’ve been celebrating the power of 100. But now that number represents more than just a look back at our past. Today, it became a big step forward.

Kiwanis International is pleased to announce that The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus has reached US$100 million in cash and pledges.

That means the Kiwanis family has saved or protected more than 55 million lives since 2010. And it leaves us just US$10 million away from our fundraising goal of US$110 million.

Five years ago, we made a commitment. Now we’re on the verge of making history. When that moment comes … how will you be remembered in Kiwanis history?

Make sure you’re part of it! Give today. Then share our big news—and this big opportunity—with family, friends and others.

Speakers – Author Timothy Parsel

tmothy parsel with ed buday 8-18Author Timothy Parsel pictured above with Club member Ed Buday spoke to the Club at the August 18th meeting about his book “Broken Rib Ranch.”

From Tim’s  website: A book for horse lovers and anyone who has said “I do”broke rib ranch cover

In a last-ditch effort to regain the affection of the woman of his dreams, Timothy Parsel swung his leg over the saddle, grabbed the reins,…

As I would spew out the latest incident to my friends, they would listen with mouths agape, and then burst into laughter (of course, if they were in my boots, they would not be laughing). It was this stunned laughter that got me to put pen to paper. Could my tales of grief make people laugh and be my therapy? Thus began my memoir.

Broken Rib Ranch is available from Amazon and local book stores. Ed Buday was surprised on completing the book to learn that it had been edited by his daughter.

Speakers – Dean Davenport

The August 11th speaker was Dean “Deano” Davenport. Deano is a 1953 graduate of Charlevoix High School. He attended Central Michigan University where he “walked-on” to the basketball team. His days at CMU were very active. He eventually became the athletic director at Ferris State and served in that position for 14 years. In 2007 he was named to the Ferris State’s Bulldog Hall of Fame.

Deano Davenport 8-11-15

Upon retirement from Ferris State, he promised to spend two years developing the Charlevoix Country Junior Golf Association. Now 20 +years into his two-year commitment, Davenport has helped build and maintain one of the top-rated junior golf programs in the nation. He’s also the commissioner of Charlevoix’s Venetian Games, a collection of summer games that includes a “four-minute” mile race of world-class runners.

Deano is pictured with Club member Dave Smith and Club President John Young.

Speakers – Youth Advisory Committee

charlevoix community youth foundationJuly 28, 2015

Michele Shooks from the Community Foundation  pictured here with members of  The Youth Advisory Committee, Tim Robach committee president and vice-president Montana Thompson. whth club member Jeffry Rogers. The Youth Advisory Committee is part of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The committee consists of 16 members from all of the schools in Charlevoix County. To learn more about the committee, visit their web page.

Speakers – American Society of Civil Engineers

Kathy Caldwall july14 2015July 21, 2015
Kathy Caldwell past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers. Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Report Card for America’s Infrastructure depicts  the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report  card—assigning letter grades based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement.  Visit their website:

Speakers – Larry Levengood Mid-Michigan Honor Flights

July 7 2015  Larry Levengood spoke about his experience as a Guardian for Mid-Michigan Honor Flights

July 14 2015
Larry Levengood spoke about his experience as a Guardian for Mid-Michigan Honor Flights. The Honor Flight Network is a national organization with programs to transport Veterans across America to see their memorials.  Regional Hubs, like Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, is just one of the programs available. Visit their website at for more details on programs. The honor flights are financed by public donations. If you would like to make a contribution in honor of a specific veteran or all veteran contact Larry.

Speakers – Tom Bailey Little Traverse Conservancy

August 14

July 7, 2015
Tom Bailey from the Little Traverse Conservancy updated the Club on recent activity. Pictured with Club Member Emmaline Weidman, The Little Traverse Conservancy is a broad coalition of individuals, families, and businesses who agree that the acquisition and protection of natural land is important if we are to retain the quality of life which makes northern Michigan so attractive. The Little Traverse Conservancy is supported entirely by people who willingly donate their time, talent, and financial support to protect irreplaceable natural land. To learn a lot more about the Little Traverse Conservancy, visit their website…


Mary Ann Chew awarded the Club’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award

Mary Ann ChewJune 9th 2015

It was a big day at the Kiwanis Club Charlevoix luncheon meeting as two scholarships were awarded and Mary Ann Chew was awarded the Club’s 2015 Distinguished Service Award. Mary Ann is a native of Charlevoix, but first started teaching in Flint where she met her husband Vince. They moved to Charlevoix and both taught in the Charlevoix School system. Mary Ann, among many other things taught 4th grade in the Charlevoix elementary school that is currently the Charlevoix Public Library where she has been active as a volunteer, serving on the board of director and starting the “Friends of the Library Organization.”