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

August Luncheon Programs

August 2nd Boatswain Mate First Class John Martin from the CG station

August 9th Kathy Jacobson Director of Community Health Education

August 16th Tom Harder Charlevoix High School Band Director

August 23rd  Open

August 30th Mike Ritter Charlevoix District School Superintendant

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
7-26-16 Tom Bailey LT Cosevancy

Tom Bailey Little Traverse Conservancy

Jul 26, 2016

Tom Bailey speaks almost every year about how the Little Traverse Conservancy works with land owner’s to protect their land. Land owner’s have many options that the Conservancy can explore from maintaining ownership, selling or donating it which can permanently protect the scenic and conservation value of your property.

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Laura Case  Beijo de Chocolat 7-19-16

Laura Case – Beijo de Chocolat

Jul 19, 2016

Laura Case studied broadcasting at Michigan State and worked as a television news producer in Virginia, Ohio, and Chicago. She became disillusioned with all the bad news and went to culinary school and opened her own chocolate shop. She decided she wanted to return home to Michigan. She is now selling her award winning chocolates…

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Clint Cleveland 12-7-16

Clint Cleveland Safe Families for Children

Jul 12, 2016

Clint Cleveland is director of the Safe Families for Children in Charlevoix and Emmet counties. A group of local churches from Charlevoix and Emmet counties formed a group called Safe Families for Children. The program, while similar to foster care, is a volunteer program that allows parents to maintain their contact with their children.

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7-5-16 Cindy Post-Byron from Comfort Keepers

Cindy Post-Byron Comfort Keepers

Jul 5, 2016

Cindy Post-Byron is the director of Comfort Keepers® caregivers who provide care services and living assistance at American House in Charlevoix as well as traveling to clients’ homes to provide care. They can help seniors continue to live independently as long as possible.

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Pastor Appreciation Day 2016

Pastor Appreciation Day

Jun 28, 2016

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club Annual Pastor Appreciation Luncheon was held Tuesday, June 28,2016 at the Weathervane Restaurant. Kiwanis members could personally thank these spiritual leaders for all they do. Left to Right: Pastor Neil Wilson (First Congregational United Church of Christ) Pastor Ginger Stevens (Third Day Fellowship and Outreach), Pastor Craig Pahl ( Barnard, East…

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Hugh Hansen

Hugh Hansen

Jun 21, 2016

Hugh Hansen to the Club about his volunteer work in Hospital Chaplaincy. Hugh along with several members of our Club serve in this capacity at the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Area Hospital

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Anne Heier and Vince Chew 6-14-2016

Anne Heier McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital

Jun 14, 2016

Anne Heier, Child Life Specialist, updated the Club on how our Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation funds is helping children and families cope with hospitalization. Anne provides comfort to children during their hospital stay. Kiwanis Michigan Foundation supports his program at the Petoskey hospital along with four other children’s hospitals in Michigan. In addition to funds, the Club also…

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Sam Lee and Vince Chew

Sam Lee Receives Math and Science Scholarship

Jun 14, 2016

This year’s Math and Science Scholarship went to Charlevoix Senior Sam Lee. The recipient of this scholarship is selected by Charlevoix High School. Sam will be attending the University of Michigan.

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Laura Migda and Kayle Davis

Kaylee Davis Roth Scholarship Recipient

Jun 14, 2016

At the June 14th Kiwanis meeting, Kaylee Davis was presented with the Larry Roth Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given to a student who has completed at least one year of their secondary education. The student may be enrolled in a junior college, university or even a trade school. The scholarship is named after the…

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Brrend Talor American House 607-2016

Brenda Keller American House

Jun 7, 2016

Our June 7th program featured Benda Keller Executive Director of the Charlevoix American House. She spoke about the many activities at American House. The facility provides apartments for individuals or couples who still enjoy their independence. Meals and activities are provided along with health monitoring services.

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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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