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

July Programs

July 7th Larry Levengood will speak about the Guardians for the “Honor Flights.”
July 14th Tom Bailey Little Traverse Conservancy
July 21st Kathy Caldwell past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers
July 28th Michele Shooks from the Community Foundation to talk about the Youth Advisory Committee, its genesis, how the kids are selected and what they do.

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.


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.” 

Fritz Puffpaff 1925 – 2015


Services for Honorary Club member Fritz Puffpaff will be held Saturday 11:00 am. January 31st at Christ Episcopal Church. Fritz was a member of the Army Air Corps in World War II. He moved us all at our July 20th meeting when he spoke of his trip to Washington DC as a member of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Mission. A program that has been honoring Michigan veterans of World War II by flying them to Washington to see the memorial honoring their service.

Fitz was a very active member of the Club and literally wrote the book on the procedure for the procedure for the operation of the Club’s Kielbasa Booth. It was a  project he directed with military precision for many years.

He was an excellent softball pitcher and reportedly made the world’s greatest dill pickles. He was a supporter of all things Michigan. (As in U of M) He passed away January 14th at the Charlevoix Area Hospital