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The History of the Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix

(The Club history was compiled and written by the late Marvin Molasky. The history and this page are still in the process of being edited.)

Kiwanis Origins in Detroit

The First Kiwanis Club was chartered in Detroit, Michigan on January 15,1915. However, the formation of the first club began In the summer of 1914. An enterprising and aggressive businessman Allen S. Browne met with a young tailor Joseph 0. Prince, and they began forming plans to form a club for the mutual benefit of the members.

It took time to gather enough people interested in joining such a club. In November, there were enough members that a committee was formed to select a name for the new club The committee decided on Kee-wan-is an expression of the Otchipew tribe of native Americans which meant “I make noise” The spelling Kiwanis was adopted as it was an Easier name to identify and to spell. Detroit in 1915 was a booming and rapidly growing city of about 500,000. The Detroit Tigers were a major interest of its citizens, and their center fielder Ty Cobb was considered by the fans as the greatest baseball player of all time. In 1914 he won the American League batting title for the seventh time.

Woodrow Wilson (a democrat) was the President of the United States, and worked with the Congress to institute a number of reforms to the banking system and new anti-trust legislation. War broke out in Europe in August 1914. Germany and Austria-Hungry was on one side and Russia, France, England, and Serbia on the other. German troops invaded Belgium and caught the French army by surprise. They were about 40 mile from Paris when they were stopped. and a long stalemate developed. During the early part of the War, our government tried to remain neutral.

After a short time, the Detroit Kiwanis Club decided to become a service club rather than a social club with emphasis on children and began chartering other clubs in Michigan and throughout the United States. Sometime before the Charlevoix Club was organized the national organization was called Kiwanis International.

Petoskey Kiwanis Club Sponsors the New Club in Charlevoix

In the fall of 1934 the Petoskey Club decided to sponsor a club in Charlevoix. An organizational meeting was held on Tuesday evening December 5. 1934 at Hotel Charlevoix. Dr. Frank Wilkinson was elected President. However, he and his wife were killed in an auto accident on U.S. 12 near Paw Paw Michigan on December 17th. They were on their way to California. Dr. Wilkinson was a prominent member of the community, and instrumental in getting the club started.Early Club Slay Ride

Oscar B. North was elected President as Dr Wilkinson died before the Club was chartered. Oscar North is considered the club’s first president. There were 26 charter member at the meeting and officers and directors were elected. King Gillett a field representative of Kiwanis International supervised the organization, and announced that first meeting would be held at Monte’s Café on Thursday December 6th. (See appendix #2 for the names of the charter members.) At the first meeting, Kiwanians from Petoskey and Traverse Cityas well as the Charlevoix members were present. The speaker was R. Phillip Sheets of Traverse City, the district’s lieutenant governor. Regular meetings began on December 11, and were held in the evening from 6:15 PM to 7:15.

The Charter meeting was held on March 9th, 1935 at the Masonic Temple in Charlevoix. Nearly 200 people attended the affair., which included dinner, and some musical performances, including an orchestra from Traverse City which added to the meeting.

Charter Members and Early Club Presidents

Dr. C. I. Winder was chairman of the meeting, and welcome the members and the many guests. Mr. H Carl Spitler Lieutenant Governor of the district acted as toastmaster. Mr. Joe Prance of Detroit, the Michigan District governor, presented the charter to the club. Kiwanis Club members from Cheboygan, Gaylord, Grayling, Rodgers City, East Jordan, Traverse City, and Petoskey, our sponsoring club were there, as well as Rotarians from East Jordan and Petoskey to celebrate the formation of the new club.


In 1935 Franklin D Roosevelt was the President. of the United Sates. He as elected by a landslide in November of 1932. He took office in March of 1933, and immediately declared at bank holiday so that the banking system could be reorganized and function properly. The Congress created a number of new organizations and reformed many of the ones in existence. That seemed to be the turning point in the depression, and a slow recovery began.

In Europe, Adolph Hitler attained power in Germany in 1932, and began rearming the country. He began an extensive campaign to expand German territory beginning with the occupation of the Rhineland in 1935.

The Club begins Sponsorship of Youth Organizations

The club sponsored a Boys and Girls Club in the early years, including sending two boys to camp each year. They also worked with the courts to help children. In March of 1939.the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club sponsored the formation of Boy Scout Troop #11 It is still active, and in fact had 7 Scouts certified as Eagle Scouts1 in 2007. Troop 1l is the second oldest Boy Scout Troop in Northern Michigan.

During those early years the Club sponsored “Camp Charlevoix.” It was a popular and well run Camp. The Club sponsored several scholarships as well as supplying other funds and volunteers. The Club was the only Service Club in Charlevoix until the Lions Club as formed in the early 70’s. As a result many prominent citizens belonged to the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club.

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club hosted the Michigan District 22nd annual convention on August 31, and September 11, 1939 at the Belvedere Country Club early 1930'sBelvedere Club, The Michigan Builder called it a great convention and an outstanding success.

To fund its many activities, the Club in its early history, held white elephant sales, waste paper drives, peanut sale sales, and Bingo games among other efforts. In addition to the monthly club dues, a 50-50 raffle and “happy Dollars”, were contributed by members at each weekly meeting.

In August of 1939 Hitler and Joseph Stalin the dictator of the Soviet Union agreed to a non-aggression treaty, and on September 1, 1939 Hitler’s Army invaded Poland. On September 3rd, England and France declared that a “state of war” existed between them and the Third Reich, Thus World War 11 began. The Nazi Armies quickly overcame the Polish Army, and as they approached Warsaw The Russian Army moved in from the East and Poland was divided in half.

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7th 1941, and Germany and Italy announced that a state of war with the U.S. existed as of Dec. 10th. 1942 was a very difficult year for the Allies, but the War began to turn around at mid-year.

However the war was not over until 1945. Meetings were held on a regular basis during the War. During December of ‘42 meetings were held at Monte’s Café. On Dec 1st, 1942 an election of Officer for ‘43 took place. At the final meeting of the year Lt. Commander Edward Shanahan of the US Navy gave a “very interesting talk“.

The club continued to function during the war. It generally had 28 to 33 members and usually 24 to 26 members attended the meetings. One important committee was the “defense committee.” Some of the members belonged to the “Home Guard”. They sometimes held “tin pail” dinners rather than the usual dinners, but the meetings and friendship continued. During the post WWII years meeting were held in the evenings at the Charlevoix High School. Dinners were buffet style and excellently presented. Board of Directors meetings were held at board members homes, and the host member’s family provided dinner.

North Korea attacked South Korea, in 1950 and we entered a “police action” with United Nations Approval. We halted the North Korea advance, and advance drove to the Chinese boarder, when The Chinese Army entered the war, and a stalemate developed near the 38th parallel. Dwight Eisenhower was elected President of the United States in November 1952, and was able to negotiate a truce between North and South Korea along the 38th parallel in 1953, which has held to this day.

The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix was incorporated on October 17, 1952.

Sometime in 1955 the Club began publishing a bi-weekly newsletter with advertisers . It functioned over thirty years.. During the late forties and the fifties a major fund-raiser was an annual “white elephant” sale. It was extremely popular, and the Club was able to rent space in one of the cities building to store items for sale. The club also sold soft drinks, and provided parking at The Venetian festival to raise funds.

1957 was an interesting and successful year. The clubs membership remained steady at 33 members. Attendance at meetings ranged from 28-31 at most weeks. Meyer Levinson (a charter member of the club and a past president) was in charge of keeping attendance records and reminding members of ways to make up missed meeting, Monthly membership attendance at meetings was mostly over 90%, and a number of meetings had 100% attendance.

On June 15th of 1957 The Club sponsored the first annual Kiwanis International Golf Tournament and dinner at the Belvedere Golf Club. It was a successful event, and the Club sponsored the tournament for more than 12 years. It was called an International because Canadian Members from the Sault came down every year.

Bob Martin and his committee worked hard to raise funds for the Camp Daggett Improvement Fund. They convinced the club to sponsor a cabin at the camp. The Club members built a cabin at a cost of $1500, which the club paid for. It was called the Crow cabin. It was originally painted red, but was later changed to brown like the other cabins. We undertook to furnishing and upkeep of the cabin, and do so to this day.

In the Spring of ‘58 the club bought several aluminum canoes for the use of the participants of the camp. That year the club began a program to award an honors plaque for the outstanding student in Mathematics and science. This award was later converted to a $500 scholarship.

The Maple Syurp Fund Raising Project Begins in 1958

In the Spring of 1958 Edward K Shanahan, a club president a couple of years later, convinced the Club that taping Charlevoix ‘s Sugar Maples for sap, and converting it into pure maple syrup would make an excellent fund raiser. He and six other members of the club advanced $650 to get the project under way. Those members were soon repaid. They got the City’s permission to tap the trees and Recruited the Sea Scout Troop 211 to collect the sap after school and on weekends. They also helped with the processing of the Sap. Girl Scouts from Troop 13 also helped bottle and label the syrup. They were credited for the hours worked and their organizations, were paid an hourly sum foe their efforts.

As a matter of fact, in 1961 the Sea Scouts were able to buy a 40 foot Coast Guard survey craft. The Girl Scouts used the funds to build a permanent building for a candy kitchen and meeting facility.

In 1959 650 5 quart buckets were filled and processed. The club was able to put up a temporary kitchen in downtown Charlevoix to process the sap. The City of Charlevoix held the first Maple Syrup Festival. The next year they were able to add another 1,000 new buckets.

After the 1961 season the Club decided they needed a larger evaporator and a permanent Factory. Kit Carson donated land off of Carson Road, and had a syrup plant built. The cost of the factory was only $6,000, as Club members spent much time and effort to complete the building, and install the equipment. A number of members loaned the club $500 each to finance the building. They were all paid back within two years. Ed Shanahan estimated that the new facility would have cost about $4,000 more with out the members efforts.

The Club continued to tap the trees for many years, but by the mid-1990’s this program was running into difficulties. Too many of the club members were no longer physically able to do the strenuous work necessary to tap the trees, and process the sap. Many of the maple trees were dying and were being replaced by the city by other varieties.

Early in the presidency of John Lachman (1994-5) he appointed a committee headed by Ed Buday as chairman to analyze the situation and make recommendations. They recommended that the Club purchase Maple Syrup from local processors in bulk, reheat it, strain the syrup, and bottle it in containers of various sizes. Jim Mielke agreed to the marketing and sales of the syrup . He has done it successfully for many years, and is still doing it as this is written.

The Club Heads First Effort to Build Swimming Pool in Charlevoix

By 1962 the club had raised and set aside $15,000 for a new community swimming pool. However, the community was unable to gather enough support for the pool. A new library was being built. And the club decided to give the new Charlevoix Library $10,000 for a youth meeting room, and set aside $5,000 for a new Community Pool. This was quite controversial, and Ralph Hamilton, the clubs long time secretary, resigned from the club. His resignation was not accepted, and he was given a leave of absence . After about six months he returned to an active role in the Club

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Youth Foundation’s By-Laws were adopted on March 12, 1962.

In early 1958 The Soviet Union launched the first satellite Sputnik, and the U.S. launched Explorer I a few moths later. Hawaii and Alaska were admitted to the Union in 1959. In November of 1960 John F Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon for the Presidency of the U.S. In a very close race. In April of ‘61 the U.S. sponsored an invasion of Cuba by Cuban Nationals at the Bay of Pigs to remove Fidel Castor from power, which he acquired in 1959. The attempt failed. In early May Commander Alan Shephard flew a sub-orbital flight in a Mercury Space capsule. In early August The Soviets began building the Berlin Wall. About the same time President Kennedy created the Peace Corps to help in “third world’ countries. . In May of 1962 Lt. Col. John Glenn was the first American to orbit the earth. In October A nuclear war was averted when the Soviet Union backed down when challenged when they tried to place nuclear missiles in Cuba. John Kennedy was assinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd of ’63 and Lyndon Johnson became President. President Johnson got through the Congress most of Kennedy’s programs, including a Civil Rights Act, and the Medicare Program. Following an incident in the Bay of Tokin in ‘64, he greatly expanded the war in Viet Nam. He was reelected by a landslide in November ‘64, defeating Senator Barry Goldwater . During Johnson’s second term the War in Viet Nam become a major drain on the resources of the U.S. , was very unpopular, and caused President Johnson not to run for reelection in 1968. Richard M. Nixon defeated Vice President Hubert Humphrey for the Presidency in 1968. And We landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin in Apollo XI on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

It was in the late 60’s or 70’s that that meeting were moved to the Grey Gables Restaurant, and moved to lunch meeting a few years later, Sometime in the early 70’s The club began supporting and working together with the Bergman Center. The Bergman Center is a non-profit center that supports adults with disabilities. Their members helped our club tapping maple trees, and gathering sap for our maple syrup product in the 70’s and 80’s. The Center arranges for jobs and activities for it clients. The club provides funds and volunteers for the Center to this day. Ken Brill was executive director of the Center, from 1979 to 1998. He joined Kiwanis in 1984 and became President of the club in 1987-88.

In the spring of 1979 the Club arranged to sell Kielbasas and soft drinks at the Venetian Festival. The merchandise was sold from a colored tent that was either borrowed or rented. It was not a very satisfactory situation as the Kielbasa had to be cooked outside of the tent , and the soft drink situation did not work very well. Cliff Biddick and Dick Meyers obtained a trailer platform, and built a new wagon. It took them almost a year, most of the work was done in Meyers garage and backyard, but was ready for the 1980 Venetian Festival, and has been in use until 2008..Fritz Puffpath became the chairman of the Kielbasa team and took charge of the operation. He did so for many years, but had to give it up in 2004. He wrote a notebook describing the necessary activities and regulations to operate the Booth. We use it every year, and it makes the use of the Trailer and its operation much easier, and more profitable.

During 1979 the radical Moslem Clergy began gaining control of Iran. The Shah of Iran fled the country and came to the U.S. for medical treatment. Radical students stormed the U.S. Embassy, And took most of the employees as hostages. They demanded the return of the Shah to Iran. President Carter refused the demand. He sent 7 helicopters to attempt a rescue, but they became grounded in a sand storm. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in an attempt to restore the Communist government there. The 1980 Olympic Games were scheduled to be held in Moscow, and President Carter ordered a boycott of the games. They proceed without the United States. 1980 was an election year, and Ronald Reagan was chosen as the Republican Party candidate.Clif Inflation was strong, interest rates at all time record highs, and Governor Reagan won handily.. As soon as he was inaugurated the hostages in Iran were released.

During the 1980’s the club held paper drives as a fund raiser. The paper was stored in a garage building in downtown Charlevoix. The paper was sold to the Newall insulation Company, and their trucks would pick up the paper as a backhaul from their shipping of insulation In 1984 the club celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The Club published a 50th anniversary newspaper and held A celebration dinner at the Grey Gables restaurant. Two Charter members were still alive Harry Bingham (who was living in Sterling Heights) and Charles Heise who lived in Charlevoix. It was estimated that the club Contributed over $150,000 in a variety of projects and causes for the community. It is estimated that the club has contributed an additional $300,000 since that time.

Women were first accepted into Club membership in the 1986/87 year. This change was quite controversial and two members resigned as a result. Ralph Hamilton sponsored the first lady member, Jackie Merta. Gale Gannett was the first lady president, and our female members have made great contributions to the club.

In 1988 Vice President George Bush was elected President of the United States. Om August 2, 1990 Saddam Hussein launched an invasion of Kuwait, the U.S. mobilizes and insisted that he withdraw. When he failed to do so, we began Operation Desert Storm. The Iraqi Armed Forced were completely defeated. In November 1992 Governor of Arkansas William Clinton defeated President Bush, and became the 42nd President of the United States.

In 1994 the club celebrated its 60th anniversary by entering a float in the Venetian Parade, and holding a dinner at the Grey Gables Inn.

Early in Ed Buday’s term of office as Lt. Governor the new Michigan Kiwanis Governor began campaigning for our club to sponsor a new club in Boyne City. Ed and a number of other members quickly organized a committee, and got 35 people to form a new club, and a charter meeting was held. Thus the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club became the sponsor of the Boyne City Kiwanis club.

In 1999 Merle Vandenberg approached Suzanne Muma, the Director of the Bergman Center with the idea of starting an Aktion Club at the Center. The first Aktion Club was started in Florida , and the idea was that disabled adults could join a Kiwanis type Club and participate in activities to help others, primarily children. The club was formed, became active in 2000, and it is a rewarding and important activity of both organizations. The funds that the Club gave to the Bergman Center are now going to the Aktion Club. Ed Buday had become a active and important supporter of the Aktion Club. He has promoted the idea to many Clubs in Michigan.

That has led to a number of Aktion Clubs for disabled citizens Being established. That is an important contribution of our Club.

In the early Fall of 2002 Club President Terry Edger proposed to the Club that we sell quality mixed nuts with no peanuts as a fund raiser for the holiday season. Terry had arranged with a supplier for the nuts, and the club voted to try selling the nuts. It worked out very well, and it has become a valuable and steady source of funds.

Late in 2004 we were contacted with the idea of the Club selling long stem roses between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day 2005. It has required a substantial number of hours for the Club to prepare the flowers, but has also been a nice source of funds.

On September 11,2001 a group of radical Muslims high-jacked 4 passenger planes. Two were crashed into the New York trade Center. Both Towers collapsed and over 3,000 people died. Another Plane was crashed into the Pentagon, but into an empty portion, and the loss of life there was small. Of course all the passengers on the plane died. The 4th plane crashed in Pennsylvania and all aboard died. Bin Loudon was believed to have been the mastermind of the assault and our Government requested the Afghan government turned him over to the U.S. for justice. They refused and Nato sent troops in to locate him, and remove the Taliban Government. As of 2008 he has not been captured, the Taliban are still engaged in suicide bombing attacks, and other military actions, but there is a more responsible government in Afghanistan. In the Fall of 2001, our intelligence services thought is had sound information that Iraq was Building a nuclear weapon and President Bush requested that the Congress approve A military force to prevent it. While many nations joined the effort, many others were totally opposed it. It. It turned out that there was no nuclear threat and as early 2008 we are involved with over 140,000 troops in Iraq.

John Lachman agreed to accept a second term as president of the club in 2005-06, as he was determined to get the “sugar shack” (also know as the syrup plant) remodeled. The club had several proposals, but the job was completed in the Spring of ‘05 at a cost of about $12.000, about 1/2 of one of the estimates. The building is now officially the Carson Building. During his administration Board Of Directors meetings were moved to the first Tuesday of the month and were held immediately after the regular meeting.

Since 1990 a program called Young Children Priority One is a major focus from Kiwanis International. In 2004 Bill Lovett was chairman of the committee. They approached the local Head Start program offering Kiwanis volunteers to read to the children for thirty minutes each week. The accepted the idea. Val Meyerson, the director of the Charlevoix library selected a quantity of appropriate books. The library bought them and the Club reimbursed them. Every Monday morning at 10 A.M. four to eight people assemble at the Head Start Building and read to the children.

In 2006 Bill was looking for another program that the Club After much discussion it was decided that a parenting workshop for young parents and those who were expecting children would fill an important need. Bill determined that J. J. Miller, past International Kiwanis chairperson for YCPO had moved to Gaylord, and she joined ud in planning the program. She arranged for Wil Bleckman, MD, a past International President of Kiwanis ,who created the YCPO program to come to come to Charlevoix and be the keynote speaker. The workshop was held in March of 2008 at the Christian Reformed Church in Charlevoix. 65 parents and grandparents attended the workshop and 25 children were cared for in a nursery and preschool classroom during the workshop. It worked very well, and is an example of Young Children Priority One programs.

In September 2006 The Charlevoix library moved into new quarters one block from the old library. The Kiwanis chapter donated a large kaleidoscope for the children’s garden outside of the children’s section of the new library. Because of her greatly expanded Responsibilities Val Meyerson., the director of the library, resigned from the Club,. However, another member of her staff joined the club.

Early in the presidency of Dave Garland, 2006-7 he proposed that the club provide dictionaries to all third graders in Charlevoix in both public and private schools. The idea was accepted by the board of directors and the entire membership. That was to be an ongoing project for the club. We discovered that another service club had been providing the dictionaries. Somehow the program got mixed up. We provided them for one year, and now we replaced that program by providing “thesaurus’ to 7th graders.

In April of 2007 the club started a Quarterly Recognition Program to deserving local citizens for outstanding services or activities, primarily for the youth of the area. In December of that year, as we have done for many years and expect to do so for may more, our club members rang the bell to raise funds for the Salvation Army. They were stationed at the entrance of the Charlevoix Kmart for two weekends. We collected the most funds for the Salvation Army of any organization in Northern Michigan that year.

The year 2008 proved to be an interesting, challenging and difficult year. It was an election year. and the junior Senator from Illinois, Barack Obama defeated Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party nomination and then defeated Republican Party’s nominee Senator John McCain of Arizona.

During the February 3. 2008 Board of Directors of the club meeting the board approved the sponsoring of a Sea scout troop with Dave Smith as coordinator. The board also approved the Clubs joining the Charlevoix Chamber of Commerce, with its attended costs and benefits.

In the late summer of ‘08 President Ted Dumbolt appointed a committee to created a volunteer program for fifth grade children in the Charlevoix area. each to write an essay on their favorite charity and why it should be supported. It is called the Merle Vandenberg essay contest. Seventy-five essays were submitted. Four were chosen as the best. One received first prize, and the others honorable mention. The club gave the first prize winner, Gracie Smith $100 to give to her charity. The other three, Arianna Houghton, Skylar Herriman, Lexie Miller, and were given $50 to be given to their charity. The awards were presented at a ceremony at the Charlevoix middle school on December 2nd. The club expects this to be an ongoing annual event.

He also appointed a committee to plan a celebration for the 75th anniversary of the club in 2009.. The committee decided on a dinner dance to be held at Castle Farms on September 10, 2009. He also appointed a committee to compose a history of the club, hopefully to be completed by The Anniversary very party.

Early in the Fall the club received a request for us to help the Harbor Health and Fitness Club’s Second annual Turkey Trot. It s function was primarily to raise funds for cancer research. The event was held on Thanksgiving Morning, and consisted of either a mile run or a five K run . Dave and Ann Burzych, as well as President Carolyn and her son Jeff Navvarre Laid out the course and did other duties. This is expected to be an annual event.

Housing and mortgages became a major problem during the year. The Federal government supported many banks and insurance companies with hundreds of billions of dollars. Still a major recession developed and unemployment reached 6.5% . After reaching an all time high at 14,400 The Dow Jones Industrials hit 7500 in November.

APPENDIX #1 Biographies of Members:

Dr. Robert B. Armstrong Dr. R. B Armstrong, a charter member was the first Kiwaniian to he honored with a Life membership in the Club. He served on the first Board of Directors. He was born in Ormal , NY .,January 22 1867. He graduated from Michigan Medical School in 1884, and moved to Charlevoix shortly thereafter, where he practice medicine for over 40 years. .He held many civic positions, and was elected Mayor in 1907. There are many stories of his dedication to people and his personal bravery in getting to injured people. He died in January 1940. His grandson, Bruce Shanahan, had a conference room in the new Charlevoix library dedicated to his memory/

Milton Adams Born in New Boston, Michigan. Graduated from Olivet College, and worked for many years as As sales engineer for Occidental Petroleum and its predecessor Hooker Chemical. Retired in 1973 and moved to Norwood, Michigan. Joined Kiwanis November 15. 1976, and was active in the Club. And many other Community Organizations.

Jackson Beatty Born in Mennington West Virginia and Graduated from Fairmont College. He was employed in Oil and Gas production, and then did Land Title work in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. He later was a merchant in that City. He was mayor of Mt. Pleasant, and was involved in many civic activities. He joined Kiwanis in 1945 and served a President in 1949. He joined the Charlevoix club in 1978.

Arthur Bergeon He was a charter member of the club, and served on its first board of directors. He owned a clothing store in Charlevoix for 43 years. He held many civic positions including Mayor, ward supervisor and city assessor. He was responsible for many progressive improvements in the city. He died January 25, 1955.

Clay Berry Born in Caro, Michigan. Spent 5 several years in the Navy. Received An Associated Science Degree from Chaffee Community College. He worked for Ford dealerships and was employed at Pat McKewon Ford. Married to Linda and had two sons.

David D. Burzyck He was born 6/18/45 and has a B.S. degree in accounting and a MBA from Central Michigan University. Dane and Ann were married 1/25/79. They have one son. He was secretary-treasured of Gratiot Lumber Company and Clyde Cox Redi-Mix Company. Joined Kiwanis in 2002 has served two terms on the board of directors, and has been a member or chaired several committees., including the investigation and planning for a new Kielbasa booth.

Clifford Biddick Born in Ironwood, Michigan. Graduated from Cooley High School and Wayne University In Detroit, Was employed by Chrysler for over 25 years when he retired. He joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club in September 1978 Served in many capacities, and was President in 1985-6..During the fall and winter of 1980 He and Dick Meyers built on a trailer platform a kielbasa wagon which was still in use in 2008.

Harry Bingham Born April7, 1902 in South Haven, Michigan, Graduated from Gobles Michigan High School In 1919.. Graduated from U. of Michigan in 1926 with a Bachelors Degree in Education. Married Monica Smith . Worked his way up to Principal of The Charlevoix High School until he retired in 1966.He was business manager for Camp Charlevoix for 26 years during the summer. He was a charter Member of Kiwanis, and President in 1942. He died November 18, 1985. Frank Bird Born July 8, 1889. He was a charter member of Kiwanis and served as President in 1952, And had a perfect attendance record for 18 years. He was Charlevoix Register of Deeds 1925-27/, and was very active in the Methodist Church. He died June 12, 1961, Martin Block Born March 12, 1889. He was a charter member of Kiwanis. Owner of a grocery and meat market on Bridge Street for 36 years. Died February 19,1944 James F Block Born March 13, 1915 in Charlevoix, Michigan. Graduated from Charlevoix High School. Married Phyllis 12/25/36 and had two daughters, Had several jobs before spending 35 years in the railroad .industry. .Joined Kiwanis 3/11/1980. Kenneth Brill Born in Green County, Ohio. He was a high School Teacher and coach before being appointed Executive Director of the Bergmann Center. He joined Kiwanis in Charlevoix February 1980 and was President in 1987-88 Robert Bridge, He was born in 1884,and was President of the Charlevoix County State Bank, and was in many community organizations, and on many civic boards. Me served as mayor of Charlevoix, and was a major force in the city’s acquisition of property which is now East Park. He was a charter member of the club, served on its first board of directors and was President of the Club in 19236. He died July 28, 1965. Floyd Brown Born September 13,1907. He was a charter member of the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club...He joined the family business Brown Motors, in 1926, and became president in 1937. In his youth he was a member of the Charlevoix Polar Bear basketball team that played thou out the state. He died January 25, 1968. Edward Buday Ed was born Nov24. After graduating high school he attended collage for two years And a technical School for two years. He married Joan after completing technical school and they have ten children and many grandchildren. He founded Buday’s Sound advice. The company is still owned and operated by the family. Ed joined Kiwanis April,1988 and was President 1 .1995-1996 and Lt. Governor of District 22 1998-1999. During his term as Lt. Governor he organized a committee and they and Ed helped found the Boyne City Kiwanis Club. In 1999 he helped found the Charlevoix Acktion Club and he soon became Administrator of the Michigan Acktion Clubs. At least 7 clubs have been organized during this period. Ed has served on the board of directors of the club and is or has been chairman of many committees including co-chairman of the 75th anniversary committee, He has been granted The distinguished President’s Award as well as the Distinguished Kiwanian Awared and the Hixon Award. Fenton R Bulow He was born in 1897. He was a charter member of the Club, on the first Board of Directors, and President of the Club in 1946. He was Charlevoix County Clerk from 1929-1968. He was active in the local American Legion, and played in the Charlevoix City Band for many years. He died January 19, 1976. Henry Buddy He was a charter member of the club. He managed the A & P store around 1929. Raymond Carr Born in McClure, Ohio. He earned a BS in education from Bowling Green University And a Master’s from Michigan State. .He served in WWII in the Army Air Corps and Was separated from the service as a major. He joined Kiwanis at Lake City in July 1963, and Joined the Charlevoix club in August 1966.. He was a math teacher and Principal in the Charlevoix school system. He served as President of the Club in 1972-73. Zane Carter Graduated from Eastern Michigan U. with a Bachelors IN Business Administration. He is a Vice President of Northwestern Bank, manager of the Charlevoix office and is a financial consultant for the bank’s clients. He joined the Charlevoix Club in April 2006 . He was elected treasurer of the club in 2007. He is married to Strephanie, has two children and lives in Boyne City. Harry A. Craig Born March 8, 1885. He was a teacher and Super indent of Charlevoix Schools. He was also manager of the Argo Milling Co., which is now The Weathervane Restaurant. He was active on many civic boards. He was a charter member of the Charlevoix lub, and on its original Board of Directors.. He died August 20, 1961. Robert E. D’Alcorn Bob graduated from Michigan State U. with a B.S. in Engineering. He retired as a Civil Engineer From the Ingham County Road Commission. He joined the club 11/6/2992 and represents the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club on the Board of Directors of Camp Daggett. Bob serves on several committees of the Club. He is married to Jan and has 6 children and 8 grandchildren. Donald Dannecker Born in Grosse Pointe. Served in the Army Air Force during and after WW II. He graduated from Dennison University in Greenville, Ohio., married Ann Rose. He worked in management positions for thirty years, mostly with General Electric. After several years in University Administration he joined Bechtel in Ann Arbor, and then in Midland.. He returned to Charlevoix in 1983. Don opened a gift shop, and also taught classes North Central Michigan College. He joined in 1984, and was elected President1988-89. Herbert Dishong Born in Morley Michigan. He worked for General Electric for 11 years, the was in in construction For 8 years. He then moved to Charlevoix to manage La Croft Condominiums. He joined Kiwanis In 1981, and became club Secretary in 1983.He was elected President in 1998-99. John Dobulis Born in Freiberg Germany 11/14/44.. He came to the U.S. in 1949. Lived in Saginaw, Mi And graduated from MSU with a BA in Business . He Married Barbara J. and had two sons.. He was manager of a local credit union. Teddis L. Dumbauld Ted was born May 19, 1934 in Huntington, Indiana, and graduated from Huntington High School. in 1952. He has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Tri-States University. .He married Ann, and they have 4 children. He was employed by several industrial companies in management positions and retired from Johnson Controls in 1998. .Ted joined Kiwanis in September 2001.He received the Harold Peltz award in 2004, and the tablet of honor from the Michigan foundation in 2007. Ted served on the Board of Directors for 5years, and was President of the club 2007/08. Terry Edger Born June 14. Graduated from Hastings Ohio High School, The Ir Force Electronics Technical School ,and the Cleveland Institute of Electronics. He managed radio stations in Portland or, and Madison Wisconsin. Joined Terry developed websites and in Charlevoix, and was in real estate sales. He joined Kiwanis 4/8/98 and served as President 2002/03. Terry served on the Board of Directors, and chaired or served on a number of committees. He t the idea of selling gourmet nuts to the club, and has chaired that committee from inception to 2009. Clarence Falk He was born in Port Huron, Michigan, where he graduated from high School. He worked for Chrysler for a couple of years, and then worked for E. I. Dupont. The he worked for another 22 years for Northwest Chematron Corp, where he retired in 1949. He joined Kiwanis on October 4, 1976. David Garland Dave was born May,11,1937 and received a Master of Arts from Eastern Michigan University. And spent his career as a teacher in the Ypsilanti Public Schools .He is married to Cynthia And they have two children He joined Kiwanis 12/19/2000.Dave served as President in 2006/07. He is chairman of the head start reading program and active in young children priority one. Gayle Gennett Born October 21, 1949.She has a Bachelor of Art Education and a Masters in Guidance and Counseling. Gayle is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is married to Lyle, and the have two children. She joined the club in 1987 and has served on the board of Directors for a number of terms. She was elected President 1991-92., the first woman to be President of a club in Michigan. Gayle chairs the youth activities committee, which she has done for the last 15 years .and also has been on or chaired many other committees.. She started the first K-kids club in the state in 1998. Gayle received the George F. Hixon award in 1998, and the Harold Peltz award in 2008. Raymond Giffin Born in China and attended school in Shanghi through the second year of high school. Finished high school in Duluth, Minnesota and graduated from Dennison University in Ohio and a seminary in Oberlin, Ohio. He became pastor of the Congressional Church in Charlevoix In 1973. He joined Kiwanis in March of 1974 and was President in 1980-81 Don Gillespee Born in Grand Rapids Michigan 3/15/59/. He earned a bachelor of Science Degree from Superior State University. He was employed by Bergman Center. He maiied Judy in 1986. Stephen Guthrie He was born in Virginia and raised in New Mexico. Served in the Navy as a nuclear reactor Operator. Graduated from Arizona State University was a rural teacher, nad held several management positions. E was a nuclear inspector beginning in 1983. Joined Kiwanis 4/7/85 And served on the Board of Directors.. Billy Hall Born in Southwest Ohio July 8, 1926. Graduated from Pine Bluff Ohio, High School, and served In Naval Air as an electronics technician. Graduated from University of Kentucky in engineering, and received a MBA from the University of Georgia. His career was mostly in the cement industry Where he held many different executive positions. He was active in many community organization in Perry Georgia. He joined Kiwanis in Perry and served as President in 1961. He joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club, and held a number of positions. Ralph Hamilton Joined Charlevoix Kiwanis January1, 1948. Spent 3 years in the Coast Guard.. He was an accountant, and active in Charlevoix government affairs. Club President 1957, Lt. Governor 1060, and was chosen a Hixon Fellowship Member and was elected a Distinguished Kiwanian in 1978. He served as club secretary for many years, Charles Hammond Born August 3, 1887. He was a charter member of the Club. .He moved to Charlevoix with his family where his father was publisher of the local newspaper, Charlevoix Sentinel. He was a Talented artist who painted many interesting Charlevoix scenes. The have become quite collectable in recent years. He died August 15, 1963. Elmer (Pat) Hawley He was born in Alden, Michigan. He studied banking at Ferris Institute and the University of Wisconsin. He worked in banking for 47 years, including 10 years as President of Charlevoix County State Bank. He first joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club in December 1944. He withdrew from the club for 5 years after being a member for several years. He was active in many political and civic organizations. He served as mayor of the city of Charlevoix for 5 years and on the boards of many organizations. He served as President of the club in 1958 Charles Heise A Charter member of the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club. He was owner of Charlevoix Coal & Ice Company. He served on the Charlevoix City Council. He died September 9, 1986. Reverend W.W. Hurd He was a charter member of Kiwanis and Minister of the Methodist Church from 1933-37. Floyd W. Ikens Born February 4, 1887. He was a charter member of the Club. He lived in Charlevoix County from 1933 to 1954, and was Sheriff of Charlevoix County. He died August 20, 1956. Gary L. Jesiek. Gary was born 11/21/37. He attended Flint Jr. College where he completed a Electronic Technology. He worked for several different companies many years, as a sales and services representative and supervisor in the welding supply business. Gary joined Kiwanis 11/30/2004, and has served on a number of committees. He married Lois Ann March 3,1962. They have 3 children and three grandchildren. Gary and Lois Ann live on Lakeshore Drive in Charlevoix. Glenn Kenney Born in Covert, Michigan and graduated from South Haven Michigan High School in 1942. He served in the U.S. Navy foe three years during W.W. II. Graduated from M.S.U. in 1949. He married La Rue , had in 1948., and they had one son and w daughters. Glenn spent most of his working career with Kit Carson Lumber Company. He joined Kiwanis in the late ‘50’s and served As President in 1962. He was President of the School Board, and served on many civic boards and committees. Richard Krueger Born in Stanley Wisconsin, Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1963. His career was involved in hospital management and was the director of the Charlevoix Area Hospital. First joined Kiwanis in Ishpeming., Mi in 1965. He joined the Charlevoix Club in 1971. He served as President of the club in 1976-77. Otto P. Krueger Born November 5, 1882. He was a charter member of the club, and headed the Club’s successful white elephant sales for many years. He was he manager of the Chicage Club for 18 years. He died June 1957. John Carl Lachman John was born October 26, 1924.After completing High School he attended Temple University and The University of Cincinnati .He served in the Marine Corp during WWII from 1942-45. He also was on active duty from 1951-56. John married Agnes 2/22/47. They have three children. John joined Hoskins Manufacturing Company worked is way up to President of the Company, He originally joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club in 1962, and became inactive in 1979.,returning to active status in 1990. He has served on many committees was elected President of the Club in 1994-5 and again in 3994-5. John has been awarded the Legion of Honor, and the Ruby H. Hixon Award. Meyer A. Levinson He was born January 17, 1881.He was owned of a dry goods and clothing store located at 215 Bridge St., and it was a family business started in 1894. Meyer was married and had two children. He was a charter member of the club and its first secretary, and was Club President in 1937. He Had a perfect attendance record for 27 years. He died November 21, 1967. Darrel Linder Born in Iowa. .He ad four academic degrees. He was married to Glenna a son and two daughters. He was an Administrative Assistant to two corporate presidents and was a consultant in law, taxes, and estate planning. Joined Kiwanis 11/17/84. Served several terms on the Board of Directors. .He was campaign chairman for United Way 1985/6. William W Lovett Born 09/22/37. Bill has a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State and a Masters from Wayne State U. He worked as a Social worker for the State of Michigan and is now retired. Joined Kiwanis in Lansing in 1987 and transferred to Charlevoix in 1998. Bill served as Club President in 2000-01, and Lt. Governor of district 22 in 2001-02. He has been on Board of Directors for several years, and on many committees. Bill is chairmen of the committee “ young children are priority one.” . He is a car enthusiast.. Dr. .Fraley F. McMillian Dr. McMillian was born December 4,1881.He practiced medicine in Charlevoix for over 30 years, As a specialist E.E.N.T.(eyes, ears, nose, and throat).He served on many community boards. And was an expert on the life of Abraham Lincoln. Dr. McMillian was a charter member of the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club, its first treasurer, and was club president in 1945.He died June 29, 1948. Clarence B. Meggison Born September 131, 1894.He was a Charter member of the Club, on the first Board of Directors and President of the Club in 1949. He was Charlevoix Postmaster 1932-1936, and State Representative 1954-1962, and was active in many Civic organizations. He died October 4, 1967. William F. Meyer Born September 26, 1892. He was a charter member of the club and President in 1944. He owned The Buick-Pontiac dealership and garage located at 103 Antrim, Street. He died June 14,1984. Marvin Molasky Born on St. Louis, Missouri November 19, 1927.Granduated from Clayton, Mo. High School in January 1945.and from Washington University in St. Louis in May of 19448 with a BS in Business Administration. Married Nancy Schucart September 2, 1948. Worked in the family Pickle business Fleishman’s Pickles until it was sold to Vlasic in 1967. Was drafted into the Marine Corps in January ‘54 for two years. Moved to Michigan with the business in 1957. Was employed as a Registered Representative for Goodbody and Co in 1969. It was taken over by Merrill Lynch in 1970, and I retired from Merrill as a Vice President and Senior Financial Consultant in 1997. Nancy had a fatal heart attack in Singapore in February 1988 when we were touring the Far East. Married Berta Tauber Meyerson in February 1990. Moved permanently to Charlevoix in 2001, and joined Kiwanis in May 2002. Served two terms on the Board of Directors.. Suzanne A. Muma Born January 4,1960.She has two children. Suzanne i the executive Director of the Bergman Center. She joined Kiwanis October 5,1999. She was President 2005/06 and was awarded the distinguished president citation. She has served on the board of directors for eight years. Suzanna is the advisor to the Charlevoix Aktion club, chairman of the rose sale program and serves on many committees. Carolyn Ann Navarre Born September 16, 1937. She was born in Ann Arbor and grew up there. .She has a BS. From The University of Michigan and a Masters from Eastern Michigan U. She was a physical therapist Working with handicapped children in the Ypsilanti Public School System from where she retired in 2004. She is divorced, and has two sons. Carolyn joined Kiwanis in October 2004, and has been an busy and active member of 5 or more committees. She was a board member 2006-7, Vice President 2007-08, and President 2008-09. Billy Nall Born in Southwest Ohio July 8,1926. Served in the Naval Air Force. Graduated from the University Of Kentucky as an Engineer, and received a MBA from the University of Georgia.. He was employed in the Cement Industry in Perry, Georgia in various management positions He was a member of the Perry Georgia Kiwanis Club, and was President in 1961. Joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club in October 1979. Oscar W. North He was born June 7, 1893.He was a charter member of the Club. He was principal of the Charlevoix High School and became Superintendent of Schools in 1944. He was elected the first President of the Club in 1935 and was Lt. Governor of Kiwanis District 15. He died October 27, 1965 Harley I. Ochs Born November 3, 1893, He was a charter member of the chub. He worked as a pharmacist for over 50 years, and purchased Central Drug Store in 1929. He store continues to be operated by the Ochs family. He died December 31, 1966. Reverend Gordon Parker. A Charter member of the club. Minister of the first Congregational Church Harold Pletz Born in Detroit, Mi. Was a charter member of the East Lansing Kiwanis Club. He was President Of that club in 1956, He was elected Michigan State Kiwanis Governor 1961. He graduated from Michigan Sate College in 1939. Harold served in the Army during WWII , and left the Army as a Major in n the Quartermaster Corps. He was a partner with his father in various auto business including a car dealership . He served as Mayor of East Lansing from 1959-1961. He retired in 1982 and had a home on the South Arm of Lake Charlevoix, and joined the Charlevoix Club in July of ‘83.He served as President of the club in 1996-97, and was chosen a Hixon Fellowship Member, as well as a “Distinguished Kiwanin”. Leah A. Olson Born March 31, 1980.She married Todd Olson in 2006. Leah has a bachelors of Science degree and is the Information Technology Officer at the Charlevoix State Bank. She serves on the Board of Directors, chairs the membership committee, and is a member of several other committees. Clarence “Odie” Odmark Born in Muskegon, Michigan July 16, 1916. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University. He was drafted into the Army in March 1943, and was discharged in November 1944.He taught In Detroit until he came to Charlevoix in September 1946. He was Band Director in the Charlevoix School System for over 25 years. And retired in 1975. He joined the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club in 1946 but left after a few years because of too many other activities. He Rejoined The club in March l73. He was President in 1979-80. Rebecca A. Parker Born January 28, 1970. She has a B.S. in biology from Michigan State University, and is The Assistant Director of the Charlevoix Library. Rebecca joined Kiwanis in April 2007 and has served a several committees. She has one daughter. Charles Robinson A Charter member. He owned a retail grocery store. William C. Peck Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from M.S.U. in 1929. He was a Vice-President of Michigan National Bank from 1929 to 1960. Joined Charlevoix Kiwanis in June 1963. He was President of the Club in 1966-67.Active in many local civic organizations including President of United Way. Fritz A. Puffpaff Puff was born Greenville ,Michigan. July 25, 1925. He Graduated from Remus High School and Served in the U.S. Air Force as a navigator during WWII.. He married Ann after the war, and they have three children, He worked as a furniture salesman, and soon opened a furniture and appliance store in Petoskey. He joined Kiwanis in October 1978.He served as chairman of several committees and on the Board of Directors for six terms and has been granted by the club a Hixon Award. Puff was manager and coordinator of the Kielbasa wagon for 28 years. Before he gave up that project in 2004 he wrote a manual describing the processes and products for the wagon which has been a great help to succeeding managers. Clarence Rabach Born November 14, 1917 in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1935. Served in the Coast Guard during WW II. Started a cement block business in Charlevoix and was active in politic and government, serving in many capacities. Married to C. Marie and had one daughter. Joined Kiwanis in 1971 and was club president 1978-79. Arthur Ranger Born April 10,1959 in Abilene, Texas.. Graduated from Charlevoix High School and Ferris State College. A member of Ranger engineering Company in Charlevoix. He was active in many Organizations in Northern Michigan. He is married to Beth Joined Kiwanis in July 1986. Robert Rajewski Born in Bay City Michigan 2/08/36.Graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Packaging Technology. Became a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force through the ROTC program and was on active duty after graduation. He flew B-52’s.for the Air Force. While he had over 500 combat hours, he spent much of his career as a flight instructor. His last duty was as Commander of Detachment 6 of the 1st Combat Evaluation Group at Bay Shore, Michigan. He retired as a Lt. Colonel after 26 years. And was manager of a branch of Standard Federal Bank. He joined Kiwanis in 1979 and served as President in 1984-85, Bob served Jointly as Lt. Governor in 1988-89, and by himself in 1999-2000. He was named a Hixon Fellow, and a Distinguished Kiwanian, and Disstinguished Secretary 5 times and .Bob is a member of the Legion of Honor and a ’Life Member’ of Kiwanis. He has served many years as the Club Secretary. Robert Rathke Born in Ann Arbor 12/19/51. Graduate from Monroe, Michigan High School, and served two years in the Army.. He earned a degree in Accounting from Eastern Michigan University and was employed by Charlevoix County State Bank. His wife is Janet and he had one step son. He served as President of the Clun from 1989-90. Jeffery L Rogers Born 11/13/1942. He has a M.B.A, and is a Certified Public Accountant., and is a self employed accountant. He married Suzanne, and they have two children. Jeff first joined Kiwanis in April 1976 in Alma Michigan. He served on a number of committees and was their treasurer for a Number of years. He transferred to the Charlevoix Club in 1996 and served as President in 1999-2000. Jeff was Club Treasurer 2001-2007, and was received the Distinguished Treasurer the Award. Now spends most of the winter in Arizona.. Phillip Schairbaum Born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Miami University (Ohio) and the United Theological Seminary of Twin Cities. Became Pastor of the First Congregational Churxh In 1983. Joined Kiwanis in 1984 and became President of the Club in 1990-91. John Schmidt Born in Minot, North Dakota in January 1911. He graduated from High School Ferndale, Michigan , and began a career in automobile repair at age 16. He moved to Charlevoix in1956 He joined Kiwanisn 1960, and was elected President in 1966. J. George Sevestrain Born in Detroit ,and graduated from Pershing High School. Attended Wayne State and Lawrence Tech. Worked for Chrysler in various positions for 38 years, retiring on June 1, 1972.Retired in Charlevoix, and built a home in Norwood. Joined Kiwanis in April ‘78 and served as Preside1982-83. Robert Sloan Born February 28, 1872. He was a charter member of the Club and President in 1938. He was a Civil Engineer and Surveyor, and established the Charlevoix Abstract and Engineering Company in 1916 operating it until he retired in 1944. Died May 1952. David Stewart Smith Born in Ann Arbor, Michigan April 5, 1938. Graduated from Ann Arbor High School. He obtained a PhD. Dave retired from the Coast Guard as a Commander. After he retired he founded Smith Aquatic Service. Married Sara 121/30/61 and have a son and daughter. He joined Kiwanis 6/19/64 and served as President 1997/98.Dave was chairman or served on many committees and was active in developing our Rose sale fund raiser, and our quarterly community Achievement Award. He has a great voice, and sang the National Anthem at a recent Super Bowl Game. Vane Smith Born in Charlevoix, Michigan graduated from Charlevoix Michigan High School, and received a B.A. from Central Michigan and a Masters from Michigan State University. Served on active duty in the Navy, and taught at several schools before returning to Charlevoix. He was a teacher and Principal of the High School , and also Principal of the Elementary School. Served on may committees and was President 1971-2. Edward K. Shanahan Born July 15,1904. Graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1923 and the U.S. Naval Academy in June 1927.. Became a naval pilot in 1930.He was a Lt. Commander in Naval Air during WWII. Retired from the Navy as a Commander in 1950 returned to Charlevoix and joined Kiwanis that year. He was Club President in 1961. Glen Snider Born October 30, 1914 in Charlevoix, Michigan. Graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1934 And got his B.S. from Central Michigan Collage, and a M.A. from the University of Michigan. Joined Kiwanis in 1954 and was President in 1962. He became a senior member in 1974. He was in education for 37 years, the last 20 as a principal. He was married to Constance, and they traveled extensively after he retired. Albert J. Stelter Born on December 4. 1887. He was a charter member of the club. He was owner of the Charlevoix Pickle and Produce Co. and am early pickle “canner”. Died April 1942. Jeffery Van Tress Born in Petoskey. B.S. Business from Western Michigan U. and J.D. from Wayne State University in 1980. Married to Debra and had one son. Joined Kiwanis 3/`5/83. Karl Walker Born in Dearborn, Michigan August 14, 1958.He Has a B.S. in psychology, and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Came to Charlevoix in 1985 as Executive Director of the Chip Counseling Center. He Joined Kiwanis September 3, 1985. Clair S. Webster A Charter member. He was an agent for the Standard Oil Company which supplied gasoline To local service stations. He died August 30, 1951. Charles J Winder A Charter Member. He practiced dentistry in Charlevoix from 1929 -34. He moved to Eaton Rapids, but summered at his cottage in Bolder Park. Kenneth Weller Born in Bowling Green Ohio, and raised in St. Petersburg Florida and Northern Michigan. Graduated high school in Northern Michigan and attended college in Florida. Ken returned to the Petoskey area in 1973 and has lived in the area ever since. He worked and owned several businesses in the area. He was married to Linda and had one son. Joined Kiwanis in July ‘83, and was elected President for 1986-87. He was chosen a Hixon Fellowship Member. Dr. Frank Wilkinson Dr and Mrs. Wilkinson died in an auto accident on December 17th 1934. Dr. Wilkinson as a charter member of the club was elected president at its organizational meeting, but died before the charter was issued. He was a prominent member of the republican party in Northern Michigan, and belonged to a number of service organizations. Dr Wilkinson served in the army during the Spanish-American War. Dr. W. E. Wilkinson Dr. Wilkinson was a dentist who had an office in downtown Charlevoix. He was a charter member of the Club and its first Vice President. Mike Wisner Born in Petoskey 11/28/44. Graduated from St. Francis High School and received a BSCE from Michigan Tech U. in 1968. Served in Viet Nam for two years. He worked for several city governments and was City Manager of Charlevoix. He was married to Sue Ann and Had one son. .Joined Kiwanis 2/6/85. Clarence Wood Born September 26, 1891. He was a Charter member of the Club, and served on its first Board of Directors. He and his brother owned Wood Brothers Hardware on Bridge Street for 42 years. He served as an alderman, and was active in the activities of the First Congregational Church. Died April 9, 1961. Wayne Woods Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan Graduated from Kalamazoo High School and Bliss Electrical School in Washington D. C. Served for 3 ½ years in the Army in W.W. II as an Engineer. Worked for Consumers Power for many years, and retired as a licensed operator at the Big Rock Point plant in 1976. Joined Kiwanis November 1976, and served on many committees as well as the board of directors. John French Young Born in Ann Arbor 4/19/50. Graduated from Ann Arbor High School, and has a BSEE from Western Michigan University. Retired from Boeing as an Electrical System Engineer. Married to Ann and has one daughter and one son. He joined Kiwanis 10/1/2007, and is active with Camp Daggett, the Boy Scouts, and several other committees. APPENDIX #2 Charter Officers and Members Oscar North President - Supt of Schools Dr. WE Wilkinson Vice President Dentist Meyer A Levinson Secretary “Dry Goods” Dr. E.F. Mcl\4illan Treasurer E.E.N.T. Specialist Directors: Dr. R. B. Armstrong- Surgeon Robert Bridge- Banker Arthur Bergeon, Fenton R Bulow,-County Clerk Clarence B. Meggison-Postmaster Clarence Wood-Hardware Harry A Craig. Other Charter Members: Harry Bingham-Principal of Charlevoix Public Schools Frank Bird-Recorder od Deeds City of Charlevoix Martin Block- Retail Meats Floyd Brown-Auto Sales-Dodge Henry Buddy-Retail Groceries Charles Hammond-City Clerk Charles Heise.Retail Coal resigned early Rev. W.W. Hurd-Methodist Pastor Floyd Ikens-Sheriff Otto Krueger. William F, Meyer-Garage Harley L. Ochs-Drugist Rev. Gordon Parker-Cong Pastor Charles Robinson-retail Grocer Robert F. Sloan-Engineer A. I. Stelter-Pickle Canner Clair Webster, Dr. CJ Winder-Dentist APPENDIX #3 Governors, ,Lieutenant Governors and other honors Harold Pletz Governor of the Michigan Region 1961 As a member of the East Lansing Club Past Lt. Governors of the Michigan District (Charlevoix Club) 1938 Oscar North 1945 Fred Bancroft 197 1-72 Fred Willis 1949 Wilford Wood 1956 Roy Bennett 1960 Ralph Hamilton 1969 Barney Engelhart 1970-71 Robert Burns Edward Buday 1971-72 Fred Willis 1988-89 Robert J Rajewski & Merle Van\Denberg 1998-99 Edward Buday 1999-2000 Robert J.Rajewski 2003-2004 William Lovett Hixon Fellowship Members Ralph Hamilton Harold Pletz Merle VanDenBerg John Lachman Ed Buday Gayle Gennett Robert Rajewski Fritz Puffpaff Dr. Roger Postmus Ken Weller Herbert Dishong Distinguished Kiwanians Ralph Hamilton Robert Rajewski Harold Pletz Edward Buday APPENDIX #4 Programs the Charlevoix Kiwanis Club provide funds or personnel. The Club members give about 7000 hours of their time Per year for Club projects.. It raises about $15,000 to fund Its projects. 1. Boy Scout Troop #11. Supported with funds and help from many members. 2. Same for Cub Scouts. 3. Member help for Girl Scouts. 4. Newly Chartered Sea Scout Troop. Aid with funds and personnel. 5. Bases Teen Center. Funds and personnel. 6. Big Brothers and Sisters 7. Weekly reading program for Head Start children. 8. Personnel to help with Junior Achievement Programs 9. Personnel to help for the easy riders program at Bay Harbor for handicapped Children 10. Success to all readers program at Charlevoix Elementary School as needed 11. Help for Special Olympics. 12. Financial and volunteer support for Camp Daggett including maintenance of One cabin 13 Support for Camp Quality for children with cancer. Both financial and volunteers 14. One Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship. 15. Several Math and Science Scholarships. 16. Through The Charlevoix Kiwanis young Children-Priority One Programs we support several different activities each year. 17. We supply games, toys, and volunteer help for the children’s wards at the Charlevoix Area Hospital and the Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. 18. Through our participation in the Michigan Kiwanis Foundation we support 3 other children’s hospitals in Michigan. 19. We supply volunteers for the Junior Achievement Program. 20. The Club helps the Marine Corps in their toys for tots program 21. We Support the Charlevoix Elementary Success School’s To All Readers (STAR) Program. 22. We support with volunteers and funds the Woman’s Resource Center. 23. The Club supports in several ways the Charlevoix Public Library. 24. The Charlevoix Public Pool director is am member of Kiwanis, and the Club helps In a number of ways. 25. Through Kiwanis International we support the International Iodine Deficiency Fund and a Key Leadership Programs 26. Thesoresis for all the seventh graders in the Charlevoix School System. 27. Essay contest for all fifth grade students for their favorite charity. Prizes arre Given to the winning essays in the students name for their charity. 28. Co-sponsored a Thanksgiving morning “Turkey Trot” a fund raiser forn cancer research . APPENDIX #5 Club Past Presidents YEAR NAME 1935 Oscar North 1936 Robert Bridge 1937 Meyer Levinson 1938 Robert Sloan 1939 Harold Hallett 1940 Floyd Supp 1941 Rollie Lewis 1942 Harry Bingham 1943 Fred Bancrofi 1944 William Meyer 1945 Frayley McMiIIan 1946 Fenton Bulow 1947 Wilford Wood 1948 Howard Brumm 1949 Clarence Meggison 1950 Roy Bennett 1951 Gordon Freedman 1952 Frank F Bird 1953 Hubert Paddock 1954 Leonard Burns 1955 Charles Ponrius 1956 Fred Willis 1957 Ralph Hamilton 1958 Elmer Hawley 1959 Archie Livingston 1960 Edward Edwards 1961 Edward Shanahan 1962 Glen Snider 1963 Barney Fngelhart 1964 Robert Richards 1965 Harold Lonen 1966 John Schmidt 1967 William Peck 1968 Lawrence Ten 1969 Loren Corwin 1969-70 Don Anders 1970-71 Albert Smith 1971-72 Vane Smith 1972-1973 Raymond Carr 1973-1974 Dale Fassen & William Wilson 1974-75 Robert Bums 1975-76 Glen Ketmey 1976-77 Richard Krueger 1977-78 Frank Schuch 1978-79 Clarence Rabach 1979-80 Clarence Odmark 1980-81 Raymond Griffin 1981-82 James Corbin 1982-83 J. George Sevestian 1983-84 Gerrett Miller 1984-85 Robert J. Rajewski 1985-86 Clifford Biddick 1986-87 Kenneth Weller 1987-88 Kenneth Brill 1988-89 Donald Dannacher 1989-90 Richard Rathke 1990-91 Phillip Schairbaum 1991-92 Gayle Gennett 1992-93 Merle VanDenberg 1993-94 Barbara Scully 1994-95 John Lachman 1995-96 Edward Buday 1996-97 Harold Pletz 1997-98 David Smith 1998-99 Herb Dishong 1999-00 Jeff Rodgers 2000-01 William Lovett 2001-02 Terry Edger 2002-03 Alan D. Gooch 2003-04 James Mielke 2004-05 John Lachman 2005-06 Suzanne Muma 2006-07 David Garland 2007-08 Teddis Dumbauld 2008-09 Carolyn Navvare 2009-10 Dianne Clifford Dupomt