Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Michigan

Serving the community of Charlevoix and its children for over 80 years

WELCOME

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club has been serving the community and its children for more than eighty years. The Club was chartered on March 19th, 1935 at the Masonic Temple in Charlevoix. It was the first service club to be organized in Charlevoix.

In 1939 the Club sponsored the formation of Boy Scout Troop #11. The Club has continued supporting the troop which is the second oldest in Northern Michigan. The Club is proud to be one of the first Clubs in Michigan to sponsor an AKtion Club.

The club currently has forty-seven members. It was the first service club in Charlevoix. and meets each Tuesday at noon in the lower level of the Weathervane Resturant in Charlevoix. The Club is also proud to be one of the first Clubs in Michigan to sponsor an AKtion Club.

What could be more important than stimulating young minds?

The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix supports Head Start's efforts to provide an environment that focuses on nurturing and caring for children. We believe we can help by providing role models that may not be otherwise available to local children for a variety of circumstances.

YOUNG CHILDREN PRIORITY ONE

Each week, during the school year, club members along with few other members of the community, spend a short time reading  to the head start children participating in this valuable program. The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix supports Head Start's efforts to provide an environment that focuses on nurturing and caring for children. We believe we can help by providing role models that may not be otherwise available to local children for a variety of circumstances.

We also provide books. We believe there is nothing more important than providing an interest in books and reading to children at an early age. If you share our view, why not join us?

AKtion Club

Aktion Clubs are for adults with disabilities. The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix sponsored the second Aktion club in Michigan in conjunction with the Charlevoix Bergmann Center. 
It is very rewarding to see AKtion club members gain confidence, increase their communication skills and become active members of their community.

The Aktion Club Moto: Where development has no disability.

There are 12, 000 Aktion Club members in 500 clubs around the world. They donate 92,000 hours of service every year. It is the fastest growing  Kiwanis service leadership programs.

BUILDER'S CLUB

Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body.

Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide.

Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community.

The Charlevoix Builder's Club has always had an interest in the Charlevoix Animal Shelter. They have raised money for the shelter and made toys for the animals.

.They also collected books for the Head Start Program. Club member and Builder's Club advisor Sue Goss is shown handing books to Dave Garland who heads the Head Start Reading program

Your Future is created by what you do today not tomorrow

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THE THINGS WE DO

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club sponsors with funds and/or volunteer hours over two dozen organizations. In fact, the club averages nearly 150 volunteer hours per month. (This does not include time spent in fundraising projects) For more than 70 years, the Club has sponsored Boy Scout Troup #11. The Troop has 30 Eagle Scout awards. Cub Scouts and Sea Scouts are also sponsored. The Sea Scouts use and maintain the club’s own 30 foot sailboat.

Charlevoix Community Pool

At our August 30th luncheon meeting, club member Peggy DeNio with Naomi Singer (right) President of the Charlevoix Community Pool’s board of directors and Carissa Mullaney, (left) public relations volunteer, spoke about activities at the pool. The pool has a full schedule of activities from their swim team, educational and therapy programs. The pool is funded…

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Sea Scouts – Ship 11

Not many Kiwanis clubs are fortunate to have the kind of access to recreational boating opportunities as the Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix. Even fewer own a 30-foot sailboat maintained and operated by the Club’s Sea Scouts. The club as supported scouting programs almost from its inception. The Sea Scout program is a newer program and…

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Head Start Reading Program

Each week, during the school year, club members along with few other members of the community, spend a short time reading to the head start children participating in this valuable program. We also provide books. We believe there is nothing more important than providing an interest in books and reading to children at an early…

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Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation

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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Recognition

The Club recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community. Pictured above is Gayle Gennett presenting a plaque to Mary Ann Chew the latest citizen to be recognized. Although Mary Ann has been involved in a multitude of activities she is best known as a “friend of the library.” She can be found…

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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…

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Club luncheon meetings are held every Tuesday at noon in the lower level of the Weathervane Restuarant.

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Brenda Keller American House

June 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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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 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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Charlevoix High School Wrestling Team

April 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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Challenge Mountain

April 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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Raven Hill Discovery Center

April 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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