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.

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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The Fun Run

Saturday morning at the Charlevoix Applefest the Club sponsors “The Fun Run.” It’s a family event and attracts three generations of runners. There are  1K and a 5K runs through the streets of “Charlevoix the Beautiful.” There are some obstacles to run through (That’s part of the fun) but serious runners are free to ignore…

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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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Scholarships

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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Salvation Army Bell Ringing

Each December Club members spend a couple weekends in December ringing the Salvation Army Bells for their Red Kettle fund-raising drive. Members are often accompanied by members of the Bergmann Center AKtion Club or the middle schoolers from the Builder’s Club. During the two weekends, the Club generally raises around $1,000 from generous Charlevoix area…

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Greensky Hill

April 5, 2016

Jon Mays and Jessica Dominick from the Green Sky church spoke at April 5th luncheon meeting. Jessica spoke about the history of the church and the Native American people in Northwestern Michigan. The church was founded by Peter Greensky a Chippewa chief in 1844. Pastor Mays described a renovation program that is needed for the old…

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Michigan AKTION Club Governor Speaks

March 30, 2016

At the March 29th luncheon meeting, Charlevoix AKTION club member and Michigan’s AKTION club governor gave the speech that she will be giving this Saturday at the Michigan Regional meeting to be held in Boyne City. She will also l be giving the speech at the State District convention to be held in East Lansing in August.…

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Linda Adams Director Charlevoix Public Libary

March 15, 2016

Today our speaker was asking most of the questions. Linda Adams directors of the Charlevoix Public Library was our guest speaker. She explained that the library is ten years old and they have been conducting focus groups to determine how the library can better serve the community. She first asked questions about the Club and…

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Ron Bindi Charlevoix Football Coach

March 8, 2016

Charlevoix High School coach Ron Bindi was the speaker at the Club’s March 8th luncheon meeting.  Ron is a native of Charlevoix and played football and graduated from Charlevoix High School in 1972.indi has coached at the Division II level in Texas, Division III level in Indiana and three years as a coach for the Grand…

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Kristin Belfy Rhythmic Roots Doula and Birth Services

March 1, 2016

Kristin Belfy spoke to the Club at the March 1, 2016 meeting. Kristin’s Rhythmic Roots Doula and Birth Services  Empowers families to know their choices and find their voices as they journey into parenthood. Serving the families of greater Northern Michigan with evidence based education, experienced and professional training, knowledge filled physical and emotional support,…

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Steve Libert

February 23, 2016

Steve Libert is President of Great Lakes Exploration Group LLC. Spoke to the Club on Feb 23. Since he was 14 years old he has had an interest in the “Le Griffon.” The Griffon was built by Robert de La Salle’s exploration group to explore the Great Lakes. The Griffon was lost in Northern Lake…

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