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

This year the St. Mary’s School’s Kiwanis Builder’s Club raised and donated OVER $1000 in less than 9 months to Charlevoix Community non-profit organizations. They have collected food for the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry, clothes for Kari’s Closet and the Rainbow Shop, and they are a great leadership group at St. Mary’s School.

Joe Solomon is the Club’s advisor, St. Mary’s teacher and photographer. Sue Goss is the Club’s Kiwanis advisor.

Builder’s Clubs are student-led community service organizations that operate under school regulations and draw its members from the student body.

Builder’s 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.

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.

Cora Taylor Larry Roth Scholarship Winner

Cora Taylor was selected as this year’s Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Larry Roth Scholarship recipient. The scholarship is awarded to a student who is already completed at least one year of secondary education. Applicants submit essays on a topic provided by the scholarship committee. This year applicants were asked to write about “Their Passion.” Cora…

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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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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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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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2017 Vandenberg Essay Contest Winners

The winners of the 2017 5th grade Vandenberg Essay Contest were announced at an assembly at the Charlevoix Elementary school on Wednesday, May 24th. Pictured are (left to right) McKenzie Cark who wrote about Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Amelia Drenth who wrote about the Rainbow Shoppe, Adam Streeter who’s Grand Prize winning essay was…

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Scholarships 2017

Lukila Witthoeft is our 2017 recipient of The Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix’s “Math and Science Scholarship.” Lukila graduated from Charlevoix High School with a 4.0 GPA. (And she took all those hard subjects) She was the school book editor, ran cross country and track. She will be attending Grand Valley State next year. She will…

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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.

Key Leader Training

June 6, 2017

Kelsey Smith and Gracie Thomas spoke at our June 6th luncheon meeting. Kelsey and Gracie attended the Key Leader Training session held in April at Camp Faholo near Grass Lake, Michigan. The two girls are the first individuals that the club as sponsored for this program and will be freshmen at Charlevoix High School this fall. The…

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Vandenberg Essay Winners 2017

May 30, 2017

The winners of the 2017 5th grade Vandenberg Essay Contest were announced at an assembly at the Charlevoix Elementary school on Wednesday, May 24th. Pictured are (left to right) McKenzie Cark who wrote about Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Amelia Drenth who wrote about the Rainbow Shoppe, Adam Streeter who’s Grand Prize winning essay was about the Charlevoix…

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Scott Kelly BASES

May 23, 2017

Scott Kelly BASES executive director was our speaker at our May 23rd luncheon meeting. Scott started BASES along with his wife Celina in 1992 to help at risk young people. Over the course of the years the program has expanded its outreach from a “teen center” with the addition of counselors and new programx. The…

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2017 Inauguration Trip

May 16, 2017

Three Seniors from Charlevoix High School were our speakers at our May 16th luncheon meeting.  Pictured are Mckenna Ebert, Kara Simpson, and Christan Matye. They were with the group that traveled to Washinton DC for the inauguration of president Trump. They said the five-day experience gave them a new appreciation of our history and how our…

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Sheriff Deputy Ben Spegel and Exotic

May 9, 2017

Another great program at yesterday’s (May 9th) Charlevoix Kiwanis Club’s luncheon meeting. Deputy Ben Spegel introduced us to his  partner “Exotic.’ Exotic was born in Slovakia. He is an eighty-pound full blood German Shepard. He received very basic training in Slovakia. (He still speaks Check) Exotic was shipped to an individual in Clio, Michigan who imports and trains…

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Alfred Soriano-Micheau

May 2, 2017

Meet Alfred Soriano-Micheau. He spoke at our May 2nd meeting. He showed a video about his trip to the Dominican Republic with the Beacon Dental to provide dental services to the poor. He could relate to the people he met because of his own compelling story. Alfred was born in a Philippine prison where his…

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