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.

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Mike Ritter Charlevoix Schools Superintendent

April 25, 2017

Charlevoix Public Schools superintendent Mike Ritter spoke about the process that went into the decisions to reduce the number of facilities that the school system owns. The decision was precipitated by continued decreasing enrollment in the Charlevoix school system. Voters will be voting in November on a proposal that would close the current elementary school and update…

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Paula Brown Brave hearts Estate

April 18, 2017

Paula Brown and her husband are the caretakers at Brave Hearts Estate a 238-acre ranch that was donated to Operation Injured Soldiers by a patriot and generous supporter of our injured veterans. Located in the northwestern corner of Michigan, Brave Hearts Estate is nestled just outside the city of Pellston. Veterans & their families can enjoy…

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Scott MacKenzie Director Charlevoix Area Humane Society

April 11, 2017

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 no kill animal shelter.  The shelter has been in operation since 1974 and they rely almost exclusively on donations and fundraisers. Scott MacKenzie is executive director and driving force behind most of the creative fundraising events held by the organization. More information can be found at…

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Elizabeth Gertz Looze Challenge Mountain

April 6, 2017

Elizabeth Gertz Looze executive director at Challenge Mountain spoke to the Club about the progress the organization has made in the past year including a 20% increase in funding. That is increase is due in no small part to the success that the retail shop in Boyne City has enjoyed. Looze said Challenge Mountain has a…

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Brian Wagner Charlevoix Public Library

March 28, 2017

Charlevoix Public Library facilities manager Brian Wagner spoke to the Club about the challenges of energy efficiency in a complex building like the library.  They have gained some efficiency by controlling the temperature in the different zones in the building on the basis of the activity in the various areas. The primary energy savings, however, has come…

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Charlevoix High Cuba Trip

March 22, 2017

Teacher Ann Marie Conway and students Jacke Conway and Jacob Petroskey from Charlevoix High School told about the trip to Cuba last June. The group of students and adults spent almost two weeks in Cuba. They said the visit was like stepping back in time. The Cuban people thought they were Europeans and were surprised to learn…

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