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. Tabitha Simpson 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.

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Charlevoix Mayor Luther Kurtz

March 14, 2017

Charlevoix Mayor Luther Kurtz spoke to the Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix yesterday March 14th. He spoke about the City’s goals for 2017-2018. He spoke about ensuring that Charlevoix is environmentally sustainable while remaining economically viable, being more inclusive of the senior citizen community and developing and maintaining long-term infrastructure.

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Charlevoix Robotics Team

March 8, 2017

Members of the Charlevoix High School Robotics team spoke to the Club about this year’s project and competition. Team members pictured above seniors Tom, Marlo and Freshman Robin. They say this year’s robot is undergoing final testing. One of the interesting tasks to be required is climbing a quarter inch rope. The robot weighs over one-hundred pounds. The…

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Dr. Louis Cannon Interventional Cardiology

February 28, 2017

Dr. “Lewie” Cannon cardiologist with McLaren Northern hospital in Petoskey was our speaker today. He presented an extremely interesting program on the various aspects of the replacement of heart valves. The process is much less evasive with modern technology and McLaren in Petoskey is one of only five hospitals in Michigan performing these procedures. Dr.…

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Lindsey Dotson Main Street Director

February 21, 2017

Lindsey Dotson director of the Charlevoix Main Street Program introduced herself and updated the club on the program and also addressed how the affected retailers are dealing with the recent fires in Charlevoix. Lindsey is pictured with Laura Migda club president-elect on the right.

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Emily Selph and Jane Korthase Leadership Charlevoix County

February 8, 2017

Leadership Charlevoix County 2017 Class members Emily Selph and Jane Korthase introduced the club to the Wipe Your Feet project which is providing Boot Cleaning Stations on local trails in Charlevoix County. The purpose of these stations is to reduce the spreading of invasive species in Northern Michigan. You can read more about the project…

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Frank Shaler Charlevoix Re-Cycling

February 1, 2017

Frank Shaler spoke about the Re-Cycling program for Charlevoix County. Mr. Shaler said that the ability to recycle so many items should mean that very little should need to placed in the containers for local pick-up. There are some exceptions such has building materials, batteries, and electronic equipment. He said that water based paints should…

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