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.

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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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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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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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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The Fun Run Saturday Oct. 14th

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Richard Hodgson Charlevoix State Bank

January 24, 2017

Charlevoix State Bank CEO was the speaker at our January 17th meeting. He spoke about the banks history and the advantages of a locally owned bank. He also spoke about banking regulations. Laws designed for banks large and small put extra staffing on a smaller bank that a larger bank can more easily absorb. Never the…

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Sheriff Chuck Vondra

January 17, 2017

Chuck Vondra took over the duties as sheriff of Charlevoix County at the first of the year and we were pleased to have him as our guest at our January 17th meeting. Sheriff Vondra continues to be very active in drug enforcement activities as he did previous to election to his new job. He also…

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Wayne Schmidt State Senator

January 10, 2017

37th District State Senator Wayne Shmidt was our speaker. He spoke about his history in politics and the current state of the political climate in Lansing. He is optimistic that conditions in the State are improving. He believes that state funding for public education will become more equitable in the future. He answered a large…

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Leah Olson VP IT Charlevoix State Bank

January 3, 2017

Club member Leah Olson Vice President of Information Technology & Marketing CSB presented a program on internet security or as she titled it “Olson’s Top Security Tips for 2017.  Among her suggestions: Make sure your virus and malware protection are up to date. (She suggested you should have both virus and malware programs) Shut down…

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Anne DeWitt Executive Director Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra

December 22, 2016

Anne DeWitt Executive Director of the Northwest Symphony Orchestra spoke about the Orchestras history and the challenges of maintaining a high-quality organization in Northwest Michigan. The orchestra is financed almost entirely by donations. DeWitt said she started coming Up North as a child staying at a family cottage in Bay View. She is pictured with Club member Carolyn…

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Charlevoix Community Pool

November 8, 2016

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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