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.

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.

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.

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Cindy Post-Byron Comfort Keepers

July 5, 2016

Cindy Post-Byron is the director of Comfort Keepers® caregivers who provide care services and living assistance at American House in Charlevoix as well as traveling to clients’ homes to provide care. They can help seniors continue to live independently as long as possible.

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Pastor Appreciation Day

June 28, 2016

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club Annual Pastor Appreciation Luncheon was held Tuesday, June 28,2016 at the Weathervane Restaurant. Kiwanis members could personally thank these spiritual leaders for all they do. Left to Right: Pastor Neil Wilson (First Congregational United Church of Christ) Pastor Ginger Stevens (Third Day Fellowship and Outreach), Pastor Craig Pahl ( Barnard, East…

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Hugh Hansen

June 21, 2016

Hugh Hansen to the Club about his volunteer work in Hospital Chaplaincy. Hugh along with several members of our Club serve in this capacity at the Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Area Hospital

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Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation

June 14, 2016

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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Brenda Keller American House

June 7, 2016

Our June 7th program featured Benda Keller Executive Director of the Charlevoix American House. She spoke about the many activities at American House. The facility provides apartments for individuals or couples who still enjoy their independence. Meals and activities are provided along with health monitoring services.

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Lorraine Manary Char-EM United Way

May 13, 2016

Guest Speaker Lorraine Manary executive director of the Char Em United Way spoke about the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library USA to promote childhood literacy. The organization provides free books to children from birth to age 5. There are 518 youngsters receiving books in the two-county area. Lorraine also spoke about the new direction that United Way has taken.…

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WHAT CAN OUR KIWANIS CLUB DO FOR YOU?

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