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.

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Jeremy McBain Editor of the Petoskey News Review

September 27, 2016

Jeremy McGain spoke to the Club on September 27, 2016. He spoke about the challenges facing the newspaper industry today and how the “News Review” has joined the digital age. They have reorganized the company to take advantage of their strengths. He told how their reporters now have greater responsibility for the total content of their…

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Amber and Phi Munday

September 6, 2016

Amber and Phil Munday are owners of Harwood Gold. Their store features a vast variety of products made with Maple Syrup. Amber grew up with maple syrup. Phil is a chef with worldwide experience. Their products are available on-line as well as their retail store.

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Charlevoix High School Band Director Tom Harder

August 16, 2016

Tom Harder has hit the ground running as the new Charlevoix School band director. His enthusiasm has already resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of students choosing to participate in the band program. Harder is developing strong programs in the elementary and junior high classes as well which promise to build a continuing source of…

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Julie Voci and Kathy Jacobsen Munson Healthcare

August 9, 2016

Registered Nurse Kathy Jacobsen and Exercise Specialist Julie Voci from Munson Healthcare Charlevoix Hospital spoke to the Club at our August 9th luncheon meeting. Julie and Kathy work out of the new downtown facility and have a number of wellness programs including walking, exercise, and yoga.

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Tom Bailey Little Traverse Conservancy

July 26, 2016

Tom Bailey speaks almost every year about how the Little Traverse Conservancy works with land owner’s to protect their land. Land owner’s have many options that the Conservancy can explore from maintaining ownership, selling or donating it which can permanently protect the scenic and conservation value of your property.

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Laura Case – Beijo de Chocolat

July 19, 2016

Laura Case studied broadcasting at Michigan State and worked as a television news producer in Virginia, Ohio, and Chicago. She became disillusioned with all the bad news and went to culinary school and opened her own chocolate shop. She decided she wanted to return home to Michigan. She is now selling her award winning chocolates…

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WHAT CAN OUR KIWANIS CLUB DO FOR YOU?

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