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.

Scholarships

This year’s Math and Science Scholarship went to Charlevoix Senior Sam Lee. The recipient of this scholarship is selected by Charlevoix High School. Sam will be attending the University of Michigan.

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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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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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The Fun Run

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

Our programs are entertaining, informative and fun.

Speakers – Larry Levengood Mid-Michigan Honor Flights

July 14, 2015

July 14 2015 Larry Levengood spoke about his experience as a Guardian for Mid-Michigan Honor Flights. The Honor Flight Network is a national organization with programs to transport Veterans across America to see their memorials.  Regional Hubs, like Mid-Michigan Honor Flight, is just one of the programs available. Visit their website at www.honorflight.org for more details on…

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Speakers – Tom Bailey Little Traverse Conservancy

July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015 Tom Bailey from the Little Traverse Conservancy updated the Club on recent activity. Pictured with Club Member Emmaline Weidman, The Little Traverse Conservancy is a broad coalition of individuals, families, and businesses who agree that the acquisition and protection of natural land is important if we are to retain the quality of life…

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Fritz Puffpaff 1925 – 2015

November 21, 2014

Services for Honorary Club member Fritz Puffpaff will be held Saturday 11:00 am. January 31st at Christ Episcopal Church. Fritz was a member of the Army Air Corps in World War II. He moved us all at our July 20th meeting when he spoke of his trip to Washington DC as a member of the Mid-Michigan Honor Flight Mission.…

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