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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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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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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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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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.

Chuck Vodra

January 5, 2016

Under Sheriff Chuck Vondra spoke to the Club at our Tuesday January 5th meeting. He spoke about the challenges law enforcement and the medical community have dealing with individuals suffering from mental illness. He applauded the efforts that Sheriff Don Schneider has made to press for changes in the current failed system of providing care…

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Roger Nesburg

December 18, 2015

      On December 18th Roger Nesburg of Charlevoix Screen Masters talked to a small group at the Club meeting. Roger spoke about his company’s history and gave a great presentation on the the screen printing process. Roger has printed many items for the Club including shirts and banners.

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Michael Ridder New Charlevoix School Superintendent

August 25, 2015

The August 15th Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix Luncheon Speaker Mike Ridder is pictured with Club member Ed Buday who introduced Mr. Ridder to the Club. Mr. Ridder assumed his duties as the Superintendent of Charlevoix Public School System on July 1st. He was the principal of Ludington’s Foster Elementary School. He and his wife Julie have…

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Speakers – Author Timothy Parsel

August 18, 2015

Author Timothy Parsel pictured above with Club member Ed Buday spoke to the Club at the August 18th meeting about his book “Broken Rib Ranch.” From Tim’s  website: A book for horse lovers and anyone who has said “I do” In a last-ditch effort to regain the affection of the woman of his dreams, Timothy Parsel swung…

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Speakers – Dean Davenport

August 11, 2015

The August 11th speaker was Dean “Deano” Davenport. Deano is a 1953 graduate of Charlevoix High School. He attended Central Michigan University where he “walked-on” to the basketball team. His days at CMU were very active. He eventually became the athletic director at Ferris State and served in that position for 14 years. In 2007…

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Speakers – Youth Advisory Committee

July 29, 2015

July 28, 2015 Michele Shooks from the Community Foundation  pictured here with members of  The Youth Advisory Committee, Tim Robach committee president and vice-president Montana Thompson. whth club member Jeffry Rogers. The Youth Advisory Committee is part of the Charlevoix County Community Foundation. The committee consists of 16 members from all of the schools in Charlevoix…

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