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|School Year||Key Clubs|
|Year Around||Aktion Club|
|School Year||School Reading Program|
|Fall/Spring||Tall In The Saddle|
|Weekly||Deliver lunch left-overs to Open Door|
|School Year||Picture Parent Program, Eastlawn School|
Walk for Warmth, Midland Center For The Arts, 10am
||March 15||Kids Against Hunger packaging,
Dow High School, 8am|
|April 2||Painting project at West Midland Family Center|
Flag Project Form
BRAVO Level 2 Forms
Volunteer Driver Form
Article on Aktion Club Project
View photo collage of Kiwassee members
View pictures of 2013 Crop Walk
Beverlee Wenzel, Executive Director, The Rock Youth Center, told about the programs of the Center at our February 25 meeting. Fund raising was the topic of the February 18 meeting. We had reports on our latest Candy & Nuts Sales and Travel & Adventure Series projects. Our February 11 meeting was our annual Valentine's party. At our February 4 meeting, Kathy Dolan told about the development of the Express Yourself Artshop at Creative 360.
At our January 28 meeting, the Midland County Revenue Enhancement Millage Renewal that is on the ballot on February 25 was the prime topic in a talk by Michael Sharrow, Superintendent of Midland Public Schools. Shannyn Caldwell, a radio host for Family Life Radio, talked about the station and her experiences in working with it at our January 21 meeting. At our January 14 meeting, Jennifer Heronema, President & CEO of the The Legacy Center For Community Success told about programs of the Center for fighting substance abuse among young people. Member Carol Rumba, Volunteer Outreach Coordinator of Senior Services, told about some of the activities of the organization at our January 7 meeting.
Our Club Holiday Party was December 17. The Midland High School Meistersingers presented the program. Mike Hayes, President and CEO of Midland Center For The Arts, gave an update on the activities of the Center at our December 10 meeting. The Kids Holiday Party at Eastlawn School was our December 3 meeting
Committee plans for the coming years were topics at all November meetings. Debbie Keyes of the Midland Diaper Alliance gave an update of their work at our November 26 meeting. Information on the activities of the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation was presented at the November 19 meeting by Tim Braun. At the November 12 meeting, Betty O'Neill, Director of the Midland Alzheimer's Association, presented facts and statistics about Alzheimer's disease. At the November 5 meeting, the officers of the Dow High Key Club were introduced.
Elan Lipschitz, Director of Land conservation of Little Forks Conservancy talked about the work of the Conservancy at our October 29 meeting. At our October 22 meeting, Richard Shull from the Royal Family KIds program described their program for helping children in foster care programs. Our Candy & Nuts sales program was the topic of our October 15 meeting. Sales will start November 5. Member Brian Goodwill, Captain of the Midland Corps of the Salvation Army, told about the work of his organization at the October 8 meeting. He highlighted the many needs for volunteers. The October 1 meeting was the start of the new fiscal year. The program included the induction of the new officers by immediate past Lt. Governor Brian Jackson, the vision for the coming year by the new president Gordon Rogers, and a video presentation of last year's activities.
A report on the year's activities by our outgoing president, Roger Briggs, was the agenda item for the September 24 meeting. The September 10 and September 17 meetings had year-end reports from our committees. At the September 3 meeting, Mike Wilcox of the Maiers and Associates Financial Group took a look at investing in today's economic climate. Emily Atton of the Dow High School Key Club told about her experience at the International Convention this summer, a trip partially supported by Kiwassee.
Stephanie Varner and Trixie Onstott from West Midland Family Center shared information about their preschool programs at our August 27 meeting. There were two items for our August 20 meeting. Jim Young gave an update on our Flag Project. Gordon Rogers spoke about the Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver. Sarah Merling, Program Director for the Midland Salvation Army, talked about the Army's SHARE Summer Day Camp at our August 13 meeting. At the August 6 meeting, Martha Briggs told about the local Crop Walk for which Kiwassee is a co-sponsor. It is scheduled for Sunday, October 6. Charlie Corcoran from the Circle K club at Northwood University gave information about the Kids Against Hunger packaging event in which they are sponsoring on August 24.
Therese Ashmore, Executive Director of Campfire of Midland County, told about the work of her organization at our July 30 meeting. The July 23 meeting was the kickoff of our 2013-2014 Travel and Adventure Series. Our Club News and Publicity Committee had responsibility for our July 16 program. Alex Rapanos showed our new Facebook page and how it can be used to publicize Kiwassee activities. Jim Morgan showed our traditional website with its publicity facets and its links to this news summary page, our Smoke Signals publication, a history page, and our on-line store. He also talked about our internet cloud file cabinet where important Kiwassee documents are stored. On July 9, we had our annual picnic at the Pinecrest Farms housing facility. The President's Mid-Term Report was the topic for the July 2 meeting.
For our June 25 meeting, Beverly Pyles and Hollie Barth of the
Midland County Health Department
talked about their Maternal and Infant Health Program for pregnant mothers and infants.
Craig Widner, Director of Advancement at Eagle Village gave a rundown of the work of the Village at our
June 18 meeting.
June 11 was our annual steak fry at Emerson Park. Attendance was over 80.
Jim Branson, Midland's City Attorney, spoke on the role of the City Attorney at our
June 4 meeting.
A recap of the initial day of our Flag Project was the topic for the May 28 meeting. At our May 21 meeting, Debbie Conarty, Director of the Seasons Adult Day Health and Dementia Services, talked about her organization's activities and about dementia in general. The election of club officers for the next fiscal year and reports from Foundations were the items covered at the May 14 meeting. Newly elected officers are: President: Gordon Rogers; President Elect: Dave Winegardner; Vice President: Bruce Rayce; and Board Members: Karen Adams, Fred Honercamp, and Heather McLaughlin. Click here to view the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation report. Our annual Pig Auction was our May 7 meeting. It was held at the Salvation Army and netted over $300.
At our April 30 meeting, Kimberly Clark from the Midland County Educational Service Agency
presented information about the Longview Early Childhood Center slated to open in the fall.
Donations to the project can be made at their web site.
Also, member Jim Young announced that our Flag Project to raise money for the
Kiwanis International Eliminate Project is underway.
See the participation form for more information.
Heather Fisher and Kathy Worsley from the Pregnancy Resource Center spoke about the work of their organization
at our April 23 meeting.
Mid-year committee reports was the agenda for the April 16 meeting.
At our April 9 meeting,
Carl Ellinger, Superintendent of the Midland Public Schools, spoke about 2 millage proposals (Sinking Fund and Technology Bond)
that will be on the May 7 ballot.
Member Dick Skochdopole talked about the history of the club at our
April 2 meeting.
The 50-year history of Saginaw Valley State University was the topic of our
March 26 meeting.
Clifford Dorne, Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, was the speaker.
Our March 19 meeting was about the
New Tech High School program at Meridian High School.
Patrick Malley, Director of the program, and Anthony Rosperski, 9th grad student, were the speakers.
At our March 12 meeting,
a presentation was made about the
City of Midland combined gas to energy system at the City landfill.
Joe Sova of the City finance department and Scott O'Laughlin, Superintendent of the landfill, gave the talk.
Our March 5 meeting was a Membership Roundup.
Donna Rapp, Vice President of
MidMichigan Medical Center, spoke on developments at the Center.
The February 26 meeting was cancelled because of a conflicting event at our meeting place.
Chief Probate & Circuit Court Judge for Midland County, talked on issues with youth at our
February 19 meeting.
Our annual Valentine Party for spouses was our
February 12 meeting.
Gary Skory, Director of the Midland County Historical Society, spoke on The Love for Midland.
The February 5 meeting was held at the
Midland Resort and Convention Center.
Liga Dekmeijere from Latavia and Natalie Pluskota from Atlanta, two players participating in the
Dow Corning Tennis Classic, spoke on their experiences.
Bruce Rayce lead the discussion.
The January 29 meeting was a report on our Nuts & Candy and Golf Outing fund raisers. Jim Rajewski and Roger Briggs gave the reports. Daniel Newton and Daymon Leonhardt from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints spoke about their church at our January 22 meeting. At our January 15 meeting, member Terri Malek-Madani, Director of the Dow College Opportunity Program (COP) from West Midland Family Center, talked about the COP program. A report by the Audit Committee was the topic at the January 8 meeting. Joe Malan gave the report
|RECENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES|
|Pre-Christmas||Salvation Army Bell Ringing|
|Dec 10,11,12||Call in Santa program|
|Dec 3||The Kids Holiday Party, Eastlawn School||
||Nov 23||Santa Parade||October 6||
Crop Walk||Oct 2||Stratford Woods brush removal project||Sept & Oct||Longview Early Childhood Center play structure||Sept 21||Adopt-a-Highway
||August 28||Aktion Club Talent Show||August 24||Kids Against Hunger packaging
||July 20||Tri-City Kids Triathlon||June & July||Eagle Village Painting Project||June 1,2||Summer Art Fair balloon booth||May 27||Memorial Day Parade||May 18||Midland Blooms||May 10||Salvation Army playground project||April 27||Adopt-a-Highway||March 25||Kids Against Hunger packaging
||February 23||Walk for Warmth
||National Holidays||Flag Project||School Year||School Reading Program||School Year||Aktion Club, Key clubs|