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|School Year||Key Clubs|
|Year Around||Aktion Club|
|School Year||School Reading Program||School Year||Picture Parent Program, Central Park Elementary|
|Fall/Spring||Tall In The Saddle|
|Weekly||Deliver lunch left-overs to Open Door|
|Pre-Christmas||Salvation Army Bell Ringing|
|New Hope Village room adoption project|
The June 12 meeting was our annual cookout at Emerson Park. At the June 5 meeting, Roger Briggs, President of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation, gave the annual report for the Foundation. Last year they gave $11,540 to local organizations for special projects. He also reported on the work of the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation.
Dennis Pilaske, Executive Director of the Chippewa Nature Center, gave an update on the Center's activities at the May 29 meeting. The May 22 meeting was a roundtable discussion on What Are the Most Pressing Problems for Midland County's Children and Youth. Participants were Scott Stephenson, Sheriff of Midland County; Doreen Allen, Probate & Juvenile Court Judge of Midland County ; Michael Sharrow, Superintendent of Midland Public Schools; and Bev Wenzel, Executive Director of The ROCK Center for Youth Development. The presentation at the May 15 meeting was about the Leadership Midland program sponsored by the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce. Diane Middleton, Executive Director of the Chamber, and Scott MacNellis, Steering Committee Chair Elect of the program, were the speakers. The annual Pig Auction was held at the May 8 meeting. The agenda for the May 1 meeting was the election of officers for the next fiscal year and a preview of the Kids Golf Classic to be held July 23 at Snow Snake.
Following the April 24 meeting, Nan Hruby of Bolger & Battle Marketing Communications led a workship on building relationships with sponsors. At the April 17 meeting, Katy Hilliard, Family Intervention Committee member at Central Park Elementary School, talked about the STEM program at the school and their truancy prevention program. There were two subject matters for the April 10 meeting. The slate of officers for the next fiscal year was presented. The election will be May 1. President Doug Snoddy reviewed progress on the goals for the current fiscal year. The April 3 meeting featured master gardener Gina Pederson telling about the efforts being done to identify and document wild flowers on the Pere Marquette Rail Trail. The work is available on PereMarquetteWildflowers.com.
Kathryn Tate, Community Integration Leader at The The Legacy Center for Student Success, presented facts and figures about marijuana use at the March 27 meeting. The legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Michigan may be an issue on the 2018 ballot. At the March 20 meeting, Kyle Bagnall, Whiting Forest Program Manager, told about the current project at the Forest of developing an elevated canopy walkway through the Forest. An update of the work of Eagle Village was the topic of the March 13 meeting. Speakers were Carole Hyble, Vice President of Advancement, and Cathy Prudhomme, President and CEO. A review of our Flag Project was the subject for our March 6 meeting. It will now be known as Midland Waves.
The topic of the February 27 meeting was a discussion on local Royal Family Kids and Teen Reach programs to help foster children. Speakers were Rich Shull and Gib Giblin. Katherine Ellison, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Saginaw Valley State University, gave a review of activities of the organization at the February 20 meeting. The February 13 meeting was our annual Valentine's Party. Entertainment by the Dow High Key Club Ensemble of Becca Haines and Abby Carn. The activities of the Michigan State University Extension was the topic of the February 6 meeting. The speaker was Michael Krauch, Interim Director of the local District 9.
A review of our fund raising projects was the agenda for the January 30 meeting. The work of the Midland County Maternal Infant Health Program was the program for the January 23 meeting. Speakers were, Hollie Barth, director of Material and Child Health Department, and Beverly Pyles, director of Community Health Services. Dave Shane, executive editor of the Midland Daily News, spoke of some of his newspaper experiences at the January 16 meeting. Six members of the Bullock Creek High School Blitzcreek Robotics team talked about some of their experiences at the January 9 meeting. Also at the meeting, Greg Smith, Executive Director of Michigan District of Kiwanis gave an update on recent developments. At the January 2 meeting, Jullian Westphal, Recreation Director and School Age and Childcare Program Director at the West Midland Family Center gave an update on programs at the Center.
|RECENT VOLUNTEER ACTIVITIES|
|May 28||Memorial Day Parade|
|May 19||Midland Blooms|
|November 18||Santa Parade|
|October 1||Crop Walk|
|July 20,21, Aug 3,4||painting at Eagle Village|
|May 29||Memorial Day Parade|
|May 20||Midland Blooms|
|April 13-15||Robotics Competition, Saginaw Valley State University|
|March 23-25||Robotics Competition, H. H. Dow High School|
|March 11||Walk for Warmth|
|National Holidays||Flag Project|
|School Year||School Reading Program|
|School Year||Key clubs|
|Fall/Spring||Tall In The Saddle|
|Christmas Season||Salvation Army Bell Ringing|
|Year around||Aktion Club|