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NEWS 2015

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Santa Claus The December 22 meeting was our annual Holiday Party. Roland Wallace on bass and David Valentine on piano entertained with Christmas music. We said goodbye to our long-time caterer Rachel Hollingsworth. Member Fred Honerkamp reviewed some philosophies of living as the program for our December 15 meeting. Our annual kids Christmas Party for 1st and 2nd graders at Eastlawn School was our December 8 meeting. At the December 1 meeting, Dennis Pilaske, Director of Interpretation of the Chippewa Nature Center, reviewed the history and discussed the programs of his organization.

Jenee Velasquez, Executive Director of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation highlighted the November 24 meeting with a review of the history of her organization and a general discussion on philanthropy. At the November 10 and November 17 meetings, committee chairs gave their plans for the current fiscal year. Karalee McKinstry of Michigan Blood told about the work of her organization at the November 3 meeting. A blood drive will be at Trinity Lutheran on December 21.

New Hope Village Momentum Midland was the topic for the October 27 meeting. Chelsea Rowley was the presenter. Newly installed club president Bruce Rayce gave his club's goals and objectives at the October 20 meeting. The installation of new officers and the Candy & Nuts sales kickoff were the program of the October 13 meeting. At the October 6 meeting, member John Congleton told about his work as Director of the New Hope Village, an endeavor to provide transitional housing to homeless families coupled with educational help in improving their situations.

Outgoing president Dave Winegardner gave his report of the club's activities for the past year at the September 29 meeting. The September 22 meeting had each of the Kiwassee committees gave a yearly report of their activities. The speaker for the September 15 meeting was Brian Marinik of Young Leaders United. Associated with the United Way of Midland County, it is group of age 40 and under people who put in volunteer hours with recognized community agencies. The highlight of the September 8 meeting was a presentation of the purpose and activities of Midland Tomorrow. Fund and Community Development Director Becky Church, with help from Marketing and Attraction Director Lina Hanlon, was the speaker. Micki Gibbs, Director of Midland County Great Start Collaborative, told about the activities of her organization at our September 1 meeting.

Tall In The Saddle Wes Allison, Garage Manager of the His Hands Auto Care program of Messiah Lutheran Church, talked about the program at our August 25 meeting. A preview of our Travel and Adventure program for the upcoming year was the program for our August 18 meeting. Cal Hoerneman and Gary Kerestes made the presentation. At the August 11 meeting, member Martha Briggs gave an update on youth protections policies and President Dave Winegardner explained a new member attendance logon procedure. Renee Pettinger, Executive Director of the Open Door, talked about the mission of her organization at the August 4 meeting.

At our July 21 meeting, member Jim Morgan reviewed our publicity website and our file cabinet website. Camp Iknowme, a program to help special needs 13-15 year olds, was the program for our July 14 meeting. Member Beth Sorenson Prince, CEO of Family and Children's Services, was the speaker. The annual Pinecrest Picnic was our July 7 meeting.

Salvation Army The speaker for the June 30 meeting was Angela Barris, President/Chief Executive Officer of the mid-michigan children's museum. She spoke on the activities of the museum. Member Brian Goodwill reviewed the history of the Salvation Army at our June 23 meeting. The June 16 meeting was our annual cookout at Emerson Park. Randy Ransom of the Midland Kiwanis Club spoke reviewed the history and the work of the Midland Kiwanis Foundation at our June 9 meeting. At our June 2 meeting, Sam Price, President/CEO, of the Ten 16 Recovery Network told about the work of his organization.

The work of the Saginaw Career Complex was the keynote of our May 26 meeting. Sara Robles, Career Development Facilitator, was the speaker. Jill Sutton, mid michigan Community Action, spoke about the work of her organization at our May 19 meeting. The annual Pig Auction was our May 12 meeting. It was held at the Salvation Army with Don Winger as the Pig Master. The May 5 meeting was a look at two summer fundraisers - the Flag Project and the Golf Outing. There was also the election of officers for the next fiscal year.

At our April 28 meeting, Jenn Kirts, School Program Coordinator and Nature Day Camp Director of the Chippewa Nature Center spoke about some of the programs under her responsibility. At the April 21 meeting, Sue Williams of Shelterhouse told about the Girls on the Run program that her organization promotes. The April 14 meeting was a mid-year review of the activities of our committees. A history of the Midland water supply situation was the topic of the April 7 meeting. The speaker was Michael Quinnell, general manager of Saginaw-Midland Municipal Water Supply Corp.

Tall In The Saddle At our March 31 meeting, Emily Shaffer and Ben Tierney of the Midland Area Community Foundation told about the upcoming Give Local Midland program on May 5. Religion in America was the topic of the March 17 meeting. Andy Rapp, Director of Competitive Speech at Northwood University was the speaker. Member Dick Skochdopole gave a review of the history of Kiwassee Kiwanis at our March 10 meeting. A presentation on the Tall In The Saddle program was the topic for our March 3 meeting. Speakers were Betsy Evans and Nan Spadacene.

Rock Youth Center Our February 24 meeting covered youth programs that Kiwassee helps support. Speakers were Joanna Danielson and Sarah Naumovita from Dow High School Key Club, Destiny Leathers from Meridian High School Early College SADD/ Key Club, and Beverlee Wenzel and Chase Brenske from the Rock Center for Youth Development. Our February 17 meeting was a Pastor's Appreciation Lunch. The speaker was John Congleton of the Midland County Homeless Coalition. It is is a group of volunteers from local churches and area businesses that are committed to housing homeless families for the winter months. The spouses Valentine's Party was our February 10 meeting. At our February 3 meeting, Melanie Butterfield and Beth Sorenson from Family & Children's Services of Mid-Michigan gave an overview of the activities of their organization.

Eagle Village An update on our fund raising activities was the keynote of our January 27 meeting. Jim Rajewski reported on our recent Candy and Nuts Sales. At our January 20 meeting, President Dave Winegardner gave a State of the Club message. John Ruggles, Chief Operating Officer of Eagle Village, gave a overview of the challenges of running the Village at our January 13 meeting. At our January 6 meeting, Michael Sharrow, Superintendent of the Midland Public Schools spoke on the Bond Proposal that will be on the ballot on February 24. The proposal is to raise money for upgrading aging facilities, enhancing safety, improving energy efficiency, updating classroom technology, modernizing infrastructure, demolishing vacant buildings, and upgrading the bus fleet. Gerald Wasserman, President of the Board of Education aided in the presentation.

Nov 21Santa Parade
October 4 Crop Walk
October 3Adopt-a-Highway
October 2Diaper Alliance
August 29Kids Against Hunger packaging
July 18Tri-City Kids Triathlon, Dow High
June 25,26painting at Eagle Village
June 12-14Playground construction West Midland Family Center
May 25Memorial Day Parade
April 11Adopt-a-Highway
March 25 Trinity Lutheran Blood Drive
March 21 Walk for Warmth
March 14 Kids Against Hunger packaging,
March 2-4,24 Flooring Project, North Midland Family Center
National HolidaysFlag Project
School YearSchool Reading Program
School YearAktion Club, Key clubs
Fall/SpringTall In The Saddle
Year aroundAktion Club

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