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NEWS 2017

View article on 50th Anniversary Celebration
Kiwassee Charter Night Photo

The December 19 meeting was the annual Christmas Party for spouses. A four piece band lead by former president Roland Wallace entertained with Christmas music. The Central Park Elementary School Christmas Party for 1st graders (about 140 in attendance) was the December 12 meeting. Santa Claus was a special visitor. The December 5 meeting offered a couple members, Porter Brown & Max Bottomley, a chance to reflect on some of their experiences.

At the November 28 meeting, Sue Waechter gave an update on the HEAL program of ACT UGANDA. An update of the work of the Kiwanis foundations was the topic of the November 21 meeting. The speaker for the November 14 meeting was Brad Kaye, new City Manager for Midland. He talked about current City projects.

Plans for the new fiscal year by several committees was the program for the October 31 meeting and the November 7 meeting. The October 24 meeting was a recognition of organizations that have sponsored our fund raising activities. They were each given a plaque of recognition. To start the meeting, member Ray Senesac gave a review of the purpose and activities of Kiwassee. President Dave Snoddy gave his plans and insights for the fiscal year at the October 17 meeting. Activities at the October 10 meeting included a recognition of past presidents, the installation of officers for the new fiscal year, and a preview of the nuts and candy sales that will start on November 9. Incoming President Dave Snoddy gave his introductory message to start the October 3 meeting. He was followed by a talk by Kathryn Tak, Community Integration Leader of the Community Alliance 4 Youth Success. She talked about the problems of opium addiction and what is being done in the community to combat it.

Outgoing President Fred Honerkamp gave his farewell message at the September 26 meeting. Committee yearly reports were presented at the September 19 and September 12 meetings. At the September 5 meeting, President-elect Doug Snoddy talked about several topics from this year's Kiwanis Internation Convention held in July. He also give a review of proposals and amendments considered at the Kiwanis Michigan District convention. He also mentioned efforts Kiwanis clubs are doing to help after Hurricane Harvey.

Greater Midland Community Center The August 29 meeting had Beth Gartner, Senior Program Director, Greater Midland Community Center, talk about programs of the center that will benefit from training and safety equipment that will be purchased with a grant from Kiwassee. At the August 22 meeting, Vicki Ruttledge of the Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency gave an update of the Early Head Start/Head Start/Great Start Readiness Program that is active in three locations in Midland County. At the August 15 meeting, Carol Hyble, Director of Advancement at Eagle Village, talked about the mission of her organization. Nikki Atkinson, Executive Director of the Chazaq Movement, told about the work of her organization at our August 8 meeting. After the meeting, there was a dedication of the Bill Marklewitz Pavilion on the grounds of the Longview Early Childhood Center. At the August 1 meeting, Bill LaClair who serves Forgotten Man Ministries as Chaplain at the Midland County Jail told about his work.

The July 25 meeting was a preview of this years Travel and Adventure program. Ray Senesac gave the presentation. President-elect Doug Snoddy gave a review of the Youth Protection Guidelines at our July 18 meeting. Our annual Pinecrest Picnic was July 11. There was no meeting on July 4.

The work of the Northern Michigan Mobile Child Advocacy Center was the topic of the June 27 meeting. Executive Director Bethany Law was the presenter. The June 20 meeting was our annual cookout at Emerson Park. Member John Congleton gave an update on the New Hope Village development at our June 13 meeting. At the June 6 meeting, Roger Briggs, President of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation gave an update of the Foundation's activities and prompted some roundtable brainstorming of potential projects.

For a Brighter Tomorrow The problems of addiction was the subject of our May 30 meeting. Board Member Terry Hanley of For A Brighter Tomorrow was the speaker. Carol Alver, a professional in the area of grief and bereavement, spoke on the subject of "What To Say When You Don't Know What To Say" at our May 23 meeting. She suggested two helpful websites: take them a meal and Lotsa Helping Hands. The annual Invite Your Pastor event was our May 16 meeting. At the event, John Johnson, a pastor at Saginaw First Assembly of God Church spoke about the Rock The Island Festival to be held on Ojibway Island in Saginaw on July 22. The May 9 meeting was our annual Pig Auction. We netted $479. Member Betsy Sullivan gave plans for the annual Kiwassee Kiwanis For Kids Annual Golf Outing at the May 2 meeting. The event will be held at the Snow Snake Golf Course on Monday, July 17.

At our April 25 meeting, Steering Committee Chair Kathy Dolan and Program Coordinator Allise Noble of the Creative 360 Express Yourself Artshop told about their programs that are designed primarily for those with mental, physical and intellectual challenges. Fiftieth Anniversary The April 18 meeting was a celebration of our 50th anniversary. Many past presidents, members of other Kiwanis clubs, state and divisional officers, and local officials were present. Remembrances were given by charter member Max Bottomley, president Fred Honerkamp, and members Diane Stevens, Sam Choo, and Dick Skochdopole. Click here to view Max's talk. Photos were shown in a slideshow. Special entertainment was given by the Midland Pipe Band. Click here to view a picture of the charter members. The April 11 meeting included a review of changes to be made to the flag project. A new Flag Sponsor Form has been developed. The slate of officers and board members for the next fiscal year were announced. President-elect Roger Moll reported that at the Spring Divisional meeting, Kiwassee received a number of awards including the District Outstanding Performance Award. The focus of the March of Dimes was the subject of the April 4 meeting. Jennifer Gracy, Executive Director for March of Dimes of Michigan was the speaker.

Lindsay Bryce of the Saginaw Intermediate School District told about their Math in the Mail program at our March 28 meeting. The program is designed to develop mathematical skills in three-year-old children and is open to children in the Great Lakes Bay Region. At the March 21 meeting, Technology Committee members Doug Snoddy and Make Fenske told how the Skype program could be used as a means for a member unable to attend a committee meeting to participate online. The topic for the March 14 meeting was The Bridge, a food center that focuses on providing the opportunity for people to purchase healthy foods at wholesale prices. Ed Doerner was the speaker. Also, officers of the Dow High Key Club reported on experiences at the recent Service Leadership Conference. Chris Coughlin, Fire Chief of the City of Midland, gave an update of the Fire Department's function at our March 7 meeting. Click here to view his presentation.

Camp Fish Tales Andrea Krotcer-Burton from Floyd Elementary School talked about their Every Student Matters program at our February 28 meeting. Sue Waechter gave an update on the ACT Uganda HEAL project at the February 21 meeting. The February 14 meeting was our annual Valentine Party. The Midland High School Meistersingers provided entertainment. At the February 7 meeting, Beth Dow, Executive Director of Camp Fish Tales, gave an update on the camp and its work with children of disabilities.

A review of our fund raising activities was the topic of our January 31 meeting. Presentations on upcoming and past events highlighted the January 24 meeting. The January 17 meeting was canceled because of weather conditions. The Senior Youth Committee was in charge of the January 10 meeting. They set up presentation areas where three groups that Kiwassee supports talked about their activities. The groups were Northwood University Circle K with vice president Noah Stoffel as speaker, West Midland Family Center Dow College Opportunity Program with director Mike Scholewski as lead speaker, and North Midland Family Center Teen Program with director Kyle Tomasi as speaker. The January 3 meeting was an update on happenings at the West Midland Family Center. Melina Garcia and Alura Nash were the speakers.

November 18 Santa Parade
October 1 Crop Walk
July 20,21, Aug 3,4 painting at Eagle Village
May 29Memorial Day Parade
May 20Midland Blooms
April 22Adopt-a-Highway
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 HolidaysFlag Project
School YearSchool Reading Program
School YearKey clubs
Fall/SpringTall In The Saddle
Christmas SeasonSalvation Army Bell Ringing
Year aroundAktion Club

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