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NEWS 2020

Salvation Army Our annual Christmas Party was our December 22 Zoom meeting. It featured some singing and some games. The program of the December 15 Zoom meeting was a slide show presented by member Susan Love of the Ho Ho Holy Land trip to Israel and adjoining countries taken by participants of the Charles W Howard Santa Claus School at the start of this year. At the December 8 Zoom meeting, member Brian Goodwill, head of our local Salvation Army, gave an update on how the Army has been handling the pandemic and spoke on the activities the Army is involved in this Christmas. Shannon Forshee, Executive Director of Camp Fish Tales, told about the history and mission of her organization at the December 1 Zoom meeting. Camp Fish Tales is a non-profit camp, conference and retreat center in Pinconning.

Kiwanis Childrens Fund Bruce Rayce, President of the Kiwassee Foundation reported on the status of the Foundation at the November 24 Zoom meeting. He also talked about the mission of the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation and the Kiwanis International Children's Fund. Michael Sharrow, Superintendent of the Midland Public Schools, at the November 17 Zoom meeting talked about the latest issues the District is facing in doing their learning activities. At the November 10 and November 3 Zoom meetings, committees presented their plans for the new fiscal year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Attorney Angela Cole spoke about flood recovery problems and efforts to overcome them at the October 27 Zoom meeting. Matt Collins, Communication & Events Manager for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, spoke about the work and needs of his organization at the October 20 Zoom meeting. New president Kim Clark gave her goal and objectives for the new year at the October 13 Zoom meeting. The October 6 Zoom meeting opened the new fiscal year. Recognition was given to outgoing officers and the new officers were inducted.

North Midland Family Center At the September 29 Zoom meeting, the final meeting of the fiscal year, outgoing President CarolAnne Guillemette gave a presentation of The Year in Review. The September 22 and September 15 Zoom meetings were two in which committee chairs reported on their committee's activities for the fiscal year. At the September 8 Zoom meeting, Heather Crowl, Scholarship Coordinator & Impact Assistant at the Midland Area Community Foundation, summarized their process of awarding college scholarships to help deserving students. Andrea Secrease, Executive Director of the Greater Midland North Family Center, spoke about the programs of her organization at the September 1 Zoom meeting.

Great Lakes YWCA At the August 25 Zoom meeting, Lydia Watson, Senior Vice President and Medical Officer of MidMichigan Health, gave an update on current concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak. At the August 18 Zoom meeting, Barb Swierzbin, Prevention Services Coordinator for the Legacy Center For Community Success, talked about the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes. The principal speaker at the August 11 Zoom meeting was Amy Phoenix, Program Director for the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region. Her main emphasis was the Getting Ahead Women's Economic Empowerment program. Also speaking was Meredith Taylor, Educational Training Specialist for Kiwanis International. She spoke on things the International is doing to help individual clubs during this pandemic. Kiwassee Foundation President Bruce Rayce also spoke about the Midland Area Public Schools Chromebook Replacement Fund in which the Foundation in cooperation with the Midland Area Community Foundation initiated to help the Midland Public Schools replace 250 Chromebooks that were destroyed in the recent flood. Contributions can be made at the Community Foundation website. At the August 4 Zoom meeting, Nicole Ford, the new Chief of Police of the City of Midland Police Department, spoke of her experiences in her new job.

Personal Assistanct Options At the July 28 Zoom meeting, Kelly PeLong, Executive Director of the Disability Network Mid-Michigan, talked about how her organization encourages independence for all people with disabilities. Member Kathy Allen who is Executive Director of Personal Assistance Options spoke about the mission of her organization at the July 21 Zoom meeting. At the July 14 Zoom meeting, Lisa Thompson, Executive Director and Founder of Self Love Beauty, spoke about the mission of her non-profit organization to build self-love and confidence in dealing with others. Jennifer Majorana, Director of Adult Literacy Programs for the The Legacy Center for Community Success was the principal speaker at the July 7 Zoom meeting. She, assisted by President & CEO Kathryn Tate, spoke about how their organization is working to provide evidence-based learning and developmental strategies to help individuals reach their full potential.

The June 30 Zoom meeting had two principal speakers. Larry Memmer, Past Governor of Michigan District of Kiwanis awarded our local club some certificates and spoke on how the District has been handling the pandemic. Member Brian Goodwill, head of our local Salvation Army, spoke on how the Army has been handling the pandemic and the recent flood with help. Shelly Jones, a dentist affiliated with the Helping Hands Dental Center spoke about the mission of the clinic at the at the June 23 Zoom meeting. At the June 16 Zoom meeting, Terri Totter, President and CEO of the Midland Center For The Arts gave a rundown of how the Center is handling problems caused by the flood and the pandemic. At the June 9 Zoom meeting, Eric Curtis, a Development Director of the Water and Woods Field Service Council of the Boy Scouts of American, spoke about the state of scouting in the current pandemic. Also member Mary Lou Myers spoke about her experiences in the recent flooding. Bruce Rayce, President of the Kiwassee Kiwanis Foundation, gave a report of the Foundation's activities at the June 2 Zoom meeting. Penny Ecarius of the Young Children Priority One committee reported on her committee's activities.

At the May 26 Zoom meeting, Midland City Manager Brad Kaye gave a rundown of how the City is handling the devastation caused by the recent flood. The main agenda item for the May 19 Zoom meeting was the election of officers for the next fiscal year. The chairs of the Junior Youth, Community Service and Senior Youth committees reported on their activities for the current fiscal year. Member Al Forster gave a rundown of his activities during the current crisis. It was mentioned that websites such as Bridge Base Online and Trickster Cards gave a way of playing online games with distance friends and relatives. At the May 12 Zoom meeting, Michael Sharrow, Superintendent of the Midland Public Schools talked about how the school system is handling the current pandemic and what problems they still face. At the May 5 Zoom meeting, Wendy Brand of the Vibrant Health Nutrition Center spoked about the importance of nutrition to a person's health. Her organization offers a free Introductory Class on health nutrition. Also member Rudy Phillips spoke about some of his volunteer experiences with the American Red Cross in responding to disasters.

Zoom The highlight of the April 28 Zoom meeting was a talk by Holly Miller, Executive Director of the United Way of Midland County, on how local service organizations are responding to the COVID-19 virus. The 211 website has resources and support. At the April 21 Zoom meeting, Lydia Watson, M.D., senior vice president and chief medical officer of MidMichigan Health talked about problems in handling the coronavirus situation. The April 14 meeting was a Zoom video meeting. Member Betsy Sullivan spoke on ways to handle your physical and mental health when under quarantine. Member Rachel Baker spoke on her quarantine experiences. Member Bruce Rayce spoke on some of his life experiences. The April 7 meeting was a Zoom video meeting. Members spoke on their quarantine experiences.

The meetings for March 17, 24, and 31 were canceled because of the coronavirus epidemic. Andy Bacigalupo, responsible for the culinary arts program at Windover High School, gave a rundown of some of his experiences at the March 10 meeting. Also, three members (Ethan Carn, Olivia Kaminski, Fatimah Kahn) of the Dow High Key Club talked about experiences at the recent state convention and other activities. Midland County Chief Deputy Clerk John Keefer spoke about election security procedures at the March 3 meeting.

The speaker for the February 25 meeting was John Head, Regional Head Start Manager, Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency (NEMSCA). John spoke on the value of the "OKIE" suits that a grant from the Kiwassee Foundation helped him purchase. At the February 18 meeting, Michael Sawicki, Pastor of Aldersgate Church and President of the Board of Directors of the Reece Endeavor, spoke about the Endeavor's mission of providing homes for individuals with special needs. The February 11 meeting was our annual Valentine's Party. Entertainment was given by Glenn Isenhart, drums; Michelle Dehate, vocals; and Clayborn Stewart, guitar. The program of the February 4 meeting was a talk about the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio and the Mid-Century Modern Midland project. It was given by Craig McDonald, director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio.

The January 28 meeting was an update on our fund raising activities. The program for the January 21 meeting was a talk on the Community Outreach Resource Extension project of The Rural Community Health Network. Laurie Brown, Community Health Worker, at Floyd Elementary School was the speaker. Joy Buchanan, community connections liaison for the Midland Daily News, spoke about her work at the January 14 meeting. At the January 7 meeting, members participated in a service project where they cut donated jeans. The cut jeans will be turned into tote bags to carry books given to young children as prizes by the Grace A. Dow Library.

National HolidaysFlag Project
School YearKey clubs
Christmas SeasonSalvation Army Bell Ringing
Year aroundAktion Club
August & September Deliver Food to Flood Victims
July 25Adopt-a-Highway
Jan 7Book Tote Bag Project

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