Charlevoix Kiwanis Club Serving their Community for over 75 years

May 2011 Programs

  • May 3rd - Judith Ivan, will speak about the reader advisory services the library provides and talk about new books that are available.

  • May 10th - Pastor Recgnition Day Musician John Warstler,  will play songs and tell of his background. 

  • May 17th - Aktion Club Re-Cap 11 years of Aktion Club, local club building and MI
    District update.

  • May 31st - Robin Mauer Director of Rainbow Resale Shop will talk on volunteerism as our Kiwanis Club will be recognizing two special persons for their years of Community Service.










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Charlevoix Michigan Kiwanians Who Serve

There are "Kiwanis members" and then there are "Kiwanians." Charlevoix Kiwanians have been serving their community for over 75 years. The Club was chartered on March 19th, 1935 at the Masonic Temple in Charlevoix. The club currently has fifty members and meets each Tuesday at noon in the basement of the Weathervane Inn in Charlevoix. The Club is proud to be the first Club in Michigan to sponsor an AKtion Club. Read More About the Club's History

Adopt-A-Highway Spring Clean-Up

On May 5th, a dozen Charlevoix Kiwanians cleaned up a three mile stretch of highway US31 South of Charlevoix. (From Faculak Road to Norwood Road) Committee Chairman Dave Burzyck did a great job getting a contingent of workers together. From left to right; Vince Chew, Dave Garland, Roger Postmus, Ted Dumbauld, Bill Lovett, Larry Minch, Gary Jesiek, John Young, Bob D'Alcorn, Gary Burzyck and Jack Marshner.

Adopt-A-Highway Crew

Adopt-A-Highway is a Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) program designed to help keep the state's highway roadsides clean and attractive. Participants adopt both sides of a section of state highway roadside to clean up for at least a two-year period. A minimum two-mile stretch of roadway is recommended. All types of state highways may be adopted, including two-lane roads, limited access highways, boulevards and business routes.

Since 1990, Adopt-A-Highway local groups have collected over a million bags of trash. Currently 2,800 groups are participating in the program and have adopted over 6,400 miles of Michigan highways.

Kids Against Hunger

On Saturday April 30th, Kiwanians from all over Northern Michigan with lots of wives and kids showed up in Gaylord to package 15,000 meals for the Kids Against Hunger Program. Kid's Against HungerThere were about a hundred people participating and managed to complete the task in just two hours.

What is Kids Against Hunger?
Kids Against Hunger is a nonprofit organization with the mission to significantly reduce the number of hungry children that are starving throughout the world. This is being
achieved by getting volunteers involved, and by setting up food packaging satellites through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide like
Kiwanis - that will enable Kids Against Hunger to deliver its specially formulated rice-soy casserole to starving children and their families in more than 40 countries. Some of the packages are also being given to food pantries in Northern Michigan and will be going to earthquake victims in Haiti and Japan and no-doubt will also be going to tornado victims in the Southern States.

Charlevoix Kiwanis Club Members for Kids Against Hunger

Above are the Charlevoix Kiwanians who spent Saturday morning doing their part to help Kids Against Hunger. What were you doing on Saturday morning? Isn't this what Kiwanis is about?

Vandenberg Essay Award Winners

Seventeen Kiwanis members, parents, event sponsors and non-profit organization members joined together to honor the winners of the 3rd Annual Essay Contest. The contest is open to fifth grade students at all Charlevoix Schools although this year only students from the Charlevoix public system participated. In fact, there were seventy-one entries out of eighty 5th grade students. The essays are written about non-profit organizations. This requires the students to learn something about the non-profit organization in which they have an interest. It also promotes the understanding of profit organizations. The winning essay writers receive checks of $50 with the grand-prize winner receiving a check for $100. The checks go to the charity that was the subject of the students essay.

In the past four winners were selected, but there were so many good essays this year that the judges suggested that we select six winners.2011 Essay Winners

Pictured here from left to right are Naomi Batdorff, (Grand Prize Winner) who wrote about the Red Cross. Sarah Martin, her charity was Hospice. Grace Ochs writing about the Girl Scouts. Kenzi Cunnigham whose favorite charity is the Humane Society. Kelsy Robinson wrote about Habitat for Humanity. On the right end is Tucker Hilligan who wrote an emotional essay about B.A.S.E.S

Gayle Gennett and Dave
did a wonderful job of putting this event together. Thanks to all the readers as well..


And the Winner Is.....Suzanne Muma

That's right, despite entries from all over the United States Suzanne Muma from Charlevoix and a Charlevoix Kiwanis Club member was the winner of the Mackinac Bridge Tour Raffle. Suzanne MumaThe Mackinac Bridge Tour Raffle Drawingdrawing was held at the Club's regular luncheon meeting Tuesday March 9th. The tour was provided by the Mackinac Bridge Authority. The raffle raised over two-thousand dollars for the Charlevoix Kiwanis Youth Foundation to help support the multitude of youth activities and special projects in which the Kiwanis Club of Charlevoix is involved. congratulations Suzanne and congratulations and thanks to Rebecca Parker for all her work on the project. Thanks to all members who sold tickets. It wasn't always easy to convince individuals that they weren't really all that afraid of heights. (Rebecca Parker is spinning the drum and Pastor Neil Wilson pulled out the winning ticket.

Sea Scouts Ship 11

Sea Scouting is organized to promote better citizenship and to improve members' boating skills and knowledge through instruction and practice in water safety, boating skills, out-door, social, and Sea Scouts Sailingservice experiences, and knowledge of our maritime heritage.

The Charlevoix Sea Scouting unit is fortunate to have a great area in which to sail and a 30 foot sailboat. During the boating seasons, every member has a chance to try their hand at the tiller, to trim the sails, and all members are taught safe and proper methods of handling boats. Sea Scouts also learn the meaning of buoys and lights , how to take advantage of wind and tide, and how to drop anchor or approach a dock. Day, weekend and long cruises are held for all ship members.

Special Recognition for Charlevoix Middle School Builders Club

Gayle Gennett and Sue Goss received special recognition from the Charlevoix Teachers: "Charlevoix Kiwanis President Ken KlineWith sincere appreciation and gratitude the Charlevoix teachers would like to recognize the Builders Club, Gayle Gennett and Sue Goss for your contribution to Charlevoix Public Schools and your commitment to the education of our students.  The certificates were presented by the Charlevoix teachers at a school board meeting held March 21st.  Thanks to Randy Goss from the Petoskey News Review for that very fine photograph.


Sponsored Groups - Charlevoix AKtion Club

The Charlevoix Kiwanis Club is proud to be the first club in Michigan to sponsor an AKtion Club. AKtion clubs allows adults living with disabilities to participate in community service projects, gain leadership skills and become more involved in society.

The AKtion Club of Charlevoix started in 1999, with the late Merle Vandenburg bringing the idea to Charlevoix from Florida.  Together with Suzanne Muma and Jeff Rogers the first AKtion Club of Michigan was Chartered in April 2001.  Ken Brill, Kim Brock and Ed Buday have been instrumental in keeping the club going, along with each of the current Kiwanis Club Presidents. Ed Buday has also been instrumental in helping AKtion Clubs get started across the State of Michigan.

The AKtion Club is able to attend the Kiwanis Convention on an annual basis along with holding their own annual convention which is known as AKtion Club’s Annual Convention \ Camp out which includes annual meetings, hiking, crafts, campfires, scavenger hunts, talent shows and much more.  Last years cam pout included AKtion Club members from Charlevoix, Grand Rapids, St. John’s, Holt, Monroe and Mason.  

To learn more about the AKtion Club and other Sponsored Groups visit: Sponsored Groups

Kiwanis International authorizes $20,000 for disaster relief

The Kiwanis International Foundation has made available US$20,000 to the Japan District for disaster relief.

“Our hearts go out to our Japanese Kiwanis members during this difficult time,” said John “Jack” Harten, president of the Kiwanis International Foundation. “The Japan District has always been one of the strongest supporters of the foundation’s mission, and we felt it was our turn to support them during this disaster.”

The foundation is prepared to provide additional funding for disaster relief needs in Japan and will work with Kiwanis clubs and the Japan District to identify those needs.

The foundation is accepting unrestricted contributions for disaster relief. To donate, visit or mail contributions designated as “disaster relief” to Kiwanis International Foundation, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268.