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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
4-16-19  Meeting 

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. Total attendance: 23, members; 21, Guests; 2-Jill Palmer and Elizabeth Leonard.

50/50: Karen Hurst had the lucky ticket. She did not pull the ace of hearts so the jackpot rolls over. Anyone can participate for the instant winnings but only club members can pull for the jackpot if their ticket is pulled. 

Good news; Nelsons; we received an update from Nancy and Ian. Nancy had a recent appointment at Moffit. Her report is very good and she's has responded quite well to the treatments. The doctor even suggested they go forward with some upcoming travel plans.


April is Child Abuse Prevention month-wear something to the meeting next Tuesday. 

The March of Dimes is the last Saturday of this month. Don't forget to sign up. You can support without walking in it. See Lindsey. 

The Easter Egg hunt was last Saturday, members shared their thoughts and photos will follow next week.  There were 540 people in attendance, 190 were children. 

22nd-  Linda Petrik

29th-  Rachel Toomey

MS Support Group- (Bill Grant), meets 3rd Thursday of the month at St. Hilary Episcopal Church. Volunteers will be needed to cover the summer months Bill and Ed are out of state. If you can help, consider learning the ropes now. 

Letter Carrier Food Drive-If you want to team up with another person and help pick up food at mailboxes on May 11 see Kim

Ronald McDonald House-May 29th is the first Family Meal Preparation-see Cathy Smith

                                            SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)
Aktion Club-(Karen Hurst) at LARC. Meets 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am. 
CKI Club-  at  FGCU. Their DCON is coming up. 

Key Club- ( Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus.  

K-Kids-(Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary at 2:15pm on Wednesdays 1 time per month. 

Builder's Club-( Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle School. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4:00pm.  The club is currently working on their "Bunny Gram" project, attaching positive messages to candy. 
Today's Program:  American Red Cross, Florida's Southern Gulf Chapter

Our presenter today was Jill Palmer, Executive Director from the local chapter . Did you that the Red Cross was formed 137 years ago, on a battlefield by Clara Barton? "Down the street. Across the country. Around the World." Jill discussed their fundamental principles and told us about the Red Cross "app" that can be downloaded for free. The 5 primary lines of service under the Red Cross are; Disaster Cycle Services, Blood Services, Training Services, International Services and Service to Armed Forces. Three programs that we can get involved with are; Sound the Alarm (installing smoke detectors), Pillow Case Project (with young children), and Stockings for the Troops (collecting items, making stockings). For more informaiton visit or call 239-785-3664.
Pictured above are Jill Palmer, (left) President Rachel and Elizabeth Leonard. 
                             Florida's First Lady Project--Diaper Drive

We are collecting diapers during the months of March and April. 

For March we donated 3,000  to St. Vincent De Paul. They went to families in Page Park and Pine Manor. For April we are donating them to Children's Advocacy Center. They especially need sizes 4-6. Bring them in to Todd or Kim. 1,000 has been dropped off so far.

At the end of April we'll send our total diaper count to the Florida office. 

You can also bring in items associated with diapers such as wipes. If you don't want to shop a club member will be happy to do that. 

           March of Dimes March for Babies Walk   Saturday, April 27, 2019
We plan on organizing a team and Lindsey has invited clubs in our division to all come together for this event. Please ask your friends and colleagues to join us.

March For Babies- Southwest Florida
Centennial Park, 2000 West First Street, Fort Myers, 33901
Start Time 9:00am, Registration Time: 8:00am, Walk distance: 3 miles (you can turn around whenever you want or help out in other ways if you don't want to walk).
Team: Division 19 Kiwanis
To Register Visit:
  • Click Join This Team
  • You will need an email address to create an account
  • You will receive an email confirmation that you joined the event
How To Register for March For Babies Event Online- Step By Step
  1. Open your web browser (Internet Explorer, Google Chrome etc)
  2. In the search bar type the link:
  3. Once on the home page- Click "JOIN THIS TEAM" purple box
  4. It will prompt you to enter your email address or sign up using Facebook or Google. Chose what best fits you.
  5. If you chose to sign up with an email address the next page will ask you to create an account by putting in your user name, a password etc. At the bottom click "CREATE ACCOUNT".
    1. You will also notice at the bottom right hand corner a purple box that says "Live Support ONLINE". You can use this if you need help.
    2. After creating an account- You will see "Event and team details".
      1. Verify the address showing is "SOUTHWEST FLORIDA Centennial Park, 200 West First Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.
                                                              i.      If this is not the address that shows up click "Change location"                                                                                below the given address.
  1. On the right side you will see "Division 19 Kiwanis" as the team name and "Lindsey Lenhart" as the team captain.
  2. After you are done verifying the details click "CONTINUE" at the bottom of the page.
  3. You will be asked to "ENTER YOUR PERSONAL FUNDRAISING GOAL" - enter any amount and click "CONTINUE".
  4. In the next page you will have the opportunity to personally donate. If you don't want to do it then click "Not right now" in grey letters.
  5. After selecting your personal ties to the campaign, you will be able to see your account.


April 23rd - Maryanne Howard, Creative Arts Dance

April 30th- Social at Eight  Foot Brewing, arrive anytime after 4:30pm, appetizers out at 6pm

April speaker chair-Cathy Smith

May 7-Annual Meeting

May 14  Sonya McCarter & Brandi Couse, Alliance for the Arts

Board meeting  is May 14th at 6pm at Ada's

May 21-  Melody Desilets, Golisano Children's Hospital of SWFL

May 28-  Brian Wierma, Gulf Coast Humane Society

May speaker chair -Barbara  Hartman

Where/when we meet: 11:30am on Tuesdays at Shoeless Joe's in the Crowne Plaza, 13051 Bell Tower Drive, Fort Myers 33907 

        Defining Statement

   "Kiwanis is a global
    organization of volunteers
    dedicated to improving the
    world, one child and one
     community at a time."

            Club Officers
President: Rachel Toomey
President-Elect: Lindsey Lenhart
Treasurer: Todd Adams
Secretary: Kim Berghs
Immediate Past President: Liz Ross 


         Florida Division 19
Lt. Governor - Mick Shelldrake

Foundation Trustee-Bruce Boyd


            Florida District
      Governor Steve LeBlanc

        Kiwanis International
  President Florencio "Poly" Lat

           Kids Need Kiwanis!
          Save the Date

BUG Recognition-
Rayma Page, in May tba

March of Dimes Walk-
April 27th

Letter Carrier Food Drive is May 11th. 

ICON  (International Convention)
June 26-29 at 
Walt Disney World Resort

DCON (District Convention)
August 15-18 in Orlando

Please save year-round...

Aluminum pull tabs for K-Kids  for Ronald McDonald House. To Kim during the school year.   To Cathy over the summer. 

Box Tops for Education
for Builder's Club, give to Barbara Hartman year-round.

  Delicious Dining 
 Discount Book