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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
3-26-19  Meeting 
The editor thanks Todd Adams and Lindsey Lenhart for the notes for this week's newsletter.

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. Total attendance: 23, members; 21, other Kiwanis; 2-Bob Kemper (N.C), Guests; 1 Kirsten O'Donnell speaker.

We learned that one of our members Kurt Chalgren has passed away. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be in a future newsletter. 

We wish Bob Kemper and Jon Wallace safe travels as they will be heading north.

50/50: Liz Ross 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. 


See Todd for dining books. It's time to get selling. If you can businesses, churches, etc that want to sell them let us know. 

Ready to serve as an officer or director? Our nominating committee wants to hear from you!

Club excellence survey. Don't forget to complete the survey and turn it in at the meeting this week April 2nd. You can remain anonymous. 

9th-  Tommy Lester

22nd-  Linda Petrik

29th-  Rachel Toomey

Sign up sheets have been emailed and circulated for upcoming volunteer opportunities at one of the BUG recognition programs, the annual Egg Hunt and for the March of Dimes walk. Sign up at a club meeting or email your choices to Kim. Thanks everyone that has already done so. 

Oasis Reading Room-  This program has concluded for the school year. We look forward to having everyone sign up again next year. Thank you Stewart Ross for managing this service project. 
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. 

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

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

Builder's Club-( Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle School. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4:00pm.  

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

                          Today's Program:  Area Agency on Aging

Our presenter today was Kirsten O'Donnell.  The Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAASWFL) is a nonprofit organization serving older adults (age 60-up) and adults with disabilities. 
AAASWFL is committed to connecting older adults and adults with disabilities to resources and assistance for living safely with independence and dignity. AAASWFL is also the state's designated Aging and Disability Resource Center for Southwest Florida. We provide information and resources for seniors and adults with disabilities. We also help their families and caregivers. AAASWFL can connect you with local resources like elder care, adult day care, housing assistance, home care, meals, housekeeping, legal assistance, personal care, and even volunteer opportunities.
The AAA Helpline is 866-413-5337
To learn more:
To reach Kirsten 239-652-6925or

Pictured above is Kirsten O'Donnell (left) and President Rachel.
                             Florida's First Lady Project--Diaper Drive

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

For March we donated over 2,000  to St. Vincent De Paul. They will go to families in Page Park and Pine Manor. We will update you for April so keep bringing them in and you can give them to Kim. 

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.


Next Board meeting is April 9th at 6pm .

April 2-Steve Smith, HAM radio operations with Emergency Management

April 9- Amy  Blanco,  Ronald McDonald House Charities

April 16th - Steven Adamczyk, Red Cross

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

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

 Delicious Dining 
 Discount Book

        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

Children's Advocacy
Center Bling & Bags Bingo   April 3

BUG Recognition -
April 8th at 9:15am

BUG Recognition-Littleton is April 12th at 12:45pm

Egg Hunt   at Wa-ke-hatchee, April 13th, 9am-12:00pm

BUG Recognition-
Rayma Page, in May

March of Dimes Walk-
April 27th

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 during the school year.

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