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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
2-26-19  Meeting 

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. Total attendance: 25, members; 23, other Kiwanis; 1-Bob Kemper (N.C), Guests; 1, Lisa Rizzio, speaker and former club member and president of the Gateway to the Islands club (since closed).

50/50: Bill Grant had the lucky ticket. Anyone can participate for the instant winnings but only club members can pull for the jackpot if their ticket is pulled. 

Sheriff; Liz collected good news dollars for Happy Birthday Marilyn, congrats Lindsey on her new reign as 2019 Miss Florida Reigning America, great club, thanks Paul for the dollars from Cayman Island, thanks Lisa and CAC, blankets, good speakers. 

Interclub-Thanks Jaci Lageson, Todd Adams, Harris & Barbara Segel for representing our club at the Fort Myers Beach club on Feb. 21st. 

Diapers- please see the flyer elsewhere in this newsletter about the First Lady's project, Bottoms Up. Thanks to those that donated cash so diapers can be purchased. 

Literacy Buddies; next book is due March 19th. 
Background Screening; screens are valid for 2 years. You will receive an email notifying you of such and directions to be re-screened. 

                1st-Marilyn Weinstein

                19th-Susan Hornung

          23rd-Andrew Kurtz

                 24th-Linda Parrish 


Thanks Jaci for cranking out 4 blankets recently. Susan Hornung, Linda Petrik and Karen Hurst are finishing up the last of them. 

Thanks to the following for helping with a special project for United Way; Susan Hornung, Karen Hurst, Lindsey Lenhart, Cathy Smith, Connie Prevatt, John Klaas, LIz Ross, Ada Trapanese, Todd Adams,                          

Oasis Reading Room-  (Stewart Ross). Weekly reading/mentoring is at Orangewood Elementary on Wednesdays (except on designated school holidays). Times are 1:50pm-2:30pm (you have two different youth during this time). Sign up with Stewart 507-304-1624 or 
MS Support Group- (Bill Grant), meets 3rd Thursday of the month at St. Hilary Episcopal Church. Volunteers will be needed to cover the 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-    FGCU. 

Key Club- ( Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus. A check was presented to Harris to help members attending Key Club Convention in Naples. 

Builder's Club-( Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle School. Meets 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 4:00pm.  Builder's Club is collecting items for their annual "Puppy Love"  project, for the Gulf Coast Humane Society through the end of March. 
Dry or canned dog and cat food, blankets, toys.  

K-Kids-( Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary at 2:15pm on Wednesdays 1-2 times per month. Their current project is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.
                Today's Program:  Children's Advocacy Center

Our presenter today was Lisa Rizzio from Children's Advocacy Center. This agency works with abused, neglected and at-risk children. Did you know 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before the age of 18? Services are provided such as 24-hour crisis intervention, forensic interviews, medical exams/evaluations, therapeutic counseling, Pet Advocate Program, parenting education, Pine Manor after-school and summer programs, manage the East Ft. Myers United Way House, and Family First violence prevention program. Last year, services were provided to more than 9,500 children and families. All services are free. Our club also presented a check to Lisa for sponsorship toward their upcoming annual fundraiser in April. 

To reach Lisa call 239-939-2808. To learn more about this and other programs visit  If you know of or suspect child abuse, please call the FL Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-962-2873.    Pictured are President Rachel and Lisa Rizzio
                             Florida's First Lady Project--Diaper Drive

We are going to collect diapers during the months of March and April. 

For March please give them to Ada as we'll be donating them to St. Vincent De Paul. They will go to families in Page Park and Pine Manor. We will update you for April.

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.


March 5th -Thomas Hall, Art SWFL 

March 12th-Trent Howe, March of Dimes

March 19th- Darlene
Grossman, Hope Healthcare Services

March 26th- Kirsten O'Donnell, Area Agency on Aging SWFL

Next Board meeting is March 12th at 6pm at Ada's. 

March speaker chair- Harris Segel

March 3-8
Aktion Club Week

March 18-22 
Builder's Club week

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

Spring Bling-Golisano Children's Hospital- 
March 23rd- details coming

Egg Hunt at Wa-ke-hatchee, April 6th-details coming

BUG Recognition
Rayma C. Page-tba

BUG Recognition-Littleton
April 5th at 12:45pm

BUG Recognition-
Orangewood,  April 8th at 9:15am

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.

Delicious Dining 
Discount Book