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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
1-08-19 Meeting

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. 

Attendance: Total 32, members 27, guests 2- Linda Petrik's granddaughter Lily and James, guest of speaker. 3 other Kiwanians; Bob Kemper from N.C. and the Boardman's, Dick & Julie from Iowa.  Nice to have member and speaker James Wineinger with us today. Nice to have Nancy and Ian Nelson and Bob Adamski with us today too.  

50/50 winner was Harris Segel. Anyone can participate and receive the instant winnings for the day but only club members have a chance to pull for the ace of hearts if their ticket is drawn. 

Sheriff Lindsey Lenhart collected happy and hopeful dollars for : Happy New Year,  our club success, new designed website (Harris), to Todd from Barbara H for the supplies for Humane Society for Builders Club, Rachel's daughter Sadie is a year old, Steve thank you to Rachel, good to see everyone especially Nancy doing well, Luvy Bear is on hold but in 4.5 years they have distributed 10,500 bears!

Many media articles were circulated about our BUG run and installation. Thanks Rachel for writing the PR releases and everyone who helped on social media. 

Thank you notes: received cards from our servers (Vicki, Charmaine, Anthony), the MS support group and the family of Diane Connell. We also received a holiday card from All Children's Hospital. 

Members provided comments on all our service projects in December. What a month! 

DCM: First one of the year was hosted by the Cape Coral Club on January 2nd. 4 clubs represented. We heard from Governor Steve LeBlanc.  FL First Ladies project is YCPO focused--diaper drives by each club. His goals for our district are to improve (more members and take on another SLP) and have fun.  FL Foundation representative for our division Bruce Boyd spoke and encouraged all to donate to FL Foundation where Emergency Grants are going out to help with Hurricane Michael recovery. Lindsey invited all clubs to join together for the March of Dimes Walk. She put flyers how to sign up on the tables. March of Dimes is endorsed and supported partner of Kiwanis International. Thank you for attending Liz Ross (her daughter Judith and fiance John also attended), Lindsey Lenhart, Todd Adams and Kim Berghs. 


Volunteers needed for our annual BUG Run/Walk. A sign up is going around. It's an early morning start time and there are many ways you can help. This has been our signature fundraiser for 11 years. The proceeds help us continue to serve more children. 

Please tell your friends to get registered for the 11th annual BUG 5K on January 26th.
If you are a a Facebook user please share the news.

Literacy Buddies: Your next book is due January 18th. If your "buddy" is at The Children's Learning Center at FSW, Rachel can drop off your book. 

                              January Birthdays         
                              2nd-Matt Toomey
                             13th-Dorothy Dodson
                             25th-James Wineinger 
                             26th-Jon Wallace

                                    January 21st-Happy Birthday Kiwanis  International 
                        104 years, improving the world, one child, one community at a time!

Bill Grant has led this project for decades. Each December the MS Support group has their annual holiday potluck party. Music was provided by the neighbor of one of the members and also the church choir from St. Hilary's sang some Christmas hymns. Our club provides beverages, dessert, appetizers as well as set up, clean up and support to all. 

Thanks for the following members for your help: Ed Ludden, Todd Adams, Patrice Cunningham, her mom Fran and daughter Shea, friends Wayne and Jack Lea, Charlie Dodson, Susan Hornung, Liz and Stewart Ross, Kim Berghs, Bill Grant and wife Shar, Tommy Lester, John Klaas, Lindsey Lenhart. Also helping were Bill's friends Hans and Frans. 

                 *the editor appreciates hearing of any edits/omissions on the above project

Last call: 
Thomas A. Edison Festival of Light Regional Inventors Fair events are January 18, 19, and 23rd. The Edison Club is one of the key sponsors.  K-12th grade student finalists are from SW Florida. Both judges and general volunteers are vital to the success of this annual event. Choose a shift and "job" that fits your interest. The committee is seeking volunteers for this event. To register as a non-judging volunteer: registration, judge assistant, set up, security, awards program, and other general areas visit  To register as an Inventors Fair Judge visit   

Oasis Reading Room- (Stewart Ross). Reading has started back up. Weekly reading is at Orangewood Elementary on Wednesdays (except on designated school holidays) to first and second grade youth. 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.

                                                   SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)
Aktion Club-(Karen Hurst) at LARC. Meets 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am. Karen reported the met today and worked on their yearly goals and plans. She also said LARC staff and club faculty advisor Grace is retiring in February. 
CKI Club-    FGCU. See Rachel or Lindsey. 

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.  Builder's Club gearing up for annual "Puppy Love" 
project, collecting items for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. 

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

Today's presentation: Hope Clubhouse
Our speaker today was James Wineinger. This agency is a community of support for adults living with a mental illness which provides opportunities for paid employment, housing and wellness. We learned that 18.5% of our population in Lee County has a diagnosable mental health disorder. The top 3 illnesses are; clinical depression, bi-polar disorder and schizophrenia. At Hope Clubhouse those who participate are referred to as "members" and not clients or patients. They perform a wide variety of tasks necessary to the operation of the program in and atmosphere of mutual caring and respect with staff. Members work in the career development unit, the business unit and culinary unit. James invited all of us to come take a tour. Contact 239-267-1777, email or to learn more


January 15-Kiwanis Connections, new member

January 22- TBA

January 29- 5th Tuesday Service social at United Way

Next Board meeting is January 15th at 6pm at Ada's. Note date change.

January speaker chair-Lindsey Lenhart

February 18-22
K-Kids 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
          Save the Date

BUG Recognition-Littleton
January 18 and April 5th
at 12:45pm

BUG Recognition-
Orangewood,  January 22 and April 8th at 9:30am

Calusa Bug Chase-5K
January 26, 2019

June 26-29 at 
Walt Disney World Resort

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