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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
3-12-19  Meeting 

    (the editor thanks Lindsey Lenhart and Todd Adams for notes  provided for this newsletter)

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. Total attendance: 22, members; 20, other Kiwanis; 1-Bob Kemper (N.C), Guests; 1, Trent Howe speaker

50/50: Bob Kemper 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. 


DINING BOOKS ARE IN- It's showtime! Atlas's, BUG, SLP's, and service projects--oh my. Let's get selling. If you are contacting an organization about selling the dining books add them to the list, even if they decline so we know who we have contacted and who is interested. 

The following email went out to all club members on 3/15/19
Sorry guys, this email is intended for the women members of our club for a fun "girls night out"

Bling & Bags Bingo, a fundraising event for Children's Advocacy Center is Wednesday April 3rd from 5:30pm-8:30pm at the Crowne Plaza.

Read the details below and if you are interested in attending we need your name before or at the club meeting Tuesday March 19th. If more than 10 are interested we'll have to earnestly find a way to trim our list to 10. As of this newsletter 4 have signed up. 

The agency could use a couple more event volunteers but you would not be factored in the list of 10 or sitting at our table, you'll be volunteering and enjoying the event as much as everyone else though. Must have outgoing personality and like to check people in, help sell raffle tickets, etc. Let me know if you are interested and I'll see if they have filled the slots yet.

Todd Adams has graciously sponsored a table for 10 members to attend. Thank you Todd. Our club is also a gold level sponsor ($1,000) for this event.

The audience for this event will consist of:
* 300 professional and executive-level women from Lee County
* Average age of 35-50
* Household decision makers and influencers.

Event details: Buffet dinner * Chinese Auction Baskets * Silent Auction * Door Prize * 16 Bingo Cards to Win Fine Jewelry & Designer Bags.

FYI dress code: the majority of attendees will be dressed in business casual attire.

This announcement will be also be mentioned at the meeting next Tuesday.

Diapers- please see the flyer elsewhere in this newsletter about the First Lady's project, Bottoms Up. We are collecting through April.  We have collected 1,800 so far!! 

                1st-Marilyn Weinstein

                19th-Susan Hornung

          23rd-Andrew Kurtz

                 24th-Linda Parrish 


Literacy Buddies:  You should have received your letter from your "buddy" indicating the kind of book he/she would like to have. Due date to drop off the book is the 19th. 

Money sorting; anyone interested in helping with another money bag donation at United Way? Volunteers can help Tuesday March 19th anytime between 1pm-6pm.

BUG goody bags-once the supplies arrive we'll need a couple volunteers to assemble bags. 
Tentatively will be the last week this month. 

Sign up sheets will be coming around to volunteer at one of the BUG recognition programs, the annual Egg Hunt and Children's Hospital event. Don't forget to sign up for the March of Dimes walk too.            

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 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.  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:  March of Dimes

Our presenter today was Trent Howe from the local March of Dimes office. The agency has recently undergone a rebranding and has a new mission statement. March of Dimes is also a charity endorsed by Kiwanis International .  Vital services for moms and babies, especially babies born sick or too soon, are at risk .About half a million babies are born premature or with birth defects in the U.S. each year.  The preterm birth rate is 10.2% for Florida.  Premature birth and its complications are the largest contributors to infant death in the U.S., and a major cause of long-term health problems in children who survive.  March of Dimes is working to expand solutions to help all mothers and babies have healthy, full-term births. The annual march for Southwest Florida is Saturday, April 27th at Centennial Park. Registration is at 8:00am and the event begins at 9:00am. When you March for Babies you make a statement you want to live in a world in which healthy moms and strong babies are a priority. See information how to sign up elsewhere in this newsletter. See Lindsey for more information. Let's March for Babies!! 
To reach Trent call 239-271-2562 or  
                                   March 18-22 Builders Club Week 

Motto: Building leaders

Vision:  To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service.

Mission:Builders Club is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build     
                                           character and develop leadership.

About Builders Club:   Builders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 45,000 members worldwide.  Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to babies and children of the world.

The first Builders Club was chartered in 1975. Today, there are more than 1,600 clubs in Aruba, Australia, the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Italy, Jamaica, Korea, Martinique, Netherlands Antilles, Philippines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States.

Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club's sponsor.

We proudly sponsor a Builders Club at Cypress Lake Middle School.   Thank you Barbara Hartman for taking the lead as advisor for this club and assisted by Ada Trapanese and Todd Adams! Thank you to the school and faculty members Shannon Richardson and Julius Richardson for your support of this club! 
                             Florida's First Lady Project--Diaper Drive

We are collecting 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 19th- Darlene
Grossman, Hope Healthcare Services

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

Next Board meeting is April 9th at 6pm .

March speaker chair- Harris Segel

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 


    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

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.