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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
5-5-2020  via Zoom
Our weekly Face-to Face meetings and activities into May are suspended. Weekly meetings will be held online. Weekly updates will be sent  via  E-Newsletters and by email as necessary.

Here is a recap of the online meeting from this past Tuesday and announcements:

16 members were able to join our meeting on Tuesday and out Lt. Governor Tina Pegler.
Thank you Harris for setting it up.The meeting was led by President-Elect Cathy Smith.
  • It was nice to have a couple new faces join the meeting today. We had a nice patriotic song solo by Barbara Segel. Steve Hess has volunteered to help anyone navigate getting you started with using zoom, just call him. 
  • There is a new volunteer project to help Lee Health Military Support group. You all should have received an email on it. Another project surfaced at the end of the week that you also received an email on to help make different masks for a new United Way project. 
  •  Our Division Council Meeting will be held now via Zoom. It's on May 21 at 6:30pm. Our club is hosting so it would be super to have a nice showing. Here's a chance to hear what other clubs are doing and meet other Kiwanians! You will receive the login information soon. 
  • Annual elections: Slate of Officers/Directors was received by the nominating committee
    (thank you Liz Ross and Rachel Toomey), a slate will be prepared and your board approved Tuesday night. Thank you to Karen Hurst for stepping up into the President-Elect position. We will not have to hold formal elections for the six board member slots as a candidate respectively asked to step off the slate. Your 2020-2021 officers are:
    President: Cathy Smith, President-Elect: Karen Hurst, Treasurer: Todd Adams, Secretary: Kim Berghs. Your directors are (in alphabetical order): Barbara Hartman, Sarah Kuehner, Erin McNulty, Linda Parrish, Connie Prevatt and Paul Weinstein. 

Our work as Kiwanians is valuable to our community and we will take extra proactive measures to ensure the safety of everyone yet help meet the needs of our community. As our county and state begin the transition to reopen in phases please continue to monitor and use good judgement when leaving your home. 

For those that want to join the online meetings: 
Zoom is a reputable and safe online program. It is endorsed by businesses and organizations such as Kiwanis International. You can use your computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

Dining book fundraiser;  We are in a holding pattern to see how this plays out with the restaurants in the book. Thank you for your patience. 

3rd- Susan Block

8th-  Paul Weinstein

9th-  Maria Montesinos

14th- Patrice Cunningham

25th- Trini Soto Garcia

30th- Everett Shell


Our club was unable to do the family meal prep at Ronald McDonald House this week. Your board approved using the funds allocated for this May service project and we will donate gift cards to the 
agency to distribute to families instead. 

From the United Way Volunteer Center: we closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. We understand there are many individuals in our community that may want to help. We will post here and in our Volunteer Center Facebook Group  as opportunities become available. A new project to help Lee Military Support was recently posted and can be done from home!

MS Support Group(Bill Grant),  meets 3rd Thursday of each month at St. Hilary Episcopal Church. Suspended
SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)    Schools closed remainder of the school year
Aktion Club -(Karen Hurst) at LARC. They meet 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am, year-round.
  (Agency temporarily closed). 
CKI Club- at FGCU. (Stewart Ross).  
Key Club-(Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus. 
Builder's Club-(Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle. 
K-Kids-(Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary. 
                                    Today's Program: Learning For Life

Our Lt. Governor, Tina Pegler joined us remotely today to tell us all about this program for children, teens, and young adults. Learning for Life  is a character education program  designed to support schools and community- based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of our contemporary society. Our curriculum prepares students to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem.

The Learning for Life in Fort Myers offers seven programs designed to support schools and community-based organizations in their efforts to prepare youth to successfully handle the complexities of contemporary society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. The seven programs focus on character education and career education. Learning for Life programs help youth develop social and life skills, assist in character development and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. There are two program methods. We have six school-based programs and one worksite-based program.
Adults involved in Learning for Life are selected by the organization in which they work (i.e., schools, local businesses, community organizations). Race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic background, economic status, and citizenship are not criteria for participation in Learning for Life.
At a time when drugs and gangs are ravaging many of our schools and communities, Learning for Life programs can be a catalyst to help stop this trend. The program uses age-appropriate, grade-specific lesson plans to give youth skills and information that will help them cope with the complexities of today's society.

Learning for Life makes academic learning fun and relevant to real-life situations in age-appropriate and grade-specific material. As a result, the positive character traits and skills learned by participation in Learning for Life not only make students more confident and capable but also give them an invaluable understanding of how things work in the real world. School and community demands for character education and career education programs have greatly influenced the dramatic growth of Learning for Life. Learning for Life has been adopted by more than 17,000 schools and organizations nationwide, serving over 1.5 million youth.

The program sponsors a local talent show and an annual banquet in May to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments of the young people in the program. The date has been rescheduled to August 21 at the Broadway Palm dinner theater. Several of our club members have attended in the past. If you are interested in attending let one of the club officers know. 

To learn more:


May meetings will be held online each Tuesday. We will let you know of any changes.

Board meeting May 12 at 6pm online.

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

Delicious Dining Discount Book Fundraiser
Todd Adams, Chair

Youth Protection Helpline
1-866-607-SAFE (7233)
          Defining Statement

   "Kiwanis is a global
    organization of volunteers
    dedicated to improving the
    world, one child and one
     community at a time."
  Fort Myers Metro-McGregor
               Club Officers
President: Lindsey Lenhart
President-Elect: Cathy Smith
Treasurer: Todd Adams
Secretary: Kim Berghs
Immediate Past President: Rachel Toomey 
          Florida Division 19
Lt. Governor -  Tina Pegler.

Foundation Trustee-Bruce Boyd
            Florida District 
Governor is Allen Yergovich
Governor-Elect is Mary-Lynn Desjariais.

The Florida District, comprised of the more than 240 clubs and over 7,500 Kiwanians within Florida. Florida is one of the largest and most successful districts in Kiwanis International.

        Kiwanis International 
President  is Daniel Vignerom
from Luxembourg.
President-Elect is Arthur Riley, Westminster, Maryland.
                    Save the Date

May 21st-  DCM, our club is hosting. 
The meeting will now be virtual at 6:30pm. You will receive Zoom ID if you want to be part of this.  

June 20th-   Best Buddies  walk now a
virtual walk

June 24th- Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Bling & Bags Bingo. 5:30pm.  Rescheduled from April. 

ICON-June 17-20, Indianapolis   

DCON-August 13-16, Orlando. Registration is open. 

           Our club charter date:
                 July 23, 1980

Please save year-round...
Your old Kiwanis magazine to recycle in our member recruitment folders. 

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