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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
5-12-2020  via Zoom

Our weekly Face-to Face meetings and activities into May are suspended. 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:

14 members were able to join our meeting on Tuesday and it was nice to "see" Connie with us today. Thank you Harris for setting it up.The meeting was led by President-Elect Cathy Smith.
  • Our Division Council Meeting will be held via Zoom. It's next Thursday 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. 
  • Last week in the newsletter we highlighted the Learning for Life program. Editor note: the date of their annual celebration banquet is August 31st, not the 21st. 
  • We were informed that the annual Florida District Kiwanis Convention will be cancelled. It was a difficult decision but  the well being of all must be considered. Rachel and Lt. Gov. Tina suspect something is in the works for a Zoom conference so stay tuned! Metro-McGregor sends our sincere thanks to Gov. Allen, the FL Kiwanis staff and leadership team for your efforts in putting the conference together. 
  • Several members are helping Lee Military Support with a new "Scrubs of Love" project that can be done from home! Who else is interested? 
  • Have you heard? Kiwanis International is temporarily waiving new member fee for existing Kiwanis Clubs. Our board has also approved such waiver for district and club fee's through September 30th, 2020. Annual dues will be collected October 1st for all members for the 2020-2021 year. Are you receiving this newsletter and have wanted to learn more about Kiwanis?  Are you reading this newsletter and want to ask a community member or friend to join? Are you a former club member and thinking about sharing your time and talents with others again? We'd love to hear from you!
    Members, now is the chance to make the ask! Let's reel them in and offer them the opportunity to be part of Kiwanis, specifically to be part of something special as a member of our club.

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. Steve Hess has volunteered to help talk you through it, just give him a ring. 

Dining book fundraiser;  As we see restaurants starting to re-open, dining books are back on for sale. If you know of any restaurants in the book that are not re-opening or what their status is, please let Todd know. We need to get books sold to help us with projects for the upcoming year. Thank you to Ft. Myers Beach Chamber for promoting and selling them. 

3rd- Susan Block

8th-  Paul Weinstein

9th-  Maria Montesinos

14th- Patrice Cunningham

25th- Trini Soto Garcia

30th- Everett                                                             Shell

                                                   Service & Partnerships

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. 

March of Dimes-National March for Babies is May 15th
Mark your calendars for an exciting March for Babies Recognition Day Livestream on Friday, May 15 from 2-3 p.m. ET! 

"We are hosting our first virtual March for Babies gathering where we will honor all of your work to raise funds to support moms and babies. We will highlight diverse faces and stories of our supporters, look at how your fundraising is fueling innovative and life-changing programs, and recognize everyone who makes March for Babies possible. Check out this 30 second video capturing highlights from 1938 to today."
2020 March for Babies: Step Up
2020 March for Babies: Step Up

Congrats to Team Toomey for raising $3,704 toward the SWFL March of Dimes. Rachel says thanks to everyone who made a personal donation or tossed some change in the weekly "Baby Bottle" before meetings were suspended in person. 

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. 


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

Board meeting June 9 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. Cancelled

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.