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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
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2-18 -20 Meeting 

President Lindsey Lenhart called the meeting to order. Attendance total:25,members-23, other Kiwanis members-2, Bob Kemper/NC, Guest: Speaker.  The 50/50 was won by Bill Grant but he did not pull the ace of hearts so jackpot rolls over. 


Today we "officially" welcomed Sarah Kuehner with certificate
and Kiwanis lapel pin. She is pictured here (right) with President 
Lindsey. 


We also welcomed back Jaci Lageson, seasonal resident. 


Happy Birthday tomorrow (Feb 19) to Stewart Ross




           Announcements: 
  • On March 17th we won't be able to use our regular meeting location. We'll be at Pine Manor Community Center and have a modified meeting, box lunch and tour of the facility. Address is: 5547 Tenth Ave., Fort Myers 33907 We'll need to know who is attending on this day by March 10th and if you are going to each lunch. 
     
  • Bring in your old Kiwanis magazine to recycle in our member recruitment folders. 
  • Delicious Dining Book fundraiser is underway, pre-sales orders can be placed now.
    Coupon books valid April 15-Nov 15th. This project supports programs such as Atlas Books and Sensory rooms. We are looking for places that will help us sell the books or put flyers up. 1,300 are being printed. 
  • DCM-Division Council Meeting: the next one is April 28th and our club will be hosting all clubs in our division. Governor Allen is attending. Location: the United Way building, 5:45pm. Would you like to help with the planning? See Lindsey.
                                                               Service 

Read Across America Day: Rayma C. Page has invited us to come visit kiddos and read a book to them on March 2nd. This is a national event where local schools invite community members to read to kiddos. This event encourages young readers to love reading. It would be about an hour at our school. You pick your time frame between 9:15am-2:30pm. They will have the children's books available for you. Address: 17000 S. Tamiami Trail.

  If you are interested, sign up here    https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080c4ea8ad2ba1fc1-read1 or you can sign up by giving Dennette Foy a call   239-432-2 737

Please remember to bring your photo id for security check in. They will have a hospitality room with refreshments and student ambassadors in the library to greet you and escort you to classrooms.  

Oasis Reading/Mentoring (Stewart Ross) weekly  at Orangewood  Elementary on Wednesdays  9:30am-10:10am. Please let Stewart know if you can help. Four volunteers are needed each week. 

MS Support Group(Bill Grant), meets 3rd Thursday of each month at St. Hilary Episcopal Church. 

Literacy Buddy  Last book is due to the children April 17th. 

Ronald McDonald House Meal Prep-Cathy Smith will be leading this summer project again, one we have done for years. We'll be preparing meals for families staying in the house. Cathy will have sign up sheets as there is a limit on how many can come each time. She has selected weekend dates this year to accommodate those that are working M-F. Dates will be May 13, June 14, July 19, August 29. Additional d etails coming soon. 

Annual Egg Hunt at Wa-ke-hatchee: Saturday April 11th. The event is 10:00am-12:00pm, volunteers report at 9:00am. We are in need to 12-14 volunteers. Sign up sheet will be going around and emailed to all members. 

Diaper Drive: Cathy Smith has organized a collection for Eva's Closet, an agency that spoke to our club last fall. Sizes needed 4-5-6. Harris is willing to place a bulk order if you would like to contribute. 
                                             
                                              SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)          

Aktion Club -(Karen Hurst) at LARC. Meets 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am, year-round. Bring in clean/used T-shirts for Karen to take as they are making more dog toys. 

CKI Club- at FGCU. (Stewart Ross)  CKI Mentorship-   http://bit.ly/KiwanisMentor

Key Club-(Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus. 

Builder's Club-(Barbara Hartman, Todd Adams, Ada Trapanese) Cypress Lake Middle. 
Don't forget to bring in new dog/cat supplies/food to support the club by Tuesday Feb 25th. Barbara said give her a call and she will pick it up and take it to the school if needed. 

K-Kids-(Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary. Upcoming meetings: Feb. 26th, March 11, March 25th at 2:15pm.  .They are working on Best Buddies Walk. Who can attend these meetings? 
                                        Today's Program:  Crime Prevention

Our speaker today was Kim Swanson, Crime Prevention Practitioner from the Lee County Sheriff Department. Today she talked to us about the 4 P's of active violence & response.

The first is Prepare a Plan; where are the exits, think about where you park, are there workplace policies where you work or volunteer. The second is Plan your Plan, have a back up in mind it plan A fails. The third is Practice the Plan and fourth is be prepared to Protect yourself. 

She also informed us of a collaborative project between the Sheriff's Department and United Way called Reunite. It is designed to help find those that wander or have others that have special needs and could go missing. 

Want to know more or schedule a presentation? Contact the Community Relations Section 239-258-3280. To reach Kim , Kswanson@sheriffleefl.org   239-477-1000.

Pictured above are Kim Swanson (L) and President Lindsey. 
                                                       March of Dimes

March of Dimes is a program that aligns with our Kiwanis mission and also supported by Kiwanis International. Rachel and Matt's family is the Lee County March of Dimes Ambassador Family for 2020.

Here is how we can support March of Dimes this year: 

1. Walk with us on Saturday, April 25th at the March of Dimes March for Babies in Centennial Park in Fort Myers. Join our team at:  http://www.marchforbabies.org/team/TeamToomey

2. Donate to Team Toomey


In person. There will be a bucket going around at our meetings
 
 Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/donate/476358803032217                                                        

3. Bring a friend to the March 10th meeting. Our speaker is from the March of Dimes.

  Meetings

Feb 25th
Lee County
Homeless
Coalition-Janet Bartos

Board meeting  at Ada's March 
10th at 6pm. 


March 3rd
Ft. Myers Symphonic Mastersingers-
Shannon Arnold and Elise Rose

March 10th
March of Dimes, Emily Clark

March 17th
Meeting at 
Pine Manor




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."

   
  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. 
TPegler@LFLmail.org

Foundation Trustee-Bruce Boyd 
bdklg12@gmail.com

      
            Florida District 
            www.FLKiwanis.org
    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 
             www.Kiwanis.org

President  is Daniel Vignerom
from Luxembourg.
President-Elect is Arthur Riley, Westminster, Maryland.


                    Save the Date

K-Kids Week   - February 17-21


Aktion Club Week March 2-6
April 8th   Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Bling & Bags Bingo

April 11th -Egg Hunt at Wa-Ke-Hatchee Rec Center

April 24th - March of Dimes Walk

April 28th- DCM, our club is hosting


ICON-June 17-20, Indianapolis. Early bird registration is open. 

DCON-August 13-16, Orlando


           Our club charter date:
                 July 23, 1980


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


Plastic bottle caps-collection temporarily suspended pending outcome of first bench


Delicious Dining Discount Book Fundraiser
Todd Adams, Chair
    
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