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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(239) 940-3893 Club President
2-12-19  Meeting 

Meeting called to order by President Rachel Toomey. Total attendance: 30, members; 24, other Kiwanis; 1-Bob Kemper (N.C), Dick and Charlene Boardman (Iowa), Rick and Connie (Iowa), Guests; Kim Swanson, speaker.

50/50: Todd Adams 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. Everett Shell had the 2nd ticket pulled for a Valentines Day candy bar. 

Don't forget to support Builder's Club and bring in an item for their annual "Puppy Love"  project, for the Gulf Coast Humane Society. Dry or canned dog and cat food, dog bones, new toys, blankets through March. See Barbara Hartman for details.
Interclub with Fort Myers Beach Club is February 21st. Sign up with Steve Hess. They meet at Bonita Bills at 5:30pm.

Literacy Buddies; next book is due March 19th. 
Background Screening; screens are valid for 2 years. You will receive an email notifying you of such and directions to be re-screened. 

2nd- Nancy Nelson

17th- Kurt Chalgren

19th- Stewart Ross


Lee Military Support-  Volunteers needed to help Feb 21st at the location on 2158 Johnson St. in Fort Myers 33901. Come help organize items for the care boxes, sort cards and misc projects for the troops anytime between 8:30am-4:00pm. Call Kim Gaide if you have questions 239-343-2045 or ask Lindsey or Kim. 

Rayma Page is inviting volunteers to their school and participate on March 1st for Read Across America event. Come visit kiddos for an hour and read a book to them, books provided. This is a national event and and encourages young reader to love reading. Sign up here;  Remember to wear a Kiwanis shirt if you have one. Bring a photo ID and check in at the office. Refreshments available. 
17000 South Tamiami Trail. 
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 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. They have a new staff advisor and her name is Mary. Karen said they made Valentine's Day card for the staff at the meeting today. 
CKI Club-    FGCU. Stewart is looking into the next meeting date. 

Key Club- ( Harris Segel) Collegiate High on FSW campus. Harris said 5 are going to their district convention in Naples. They also hoping to help 5th grade students at Heights Elementary with brainstorming science projects. 

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. 

K-Kids-( Kim Berghs) Littleton Elementary at 2:15pm on Wednesdays 1-2 times per month. Their next project is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. They will have classroom competition with prizes too. 
                                       K-Kids Week is February 18-22nd

K-Kids is the largest service organization for elementary school students, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. The first K-Kids was chartered in 2000. Today, there are more than 1,200 clubs worldwide.

In K-Kids clubs worldwide, children are learning leadership through service. They're taking on the responsibility of running a K-Kids club as they plan and participate in community service projects. They assist the elderly with chores or organize community food drives.They serve their schools, raising funds for sports equipment and extracurricular activities. 

K-Kids is an international student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform service, build character and develop leadership.

"As a K-Kid, I promise to serve my neighborhood and my school. I will show respect toward my environment and I will try to make the world a better place in which to live."

To learn more: 

Thank you to Donna Michaelessi for taking on the role as faculty advisor for K-Kids at Littleton Elementary School. Thank you to her colleagues for helping with meetings and project assistance with students when she is absent. K-Kids Rock!!
                Today's Program: Safety and Security/Scams and Fraud

Our presenter today was Dr. Kim Swanson, a Crime Prevention Specialist with the Lee County Sheriff's Office. As it was close to Valentine's Day her topic  was "Scams of the Heart." The fraud line gets 10,000 calls a year. Today we learned about infected E-Cards (sent to your email), social media scams (pop up boxes, fun quizzes,etc.), sweepstakes, romance scams, arrest scams, grandparents getting scammed, pet scams. They play on your emotions and know how to manipulate you so learn to recognize red flags and report them. 
Consider scheduling a presentation for your business or community where you live.  To reach Kim or learn more call 239-258-3291.  Pictured above are President Rachel and Kim Swanson.
           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.


February 19th- Matt Wallace, Lee County Human & Veteran's Services (Homelessness in Lee County). 

February 26th- LIsa Rizzo, Children's Advocacy Center (& check presentation)

March 5th-Trent Howe, March of Dimes

March 12th-Thomas Hall, Art SWFL

Next Board meeting is March 12th at 6pm at Ada's. 
February speaker chair-  Kim Berghs

March speaker chair- Harris Segel

March 3-8
Aktion Club Week

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 


        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

Interclub-February 21st 
with Ft. Myers Beach 
at 5:30pm. 

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.

Delicious Dining 
Discount Book