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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
3-24-20  (March meetings cancelled due to COVID-19)

After careful consideration for the health and safety of our members, guests and volunteers, and taking advice from Kiwanis International and local officials, our weekly Face-to Face meetings and activities in March and into April are cancelled. Weekly updates will be sent  via  E-Newsletters and by email. Each week in the newsletter we will feature an SLP (Service Leadership Program) so please take the time to learn more and stay engaged.  Weekly meetings will be held online using a platform called Zoom. Details can be found below. 

We understand 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.  Play it smart, stay informed, stay home, promote peace over panic and keeping washing your hands. 

The county encourages everyone to read the resources offered by: 
Here is a recap of the trial online meeting from this past Tuesday from President-Elect Cathy Smith.
  • I thought today's meeting on Zoom went well.  Thanks to Harris for setting it up.
  • Approximately 12 members were able to join in. 
  • I thought this was a good start. We agreed to meet again next Tuesday.
  • Barb Hartman reported that Cypress Lake Middle School received many donations for the animal shelter and they were especially grateful for our club's financial donation.
  • We noted the birthdays ahead, including Linda Parish whose birthday is today!
  • We shared our concerns for members who have health issues. Steve has reached out to Ada & John as well as Everett.
  • We discussed helping the food pantry at FGCU. They still have students on campus, some of whom are foreign and cannot return home. We have supported this group in the past. Samantha Lloyd, who spoke to our club last year, said that they needed help with food donations at this time.
  • We also discussed how we could offer support for the March of Dimes virtual walk with on-line donations.
For those that want to join the online meeting  March 31st: 
Zoom is a reputable and safe online program. It is endorsed by businesses and organizations such as Kiwanis International. You can use your computer or mobile device. 

Joining a Meeting 
First you need to download the Zoom app on your computer or mobile phone. Do this in advance of the meeting next Tuesday.  Steve Hess said he is willing to help talk you through it, just give him a ring.  

Once you have the app, look for and emial from Harris that will be an invitation to join the meeting online. It will have a meeting ID code. Go to the Zoom app, login at the top "Join Meeting" . Enter the meeting ID code. 

How do I join computer/device audio?
On most devices, you can join computer/device audio by clicking Join Audio, Join with Computer Audio, or Audio to access the audio settings. Learn more about connecting your audio.

Do I have to have a webcam to join on Zoom?
While you are not required to have a webcam to join a Zoom Meeting or Webinar, you will not be able to transmit video of yourself. You will continue to be able to listen and speak during the meeting, share your screen, and view the webcam video of other participants. 

Dining book fundraiser;  It's time to sell!  This project helps support our Atlas book program in 4 elementary school as well as other projects. Todd will keep us posted on how this plays out with the restaurants in the book. 


1st- Marilyn Weinstein

19th- Susan Hornung

24th-Linda Parrish

9th Tommy Lester

11th Lisa Rizzio

22nd Linda Petrik

29th Rachel Toomey


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. SUSPENDED

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

Literacy Buddy-  Last book is due to the children April 17th. DELAY THAT BOOK
Literacy Buddies are asked not to send or hand-deliver books to pre-schools until the week of April 13th. Watch for update. 

    SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)   SUSPENDED - Schools closed until April 15     

Aktion Club -(Karen Hurst) at LARC. They meet 2nd Tuesday at 8:30am, year-round. Their current project is collecting flip flops and socks for the homeless. (Agency closed through March). 

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. Thank you Steve Hess for covering the last meeting!!

Before the schools shut down, Steve Hess attended Littleton Elementary K-Kids meeting on March 11:
  • They are already collecting caps for Buddy Bench for next year.
  • Change Best Buddies Walk scheduled for April 18 (now probably postponed)
  • Collection of change now through April 16 (again, like everything, on hold I'm sure)
Attached are three photos of (1)  Donna with three students holding one of the posters. (2) message they were painting on poster paper at the meeting, and (3)  handout in the office,

Permission received to use photo with children
                               This Week's Virtual Program: K-Kids Club  
                                       K-Kids week was February 17-21, 2020                        

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.

What are the benefits of K-Kids membership?
Involvement in K-Kids provides the opportunity to develop self-esteem, leadership skills, morals and standards and respect for others. This program involves elementary students, their parents, teachers and Kiwanis members in developing a character education opportunity as well as exposure to the concepts of community service and service learning.

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

K-KIDS Pledge
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 provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community.
  • To develop leadership potential.
  • To foster the development of strong moral character.
  • To encourage loyalty to school, community and nation.
Core Values
Character building:  The ability to do the right thing, even when it might be the unpopular choice.
 The ability to listen, communicate, serve and guide others.
 Accepting and welcoming differences in other people.
 The act of being concerned about or interested in other people or situations.

Clubs meet as often as they choose, according to their own requirements. Each club is run independently and can adapt to the needs of members, advisors and sponsors. The club we sponsor at Littleton Elementary sets its own meeting times and plan its own projects and activities.

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. 
In big and small ways, they're changing the world around them. But the most significant change happens in the kids themselves.

Kim Berghs has been acting as lead advisor and Steve Hess attended their last meeting before school was suspended. Thank you to Littleton faculty Donna Michaelessi as the lead and  Mrs. Patel and Mrs. Giampi for guiding this club. Littleton K-Kids Club does projects such as; food drive for the Salvation Army, holiday ornaments for Gold Wing and teachers, they collect pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. They also help distribute incentives on the day of BUG awards program. They were going to volunteer with Best Buddies walk however this is now a virtual walk. They have environmental projects in mind for the future. 

         March of Dimes-Meet our local Ambassador Family and club members!

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. Adam was born unexpectedly at 29 weeks weighing 2 lb 9oz. He spend 73 days in the NICU. Sadie was born at 33 weeks weighing 4 lb 4 oz. She spent 19 days in the NICU. 

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

1. The March for Babies walk on Saturday, April 25th will now be a virtual walk. More details coming. You can still join the team  

2. Donate to Team Toomey
In person. There will be a bucket going around at our meetings
3. The last regular season Everblades Hockey game was going to be April 4th in support of March of Dimes. (Hockey is cancelled the reminder of the season, consider donating the cost of a ticket to Team Toomey). 


March 31st
Meetings. Will be online meeting. 
Evening Social is

Board meeting at Ada's April 7 at 6pm 
Watch for update. 

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

Face-to-face Weekly meetings cancelled for March and into April.

Delicious Dining Discount Book Fundraiser
Todd Adams, Chair

Let's get selling!!

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

April 8th   Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Bling & Bags Bingo. 5:30pm
Will Be Rescheduled

April 11th -Egg Hunt at Wa-Ke-Hatchee Rec Center. 10am-12pm Volunteers at 9am. watch for update, most likely cancelled

April 18th- Best Buddies Walk
 going to be a virtual walk June 20th

April 25th - March of Dimes Walk
 going to be a virtual walk

April 28th- DCM, our club is hosting. 5:45pm at United Way. post phoned
to May 19th

May 13- Ronald McDonald House
meal prep. CANCELLED

ICON-June 17-20, Indianapolis. Registration is open. No decision yet

DCON-August 13-16, Orlando. Early bird 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.