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Ft. Myers Metro-McGregor Kiwanis
PO Box 61104
Ft. Myers, FL 33906
(814) 573-1251 Club President
4-14-2020  via Zoom
Our weekly Face-to Face meetings and activities into April are suspended. 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. 

Here is a recap of the online meeting from this past Tuesday. 

13 members were able to join our meeting on Tuesday. Thank you Harris for setting it up. The meeting was led by President-Elect Cathy. 
  • Cathy went around and asked each person to talk freely about what they are doing these days. Members have been checking on those stuck at home. Congrats to Liz and Stewart as they are going to be new grandparents. Erin has been playing guitar, Kate has been helping Rachel with the grand kids, Sarah is in the Keys a few days, Brianne is buried in books, Everett would love to chat with friends, Paul has a lead on some quality masks if you need one, he said Marilyn is well and trying to stay busy. Lindsey is still working out of her facility. Continue to call and check on each other, especially those that aren't accessing web or email. 
Additional announcements/updates:
  • Annual elections are underway. Please see the email sent out earlier this week to all members with an important timeline. The nominating committee will have the proposed slate submitted by May 1. You'll receive updates by email on voting and deadlines. 
  • It's Child Abuse Prevention Month and time to GO BLUE! Consider painting one fingernail blue to raise awareness! Take a photo and send it to Erin or Lindsey by text or email. Let's show our support! If you see it!
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, shelter at home, promote peace over panic and keep washing your hands. If you need something please call on each other. 

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. 

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 email 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;  We are in a holding pattern to see how this plays out with the restaurants in the book. Thank you for your patience. 
Shout out to Cathy Smith, Connie Prevatt, and Linda Petrik. Between them they helped United Way make several hundred face shields.These are being distributed to medical facilities, first responders and more. 

9th Tommy Lester

11th Lisa Rizzio

22nd Linda Petrik

29th Rachel Toomey

Virtual Volunteering: 
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.

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

Literacy Buddy-  "Buddies" should have received an email from Tallica Tidwell from the Early Learning Coalition of SWFL (they are also a corporate member of our club).
In response to the current Coronavirus situation,  we have decided to cancel the third Literacy Buddy book.  The majority of preschool centers are temporarily closed, and plan to resume care of children when they can. The resumption of care is up to them, as individual providers.

What do I do with my Literacy Buddy book?
For those who have already purchased a book you have two options:
1. You can keep the book until next year to deliver to your new literacy buddy.
2.You can drop the book off to us when we reopen our offices.

Even though we're ending the program early, we still count it as a success because of YOU!
Thank you for all the books and letters you have delivered.
    SLP's (Service Leadership Programs)   SUSPENDED - Schools closed until May 1.    

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. 

                                     This Week's Virtual Program: Key Club                                  

Key Club is a student-led, high school organization. Members make the world a better place through service. In doing so, they grow as individuals and as leaders by answering the call to lead, summoning the courage to engage and developing the heart to serve. Students build character with Key Club through service and leadership. Since the beginning in 1925, Key Club International has supported the transformation of high school students as they graduate and become the world's next class of leaders.

38 Countries have Key Clubs, and there are currently 270,000 members. Several of our own members have been Key Club members. Thanks for your continued service to Kiwanis! We're glad you are part of our club. The local Lt. Governor for Division 19B is Dellanique Merigelli who spoke to our club earlier this year. 

Our club sponsors a Key Club at Collegiate High School on the campus of FSW. Harris Segel reports they are in a rebuilding year however work on service projects at each meeting. To learn more about Key Club

Mission Statement
Key Club is an international, student-led organization that provides its members with opportunities to provide service, build character and develop leadership.
Core Values
Leadership » Leadership is grounded in humility and service to others. A true leader listens, recognizes, and empowers.
Character building » Character is built by everyday acts of kindness, integrity and teamwork to grow stronger relationships and communities.
Caring » Compassion for others is a cornerstone of the Key Club experience, inspiring action and service to one's community.
Inclusiveness » We welcome people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to join in serving and making a positive difference in our world.
I pledge, on my honor,
to uphold the Objects of Key Club International;
to build my home, school and community;
to serve my nation and world;
and combat all forces which tend to undermine these institutions.
Objectives of Key Club International
Key Club aims to cooperate with school principals and teachers to provide high school students with invaluable experience in living and working together and to prepare them for useful citizenship. Our members develop initiative and leadership skills by serving their schools and communities.
In doing so, we hope to promote and accept the following ideals:
  • To give primacy to the human and spiritual, rather than to the material values of life.
  • To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
  • To promote the adoption and application of higher standards in scholarship, sportsmanship and social contacts.
  • To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive and serviceable citizenship.
  • To provide a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render unselfish service and to build better communities.
  • To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which makes possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.
         March of Dimes- Our local Ambassador Family and club members!

March of Dimes is a Kiwanis International partner. 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. 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-let's help them reach their goal

For a $50 donation: Give a month's supply of diapers to a military family * Celebrate and educate moms-to-be in communities of need and provide them baby items like swaddles, breast pumps, baby thermometers and other essential items.  Support programs that include resources to help moms and moms-to-be quit smoking.      

3. Consider participating in the Notes of Hope program. This is a way for you to share inspirational words with new families or healthcare staff. Show your support sending a note of hope to: A mom or dad or a to be or family with a baby currently in the NICU. Share your advice, experience and words of encouragement. OR to Healthcare providers, nurses, and staff who are on the frontlines making sure that moms and babies are receiving the best possible care.

4. Due to precautions with COVID-19, start a virtual challenge such as "Planking for Preemies" - Challenge a colleague to plank for 25 seconds for a donation of $25.Take a video, share on social media and then nominate the next colleague.


April 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: 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  April.

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

Children's Advocacy Center of SWFL, Bling & Bags Bingo. 5:30pm
Will Be Rescheduled to June 24th

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

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

May 13- Ronald McDonald House
meal prep. Cancelled. 

June 20th-   Best Buddies  walk now a
virtual walk

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.