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The Kiwanis Club of Okemos was chartered on June 10, 1953. Administratively, the club is in Division 18 of the Michigan District. Our members, currently at about 20 men and women, meet weekly for dinner and an informative program and to carry out the planning necessary for our many projects. Work is organized under several committees. We raise funds to support our projects. We enjoy the fellowship and enduring friendships that come with meeting and working together. However, our projects and activities are the real life blood of the club.

 

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What we are proud of

 

Club Organizational Structure

 

Committees and Responsibilities

 

Kiwanis International

 

The Eliminate Project

 

Objects of Kiwanis

 

Michigan District of Kiwanis

 


 

What we are proud of

The Kiwanis Club of Okemos takes pride in its work. Children have benefited from our annual Christmas party for Wards of the Ingham County Probate Court, our involvement in the Weekend Survival Kit program to provide food to needy children, distribution of dictionaries to third grade children in Okemos, recognition of Okemos High School citizens of the month, and our support of children who attend the Special Needs Summer Camp.

 

We have helped improve facilities operated by the Meridian Township Parks and Recreation Department. Our projects include the installation of new flagpoles in several parks, building and installation of trail-side benches, public fishing facilities, and improvements to the Harris Nature Center.

 

To support these projects and charitable activities, we raise about $10,000 each year – one dollar at a time.

 

See our section on projects for more information on what we do. We are proud of it all.

 

Also, follow us on Facebook. This site, established in 2015, has photos of some of our current events and projects. 

 

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Club Organizational Structure

The Kiwanis Club of Okemos is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of the club officers and 6 elected directors. The directors serve 3 year terms; two are elected each year. Business is conducted at Board Meetings that are held apart from the weekly club meetings.

 

Officers for the 2016-17 year are:

        President:             Bob Munson
        President-elect:     Pam Fraley
        Secretary:             Terence Carroll
        Treasurer:             Dave Rainone

 

Directors are:

        Robert Green (2017)
        Tim Grotjohn (2017)
        Alex Brace (2018)
        Paul Marttila (2018)
        Dick Witter (2019)
        Anthony Bauer (2019)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Okemos Club is one of eight clubs in Division 18 of the Michigan District of Kiwanis International. Annual conventions are held by the Michigan District and also by Kiwanis International.

 

Bylaws define the Club’s structure and operation. The club membership votes on election of club officers and directors, and amendments to club bylaws. The Board of Directors determines club policies, approves club projects, approves new member proposals, and sets and approves the club’s budget.

 

Funds are held in two accounts. The Administrative Account receives income from club dues, meal charges and incidental contributions from members. The Service Account receives income from public fund raising projects or contributions from external sources. Service Account funds are used to support projects and charitable activities that benefit the community; they cannot be used to pay administrative expenses of the club.

 

The club assesses each member an annual dues. In addition, members are billed for meals eaten. Billings are done monthly.

 

Club Satellite formed. In 2013, a new club satellite was formed by The Kiwanis Club of Okemos.  This new group will continue Kiwanis community service efforts parallel to the larger main group.  Meetings are scheduled at noon on the first Monday of each month and are held at 6000 Dawn Ave., in East Lansing, MI. Visitors and guests are requested to make reservations no later than the Friday prior to the scheduled meeting. Special programs are scheduled. For more information contact Irma or Frank Moss at (517) 337-1439.

 

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Committees and Responsibilities

There are six standing committees that organize and conduct projects in their domains. Each committee has a chair and several members.

  • Youth Services –projects to benefit youth

  • Community Services –projects to benefit our community and senior citizens

  • Human and Spiritual Values –projects to promote human and spiritual values in our community

  • Membership Growth and Education –recruitment of new members

  • Public Relations – publicizes club activities in local news media

  • Finance and Fundraising –activities to generate funds that are used to finance club projects and charitable activities.

 

In addition, there are a number of responsibilities assigned to individual members. A partial list of these responsibilities is as follows:

  • Program Chair (usually the vice president)

  • Bulletin – publishes a weekly bulletin for members

  • Interclubs – organizes visits to other Kiwanis clubs

  • Piano – accompanies during club singing

  • Song Leader – leads club singing

  • Photographer – takes photos for scrapbook and publicity activities

  • Installation Banquet – organizes our annual banquet

  • Scrapbook Editor – prepares a scrapbook of club activities for display at the District Convention and for historical purposes

  • Historian – maintains a record of the Club’s history

  • Auditor – annually audits the financial records

  • Endowment Fund Supervisor – monitors funds and recommends actions.

 

Several annual projects, although organized under standing committees, have traditionally had individual chairs who serve on a semi-permanent basis.

  • Meals on Wheels

  • Christmas Party

  • Charitable Gaming

  • Citizen of the Month

  • Salvation Army Bell Ringing

 

You can see that there is a job for nearly everyone. Jobs are voluntary and fun.

 

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Kiwanis International is a global organization with nearly 300,000 adult members in 8,500 clubs in 80 countries. The Kiwanis Motto is Serving the Children of the World. The Kiwanis Mission is to improve lives through fellowship in service, worldwide. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and publishes a monthly magazine, “Kiwanis” that is mailed to each member. An international conference is held annually.

 

Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit, Michigan. In the early years, members focused on business networking. In 1916, Kiwanis became an international organization with the creation of the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario. In 1919, the organization changed its focus to service. By 1962, worldwide expansion was approved. In 1987, women officially were allowed into the membership

 

Kiwanis International sponsors Kiwanis-family organizations that provide young people and adults with opportunities to perform community service and develop leadership skills. K-Kids Clubs in elementary schools, Builders Clubs in junior high and middle schools, Key Clubs in high schools, Circle K Clubs at the collegiate level, Kiwanis Junior Clubs for young adults in Europe, Aktion Clubs for adults living with disabilities, and Key Leader, a youth development leadership program, reach out to those in need and develop future generations of leaders. K-Kids, Bring Up Grades (BUG) and Terrific Kids are all part of the Kiwanis Kids program to help develop self esteem, leadership skills, morals and standards, and respect for others at an early age.

 

Okemos Kiwanis sponsors a Key Club at Okemos High School.

 

LINK to KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL

http://sites.kiwanis.org/kiwanis/en/home.aspx

 

Kiwanis International

3636 Woodview Trace

Indianapolis, IN 46268-3196

317-875-8755

 

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The Eliminate Project. The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International’s global campaign for children, will save or protect millions of mothers and their future babies. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis is eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus or MNT, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes, by vaccinating women of child bearing age. UNICEF and its partners have already eliminated MNT in 20 countries, and Kiwanis’ pledge to raise $110 million in the next 5 years will help fund the elimination of the disease in the countries that remain at risk.

 

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Objects of Kiwanis

The six permanent Objects of Kiwanis International were approved by Kiwanis club delegates at the 1924 Convention in Denver, Colorado. Through the succeeding decades, they have remained unchanged.

1.  To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life.

2.  To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.

3.  To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business, and professional standards.

4.  To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable citizenship.

5.  To provide, through Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships, to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.

6.  To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and goodwill.

 

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The Michigan District of Kiwanis International administers 171 clubs organized into 19 Divisions in the State of Michigan. Its business office is located in Mason, MI. The staff consists of a Governor and and Executive Director. The Michigan District has established the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation which provides coloring books and other materials for children at four Michigan hospitals. Lieutenant Governors are elected by each Division.

 

 

LINK TO MICHIGAN DISTRICT

http://mi.kiwanisone.org/public_district/index.aspx

 

Michigan District Office

315 Kiwanis Drive

P.O. Box 231

Mason, MI 48854-0231

 

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The principle core of the Kiwanis mission is the belief that the most effective way to enhance a community is to enhance its children. When you give a child a chance to learn, experience, dream, and succeed, great things will happen.

 

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