The Kiwanis Club of Petoskey
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time. Kiwanis programs prepare people of all ages to be the most engaged members of their communities. Each program is an opportunity to begin or continue a lifelong journey of service.
The Kiwanis Club of Petoskey was established in 1922. The Club performs many community service projects in Petoskey to help serve children. We distinguish ourselves as a “hands-on” service organization. We fundraise through various efforts and we sponsor three Service Leadership Programs in Petoskey. These leadership programs are the equivalent of Kiwanis at each school level, with 40 Builders Club members at Petoskey Middle School, close to 50 members in the Key Club at Petoskey High School, and the newly launched Circle K Club at North Central Michigan College. These programs are very, very important to our Club to create opportunities for the children in our community to strengthen character, improve grades and develop as future leaders through service.
In 2013-2014, The Kiwanis Club of Petoskey awarded grants to local organizations such as Voices without Borders, to assist with expenses related to the Fancy Nancy Tea Party, which supports the Little Traverse Youth Choirs; Brother Dan’s Food Pantry and Outreach, to purchase a scale/label maker equipment for food packaging; Alanson Church of the Nazarene, to purchase soundproof sheets to line the gathering area where daily meals are served; Char-Em United Way, for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program which helps young children develop a lifelong love of reading; Petoskey Schools Robotics, for team travel expenses; Camp Daggett, for camp scholarships; Piranha Hockey, for scholarships to cover the fees for tournaments; Emmet County 4-H, to sponsor a member to 4-H Exploration Days at Michigan State University; Petoskey Little League, to sponsor two teams for the Petoskey Little League 2014 season. These grants awarded are in addition to our annual sponsorship of 15 children for the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Christmas shopping spree; the Women’s Resource Center Adopt-A-Family Christmas; the Friendship Center Senior Christmas dinner and lights tour and the Petoskey Schools dictionary project where Kiwanis puts a dictionary in the hands of every third grader in Petoskey.
Kiwanis funds these grants and programs through various community efforts including its Flag Project, where Kiwanis volunteers line Petoskey streets with flags for main holidays; Petoskey open house “Smoke Out” with hot dog and bratwurst sales; potpie sales; the Kiwanis Travel and Adventure Series; holiday wreath sales; and 9-1-1 signs for ease in identifying house numbers for emergency responders.
The Kiwanis Club of Petoskey meets every Tuesday at noon at Stafford’s Perry Hotel.