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Meeting Notes for January 23, 2020

We had a great meeting this week learning about all the events the club has coming up (see the club calendar), enjoying lunch in Filippa’s newly remodeled event room and getting updates about the Shelby Township Fire Department from guest speaker Jeremy Verbeke. 

Thank you to the following for your help during the meeting:

  • Lester subbed as Sheriff this week.
  • Rhonda set up the room.
  • Andrea and Doug sold 50/50 and card game tickets.
  • Jill ran the meeting.

We enjoyed getting to know our guests this week:

  • Alexandra Kolasa from Corporate member FreeStar Financial.
  • Jeremy Verbeke as Guest Speaker from Shelby Township Fire Department.
  • Amy Joiner
  • Jeff Joiner
  • Former long-time member Ken Joiner
  • Jimi Plouffe will be submitting an application for corporate membership from Momentum in downtown Utica.

Happy Dollars

There were happy members/guests this week: 

Brian is happy that a friend is getting married this Saturday.

Amanda is happy to be back after being out sick and happy to have gotten first scholarship application in the club mailbox today.

Andrea is happy to be here.

Doug is happy that Utica approved to have two marijuana storefronts in a small radius of the town.  The Tull/Laubach building currently sits in a prime location for this.

Alexandra is happy that Greg Smith stopped into office to congratulate on the new building.  They started talking and he told her about Kiwanis.

Jerry Webb is happy to have Alexandra from FreeStar Financial at our meeting today since Joshua Puranen isn’t able to attend.

Events & Announcements

Jerry updated the club on our Bell Ringing this year. The club volunteered for 17 1/2 hours and raised $949.63.

John Cook has tickets to the Novi home show for January 24 – 26th.  If you are interested, please see John. 

March is reading month.  Please see Jerry or Stephanie to sign up for a time slot to read at West Utica in March and/or to volunteer for the Book Bingo at West Utica on March 6th. 

District will be collecting books on March 8th at the Red Wings Game.  See Greg Smith to volunteer.  If you are interested in attending the game, there are special rate seats for Kiwanis members and an opportunity for a picture on the ice after the game. 

Dates to Mark on Your Calendar

March 6th – Book Bingo at West Utica. See Jerry or Stephanie to sign up.

March 8th – Red Wings Game and District Book Collection. See Greg Smith for more information.

March 15th – Love on Ice club social. See Tony for more information.

April 27-30 – Charity Poker Fundraiser. See Mike Divozzo to sign up.

May 3rd – 5K race at Jimmy Johns Stadium.

June 5th – Golf Outing Fundraiser. See Ken Nutt or Doug Tull to sign up to golf or volunteer.

August – Date TBD – Drawing for the Dinner for Two raffle at Filippa’s Restaurant.

Meeting Notes for January 2, 2020

President Jill gaveled the meeting to order at 12:10 pm.  We sang My Country ‘Tis of Thee, said the Pledge of Allegiance, and prayed. Jill accidentally asked Jim to say the prayer.  Jerry was not offended.

Members present included Les, Jim Stevens, Jim Schwark, Gary, Pastor Jerry, Greg, Stephanie (our newest member ), Andrea and President Jill.

Andrea was busy.  She sold 50 / 50 (won by Jill), and the card game. Winning tickets were drawn by Gary and Jill.  Nobody pulled the winning or losing cards the pot will grow.  Andrea also was the Sheriff and collector of Happy Dollars.

Happy Dollars were contributed by Jim Schwark, Jim Stevens,
Jerry, Jill, Gary and Greg.

All the Birthday and Anniversary people were missing so we
will make sure they pay up next week.

Our meeting room is being renovated, so we met in the
alternate room we are usually assigned when our room is not available.

Committee reports included Jim Stevens telling us we are on
board for the 5k and a meeting will be held soon.  Greg updated us on the
MI District book project, and also updated us on Charity poker which is
scheduled for late April.  Pastor Jerry gave us info on our website.
 Portal Buzz raised the fee they charge us, so we will be going in a
different direction.

Thanks to everybody who rang bells for Salvation Army on
December 20 – 21.  Thanks also to those who assisted with The shopping
event at Walmart on December 14th.

Our next meeting will be next Thursday January 9th.  If
you haven’t been at a meeting recently, please know we miss you and would like
to see you again.

Thank you to Jim Schwark for taking notes for this meeting.

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