Marco Island Kiwanis Club Supports Developing Literacy Skills
Major Focus for 2016-2017
unded in part by Stride Away Thru Hideaway
Family Fun Run 11/19/2016
Marco Island Kiwanis financially supports the Literacy Buddy Project of the Early Learning Coalition of Southwest Florida. This project matches adult volunteers who respond to the written requests of young children for specific books or specific kinds of books. Through this informal way, children learn about the power of reading and writing and show significant growth in their literacy skills throughout the course of one school year and the three exchanges of letters and books.
Marco Island Kiwanis supports Terrific Kids, a program in which children from Tommie Barfield or Manatee elementary schools address the Kiwanis audience and enjoy a special breakfast with their families once monthly. These children are chosen by the school staff, and during their presentations they answer questions about themselves, their families, and their aspirations for the future. This program provides opportunities for children to gain experience in public speaking and in outlining their thoughts in coherent ways, skills that are critical for success in school and success in life.
Marco Island Kiwanis supports Reading is Fundamental, a program that provides all students at Manatee and Tommie Barfield elementary schools with multiple opportunities during the school year to select and keep a book of their choosing. This program insures that all children at each of our local elementary schools has reading materials in their homes, and is supported because book ownership and the availability of student self-selected reading materials are indicators of positive growth in reading and writing.
Marco Island Kiwanis supports the local early learning and early child care programs by providing resources to them to select classroom materials that will enhance their instructional programs, particularly programs that encourage language development and book knowledge.
Marco Island Kiwanis supports the expansion of library resources in selected elementary schools, specifically Shadowlawn and Tommie Barfield. Local Kiwanians collaborate with school media specialists to identify gaps in school collections, and then provide the funding to fill identified needs.
Marco Island Kiwanis supports local charities, such as Grace Place and summer camp scholarships at Mackle Park and the YMCA that insure children have continuing opportunities to grow their skills by reading, writing, and discussing age appropriate materials.
Additional Funded Kiwanis Club of Marco Island Initiatives
Christmas Toys for Kids
Every year, just prior to the Christmas break, each of the 700 plus students at Manatee Elementary School is given a present by none other than Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause, accompanied by many Kiwanians, with some dressed as elves. This school has a beter than 90% poverty rate, and the children's smiles and warm thank yous touch the hearts of each of the many members who are present.
Kiwanis Key Clubs are the oldest and largests service programs for high school students in the United States. The Marco Island Kiwanis supports the almost seventy student strong Key Club at Marco Island Academy and also provides leadership opportunities for Key Club members at Lely High School. What makes these Key Clubs successful is the fact that they are student-led organizations teaching leadership through service to others. Community members will see high school Key Clubbers helping out at many fundraisers for local civic and non-profit groups, including the annual Car Show and Seafood Festival.
Meals of Hope
work in collaboration with the Sunrise and Noontime Rotary Clubs and members of the community to raise funds and package in excess of 200,000 meals that are delivered to local needy families.
The Kiwanis Club of Marco Island offers several $2,000 non-renewable scholarships every year to graduating high school seniors. Criteria for these awards is primarily based on service to the community as evidenced by commitment and leadership in their high school Key Club.
International Initiative - Project Eliminate
We participated in Project Eliminate with financial support. This is a project undertaken by Kiwanis International, the world-wide extended Kiwanis family, in partnership with UNICEF that aims to eliminate neo-natal tetanus entirely. Recent reports indicate that this lofty goal has just about been accomplished.
Volunteer Opportunities for Kiwanis Members
HIS IS A WORKING "FUN" RAISING CLUB
Annually on some primary and election days, Kiwanians man one voting precinct on the Island. To work at an election site it requires training by the Supervisor of Elections' office and a commitment to arrive by 6:00 am, and to not leave until all votes are counted, usually around 9:00 pm. Kiwanians do this to provide a community service by offering efficient and friendly support to the voting public and also as a fundraiser since payment for this work goes to support various club initiatives.
Marco Island Car Show Sponsored by Kiwanis
Annual Car Show extravaganza, featuring over 200 truly fabulous cars, with music provided by a D.J., and entertainment usually by local cheerleaders, a school band, and Celtic dancers, among others. Food and drink are available, including hamburgers, hot dogs, award-winning chili, and world class Italian sausage with all the trimmings, along with home-made cakes and pastries, and freshly cooked zeppoles. The Marco Island Car Show sponsored by Kiwanis will take place on February 19, 2017 at the NCH Healthcare Center at Bald Eagle and San Marco Roads.
Anyone who walks the streets of Marco Island will notice how clean of trash our community is. That's due, in part, to the many civic and social groups like Kiwanis that take on responsibility to clean-up our public spaces. Periodically throughout the year, you will see Kiwanians walking Collier Blvd. and/or the beach picking up trash. Usually following the clean-up work, Kiwanians come together for a lively social.
Annually, the Kiwanis Club of Marco Island joins forces with the two local Rotary organizations to sponsor a multi-day Seafood Festival. This event includes many seafood booths and a variety of non-seafood offerings, as well. Also available are and array of desserts, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, children's activities, arts and crafts vendors, and music provided by live bands that make many in the crowd want to get up and dance well into the evening. This next Seafood Festival is scheduled for March 24-26, 2017, at Veterans' Memorial Park.
2016/2017 Officers President: Dr. Kathleen H. Reynolds Immediate Past President: Tim Clune
President Elect: Janice Baptiste
Secretary: Irene Glynn Treasurer: John Coff
Board of Directors The Board of Directors meets the Monday prior to the first Thursday of each month from at Mutual of Omaha Bank.
Meet the Board:
John DeRosa, Rebecca Hodge Snyder, Dianna Dohm, Rebecca Scarborough and all officers.
All Kiwanis members are invited to attend the board meetings.
2015-2016 Standing Committees and Sub Committees
Academy Key Club
Adopt a Precinct Calendar Christmas Toys for Kids Fundraising Toy Purchases Car Show
Family Fun Run
Karing for Kids
Meals of Hope
Membership Membership List
Road Clean Up Scholarship Committee
Sunshine/Greeters/Prayer Terrific Kids
John Coff Donna Niemczyk
Janice Baptiste/Dianna Dohm
John Coff/Janice Baptiste
John DeRosa John DeRosa
Rebecca Hodge Snyder Tim Clune/Preston Steiner Debbie Ferris
Donna Fiala and Kathleen Reynolds
Officers/Board of Directors
Rebecca Hodge Synder
Rebecca Hodge Snyder
Kathleen H. Reynolds
Diana Pagach and Marie Lynn McChesney
Ray McChesney Irene Glenn
Dianna Dohm, Dennis Pidherny
Pat Hagedorn/Fred Schoen Joan Pidherny
Janice Baptiste Donna Niemczyk
Members in Addition to Officers and Directors
Look over the roster. Someone you know may already be a Kiwanis member. Give them a call and ask for an invitation to one of our meetings. Some of our members have personal or job related webpages and others own businesses on Marco Island.
Breakfast Meeting Meal: $ 12.00 per week, per member.
50/50 game: $ 2.00 (Optional)
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Kiwanians of the Year
The People Listed Below performed their Kiwanis tasks with dedicated service and are recognized for their outstanding efforts. 2008: Steve Vann and Donna Niemczyk 2009: Dennis Pidherny 2010: Chet Kendzior 2011: John DeRosa 2012: Gayle Thawley 2013: John Coff and Rebecca Hodge-Snyder 2014: Ray McChesney 2015: Kathleen Reynolds