The Rotary Club of Charlevoix is comprised of more that 40 Community Leaders who are strong advocates for community initiatives, a central source for youth support & growth, and support international initiatives to improve living conditions and fellowship
Service Above Self
Charlevoix, MI 49720
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix would like to welcome three new members to our club. A big welcome to our Club and to Rotary International go to: Mike Argetsinger (pictured in the first photo with Rotarian Bill Sick), Olivia Adams (lower photo - middle left next Aaron Wilkin), and Lyn Jenks (lower photo - middle right next to Mike Hinkle).
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix would like to welcome our newest member Cynthia Lamberson.
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly upgraded playground at Charlevoix’s Rotary Park was held on Thursday, May 29th at Noon. Located at 330 West Carpenter Street adjacent to the City Airport and municipal ball fields, the playground has long been popular with area youth since the original equipment was installed in 1989. The park now features all new equipment with new playground surfacing that is ADA compliant, providing area families with a fun and safer area to recreate while promoting early childhood development with unique and innovative playground features.
The project was accomplished through a partnership with the City of Charlevoix which removed the antiquated equipment, upgraded and prepared the site, and agreed to maintain the new equipment in future years. Funding for the $25,000 project was provided through generous grants from the Charlevoix County Community Foundation and Rotary District 6290 along with fundraisers organized by the Charlevoix Rotary Club.
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix donated $500 to the Charlevoix Elementary School for their "Stop the Summer Slide" summer reading program. This program will ensure that every elementary child gets at least two books to read during the summer months. This program is based on research showing the decrease in literacy levels over the summer vacation.
Above is Charlevoix Rotary President Don Jess presenting a Check to Charlevoix Elementary Principle Doug Drenth
CAMP DAGGETT - CABIN UPDATE
This spring the Rotary Club of Charlevoix updated the old wooden steps at the Charlevoix Rotary cabin at Camp Daggett. These wooden steps were starting to show their age and were a potential safety concern in the near future. A special thank your to Rosetta/MDC for donating the steps and to Swansons K & D for helping with a wonderful installation. Not only do the new steps look great they will insure safety far into the future.
A very special Thank You goes out to Virginia and Jack Ewing for donating the profits from their Corn and Bean Crop to the Rotary Foundation.
Thank you very much Past President Luann Keineth for the past year of service to the Rotary Club of Charlevoix.
Pictured left to right: Wayne Seger (President Elect), Luann Keinath (Past President), Don Jess (President)
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix recently made a $1,368.00 donation to the Charlevoix High School Auditorium. This money was available for donations from a Charlevoix Community Foundation account that Charlevoix Rotary opened 10 years ago specifically for upkeep of the auditorium. 11 years ago Charlevoix Rotary raised over $100,000 to assist in the construction of the Auditorium with our highly successful Reach for the Stars Concert. Our donation will be used to upgrade that auditoriums computer system and a few small maintenance issues.
Leadership Charlevoix County approached the Rotary Club of Charlevoix for funds to complete their Wheels to Water Project at Whitings County Park on Lake Charlevoix. The Club board decided to donate $500 to this project and promised another $500 as a challenge to Leadership Charlevoix County. Our challenge was to have the Leadership team also secure a $1,000 donation from both the Rotary Club of East Jordan and the Rotary Club of Boyne City (The other two cites that surround Lake Charlevoix). We are happy to report and all three of our clubs were able to support this county wide project resulting in a combined donation of $3,000. Please read below to find out more about Leadership Charlevoix County and the Wheels to Water Project.
Leadership Charlevoix County’s mission is to cultivate new emerging leaders from our area, to strengthen individual leadership abilities, and create an awareness of leadership opportunities in our communities. One way that participants in Leadership Charlevoix County strengthen their leadership skills is by partnering with a local agency to complete a community service project. The 2013 Leadership Charlevoix County team partnered with the Disability Network – Northern Michigan to bring universal beach access to Whiting County Park in Boyne City, Michigan so that all individuals can enjoy one of northern Michigan’s premier natural resources, the beautiful water and beaches.
With the help of many community sponsors, the Leadership Charlevoix County class of 2013 raised funds to purchase a portable roll-out access pathway, Mobi-Mat RecPath, that can be used for pedestrians, disabled persons, wheelchair users, strollers, bicycles and emergency equipment. The class also raised funds to purchase a high quality, amphibious rolling beach chair, Mobi-Chair, providing seamless transition from boardwalk-to beach-to water.
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix would like to thank all of our corporate sponsors, businesses and individuals who contributed to the success of our 4th Annual St Patricks Party. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our contributing businesses, and the 323 individuals who attended the party we were able to have our most successful fundraiser to date. This year the Rotary Club of Charlevoix was able to raise a little over $20,000 to help with our philanthropic activities within our community.
The Rotary Club of Charlevoix Canned Food Drive this past weekend was a great success!!! Because of the generous help from Charlevoix Residents we were able to donate over $300 and 1200 non-parishable items to the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry.
Thank you to all the Rotarians that took time out of their Saturdays to volunteer at the Canned Food Drive.
Rotary Club of Charlevoix Can Food Drive
Please bring you nonperishable food items to the Olsons Parking Lot on
Saturday, December 15th between 9:00 and 2:00
We will also be accepting empty returnables (cans and bottles) as donations.
All food and money collected will benefit the Charlevoix Community Food Pantry.
** Rotarians - please contact Don Jess to sign up and help with the event **