Kiwanis Michigan District Division 9 Monthly Newsletter November 2015

November 2015
Kiwanis Michigan District Division 9 Monthly Newsletter

It’s an exciting time to be a Michigan Kiwanian!

Over the past few weeks, local Kiwanians (led by Formula Chair Larry Memmer and Lanton Lee) have came together to help gather members and prepare for the new Westland and Belleville Kiwanis Clubs.   Thank you to all of those that have given their time to these efforts so far!  According to Larry, the foundation has been set in both areas and we will have enough members to charter!  Isn’t that fantastic? There still will be a great deal of work to do over the next few weeks, and here are the best ways your club can help:

  • “Like” and “Share” the Facebook Pages for both new Kiwanis Clubs:
  • Encourage your club’s members and any potential Kiwanians you know in the Westland and Belleville areas to attend the first planning meetings for each club:
    • Westland Kiwanis:  Tuesday, November 10th at 6pm at the Merriman Road Baptist Church (2055 Merriman Rd)
    • Belleville Kiwanis:  Wednesday, November 18th at 6:30pm at the Belleville Area Chamber of Commerce (248 Main St.)
  • Offer to help join Larry Memmer’s team by contacting the potential new Kiwanians in each city for follow-ups via phone and e-mail

Overall, thank you again to all who have helped with this process so far and especially to Larry Memmer for all of his hard work and time he has put into these two new Kiwanis Clubs!

To learn more about how you can get involved, please reach out to Formula Chair Larry Memmer at

With Kids at Heart,

Melissa Pilzner
Division 9 Lieutenant Governor 2015-16

The Division-Wide Shoe Drive is Underway

Our division-wide shoe drive began on October 1st, and there has been a very positive response so far.

As a reminder, here are all of the important details and resources for your club:

  • Shoe drive will run from October 1st to November 30th.
  • Funds2Orgs will be our partner for the event, and it will pay $0.40/lb of shoes given to a cause of our choice.
  • Your Lieutenant Governor (Melissa) has all of the materials (collection bags, rubber bands, etc.), so please reach out to her to find the best route to get those materials to your club.
  • Money raised will benefit Kiwanis’s larger causes, with a split of 50% to the Eliminate Project and 50% to the Kiwanis of Michigan Foundation.
  • In addition to the $0.40/lb given to our causes, the shoes collected will be shipped to micro-entrepreneurs in developing nations, who will clean and repair the shoes for local resale.
  • Get your SLPs involved (Key Clubs, Circle Ks, Builders Clubs, etc.), as they can usually gather a large number of shoes from their families and classmates!
Here are links to downloadable documents related to the shoe drive:

Your Official Kiwanis Reminders

This section will highlight the key points to remember from the various e-mail and mail correspondence between Kiwanis International, the Michigan District of Kiwanis, our Formula Chair (Larry Memmer), and your Lieutenant Governor, Melissa.

From Lieutenant Governor, Melissa Pilzner:

  • Please e-mail me ( as soon as possible with the contact information for your club’s Membership Chair and Human & Spiritual Values Chair (if you haven’t done so already.)  The Michigan District has requested this information from clubs to assist with the club strengthening process.
  • If your club will be eligible for “Distinguished Club” status for the 2014-15 Kiwanis year, please reach out to Past Lieutenant Governor Scott Kappler ( this week to ensure all of your information as been collected for that award.

From Kiwanis International & the Michigan District

  • Every 2 months, the Michigan district would like for club secretaries to provide their lieutenant governors with pertinent club information to help with the compiling of reports and an increased understanding of Michigan District activities.  During the first week of December, please send your Lieutenant Governor an e-mail ( with the following information:
    • Did your club participate in 2 projects with a service leadership program (SLP) over the past 2 months (October and November 2015)?
    • Does your club have a public relations committee?
    • Did your club participate in an IHOP project to help raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network over the past 2 months (October and November 2015)?
    • Did your club raise funds for the Eliminate Project over the past 2 months (October and November 2015)?  Please note:  Taking part in the division-wide shoe drive will count towards this question.
  • The first 10 Michigan Kiwanis Clubs to purchase a Distinguished Kiwanian Award ($1,000) from the Michigan Foundation in the 2015-16 Kiwanis year will receive a discount of $100, so don’t wait to celebrate those important Kiwanians in your club!
  • Club Secretaries – Please report any Round Robins your club has earned from interclubs  in the 2014-15 year to the Michigan District ( by the November 10th deadline.

From Formula Chair, Larry Memmer:

  • The next Formula conference call will be Monday, November 16th at 9pm.  More details to follow.

Upcoming Division Events

Next Division 9 Council Meeting

December 2015
(Final Date & Location TBD)

Division 9 Information

Lieutenant Governor 15-16: Melissa Pilzner
Phone: 734-658-0642

1st and 3rd Thursdays at 7:15AM
Meets at Homewood Suites
(8060 Challis Rd.)Canton
1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday at 6PM
Meets at the Canton IHOP
(5946 N Sheldon Rd.)

Colonial Plymouth
Thursdays at 12PM
Meets at The Courthouse Grille
(41661 Plymouth Rd.)

Greater Whitmore Lake Area
2nd and 4th Thursdays at 9AM
Meets at the Northfield Township Senior Center
(9101 Main St.)

Tuesdays at 7:30AM
Meets at Hamburg Coney Island
(9580 Chilson Rd, Pinckney, MI)

1st and 3rd Mondays at 5:30PM
Meets at Teeko’s Coffee & Tea
(751 Latson Rd., Ste 1)

Livonia Early Risers
Tuesdays at 7:30AM
Meets at the Livonia Chamber of Commerce
(33233 Five Mile Rd.)

Northville Noon
1st and 3rd Wednesday at 12PM
Meets at Northville Sports Den
(133 W. Main St.)

1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30PM
Meets at Red Olive Banquet Center
(1051 Ann Arbor Rd W.)

South Lyon
2nd and 4th Mondays at 6:30PM
Meets at its Kiwanis Hall
(288 N. Warren)

Whitmore Lake
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 6:30PM
Meets at the Northfield Township Senior Center
(9101 Main St.)