What’s been happening lately?

One of our great leadership team will be writing notes about what has happened and what is in the works for our club. Take a look!

Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth Updates

Latest News for JUNE 2021

Kiwanis Club Updates are designed to keep all members of the Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth informed about club business.  During the pandemic, many of our members have chosen not to attend meetings for health reasons.  Club leadership certainly understands this decision and is doing all it can to keep members informed and engaged.  We hope this temporary, monthly update sheet will help you feel more connected to your Kiwanis Club.

We’re Baaaaaack!

For those of you who are tired of Zoom meetings, we have some good news.  Our Club will begin meeting again in-person starting April 15.  For the spring and summer we are committed to meeting at Plymouth Township Park in the west pavilion.  Special thanks to Chuck Curmi who helped get us booked for the next several months.  Mark Riegal will be handling the food and Paul Penney will do his best to keep us comfortable if the weather gets cold.   It will be great to see everyone face-to-face!

We Need Your John Hancock

Kiwanis International has notified all clubs that members attending in-person meetings need to sign an insurance waiver before each gathering.  Our Club’s leadership team has consulted Jim Ryan and Scott Kappler for advice on how to perform this required action in the most appropriate way.  You will soon receive an electronic copy of the waiver language. Please be sure to read the document carefully as you will be asked to sign the waiver at our first in-person meeting on April 15. We will have a copy of the language posted at each of our following gatherings, but ask that you familiarize yourself with this information because you will be asked to sign each and every time we meet while the pandemic is still a threat.

Kiwanis of Colonial Plymouth Continues to Support First Step

The highlight of February was our club’s continued support of First Step. Led by Lee Harrison, all of our service committees came together to support this worthy organization in its efforts to purchase a new van for its Plymouth location.  In total, The Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth made a $3,500 donation toward First Step’s $20,000 goal for the new vehicle.

Theresa Bizoe, First Step’s Director of Philanthropy and Capital Projects was our guest speaker at the Club’s February 25 regular meeting.  She explained that the Margaret Dunning Foundation has promised to provide an additional $20,000 toward the van if the non-profit can raise the other half.  With our help, First Step is well on its way to reaching its goal.

Since 1978, First Step has been working for peaceful families and safe communities in Wayne County. First Step is the only non-profit agency in out-Wayne County providing comprehensive services for victims of domestic and sexual violence.  The Kiwanis Club of Colonial Plymouth has assisted First Step for years with financial support and labor for small construction projects.

We Need your Input about the July 4 Parade

At the March board meeting, club officers had a lengthy conversation about the July 4 Parade.  Scott Kappler led the discussion and presented his concerns about moving forward with this year’s parade because of continued concerns caused by the pandemic. The City of Plymouth has indicated that the usual route down Main Street will likely be out of the question. This leaves us with the option of presenting a parade that will weave through City neighborhoods in order to limit crowds from gathering.  Board members discussed this possibility and made other suggestions, but nothing was settled by the end of the evening.  Scott would like to hear from members who have suggestions on this subject.  Please feel free to contact him at skappler@gmail.com or (734)751-6188.


We’ve had some great speakers at our Thursday meetings thanks to Vice President Liz Kerstens.  Guest presenters include:

3/4/21Yankee Air MuseumBarry Levine
3/11/21New Lock at the Soo ProjectKristina Schnettler
3/18/21Thomas EdisonMike Woloszyk
3/25/21Airlines and COVIDJohn Filios
4/1/21Virtual Tour Farmington MuseumBrian Golden

Latest news for February 2021

Here is an email from Lee Harrison about what we have been doing – Even with all the Covid – 19 Protocols in place !!!!

From: Lee Harrison
Sent: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 7:15 PM
To: Susan Clark ; Jack Schwartz
Subject: December project


     We delivered gifts today for kids at the Neinas School in Detroit.  Here is who was involved:

Jim Jabara

Carl Schultz

Tim Tinstad

Lee Harrison

Total service hours = 10

We also donated $200 from Community Services to Cookies 4 Troops which is a group run by a high school senior who raises money and sends thousands of boxes of Girl Scout cookies to troops overseas.  She has been doing it since the second grade.