Serving the Grand Traverse area since 1924.

Major Service Projects, Activities, and Programs

Our club is involved in a variety of projects that involve fundraising, community service, and assisting children locally and worldwide.  Below are the projects in which we are currently involved:

Kiwanis International ELIMINATE Project, Geoff Streit (Club Coordinator)

With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetnus (MNT) from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Click here to donate now. Remember to include our Club number (K01305) on your donation.

Flag Project, Chairs - Marc Judge & Wade VanHouzen  May - September

The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City invites you sponsor the display of America’s colors through our Flag Project! Your $50.00, $200, or $500 sponsorship contribution will support the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City and the many good deeds funded and led by our organization for the children of this community. Kiwanis Club members will place a flag at one of seven local City of Traverse City Parks as well as the YMCA campus on West Silver Lake Rd. on the four major flag holidays each year: Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

Support your country...Show your colors! Support the work of the Kiwanis Club of Traverse City & our Youth Programs by participating in our Flag Project.

Dictionary Project, Chairs John Hyatt/ Scott Joseph, September/ October

The Kiwanis Club of Traverse City donated dictionaries which we distribute to all 3rd graders in Grand Traverse County. This is part of the “Read Around the World” program.

Kids Against Hunger, Chair Mike Maasberg

KAH is an international coalition of humanitarian organizations whose mission is to significantly reduce the number of hungry children in the USA and feed starving children throughout the world.  For the past 8 years, the Traverse City Kiwanis Club, Traverse City Golden K and their Kiwanis Family Members (Key Clubs from Traverse City Central HS, Traverse City West HS, Traverse City St. Francis, Builders Club from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the K-Kids from Immaculate Conception) have combined to package food for over 90,000 people in areas devastated by famine, natural disaster, and in some cases, war.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Chair Tim Clulo, December

On one Saturday in December, Club members join with members of the Key Clubs to help the Salvation Army collect money to assist them in their efforst to provide aid to impoverished people both locally and internationally.  Typically we man stations at 6-8 locations throughout the area.

Kiwanis Club/TC Record-Eagle Ski & Snowboard School, Chair - Wade Van Houzen, January/February

Annually, the Kiwanis Club joins with the Record-Eagle Newspaper and Mt. Holiday Ski Area to teach local children ages 7 and up the basics of skiing and snowboarding.  The school has 6 sessions in January and February. Since inception, several thousand children have participated in Kiwanis Club/TC Record-Eagle Ski & Snowboard School.

Middle School Track Meet, Chair -  Mark Judge, April

Annually, the Kiwanis Club sponsors an invitational track meet for all middle schools in the area.  It includes boy and girl teams from  many middle schools in Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Antrim Counties.

Kiwanis & Rotary Charity Cup Golf Outing, Chair - Jim Mellinger, September

Founded by Kiwanian Bob Chase in 1996 as “The Charity Cup”, each year 14 Kiwanians and 14 Rotarians play an 18-hole Match Play tournament.  Each service club contributes a $500 "wager" on the outcome. The winning service club decides which local charity receives the combined $1,000 . As of September 2016, $20,000 has been directed to local charities because of this friendly rivalry event.