Present: Maureen Posler, Chery VanVliet, Thad Bogert, Paige George, Julie Pelletier, Phil Crutchfield, Kris Krzyzanski, Karissa & Elijah Canfield, Paulina Poplawska, and Theresa Furget. Thad called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM.
Additions & Corrections: Cheryl added Holiday Fair under 5h.
Approval of September 14th, 2023 Minutes: Diana made a motion and Kris seconded it to accept the minutes. Motion passed.
Treasurer’s Report-Diana: Diana went over the October financial report. Karissa made a motion and Phil seconded it to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.
Correspondence-Theresa: The club received the Navigator pin for the banner for the 2021-2022 year. This is for the club’s contribution to Civitans at the Helm which goes to the Civitan International Research Center (CIRC). This brought up the discussion as to who has the banner. Sue Miesner might have it. (I contacted Sue, and she doesn’t have it).
Installation of 2023-2024 Club Officers Kris: Kris installed Theresa as secretary, Diana as treasurer, Elijah as president-elect and Thad as president.
Youth Entrepreneur Market/Participant Recognition-Maureen: Maureen mailed out the certificates and letters to this year’s participants with an invitation to participate in the 2024 YEM.
Desert Angels-Karissa: Karissa stated the collection is going well. Marta contacted Theresa and gave her a few more items that are needed. Karissa will add these to the list. Still in need of entertainment items. Paige stated the two middle schools are in competition as to which school will collect the most items. Theresa will send the video that Paige shared with her when she sends out the business meeting minutes. Theresa stated she has the paper products (plates, napkins, and cups) for the packing party. Maureen stated she’ll bring additional plates, napkins and cups that weren’t used at the Plymouth-Canton Civitan Club event yesterday. Just a reminder that Karissa oversees the pizza, Cheryl & Hal the beverages and ice, and Theresa the cookies.
Scarecrows on the Grand/Goodies on the Grand: Theresa: indicated that the club’s scarecrow is up at Inspiration Park. On Sunday, Cheryl, Hal, Maureen, Toprak, Nazmiye, Tolga, and Theresa met at Karissa’s and Elijah’s house to assemble the military scarecrow representing Desert Angels Miracle Box. Everyone had a great time, especially Tolga who loved dancing with the scarecrow! There are pictures on Facebook. Goodies on the Grand: This will be held on October 28th at Inspiration Park from 4:30-6:30 PM to hand out goodies to the kids. Thad indicated there are 400-500 LED rings left over from Pumpkinfest that could be handed out. Members that have worked this in the past are going to Region 6 District convention that weekend. The club will not participate this year, however, would like to participate in 2024. Theresa will let Amy Allen know.
2023 Pumpkinfest Recap: Thad stated this was a record year as the committee had to resort to previous years tickets as they sold out for this year. The club took in about 1,605 tickets, which is the best since we’ve been participating.
Inspired Movement Project (Digital Play Scape)-Thad: Sue Toth the Special Ed. director is going to reach out to the principal at the Early Childhood Center to see if they’re interested in having the program.
Focus Hope October 14th, 9 AM-Cheryl: Join the Plymouth-Canton Civitan Club with food box building at Focus Hope located at 1400 Oakman Blvd. Detroit 48238. Afterward members will go to lunch at Polonia’s.
Holiday Fair November 18th-Cheryl: Cheryl, Maureen and Theresa will be attending and will have a table to hand out KVCC info. This will be at the United Methodist Church located at 56870 Grand River Ave, New Hudson, 48165. Hours are 8 AM-4 PM according to the church’s website.
Active Faith Christmas Adopt-a-Family (just added)-Theresa: Discussion was whether to adopt a family for Christmas. Everyone was in agreement to do this. Cheryl will have Vivian contact Active Faith to get a family or two for 5-five to six kids to buy for.
Lunch at the Sr. Center for Active Adults (Just added)-Karissa: Karissa asked whether the club wanted to sponsor another lunch at the center. Everyone agreed this was a good idea. Thad will check into this further.
Abby Park at Mill River-Festival of Trees (just added)-Cheryl: The discussion was whether to sponsor a tree this year. Everyone is in agreement to participate. Cheryl will check this out further.
First Quarter Dues (just added)-Diana: Just a reminder that Diana will be sending out the dues notice to members.
m.Brighton Greater Chamber of Commerce (just added)-Elijah: Discussion was whether the club wanted to join since the Kensington Valley Chamber of Commerce folded in April of this year. Karissa stated that this is a very active chamber with lots of events/activities that covers a wide area. She’s not sure how much it costs for a non-profit to join. (I contacted the Greater Brighton Chamber of Commerce and spoke to Michelle Tokan, it will cost $200 for a non-profit to join and the year goes from the month of joining to the following year. Once the club joins, then all members can attend any activity/event. Most are free, unless food is involved, then there will be a fee to attend. I told her we would probably decide sometime in November.)
Dinner Meeting October 26th, 2023 at 6:30 PM at Teresita’s Mexican Grill.
Next Business Meeting November 9th, 2023.
Adjournment: Kris made a motion and Maureen seconded it to adjourn the meeting at 7:32 PM.
Minutes respectfully taken by Theresa Furget on October 12th and submitted on October 13th, 2023.