Kiwanis meeting of October 20th, 2021

Dale Brose was our guest today
Birthday wishes went to Angie Bomia and Dr. Jacob Waltz
The bowling team was shut out this week with no points
Club members are asked to pay their respects to Doug Kuras’s Dad who passed away. He will be at Merkle Funeral Home from 2-8 pm on Thursday 10/21/21. it is located at 2442 N. Monroe St. in Monroe
Iggy Cuccia gave a report on the Community Meal that was served and thanked Ken Swinkey,Nancy Wain and Judy Hertzsch
Dick Sager reported on the recent Special Olympic Golf Fundraiser. A total of over $11,000 was taken in
Lt. Gov. Suzie Grizzle gave a report on the Key Club that met in Ida. A total of 22 people showed up. New officers were elected They also would like to have a service project of their own.Their next meeting will be 11-15-21
Kathy Wider gave them children’s books and 8 more bags of shoes.
The Aktion Club met last night and will be handing out treats on October 29th at ISD along with the Flat Rock Elk Club
President Gloria Rafko announced the Holiday Camp got $150,000 grant
Karen Lemerand announced the Kiwanis Lottery tickets will be stuffed into Envelopes next Wednesday at Jerry Spence’s house a nd will be distributed at the November 3rd meeting. Each member will be allotted a number of tickets to sell. We need all hands on deck for this fundraiser so if you can’t make it to the meeting contact Karen Lemerand,Bill Hassett,Dr. Jacob Waltz or Bob De Sloover. Let’s not make 20 % of the club do 80% of the work on this one. If you don’t plan on staying in the club now would be a good time to let us know.
Paul C. LaMarre III,the Port of Monroe Director was our speaker today. He has been in that position since 2012.
Some of his Highlights included :
It is Michigan’s Gateway Port
It’s called the Biggest Little Port
The Oldest Tug in the World is in the Port of Monroe. (Built in 1897)
There are over 100 ships a year that use the port
He gave a lot of credit to Sen. Gary Peters for the success they are enjoying right now at the port
In the Spring of 2023 there will be a Maritime Grain Project
In 2022 the port will celebrate a 90th Anniversary with special events planned in September
He also spoke on the Economic Impact the port has on the area that include 1,659 jobs,$96 M economic activity,$12.1 M in personal income & local consumption and $38.5 M in Federal and State Tax Revenue
At the end of the presentation he answered questions