Citizens of Riverview, take action – volunteer

My fellow Riverview residents let me first say how proud I am to serve as your Mayor.  It is not only challenging but very rewarding. Although we’re a small town we have the same issues and accomplishments as our larger neighboring communities. One of those challenges is inspiring our fellow residents into action. It is not a secret that volunteerism is on a decline not just in our city but across our nation.  Riverview has several organizations that could use your talents. Maybe I can convince you to take a break from social media for a while and lend hand to someone who needs it.

As small as our community is, we have a large number of civic organizations, clubs, groups, commissions and churches that would love to have you involved. A list of commissions can be found on the City of Riverview web-site.

One such group that I’ve been a member of for the last 15 years is the Kiwanis of Riverview.  Our club was founded in June of 1967.  In 2017 we celebrated our 50th Anniversary that included inviting all former and current members to a fun filled birthday party.  We celebrated the thousands of children and families we’ve helped over the years.

So you will have a better understanding of who the Kiwanis are and how you can share your talent to benefit our community I will try to detail the structure of our club and what we do  Under the direction of our current president, Ms. Diane Kinlen, and vice-president, Matthew Dominski, we’ve grown our club in membership and sponsorships.

Most Kiwanis clubs are made up of anyone from professional business men and woman to married couples to single parents who want to give back to the community where they live. Our club is no different except for one thing. The Kiwanis Club of Riverview in its effort to be a truly community-based organization has enlisted the help of our high school and middle school students. 

At Riverview Community High School we sponsor the Key Club. This club, under the guidance of Ms. Kim Degenkolb, provides its members with the opportunities to serve, build character, and develop leadership. The Key Club does their own service projects along with supporting their sponsoring club. Thank You Kim for all you do for our students.

Newly established this school year is the new Builders Club at Seitz Middle School. Ms. Megan Frost has accepted the position of sponsor for the club. She has been very instrumental in recruiting members and instilling the Objects of Building Leaders. Those objects are, (1) to provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community, (2) to develop leadership potential, (3) to foster the development of strong moral character, (4) to encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.  Thank you Megan for sharing your time with our students.

If all goes well, the plan is to have a K-Kids club at each of the elementary schools. These club members attain skills in each core area through participation in the research, planning and implementation of community service projects.  The core areas are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.

The Kiwanis of Riverview are quite busy throughout the year.  Here is a list of most of the projects we do throughout the year. 

Easter dinner food baskets, spring food drive, spaghetti dinner, cereal drive, Top 10 Student Recognition Dinner, Kiwanis Scholarship, Kiwanis Michigan State Police Academy Scholarship, Rosco the Clown at Summerfest, School Lunch Program Aid, the Dictionary Project, Coats for Kids, peanut sales, Thanksgiving food baskets, Downriver Prayer breakfast, Christmas Caroling, are several programs or functions that we either sponsor or participate in.

I can be reached at aswift@cityofriverview.com or 734-281-4201

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