The Wolverine Key - Winter 2020

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The Wolverine Key VOLUME FOUR ISSUE THREE


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DISTRICT BOARD

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DISTRICT PROJECT

EXECUTIVE LETTERS

FUNDRAISE IN WINTER

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COMMITTEE UPDATES

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CLUB SPOTLIGHT

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KEY CLUB PARTNERS

FALL BOARD REVIEW

FALL RALLY REVIEW

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INT. UPDATE

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CONTACT US


EXECUTIVE BO Hey Mighty Michigan Key Clubbers! My name is Elyana Hussain, and I have had the utmost pleasure of serving you as District Governor this past year. My duties have consisted of monitoring our lieutenant governors and chairs, visiting clubs, attending Kiwanis Family events, being a district liaison to the International Board, and coordinating our district events. My biggest goal when I started out my term was making sure that clubs were receiving materials, and the best way to do that was to fill all vacant positions. Successfully, we were able to fill our board, making sure there is always someone to be a liaison between the club and the district, ensuring that all clubs are receiving content. As a board, our goal this year was to target promotion at clubs who have not attended district events in the past to increase the number of “first-timers”. We were able to do that these past two months, which enlisted six “first-timer” clubs to attend Fall Rally! Our next district event is the Service Leadership Conference, which will be held in Kalamazoo from February 28st - March 1st. At this event, club members will have an opportunity to network with around 300 Key Clubbers from all parts of Michigan, attend informative workshops, compete in contests, and run for district positions. It is truly the best event to learn more about Key Club International. Thank you for serving your communities this past year, and I hope to see you in February!

What’s up, Mighty Michigan? This is River, your District Editor for the 2019-2020 Service Year. I still can’t believe that in less than three short months, this term will be over. Serving you has been an absolute pleasure. As District Editor, I create promotional materials for the distirct and our events, make The Wolverine Key (this thing!), create monthly newsletters for club editors and webmasters, run all of our social media accounts, and run the district website. That was a mouthful, but this year has been a blast working on the Executive and District Boards with so many incredible service leaders. If you haven’t already, follow all of the social media accounts for the Michigan District of Key Club to keep up-to-date on all the happenings in our distrct. The handles can be found on the back of this publication. If you haven’t already, start planning for SLC this February! Consider running for an LTG or Executive Board position to improve both your leadership skills and our District. See you all then!

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OARD LETTERS Hey Michigan District! I hope you all had a blast for those who attended [Fall Rally]! For those who didn’t attend, no worries! SLC 2020 is coming up very soon, be sure to look out for registration packets! With SLC coming up, fundraising is crucial to lowering the cost as much as possible so more members can attend! [In this issue, there] are 4 fundraiser ideas that can make your club some cash! I hope these fundraisers inspire you to raise some funds, as always I’m here if you need any questions or comments.

Hello again, Key Clubbers of the Mighty Michigan District! If you didn’t already know, my name is Preston Parana, your District Secretary for this year. Ever since I was elected, I’ve been working very hard to establish and strengthen relationships between club secretaries by providing detailed emails, weekly Remind 101 messages with respect to their responsibilities and upcoming assignments, and posting actively on my District Secretary Instagram (the biggest in Michigan, @ mikeysecretary, with almost 600 followers). Although I’m sad that Fall Rally’s over, it’s really important to think about our district conference, SLC, because YOU will have the opportunity to run for my position and be part of the inclusive family that is the district board! As District Secretary, I help to manage all records of district events and board meetings by taking minutes and eventually uploading them to the district website. Furthermore, I am responsible for compiling all of the information from the Election Report Forms submitted by clubs across the district into a club officer directory that is distributed by clubs. Although these are some required duties, this Executive Board position is VERY flexible in that you can go above and beyond your responsibilities to better the district: for example, I created a 2019-2020 Michigan District Google Map based on our divisional structure and created tutorial videos, tip sheets, and training packets for club secretaries to reference throughout their term. With your help, your future club secretary will gain the tools, insight, and information necessary to be prepared for their upcoming term and serve their homes, schools, and communities. Thanks so much for your help, and I hope to see you caucusing at SLC!

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The Distr ELYANA HUSSAIN DISTRICT GOVERNOR FAVORITE COLOR: Lavender FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Snuggling with a Venti Chai Latte.

PRESTON PARANA DISTRICT SECRETARY FAVORITE COLOR: Green FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Sledding at my local park. The thrill is just like riding a rollercoaster! It’s even better with friends. NADIA NASIR DISTRICT TREASURER FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Watching movies and drinking got chocolate, being snuggled and cozy in a blanket while watching the snow fall.

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rict Board RIVER PEASE DISTRICT EDITOR FAVORITE COLOR: Dark Grey FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: I love drinking hot chocolate and reading a good book by the fireplace. JORDAN WHITE LTG DIVISION ONE FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is ice skating!

CONNIE FLUHARTY LTG DIVISION TWO FAVORITE COLOR: Red FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Ice skating!

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EMMA REID LTG DIVISION THREE / LTG CO-CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Purple FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is making snow angels.

ETHAN HANCE LTG DIVISION FOUR FAVORITE COLOR: Turqouise FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: I love to build forts and sculptures out of snow during the winter.

MADISON GORETSKI LTG DIVISION SIX FAVORITE COLOR: Burgundy FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Playing in the snow with my dogs.

HANNAH BOGNER LTG DIVISION EIGHT FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Ice skating!

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CHEYENNE TIMMERMAN LTG DIVISION NINE FAVORITE COLOR: Red FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is going to see the park Christmas lights.

OLIVIA BRADLEE LTG DIVISION TEN FAVORITE COLOR: Hot Pink FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Sledding!

PRISHA GUHA LTG DIVISION ELEVEN FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is to go skiing with my friends.

CONNOR WENCEL LTG DIVISION TWELVE FAVORITE COLOR: Green FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Watching Christmas movies.

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BIANCA HAMI LTG DIVISION FOURTEEN FAVORITE COLOR: Purple FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is ice skating!

REBECCA SCHWARTZ LTG DIVISION FIFTEEN FAVORITE COLOR: Lilac/Violet FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: I love watching cheesy Christmas movies from Hallmark.

EMILY HOYUMPA LTG DIVISION SIXTEEN / LTG CO-CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity would be watching Christmas movies and making cookies. REBECCA GALLOWAY KIWANIS FAMILY RELATIONS CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Periwinkle FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is staying inside and watching movies.

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ALEX HUGHES EVENTS CO-CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Orange FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is snowball fighting.

SUHITHA KOTALA NEW CLUB BUILDING CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Lavender FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: My favorite winter activity is having snow ball fights!

RANEEM BEYDOUN MEMBERSHIP DEVELOPMENT CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Red FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: I love sledding.

HAYDAR HASSAN PROJECTS CHAIR FAVORITE COLOR: Blue FAVORITE WINTER ACTIVITY: Christmas!

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FALL BOARD REVIEW

During the last weekend in October, the District Board met together for a full day of work, fun, and lots of caffeine! We discussed many important things that will benefit our District as a whole, from the Divisional Planning presentations to SLC. We shared lots of laughs in between informational debates and discussions. If you want more information on the Board Meeting and what happened, ask your LTG!

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Club Spotlight

UTICA ACADEMY FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

The Utica Academy for International Studies’ Key Club held an interclub for making whisper phones. If you’ve never seen a whisper phone, it looks like a phone one may hold up to their ear and talk into, but it’s made out of pvc pipe. The purpose of these whisper phones is to give an outlet for children to talk out loud at the same time without disrupting each other and hearing themselves clearly. Recently, there’s been a legislation passed in Detroit that a child in third grade must be at a higher reading level to even pass into fourth grade. This has decreased the number of passing children and has hindered their education at an early age. Our Key Club knows these whisper phones will be good to put use down in detroit where elementary schools will provide them to children in need of help!

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Winter Fu

01. FLOCKING!

A very popular Kiwanis fundraiser that’s going around is “flocking” Kiwanians! How the fundraiser works is you buy a bunch of plastic pink flamingos off of Amazon, and you find a Kiwanian, and stick the flamingos in their yard! In order for them to get the flamingos off of their property, they have to pay you… Usually, they’ll donate $10-$100! Be sure to let your Kiwanis club know that you guys will be doing this fundraiser, just as a heads up! Happy Flocking!

03. STUCK FOR A BUCK

This is a fundraiser that will make you a ton of money if you do it right. Find 3-5 staff members at your school, whether it be your principal, a teacher or anyone. At lunch, have them sit on a chair and charge students $1 to wrap them in duct tape. If the staff member is disliked, you make more money because students are willing to spend more money. Each day, have a different staff member being ducttaped to the chair. Create posters and advertise before the start of the week, the only supply you need is duct tape! This is an easy fundraiser that can make you hundreds!

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undraising 02. SANTA’S VISITING

Plan an event at an elementary school in your area. Talk to your school administration and get the authorization you need to host this event. Use the school gym/cafeteria and set up stations for games and projects for elementary students. Have a hot chocolate station, bake sale, have someone dress up as Santa for kids to take pictures and more! You can either charge per child at the door or have a free event and collect donations! This is a great way to get the community involved with Key Club and it gives them an opportunity to see what we’re all about! This is a bigger project, but it’ll make you money and can count as a service project!

04. CANDY CANE SALES

This fundraiser is pretty self-explanatory, but works like a charm! Buy candy canes in bulk and sell them for $0.50! You can sell them during lunches, before/after school, during school events, Key Club meetings and more. You could also sell cups of hot chocolate along with the Candy Canes, everyone loves hot chocolate!

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HERE’S HOW YOU CA DISTRICT PROJEC “A variety of food gets thrown every day. Little did you know that food waste can go toward soil nutrition. If that seems to catch your eye, you can start composting around your school and community. Composting takes food waste and turns it into fertilizer for soil. To get started you can take a look at our composting manuel on our mikeyclub website.”

“As you have heard, plastic is very harmful to our environment. The main use for plastic is creating water bottles and grocery bags. To advertise less harm, we can start using reusable grocery bags to cut down the use of plastic. To be a part of the project, you can hold a reusable bag decorating event, where Key Clubbers can decorate a reusable grocery bag and keep them for future use.”

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AN PARTICIPATE IN THE CT THIS WINTER! “It’s that time of the year. Snow is everywhere and it’s freezing out. But we have clothing that protects us from the weather. The unfortunate thing is that a large amount of people live in poverty and have nothing warm to wear this time of year. This social issue has been going on for decades. One way to help out is to hold a winter clothing drive where you can give the donations to an organization that fights poverty.”

“The side of the highway is the one place that you can always count on to find litter. The truth to this fact is disturbing, but it’s our reality. The most common way to prevent litter from appearing on our roads is by holding a highway clean-up. So, get on your bright orange vests and your trash pickers and get down to your nearest highway to help out!”

WAYS TO HELP? CHECK CTS ON INSTAGRAM.

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FALL RALLY

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LY REVIEW On Saturday, November 9th , the Mighty Michigan District came together to experience the Seventies and develop our service and leadership abilities. Even before the day officially began, a very excited crowd came together for icebreakers, like singing karaoke and the Cup Game. In the Opening and Closing Sessions, the District Board was able to present some exciting updates, including the reveal of this year’s SLC theme - the Roaring Twenties! In between, we were able to share our experience on topics like fundraising, graphic design, and public speaking. Of course, we also focused on direct service, working on projects like Plarn and making dog toys for donation across the state. Once more, congratulations to our contest winners, and thank you to Anchor Bay for hosting us, our Circle K and Kiwanian friends for joining us, and all of you who attended! We can’t wait to see you at SLC in February. Sincerely, Your Events Co-Chairs Alex Hughes and Ishaan Gupta 16.


Working Nickelodeon Up With People Thirst Project US Army

Nickelodeon joined the Kiwanis gamily as a 2014 Vision Partner of Kiwanis International with a focus on its Big Helps Initiative, which addresses issues in serUp with People strives to develop a sense of social responsibility in their participants through hands on community service. Service projects are integrated into each city visited during the semester. By volunteering to meet the specific needs of each community, participants develop insight

Thirst Project hopes to educate the next generation by arming students with information about how they can be a part of social change, make a difference The U.S. Army empowers tomorrow’s leaders by offering advanced schooling for today’s top careers. Not only that, programs like the Reserve Officer Training

Landscape Structures

Landscape Structures (LSI) has joined Kiwanis International as a vision partner to bring play to communities across the globe. LSI is proud to provide high-quality com-

Squads Abroad

Squads Abroad is a program of Cross-Cultural Solutions (CCS), the world’s leading expert in international volunteering. Since 1995, CCS has empowered more than 35,000 volunteers to improve child health and educa-

Kiwanis Gives Online

This program is powered by Access Development, a team-friendly crowdfunding platform just for Key Club. It specializes in helping your club achieve its fundraising goals through a convenient turnkey, online fundraising service. Kiwanis Gives Online not only creates and manages


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partnered with the March of Dimes to give every baby a healthy start. Key Club members raise thousands of dollars through various programs, including collecting change and taking part in March of Dimes’ signature event: March for Babies.

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Since 1994, Key Club has been Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF and over the years has raised nearly US $5 million for iodine deficiency programs worldwide and HIV and AIDS programs in Kenya and Swaziland. Now it’s helping the Eliminate Project.

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Key Club participates with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by sponsoring fundraising events. Key Club members also participate in service projects at their local children’s hospital.

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COMMITTE New Club Building

“The New Club Building Committee has been hard at work these past few months! We just released our second committee kit, and we’re excited to get to work on our third one. We’ve been in touch with some newly started Key Clubs that are hoping to become chartered within the school year, which is something we are happy to be working toward! Overall, we’re always looking for opportunities to get in contact with new schools and dedicated students to start new clubs, and we can’t wait to see what the next few months hold.”

Kiwanis Family Relations

“The Kiwanis Family Relations committee has been holding K-Fam contests for clubs and emailing club officers with resources they can utilize. We’ve released two kits full of information about the Kiwanis Family, and we’ve been communicating with the other branches to keep the Michigan District of Key Club in contact with the other Michigan K-Fam groups.”

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EE UPDATES Membership Development

“The Membership Development Committee has spent its time focusing on two important topics: membership recruitment and retainment. To help Key Clubs all over Michigan recruit, we have done many things. Firstly, we have made recruitment flyers, made a how-to recruit packet, and scheduled quarterly emails to clubs with under 26 members. Recently, we have begun focusing on membership retainment. Two things that we have done to accomplish this is create a Google Form for all club concerns and create member of the month certificates. We hope that all of these tasks or accomplishments can better Michigan District Key Clubs.”

Projects

“School is in full affect and the snowy winter is upon us but that doesn’t stop us from getting work done in fashionably matter. We have slowed down a little bit but the project committee is still very active. Our project instagram has finally hit over 200 followers and getting constant likes. The organization directory has been finalized and is about to be released. If you haven’t been keeping track with our Bi-monthly kit and Project Press, we have new issues out and posted on our website and instagram!”

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Internation HANNAH POVROZNIK

Hello, Michigan District!

Just a few days ‘til Christmas! It’s that time of year once more. Five reasons this season is one of my favorites: sparkling snowflakes, warm gingerbread cookies, crisp winter breezes, twinkling lights, and the comradery of the season. Even with these special Christmas moments, we can lose ourselves in the chaos of the holiday. Without the spark of Christmas magic, we stray from the meaning of the season. No matter how exhausting Christmas seems, there is always beauty to be found in it and the service we do this time of year! The Key Club International Board has been working diligently behind the scenes to provide Key Clubbers with new and innovative resources, updates, and an incredible membership experience. The Membership Toolkit, a compliment of numerous resources created by the Key Club Member and District Resources Committee, was created as a resource. From flyers to guidebooks and infographics, this folder has it all! Visit at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1_WIoAm8736yAfg_hMW86Muw4e9yhHlRu. In November, Key Club convened for an International Board Meeting in Indianapolis. Four major updates are as follows: 1. The Strategic Plan was debated and thoroughly discussed. The Int. Key Club Executive Team is reevaluating the objectives and structure of the platform. 2. The Int. Key Club Board filmed numerous videos about Key Club, The President’s Project, and our service partners. Keep your eyes open for their release! 3. Discussion ensued about the duties of a trustee. District visit and committee updates were shared, Trustee Independent Committee (TIC) objectives were reevaluated, ICON planning continued, and policies were voted upon. 4. Key Club connected with Kiwanis to tweak aspects of the brand guide, social media, and learn about Kiwanis’ work in the Youth Protection Matter. If I can provide additional resources or answer any questions, please reach out to me. I am here to help you! Have a Merry Christmas, Key Clubbers! Yours in Friendship and Service, Hannah Povroznik

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nal Update

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THE PRESIDENT’S PROJECT

Did you know that a newborn dies from maternal and neonatal tetanus every 17 minutes? This deadly bacterial infection causes painful muscle spasms and drastically shortens the life spans of mothers and their babies. But when a woman is vaccinated against tetanus, she and any future babies she has will be protected. These astounding truths were the inspiration behind Key Club International President K’lena Schnack’s President Project: The Eliminate Project, a joint project of UNICEF and Kiwanis, initiated to protect mothers and babies from tetanus globally. Key Club International pledged US $3 million and has fundraised over two thirds of their goal. To join K’lena in taking action, there are numerous projects and ideas to take part in and make a difference! Check out these 3 fun ideas from K’lena and visit the Key Club International website for additional ones: • Skate to Eliminate: Ask your fellow students to lace up some skates and participate in a skate-a-thon. Host this at the ice rink or roller rink, depending on whether your group likes to glide or roll. • Fun Food Fridays: Celebrate coming the weekend. Organize a snack cart to deliver popcorn, cookies or other tasty treats to sell at school on Fridays. • Cinema Eliminate: Turn your school into a movie theater. Show a timeless classic with wide appeal and charge an admission fee or ask for donations to enter. Together, Key Club can reach its US $3 million pledge toward Eliminate and eradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus in many countries around the world!

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contact us

District Governor Elyana Hussain 248.692.3582 governor@mikeyclub.org

District Secretary Preston Parana 734.394.8373 secretary@mikeyclub.org

District Treasurer Nadia Nasir 734.686.8302 treasurer@mikeyclub.org

District Editor River Pease 231.675.0585 editor@mikeyclub.org

LTG Co-Chair Emma Reid 989.506.5477 emmaltgchair@mikeyclub.org

LTG Co-Chair Emily Hoyumpa 586.556.6684 emilyltgchair@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division One Jordan White 231.420.3521 ltgdiv1@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Two Connie Fluharty 989.657.4097 ltgdiv2@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Three Emma Reid 989.506.5477 ltgdiv3@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Four Ethan Hance 616.368.4774 ltgdiv4@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Six Madison Goretski 810.356.1292 ltgdiv6@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Seven Yash Gautam 269.605.3169 ltgdi71@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Eight Hannah Bogner 269.985.3198 ltgdiv8@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Nine Cheyenne Timmerman 517.306.3207 ltgdiv9@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Ten Olivia Bradlee 734.709.7754 ltgdiv10@mikeyclub.org

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LTG Division Eleven Prisha Guha 734.892.4056 ltgdiv11@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Twelve Connor Wencel 313.815.7570 ltgdiv12@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Fourteen Biana Hami

LTG Division Fifteen Rebecca Schwartz

ltgdiv14@mikeyclub.org

ltgdiv15@mikeyclub.org

LTG Division Sixteen Emily Hoyumpa 586.556.6684 ltgdiv16@mikeyclub.org

New Club Building Chair Suhitha Kotala 734.845.2550 newclub@mikeyclub.org

Membership Development Chair Raneem Beydoun 313.319.4409 membership@mikeyclub.org

Projects Chair Haydar Hassan 313.657.2910 projects@mikeyclub.org

Kiwanis Family Relations Chair Rebecca Galloway 517.398.5340 kfamily@mikeyclub.org

Events Co-Chair Ishaan Gupta 269.985.8656 ishaanevents@mikeyclub.org

Events Co-Chair Alex Hughes 269.4439557 alexevents@mikeyclub.org

Distract Administrator Audrey Salesberry 269.277.4638 administrator@mikeyclub.org

Assistant Distract Administrator Alysia Rollins 586.200.9446 asstadministrator@mikeyclub.org

Zone Advisor John Knapp 989.464.7464 john.knapp.b0zh@statefarm.com

Zone Advisor Lisa Lambright 517.605.3105 lisa.lambright@comcast.net

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