Coldwater Kiwanis Club featured in state report; donates to Family Promise - Coldwater Daily Reporter

Coldwater Kiwanis Club believes volunteerism spans a lifetime and its members can often be seen in action throughout the city.

The efforts of the Coldwater Kiwanians, along with Boy

Scouts troop 433 in which they sponsor, were recently featured in a newly released State of Michigan report.

“Volunteerism is Ageless— It Spans a Lifetime” was released to state officials and aging service agencies.

Terry and Deborah Tomlinson, past presidents of the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater, share their positive benefits of volunteering. Terry is also a past lieutenant governor. The Tomlinsons were the 2017 Coldwater Area Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year.

Both participate in the Schools of Hope Reading Program—a partnership with United Way of Branch County, Great Start Collaborative, Coldwater Community Schools, and Kiwanis Club of Coldwater.

The Tomlinsons are among 80 mentors who help Jefferson Elementary School third graders improve reading skills.

'You can see the progress a child can make by reading with an adult in just 30 minutes per week,' Deborah Tomlinson said.

The report cover features a photo of Kiwanis sponsored Coldwater Scout Troop 433.

The scouts and Kiwanians partner for a very successful Flags Across Coldwater fund raising project. They place flags in residential areas and downtown during five annual holidays.

In return, the club provides financial assistance and scholarships to use at the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico.

Denny Brieske, past president of the Kiwanis Club of Coldwater, was a report workgroup leader for the Michigan State Advisory Council on Aging He represents Branch and St. Joseph Counties on the 40-member volunteer council.

The recruitment techniques section is led by a quote from Ali Brieske, Denny and his wife Paula’s daughter-in-law.

Ali is the Senior Walk Manager for the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter.

The 2018 Denver Alzheimer’s Walk raised over one million dollars for research and projects.

“This report can be a valuable tool not only for club builders, but club presidents and even committee chairs,” said Jim Voss, current Coldwater Club president. “It gives insight into the benefits of volunteering and advice on recruitment and retention. We know these are front of mind concerns for service clubs today – and the report is free!”

Article Original Link:

http://thedailyreporter.com/news/20190313/coldwater-kiwanis-club-featured-in-state-report-donates-to-family-promise

You are here: Home | News | Current U.S. Kiwanis News | Coldwater Kiwanis Club featured in state report; donates to Family Promise - Coldwater Daily Reporter