New Kiwanis club organizes in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published May 7, 2019


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — People of all ages and from all backgrounds can make a difference in the lives of children and expand their social network.

One way of doing that is with a new Kiwanis club being organized in Macomb Township to help kids thrive, prosper and grow.

“There are too many kids in Macomb who need help learning to read, who need mentors to guide them and who need help finding their opportunity to shine,” Florencio “Poly” Lat, 2018-19 Kiwanis International club president said. “People who want to help children are invited to join us forming this new club.”

The first meeting was May 7 at Shields Pizza, 50750 Romeo Plank Road. Those interested in membership who did not attend the first meeting can email at

“Kiwanis exists to help children around the world. Some popular projects that help kids include installing reading rooms in schools, packing backpacks with school supplies and programs that teach skills or provide safety lessons,” a press release states. “The members of this new Kiwanis club will look at the needs of children in the community and decide the projects that will benefit local kids. Some of those decisions will be made at the organizational meeting. Community members are invited to attend.”

Larry Memmer, governor of the Michigan District of Kiwanis International, said Kiwanis clubs provide a great opportunity to meet new friends who believe in serving their communities, networking with business professionals, and making a significant impact on the community through volunteering.

“We understand the changing needs of today’s busy volunteers and encourage members to give time when they can, whether that’s at a service project or at a meeting,” Memmer said. “We hope that men and women of all ages will join us and help make a difference for children in our community.”

Kiwanis International is a global organization of clubs and members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs, including Circle K International for university students, and Key Club, annually dedicate more than 18.5 million service hours to strengthen communities and serve children. The Kiwanis International family comprises nearly 558,000 adult and youth members in 82 nations and geographic areas.

For more information, visit MIKiwanis.