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Weekly News

October 18, 2020
This Week's Speaker
Join us at 12pm on Monday, October 18
Coral Gables or on Zoom
Passcode:  ELK2020

Opportunities to Serve

Here are opportunities for you to serve our community.  We've listed the project and the club contact.

Salvation Army Bell Ringing - Friday, December 4, 2020 from 10am - 8pm.  Sign up here:  Salvation Army Bell Ringing  Contact John Merten for more information.

Please make some time to help those who appreciate what you do. 


Kiwanis clubs meet to plan service projects and fundraisers, conduct club business and socialize. During the COVID-19 pandemic, most clubs have been able to continue those activities through virtual meetings. However, as more clubs resume in-person meetings, Kiwanis International has compiled guidelines for clubs and districts to help members continue serving safely with adequate health protocols:

  • Follow all federal and local laws. The Kiwanis International Bylaws require clubs and districts to comply with laws of local jurisdictions in all areas of operation. This is especially important as it relates to health and safety laws, such as gathering sizes, social distancing and mask requirements. 
  • Coordinate with the meeting venue regarding social distancing requirements, mask requirements, food service, cleaning of surfaces, etc. 
  • Consider requiring all attendees to obtain a negative COVID-19 test before the meeting. This should be strongly considered for any gatherings of 50 or more people. 
  • Require all attendees at meetings to sign a waiver that states that anyone who believes they may have contracted COVID-19 at a Kiwanis event waives all related claims against any Kiwanis club, district or Kiwanis International. Any meeting of youth members (younger than 18 years) in the Kiwanis family will require a signature from a parent or legal guardian. A sample waiver is included here.
  • Conduct temperature tests on all attendees before they enter the meeting area. Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or above (or 38 degrees Celsius or above) should be excluded from the meeting.
  • Ask all attendees to certify that they have not experienced any common COVID-19 symptoms in the last 72 hours. A list of common COVID-19 symptoms can be found here. 
  • Ask attendees to wear a mask when attending any indoor meeting.

Starting November 1, 2020, the Kiwanis Insurance policy will no longer cover claims related to someone claiming they became infected with COVID-19 at a Kiwanis meeting or event. 

“The exclusion is becoming a standard clause in new and updated policies,” said David Kress, general counsel of Kiwanis International. “This was not a change made by Kiwanis International. It is a universal change by our insurance companies applying to all companies following insurance industry standards.”

The updated Kiwanis insurance policy does not cover any losses from events that are canceled as a result of the coronavirus. For expenses to be reimbursed, a club would have had to buy a “special events” policy on its own. Kress said that many of those policies now exclude financial losses due to the coronavirus, as well.

If you have any questions about the insurance policies that cover Kiwanis clubs, send them to

The Kiwanis Club of East Lansing
meets every Monday at 12pm
You can join us at Coral Gables Restaurant
on Zoom

Passcode:  ELK2020
This Zoom Room is also used for board, foundation and committee meetings.
Monday, October 19 - Club Meeting - 
Tuesday, October 20 - MSU Circle K Zoom Meeting, 7pm.
Wednesday, October 21 - East Lansing Kiwanis Foundation Meeting
Monday, October 26 - Club Meeting - 2020-21 Kiwanis Governor Fran Babbage

Monday, November 2 - Club Meeting - MSU Athletic Director Bill Beekman
Tuesday, November 3 - MSU Circle K Zoom Meeting
Monday, November 9 -  Club Meeting - Chris Holbert, Membership & The Kiwanis Club of Brooklyn - A Success Story
Monday, November 16 - Club Meeting
Tuesday, November 17 - MSU Circle K Zoom Meeting
November 23 - 
November 30 - 

December 1 - MSU Circle K Meeting
December 8 - MSU Circle K Meeting

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2020 - 2022

President - Kenneth Dimoff
President  Elect - Vacant
Vice President - Vacant
Secretary - Sue Petrisin
Treasurer - Bill Chynoweth
Board of Directors
2018-2021:  Barbara Hollstein, Chester Lewis, Eric Rosekrans
2019-2022:  Brice Bush, Norbert Kerr
2020-2023:  Marie Wicks
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