The club hosted representatives from the Healthy Communities of the Capital Area group. The group began in 1997 and it’s 2016 priorities are general nutrition education and helping reduce tobacco use and substance abuse in general. Assistant director Renee Page and Counselor Holly Kiidli described their efforts at reducing food waste and increasing access to healthy, fresh, local foods for the citizens of the capital area.
I became a member of Kiwanis in 1997. Bob West was my sponsor. I joined Kiwanis to meet new people and become involved in the community. We had fun with fundraising by selling roses around Mother’s Day and of course the live TV auction. We also had a weekend of Bell ringing for the Salvation Army.
In the past, I chaired the community services committee, and the DYA program. I currently chair the membership committee. I also wrote the weekly newsletter for a few years. My term as President was 2010-2011. During that year I attended the International Convention in Geneva Switzerland. It was during that conventions that the World Wide Service Project-Eliminate kicked off and our club voted to raise enough money to become a Model Club. We held yard sales and other events to raise money.
My goal during my year as President was to build a playground at Mainegeneral . We had already committed to funding the World Wide Service Project and we decided to also raise funds for the playground. Over the next few years, and much fundraising, we raised the money to build the playground. It is my favorite project.
In 2011-2012, I served as Distinguished Lieutenant Governor. It was a wonderful experience to serve on the District board. Currently, I am in my third year as The New England and Bermuda District K-kids Chair, and I serve on the District I-Plan committee.
In 1987 I joined Allstate Insurance as an Exclusive agent and built my insurance agency. I was awarded the Honor Ring for excellence in sales. In 2002, Allstate also awarded me an all-expense paid trip to the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. The award given to someone who had a personal hardship that they had overcome and still succeeded in sales. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. In 2008, I sold my agency. I currently work part time for the best boss anyone could have!
The Kiwanis Foundation of New England is the charitable foundation for the New England District of Kiwanis. It supports the Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute (KPTI) at the New England Medical Center, the “Hap Gerrish” Pediatric Trauma Registry and other worthwhile causes everywhere. Kiwanians can show their support for KPTI by purchasing a Red Jacket for $1000.00. I proudly wear my Red Jacket at Kiwanis events.
I am married to Kiwanian Paul Michaud. I enjoy hiking, kayaking on a quiet pond and cross country skiing.