The Kiwanis Club of Cosmopolitan Detroit (KCCD) will celebrate its 41st anniversary with the installation of its new officers in the evening of Nov. 11, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Livonia. 

The theme of this year’s event is “Our Children… Our Future.”

Incoming KCCD President Simonette Podwoiski and outgoing President Leo Santiago said the theme is appropriate as Kiwanis’s principal focus is serving the children of the world, “One Child, One Community at A Time.”

During the anniversary celebration, the club will showcase talents and abilities of children who could be future leaders of Kiwanis. The goal is to begin empowering the youngsters  early in order to give  them the opportunity  to consider Kiwanis as their choice of future community involvement.  It is hoped by so doing, adult Kiwanians can encourage them now to help other kids worldwide.

KCCD is a sponsor of two Kiwanis Kids’ Clubs (K-Kids) , one elementary school in  the Macomb County and the other in the Philippines. The club goes to the McGlinnen Elementary School in Clinton township to distribute dictionaries to the third graders and implement the Bring Up Your Grades (BUG) and Terrific Kids’ programs.

Both programs are expected to empower children to care by learning leadership through academic performance and character development. Additionally, the club also distributes Thanksgiving dinner packages to families who otherwise would not have a decent meal for the holiday.

Another project in its annual list of activities is sponsoring baby showers for unwed mothers who are unable to provide the needs of their babies. Club members host the party and donate gifts for the babies.

At the conclusion of classes at Paaralan Pilipino of PACCM in spring, the club also sponsors an educational field trip for the students. The field trip is complete with a special pizza party.

Kiwanis club is an organization drawing many members. KCCD has been the most prominent service organization in the community for more than 40 years. Members who have been affiliated with the organization since its inception are still actively involved with the club’s activities.

This writer encourages people who are contemplating to invest their time in honest-to-goodness giving of self to become members of Kiwanis.

Tickets to the affair cost $50 each for adults and $25 each for children age 12 and under. For reservations, individuals or parties intending to attend the event are asked to communicate with any one of the following:

Leo Santiago,, 586-665-4343; Simonette Podwoiski, , 248-943-9356; Tony Kho –, 248-755-6122; Becky Tungol-, 248-755-6119, and this writer (Arcie Gemino),, 586-954-9711.


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