Kiwanis is an adult
club that’s all about kids
Erin Flynn, of Kiwanis, invites the community to this Saturday’s pancake breakfast.
Photo by Liz Cezat
Kiwanis is a worldwide organization that launched a new club in
Northville in 2012. It’s a youthful group, with 50% of its members under
the age of 40, all of whom live or work in Northville city or township.
Erin Flynn, an attorney at Kelly & Kelly, is vice president of the club
and will take on the president’s role on Oct. 1, 2017.
is hosting a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 16, under the tent on the lawn of the commons area adjacent to
City Hall and the Northville District Library. Tickets are $6 for
individuals and $25 for a household.
The menu consists of
pancakes, sausage, coffee, tea, juice and milk, with food donated by Red
Olive Restaurants and milk from Guernsey Dairy.
“This is the
third year of the pancake breakfast and we hope to serve more of the
community than ever before,” said Flynn, a Windsor, Ontario native who
now lives in Plymouth. “It’s grown every year. We are counting on repeat
customers and anyone who likes pancakes and wants to help us help the
kids in our community.”
A big part of the breakfast excitement
this year is a fundraiser to build a brand-new playground near the Oak
Grove picnic site at Maybury State Park. People can buy a piece of a
puzzle that, when put together, forms the blueprint of the new play
area. Donation amounts are marked on puzzle pieces and range from $5 and
The playground build will be a community event that takes
place in the late spring or early summer 2018. All are invited to
participate. The group first got involved with Maybury in June 2017 when
they coordinated the fishing derby. Maybury Park Director Traci Sincock
asked if the club would be willing to raise funds for the new
playground, and members readily agreed, knowing it would be a place
where all kids, including special needs kids, could come and play.
Kiwanis helps kids in many ways. Kiwanis International and UNICEF
have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus through
The Eliminate Project. The Northville chapter lends to that effort by
holding a shoe drive – where used footwear and even ratty old sneakers
are donated and converted into recycled materials. The club also holds a
clothing drive and donates the collection to Vista Maria, a home for
girls. For that event, students from Northville High School and
Northville middle schools gave much of the clothing.
works closely with the Northville Township Firefighters Charity Fund to
raise money for bike safety gear, such as helmets, bells and lights. The
Fund holds a charity ball each year in February, donating a portion of
the proceeds to Kiwanis. In the past, the club held a bike safety event
at the Heritage Festival, but this year it will focus solely on the
Kiwanis began in Detroit more than 100 years
ago. Now it’s worldwide. The Northville club meets for lunch at The
Village Workshop at Noon on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
Guests are welcome and can
Dan Ferrara, owner of Northville
Gallery, was a founding member of the group. “I’m proud to belong to a
group that has such strong ties to Detroit and Michigan,” he said.
Ferrara are co-chairs of the pancake breakfast. For more information or
tickets to the event,
visit the club’s website
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