September 2023 Dine Out For Charity at Sedona Taphouse
Not only is September Suicide Prevention and Awareness month, but it is also our Dine Out for Charity month at Sedona Taphouse. Please dine with us every Monday in September for some great value menu items and to support our efforts in the community with assisting youth with mental health events. Enjoy 50% off a great meal at Sedona Taphouse while doing your part for charity.
Fine Print: You must dine in on a Monday and purchase a beverage, and the promotion is limited to one entrée per person. You can’t beat that!
Photo Ops with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Troy Historic Village
Over eighteen families with children came out for photo ops with Santa and Mrs Claus on Dec 4 at the Troy Historic Village. They participated in many activities along with hot cocoa for the children and visiting the Village. The club is fortunate to sponsor these children and give them Christmas cheer.
November donation drive for HAVEN of Pontiac
IA East and Troy Athens collected gifts for give away to HAVEN children during the month of November. These gifts are extremely important to children of domestic abuse parents and sexual assault victims.
UPDATE: Nov 29 Youth Mental Health & Wellness Fair
Over 60 students attended the Youth Mental Health and Wellness Fair at Troy Athens. Dr. Stacey Francis of Specific Wellness Clinics talked about how food affects your mental health and what foods you should incorporate into your daily routine to help alleviate mental health issues.
Explore Yoga provided yoga exercises designed to help reduce stress and anxiety. Troy Rec Center provided zumba sesions to help alleviate stress and get the body moving.
Watch for our Spring mental health sessions and how you can become involved with Kiwanis Club of Troy.
UPDATE: Sept. 15 Youth Suicide Awareness with Clawson/Troy Schools
Over 150 students and parents joined us to hear from five speakers on how to assist youth thinking about suicide. Great insight and tips with hotlines (text 741741 or call/text 988) for support and assistance were shared. Clawson School Superintendent Billy Shellenbarger and Troy School Superintendent Dr. Rich Machesky opened the evening with thoughts on why this event is so important. Judge Kirsten Hartig moderated the panel of parents, sisters, suicide survivor and suicidologist who shared their insights, experiences and knowledge. NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Illness) Michigan Executive Director – Kevin Fischer shared how NAMI can be a guide to obtain help.
Next mental health event – Health and Wellness Fair will be held Nov. 29 at Troy Athens High School.
September 15 – Teen Suicide Prevention Program Event
We are excited to coordinate a suicide awareness event this fall at Troy Athens High school from 7 pm – 9 pm that will involve all Troy and Clawson high school students – parents – and facilitators. This 2 hour event will include professional counselors, suicide survivors and parents/families affected by suicide and depression. Come and learn how to detect signs of suicide. Sign up with the following link to save your spot: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/XBYGPW7. Recommend signing up to give us an attendance estimate, but all are still welcome at the door that night.
Speakers include : Gigi Colombini – Suicidologist; JoJo Klingler – mother of suicide loss; Elise Boyd – Suicide survivor; Dr. Hashti Raveau – sister of suicide loss; Kevin Fischer – NAMI MI Executive Director
Troy Community Foundation Endowment Award
Troy Kiwanis Club was awarded a $5000 TCF Endowment based on the public voting on May 19th. This endowment will allow the Troy Kiwanis Club to fund activities and events that help children in our community. We want to thank the Troy Community Foundation for this opportunity and look forward to helping more children throughout the year!!
Why become a member?
As a Kiwanian, you will meet professionals from various industries that have a common goal – helping children and their community. We are always looking for new members to help us reach out to those children and youth needing a helping hand. Various new events are being planned so help us reach those new goals by attending one of our meetings.
Meetings are held the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 12 pm EST. We hold our meetings at Sedona Taphouse – 198 E Big Beaver Rd Troy, MI 48083.
Past guest speakers have included professionals from various backgrounds. Each one has brought a different perspective on how kids and families are impacted through the interaction with their organizations.
- MiVida Burris – Pontiac HAVEN – Director of Development
- Bryant Holt – Wayne County Airport Authority – CDO (Chief Development Officer)
- Frank Nastasi – Troy Police Department – Troy Police Chief
- DeLashea Strawder – Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit – Executive & Artistic Director
- Ken Szmigie – Detroit Institute of Arts – Docent
- Lisa Kaplan – Henry Ford Health MapleGrove – Behavioral Health Therapist
- Steve Kaplan – Prosecutor – Oakland and Macomb Counties
- Jenn Thayer – EasterSeals of Michigan – Program Manager – Family Services
- Tara Tomcsik-Husak – President Troy Chamber of Commerce