About Kiwanis

Utica-Shelby Township Chapter

Our local chapter uses the Kiwanis mission of empowering communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children right here in Utica and Shelby Township. Through the Kiwanis Club, our local chapter has the opportunity to be a part of the bigger picture.

The Kiwanis Club looks out for kids in every corner of the globe. This is all possible through their 550,000 volunteers—and counting—who serve their communities through local clubs, such as ours.


Kiwanis connects people around the world with opportunities to passionately pursue club volunteerism, service and fundraising that make a positive, lasting impact in the lives of children.


Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities worldwide—so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.

Board & Officers

Marc Alexander


Marc is the Founder and CEO of Lite Raise and has been a Corporate Member since 2022. After attending his first meeting as a guest, he loved the genuine, warm, and loving welcome that every member gave him. Being a part of a passionate group that aligned with the vision of helping others was inspirational for him. Through Kiwanis, he can continue to fulfill his mission of helping others.

Christy Jakubec

President Elect

With over 25 years experience negotiating sales transactions, Christy is now helping negotiate positive impact in the community. She is passionate about helping people and loves playing an active role in finding amazing connections to take the club to the next level. Her experience ensures that the club maximizes every resources and relationship to achieve the clubs goals, mission and purpose. She prides herself on providing superior service to she serves.

Robert Peterson

Immediate Past President

Rob started attending our meetings back in 2011, and was formally inducted in February of 2012. His favorite memory during his time with our Kiwanis Club was having the honor of building and installing a wheelchair ramp for a little boy whose family didn’t have the means to do so. Rob describes the experience as “absolutely incredible.”

Stephanie Bennett

Officer – Treasurer

Stephanie Bennett has been a member since December 2019. Her favorite thing about being a member of this club is the community involvement. As a recent resident to the area, Stephanie was lacking a sense of community. Kiwanis has provided her not only with a wonderful community of dedicated friends, but also a chance to help make her community better.

Theresa Farmer

Officer – Secretary

Theresa is a former member of Key Club and Circle K.  She is thrilled to be part of the Utica Shelby Kiwanis, having joined after her very first meeting in 2022!  Theresa, a former elementary school teacher, loves being able to help children in the community.  Theresa will never forget how welcomed she felt at her very first meeting.  She is looking forward to welcoming new members, so they may experience all the joys of being part of this club, having fun and making friends while serving others!

Jim Schwark


Jim joined our chapter in 1968! Jim is a past Distinguished President and a Past Distinguished Lt. Governor of Division 3. He has also served as Michigan District Chairman for Membership as well as International Relations. Jim is the co-founder of the Romeo Kiwanis Club, as well as the former Birmingham/Bloomfield Kiwanis.

Mike Divizzo


Mike loves belonging to a club that helps families within his own community. Mike’s been married to his wife, Marie, for over 40 years. Together, they have four kids and three beautiful grandchildren. He loves to golf and compete in cornhole league. His favorite Kiwanis activity is reading books to the kids.

Jimi Plouffe


Jimi has been our Community Service Chair for over 2 years. Jimi’s favorite memory with Kiwanis is packing and passing out meals and gifts for Christmas. Jimi lives in Oxford with his wife, Alyssa, and their three beautiful children. As a Macomb County native, Jimi currently runs a business located in Downtown Utica.

Janice Quigg


Janice works as a marketing manager for OUR Credit Union and became a corporate member of Kiwanis in 2019 because she loved the welcoming environment and community dedication the members display. Apart from Kiwanis, Janice likes to spend time outside – running, hiking, and exploring, and is always up for an adventure with her daughter.

Additional Board Members

  • Benny Prashar – Director
  • Tony Ciolino – Director


Service Leadership Committee

Our committee members work diligently to provide leadership opportunities through special events or dedicated programs.

Human & Spiritual Values

We work with local organizations to cooperate on broad nondenominational lines to create a greater public consciousness.

Community Relations

Our members focus on outreach to improve relationships and understand our community to better serve that community.

Youth Services

This committee works directly with children to teach long-term life skills and provide an outlet so that every kid feels safe.


Marketing is crucial in ensuring our future. Members are responsible for recruiting new individual and corporate members.

Our History

The Utica-Shelby Township Kiwanis Club came into existence in 1957. At the time, Larry Jerome was the President of the Rochester Kiwanis Club. As a business owner in Utica, Bill decided to start the Kiwanis Club of Utica, where his associate Bill Hoehn took charge of the new club.

Bill had a very outgoing personality and knew the community, helping him grow the local network into a group of 26 men. The club was chartered in 1958 and was off and running.

Our club currently sits at 48 members, and is one of the premier Kiwanis Clubs in the Michigan District. With thirty-five of our members having received the Distinguished Presidents Award from Kiwanis International, there is a strong group of leaders pushing the Kiwanis Club of Utica-Shelby Township forward.

The club offers opportunities to take on leadership positions. Thirteen of our members have served as Lt. Governors of Division 3, and several have been awarded Distinguished Lt. Governor status.

We’re proud of the success our members have had within Kiwanis and outside of our organization. Over the years, our club has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help those in need in our own community. We look forward to many more years of serving the Utica-Shelby area.

  • TopGolf Fundraiser 2022 Results

    TopGolf Fundraiser 2022 Results

    Thursday, April 28, 2022 our club hosted its second annual fundraising event at TopGolf. Our event chair, Rob Peterson and his team of volunteers all did a great job to […]

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  • Career Focus Prep at West Utica Elementary

    Career Focus Prep at West Utica Elementary

    This spring ten of our members had the opportunity to visit West Utica Elementary’s sixth grade classrooms to discuss our careers, goals and more as a part of a project […]

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  • Annual Roadside Clean-Up

    Annual Roadside Clean-Up

    Each year our club participates in the Shelby Township Beautification Committee’s Clean Up Day in partnership with the Macomb County Department of Roads. Eight of our club members, joined by […]

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Come Serve Your Community with Kiwanis

Become a part of our Utica-Shelby Township Kiwanis Club today to support your neighbors. From a commitment to attend events and meetings, to donating monetary or necessary items, your community needs volunteers willing to give back.