The Friendly Neighbors Circle is an independent circle in Fowlerville, Michigan. Currently, there are 18 members including four honorary members with 50 years and more of membership in the International Order of the King’s Daughters and Sons.
Meetings are held monthly from September through June. Almost every meeting includes a service project that we complete as a group, with many individual projects undertaken as well.
Among these are:
- Knitting and delivering lap robes for the local Veteran’s Hospital;
- “Adopt a Classroom.” As a group we chose a local elementary classroom to help with school supplies. Budget cuts in our public schools have affected a number of the “extras” in the classroom, so we provided art supplies, paper products and other classroom necessities.
- Our traditional “Progressive Dinner” at a local church where move from room to room for the different courses: appetizers, the main entrée and dessert. In each room, we collect canned food for the local food pantry. We always have a good time and have a large donation of canned goods.
- Our circle provides a number of gifts to the local community Christmas giving project. Gifts are purchased, wrapped and delivered to the social service agency for distribution to the public.
- “Valentines for Veterans.” We make and deliver over 100 valentines to the local VA Hospital;
- “Personal Needs Bags.” We purchase and assemble bags of items including shampoo, lotion, toothpaste and brushes, combs along with other hygiene essentials, and deliver them to The Salvation Army.
- Throughout the year, members work on filling backpacks with school supplies. The backpacks are donated to the intermediate school district for distribution to schoolchildren in August for the new school year.
In addition to our monthly projects, we also try to be aware of needs that arise in the community, donating to a family in need and/or to another charitable group to help with their expenses.
Our final meeting for the year is in June. It is a time for honoring our members for their years of membership in Friendly Neighbors Circle. As the Circle was founded in 1946, we celebrate the day with hats and gloves in a “1946 style.”
As a group, we enjoy the time we spend together, and we take pride in the good that we do. In His Name, Jane Wilson
In His Service Circle, Midland, MI
A History of Service :
Throughout its history, In His Service Circle has been dedicated to serving the Midland community.
Responding to the needs, the Circle started a service which became the Visiting Nurse Association. The Circle was also the initiator of today’s Family and Children’s Services of Midland.
Currently the Circle’s service projects include:
A community Thrift Shop has provided the opportunity for people to purchase good used clothing and household items at reasonable prices. Today the Shop is located in the lower level of the King’s Daughters Home and does a booming business.
Community Christmas Closet:
Through the years, the Circle has provided food, toys, and clothing for children at Christmas time. Today, the Community Christmas Closet provides a complete set of clothing for over 1,700 children who live or attend school in Midland County.
The School Closet provides a limited number of gift certificates for clothing to local school principals and/or guidance counselors to distribute for emergency situations throughout the school year.
King’s Daughters Home:
In 1947, the Circle responded to the need for care for the elderly by starting the King’s Daughters Home at the corner of Jerome and Larkin Streets. Today the Home on Rodd Street is licensed as both a Home for the Aged and a Nursing Home. It provides a gracious home setting and continuous care for 59 residents.
C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital:
Michigan King’s Daughters make a variety of items for patients at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor. Items include toys, blankets, quilts, and other things as requested.
Fourth Thursday – 1:00 pm
Literacy and Autism:
The International Order of King’s Daughters and Sons recently adopted two new projects: Autism and Literacy.
The Circle is currently working with local groups to determine how we can develop partnerships that will support and enhance what they are doing, such as providing a speaker on autism for the medical and educational professionals and providing reading books for a summer enrichment program.
Members of In His Service Circle carry on this heritage and tradition of service to the community.
There are many opportunities to work on local and International projects.
Visit their website in Midland: www.kdsofmidland.org.