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  • Celebrate with 100th anniversary gear

    Wear your pride in Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary on your sleeve—or on your chest or your head—with centennial selections from the Kiwanis Store.
     
    Look for the exclusive section of centennial-only items and spread the word of Kiwanis’ success on your fridge, on your wall—even at your weekly card game with the elegant 100-year playing cards and dice set. It’s all available while supplies last at the Kiwanis Store. Start your celebration today.

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  • 7 ways to get “Linked In” to a new job

     

    7 ways to get “Linked In” to a new job

    More and more people are using LinkedIn.com as a way to find career opportunities or to grow their professional networks. If you use the website to promote etc, here are seven ways et.Use the versatile website to promote your personal brand and to stay connected with people in your industry.

    Here are seven ways to get the most out of the site:

    1. Consider your profile a work in progress. Your life and career will change. Your profile should change with them. Keep it updated. Upload your resume. Use keywords throughout the profile.

    2. Add a professional photo. Use one that’s properly cropped and focused, with  correct proportions and good lighting.

    3. Gain connections. Add classmates and colleagues, and stay ahead of the curve by following leaders and experts in your industry.

    4. Get praised, and show it off.  Ask as many people as possible to endorse your skills. Endorsements are an easy way for people, including potential employers, to see proof of  your talents and achievements.

    5. Share praise and info with others. Send your connections articles and content. Comment on people’s  posts. And give endorsements to others--be someone who gives credit where credit is due!

    6. Avoid personal comments. Impress others with your professionalism.

    7. Customize your URL. Make it stand out as unmistakably yours, while being able to fit it on a business card.

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  • Key Club alumni excited to join Kiwanis

    I loved Key Club during my four years of high school...I looked forward to every Friday morning meeting because of the people I got to spend time with and the new opportunities to serve the community we always learned about. I was fortunate to work with the Kiwanis family in my last professional role and see all the "behind the scenes" magic that takes place at the Kiwanis headquarters in Indianapolis to make such an amazing program run so well throughout the world. Now that I've moved back to my hometown, I've joined the local Kiwanis and am excited to get to know my fellow members and the current Key Clubbers we support!

    -Shared by Courtney Knies, Key Club International alumni

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  • Celebrate 100 years


    Make history of your own when you celebrate Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary with a gift to The Eliminate Project. Starting in 2015, when you give US$1,500, you will save or protect more than 833 lives and be honored with a Centennial Award—complete with a custom-framed medallion and other exclusive recognition items. 

    The Centennial Award is available for gifts made during the centennial year. Starting October 1, 2014, the Kiwanis International Foundation will start accepting early gifts and pledges, and recognition will be available beginning in January 2015. 

    Your opportunity to leave a lasting legacy is here. Help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus and celebrate our centennial. Find out more here

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  • Fundraising made easy!

    Saving women and babies through The Eliminate Project just became easier. In just a few minutes, you can set up a personal fundraising page to share with friends and family. The money you raise will help save and protect women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Follow these four easy steps to create your page. Or follow the mantra that there is strength in numbers and create a team fundraising page with friends or your Kiwanis family club. 

    Step 1: Create your fundraising page. Complete the online registration to immediately activate your fundraising page. Click “edit personal page” to set your fundraising goal and write a description about why you are raising funds for The Eliminate Project. Make your page personal and more engaging by uploading photos and videos. 

    • Step 2: Spread the word and help save babies. Click “share/send emails” to send emails or ask for support through Facebook and Twitter. Ask family, friends and contacts to help save babies, honor a friend, remember a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. Donations collected will be sent directly to The Eliminate Project. 

    Step 3: Track results. See who visits your page and review who has made a contribution from your donation dashboard. 

    Step 4: Share your success and say thank you! Enjoy the results of your efforts. Post updates about your success and the campaign’s progress to your page. Make sure you personally thank those who have supported you and The Eliminate Project. 

    Every dollar collected for The Eliminate Project goes a long way! US$1.80 provides a series of three vaccine doses to protect a woman and her future newborns. US$18 can protect 10 women and their future newborns. US$36 can protect 20 women and their future newborns. 

    Make a page. Spread the word to family and friends. This is your chance to help protect millions of lives—and help the Kiwanis family make history. And with just a few clicks, your friends and family can help save lives, too.

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  • What to share this month.


    The Eliminate Project will raise US$110 million to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) and help families in underserved areas of the world. Every day, Kiwanis sends a loud and important message—that these women and newborns matter.

    Earlier this month, a Kiwanis International and U.S. Fund for UNICEF delegation made a special visit to Indonesia on behalf of The Eliminate Project to witness immunization activities. Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia, is one of 24 countries where MNT remains a deadly threat. Elimination efforts in the country have been encouraging. To date, 30 of 33 provinces in Indonesia have eliminated the disease. 

    Click through the Facebook album to see the women and babies the group had the chance to meet during their trip. Share these photos with your club and district so they can see how the MNT elimination program is making a difference in the lives of countless families around the world.

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  • Kiwanis and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF stand strong together

    In 2010, we made a commitment. Now we’re on the verge of making history. As of September 16, 2014, the Kiwanis family only has US$39.9 million left to raise to reach its US$110 million goal. A recent US$7.2 million commitment from our partner at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF brought their total pledge to US$15 million and created momentum for us to reach our shared goal. 

    “We returned from the Kiwanis International Convention in Chiba, Japan full of excitement and praising the hard work and continued passion of Kiwanis,” says Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF. “We are so inspired by the continued passion of Kiwanians worldwide, and we decided to reaffirm our original commitment to raise US$15 million for The Eliminate Project to ensure that no mother has to fear losing her child” 

    To date, the U.S. Fund has already secured more than US$7.8 million in gifts and pledges for The Eliminate Project. 

    “This is a reminder that Kiwanis and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF stand together, committed to eliminate this deadly disease and help keep families whole,” says Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay. 

    Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated MNT in 35 countries—15 in just the past four years alone. 

    Funds from The Eliminate Project continue to help UNICEF power massive immunization campaigns to protect women and babies across the globe. Earlier this year, approximately 1.5 million women of reproductive age were immunized in Haiti and more than 554,000 additional women were protected from tetanus in Kenya; these are just two examples of the reach of UNICEF, Kiwanis and partners. 

    Millions of women and babies still need our support. Immunization activities planned in Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Haiti, Niger, Nigeria and Kenya aim to immunize more than 7.4 million women of reproductive age during the next three months. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently needed funds can be used in the 24 countries where MNT is still a threat. 

    “We are proud to partner with the Kiwanis family and are truly inspired by the continued commitment shown by Kiwanis members around the globe,” adds Stern. “We have much work to do to fund the program in the remaining countries where MNT needs to be defeated in order to protect the lives of millions.” 

    Get involved. Inspire others. Make a donation. This is your club’s chance to help protect millions of lives—and help the Kiwanis family make history.

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  • Trick-or-Treat tips for success


    With Halloween quickly approaching, Kiwanis-family members are gearing up to collect money for The Eliminate Project through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. Help Service Leadership Programs have fun and make a difference in the world this fall. 

    There are so many ways to rally club members and raise funds for The Eliminate Project. Need ideas? Select one from the top Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraising Key Clubs below—or come up with your own! If you have new ideas, please share them with us. Send them to Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org.

    • Attend your town’s Halloween parade and collect donations along the parade route using the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF collection boxes. No parades near you? Find out what other fall festivals or frightening events are coming up. 

    • For students who wear uniforms to school, consider collecting donations to come to class out of uniform for a few days a year. Clubs can be even more festive and ask students to donate to come in costume on Halloween. 

    • Offer a window washing service as cars pull in or out of the school parking lot. If there is an elementary school nearby, offer your services as parents wait in line to pick up their children. Make signs to explain the cause and ask for donations. 

    • Challenge your classmates to raise funds by creating a friendly competition between grades or classrooms. Utilize video announcements each day to let students know who’s in the lead. 

    • Set up a booth during lunch where students and faculty can pay US$2 to send Hallo-grams, a small bag of candy and a note or message to someone else in your school. Club members then deliver the bags of candy and notes to recipients on Halloween. In addition to the sender’s message, include information about The Eliminate Project. 

     • If your school has vending machines, tape Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes near the change dispenser. Encourage anyone buying snacks from the vending machines to drop in some of their spare change. 

    Bonus: If you hit a lull in fundraising, one Key Club has the perfect solution. When contributions slowed for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, the club members promised to shave the head of one of their officers if the school reached their goal. The following week the donation boxes began coming in at a much higher rate, and within a couple weeks they reached their goal.

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  • 5 ways to get the most out of your alumni membership

     

                                  

    5 ways to get the most out of your alumni membership

    1. Regularly check the blog. Never miss an opportunity to stay up-to-date with Key Club International Alumni.  Find posts about upcoming events, Kiwanis and Service Leadership Program news, and other updates.

    2. Join  us on social media. Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter.  Share news and announcements about events, volunteer opportunities and more.

    3. Update your membership information. Make sure we have your current email and address.  With your updated information, we can notify you of upcoming events in your area.

    4.  Attend alumni events. Get involved in one of the annual Key Club alumni events.  It’s a great chance to network with other alumni, share stories and stay involved with the Kiwanis family.

    5. Join a Kiwanis club. Stay in the Kiwanis family—and continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship. The club would love to have you: new members bring fresh energy and ideas.  For alumni, Kiwanis International has waived the new-member fee and the first two years of Kiwanis International dues.

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  • A special name, a special visit

    Carmen Emilia Gugliuzza  

     

    Key Club Friends,

    I’m pleased and proud to share a story from the unforgettable and beautiful days I experienced on a site visit to Indonesia earlier in September. That visit has transformed my life, and I hope it will motivate people to do even more for The Eliminate Project and for Kiwanis.

    Let me start with the happy ending: Indonesia is on the verge of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. In the remotest of remote places, in an area of extreme poverty, the people of West Papua welcomed us to their huts, gave us smiles, and shared the traditions and cultures of their home country. And many of them proudly showed us their vaccination cards.

    At a local health clinic, the four of us met a woman who had just given birth to a beautiful daughter—free from the anguish of tetanus because she had received all three immunizations prior to giving birth. She even let us hold and comfort her beloved child. The mother was so overwhelmed and happy that she asked to name the child after us! Emilia Joanne Amanda Ruth is a beautiful child with a healthy future. Because of the Kiwanis family, because of the work and generosity of people like you.

    Friends, the campaign’s final year is approaching. A few years ago, we made a commitment. Now it’s time to make it a reality. I’ve seen for myself the lives we save and the difference we make. The Kiwanis family and UNICEF are working hard and strong to achieve historic change. You can make a difference and be part of that moment when we make history. Give to The Eliminate Project for millions of babies like Emilia.

    Carmen Emilia Gugliuzza
    District Coordinator
    Florida

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