The Capital District has been a strong supporter of The Eliminate Project since the campaign kicked off.
“Members and clubs in the Capital District recognize and take great pride in being part of an international organization,” said Capital District Governor-Elect David Heppner. “We also recognize The Eliminate Project is a unique opportunity to fulfill our mission and make a big impact for a small donation—the cost of a cup of coffee can save a life. We want to do our part.”
During the 97th Annual Capital District Kiwanis Convention in Roanoke, Va., the district reaffirmed its commitment to save lives before the Kiwanis world. The House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a resolution to fulfill its US$3 million goal for The Eliminate Project.
It seems like a daunting figure. But, Capital District Coordinator John Tyner says the point is to emphasize district members are committed to raise their fair share based on membership, which amounts to US$474 per member.
To achieve the goal of US$110 million, The Eliminate Project must secure a global per-member average of at least US$474.
“It is important for districts to have a goal,” says Jeffrey Wolff, The Eliminate Project vice chairman, SLP. “Districts need to have something internally to strive for. We will reach our fair share.”
Not only will this commitment inspire clubs in Capital, it is motivating other Kiwanis districts. Since their convention in April, at least eight districts have expressed interest in making a similar commitment.
“It’s incredible to see like-minded people come together and make a difference for others. And what bigger impact can you have than to save someone’s life?” adds David. “Reaching our district and international goal is a challenge, but we are part of a worldwide team. We invite others to join us so we can knock this out together.”
The Capital District has already raised nearly US$1.8 million for The Eliminate Project. When you add the US$250,000 pledge approved by the Capital District Key Club during the March convention, the amount remaining to achieve their fair share is roughly US$1 million.
Capital District Kiwanis clubs and individual members will continue sending in donations over the next five years until their commitment is achieved. At that time, the district will have helped save or protect more than 1.7 million women and their future babies from tetanus. That would fill every seat in the Carolina Panthers’ Bank of America Stadium nearly 23 times!
The district has two Lead Gift donors, three Major Gift donors and several Walter Zeller Fellows and Centennial Award recipients. Capital is one of five 100 percent participation districts where all clubs have contributed to The Eliminate Project.
So how did the district reach this commitment?
“It was a team effort,” says Jeff.
The district reached out for club support before the vote. The proposed resolution was sent to all club presidents, secretaries and The Eliminate Project coordinators in the district as well as the lieutenant governors and trustees. District Governor Robert Brian Bell, District Governor-Elect David Heppner and Immediate Past Governor Scott Zimmerman joined Tyner and Wolff in rallying support from the Capital District leading up to the vote.
This resolution followed the Capital District Key Club’s recent announcement for clubs to continue to support The Eliminate Project through Trick-or-Treat for UNCIEF until 2020. The district has raised an average of US$50,000 each year through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, so leaders were on board for a US$250,000 pledge over the next five years.
“It is incredibly motivating to see high school students making such an impact,” says Jeff. “Key Club International has raised US$3 million in cash. Now they are focusing on more money for the next five years.”
David encourages Kiwanis members of all ages to get involved. “You can do a little something. Instead of buying that next cup of coffee or soft drink, give it up and donate the money to save a life. Do that once, twice and eventually it will become a habit. How can you not feel good knowing that you’re saving lives?”