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  • Kiwanis visits Kenya

    A delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has just returned from a visit to Kenya for The Eliminate Project: eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. They were able to observe UNICEF’s prenatal health care, immunizations and education programs.
     
    On their first day, the delegation visited a small health facility located more than 70 kilometers from the nearest hospital. Some women and their children had walked more than 8 hours to receive vaccinations. Located in the Eastern and Southern Region of Africa, Kenya is one of only two countries in the area (the other is Madagascar) that has yet to achieve maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination.
     
    Our delegation included Bill Cater, a member of the Dover Kiwanis Club (Model Club); Kim and Heather Conrad, members of the Dartmouth Kiwanis Club (Model Club); Charlet Long Little, a member of the San Antonio Army Residence Golden K Kiwanis Club (Platinum Club); Mark Rabaut, the Kiwanis International Foundation Treasurer and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ute Pass-Woodland Park (Model Club) and Michael Malik, The Eliminate Project campaign area director–USA 3. They were joined by Marci Brenholz, Deputy Director of Development for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Jessica Willet, Planned Giving Officer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

    See photos and read more about their experiences on The Eliminate Project blog.

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  • UNICEF, Kiwanis team visits Kenya

    A delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has just returned from a visit to Kenya for The Eliminate Project: eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. They were able to observe UNICEF’s prenatal health care, immunizations and education programs.
     
    On their first day, the delegation visited a small health facility located more than 70 kilometers from the nearest hospital. Some women and their children had walked more than 8 hours to receive vaccinations. Located in the Eastern and Southern Region of Africa, Kenya is one of only two countries in the area (the other is Madagascar) that has yet to achieve maternal and neonatal tetanus elimination.
     
    Our delegation included Bill Cater, a member of the Dover Kiwanis Club (Model Club); Kim and Heather Conrad, members of the Dartmouth Kiwanis Club (Model Club); Charlet Long Little, a member of the San Antonio Army Residence Golden K Kiwanis Club (Platinum Club); Mark Rabaut, the Kiwanis International Foundation Treasurer and a member of the Kiwanis Club of Ute Pass-Woodland Park (Model Club) and Michael Malik, The Eliminate Project campaign area director–USA 3. They were joined by Marci Brenholz, Deputy Director of Development for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Jessica Willet, Planned Giving Officer for the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

    See photos and read more about their experiences on The Eliminate Project blog.

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  • Check out new Kiwanis magazing iPad app

    Kiwanis has launched a digital version of Kiwanis magazine for the iPad. This interactive and entertaining publication expands the experience of reading Kiwanis magazine through video, slideshows, audio and other exciting features.

    To download the new Kiwanis magazine app to your iPad, launch Newsstand and search for “Kiwanis.” Then follow the instructions to download the current issue—and past issues—right to your device. The Kiwanis magazine app is free, and you will be alerted automatically when a new issue is available.

    Currently, the app is available exclusively for the iPad. Download the Kiwanis magazine app now, and experience the future of storytelling.

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  • Protecting the connection is possible at any age



    How many 9-year-olds can say that they saved 690 lives? Gabriella, honorary member of the Three Village Kiwanis Club, may be young, but she has done just that.

    She inspired many by raising US$1,250 for a Walter Zeller Fellowship, which will save or protect 690 women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Gabriella’s passion to help keep families whole developed when she watched one of the campaign videos with her mother, Julie. Gabriella was sitting on her mom’s lap as the video played. She saw the violent way babies with tetanus suffer and eventually die. Gabriella, described by her mother as an affectionate and loving little girl, couldn’t imagine not being able to hug her own mom.

    Instead of asking for presents for her last birthday she asked for donations to support her cause. Gabriella and her mom included flyers with her birthday party invitations to explain the campaign.

    “This is a big deal because she is 9 years old,” said Julie. “This was more important to her. I was really proud.”

    She also sold Rainbow Loom bracelets to raise money for The Eliminate Project. She started by selling the bracelets to family and friends, and then with the help of three Girl Scouts, she set up a table at her mother’s Kiwanis Club Duck Race event to sell additional bracelets.

    “She has inspired me,” said Julie, who is hosting a bowling party fundraiser for her own birthday in April.

    New York District Coordinator Sister Anne-Marie Kirmse presented Gabriella with her Walter Zeller Fellowship medallion and pin at their divisional meeting.

    The Kiwanis Club of Three Village was not focused on The Eliminate Project when Gabriella and Julie first watched the video, but is now a Model Club.

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  • Sammamish Kiwanis helps charities thrive



    By Loraine Martinez, Kiwanis Club of Sammamish, Pacific Northwest district

    The Sammamish Kiwanis Club sponsored the second annual “Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive” community fundraiser in March 2014.

    The mission of our event was two-fold: to build awareness of our local non-profits that are supported by Kiwanis and to provide a fun time for the community in and around Sammamish. Proceeds from the event went to participating non-profits, local Kiwanis-sponsored youth events and The Eliminate Project.

    We are pleased to report that this year’s Jumpin’ Jive to Thrive fundraiser raised US$4,000 for The Eliminate Project, which will save or protect more than 2,200 women and their future babies.

    The event had us all jumpin’, jivin’ and smilin’ as we listened and danced the night away to music of the big band era. The Microsoft Jumpin’ Jive Orchestra (MJJO) has provided outstanding entertainment for the past two years.

    The music ranged from Glenn Miller to Benny Goodman to Arty Shaw to Harry James. MJJO is a unique jazz band comprised mostly of players who work at, or have worked at, Microsoft, including one of our long-time Sammamish Kiwanis members. Throughout the performance these outstanding musicians and singers had our toes tapping and provided us an evening that put smiles on all of our faces.

    The event included music, dancing, raffles, a silent auction, beer, wine and appetizers. Participating non-profit fundraisers included Athletes for Kids, ARAS Foundation, Redmond/Sammamish Boys and Girls Club, Eastside Baby Corner, Sammamish Heritage Society, Eastside Friends of Seniors, Assistance League, Sammi Awards, Kids without Borders and The Eliminate Project.

    We are so grateful to our community, sponsors and non-profit agency friends. Through all of our efforts we had another outstanding year that benefitted each of our non-profits and our community. We all left with a song in our hearts, a smile on our faces and donations for each organization.

    Keep dancin’ out there, Kiwanis Friends! You are changing the world.

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  • New iPad app for magazine

    Kiwanis has launched a digital version of Kiwanis magazine for the iPad. This interactive and entertaining publication expands the experience of reading Kiwanis magazine through video, slideshows, audio and other exciting features.

    To download the new Kiwanis magazine app to your iPad, launch Newsstand and search for “Kiwanis.” Then follow the instructions to download the current issue—and past issues—right to your device. The Kiwanis magazine app is free, and you will be alerted automatically when a new issue is available.

    Currently, the app is available exclusively for the iPad. Download the Kiwanis magazine app now, and experience the future of storytelling.

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  • See The Eliminate Project up close

    The Kiwanis family is making a difference for women and babies around the world through. See how your support of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is changing the world as Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser shares his own photos of his November trip to Madagascar. He met many mothers and their babies who are now protected against the ravages of tetanus.
     
    “It was such a great experience for me to see the power of Kiwanis International and UNICEF together,” Gasser said. “I saw how proud the mothers and their babies are to get the vaccinations.”
     
    See the progress of MNT elimination efforts for yourself. Watch the video now.

    Madagascar is one of only two countries in the Eastern and Southern Region of Africa that is still at risk of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Help ensure women and babies are protected for generations to come. Download this video and share it during your next club meeting to spread President Gunter’s enthusiasm.

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  • See The Eliminate Project up close

    The Kiwanis family is making a difference for women and babies around the world through. See how your support of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus is changing the world as Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser shares his own photos of his November trip to Madagascar. He met many mothers and their babies who are now protected against the ravages of tetanus.
     
    “It was such a great experience for me to see the power of Kiwanis International and UNICEF together,” Gasser said. “I saw how proud the mothers and their babies are to get the vaccinations.”
     
    See the progress of MNT elimination efforts for yourself. Watch the video now.

    Madagascar is one of only two countries in the Eastern and Southern Region of Africa that is still at risk of maternal and neonatal tetanus. Help ensure women and babies are protected for generations to come. Download this video and share it during your next club meeting to spread President Gunter’s enthusiasm.

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  • Kiwanis President-elect makes headlines for The Eliminate Project

    Kiwanis International President-elect Dr. John Button and Heather Conrad, member of the Dartmouth Kiwanis club and delegate on the recent field visit to Kenya, recently spoke with Global News in Canada. In this clip, the two share the importance of The Eliminate Project and the Kiwanis-family’s lifesaving efforts. Heather also reflects on her recent experience in Kenya.

    This interview increases the visibility of The Eliminate Project, sharing our message with a vast audience. Kiwanis members in Canada leveraged their club contacts to secure the media spot. How can you increase awareness and publicity in your community? Download the public relations toolkit to help you get started.

    Watch the full interview here and read more news stories from around the globe.

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  • It's April, time to skip a meal!

    April in Kiwanis means it’s time for Skip-a-Meal. This month, the Kiwanis International Foundation asks you to join other Kiwanians in choosing to eat at home instead of going to a restaurant, skip your morning coffee or bring your lunch to work. Then, donate the savings to our foundation. This small change in your daily routine can make a big impact in a child’s life.
     
    You can even use Skip-a-Meal to grow your club’s membership. Hold a club pitch-in dinner or potluck event and invite the public. Use the event to share not only the purpose of Skip-a-Meal but the goals of our foundation and Kiwanis International as well.
     
    Check out the Skip-a-Meal resources for details and report your success at skipameal@kiwanis.org.

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