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  • Easy fundraising idea with big potential

    Looking for a fun way to support The Eliminate Project and engage your community? Turn town hall or the local gymnasium into a cinema. Check out the tips below to plan the perfect movie-goer experience.

    Best for: Kiwanis clubs, CKI clubs and Key Clubs

    Timeline: 4–5 weeks for preparation; 7 hours on day of event

    To-do list:
    • Select a date and time
    • Decide which family-friendly flick to show
    • Obtain movie rights at www.swank.com
    • Secure a venue—indoors or outdoors
    • Promote the event around the school and community
    • Ask area grocers and eateries to donate snacks
    • Sell pre-sale tickets at a discount
    • Enlist club members, parents and teachers to chaperone
    • Present a pre-show video to promote The Eliminate Project
    • Send club members into the audience to collect donations

    Supplies:
    • Promotional posters
    • Movie rental from www.swank.com
    • Snack-bar foods
    • Iced sodas and bottled water
    • Paper products
    • Tickets
    • Seating, if necessary
    • Donation cans
    • Money box and change
    • Recycling and trash receptacles

    Reminders:
    • Download a video from The Eliminate Project collection at www.TheEliminateProject.org/resources.
    • If your movie night is slated for outdoors, be sure to reserve an indoor backup venue in case of inclement weather.
    • Have movie-goers bring their own chairs or blankets to avoid a lot of setup.

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  • Thank you to our newest donors

    Thank you to our newest donors (7/1/15-7/16/15) who will help save lives and eliminate MNT forever.

    Model Clubs

    De Pere / Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district
    Music City / Kentucky-Tennessee district
    Pleasant Grove, Dallas / Texas-Oklahoma district
    South Oklahoma City / Texas-Oklahoma district
    Tetrapolitan Golden K / Pacific Northwest district

    View our complete list of donors and learn more about our recognition opportunities.

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  • Club spotlight: Pleasant Grove

    Dedicated individuals and clubs abound in the Texas-Oklahoma District, which is currently ranked number one worldwide in total number of Model and 100K Clubs. Pleasant Grove, an 18-member club in Dallas, Texas, was ready to share in this success. The club recently became the 66th Model Club in the district.

    Model Clubs pledge to raise an annual per-member average of US$150 or more each year for five years.

    The Pleasant Grove club first got involved with The Eliminate Project last year. Since then, the club has committed to help save or protect 416 lives per member. Pleasant Grove member Joy Vosburg shares more about the club’s commitment to save women and babies from tetanus.

    Why did your club decide to become a Model Club?

    The Texas-Oklahoma District and our division, Division 2, are leaders in supporting The Eliminate Project through the Model Club initiative. Plus, two of our members are awarding George F. Hixson Fellowships to individuals through our club. These incredibly generous gifts help make our goal attainable. 

    How has participation in The Eliminate Project affected member participation and new member recruitment?

    We are a brand new Model Club. Going forward, it will give us another opportunity to highlight the mission, our local efforts and the international impact.

    How does your club plan to raise the money?

    One of our members suggested collecting “birthday bucks” donations from club members. We also sponsor an annual community event called Grovefest – all proceeds from our bake sale and booth will be donated toward our goal.

    What advice or encouragement would you offer other clubs who might be considering a Model Club commitment?

    It takes a commitment and some generous individual giving. But when you break it down and look at the cost versus the reward, it is really easy to support this effort. We are literally saving lives.

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  • Spread the word: what does the Kiwanis family mean to you?

    Thanks to your involvement with Key Club, you’re a member of the Kiwanis family. And that experience has helped shape the person you’ve become. If you loved it, you want to share it. Here’s your chance!


    Here are a few questions to help you create your story:


    How has Key Club shaped who you are? Leadership opportunities afford KCI members the tools needed to become engaged citizens. When you joined Key Club you pledged to uphold the objects of Key Club International, to build your home, school and community. Explain how this dedication played a role in shaping who you are.


    Tell us about your journey after Key Club. KCI members experience fellowship and develop lifelong relationships in their communities every day. Get re-connected or make new connections with other alumni, by sharing where life has led you. Your classmates want to know what you have been up to since graduation. Be proud of all you have accomplished!


    If you’re in a Kiwanis club, what service projects is it known for? Many Kiwanis clubs are known in their communities for a specific annual service project. By having a project that your club is known for, you are spreading awareness within your community. But don’t stop there,spread that awareness to your fellow alumni -- by telling us. If you are an adviser or an administrator, you are enhancing the members experience -- but that’s not all, there is also impact on you. Share your experiences within your position and inspire others to get involved. If you’re not in a Kiwanis club, find one. The story doesn’t have to end after KCI!


    There are more benefits to sharing your story
    than you may think. Encourage fellow alumni to do the same. Inspire others to get involved, encourage fellow alumni to share their experiences, and spread the word. If you speak up today, your story could be highlighted in the next newsletter or shared through our social media sites! We want to share your story with the world, but we can only do this if you decide to speak up.


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  • Smiling faces and full stomachs

    The international conventions of the Kiwanis family attracted nearly 6,000 people to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, in June. Circle K’s convention was one of the events hosted in the city as part of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration. Another big success during the weekend was the Alumni Luncheon.  


    Nearly 180 alumni from both Key Club and Circle K filled the Hard Rock Cafe—the whole place!—on June 27. Recent graduates had a chance to connect with each other, and with seasoned alumni like Cathy Caldie (formerly Cathy Black) and Eric Paul, both of whom served as vice presidents on the 1979–80 CKI International board. Cathy and Eric were joined by Greg Faulkner, international president in 1975–76, and Dave Kelly, international president in 1982–83 (pictured below).

    All attendees had the chance to participate in the Key Club Mind Twister and the Circle K Mind Twister, both of which challenged players with questions regarding the programs’ respective histories. You can play too—see how well you can do. And check out the winners!

    Circle K Mind Twister Winners:
    CKI Alumni first prize winner CKI Alumni second prize winner

    Find more pictures from the event on the Circle K Alumni Facebook page. Feel free to “tag” yourself where you see appropriate!

    Thanks to all who celebrated at the Key Club International and Circle K International Alumni reception. We hope to see even more people next year!

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  • 2015 Circle K International Convention

    If you weren't able to attend the Circle K International convention this yearworry not! Catch up with these highlights from the event.


    Attendees of CKIx 2015 completed 4,500 hours of community service around the Indianapolis area. The largest community service project, called “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover”, included multiple projects around the Hawthorne and Haughville neighborhoods. Circle K members helped to clean up neighborhood parks and community centers, cleaned up neighborhood streets of weeds and trash, painted murals in the community, and even spent some time with the local children they were volunteering for. There were so many Circle K members out doing great service that the Indianapolis newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, even featured them. There was a lot of publicity for the “Extreme Neighborhood Makeover”, and Shayna Cole (Indiana District Governor) represented Circle K International well in interviews at the project sites.


    Wrapping up service to the Indianapolis community on Friday during the convention, CKI members branched out to nine organizations across the city: Ronald McDonald House, Faith Hope Love, 24 Hours of Booty, St. Vincent de Paul food pantry, Coburn Place, Exodus Refugee, Teacher’s Treasures, Gigi’s Playhouse, and Gleaners Food Bank. It was at Gleaners that the group made history with the most food sorted in one day, setting the record at 32,504 pounds of food. The warehouse now has an honorary Large Scale Service Project (LSSP) shirt with every volunteer’s signature that will hang in it's office.


    The delegates of the 2015 convention elected the following individuals to serve on the 2015-16 board of trustees: 

    • President Racheile Ricklefs (Florida District)
    • Vice President Jessica Davis (Indiana District)
    • Trustee-At-Large Calvin Charles (Capital District)
    • Subregion A Trustee Cedrick Mah (Western Canada District)
    • Subregion B Trustee Jennifer Park (California-Nevada-Hawaii District)
    • Subregion C Trustee Emily Bagwell (Michigan District)
    • Subregion D Trustee Sara Nguyen (Missouri-Arkansas District)
    • Subregion E Trustee Amanda Ferster (Pennsylvania District)
    • Subregion F Trustee Vy Tran (Capital District)
    • Subregion G Trustee Camille Tyler (Carolinas District)

    On Saturday morning, Circle K members got up bright and early to attend convention workshops. Workshop topics range from service and volunteerism to professional skills. Members learned how to plan events, manage a budget, “chill out” and de-stress and to set and achieve fitness goals. Some members had the opportunity to attend one three-hour workshop where, with only US$200 they planned and ran a service project.


    The entire Kiwanis family came together for an Indianapolis Indians baseball game on Friday evening complete with fireworks. 2014-15 Circle K International President Kathy Le played one of the on-the-field games and 2014-15 Kiwanis International President Dr. John Button and Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom threw the first pitch. Kiwanis and Circle K members were joined by Key Club and Aktion Club attendees at the game.


    Delegates to the convention were also treated to a concert by hellogoodbye and A Great Big Pile of Leaves. During the concert the lead singer of Hellogoodbye, Forrest Kline, wore a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF box─and even crowd surfed in it. The band let students come on stage and interact with the band members for most of the performance. The show was closed with an entertaining rendition of "Happy Birthday" for Kiwanis International. Circle K and Key Club members alike had a great time enjoying the music and celebrating the end of the convention.


    All in all it was a great convention. If you missed CKIx this year, plan to come to next year's convention! CKIx 2016 will be held in Toronto Ontario, Canada. Learn more about it!


    Check out the CKI Flickr account for more images!


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  • 2015 Key Club International Convention

    For four sunny, rainy, humid (and everything in between) days, more than 1,000 Key Club members representing dozens of countries joined Circle K, Kiwanis and Aktion Club members in Indianapolis, Indiana, for the 2015 Kiwanis family conventions. Not only did 2015 mark Kiwanis’ centennial, but also Key Club International’s 90th anniversary!


    By the numbers:

    • More than 1,100 Key Clubbers were in attendance.

    • An additional US$3 million was pledged to The Eliminate Project over the next five years, bringing Key Club’s total to more than US$6.2 million.

    • 6,000 pancakes were eaten on Monument Circle.

    • 1 miniature horse gallivanted on stage.


    The Key Club convention was full of fun. From dance-offs at the talent show during the Recognition Session, to photo ops with Lil Sebastian’s cousin from the hit TV show"Parks and Recreation", to waving hundreds of light saber-esque foam tubes at Kiwanis’ Closing Session, Key Clubbers weren’t shy about celebrating.


    Be sure to check out #KCIN15
    official convention hashtag─on your social media outlets to catch up on everything you missed, or to relive the experience until you get your next ICON fix in 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.
    Take a look at Key Club's Facebook page to see more pictures from the convention!

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  • Spread the word: what does the Kiwanis family mean to you?

    Thanks to your involvement with Circle K, you’re a member of the Kiwanis family. And that experience has helped shape the person you’ve become. If you loved it, you want to share it. Here’s your chance!


    Here are a few questions to help you create your story:

    How has Circle K shaped who you are? Leadership opportunities afford CKI members the tools needed to become engaged citizens. When you joined Circle K, you pledged to foster compassion and goodwill through service and leadership, and to develop your abilities and the abilities of all people. Explain how this dedication played a role in shaping who you are.


    Tell us about your journey after Circle K. CKI members experience fellowship and develop lifelong relationships in their communities every day. Get re-connected or make new connections with other alumni, by sharing where life has led you. Your classmates want to know what you have been up to since graduation. Be proud of all you have accomplished!


    If you’re in a Kiwanis club, what service projects is it known for? Many Kiwanis clubs are known in their communities for a specific annual service project. By having a project that your club is known for, you are spreading awareness within your community. But don’t stop there, spread that awareness to your fellow alumni—by telling us. If you are an adviser or an administrator, you are enhancing the members experience -- but that’s not all, there is also impact on you. Share your experiences within your position and inspire others to get involved. If you’re not in a Kiwanis club, find one. The story doesn’t have to end after CKI!


    There are more benefits to sharing your story
    than you may think. Encourage fellow alumni to do the same. Inspire others to get involved, encourage fellow alumni to share their experiences, and spread the word. If you speak up
    today, your story could be highlighted in the next newsletter or shared through our social media sites! We want to share your story with the world, but we can only do this if you decide to speak up.



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  • What to share this month.


    Kiwanis International President-designate Sue Petrisin is challenging Kiwanians to do what they do best: help those in need. Join her. Then create a challenge of your own and send it to everyone you know. You will help children everywhere have a brighter, healthier future.

    Every 11 minutes, neonatal tetanus claims the life of a baby. You can help prevent those deaths—and that pain. Just US$1.80 protects a woman and her future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

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  • Smiling faces and full stomachs

    The international conventions of the Kiwanis family attracted nearly 6,000 people to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana, in June. Circle K’s convention was one of the events hosted in the city as part of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration. Another big success during the weekend was the Alumni Luncheon.


    Nearly 180 alumni from both Key Club and Circle K filled the Hard Rock Cafe—the whole place!—on June 27. Recent graduates had a chance to connect with each other, and with seasoned alumni; graduates from the 70's through 2015 enjoyed the event.


    All attendees had the chance to participate in the Key Club Mind Twister and the Circle K Mind Twister, both of which challenged players with questions regarding the programs’ respective histories. You can play too—see how well you can do. And check out the Alumni Luncheon winners!

    Key Club Mind Twister Winners:

    KCI Alumni first prize winner KCI Alumni second prize winner

    Find more pictures from the event on the Key Club Alumni Facebook page. Feel free to “tag” yourself where you see appropriate!


    Thanks to all who celebrated at the Key Club International and Circle K International Alumni Reception. We hope to see even more people next year!

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