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  • Celebrating halfway, 33 million lives saved

    The 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Japan was the ideal time to reunite with Kiwanis friends, make new ones and celebrate passing the fundraising halfway point of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus around the world.
     
    As of July 16, 2014, Kiwanis and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have raised more than US$60.9 million to help save or protect more than 33.8 million women and their future babies.
     
    Some convention highlights include:
    ●    Chairman Randy DeLay announcing a generous US$7 million district-wide commitment from Taiwan—the single largest commitment to date—and an exciting expanded partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development.
    ●    Recognition of more than 400 individuals and clubs that contributed to The Eliminate Project in the last year.
    ●    Nearly 500 guests attending The Eliminate Project luncheon and joining a matching gift opportunity to raise more than US$75,000.
    ●    More than 150 Kiwanis members uniting to take the next steps for women and babies during the Walk to Eliminate MNT.
     
    Also, in anticipation of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary and The Eliminate Project’s great victory over tetanus, campaign volunteer leaders and other Kiwanians added mementoes to a time capsule to preserve the record of the tremendous fight. See how the excitement unfolded on the The Eliminate Project Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TheEliminateProject.

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  • Help Key Leader, Aktion Club, CKI through foundation

    At the Kiwanis International Foundation, we believe in supporting our own family. And every year, we work toward making grants to Kiwanis' Service Leadership Programs.
     
    It’s your help that makes the successes of Key Leader, Aktion Club and Circle K International possible. Grants approved in February 2014 helped young leaders focus on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience; sent adults with disabilities to training conferences; and helped college students make their skills leadership-ready for their bright futures.
     
    When you make a gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation, your gift helps make the Kiwanis family stronger. Give now!

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  • New leaders for Kiwanis International

     

    At the 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Ridgetown, Ontario, Kiwanian

    John R. Button, M.D., was elected to serve as Kiwanis International president. His 2014–15 term will begin on October 1, 2014.

    Others elected include:

    ●    President-elect, Susan A. Petrisin, Michigan District
    ●    Vice president, Jane M. Erickson, Nebraska-Iowa District
    ●    United States and Pacific Canada region trustees, Arthur N. Riley, Capital District; Dewey Smith, Georgia District; Barbara Thompson, Missouri-Arkansas District
    ●    At-large trustee, Kenneth A. Alovera, Philippine South District
    ●    Asia-Pacific Region trustee, Koshiro “Kit” Kitazato of the Japan District, who was elected during the 2014 Asia-Pacific convention in Japan.

    The Canada-Caribbean and Europe regions do not have guaranteed trustee seats open for the 2014–15 administrative year.

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  • SLPs influence Amy Zimmerman’s club experience

     

    In adulthood, many alumni of Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs go on to become active and enthusiastic members of a Kiwanis club. Like Amy Zimmerman, many see service as the main inspiration for staying in the Kiwanis family.


    In fact, Amy’s desire for an active, service-oriented club experience was partly inspired by her membership in Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs. When she joined the Cincinnati Kiwanis Club, the lessons and energy of Key Club and Circle K International were still very much with her.

    “I told the Kiwanians, ‘It’s going to look different if I join your club,’” she says.

    Looking for the like-minded

    As a Kiwanian, one of Amy’s first initiatives was to boost her club’s vitality with the kind of passion she brought to it as a young professional. But recruiting new members had less to do with youth, she says, than with enthusiasm.

    “I wasn’t necessarily looking for people my age,” she adds. “I was looking for like-minded individuals.”

    As the club’s membership has grown and evolved, so has its definition of what it can do—and the influence it can have.

    “The traditional club meeting is a thing of the past for our club,” Amy says. “We’ve replaced these with monthly hands-on community service projects—supplemented with ad hoc SLP projects and community projects to keep members interested and motivated.”

    The club even hosts family service projects one Saturday each month. “You can bring your entire family to the project,” Amy says. “So our service isn’t just for community leaders or business owners, but for all those with a desire to serve their local community, at any age.”

    A natural fit

    An emphasis on service was a part of Amy’s life long before she became a Kiwanian—and even before she joined the Kiwanis family in her youth.

    “We always did community service as a family,” she says of her upbringing.

    So when a friend invited her to join the Carroll High School Key Club in Dayton, Ohio, during her freshman year, it was a great fit. In fact, Amy went on to become the club’s president by her senior year. Even besides her own penchant for leadership, the size and zeal of the club’s membership inspired her to take on a larger role as her experience grew.

    “I loved it,” she says. “We had so many members, we met in two rooms. To this day I still make donations to some of the organizations the Key Club did service for. We used to go to a place called Learning Tree Farm to do farm chores and muck the stalls. We had so much fun engaging in the project work and with the friendships we built while doing it.”

    Amy’s passion for service—and her desire to develop her leadership skills—continued in college with CKI. She was a five-year member of the CKI club at the University of Cincinnati, serving as vice president and eventually winning a position as CKI’s lieutenant governor for River Hills.

    “You had to campaign,” Amy says. “It was a challenge at first, putting myself out there, telling people why you want the position and what you are going to do if elected. Then you have to do the work associated with it. I learned so many things about being a leader and being organized—being a servant leader rather than just an individual contributor.”

    Enduring influence

    Now that she’s a Client Executive and Manager at Hewlett Packard, working with partners such as Procter & Gamble, Amy can see the Kiwanis youth programs’ influence on her.

    “Thinking back, it’s exciting to see how I could apply what I learned,” she says. “Managing my time, leading people, traveling around, building the team and sharing the credit—it enabled me to become a much more effective leader at work.”

    It also shows in the work she does with her fellow Kiwanis-club members. Today the club has a five-year strategic plan, including fundraising goals for The Eliminate Project and member recruitment. For instance, the club is now aiming to have 100 members, raise 100,000 for the Eliminate Project and serve 100,000 people locally and globally for Cincinnati’s 100th Kiwanis anniversary in 2016.

    The lesson: “If you’re not ready to change, you’re not ready for a new member. Every new member brings new ideas and perspective as well as a new group of friends who could be potential Kiwanians.”

    Thanks to the club’s success, Amy is also enjoying an ongoing lesson about being a member of the Kiwanis family—at any age.

    “If you’re in an SLP program,” she says, “it’s a way to continue changing the world one child and one community at a time.” 

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  • Kiwanis gifts support SLPs

     

    At the Kiwanis International Foundation, we believe in supporting our own family. And every year, we work toward making grants to Kiwanis' Service Leadership Programs.

     
    It’s your help that makes the successes of Key Leader, Aktion Club and Circle K International possible. For instance, grants approved in February 2014 helped young leaders focus on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience; sent adults with disabilities to training conferences; and helped college students make their skills leadership-ready for their bright futures.
     
    When you make a gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation, your gift helps make the Kiwanis family stronger. Give now!

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  • Keep up with the news

     

    Never miss an opportunity to stay up to date with Circle K International Alumni through our blog. New posts are added to the blog on a regular basis. Read stories that spotlight alumni members, Kiwanis news, updates on The Eliminate Project and upcoming events. If you haven’t taken a look lately, see what’s been posted just in the last month:

    Amendments, resolution results announced
    Foundation gifts help SLPs
    Convention rich with culture
    KC takes on the OC
    Discover how you can stay connected with Key Club Alumni
    Great practice for real life
    Interested in joining Kiwanis?
    Let the world know about MNT
    Order new T-shirt design for Aktion Club

     

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  • Kiwanis International names new board

     

     

    At the 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Ridgetown, Ontario, Kiwanian

    John R. Button, M.D., was elected to serve as Kiwanis International president. His 2014–15 term will begin on October 1.

    Others elected include:

    • President-elect, Susan A. Petrisin, Michigan District
    • Vice president, Jane M. Erickson, Nebraska-Iowa District
    • United States and Pacific Canada region trustees, Arthur N. Riley, Capital District; Dewey Smith, Georgia District; Barbara Thompson, Missouri-Arkansas District
    • At-large trustee, Kenneth A. Alovera, Philippine South District
    • Asia-Pacific Region trustee, Koshiro “Kit” Kitazato of the Japan District, who was elected during the 2014 Asia-Pacific convention in Japan.
    The Canada-Caribbean and Europe regions do not have guaranteed trustee seats open for the 2014–15 administrative year.

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  • SLPs influence Amy Zimmerman’s club experience

     

    In adulthood, many alumni of Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs go on to become active and enthusiastic members of a Kiwanis club. Like Amy Zimmerman, many see service as the main inspiration for staying in the Kiwanis family.


    In fact, Amy’s desire for an active, service-oriented club experience was partly inspired by her membership in Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs. When she joined the Cincinnati Kiwanis Club, the lessons and energy of Key Club and Circle K International were still very much with her.

    “I told the Kiwanians, ‘It’s going to look different if I join your club,’” she says.

    Looking for the like-minded

    As a Kiwanian, one of Amy’s first initiatives was to boost her club’s vitality with the kind of passion she brought to it as a young professional. But recruiting new members had less to do with youth, she says, than with enthusiasm.

    “I wasn’t necessarily looking for people my age,” she adds. “I was looking for like-minded individuals.”

    As the club’s membership has grown and evolved, so has its definition of what it can do—and the influence it can have.

    “The traditional club meeting is a thing of the past for our club,” Amy says. “We’ve replaced these with monthly hands-on community service projects—supplemented with ad hoc SLP projects and community projects to keep members interested and motivated.”

    The club even hosts family service projects one Saturday each month. “You can bring your entire family to the project,” Amy says. “So our service isn’t just for community leaders or business owners, but for all those with a desire to serve their local community, at any age.”

    A natural fit

    An emphasis on service was a part of Amy’s life long before she became a Kiwanian—and even before she joined the Kiwanis family in her youth.

    “We always did community service as a family,” she says of her upbringing.

    So when a friend invited her to join the Carroll High School Key Club in Dayton, Ohio, during her freshman year, it was a great fit. In fact, Amy went on to become the club’s president by her senior year. Even besides her own penchant for leadership, the size and zeal of the club’s membership inspired her to take on a larger role as her experience grew.

    “I loved it,” she says. “We had so many members, we met in two rooms. To this day I still make donations to some of the organizations the Key Club did service for. We used to go to a place called Learning Tree Farm to do farm chores and muck the stalls. We had so much fun engaging in the project work and with the friendships we built while doing it.”

    Amy’s passion for service—and her desire to develop her leadership skills—continued in college with CKI. She was a five-year member of the CKI club at the University of Cincinnati, serving as vice president and eventually winning a position as CKI’s lieutenant governor for River Hills.

    “You had to campaign,” Amy says. “It was a challenge at first, putting myself out there, telling people why you want the position and what you are going to do if elected. Then you have to do the work associated with it. I learned so many things about being a leader and being organized—being a servant leader rather than just an individual contributor.”

    Enduring influence

    Now that she’s a Client Executive and Manager at Hewlett Packard, working with partners such as Procter & Gamble, Amy can see the Kiwanis youth programs’ influence on her.

    “Thinking back, it’s exciting to see how I could apply what I learned,” she says. “Managing my time, leading people, traveling around, building the team and sharing the credit—it enabled me to become a much more effective leader at work.”

    It also shows in the work she does with her fellow Kiwanis-club members. Today the club has a five-year strategic plan, including fundraising goals for The Eliminate Project and member recruitment. For instance, the club is now aiming to have 100 members, raise 100,000 for the Eliminate Project and serve 100,000 people locally and globally for Cincinnati’s 100th Kiwanis anniversary in 2016.

    The lesson: “If you’re not ready to change, you’re not ready for a new member. Every new member brings new ideas and perspective as well as a new group of friends who could be potential Kiwanians.”

    Thanks to the club’s success, Amy is also enjoying an ongoing lesson about being a member of the Kiwanis family—at any age.

    “If you’re in an SLP program,” she says, “it’s a way to continue changing the world one child and one community at a time.” 

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  • Kiwanis gifts support SLPs

     

    At the Kiwanis International Foundation, we believe in supporting our own family. And every year, we work toward making grants to Kiwanis' Service Leadership Programs.

     
    It’s your help that makes the successes of Key Leader, Aktion Club and Circle K International possible. For instance, grants approved in February 2014 helped young leaders focus on service leadership as the first, most meaningful leadership-development experience; sent adults with disabilities to training conferences; and helped college students make their skills leadership-ready for their bright futures.
     
    When you make a gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation, your gift helps make the Kiwanis family stronger. Give now!

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  • Kiwanis International names new board

    At the 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention, Ridgetown, Ontario, Kiwanian
    John R. Button, M.D., was elected to serve as Kiwanis International president. His 2014–15 term will begin on October 1, 2014.

    Others elected include:

    ●    President-elect, Susan A. Petrisin, Michigan District
    ●    Vice president, Jane M. Erickson, Nebraska-Iowa District
    ●    United States and Pacific Canada region trustees, Arthur N. Riley, Capital District; Dewey Smith, Georgia District; Barbara Thompson, Missouri-Arkansas District
    ●    At-large trustee, Kenneth A. Alovera, Philippine South District
    ●    Asia-Pacific Region trustee, Koshiro “Kit” Kitazato of the Japan District, who was elected during the 2014 Asia-Pacific convention in Japan.

    The Canada-Caribbean and Europe regions do not have guaranteed trustee seats open for the 2014–15 administrative year.

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