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  • Party where we started: Detroit

    Celebrate Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary where it all began with the Detroit No. 1 Club! You are invited to an exclusive celebration January 23–24, 2015, which includes a dash of history, some service and a celebration dinner hosted by 2014–2015 Kiwanis International President-elect Dr. John Button.
     
    Get your tickets now for the Friday dessert reception at the Detroit Historical Museum, limited to 400 guests, and the dinner and concert Saturday at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, where there’s room for 1,500. Tickets are discounted before Nov. 17. Don’t forget to reserve your hotel rooms and volunteer for a shift for Detroit No. 1 Club’s signature project, providing books to area schools and organizations.
     
    Get details on the Detroit No. 1 Club’s centennial celebration and order your tickets today!

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  • Single largest gift propels The Eliminate Project past the halfway point

    Taiwan makes US$7 million pledge


    The Kiwanis family is US$7 million closer to protecting the connection between 61 million women and babies thanks to a new district-wide commitment from Taiwan. Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay announced the exciting news during the opening session of the 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Japan on July 17.

    The incredibly generous US$7 million commitment from Taiwan—the single largest commitment to date—and an exciting new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) helped propel The Eliminate Project past the halfway point. 

    As of July 7, 2014, the Kiwanis family has raised more than US$60.5 million in cash and pledges. These crucial funds will help save or protect at least 33.6 million women and babies.

    It is through Taiwan’s and USAID’s commitments and the commitment of each and every Kiwanis member and club that we will eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus once and for all.

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  • Another country eliminates MNT

    UNICEF and its global partners continue the march to save women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus, thanks in part to the efforts of Kiwanis members. In June, the World Health Organization declared Madagascar free of maternal and neonatal tetanus, based on a validation survey.
     
    Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser and a Kiwanis delegation saw the progress first-hand during a site visit to Madagascar last fall for The Eliminate Project.

    “It gives me much joy knowing the families I met while in Madagascar will not have to suffer the terrible fate of MNT,” said Gasser. “I speak often about a little Malagasy girl that I met. She giggled the entire time we played a clapping game together. Her mother went to great lengths to make sure the little girl was protected from tetanus. I have much pride in the work of Kiwanis International knowing that girl will not have to watch family members or friends deal with the sadness and grief caused by MNT.”

    Hear more about what Gasser and his wife, Christiana, experienced on the trip in their Madagascar video.
     
    Since 1999, UNICEF and its partners have eliminated the disease in 35 countries, including, most recently, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR). Every gift from you and your club to The Eliminate Project will protect the connection between mothers and babies. The faster contributions are received, the faster those urgently needed funds can be used in the 24 countries where the disease still threatens.
     

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  • Celebrate 100 years where we started: Detroit, Michigan

    Celebrate Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary where it all began with the Detroit No. 1 Club! You are invited to an exclusive celebration January 23–24, 2015, which includes a dash of history, some service and a celebration dinner hosted by 2014–2015 Kiwanis International President-elect Dr. John Button.
     
    Get your tickets now for the Friday dessert reception at the Detroit Historical Museum, limited to 400 guests, and the dinner and concert Saturday at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, where there’s room for 1,500. Tickets are discounted before Nov. 17. Don’t forget to reserve your hotel rooms and volunteer for a shift for Detroit No. 1 Club’s signature project, providing books to area schools and organizations.
     
    Get details on the Detroit No. 1 Club’s centennial celebration and order your tickets today!
     

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  • Foundation awards new grants

    At its February 2014 board meeting, the Kiwanis International Foundation board approved 27 new grants, totaling US$582,836.
     
    This newest round of grants focused on six key areas: Service Leadership Programs, housing, children's homes, education, health nutrition and play areas. Thanks to these grants, children in New Jersey and Ohio will play on safer playgrounds; kids in Jamaica will learn to use computers and families in California, Mississippi and Maine will have food to eat when students aren’t in school.
     
    To see the list of new grants and those awarded by the Kiwanis International Foundation since 2007, visit www.kiwanis.org/foundation/grants.
     

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  • CKI turns Music City into “Service City”

    They came. They served. And they went—but not without leaving an indelible mark on the community.
     
    Almost 350 CKI members and administrators representing 206 clubs celebrated Circle K International at CKIx—the ultimate six-day experience that combines the best of the CKI convention and Large Scale Service Project—in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17–22. Check out these highlights:
     

    ●     Activities kicked off with service projects at 21 locations including the Nashville Zoo, Boys and Girls Club, Soles4Souls and Cheekwood Botanical Garden. In three days, CKI members completed more than 3,800 service hours. That’s nearly 14 hours per member!

    ●    In the “Amazing Service” workshop, nine members and two administrators were given US$200 and one day to create a service project—from brainstorming to completion. They decided to donate snacks and “craft bags” of coloring books, stickers and crayons to children in the hospital or staying at Ronald McDonald House.

    ●    Attendees also raised more than US$1,000 for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus during CKIx.

    ●    Convention delegates elected Kathy Le of the Western Canada District as the 2014–15 Circle K International president.
     
    Want more? Search for #CKIx14 on Instagram and Twitter. And mark your calendars for late June 2015: CKIx will join other Kiwanis-family clubs in Indianapolis to celebrate Kiwanis International’s 100th birthday! Sign up for updates at www.circlek.org/CKIx.

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  • See latest foundation grants

    At its February 2014 board meeting, the Kiwanis International Foundation board approved 27 new grants, totaling US$582,836.
     
    This newest round of grants focused on six key areas: Service Leadership Programs, housing, children's homes, education, health nutrition and play areas. Thanks to these grants, children in New Jersey and Ohio will play on safer playgrounds; kids in Jamaica will learn to use computers and families in California, Mississippi and Maine will have food to eat when students aren’t in school.
     
    To see the list of new grants and those awarded by the Kiwanis International Foundation since 2007, visit www.kiwanis.org/foundation/grants.
     

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  • What to share

    Through The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis family will change the world. We will raise US$110 million to save or protect millions of women and their future babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus—and protect the connection that this deadly disease destroys.

    Last month, Kiwanis members celebrated the amazing successes for Europe and The Eliminate Project during the 2014 KI-EF convention. Here is a glimpse of what they experienced in Annecy. Share this photo album with your club and district so they can see how Kiwanis members around the world are coming together to make a difference for countless families around the world.

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  • Worldwide Report Day VI was a great success!

    On July 1, The Eliminate Project campaign team rallied together for the sixth Worldwide Report Day—highlighting district and worldwide efforts to save women and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Originally, I was not planning to be part of these reporting calls, but it was truly an honor to take part in Worldwide Report Day VI. I appreciate all of Randy’s hard work and accomplishments leading up to this big day, and it was my pleasure to step in and speak with each district. Days like today remind me that when Kiwanians come together great things can happen. I know that we are going to achieve our goal and eliminate MNT from the world.

    Highlights from the day include goals to secure 173 pending Model and 100K Clubs and 16 pending Lead and Major Gifts. Pending funds totaling more than US$5.1 million will help save or protect at least 2.8 million women and their future babies.

    Thank you to all of the districts for your participation, not only today, but every day. And, thank you to everyone who contributed to these reports and followed our progress live throughout the day. This is truly a team effort, and the success of the day is shared with the entire campaign team.

    Our calls today revealed the progress already achieved as a result of the Kiwanis-family’s efforts for The Eliminate Project and identified what we need to do in the coming months. I look forward to celebrating our 100th anniversary gift to the world.

    Yours in service,
    Dave Curry
    Campaign vice chairman, Americas

     

    The goal of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus from the world is ambitious but is certainly doable. Thanks to our partnership with Kiwanis International through The Eliminate Project, we know that the day will soon come when no mother has to worry about losing her baby to tetanus.

    This Worldwide Report Day is a wonderful opportunity to mark how far the Kiwanis family has come and celebrate recent gains in our determined march toward global elimination. I am so grateful to the volunteer leadership who are making time today to report on local fundraising achievements. Each individual report contributes to the larger portrait of progress and relentless commitment.

    Thank you, Kiwanis!
    Caryl M. Stern
    President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

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  • Lead and Major Gifts - Protecting the connection

    The Lead and Major Gifts Committee is committed to raise more than US$14 million for The Eliminate Project and help save or protect nearly 8 million women and their future babies. To date, our Committee has raised US$6.8 million. We continue to focus on increasing our total number of Lead and Major Gifts and documenting our verbal and pending gifts. Our committee members from around the gobe are dedicated to educating fellow Kiwanians about the devasting effects of tetanus and committed to rasing the necessary fund to help eliminate this preventable disease. Thirty-five (35) countries have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus; we still have 24 countries to help.

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