What advice or encouragement would you offer to other districts, clubs and fellow Kiwanis members who want to support The Eliminate Project?
Kiwanis members worldwide pledge to “serve the children of the world.” As our gift to the world, and in celebration of 100 years of Kiwanis, we have a very practical way to show our dedication to the children of the world through the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus. The project is not about money, it is about lives. Remember the purpose and use the project to motivate and reinvigorate your members and your community.
What would you like to say to members of your district about The Eliminate Project?
Serving the children of the world is FUNdamental. Eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus will be considered one of the most important gifts that Kiwanis has ever given to the world. But don’t forget the FUN. Serve the children and have FUN along the way.
How has involvement in The Eliminate Project helped clubs in your district connect with their communities and improve their community service?
The clubs that have engaged their communities through The Eliminate Project are seeing a renewed interest in service and involvement. Clubs have focused not only on raising project awareness and funding, but also on increasing membership.
What is one activity you would suggest other districts or clubs replicate?
The Kiwanis Club of Villa Park, IL has established a unique approach to fundraising and community involvement. They have asked their Village Board to approve a resolution to encourage all residents to contribute US$1.80 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. After the approval of the resolution, club members are marketing the resolution to the community. Already a pledged Model Club, they hope the result is a multiple Model Club.
Why is your district motivated to protect moms and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus?
As an organization we are committed to serving the children of the world. We believe that every child has a right to life and a right to reach their fullest potential. Maternal and neonatal tetanus affects the poorest of the poor. We feel that they deserve a chance, and need someone to “speak for them.” Kiwanians have made a difference in the world for almost 100 years. We are pleased to be a part of this project in which we will do it again.
What is a fun fact that you would like people to know about your district?
The current District Governor, the current Governor Elect and the three immediate Past Governors are all members of Model Clubs. Six additional Past Governors are also members of Model Clubs. They challenge all Past Governors of all Districts to encourage their home club to become a Model Club.