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  • Jeffrey Wolff creates connection

    Jerrfrey Wolff 

    After graduating from college in the mid 1990s, Jeffrey Wolff couldn’t find a Kiwanis club that was right for him. His solution was to help create one.

     
    As a former Circle K International club member, Jeffrey benefited from staying in touch with other former members. After graduation, he was involved with CKI alumni in the Capital District—and those connections led to a group of young professionals chartering their own club in 1998.
     
    “We built the Kiwanis club we were looking for,” Jeffrey says. “We were one of the first young-professionals clubs in the organization. And one of the first things I did was get involved with CKI.”
     
    The mentality to serve
     
    Clearly, Jeffrey still had the can-do spirit that’s such a hallmark of the Kiwanis family’s Service Leadership Programs. As an alumnus both of Circle K and Key Club, he was seeking the kind of vitality among Kiwanians that he had enjoyed in high school and college.
     
    “Age wasn’t so much the issue as mentality,” Jeffrey says. “We wanted it to be less about meetings and more about projects. We were looking for connection.”
     
    They got it. To this day, he says, the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner/McLean, Virginia, has one of the highest service-per-hour rates of any club. For Jeffrey, service has been a defining aspect of the Kiwanis family from the beginning.

    In 10th grade, a friend invited him to join the Key Club of East Meadow High School in New York. “I loved it,” he says. “I hadn’t done much community service until then. It was a big club, about 200 members, and I found that I wanted to be part of that energy.”
     
    Influence and impact
     
    Another continuing inspiration is Marilyn Martin, his Key Club’s faculty advisor. In fact, Jeffrey credits his Kiwanis-club membership today to her work with Key Club members.
     
    “It was just something about her style,” Jeffrey says. “Some advisors are very hands-on, and some are too hands-off. Mrs. Martin gave you as much space as you wanted, but she could jump in to correct things without seeming to take over. Before people talked about coaching versus teaching, she was doing it.”
     
    George Martin, her husband, was a member of the Kiwanis club of East Meadow, which sponsored the Key Club. Together the Martins were examples and inspirations for Jeffrey even as he left high school and continued beyond Key Club.
     
    By the autumn of his freshman year at Hofstra University, Jeffrey and two other students had started a Circle K club (thanks in part to the CKI lieutenant governor, who had brought them together during the summer). When he transferred to George Mason University in Virginia, he joined the Circle K club there—and got his first taste of leadership beyond the club level, serving as a lieutenant governor and eventually as a Trustee of the International Board.
     
    Through it all, Jeffrey benefited from the guidance of adult mentors. And he has remembered their example. He’s a Key Club advisor himself now—he was also a CKI administrator for 10 years—and as a Kiwanian he worked to re-charter a Circle K club for George Mason. That’s in addition to his leadership at the Kiwanis club, division and district levels, which includes his term as 2011–12 Distinguished Governor of the Capital District.
     
    “I got so much from my advisors in Key Club and Circle K,” he says. “I want to have that impact. It’s about being a good mentor and influence. That’s the point of Kiwanis, for me.”
     
    A new perspective on passion
     
    Jeffrey continues to make an impact—and serve Kiwanis’ SLPs—through The Eliminate Project. He is the campaign’s SLP vice chairman.
     
    The desire to be a part of the effort started right away, when The Eliminate Project was announced at the 2010 Kiwanis International convention. His first child was just two months old, and the personal connection was obvious. But his work with members of the youth programs has broadened his perspective on the inspiration the campaign can bring them—and vice versa.
     
    “I think we’ve helped build a philanthropic mentality in students that may not have been there before,” Jeffrey says. “They enjoy service, and they see its benefits already—it’s what they do. But this helps show them what being part of a global fundraising effort can accomplish. What better way is there to engage young people than in a worldwide effort to prevent babies from dying needlessly of a completely preventable disease?”
     
    “I never had to sell the SLPs on The Eliminate Project,” he adds. “I can’t do justice to their passion. It’s a fire we need to harness.”
     
    For Jeffrey, it’s another perspective on the youthful passion that helps drive him as a Kiwanis club member and as a mentor. The Tysons Corner/McLean Kiwanis Club has continued to be ideal for time-pressed young professionals, he says, bringing in one or two guests every meeting. He credits the club’s constant recruiting efforts and the ease with which people find information about the club through an online tools for community-minded individuals such as MeetUp.
     
    Encountering potential members who have specific needs and expectations—while sharing an interest in service and fellowship—has emphasized for Jeffrey the importance of making sure the Kiwanis experience is personally fulfilling.
     
    “My advice?” he says. “If you don’t find a club that meets your needs, build one.”

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  • Register for Detroit celebration, win prizes

    Celebrate the centennial in Detroit, Michigan, where Kiwanis began. Kiwanis International and the Detroit No. 1 Club are throwing an exclusive celebration with dinner, a dessert reception, history and a concert. Register by November 17, 2014, to benefit from discounted rates, and you could win gift certificates to the Kiwanis Store online. Kiwanis is why you’re coming but don’t miss these other Motor City highlights:

     
    Register now on the Detroit event’s webpage. See you in the Motor City!

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  • Join Kiwanis

    Join Kiwanis 

    Ready to change the world? Kiwanis is ready for you! Locate a Kiwanis club in your area. Reach out, learn more and get involved. Contact a club member or officer and let them know you’d like to learn more. After all, new members bring fresh energy and ideas to Kiwanis clubs. Are you ready to help children and families in your community? Continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship. Join a Kiwanis club! Together we can change the world, one child and one community at a time.


    If you need help getting in touch with a Kiwanis club, give Kiwanis International a call at +1-800-549-2647, ext. 411.

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  • Build playground for Kiwanis’ centennial

    When your club wants to celebrate Kiwanis’ centennial in a big way, consider building a community playground. Creating a safe and accessible place to play creates a lasting legacy—and is a great way to partner with local organizations that may just need a little Kiwanis help to achieve their dreams.
     
    Find out how Kiwanis and Vision Partner Landscape Structures can make your centennial playground build easy. Start now.

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  • Start a fundraising page

    Saving women and babies through The Eliminate Project is now easier. Reach out to friends and family and share your mission to end maternal and neonatal tetanus with your own fundraising page. Start here:
     
    1. Build it. Complete the online registration to activate your page. Click “edit personal page” to set your fundraising goal, and then describe your mission and upload photos and videos to personalize.
    2. Spread the word. Click “share/send emails” and use Facebook and Twitter to ask for support. Donations go directly to The Eliminate Project.
    3. Track results and say thanks! See who has made a contribution on your donation dashboard and thank them personally. Post updates about the campaign’s progress and your success.
     
    Make giving easy. Spread the word to help protect millions of lives—and help the Kiwanis family make history through www.TheEliminateProject.org.

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  • UNICEF, Kiwanis team visits Indonesia

     

    A delegation from Kiwanis International and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF made a special visit to Indonesia in September for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). They went to observe UNICEF’s immunization activities.


    Indonesia, located in Southeast Asia, is one of 24 countries where MNT remains a deadly threat. Elimination efforts there have been encouraging. To date, 30 of 33 provinces in Indonesia have eliminated the disease.
     
    The Kiwanis delegation included Past Kiwanis International President Alex “Bo” Shafer and his wife Jane Shafer, Kiwanis International Foundation Trustee Ron Smith and his wife Joanne Smith, and Emilia Gugliuzza, Florida District Coordinator for The Eliminate Project. See photos from their experiences.

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  • A special name, a special visit

    Carmen Emilia Gugliuzza  

     

    Circle K friends,

    I’m pleased and proud to share a story from the unforgettable and beautiful days I experienced on a site visit to Indonesia earlier in September. That visit has transformed my life, and I hope it will motivate people to do even more for The Eliminate Project and for Kiwanis.

    Let me start with the happy ending: Indonesia is on the verge of eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. In the remotest of remote places, in an area of extreme poverty, the people of West Papua welcomed us to their huts, gave us smiles, and shared the traditions and cultures of their home country. And many of them proudly showed us their vaccination cards.

    At a local health clinic, the four of us met a woman who had just given birth to a beautiful daughter—free from the anguish of tetanus because she had received all three immunizations prior to giving birth. She even let us hold and comfort her beloved child. The mother was so overwhelmed and happy that she asked to name the child after us! Emilia Joanne Amanda Ruth is a beautiful child with a healthy future. Because of the Kiwanis family, because of the work and generosity of people like you.

    Friends, the campaign’s final year is approaching. A few years ago, we made a commitment. Now it’s time to make it a reality. I’ve seen for myself the lives we save and the difference we make. The Kiwanis family and UNICEF are working hard and strong to achieve historic change. You can make a difference and be part of that moment when we make history. Give to The Eliminate Project for millions of babies like Emilia.

    Carmen Emilia Gugliuzza
    District Coordinator
    Florida

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  • 5 ways to get the most out of your alumni membership

    5 ways to get the most out of your alumni membership

    1. Regularly check the blog. Never miss an opportunity to stay up-to-date with Circle K International Alumni.  Find posts about upcoming events, Kiwanis and Service Leadership Program news, and other updates.


    2. Join  us on social media. Like us on FacebookFollow us on Twitter.  Share news and announcements about events, volunteer opportunities and more.

    3. Update your membership information. Make sure we have your current email and address.  With your updated information, we can notify you of upcoming events in your area.

    4.  Attend alumni events. Get involved in one of the annual Circle K alumni events.  It’s a great chance to network with other alumni, share stories and stay involved with the Kiwanis family.

    5. Join a Kiwanis club. Stay in the Kiwanis family—and continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship. The club would love to have you: new members bring fresh energy and ideas.  For alumni, Kiwanis International has waived the new-member fee and the first two years of Kiwanis International dues.

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  • Kiwanis board simplifies alumni forming new Kiwanis clubs

    Building new Kiwanis clubs 

    Starting October 1, any former Key Club or CKI member that is a charter member of a new Kiwanis club does not need to pay the charter member fee. This change was approved by the Kiwanis International Board at its meeting in July.


    Kiwanis procedure 305.1.A now reads:
    Membership Application and Fee:  Before a new club may be organized and the charter presented, the required number of individuals shall have completed an application for membership and the club shall have paid a charter member fee per person, which shall be $50 for Tier A clubs; $25 for Tier B clubs; and $15 for Tier C clubs. However, a club shall not be billed a charter fee for any reported former Key Club and Circle K club members.

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  • Leave a footprint

    Footprints 

    As a past Circle K member, you've left a footprint—with service, fellowship and leadership. Tell your story and motivate future members. After all, one of the most effective ways to change the world is to persuade others to join you. Help inspire today’s students to join Circle K and help change the world.

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