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  • Walking the walk

    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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  • Kiwanis International convention rich with culture, education and fellowship

    The 99th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Japan was filled with cultural attractions, entertainment, education centers, speakers and the business of electing new leaders and voting on the future of the organization. Members tasted tea in a traditional ceremony, listened to orchestral music and folded paper cranes and flowers during origami demonstrations.

    Attendees elected the second female Kiwanis International vice president, Jane M. Erickson; celebrated 50 years of Kiwanis service in Asia-Pacific; and walked to raise awareness of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. But most of all, they spent a few days together remembering why they are Kiwanians. As Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser said during the opening session: “We serve our communities so children can grow up and have every possible chance to succeed.”

    We look forward to creating more memories, developing even more friendships and establishing more pride at the 100th Annual Kiwanis International Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana, from June 25–28, 2015. Kiwanians will join Circle K International, Key Club and Aktion Club members to celebrate Kiwanis’ centennial and our successful fundraising for The Eliminate Project.

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  • CKI names new international board

    The Kiwanis family succeeds thanks to members who love to serve and seek to lead their organizations to the highest heights. Circle K International elected the 2014–15 Circle K International Board during the CKIx conference in Nashville, Tennessee, June 17–22. They are:
     
    ●    President, Kathy Le, Western Canada District
    ●    Vice president, Clara Oh, Missouri-Arkansas District
    ●    Trustees, Tyson Diep, Pacific Northwest District, Subregion A; Michael Zhou, California-Nevada-Hawaii District (B); Ashley Wolfe, Illinois-Eastern Iowa District (C); Heidi Brooks, Texas-Oklahoma District (D); Shivam Patel, New Jersey District (E); Kelly Chan, New York District (F); Racheile Ricklefs, Florida District (G)
    ●    International trustee at-large, Alex Bour, Ohio District
     
    Stay tuned for updates on next year’s CKIx, to be held concurrently with Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration in Indianapolis, at www.circlek.org/CKIx.
     

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  • Great practice for real life

    As a teen in Lansing, Illinois, Dr. Flora Reichanadter joined the Key Club of Thornton Fractional South High School because they shot off the cannon at the school’s football games. “I thought, ‘They’ve got a cannon! That’s super-cool,’” she says.

    Reichanadter joined for the spectacle, but she stayed for the service. And that gave her a chance to develop the skills she uses now as superintendent of Franklin Township Community School Corp., in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Spreading service

    Reichanadter loved Key Club so much, she made sure that Kiwanis-family service was part of her experience at Calumet College of St. Joseph. “After high school, I was so disappointed that they didn’t have a Circle K club at college,” she says of the campus in Whiting, Indiana. “So I called the Kiwanis International office and said, ‘I want Circle K here.’”

    The Kiwanis Club of Whiting-Robertsdale sponsored the new CKI club. Flora became active in her club—and then statewide as district secretary and governor for Indiana. She visited a different college every weekend while going to school full time and working. She even gave a speech at the Kiwanis International convention—at a time when women were not yet allowed to be Kiwanis-club members.

    “Being governor was also a wonderful opportunity to learn to juggle and deal with different personalities all working toward the same mission,” Reichanadter says. “Circle K gave me an opportunity to lead in a way that directly impacted what I do as a professional. Where else could I get so much public speaking experience?”

    What surprised Reichanadter the most about being a school superintendent was just how much speaking she needs to do. “In Circle K, I really learned to be a good listener and be patient, as well as how to be comfortable in front of a large group of people,” she says. “Not every crowd is a happy crowd. I need to be able to think on my feet and keep a good conversation going.”

    She keeps her Kiwanis-family friendships going too. “In CKI, I got to meet a diverse group of people from all over the place who just happened to go to an Indiana college,” she says.

    In fact, that group even included the young man who became her husband.

    Coming full circle

    And now Key Club is back in her life: Franklin Central High School recently started a Key Club. “A group of kids had heard about Key Club being an international organization and they approached a local Kiwanis club, which agreed to sponsor them,” Reichanadter says. “No one came to recruit—they took the initiative. I was so excited, I sent an email right away telling them I was in Key Club too!”

    Reichanadter hopes students stay involved as alumni. Her experience with Key Club and Circle K showed how important Kiwanians can be to the next generation. And her experience since then has proven the benefits of staying true to the spirit of both programs.

    “Key Club and Circle K are all about giving back to the community instead of just taking,” she says. “In a group of like-minded people who are there to serve, you’ll form a bond that you might not find amongst friends in the workplace.”

    You can find more about Dr. Flora Reichanadter at Tackkboard.com and on Twitter, both under @DrFloraIndy.

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  • Disover how you can stay connected with CKI Alumni

    Get more from your membership. Strengthen your engagement with Circle K Alumni by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.  
        
    Each social-media site is a great way to stay connected and communicate with other alumni.

    - Share your favorite stories and tell us how Circle K influenced your life.
    - Stay up to date with Kiwanis and get alumni news through our blog.
    - Learn about Circle K Alumni events—including how to sign up.

    Stay connected with the organization you love today.

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  • Centennial Tour for 100th anniversary

    The Kiwanis Centennial Tour, led by Kiwanis International President John R. Button, M.D., will visit 12 districts to celebrate Kiwanis' 100th anniversary in 2015. Participants will also leave a legacy of service to children through some special playground builds.
     
    Currently planned stops in 2015 include:
     
    Seattle, Washington: February 12–15
    Atlanta, Georgia: February 19–22
    Orlando, Florida: February 26–March 1
    Los Angeles/Anaheim, California: March 12–15
    Taipei, Taiwan: March 19–22
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: March 26–29
    St. Louis, Missouri: April 9–12
    New York, New York: April 23–26
    Chicago, Illinois: April 30–May 3
    Milan, Italy: May 28–31
    Luxembourg City, Luxembourg: June 4–7
    Indianapolis, Indiana: June 25–28
     
    Watch for more news about the exciting events taking place near you at www.kiwanis.org/kiwanis100.

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  • Interested in joining 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. Together, we can change the world, one child and one community at a time. Are you ready to help children and families in your community? Continue your lifelong journey of service, leadership and fellowship with the Kiwanis family.

    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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  • See faces of those we serve

    You can’t turn away once you’ve seen the faces of the women and babies who are still vulnerable to maternal and neonatal tetanus. Learn about their plight—and see the Kiwanis successes in the latest video for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.
     
    Watch Let the World Know and then do just that. Share it with your Kiwanis club, your sponsored Service Leadership Programs, your friends, family, coworkers and through social media. Anyone who watches will be inspired to help, too. This is the crucial moment for the Kiwanis family to act as one for The Eliminate Project, especially during the 100th anniversary year. What better time to make even more history?
     

    People still need to be inspired, gifts still need to be given and women and babies still need to be protected. So watch Let the World Know and make your gift today.

     

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  • CKI honors outstanding leaders at CKIx

    Circle K International spent six June days in Nashville, Tennessee, serving the community, learning about leadership and making memories at CKIx. A highlight? Getting to honor the best and brightest for their successes, including the Nashville mayor!
     
    Honorees included:
    ●    Outstanding Alumni Eric Paul of New York, whose 40 years in the Kiwanis family include leadership positions in Key Club, CKI and Kiwanis
    ●    Humanitarian Award recipient Stephanie Yu of California, a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, who founded A Brighter Tomorrow to help students with depression
    ●    Circle of Service Award recipient Alison Mandel, who was nominated for her work as the Kiwanis advisor to the Elmira (N.Y.) College CKI Club
    ●    Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, who received the Distinguished Leadership Award from 2013–14 Circle K International President Daniel Tsang and Kiwanis International President-designate John R. Button, M.D.
     
    Next year’s CKIx will be held concurrently with Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary celebration in Indianapolis. Visit www.circlek.org/CKIx for updates.

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  • New Aktion Club T-shirt

    There’s no better way to spread the word about Kiwanis’ program for adults with disabilities than by proudly sporting a T-shirt designed by an Aktion Club member.
     
    Thanks to Courtney Gideon, Aktion Club’s T-shirt has a new design for this year. A member of Aktion Club of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Courtney submitted the winning design for the AC Tee contest, which annually gives members a chance to provide their ideas.
     
    T-shirts with the new design will be available for sale in the Aktion Club Store at www.store.kiwanis.org/AktionClub beginning September 1, 2014. Don’t miss your chance to display your pride in the Kiwanis program for adults with disabilities—and help to spread the word.

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