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  • Save big with new partner DollarDays

    Welcome to the family, DollarDays! As Kiwanis International's newest Promotional Partner, DollarDays offers more than 255,000 products to help your club save money on service project supplies and resources. You can buy in bulk or by the piece at bulk prices. Shop www.kiwanis.dollardays.com now.

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  • Celebrate the past, prepare for our future

    For a complete celebration of Kiwanis International’s 100 years of service, members can look back to our grand history and forward to a bright future. Register to attend the 100th anniversary celebration in Detroit to honor the past and launch into our next 100 years—sign up by November 17, 2014, to take advantage of discounted rates. Get a glimpse of videos that will premiere in Detroit, and learn the facts every Kiwanian should know from The Kiwanis Legacy book, now available in English to download. It’s just US$1.99 from all major eBook distributors. Get ready for Drew Dudley to help Kiwanis create a culture of leadership and “plan to matter” when he shares his vision during the Saturday celebration in Detroit. Don’t miss it!

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  • Giving Tuesday is Dec.2

    Start the season of giving off right with the Kiwanis International Foundation! December 2, 2014, is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside during the holiday hoopla to support deserving charitable organizations like ours around the world. Mark your calendar now for Giving Tuesday so you can give and extend your impact through the Kiwanis International Foundation this holiday season.

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  • Fewer babies dying from tetanus




    The Kiwanis family’s efforts through The Eliminate Project are making a big difference. The number of babies dying from neonatal tetanus dropped 15 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to

    a new report by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group. One baby now dies every 11 minutes—with approximately 9,000 fewer babies dying each year. But 134 newborns still die every day.

    Find out Kiwanis’ latest fundraising totals during the next Worldwide Report Day on November 12, 2014, when we’ll showcase our progress at sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/Progress/WorldwideReportDay.aspx. We’re on the verge of turning a global effort into a worldwide achievement with the strides we’re making toward our US$110 million goal. Help keep the momentum going!
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  • All in the family

    November is Kiwanis Family Month. Celebrate your local Kiwanis family by planning a project or gathering with the K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K International or Aktion Club group that your Kiwanis club sponsors. Find out what they've been doing and how you can support their efforts in the coming year. And if you’re not already involved, sponsor a Service Leadership Program club today!

    Let us know what awesome things you are doing with the rest of the Kiwanis Family. Tag your social media posts with the official hashtag (#KFamilyMonth) all month long. We can’t wait to see what you’re up to!

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  • Your gifts support SLPs

    When you give to the Kiwanis International Foundation, you support Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs like Key Club and Circle K International. Gifts to our foundation make a difference in your own hometown . . . and in lives a world away. That includes the lives of SLP members. See how.

    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.
    • Helped college students make their skills leadership-ready for their bright futures.
    When you give to the Kiwanis International Foundation, you make the Kiwanis family stronger. Give now!

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  • Dedication to sponsored youth continues

    Eric Paul, former Circle K International president, was recognized as an Outstanding Alumnus at the 2014 CKIx in Nashville because of humble spirit and his continued commitment to the program. Eric is now a Kiwanis-club member in the New York District, where he began with the Kiwanis family as a Key Clubber.

    At the 2014 CKIx in Nashville, Eric Paul of New York was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award. It’s no wonder: he was an accomplished member and leader in both Key Club and Circle K International, but his commitment didn’t end there.

    Eric started his Kiwanis journey in Key Club, where he served as a club officer and was a distinguished lieutenant governor. He went on to become co-founder and charter secretary of the State University at Albany Circle K Club. In Circle K he served as district Governor, District Secretary, and Circle K International Vice President.

    After graduating, Eric joined his local Kiwanis club—and then continued to engage with Circle K members. As Kiwanis lieutenant governor in the New York District, he made special efforts to include Circle K members in the Kiwanis district as well as serve as a mentor encouraging them to get more involved in their community. Now he’s the 2014–2015 governor of the New York District. His project as governor is "A Re-Dedication to Sponsored Youth", which asks sponsoring Kiwanis clubs to get more involved with their sponsored Service Leadership Programs—especially through hands-on service. Eric also encourages sponsoring and nonsponsoring Kiwanis Clubs to commit additional budget funds to help Key Clubbers and Circle K members to attend conventions and conferences.

    When Eric was asked what he would share with alumni, he said, “Personally, I learned and grew so much through my membership in Key Club and Circle K that my involvement is my ‘giving back’ or ‘paying it forward,’” he says. “I encourage all alumni to get involved with Kiwanis, whether through an existing club or by starting the kind you see a need for. It’s a great, ongoing experience.”

    Eric is a great example of all the amazing work that is done by Key Club and Circle K Alumni every day.

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  • Kiwanis International Board makes some key decisions

    On October 4, the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees met in Indianapolis to vote on operating issues facing the organization. Here are some of the key decisions:

    Approved an official call to a meeting of the Kiwanis International Council, to be held January 22–23, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

    Requested the Kiwanis International Foundation Board reassess its bylaws amendment adopted in July 2014 regarding the appointment of foundation board trustees.

    • Approved initial bylaws for Kiwanis Youth Programs Inc. (the new name of the former Key Club International 501c3 subsidiary corporation).
    • Adopted a new procedure on directors and officers insurance for districts.
    • Approved promoting existing initiatives as a means of converting young professionals into Kiwanis-club members.
    • Recommended that clubs and districts appoint and utilize a public relations chairman, using resource materials and support from Kiwanis International
    • Approved Sister Cities International as a new preferred charity of Kiwanis International.

    Click here for the entire list of Board actions.

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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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