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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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  • We’re almost halfway there

    The Kiwanis family rallied together to celebrate the district and worldwide progress of The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus during Worldwide Report Day on July 1.

    Team members, supporters and partners from all over the world tuned in for Worldwide Report Day, including UNICEF leaders. “I am thrilled that Kiwanis leaders around the world took the time to report on the amazing progress that their regions and districts are achieving,” said Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF.

    Collectively, the Kiwanis family and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF have raised more than US$54.4 million in cash and pledges as of June 25, 2014—nearly halfway to our US$110 million goal! “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 children through the elimination of maternal and neonatal tetanus,” said Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Coordinator John Vanderheyden. Visit www.TheEliminateProject.org/WWRD for more World Report Day highlights. With less than 12 months left, what will you and your club do to be a part of our success?

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  • Meet Connelly medal recipient

    The Kiwanis International Foundation awards the Robert P. Connelly Medal of Heroism to an individual who has risked or given their life to save someone else. The 2014 recipient of the award is Shun Gen, who saved a boy from drowning.
     
    The Robert P. Connelly medal has honored more than 600 individuals, each of whom has exemplified the supreme sacrifice given by Connelly, who lost his life while trying to save a woman who had fallen in the path of an oncoming commuter train. Shun Gen was nominated by the Senshu, Osaka, Kiwanis Club, and he will receive his award at the Kiwanis International convention in Japan.
     
    Read more about Shun Gen’s sacrifice in the Kiwanis International convention blog.

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  • Tell Google you want Kiwanis doodle

    Google is where we go to find answers. And Kiwanis has been providing answers to the problems children face for nearly a century. You can help tell everyone about Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary on January 21, 2015, when you submit a Google doodle!
     
    Google doodles are the fun, surprising, and sometimes spontaneous changes that are made to the Google logo to celebrate holidays, anniversaries and the lives of famous artists, pioneers and scientists.
     
    The Google doodle team considers requests from Google users, so email your Kiwanis idea now to proposals@google.com—if enough members of the Kiwanis family ask, they might make a Google doodle just for us.
     

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  • SLPs influence Amy Zimmerman’s club experience


    In adulthood, many alumni of Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs go on to become active and enthusiastic members of a Kiwanis club. Like Amy Zimmerman, many see service as the main inspiration for staying in the Kiwanis family.
     
    In fact, Amy’s desire for an active, service-oriented club experience was partly inspired by her membership in Kiwanis’ Service Leadership Programs. When she joined the Cincinnati Kiwanis Club, the lessons and energy of Key Club and Circle K International were still very much with her.
     
    “I told the Kiwanians, ‘It’s going to look different if I join your club,’” she says.

    Looking for the like-minded

    As a Kiwanian, one of Amy’s first initiatives was to boost her club’s vitality with the kind of passion she brought to it as a young professional. But recruiting new members had less to do with youth, she says, than with enthusiasm.
     
    “I wasn’t necessarily looking for people my age,” she adds. “I was looking for like-minded individuals.”
     
    As the club’s membership has grown and evolved, so has its definition of what it can do—and the influence it can have.
     
    “The traditional club meeting is a thing of the past for our club,” Amy says. “We’ve replaced these with monthly hands-on community service projects—supplemented with ad hoc SLP projects and community projects to keep members interested and motivated.”
     
    The club even hosts family service projects one Saturday each month. “You can bring your entire family to the project,” Amy says.
     
    “So our service isn’t just for community leaders or business owners, but for all those with a desire to serve their local community, at any age.”
     
    A natural fit

    An emphasis on service was a part of Amy’s life long before she became a Kiwanian—and even before she joined the Kiwanis family in her youth.
     
    “We always did community service as a family,” she says of her upbringing.
     
    So when a friend invited her to join the Carroll High School Key Club in Dayton, Ohio, during her freshman year, it was a great fit. In fact, Amy went on to become the club’s president by her senior year. Even besides her own penchant for leadership, the size and zeal of the club’s membership inspired her to take on a larger role as her experience grew.
     
    “I loved it,” she says. “We had so many members, we met in two rooms. To this day I still make donations to some of the organizations the Key Club did service for. We used to go to a place called Learning Tree Farm to do farm chores and muck the stalls. We had so much fun engaging in the project work and with the friendships we built while doing it.”
     
    Amy’s passion for service—and her desire to develop her leadership skills—continued in college with CKI. She was a five-year member of the CKI club at the University of Cincinnati, serving as vice president and eventually winning a position as CKI’s lieutenant governor for River Hills.
     
    “You had to campaign,” Amy says. “It was a challenge at first, putting myself out there, telling people why you want the position and what you are going to do if elected. Then you have to do the work associated with it. I learned so many things about being a leader and being organized—being a servant leader rather than just an individual contributor.”
     
    Enduring influence


    Now that she’s a Client Executive and Manager at Hewlett Packard, working with partners such as Procter & Gamble, Amy can see the Kiwanis youth programs’ influence on her.
     
    “Thinking back, it’s exciting to see how I could apply what I learned,” she says. “Managing my time, leading people, traveling around, building the team and sharing the credit—it enabled me to become a much more effective leader at work.”
     
    It also shows in the work she does with her fellow Kiwanis-club members. Today the club has a five-year strategic plan, including fundraising goals for The Eliminate Project and member recruitment. For instance, the club is now aiming to have 100 members, raise 100,000 for the Eliminate Project and serve 100,000 people locally and globally for Cincinnati’s 100th Kiwanis anniversary in 2016.
     
    The lesson: “If you’re not ready to change, you’re not ready for a new member. Every new member brings new ideas and perspective as well as a new group of friends who could be potential Kiwanians.”
     
    Thanks to the club’s success, Amy is also enjoying an ongoing lesson about being a member of the Kiwanis family—at any age.
     
    “If you’re in an SLP program,” she says, “it’s a way to continue changing the world one child and one community at a time.”

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  • Kiwanis on your phone

    Show your Kiwanis pride on your phone with new cell phone cases for Kiwanis, Circle K International and Key Club International in the Kiwanis Store.
     
    Cases are available for iPhone 4 and 5 and Samsung S3 and S4 for US$22. Each case is custom-printed when you order and will ship within two weeks.
     
    The two designs of Kiwanis cell phone cases feature the Kiwanis logo. Order these and other Kiwanis-family items now from the Kiwanis Store.
     

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  • Next MNT update: July 1

    You’ve walked miles over rough terrain with your kids in tow. You know now how essential the tetanus vaccine is to keeping your family safe. But then you get to the clinic and there aren’t enough shots. You need three, at the right times, to be fully protected from this disease. Now you’ll have to start all over again.

    The Kiwanis family is raising the necessary funds to help UNICEF deliver vaccines to women around the world—and protect the connection between millions of moms and babies. Our efforts are making a difference; let’s keep the momentum going. Find out the latest stats during the next Worldwide Report Day on July 1, 2014, when campaign volunteer leaders report district progress to Campaign Chairman Randy DeLay.
     
    Join in from your laptop, phone or tablet as we showcase our progress on the Worldwide Report Day webpage and celebrate the strides we’re making toward our US$110 million goal for The Eliminate Project. We’re on the verge of turning a global effort into a worldwide achievement. This is our moment—what will you and your club do to be a part of it?

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  • Take out MNT for Dad

    No one is more dedicated to moms and babies than Dad is. Honor Dad’s dedication on Father’s Day by protecting the family connection through The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.
     
    Your club could host a fundraising event for The Eliminate Project like a Father’s Day film night, day at the ballpark or block party with games the whole family will enjoy. A daddy-daughter dance would bring the added benefit of giving moms a break. Find these and other fun ideas for your club to implement at www.TheEliminateProject.org.
                            
    Make Dad proud by recognizing him with a Walter Zeller Fellowship; his best gift will be knowing that you are saving or protecting more than 690 lives in his honor. The chances to support a family’s love through The Eliminate Project are only limited by your imagination. Give now.

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