Yours in Kiwanis Service,
Welcome to my blog! (I still can’t believe I’m blogging.) I hope you’ve conducted club elections
and reported the results
; if not please do so as soon as possible. For the summer, since this is typically our slow “serving” time of the year, I’d like for y’all to focus on growth. One of our goals is for every Club to finish +1 in membership. But, because they are the beneficiaries of our service, we’re really giving the children in our communities a present with every new Kiwanis member. Growth With Service Is Our Purpose.
For those who attended the International Convention I extend a big THANK YOU. It was an honor to meet some for the first time and a pleasure reacquainting with others. All indications are that everyone had fun (part of our mission). Each of us worked hard to elect Elizabeth as VP; even though she didn’t win, she made us proud!! Her speech was by far the best and highlighted a true plan to move us forward into our next century of service. Thank you, Elizabeth and Tom, for the sacrifices you’ve made while serving these past three years. Another big “thank you” goes to Stan Perry and his bride Ann for hosting the hospitality suite and planning the most impressive District Dinner I have ever attended.
Kiwanis will converge on the beautiful and relaxing Carolina Hotel in the Village of Pinehurst on August 14-16 for our District Convention
. What a WONDERFUL place to unite with fellow Kiwanians for a weekend full of Kiwanis educational opportunities, celebration, and begin the next 100 years of serving the children of the world. We will elect our next Governor, Governor-Elect, get rid of me, and hear the 82nd Division All-American Chorus. And we get to do this at a venue that personifies elegance and relaxation. This convention will be like no other you have attended and one you will not want to miss.
Than you for your involvement in the District’s 100th Anniversary Food Drive! We have collected over $52,000 and another 1,100 pounds of food. We are going to continue this project until the District Convention in August. Click here to find out more and see your area’s food bank info.
Believe it or not, we have just completed our 9th month of serving the children of the Carolinas together. Our journey has been spiritually rewarding, educational, but, most of all, FUN. I thank each of you for keeping your eyes on our goals; we still have work to do to accomplish our goals:
Cultivate – Help us establish new Clubs. Give yourselves a 100th birthday present by finishing the year at least +1 in membership. Volunteer to be a part of the Formula Team. Love It. Share It. Live It.
Eliminate – If you haven’t pledged to rid the world of Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus, do so NOW; we want to complete our $3.5 million goal in the memory Tom Dimmock. We are at 92% of our goal, so dig deep for Tom!
Celebrate – Plan a special 100th Anniversary fundraiser, service project, banquet, or all three. Strive to be a Distinguished Club as a present to yourself for our great milestone. See proclamations from SC Governor Haley and NC Governor McCrory proclaiming January 21, 2015 as Kiwanis Day.
Liberate – We need each Club to contribute at least $500 to the Kiwanis Cottage 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund Campaign to make sure that the Kiwanis Cottage is operational for perpetuity.
I’m happy to report that we’re +94 members through June. We have 6 Regions, 16 Divisions and 78 Clubs with growth. Clubs that have +4 membership growth or better: Banner Elk +22, Roanoke Island +20, Raleigh +17, Black Mountain-Swannanoa +14, Wilmington +13, Wake Forest +11, Hope Mills Area +9, Seven Lakes +9, High Point +8, Hampstead +8, N. Brunswick +8, Asheboro +6, Florence Pee-Dee +6, Cape Fear +5, Oxford +5, Aiken +5, Tryon +4, Lenoir +4, Lincoln County +4, Mount Airy +4, Charlotte +4, Clinton +4, Goldsboro +4, Greater Greenville +4, Greenville University City and Columbia. I convey my thanks to all clubs with positive growth because more Kiwanians can serve more children.
We have quite a few new club building sites in some stage of the opening phase. Congrats to the Wake Forest Club for starting a Satellite Club in Rolesville with Tom Dimmock’s divine guidance. Where will our next new club be: Brevard, Clayton, Goose Creek, Morehead City, West Brunswick, Yadkinville, Pleasant Garden or a surprise location? Surprises that benefit the children are very exciting.
we can make a difference in our communities, the world and in the lives of the children we serve. While we serve, always remember to have FUN
As always, thanks for all y’all do for Kiwanis and the youth we serve.