Yours in Kiwanis Service,
I know it’s been a busy time for all of us due to our involvement with our schools. Terrific Kids, Bring Up Grades and year-end academic achievement awards are our focus as the school year comes to an end. It’s very rewarding to witness the excitement of these school children as we give our presentations. I wish the entire world was as innocent as the eyes and expressions of those youngsters.
Thank you all for your involvement in the our 100th Anniversary Food Drive. This past month everyone participated in a “food drive” with the goal to collect 10,000,000 pounds of food. It’s come to my attention that the price varies in different areas. I apologize for any misunderstanding on the amount of pounds of food you could buy for $560. Children are starving in all of our areas all year long (not just around the holidays); any amount donated is needed and greatly appreciated. We are all working hard for the success of our service project and have extended the project through June 15. Go here for a listing of food banks.
We are eight months into our Kiwanis year, and we still need to focus on achieving our goals. Growth with service is our purpose
. I thank each of you for your commitment to our goals; we need to remain focused to accomplish them.
Cultivate – Help us establish new Clubs in areas we currently do not serve. Give yourselves a 100th birthday present and finish the year at least +1 in membership. Be a part of the Formula Team. Love It. Share It. Live It.
Eliminate – If you haven’t pledged to help 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 or banquet or all three. Strive to be a Distinguished Club as a present to yourself for our great milestone. We received proclamations from Governor Haley in SC and Governor McCrory in NC 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.
It is with great pleasure that I report that we have +91 members through May. Six regions, seventeen divisions and 74 Clubs have positive growth this Kiwanis year. Be proud of all the effort that is being made to recruit and retain members. Here is a list of Clubs that have +4 membership growth or better: Banner Elk
+22, Black Mountain-Swannanoa
+13, Seven Lakes
+9, High Point
+8, Hope Mills Area
+8, North Brunswick
+7, Florence Pee-Dee
+5, Cape Fear
+5, Greater Greenville
+4, The Sandhills, Moore County
+4, Tarboro Golden K
+4 and Tryon
+4. Thank you! We can serve more children with more Kiwanians.
WE STILL NEED YOU! It’s too late to register for Indianapolis online, but they are accepting registrations on-site. Make plans to be a part of history and also to be there when we elect Elizabeth Tezza as International Vice President. The Carolinas District has not had an International President since 1960-61. Our time is now.
August is just around the corner; I hope you’ve made plans to attend our District Convention in Pinehurst August 14-16 at the spectacular Carolina Hotel. I could not think of a better location to learn more about Kiwanis, celebrate our 100th Anniversary, begin the next 100 years of serving the children of the world, and network with Kiwanians, the greatest “givers” on earth, all in a VERY relaxed atmosphere. This convention will be like no other you have attended - one you won’t want to miss.
We have quite a few new club building sites in the early stages of development. Where will our next club be: Brevard, Clayton, Goose Creek, Morehead City, West Brunswick, Yadkinville, Pleasant Garden or a surprise location? I really LOVE surprises that benefit children. TOGETHER we can make a difference in our communities, the world and in the lives of the children we serve. As always, thanks for all y’all do for Kiwanis and the youth we serve.