Our first 40 days of service TOGETHER have been incredible! We have helped with Pancake Days in Raleigh and Wilmington. In Wilmington they had to brave an early morning sleet storm (yes I said sleet storm) in Wilmington on November 1st. We attended the Key Club Fall Rally, and even though it rained in the morning, it did not dampen any of the high energy spirits of the 2,200 Key Clubbers in attendance.
We participated in Charter Nights/Installation of Officers with Hope Mills, North Brunswick, Cape Fear and Western Harnett.
We spent the weekend in Black Mountain at the Kiwanis Family Conference with 220 other Kiwanis Family members: Kiwanians, Circle K’ers, Key Clubbers and one Builders Clubber creating an unbelievable bond. We visited the Kiwanis Thrift Store in Black Mountain where Jim Parsons and Bill Cox run an efficient operation.
We attended Division Council Meetings in 11 and 26 where there were over 40 Kiwanians at each of those meetings. We witnessed firsthand the obsession of racing woolly worms at the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. This was the most well run event of this magnitude I have ever seen and they did it despite a shortage of woolly worms, a great deal of rain leading up to the event and high winds on Saturday night that blew down vendor tents. But here is what all of these events have in common and makes them special: all the money goes to the children in each of those communities. A special thanks to Peg & Greg McDonald, Mary Jo & Dan Brubaker and Ann & KC Ramsay for opening their homes to us during our visits.
I want to always remind you of “our” goals for 2014-2015 because without goals we will never improve the health of our Clubs, Divisions, Regions or District.
Cultivate – Help us establish new Clubs in areas we currently do not serve. 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 have not pledged to rid the world of Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus please do so NOW because we want to complete our $3.5 million goal by December 31st.
Celebrate – Plan a special 100th Anniversary fundraiser, service project or banquet or all 3. Strive to be a Distinguished Club as a present to yourself for our great milestone.
Liberate – When each Club contributes at least $500 to the Kiwanis Cottage 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund Campaign we will make sure that the Kiwanis Cottage is operational for perpetuity. Please see the link to the brochure.
As you can tell from the above places we have been so far, we want you to invite us to “serve” with you. I was told in Raleigh that I was the best syrup pourer they had ever seen; but it was early and I am not sure their eyes were wide open yet. TOGETHER 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.
Thank you for all you do for Kiwanis and the youth we serve.
Yours in Service,