The other day I was on a conference call on enhancing the district’s social media presence/sharing “high tech” tips with our clubs. (Scary thought, I know, that I would be a part of that call!) Phillip Mosteller, Lt. Governor from the Western Catawba Co Club
, mentioned how important blogging is and how we should consider that as a part of our strategy. Chris White, Lt. Governor-Elect from the Raleigh Club
, spoke up saying “Governor Coop is blogging every month when his letter is placed on our website.” I did not know that was what I was doing, but I have told everyone since then that I am a “blogger” with my chest stuck out! Did I mention that is a scary thought? I now offer you my blog!
I hope everyone is gearing up for the District’s 100th Anniversary Food Drive.
The entire month of May everyone will participate in a “food drive” - our goal being to collect 10,000,000 pounds of food. The easiest and most effective way to participate as a club is to buy a truckload of food for $560 (equating to 40,000 pounds). We are working with North and South Carolina food banks to make this project happen. Children are starving in all of our communities all year long - not just around the holidays. Contact your Lt. Governor or Regional Trustee for more info. Click here for more on our project/links to state food banks.
We are now over halfway through our Kiwanis year, and we still need to focus on achieving our goals. Growth With Service Is Our Purpose. I know I can count on you to do your part:
Cultivate – Help us open clubs in areas not served. 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 in memory of 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. We received proclamations from Governor Haley in SC and Governor McCrory in NC proclaiming January 21, 2015 as Kiwanis Day.
I am happy to report that the Carolinas District is +81 members through March. We have seven regions, fourteen divisions and 72 clubs that have positive growth this Kiwanis year. I am proud of all the effort being made to recruit and retain members throughout the District. Here are the clubs with +5 membership growth or better: Banner Elk
+15, Black Mountain-Swannanoa
+14, Hope Mills Area
+5, Seven Lakes
+5, Greater Greenville
+5 and North Brunswick
+5. Just think of how many more children we can serve with more Kiwanians to serve them. Thanks to everyone. We have new club sites identified and in the early stages of opening in their communities. Where will our next new club be: West Brunswick, Goose Creek, Brevard, Yadkinville, Morehead City, Clayton, 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. While we serve, always remember to have FUN. As always, thanks for all y’all do for Kiwanis and the youth we serve.
August will be here before we know it. I need for everyone to make plans now to attend our District Convention in Pinehurst August 14-16
. I couldn’t think of a better place to learn more about Kiwanis, celebrate our 100th Anniversary, network with the greatest “givers” on earth (Kiwanians) than at the spectacular Carolina Hotel, all in a VERY relaxed atmosphere. I am so excited about the plans for this convention, and I assure you it’s one you won’t want to miss.
Yours in Kiwanis Service,