The MidYear Conference was full of entertainment, education, celebration and networking! The weekend started with the 82nd Airborne Division All-American Chorus leading us in the Star Spangled Banner and then performed while having everyone captivated by their melodies and patriotism. The weekend concluded with an inspirational celebration of the life of our Past International Trustee and Past Carolinas District Governor Tom Dimmock. The slideshow and music were fabulous and Past Governor Stan Perry eulogized Tom like no one else could. And sandwiched between those moving presentations were very pertinent forums, a very successful 100th anniversary service project to help the children at Boys and Girls Homes of NC, and a whole bunch of relationship building. If you missed this conference you will need to mark your calendars for August 14-16 in Pinehurst as it will be even better! Learn more here.
Your Board of Trustees unanimously agreed to have a district-wide 100th Anniversary service project. For the entire month of May, everyone will participate in a “food drive” with our goal being to collect 10,000,000 pounds of food. We are working with the Food Banks in both states to make this happen. Learn more here.
We are almost halfway through our Kiwanis year, but we still have work to do to achieve our goals. Growth With Service Is Our Purpose. The goals are listed below and I know I can count on each of you to do your part to help us accomplish our goals.
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—contact your Lt. Governor, Trustee or myself for more info.
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 now in the memory Tom Dimmock.
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 sent almost 200 Press Releases/Letters To The Editor
to newspapers in both states that did and did not have Kiwanis Clubs. We received proclamations from Governor Haley in SC
and Governor McCrory in NC
proclaiming January 21, 2015 as Kiwanis Day.
Please go to the Kiwanis International website to see all the “fun stuff” planned for the 100th anniversary celebration and convention in Indianapolis
. You will not want to miss being a part of history and also we are going to elect Elizabeth Tezza as International Vice President. We are long overdue for an International President coming from the Carolinas; the last one was J. O. Tally, Jr. from the Fayetteville Club in 1960-61.
We have several new club building sites identified and in the early stages of developing a strategy to open in those communities. Where will our next new club be: Clayton, Morehead City, Goose Creek, Pleasant Garden, Brevard, Yadkinville or a surprise location? I love surprises! (And I really LOVE surprises that will be beneficial to 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.
Yours in Service,