District Leaders Sharpen Focus on Growth, Bolstering Service
Membership growth as a way to bolster the service Indiana Kiwanis clubs provide their communities is a focal point for this second half of the Kiwanis year. It also was the focus of the Indiana District Board during its recent meeting, as members approved measures to cultivate growth and help revive under-charter-strength clubs.
“Strengthening our clubs in service impact and membership is not just important, it’s critical'” says Indiana District Governor Kris Bowers. “It’s been a decade since we’ve had significant growth in the district, but the tide is turning. We need to capitalize on the momentum we’re experiencing and the time to do that is now.”
To that end, the district board voted to waive district dues for new clubs chartered between January 1 and September 30 of the current year and for the 2016-17 administrative year. This means that clubs chartered during this period would not pay dues until October 2017. The action brings the district in line with Kiwanis International policy adopted earlier this year. This measure will provide incentive for more members to join a new club when it is chartered.
To help clubs struggling to remain at charter strength, the board approved a small addition to the district budget to provide under-charter-strength clubs with a little money, generally $50 to $75, to cover some of the costs of recruiting new members. Some of these costs include food and refreshments at member-recruitment events, and printing a club brochure and other materials to promote a club. If your club is interested in taking advantage of this offering, e-mail your proposal to Governor Bowers and she will follow up with you.
In other business, the board:
Appointed David Cox as district treasurer. Cox is a member of the Geist Kiwanis club and currently serves as lieutenant governor of the Sycamore South Division. He will continue in both roles through this administrative year and then serve only as district treasurer.
Named Tammy Minor of the Danville Kiwanis club district secretary. She has been serving as the business administrator since July 2014. The appointment is effective May 1.
Adopted a formal policy regarding the retention and destruction of documents, including financial records. This guides the District Office in how long to retain records and how to destroy them appropriately, when necessary. It also allows for the permanent and professional archiving of the district’s historical records.
New Key Club, Circle K Leaders Share Passion for Kiwanis Experience
Schuyler McNaughton, a junior at Fremont High School, has been elected 2016-17 governor for Key Club’s Indiana District, while Sally Finkel, a student at Purdue University, is the newly elected governor of Circle K’s Indiana District. They were elected by their respective organizations during the recent 2016 Indiana District Leadership Convention in Muncie. Both hope to hit the ground running, with a shared focus on cultivating growth, improving communication and building a stronger relationship with the Kiwanis family.
“I am beginning my third year in Circle K,” Finkel says, “and find it fulfilling because we really do live through our three tenets: service, fellowship and leadership. These are the qualities that make Circle K stand out from every other service organization offered on college campuses. I love that Circle K gives its members an outlet to grow. And I have discovered that while I am growing as a scholar through my studies, CKI provides me a way to grow as a human being.”
Finkel’s goals for the year include enhancing and spreading the CKI experience and improving the Circle K connection to the Kiwanis family.
“Circle K’ers are lucky because we have leadership, fellowship and service opportunities on such a large level,” Finkel explains. “I want to be sure that all Indiana District Circle K members learn about these opportunities. I also want to be sure they know and appreciate the connections we have with the Kiwanis family, and vice versa. I joined CKI because I felt like part of a family and I want to build upon that.”
The newly elected governor also hopes to build upon the successes of the previous service year. “Through social media, events and interclubs, the district was really able to pump up the members about how special it is to be a part of the Indiana District,” Finkel says. “I think this made our convention more meaningful as we recognized our amazing accomplishments from this past year. I want to continue the momentum.”
Those helping Finkel lead the district include Madeleine Robling, Ball State University, secretary; Angela Zieba, Purdue University, treasurer; and Annie Nguyen, IUPUI, bulletin editor/electronic publications. The Circle K district’s lieutenant governor are listed online.
Like Finkel, McNaughton has a passion and appreciation for the work the Kiwanis family does on behalf of the Riley Hospital for Children.
“I believe the high point of our recent convention was the Riley Breakfast,” McNaughton says. “The breakfast allowed all Key Clubbers to come together and learn how much difference the Riley Hospital for Children is making. It was also a great time because the district board was able to announce its pledge of raising $100,000 for the hospital over the next four years.”
McNaughton also shares a similar vision for the Indiana District of Key Club.
“My goals for the year,” McNaughton says, “are to increase membership retention rates and to unite the Kiwanis family through social media. I’ve been a Key Club member for three years and I find it fulfilling because I am able to help people and further improve the quality of life in my community. Key Club’s relationship with other members of the Kiwanis family, in particular Circle K and Kiwanis, gives me a boost in realizing those goals.”
Also providing him a boost for the year will be the newly elected members of the Key Club district board. They include Hannah Quirk, Cowan Junior/Senior High School, secretary/treasurer; Emma Pollitt, Valparaiso High School, bulletin editor; and Allison Okeley, Crown Point High School, Webmaster. Lieutenant governors for the district can be found online.
Have Fun as Toronto Sizzles During the Kiwanis International Convention
The 101st Kiwanis International convention in Toronto, Ontario, is only two months away. The gathering, which unfolds June 23-25, includes general sessions, educational forums and exhibits, and plenty of opportunities for seeing the sights and hobnobbing with fellow Kiwanians from around the world. (If you haven’t registered, you’d better do so quickly! Registration fees go up after May 15.)
Here’s a quick guide.
Bend elbows with Hoosier Kiwanians. The Indiana District Dinner is set for 5-7 p.m., June 23, at The Badali Bar and Cucina. Reservations, with payment, are due by Monday, June 6. You’ll find a downloadable reservation form, which also includes your menu choices, online. The Badali Bar is located across the street from the Convention Center, so you’ll have time to make it to the Opening Session, which begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Caucus with Kiwanis Colleagues. The Indiana District Caucus rounds out opening night festivities. It unfolds at 10 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom of the Sheraton Centre Toronto, the Indiana host hotel. During the one-hour session, you’ll get a preview of the remainder of the convention, as well as learn more about the candidates for International office and proposed amendments and resolutions to be considered during the House of Delegates.
Keep up with Convention “App-enings.” Again this year, you can stay connected with what’s happening in Toronto via the Kiwanis International convention app. Use the app to plan your schedule, connect with other attendees, get sneak peeks and more! Look for it in the Google Play or the Apple App store around the end of May. Meanwhile, the online scheduling tool is live and ready for you to start creating your own personal convention schedule.
Celebrate Kiwanis in Canada. Kick off Canada’s centennial Kiwanis year with a party in Roundhouse Park (across Bremner Boulevard from the Convention Center) on Friday, June 24, 3-5 p.m. Join the fun with sweet treats, live music and great Kiwanis friends!
Keep checking the Indiana District Web site and watching for future e-newsletters for more details about this summer’s convention. In the meantime, you can stay up-to-date on specifics of the event by checking out the official convention web site.
Westfield Fortifies Ranking
As Top City with Help from Kiwanis
Family Circle Magazine recently named Westfield one of the top 10 cities in the nation in which to raise a family. The city, north of Indianapolis, will become even better in the next couple of weeks when a group of residents formally petitions to charter a new Kiwanis club there.
“The motivation to build new clubs resides within communities,” says Pete Tinsley of the Kiwanis Club of North Central Indianapolis. “There are threads that connect citizens, but often those threads are invisible until someone points them out. For the past several weeks, we have been raising awareness in Westfield by bringing citizens together to share their vision of how Kiwanis can serve their community.”
Among those citizens-and the first person to commit to be a charter member of the new club-is Westfield Mayor Andy Cook. A resident of Hamilton County for more than 22 years, Cook was Westfield Town Council president and worked to help Westfield make the transition from town to city in 2008. He has worked diligently to improve the quality of life in his community, and sees Kiwanis as a way to build on that.
Similarly, Tinsley encourages all Indiana Kiwanis clubs and their members to work diligently to make their communities better place in which to live by chartering new clubs or adding to their own rosters.
Opening new clubs and adding new members to existing ones are essential components of a healthy Kiwanis district,” Tinsley says. “These should be goals for all Indiana Kiwanians.”
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