Recharge your Kiwanis Batteries
At This Summer’s District Convention
The Indiana District Convention is a time for revelry and renewal. The event, set for August 5-7 at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville, is also a time for recharging your Kiwanis batteries. And one of the best ways to do that is by participating in some of the many rewarding and relevant workshops the convention has to offer.
Is your club searching for a signature project? There’s a workshop for that. Are you looking to hone your leadership skills? Ditto. There will be three rounds of workshops beginning at 9:15 a.m. Saturday, with offerings designed to make you a stronger Kiwanis leader and to give your club a boost. Here’s a sampling:
Building a Signature Club Project. Your Kiwanis club, like many others, may undertake a multitude of service projects throughout the year, but maybe you would like to add a signature project to your calendar. This workshop will provide you with the tools to do that. See how your club has the opportunity to have an amazing impact on the lives of children by supporting programs that provide hands-on experiences for personal growth, learning new skills, and just having fun.
Club Leader Roundtable. Whether you are a new, returning or “wannabe” club officer, bring your questions and ideas to this session. A panel of seasoned club officers will spur discussion, troubleshoot, and offer ideas to help enhance your year of leadership.
Riley and 3 Wishes Campaign. Our 3 Wishes: Early Action for Autism campaign is resonating with Hoosier Kiwanians. Join this session to hear from Riley leaders how the Kiwanis/Riley initiative will bolster the early screening and diagnosis for neurodevelopmental issues in young children across our state.
Scourge Eliminated in Namibia. Namibia, and 20 other countries, is free from the scourge of maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) thanks to Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project. Hear a story of compassion from one Hoosier Kiwanian who was part of a Kiwanis/UNICEF site visit to Namibia.
You can find more information on workshop and the district convention by downloading the convention primer. In addition to workshops, the annual gathering of Hoosier Kiwanians includes Friday’s Rockin’ for Riley event; Kiwanis Soiree, an evening of celebration with a Parisian flair on Saturday; and the Memorial Breakfast Sunday morning.
You can register online, but do so quickly: The registration fee jumps from $90 to $105 after July 25.
Be a Part of Riley Honors Program
Giving unselfishly is a trademark of Indiana’s Kiwanis clubs and their members. Still, it’s good to be recognized for altruism. And that’s the purpose behind the Riley Honors program, which recognizes individual gifts to the 3 Wishes Campaign.
“The Indiana District of Kiwanis has a rich history of supporting the Riley Hospital for Children,” notes District Governor Kris Bowers. “Raising $1 million to support its neurodevelopmental and behavioral centers initiative is ambitious, but I know Indiana’s Kiwanians will come through. The Honors Program just provides them some additional incentive.”
Kiwanians can be a part of the Riley Honors program by giving at three levels:
K.I.D.S. Trustee: $4,000. Individuals making a gift at the Trustee level will receive a personalized lab coat and medallion and will be recognized at the district convention’s Rockin’ for Riley event.
K.I.D.S. Patron: $2,000. Individuals making a gift at the Patron level will receive a Riley Honors badge holder, a K.I.D.S. logo blanket and lapel pin, and will be recognized at the Rockin’ for Riley Event.
K.I.D.S. Fellow: $1,000. Individuals making a gift at the Fellow level will receive a certificate and lapel pin, and will be recognized at the Rockin’ for Riley event.
The Riley Honors flyer (with pledge form) is available online.
Mark your Calendars: Kiwanis
One Day Moving to October
Kiwanis One Day is moving. Instead of the fourth Saturday in April, the annual day of service, Kiwanis-family style, will unfold on October 22 for the 2016-17 Kiwanis year. This means your club needs to begin planning its One Day project sooner so you’ll get as much impact as possible.
Each year, Kiwanis-family clubs around the world observe Kiwanis One Day,
joining together with their youth clubs for a day of community service. It’s a global effort, but it’s made of personal commitments. It begins with your club’s participation and extends to the impact you have on your community. And by participating, you’ll join in an international spirit of service that inspires people worldwide.
Kiwanis International has a wealth of information and resources available online to help you plan for your day of service. And remember: If your club participates in Kiwanis One Day, make sure you report the event on the online reporting form. This helps Kiwanis track and measure service projects and participation so it can continually improve the program.
Bragging Rights: Indiana Circle K’er Elected to Organization’s Top Spot
A familiar member of the Indiana Kiwanis family will be taking the reins of Circle K International for the 2016-17 year. Shayna Cole, 2015-16 governor of Circle K’s Indiana District, was elected Circle K International president at the organization’s recent convention in Toronto.
“I’m so honored to live to serve, and love to serve with 14,000 members of Circle K International this next year as international president,” Cole told her legions of followers on Facebook following the election. “I look forward to working with my newly elected board to make an impact this year. Special thanks to the Indiana District and all my friends within CKI for fueling my passion for this organization!”
Cole, who is beginning her fourth year as a member of the Ball State Circle K club, believes Circle K’s finest days are yet to come.
“When I first joined Circle K, I wanted to do one thing: make a difference,” she said. “These past few years, I’ve seen Circle K International accomplish amazing goals, but I believe our finest days are ahead of us. As our organization enters another successful year, I think it’s time we look forward, build upon our great predecessors, and make a larger impact on the world.”