Let the Objects of Kiwanis Guide You Throughout the Year Ahead
I am pleased to serve as your 2016-17 Governor of the Indiana District of Kiwanis. I assume the privilege and responsibility of this position with the belief I can contribute to the values, purposes and goals of this great organization!
The values represented by the six Objects of Kiwanis have never been needed more than during this contentious political season. These include:
Giving primacy to the human and spiritual values of life.
Living the Golden Rule.
Practicing high standards in all areas.
Building friendship through service.
Developing righteousness, justice, patriotism and good will.
By adhering to these principles, Kiwanis clubs throughout Indiana increasingly are becoming voices of civility, hearts that care for others in need, and hands and feet that serve to foster these values in our communities. My focus for the coming year is to build on our rich tradition of service that are deeply rooted in these tenets.
For example, one of my goals is to identify signature projects at the district and club levels. Signature projects are those priority service projects that impact and display the image of Kiwanis in our communities. The Eliminate Project is a signature project at the international level. The projects we’ve undertaken on behalf of the Riley Hospital for Children have been signature projects at the district level for more than 90 years. As my wife, Felicia, and I will travel the extent of the state to visit clubs and divisions, we look forward to hearing about your club’s exciting signature projects that are making your communities better places in which to live.
Another goal for the year will be shattering the status quo when it comes to membership growth. Membership has been a primary challenge for district governors and district boards for many years. Without active members, our clubs fail or are unable to complete signature projects — and communities suffer. Growing, active memberships pump energy and innovation into clubs. Recruiting and retaining members requires persistent and patient effort.
I am excited about the resources the district has put in place this year to assist with membership efforts. With Immediate Past Governor Kris Bowers serving as Region 3 Formula Chair, Sheri Gow taking the reins as District Formula Chair, former International President Don Canaday serving as Formula Club Building Legacy Leader, and Pete Tinsley assuming duties as District Manager of Membership Growth, I believe we have the best resources the district has ever had to make this a successful year for membership growth. I urge clubs to make use of the resources provided by this team in your efforts to grow your clubs.
I strongly believe that Kiwanis International and the Indiana District exist to serve local clubs. Please let us know how the Indiana District Office and the District officers and board can better assist you at the club level.
In The Greatest Coach Ever: Timeless Wisdom and Insights of John Wooden, the inspirational coach notes: “I believe we are most likely to succeed when ambition is focused on noble and worthy purposes and outcomes, rather than on goals set out of selfishness.” I believe the Objects of Kiwanis are noble and are values that should guide our actions, actions that improve the world, one child and one community at a time.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve the Indiana District of Kiwanis. I look forward to working together with you.
David N. Dixon, Ph.D.
2016-17 Governor, Indiana District of Kiwanis