The VFES K-Kids are 67 strong and have organized six teams to plan projects and fundraisers for their school and community. They have already donated goods and money to the Riley Children’s Hospital Kiwanis Parent Comfort Cart. Pictured are some of the students using their lunch period to plan a project. Kara Dulaney is the Faculty Advisor for the VFES K-Kids. The K-Kids learn leadership skills through community service.
Thank you to everyone who helped with our Vision Screening Project at Scottsburg High School and helped with the Spaghetti Dinner to benefit Riley Children’s Hospital.
We screened 167 tenth graders at SHS and will be working with Heather Crites to follow up to ensure those who need help will receive the vision correction they need. Special thanks to Kids First, Kiwanis Corporate Member Austin Tri Hawk, Scottsburg Lions Club and Kiwanis International for their donations of money and vouchers to assist our kids. Together we are making a difference.
We are still paying the bills and collecting donations and ticket sales, but all indications point that this will be one of the best Spaghetti Dinners in several years to support Riley Children’s Hospital. It’s so important this year as we are working with the Indiana District to support the Riley effort to reduce the age of diagnosis of early childhood development issues such as autism and developmental delay. The Indiana District is helping fund hubs throughout the state to assist with identification, diagnosis, education and screening of our kids. Our hub is located in New Albany. We have 12 hubs now with the intent of having a hub within 45 minutes of every child in the state of Indiana. Your support of the Spaghetti Dinner helps that effort.
A couple of events coming up next month will be our annual spring cleaning/repairs at the CASA House on 14 Apr from 8:00-12:00. Please plan on helping if you’re available that Saturday.
We are also planning our next Bike Safety Rodeo to be held during the Y Healthy Kids Day on 21 Apr from 9:00-11:00. We will partner with the Pilot Club, Scottsburg Police Dept and the Scottsburg Fire Dept again this year and will start setting up the course at 7:15, outside weather permitting. Corporate Member SCSD2 will be donating the chalk line marker and chalk to help set up the course. Please help with setting up the course and/or conducting the Bike Safety Rodeo if you’re available. The SHS Key Club plans on assisting. We need help setting up, keeping the bikes organized, registering the kids, assisting the volunteers from the Police and Fire Depts, conducting a quiz and handing out completion certificates. Our Kiwanis Indiana District Governor Elect is planning on attending as he wants to make bike safety a major plank in his platform next year. The Pilot Club District Governor has been invited to attend also.
Thanks so much for all you do for our kids!
If I don’t see you over the next week I wish each of you and your families a Happy Easter!
Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle provided feedback to the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club from the Indiana Kiwanis District Convention.
Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle attended the 99th Indiana District of Kiwanis Convention in Muncie, IN 18-20 Aug.Peter Mancuso, Kiwanis International Trustee talked about the strategic plan which focuses on four areas:Inspiration (membership), Impact (service), Image (Public Relations) and Investment (resources) and the need for each club to have a strategic plan.The International Convention for 2018 will be in Las Vegas.
We had a presentation from the Erskine Green Training Institute.They prepare post secondary school kids with disabilities for employment in the health, restaurant and hotel industries.They are funded by th Arc of Indiana Foundation (27K members strong).The program is 10-13 weeks in Muncie with 15-20 students per session.They run four sessions a year.They are certified through the American Hotel Lodging Entertainment Institute.After certification, they return home for employment.They enjoy a 75% employment rate.It costs 16K to attend the school, which includes room and board.
Al attended the Club Leadership and Circle K/Key Club/Key Leader workshops.Circle K in Indiana has 540 members in four Divisions.They do not follow the boundaries of Kiwanis Divisions.Indiana Key Club has 7,000 members.Two key points from the workshop are more access for Kiwanis Advisors to help with administrative actions online and an emphasis by the Indiana Foundation to subsidize Key Leader, reducing the cost from $250 to $100.They are also looking at reinstituting the spring Key Leader as well which would be open as in the past to second semester 8th graders.There are several orphan Key Clubs who do not have a Kiwanis sponsor.
Jack attended the Club Rejuvenation, Retention & Relevancy and the Share Your Signature Project workshops.Our Board of Director will need to carefully review the notes from the 3R’s workshop and decide which ones we are currently doing well and select others to consider implementing.
The Three R’s:
1.Invite owners of recently opened businesses.
2.Bring guests and brag about our projects.
3.At annual community events, get the kids to sell Kiwanis.
4.Do an annual membership recruitment event.Give advanced notice of our visit to businesses.
5.Put our membership application online (Reference the Kiwanis International web site.)
1.The original recruiter of a member not paying their dues should be the one to call on him or her regarding the issue.
2.Survey members at least annually asking for feedback on current programs and ask for new ideas.Get everyone involved.
3.Keep all past Presidents involved in fundraising.
4.Hold a Charter Night and invite the community.
1.Take all the free publicity we can get:radio, papers, public access television, parades, town celebrations, etc.
2.Establish all the Service Leadership Programs we can at the earliest possible date.Provide community service awards.Put our membership application online.
3.Download all the tools listed on the Resource Card, use Facebook and other social programs.Load the Kiwanis APP on your tablets and phones.
Signature Events:These are events mentioned by clubs present in the workshop as Signature Events of their clubs.
1.Walk for Riley in the Mall.(This is a 25 year event and can be done by Telethon)
2.Rubber Duck Launch.(This one is complicated.The winner takes $1 Million and is backed by a bond.The ducks are dropped into a lake/swamp with a numbrer inside, the lucky winner is the one holding the number of the duck chosen as in the Lottery.)
3.Donut Trailer, e.g., our Taco Wagon only on a weekly basis gaining approximately $1,000 per week, manned in four hour shifts throughout the week.The trailer has three deep fryers.
4.Branded Projects:Parks and Esplanades, e.g., our corner on the square.
5.Chocolate Round Robin:Hold chocolate tasting event, set up different stations and charge one fee to cover costs and profit.
6.Make and sell bird houses.
7.Provide Santa Claus’ during season, do photo sessions, make house calls, etc., this club has 8 Santa’s available.
9.Ask Foundations for support Grants.
10.Work with and partner with our city and county.
Steve Ingram was elected Governor Designate and Jud Rouch was elected Governor Elect.Steve gave his goals for the coming year:1).Raise membership by 10%.2).Greater Focus on Riley.3).Bring 660 2X4s with a check for a project at Riley at the next Convention.4).Look for opportunities.
Thirty-eight Kiwanians were recognized at the Memorial Breakfast.
Al Riggle donated the $600 from the club to Riley Children’s Hospital and dropped off the items collected for the Riley Children’s Hospital Parent Comfort Cart.
Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle from the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club attended the 99th Kiwanis Indiana District annual convention in Muncie, Indiana. Pictured are from left to right, Jack McWhirter, Indiana District Governor David Dixon from the Muncie Kiwanis Club and Al Riggle. The convention consisted of keynote speakers, workshops, a meeting of the House of Delegates to vote on next year’s Governor and Governor Elect, transition of the new District Board of Directors to include installation of the new Division Lt Governors and a memorial service for those Kiwanians who passed away this year. Steve Ingram from the Valparaiso Club was elected District Governor for 2017-18 and Jud Roush from the Plymouth Club was elected Governor Elect. Teresa Tanner from the Henryville Club was installed as the new Lt Governor for the Scenic Hills Division which includes the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club. Jack and Al presented the Scottsburg donation of $600 for Riley Children’s Hospital and carried up a box of donations for the Parent Comfort Cart at Riley Children’s Hospital. The donation was raised during the annual Scottsburg Kiwanis Club Spaghetti Dinner. The Parent Comfort Cart is manned by Kiwanis volunteers and provides personal hygiene items, snacks, and puzzles to support parents who are at Riley while their children are undergoing treatment. The Indiana District of Kiwanis has a 90 plus year history of supporting Riley Children’s Hospital. Thanks to all those who supported the spaghetti dinner or donated items to the Parent Comfort Cart.
Join Us for the 2017 Indiana District Mid-Year Conference and 3 Wishes Gala – March 11, 2017
The 2017 Indiana District Mid-Year Conference and 3 Wishes Gala are almost here! You won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with fellow Kiwanis members from across the state, learn about new projects and programs, and support our 3 Wishes – Early Action for Autism initiative.
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Registration opens at 8:30 am and the day ends at 4:00 pm
Where: 502 East Event Centre, 502 E. Carmel Drive, Carmel
Cost: $79.00 – This includes continental breakfast, lunch, breaks, and materials
Join the fun and help raise money for the 3 Wishes – Early Action for Autism initiative! The on-line silent auction is now open and will remain open until 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 11th, the evening of the 3 Wishes Gala.
The auction features over 50 items and packages including tickets to big name concerts, overnight stays, sporting events, Disney World passes, and some really unique experiences. There is something for everyone – bid early and bid often. Just click on the link below, register your information, and get shopping!
You can also support the 3 Wishes initiative by attending the 2nd annual Gala event. This year’s event features the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, Chris Wright, CBS4 Chief Meteorologist, an amazing Riley family, a chance to learn more about the early action for autism project, and the opportunity to hang out with your favorite fellow Kiwanians. The Gala begins with a reception at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner and program at 7:30 pm. This year’s location is the Renaissance Indianapolis North in Carmel.
The 2017 Indiana District Mid-Year Conference is also being held on March 11th. You can make it a full Kiwanis day! Registration for the conference is open now and you can purchase a Gala ticket along with your conference registration.