Category: Three Wishes Program

Mid-Year Conference and 3 Wishes Gala


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.
Mid-Year Conference
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
3 Wishes Gala
When: Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Reception begins at 6:30 pm followed by dinner and program at 7:30 pm
Where: Indianapolis Renaissance North, 11925 N. Meridian Street, Carmel
Tickets: Individual tickets are $95.00 and include appetizers, a fabulous dinner, beer and wine throughout the evening, and entertainment by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.
The Renaissance Indianapolis North hotel has provided a block of rooms. Click here to make a reservation. The deadline for taking advantage of the special room block and rate is February 17th!
Indiana District of Kiwanis

3636 Woodview Trace, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 578-0857

The 3 Wishes Silent Auction is now open!


The 3 Wishes Silent Auction is Now Open!
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.
Indiana District of Kiwanis

3636 Woodview Trace, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 578-0857

3 Wishes Silent Auction

3 Wishes Silent Auction to Open on February 10th @ Noon
What can turn normally mild-mannered Kiwanis members into competitive warriors? The silent auction to benefit 3 Wishes – Early Action for Autism, of course! A flurry of bidding on unique items turned last year’s auction into a lively and fun fund raising event for the Indiana Kiwanis and Riley Hospital for Children partnership to open early evaluation hubs for children and families across the state. Some of last year’s hot items included a chance to drive a luxury car around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track, a NASCAR racing suit, and dinner at the Kiwanis governor’s house.
This year’s auction will not disappoint. Some of the items include a swanky dinner for two with Dr. Swigonsky, the architect of the 3 Wishes initiative, a chance to let loose your inner gangster and shoot John Dillinger’s Tommy gun, and a 4-night stay at a quiet and quaint cabin in Pigeon Forge.
The auction will open at noon (EST) on February 10th and close at 8:30 pm on Saturday, March 11th at the 2nd annual 3 Wishes Gala. Keep watching your email for auction announcements and the link to the on-line auction site.
Want to be part of the Evening of Stars? Gala tickets are available and the ticket price includes reception with appetizers, beer and wine throughout the evening, a wonderful 3-course meal, and entertainment provided by the Indianapolis Children’s Choir. Don’t miss it!
P.S. 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.
Indiana District of Kiwanis

3636 Woodview Trace, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 578-0857


Second Annual Kiwanis 3 Wishes Gala


The Stars Will be Out for the Second Annual Kiwanis 3 Wishes Gala
The second annual 3 Wishes Gala to support the Indiana Kiwanis and Riley Hospital for Children early action for autism partnership will be held on Saturday, March 11th at the
Renaissance North Hotel in Carmel, Indiana. As a special treat for attendees, the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC) will be performing at the Gala!
Founded in 1986, the ICC nurtures and inspires student achievement through quality music education and the pursuit of artistic excellence in choral music performance. The ICC represents the diversity of our state with participants from almost 20 Indiana counties. The Indianapolis Children’s Choir performed at the 2012 Super Bowl, and now they will be performing for us. You won’t want to miss this!
Interested in joining our lineup of key sponsors for the Gala? You can support the 3 Wishes – Early Action for Autism partnership with Riley Hospital for Children by becoming a Gala sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses, other non-profits, and individuals. Click here for more details.
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.
Indiana District of Kiwanis

3636 Woodview Trace, Suite 100
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (317) 578-0857


Kiwanis Indiana District Convention


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.”

Kiwanis International Convention (Corrected)


Kiwanis International Convention
A Time for Renewal, Rejuvenation
The 101st Kiwanis International Convention is in the books. Kiwanians from around the world gathered in Toronto to conduct the business of Kiwanis. Among them were representatives from  Indiana’s Kiwanis clubs. And though their reasons for attending are many, they all left with new friends, new insights and renewed vigor for helping our great organization fulfill its mission making the world a better place for children.
Matthew Vanover, president of the New Albany Kiwanis Club and lieutenant governor of the Scenic Hills Division, found inspiration.

“My favorite part of the convention was getting to meet other Kiwanians from around the world and hearing what their clubs are doing in their communities,” Vanover says. “I benefited from attending the convention because of the great ideas and inspiration that were presented. I got to see the global impact that may not always be felt at the club level. I learned that as Kiwanians, we are a part of something much greater than just local clubs.”
Vanover also learned many things that will help him become a better Kiwanian and help his club develop a stronger service presence in its community.
“I learned a lot more about the media resources, especially the 30-second commercials the International staff has developed, that can be used to promote our clubs,” he explains.  “I also have a better understanding of the strategic plan, including The Formula and I-Plan. I know feel more confident in going back to my club armed with a lot of materials and ideas that will help my club be successful in serving the children of the world.”

For Elaine Cummings-Bullard, 2010 Indiana District Governor, engaging in the political process in the House of Delegates was a high point.

“This year, we had four candidates for vice-president, which is unusual,” Cummings-Bullard, a member of the Seymour Kiwanis Club, notes. “A run-off was necessary to declare a  vice-president.  All four candidates were extremely capable to serve as our International president in three years. We also elected three trustees.  Our president and president-elect were elected by a unanimous vote. I wish all our clubs would send delegates to participate in the election process of our leadership. The caliber of our candidates is outstanding and all convention attendees are offered the opportunity to meet and greet with the candidates.”
For Holly Barnett, the International convention was a time of rejuvenation.
“When you see the impact Kiwanis has in all corners of the world, it rekindles your passion for the organization,” Barnett, president of the John Chapman, Fort Wayne Kiwanis Club, says. “And going to convention is beneficial because it helps you form new ideas for your club. You get to see how other clubs function, get ideas for projects and discover a wide variety of service projects. Many new ideas and concepts really sparked my interest and I will be sharing them with my club.”

Other highlights included the rousing Opening Session with an inspiring keynote address by Col. Chris Hadfield, an astronaut from the Canada Space Agency selected as a NASA space engineer; the gala dinner, featuring singer/songwriter Jewel; and the World Showcase.

Of course, Indiana Kiwanians took part in the House of Delegates, electing Jane M. Erickson of the Bellevue, Nebraska, Kiwanis Club, the 2016-17 Kiwanis International president, with James M. Rochford of the Peoria, Illinois, club elected president-elect, and Florencio C. “Poly” Lat, Manila Métropole, Philippines, vice president. Delegates also discussed several proposed amendments to the Kiwanis International Bylaws. (You can find a summary online.)
President-designate Erickson closed out the convention by sharing some of her personal Kiwanis stories and encouraging Kiwanians to draw upon their own.
“These are my stories, but they’re really our stories because we all have stories to tell,” she said. “That’s what keeps us coming back for more. It’s our pay from our investment in Kiwanis. It’s our handprints on the world.
“So this is where the energy will happen in 2016-17, as we create our own club strategic direction that helps us to open at least 300 new clubs and strengthen our existing clubs, fulfill our commitment through our Eliminate project, support our Service Leadership Programs, and work our projects to keep our kids happy, healthy, safe and loved.”

Kiwanis ‘Spokesman’ to Take Quest For 3 Wishes Campaign
Jim Bare is an ardent supporter of the Indiana District’s 3 Wishes Campaign. Soon he will become a true “spokesman.”
The Maple City, Goshen, Kiwanian will hit the road on his bicycle August 2 for a 73-mile trek to Valparaiso, beginning a 150-mile whirlwind tour of clubs in the Duneland and Calumet divisions. He hopes to arrive in Merrillville in time for the August 5 start of the 98th Annual Indiana District Convention and its Rockin’ for Riley event, a lively evening celebrating the district’s special partnership with the Riley Hospital for Children. He’s not doing this for his health, though; he’s raising cash for the Kiwanis/Riley initiative.
Bare is a veteran of running and biking charity events. Three years ago, he rode his bike to the district’s annual convention as a way to raise money for another Riley campaign, Path to a Cure. He decided to try a similar quest this year after some good-natured ribbing from fellow Kiwanians.
“So this spring,” he says, “someone at a Land of Lakes Division past lieutenant governors luncheon, says, ‘Hey Jim, are you going to bike to the district convention this year?’ I said I didn’t know and another person said, ‘Well, you’re going to do it’ and immediately there was $200 on my plate. That was the moment I became fully committed to doing this.”
The cyclist believes his Biking for 3 Wishes ride is the perfect way to build enthusiasm for the 3 Wishes initiative, which focuses on children with autism and related disorders. When he visits clubs during his bike hike, he will be asking for “above-budget donations” to the cause.
“I don’t want money the club already has budgeted for 3 Wishes,” he explains. All the money he collects will go to the campaign.
If you or your club would like to support Bare in his quest, drop him an e-mail, or you can send a check to the District Office made out to the Indiana District of Kiwanis with “3 Wishes – Jim’s ride” in the memo line.
“Since one in 68 children have autism or a related disorder, almost all of us have faced this issue, either in our immediate families or in our extended families,” Bare says. “I encourage others to take this issue as seriously as I do and support me in my mission.”
The district convention unfolds August 5-7 at the Radisson at Star Plaza in Merrillville. In addition to the Rockin’ for Riley event, the annual gathering of Indiana’s spirited Kiwanians includes a Kiwanis  Soiree, an evening of celebration with a Parisian flair on Saturday; the Memorial Breakfast Sunday morning; and the Kiwanis Town Hall.
Registration for this event is required for all attendees. You’ll find a registration form and additional information online. If you register before July 25, the fee is $90, which includes materials, Friday evening’s Rockin’ for Riley event, Saturday breakfast and lunch. After July 25, the fee jumps to $105.
SPECIAL REMINDER: The deadline for making hotel reservations with guaranteed availability and the discounted convention rate is July 16. (Any paper registrations must be mailed by July 15.) Reservation information can be found online.