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Jack McWhirter and Al Riggle provided feedback

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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:
Recruitment:
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.)
Retention: 
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.
Relevancy:
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.
8.  Flower sales.
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

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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 RiggleThe 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 yearSteve Ingram from the Valparaiso Club was elected District Governor for 2017-18 and Jud Roush from the Plymouth Club was elected Governor ElectTeresa Tanner from the Henryville Club was installed as the new Lt Governor for the Scenic Hills Division which includes the Scottsburg Kiwanis ClubJack 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.

 

#1 Club of our Indiana District!

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And no ceremony is complete without a cake to celebrate.

 

Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success.  It was a great opportunity to bring so many community partners together in one place at one time to celebrate the good things going on in Scott County for our kids!  The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club appreciate the partnership with so many outstanding groups and individuals and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to work together to benefit our kids!

 

 

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club is Honored!

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Kiwanis Named Outstanding Club for District of Indiana

The Scottsburg Kiwanis Club was named the Outstanding Club in the District of Indiana by Gov Kris Bowers at the Mid Year ConventionChartered in 1961, the Kiwanis Club has earned Distinguished Club honors six times.  This is the first time they’ve been awarded the Outstanding Club Award.  There are 184 Kiwanis Clubs in the District of IndianaScenic Hills Division Lt Governor Matt Vanover from the New Albany Kiwanis Club presented the Outstanding Club Banner at a ceremony in Scottsburg hosted by Kiwanis Corporate Member Scott Memorial HospitalPictured are Lt Gov Vanover presenting the banner to President Terry Davis, Immediate Past President David Wilson and Secretary Al RiggleThe honor is bestowed on a club for making a significant difference in their community, increased membership, number of service hours per individual member and fundraising/donations per individual memberThe Scottsburg Kiwanis Club in partnership with Scott County School District 1 and 2 sponsor two Key Clubs (AHS and SHS), a Builders Club (SMS) and two K-Kids Clubs (VFES and LES)They also sponsor BUG Programs (Bring Up Grades) at all five elementary schools in the county.  Several members from the community spoke about significant programs and projects the Kiwanis do in Scott County for our kids.  Heather Crites, SCSD2 Health Coordinator, spoke about the Vision Screening Project conducted in partnership with Kiwanis International and OneSight Foundation to help identify kids with vision problems and assist them getting the needed corrective lens or professional care to improve their vision, thereby improving their ability to be successful in school.  One hundred sixty-six tenth graders were screened this year and nineteen were identified as needing some kind of assistance.  Tiffany Barrett spoke about the K-Kids clubs sponsored at VFES and LES for 4th and 5th graders to develop leadership skills through community service and the BUG Program and the impact it has on third graders to improve their grades.  She talked about the ability of BUG to reach some students to motivate them to improve their grades who were in danger of flunking out of school. Nancy Riley spoke about the support Kiwanis provides to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, an incredible literacy program that provides free books to kids in Scott County from birth to age five.  Over 900 kids in Scott County receive these books monthly due to the support of Kiwanis and many groups and individual donors in Scott County.  Juanita Lowry spoke about the Flag Program and how it makes the county and city festive during holidays, promoting patriotism while raising money for Kiwanis programs and projects.  This is the oldest program sponsored by the Scottsburg Kiwanis Club having been conducted for over fifty years on eight holidays each year.  Chuck Rose talked about the ability of Kiwanis members to listen to needs in the community and then act on those needs.  One such program was the birth of the Lexington Good Faith Pre-School in Lexington.  Kiwanis have supported this school since its conception providing our kids the opportunity to be prepared when they start Kindergarten.  Judy Davidson spoke about the support the Kiwanis provide Clearinghouse and especially the Salvation Army Bell Ringing during the holidays to raise money for Clearinghouse.  Last year over $23K was raised through the bell ringing.  Lisa Sutton talked about the Builders Club and how it develops leadership skills in middle school students and teaches them the importance of community service and making a difference in the community.  This year the SMS Builders Club raised over $800 for the Child Abuse Prevention Program.  She also talked about the Math Incentive Program.  The Kiwanis funded this program to give SMS Math teachers the means to provide incentives to students as they reached milestones and made progress throughout the school year in the math programs.  Jene Bridgewater spoke about the various programs Kiwanis support at the Scott County Community Foundation including the Summer Meal Program ensuring good food is provided some of our most needy kids in Scott County during the summer.  Deanna Jackson spoke about Kiwanis support for CRADLE.  She highlighted Wes Clark and the modifications he does to donated baby beds to ensure they meet current safety standards and are available to be donated to moms.  She talked about the service project conducted at CRADLE where rooms have been added, electricity installed in the storage building and repairs have been conducted on the roof.  Over fifty people attended the celebration and enjoyed food provided by Adrian Smallwood.  The Kiwanis thank all their community partners for the opportunity to work together on projects and programs to support the kids in Scott County.  None of these successes would have been possible without the teamwork of all the partners.  The Kiwanis are honored to bring this award home!  Kiwanis believe the best way to improve a community is to improve the kids in that community!  Anyone interested in learning more are welcome to attend their regular club meetings on Thursday evenings at 6:30 at The Kitchen on the Square in Scottsburg.