At their first regular meeting of 2014, the Bowling Green K-Kids welcomed Eliminate Project Speakers Bureau Member New York CKI Distinguished Past Governor Rickie Santer. Rickie was invited to make a presentation on becoming a Model Club after the K-Kids earned Gold Club status in the Global Service Society at the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs level in 2013.
Following Rickie’s presentation, K-Kids President Aline Asarian asked for a motion to have the club commit to achieving Bronze Level Model Club status at the Kiwanis Level. The motion was seconded and the discussion focused on the members’ desire to continuing supporting the Eliminate Project.
To be a Bronze Level Model Club in the Global Service Society a club must commit to donating $350 per member to the Eliminate Project over the next five years. All previous donations are counted towards the club’s total. The Bowling Green K-Kids has 34 members which means they must raise $11,900 to meet the new goal. Bowling Green K-Kids have already donated $7,000.
With $600 ready to send to the Kiwanis International Foundation, the K-Kids need to raise $4,300 more to achieve the new goal.
K-Kids Treasurer Tara Connolly hopes that by dedicating all the proceeds of the club’s annual Talent Show to the Eliminate Project, the club may surpass their goal before the end of this school year.
In their report to their sponsoring Kiwanis Club, the K-Kids included a “Challenge Dollar” to East Meadow Kiwanis President Jim Smith and his club.
“If 9, 10 & 11 year olds can become a Bronze Level Model Club at the Kiwanis Level, we challenge you to do the same or even more,” dared K-Kids President Aline.
Bowling Green’s Faculty Advisor and Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Elect Rich Santer is proud of his club. “My K-Kids members are passionate about helping eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus from our world. They have thought this through and have a plan. They set achievable goals, exceed them and, move on to set an even higher goal,” he explained.
“I think these kids have a system that will encourage more Kiwanis clubs to be model clubs. You don’t have to start by committing at the Gold Level. Start by committing at the Bonze or Silver level, achieve that level and then commit at the next level if your club can,” Santer continued.
“I think we will achieve the Bronze level this year, the President after me will try for Silver,” predicted President Aline.