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  • What's new in the kit?

    In this year’s K-Kids program kit, you’ll find a few new or refreshed items that will help you support your club. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the new items:

    Advisor guide. This tool is filled with information and tips on how to support a K-Kids club, including a calendar checklist, service and fundraising project ideas and much more. The kit will contain two copies, one each for the faculty and Kiwanis advisor. Guides are also available as a free download online.
    Member buttons. The buttons will have a more traditional design this year. Each Kiwanis service leadership program will have a similar look and will be a better representation of the Kiwanis family.
    Poster. The poster will feature the club’s pledge. Hopefully, this will help your members build pride in their club.
    Family service project. This project—which is part of this year’s “Seeds of Service” theme—is something club members can take home and participate in with their families. As part of it, club members will plant and grow vegetables, so it might be best to distribute this activity in the spring.

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  • Worldwide Day of Play is coming!

    Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play—a special day that encourages children to get outside and engage in active play—is Saturday, September 20, 2014. Are you ready?
     
    Help the kids in your community get outside and get moving with Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon. Your club could host a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball shoot-out or soccer tournament. How about a bike rodeo to teach children about bike safety while you promote healthy lifestyles? Work with other Kiwanis-family members to make this year’s event the best yet.
     
    Plan your Worldwide Day of Play activities today! Go to www.nick.com/play to learn more and register your event. meeting room. At the end of the year, your club can read through the chain and remember all of their great service projects!

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  • Tracking service hours

    Want a creative way to show your club members the impact they’re making in their school and community? Try making a paper chain! Use the links in a paper chain to represent the club’s total hours of service. 

    To make a paper chain, simply cut colored paper lengthwise into two-inch strips. When your club finishes a service project, have each member who participated write the date and a description of the service project on one of the strips of paper. (The chain will have one loop for each hour of service completed by that member.) Then, paste, tape or staple the ends of the strip together to form a loop. Attach the loops together to make a chain. 

    Continue attaching loops to the chain as service projects are completed. Hang the chain in your club meeting room. At the end of the year, your club can read through the chain and remember all of their great service projects!

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  • Sending “seeds of service” home

    At one of your first club meetings, have your club discuss and brainstorm what “seeds of service” means and how the club will include the theme this year. Encourage your members to share this “seeds of service” discussion with their parents/guardians. Here is a handout that club members can complete during the meeting and share with their family. 

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  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF: It's almost here!

    October is right around the corner, and the fun is just about to begin.

    Is your club ready to join Kiwanis-family clubs around the globe for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014? The donations collected by your K-Kids club will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth.

    By now, hopefully, your club has selected its project for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and you're ready to turn your plan into action. 

    Here are 4 simple steps to planning your project.:
    Set a goal. After you determine your project, estimate what you'll raise and then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal. Motivate club members by sharing the number of lives they'll save. If you can save or protect 555 lives, you’ll be eligible for the 1K patch. 
    Get your supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores. If you still need boxes, you can order them from the Kiwanis store.
    Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays, letting everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. You can even ask them to match your donations raised and get the Unity Award
    Submit your donations and get recognized. Send your donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by December 31, 2014, your club will earn a banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at www.TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition. You can do it!

     Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. We need every K-Kids club involved to help us reach our US$3 million goal to save or protect more than 1.6 million moms and babies. Visit www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org for more information.


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  • Ready. Set. Renew!

    K-Kids program kits for 2014–15 are filled with important resources for advisors and club members, such as advisor guides, member handbooks, member buttons, membership cards and much more! Program kits will be mailed after your renewal fee is paid.

    If you haven’t already, register and renew your club online today! Just go to the Club Renewal Center at www.kkids.org/renewal. Once your club is renewed, the program kit will be sent to your sponsoring Kiwanis club. If you need assistance, contact the Kiwanis International member services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada). Or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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  • Icebreaker activity

    At your first club meeting, have your members introduce themselves and get to know each other through this fun activity. Make a copy of the table tent template for each club member. Have the club members write their first names in large font on the table tent. Then ask them to decorate their table tent by drawing pictures that describe them. For example, a drawing of books could mean that the person likes to read. Then have each member stand up to introduce themselves by sharing and explaining their drawings.

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  • Planning the year’s service projects

    Encourage your club members to start brainstorming service project ideas for the year. Suggest that they interview others to get a better idea of what service projects are needed in the school and community. The service project interview guide lists helpful questions to ask and who club members might want to interview.

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  • Eliminate Week: It's not too late to save lives


    Through The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis family is changing the world. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs have raised more than US$3,084,121 to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. If your K-Kids club put the “fun” in fundraising during Eliminate Week, there’s still time to send in your lifesaving donations and be recognized.

    K-Kids clubs have united with all Kiwanis-family members and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the earth through The Eliminate Project. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs have raised more than US$3,084,121 as of August 3, 2014. Pat yourselves on the back for all of your great work! Every US$1.80 donated will save or protect one woman and her future babies.

    Your K-Kids club was encouraged to raise funds and awareness during Eliminate Week in May. If your club participated, you can still submit funds and be recognized by following these two easy and important steps before September 1:

    1. Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members. Remember to include your club number and name so you can receive proper credit and request recognition items.
    2. Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club.

    Now is also a great time to start planning for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2014:
    • If your K-Kids club participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF in 2012 or 2013, a box of supplies will be shipped by September 15. Here is a list of clubs who will be receiving supplies. If your club is not on this list, you can order them from the Kiwanis store by the end of September.
    • Your club can easily raise money for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF without going door-to-door. Consider hosting a cornhole tournament or pumpkin pie bake-off for donations. Start planning the fun. Find fundraising ideas, information on how to submit funds and how to earn a banner patch at www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat.
    Breaking news: We just announced a new opportunity for Kiwanis clubs to support the fundraising efforts of their K-Kids club.Ask your local and/or sponsoring Kiwanis club to match your funds raised for The Eliminate Project and be eligible for the Unity Award (US$500 or more). You will double your lifesaving impact and make a difference together! More details at www.TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition.

    Questions? Contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org. Thank you again for your generous support. You’re making a difference!

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  • This month’s checklist

    Here are a few back-to-school reminders.
    • Hold a meeting between both the Kiwanis and faculty advisors to set expectations for the year.
    • Have a meeting with the club officers to start making plans for the club.
    • Meet with your school principal to go over this year’s plans and goals for the club.

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