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  • 6 social media and photo tips

    Social media is an efficient way to boost awareness. And a simple photo can say more than a paragraph of text—helping you share information, highlight achievements and communicate what your club is passionate about. Here are six tips for using social media and photography to show what your K-Kids club is all about.

          1. Stay connected. "Like" the official K-Kids page on Facebook and
             follow us on Twitter. Feel free to share any images or stories that
             you think your community would like to see.

          2. Be responsible. Obtain a signed photo release form (found on
             page 58 for K-Kids in the advisor guide) and save it for every
             K-Kids member in your club. Be sure that you don’t post a
             picture of any member who does not have a photo release form
             on file.

          3. Keep it real. Photos of real events and activities help convey your
              club's culture. Snap a photo of your K-Kids in action. Take photos
              that capture an emotion. Capture moments at charter
              ceremonies, member and officer installations, hands-on service
              projects, advocacy efforts and fundraising events. 

          4. Keep it in focus. Don't use blurry or small photos. Crisp photos
              look great on different types and sizes of devices and computers.

          5. Keep it simple. When describing your photo, give readers all the
              information they need to understand your post. But be
              concise—include only important details like club name, school
              name, location and activity. Try to keep text to two or three
              sentences.

          6. Be strategic. Use the @ tag to alert specific people that you're
              talking about them, giving them a heads-up, and are open to
              them responding. And always tag @KiwanisKids so we can
             share your club's hard work!

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  • Executing service projects with IDEA

    The third step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Execute the Project. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at kkids.org/IDEA to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have completed a service project of their choice and learned skills such as budgeting, fundraising, event planning and more.

    Goals:
    • Club members will set service project goals.
    • Club members will organize project details and prepare for the unexpected.
    • Club members will learn how to budget and fundraise for their service project.
    • Club members will complete a service project.
    Planning:
    • Advisors and club officers should:
    • Read through all outlines and worksheets included in the Execute the Project section of the IDEA Toolkit.
    • Work together to decide which activities will be accomplished during meetings and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officers will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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  • Kiwanis and youth protection

    Together, Kiwanis advisors and faculty advisors play an important role in the protection of K-Kids members. It’s all part of providing an environment in which they learn to become leaders. 

    Faculty advisors to K-Kids are encouraged to read the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and share the school’s own youth protection policies with the sponsoring Kiwanis club.

    Kiwanis advisors to K-Kids are required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International on file with the Kiwanis club, and to follow all school policies regarding youth safety. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting Kiwanis members too. 

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary to update your information in the Kiwanis secretary dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system. Once your status is updated, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check.

    All background checks are kept confidential. Individuals will not be notified if the background check is clear. It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club secretary dashboard as clear.

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  • Send your #TOT4UNICEF funds by December 31!


    Submit funds
    Thank you for joining the fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus! Once your club has collected all donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund) and this completed gift form to:

    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis Children’s Fund
    PO Box 6457 – Dept 286
    Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA
    ATTN: Trick-or-Treat
    It’s important to send your funds directly to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. That way they can keep track of all funds raised. Remember, clubs that submit $250 or more will receive a special banner patch. Other recognition awards are also available.


    Celebrate
    And now that the hard work is done, share what your club did! Recognize members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus with a certificate. Announce your club’s accomplishment to the school and your sponsoring Kiwanis club. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social. No matter how your club celebrates, share your stories with us at Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org, Facebook and Twitter—or mail your letters, drawings and photos to the campaign office at the address listed above.

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  • Kiwanis One Day is on October 28!

    Kiwanis One Day—it’s the day each year when the Kiwanis family of clubs comes together in local communities. Every K-Kids club is invited to join with the rest of the Kiwanis family (Aktion Club, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Kiwanis) for a day of united service. A lot of good work gets done on this day—the kind that increases Kiwanis’ presence in the community and builds awareness about the value of service.

    In fact, Kiwanis One Day showcases the Kiwanis family in each community. Projects run the gamut from beach cleanups to book drives, playground maintenance to pet days at senior centers, health fairs to high school beatifications. Imagine the impact more than 600,000 Kiwanis family members around the world can make in one day of united service.

    For resources to help execute your Kiwanis One Day activity, visit the official Kiwanis One Day page.

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  • It's time to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!

    For the Kiwanis family, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, fairytale costumes and ghoulish treats. It’s a chance to put the fun in fundraising—and save lives through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy, you can protect a mother and her future newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps for your project:

          1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night
              away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a trunk-or-treat.
              Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake off. The ideas are
              endless.
     

          2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project.
              Then add in your expenses. This total is your fundraising goal.

          3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your
              fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis family
              store.
    Consider asking for donations from local businesses or
              even large chain stores.

          4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels, or make
              your own flier or display. Use them to let everyone know
              about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the
              information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.

          5. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis
              Children’s Fund along with the Kiwanis-family giving form.
              If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat
              for UNICEF by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a
              banner patch.

    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org.

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  • Time to renew!

    The new Kiwanis year has begun! Every year starting October 1, Kiwanis clubs that sponsor a Service Leadership Club like K-Kids can renew it as active until next year. 

    To view the invoice, Kiwanis club secretaries need to log in to their Secretary dashboard and click the Finances tab. If a K-Kids club is not showing, or if a Kiwanis club secretary has any problems during the renewal process, contact the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647, ext. 411. Or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

    If a K-Kids is no longer active or do not planning on continuing in the future, email memberservices@kiwanis.org at your earliest convenience. For more information about the renewal process, visit the renewal center at kkids.org/renewal.

    Sponsorship is a two-way street

    Students get a lot of important benefits from being in K-Kids. So do advisors and other Kiwanis club members. Take a look at some of the ways your sponsorship becomes a true partnership for members of clubs.
    • Joy. There is no happiness like the kind you feel when you help others reach their full potential.
    • Energy and enthusiasm. Ever been around purpose-driven kids? Their energy and enthusiasm are not only boundless, but contagious.
    • Renewed commitment. When you see the difference you’re making in your community, it will reaffirm your own passion for service.
    • Greater impact. One person or club can only do so much. By supporting others, you can expand the good you do in your community.
    • Mentorship. Members and advisors in our Service Leadership Programs help build the next generation of community leaders. 
    • Better health. People who volunteer experience higher levels of happiness, satisfaction and self-esteem, and lower levels of depression.
    • New friends. You’ll make fresh connections with faculty, staff members and other service-minded individuals. 
    • Inclusivity. Many generations and demographics unite to serve and learn from each other.
    • A lasting legacy. When clubs partner together, their service changes lives for the better—in ways that last. 
    • Hope for the future. Spending even a few minutes around service-minded people—of any age— gives you hope for a better world. You will believe in them, and they will make you proud.

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  • Develop members' passion with the IDEA Toolkit

    The second step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Develop the Passion. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at kkids.org/IDEA to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have researched the service need and decided on a service project.

    Goals:
    • Club members will research their chosen service need as a club.
    • Club members will explore their service need with the help of experts.
    • Club members will decide on a service project.
    • Club members will begin pre-planning their service project.
    • Club members will tell others about the service project to spread awareness about it.
    Planning:
    Advisors and club officers should:
    • Read through all outlines and worksheets included in the Develop the Passion section of the IDEA Toolkit.
    • Work together to decide which activities will be accomplished during meetings and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officers will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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  • The August monthly report is ready

    As a K-Kids club advisor, you connect the club to Kiwanis International. Strengthen your connection and make K-Kids better for your members by completing monthly reports

    By now, you should have received a request from your K-Kids district administrator to complete a monthly report for August. Either the faculty advisor or Kiwanis advisor can complete a club’s monthly report. It’s easy! Here's how:

          1. Log in to the Kiwanis online reporting system by using the email
              and password on file with Kiwanis International. If you have any
              problems logging in, follow the instructions at the bottom of the
              webpage.

          2. Select the Monthly Reports icon in the top left corner.

          3. Select the "Go" button on the September report.

          4. Submit the report once completed.

          5. Complete any other monthly reports not yet submitted.

    Completed reports can be emailed to anyone by clicking the envelope icon on the Monthly Reports page. Each report will be available on the first of every month in the Kiwanis online reporting system.

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  • The IDEA Toolkit is coming your way!

    The best way to help young people develop into lifelong servant leaders is to give them personal experience in high-impact service. That’s what K-Kids is all about: members see how they can make a difference and become leaders through service.

    And that’s why we’ve created the IDEA Toolkit: to help guide K-Kids clubs’ advisors as they empower students to find their passion for service and take the lead in service projects that make a lasting impact in their school and/or community. Of course, we know that each club is different. The IDEA Toolkit is tailored specifically for K-Kids members, and it’s designed for advisors and club officers to pick and choose activities they feel would most benefit their club.

    The IDEA Toolkit is comprised of four steps:
    • Identify the Need
    • Develop the Passion
    • Execute the Project
    • Advance the Impact
    Each step contains instructions, handouts and tools for club officers. Advisors and club officers should review the toolkit together before getting started--and then use it as a resource along the way. Although we recommend spending four weeks on each step, there is no set timeline for using the IDEA Toolkit.

    Using Identify the Need
    As your club gets up and running, members will be excited to choose their focus for their first service project. Every school and community needs some kind of service. But how do you know what to do? To answer that question, the first step in IDEA is Identify the Need. First, your club should identify the service need you want to address. In this step, your club will investigate your school and community needs to identify how the club can help.

    Goals:
    • Club members will explore their own abilities and interests to learn more about themselves.
    • Club members will explore possible service needs in their area through personal reflection as well as gathering others’ point of view and observations.
    • Club members will understand how their club can make a difference by asking lots of questions.
    • Club members will choose a service need together as a club.
    Planning:

    Advisors and club officers should:

    • Read through all the outlines and worksheets included in the Identify the Need section of the IDEA Toolkit. View them online at kkids.org/IDEA.
    • Work together to decide which activities to do during meetings—and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officer will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.
    • Have fun and be proud that your club is making a big difference! When your club has successfully identified the need, it will help members feel more connected to the service project they ultimately select.


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