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  • Thank you for saving lives

    K-Kids clubs around the world participated in Eliminate Week activities last week to raise funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. Every US$1.80 donated will save or protect one woman and her future babies. And, with millions of women in 25 countries still needing to be immunized, the efforts of your K-Kids are crucial to saving lives.

    Your club can make the difference for those women and their babies in just two easy and important final steps:

    1. Send in your donation. Use The Eliminate Project gift form for Kiwanis-family members when submitting all donations and mail to: The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office, Kiwanis International, 3636 Woodview Trace, Indianapolis, IN 46268

    *Include your club number and name so you receive proper credit and can request recognition items.

    2. Get recognized. Tell us about your project by completing this easy form to receive a participation patch for your club.

    Any questions, please contact Thank you again for your generous support. You are making a difference!

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    K-Kids contest judging is finished. Winners can be viewed on the contest page of the K-Kids website.

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  • Honor Mom by fighting MNT

    There’s no better gift for Mom on Mother’s Day — or another special woman in your life on International Women’s Day — than saving lives in her honor.

    When you give to The Eliminate Project: Kiwanis eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus, you can honor your mom, the mother of your children or another special woman by saving or protecting the lives of mothers and babies. Your honoree will receive a postcard informing her of the gift and other recognition items, including a limited edition 2014 Mother’s Day brooch, that coordinate with the amount you give. Through the Mother’s Day Zeller Fellowship Program, a gift of US$1,250 to The Eliminate Project saves or protects more than 690 women and their babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    A mother’s love is an enduring force for good. Spread Mom’s even further by supporting The Eliminate Project. Give now or before June 15 for special Mother’s Day recognition.

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    The March K-Kids Advisory Newsletter is available online. This newsletter is produced monthly for club advisors. It includes community service project ideas, fundraising ideas, and much, much more. Don't stop after reading March's newsletter, take a few minutes to look over past issues.

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  • New fundraising ideas for MNT fight

    Need fresh fundraising ideas to support The Eliminate Project this spring? Show your community that Kiwanis really is all it’s quacked up to be with a duck race or turn spring cleaning into cash with a community garage sale.

    Download Volume 2 of the idea book for The Eliminate Project to find easy fundraising ideas (and encourage your club’s sponsored youth programs to use the SLP idea book, too). Both are helpful tools that can maximize your club’s fundraising efforts to save moms and babies from tetanus. Each project includes a timeline, to-do list, reminders and tips about putting your own twist on the idea.

    What will you and your club do to help raise US$110 million by 2015? Now is the time to plan! And remember to share your club’s creative ideas by sending details to; then others can benefit from your experience, too.

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  • Mark 100 years, starting now

    Get ready to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International! The 100th anniversary website with everything you need to make the most of your club’s commemoration is now live.

    At, you’ll find tips about how to prepare for your celebration, learn more about Kiwanis history and feel the pride of belonging to our enduring organization. Plan to make your own history by attending Kiwanis anniversary events throughout the year, and ready yourself to keep serving the children of the world far into the future. Check out the Kiwanis 100th anniversary site now!

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  • Electing new officers

    The school year isn't over quite yet, but it's already time to think about electing new club officers for next year! April is the ideal month to begin the election process. This leaves plenty of time to make a smooth transition from current officers to new ones, which will help your club hit the ground running at the start of next year. Help ensure officers are prepared to take office October 1, 2013. Usually, the election process takes place over the course of three consecutive meetings. Here's a suggested procedure that can be modified to fit the needs of your specific club:
    1. Announce new officer elections, explain the responsibilities for each office, and encourage nominations for each club position. You can find detailed information about each office on page 5 of the K-Kids advisor guide.
    2. At the next meeting, allow candidates to campaign. Set aside time for each candidate to present visions and ideas (their "platform") for the upcoming year.
    3. Hold elections at the third meeting. Conduct by secret ballot. Then share results with the school/site administration and your sponsoring Kiwanis Club.
    Find more information about elections, installation of officers and officer training.

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  • The Family that Serves Together Stays Together

    Kiwanis One DayEach year, all members of the Kiwanis family are encouraged to serve together on Kiwanis One Day. This year, Kiwanis One Day is Saturday, April 5, so mark your calendars and start planning your projects!

    So, who’s part of the Kiwanis family?
    • K-Kids (us!)
    • Builders Club (middle school or junior high students)
    • Key Club (high school students)
    • Circle K International (university students)
    • Aktion Club (adults 18 and older who live with a disability)
    • Kiwanis International (adults 18 and older)
    The goal of Kiwanis One Day is to team up with as many members of the Kiwanis family as possible to work on a service project. There are no rules or restrictions, so be creative! Past Kiwanis One Day projects have included:
    • Sorting food at a food bank or shelter
    • Working at a Habitat for Humanity build site
    • Freshening up the paint on a community building, such as a Boys and Girls Club

    If your club can’t participate on April 5, that’s OK. Simply celebrate Kiwanis One Day on a different day. Want a banner patch for participating, ? All you need to do is request a Kiwanis One Day banner patch. Please note: the banner patches will be mailed around October 1, 2014.  

    It’s a global effort made up of personal commitments. Thousands of Kiwanis-family members around the world will join together for a day of service. For more information about Kiwanis One Day, check out

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  • Love your club? Let the world know!

    There is a lot of love in the world. But there's nothing like a love that makes the world better.

    When you love something — when something really matters to you — you want to share it. You want other people to love it with you. So think about what you love about your Kiwanis club. Then think about what could happen if we all shared our Kiwanis stories.

    Show this short “Let the world know” video at an upcoming club meeting to spread your enthusiasm. It’s an easy way to encourage others to share what they love about Kiwanis. You’ll love the results.

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  • Murder Mystery Dinner supports The Eliminate Project

    A little extra magic was part of this year’s fairy tale-themed Adelphi University Circle K Murder Mystery Dinner for Eliminate as members from four different branches of the Kiwanis family worked together for a common cause. In addition to Circle K members, the cast included Kiwanis, Builders Club, and K-Kids members.

    Five members of the Bowling Green K-Kids club played the Fairies of the Enchanted Woods. The fairies included K-Kids President Aline Asarian, Secretary Elianna Rivera, Director Catherine Posillico and members Samantha Gibson, Trinity Fan and Natacia Huang.

    K-Kids worked with Adelphi Circle K members Julianna Classe and Gabby Smitelli who choreographed the dance.

    “The Adelphi Circle K members are such positive role models for the K-Kids. I was especially impressed by Gabby who led the first rehearsal with the fairies afterschool in my classroom. She was patient, positive and skillfully encouraged the girls to dance their best,” commented K-Kids Faculty Advisor Lt. Governor-Elect Rich Santer.

    The K-Kids were thrilled to be included by the “Big Kids” and were honored to perform with New York District Kiwanis Governor Joe Aiello who played King Edmundus.

    In addition to the roles on stage, the K-Kids also led groups through the evidence rooms and interrogation area.

    By the final reveal of the murderer and curtain close, the Murder Mystery Dinner raised over $4,000 for the Eliminate Project.

    Script author Kiwanis member Rickie Santer, Adelphi Circle K President Sofia Conti and New York District Eliminate Coordinator Sr. Annemaire Kirmse are currently investigating the possibility of taking the Murder Mystery on the road to Fordham. Once finalized, details will be posted on the New York District Kiwanis Website.

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