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  • Growing the next generation of service leaders


    Visualizing change
    A vision board is a tool used to help clarify, concentrate and maintain focus on a specific concept. Literally, a vision board is any sort of board on which you display images that represent the change you wish to see. Using this method, youth can better visualize what they care about and what they want to change or achieve.

    Consider an activity during which each member titles his or her vision board, “Our club + _________ = Outcome.” Thinking about school, people, animals, the environment or the world in general, members should craft illustrations of things they want to change or make better with the help of their club.

    For example, flowers in front of buildings may represent a service project impacting the environment, or images of people sleeping on the street may represent a desire to help the homeless. Through the discussion and reflection of each vision board, clubs can identify future service project ideas.

    Here are some easy steps to follow for this project:

          1. First, determine how ideas will be represented. Members can bring           in materials to use during a meeting, or prepare them in advance.           Art ideas include using writing utensils for drawings; or          
             magazines, newspapers, old greeting cards, scrapbook paper,
             personal photographs or old books.

         2. Next, determine how the boards will be displayed. Vision boards
             can be separate work spaces, or combined into one.
             Remember, your club will look at each board to determine          
             similarities. An inexpensive way to give every member enough                space on a single board is to hang a single piece of butcher paper            around the room. Afterward, members can separate their boards if          they wish to take them home. 

          3. After your brainstorming session is over, share your outcome!                 Contact Kelly Wallace for a chance to be featured
              internationally and show other K-Kids clubs around the world ways           to be successful. Be sure to include details of the activity
              experience, photos of it in action and personal quotes from          
              members.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International staff

    Sherri McKeen was born in Memphis, Kentucky, and moved to Louisville, Kentucky, when she was four years old. She received her Bachelors of Social Work at the University of Kentucky, her Masters of Social Work at the University of Maryland, and a Certified Associate Executive distinction.

    Sherri has always worked in a youth-centered environment and has a passion for educating youth. She was a camp counselor in college and later became a camp director after finishing graduate school. Sherri has been with Kiwanis International for more than seven years and has had the opportunity to serve in a variety of positions within the Service Leadership Programs department. As the Club Support Manager, Sherri and her team support the volunteers who work with the Kiwanis Youth Programs, consisting of 351,000 youth and 16,000 volunteers in 34 nations.

    “I thrive when I can support our volunteers and the members of my team,” Sherri says. “Through collaboration, problem solving, and optimism, we can accomplish great things.”

    In her spare time, Sherri enjoys spending time with her family attending her 9th grader’s marching band events and her kindergartner’s soccer games with her husband. She also enjoys sewing and decorating her home.

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  • Celebrate Kiwanis Family Month in November

    Each November, clubs are encouraged to celebrate Kiwanis Family Month by collaborating on service projects, fundraisers or advocacy efforts with other Kiwanis-sponsored clubs. The Kiwanis family is composed of K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K International and Aktion Club. Together, these are known as Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLP), and are designed to prepare each participant to be the most engaged members of their communities.

    This November, take some time to find out what these other clubs in your area are doing:

          Builders Club: middle school students (ages 11–14)

          Key Club: high school students (ages 14–18)

          Circle K: college and university students

          Aktion Club: adults (18 and older) who have a disability

          Kiwanis: over 600,000 adult members in more than 80 nations and         geographic areas

    Encourage your club to reach out and set up a shared activity, fundraiser or service project. Here are a few ideas:

          Clean up a street or park.

          Hold a pancake breakfast or dinner to raise funds for a cause.

          Volunteer at a food bank—or collect, pack and deliver canned food.

          Volunteer at the local animal shelter.

          Create thank-you cards/gifts for law enforcement officers or firemen.

          Create care packages and write letters to military members.

          Make “no-sew” blankets to donate to a local shelter.

          Make knit caps for hospitalized kids getting chemotherapy                
          treatments.

    And don’t forget to keep in touch with Kiwanis family members. You could invite Kiwanis club members to attend a K-Kids club meeting—or host an appreciation night for your sponsoring Kiwanis club. Maybe even write notes of encouragement to members of other youth clubs (and Aktion Club) in your area.

    Let’s strengthen the Kiwanis family’s impact . . . and our bond. When you get together, it might even get to be a habit!

    Visit www.kiwanis.org/kiwanisfamilymonth to learn more. 

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  • Show off your K-Kids through contests

    Know some creative club members who enjoy writing stories? Encourage them to script a speech, write an essay or use their artistic abilities to create a poster. If you’re more interested in promoting collaboration among club members, suggest that they work together to create a picture book, put together a scrapbook or write a detailed account of what they consider the club’s best single service project.

    This year’s contest themes ask K-Kids members to look inward. Students will reflect on how they affect others. Themes focus on empathy, caring, inclusiveness, leadership, character building and happiness.

    Here is the current contest booklet and themes for the 2015-16 year. Check out the contest entry and recognition process for more information about how contests are judged and recognition is given. Share examples of last year's contest winners to give K-Kids members ideas and to get them excited about participating.

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  • Trick-Or-Treat for UNICEF: IT'S HERE!

    Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is one of our most important fundraisers of the year. It’s the perfect opportunity for your K-Kids to make a difference in the lives of women and babies around the world as we work together to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. Here’s how your club can take part in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF:

    Forgot to order boxes? Don’t worry! You can print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays. Let everyone know about your club’s activities and opportunities for them to donate.

    Have fun and save lives. Babies with tetanus will never have a chance to go trick-or-treating. We can change that. Encourage your club members to raise money by collecting donations while trick-or-treating, or find new ideas and inspiration.

    When going door to door, tell people why you’re collecting coins. Not sure what to say? Use one of these scripts. Don’t forget to thank your donors. Print and hand out these thank-you cards or create your own.

    Send in your funds. When your fundraising is done, send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) and your completed gift form to:
    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis International Foundation
    P.O. Box 6457 - Dept. #286
    Indianapolis, IN 46206, USA
    Write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check.

    Get recognized. If you submit US$250 in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations before Dec. 31, 2015, your club will earn a banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition. You can do it!

    Thank you for all you and your club are doing to help women and babies around the world. We need every K-Kids member to take part and make a difference. Visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org for more information.

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