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  • Make an impression with the power of thanks

    In addition to the Kiwanis advisor and faculty advisor, K-Kids clubs receive support from other volunteers, including parents, teachers, principals, business leaders, community leaders and more. Recognize those special individuals by asking members to show them appreciation.

    Some ideas to get you started are:

              1. Hosting a recognition event, such as a breakfast or lunch.
              2. Personally calling each volunteer to thank them for their help.
              3. Sending thank-you cards.
              4. Delivering creative gifts with a short note. Here are a few ideas
                  for inspiration:
                          a) Teacher appreciation:
                               Buy a measurement-themed gift and include the free
                               printable note with the words “You totally RULE:
                               Thanks for making this year so great!”

                           b) Volunteer appreciation:
                               (for a friend, coworker, neighbor, parent)
                               Buy a drink item and create your own note with the
                               words “People like you are so refreshing!” to include.

                           c) Youth worker appreciation:
                               (for a fellow teacher, principal, community
                               organization leader)
                               Buy a small potted herb like thyme, mint or
                               sage and create your own note that uses the
                               name of the herb in a fun way.

    Check out the official K-Kids pinterest board for more fun and easy examples your club members can replicate.

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  • Create custom club T-shirts like a pro using the Kiwanis T-shirt Shop

    Who needs a graphic artist or professional designer? Not you! Now you can visit the Kiwanis T-shirt Shop and create your own T-shirt like a pro. Add your own club name, choose from a variety of great graphics and fabulous colors, and make them your own! These are perfect for personal, just-for-me-tees, or making a statement at your next community service or fundraising event. All designs are brand compliant so you can strut them with pride. 

    Currently, K-Kids has two great graphics to choose from. Sizing guidelines are available. Once an order has been placed, allow 5-7 business days for production.

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  • Setting your club up for success: New officer elections and training

    For many clubs, the end of the school year is right around the corner. To make sure you have time to transition new club officers and provide training, be sure to hold elections no later than two months before the end of the year. On pages 32-39 of the K-Kids and Builders Club advisor guide, find an outline of the election process and guidelines for officer training. To ensure a smooth transition process, have incoming leaders shadow outgoing officers.

    After the elections, share the results with your club’s sponsoring Kiwanis club and introduce the new officers. Engage Kiwanians to facilitate the office training—draw on the strengths of these adult members to make the training more impactful.

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  • Introducing Kiwanis International staff

    Dick Peterson, originally from Vermillion, South Dakota, received his bachelor of science in history and education from Kansas State University. He has served as a teacher, camp director, and nonprofit executive director throughout his career, and joined the Kiwanis staff in 2004.

    Dick works with the youth programs of Kiwanis as the leadership development manager. He is responsible for coordinating and executing components of the Key Club International convention, leading Key Club training for governors through GATC and LEADCON and serving as the program manager for Kiwanis Key Leader.

    "I have been lucky throughout my career to work with children and young adults to help them develop their potential,” Dick says. “Working with Kiwanis Key Leader for the last 11 years has been very special."

    In his spare time, Dick serves as the president of the North Indy Evening Kiwanis Club, and has been a Kiwanian since 2004. He also enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with his wife, son, two daughters, two sons-in-law and two grandsons.

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  • Eliminate Week: Are you ready?

    Eliminate Week is a fun and easy way to support The Eliminate Project before Mother’s Day. And it’s just around the corner!

    Use these Eliminate Week graphics on your school’s website or social media page to promote your club’s events. 

    If you haven’t planned anything yet, here are some last-minute ideas:

             1. Host a hat day. Ask students to donate $1 to wear a hat
                 during the school day. This project is virtually effortless,
                 and it can raise a lot of money quickly. 

             2. Collect spare change. Ask for spare change at lunch
                 tables in your cafeteria. Tell students they’re helping
                 protect mothers and babies around the world. 

             3. Host a tournament. You can play anything from
                 ping-pong to Wii bowling. Simply charge an entry
                 fee and give away a prize to the winner, such as a
                 donated gift card. All profits will go to The Eliminate
                 Project.

            4. Create buttons. Create your own buttons to wear or
                sell to promote The Eliminate Project in your
                community. Make it easy with these instructions and
                button templates.

    When your club participates, take a picture with the We Did It Signs and send to campaign@theeliminateproject.org so they can be shared on social media. After your project is complete, submit all funds raised with the Kiwanis family giving form and request a 2016 Eliminate Week patch to celebrate your club members’ accomplishments.

    All clubs are encouraged to participate! Share your love this Mother’s Day week with the final Eliminate Week for The Eliminate Project.

    More ideas and resources can be found at kkids.org/eliminateweek.

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