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  • Bowling Green K-Kids Sign Global Service Society Commitment

    At their first regular meeting of 2014, the Bowling Green K-Kids welcomed Eliminate Project Speakers Bureau Member New York CKI Distinguished Past Governor Rickie Santer. Rickie was invited to make a presentation on becoming a Model Club after the K-Kids earned Gold Club status in the Global Service Society at the Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs level in 2013.

    Following Rickie’s presentation, K-Kids President Aline Asarian asked for a motion to have the club commit to achieving Bronze Level Model Club status at the Kiwanis Level. The motion was seconded and the discussion focused on the members’ desire to continuing supporting the Eliminate Project.  

    To be a Bronze Level Model Club in the Global Service Society a club must commit to donating $350 per member to the Eliminate Project over the next five years. All previous donations are counted towards the club’s total. The Bowling Green K-Kids has 34 members which means they must raise $11,900 to meet the new goal. Bowling Green K-Kids have already donated $7,000.

    With $600 ready to send to the Kiwanis International Foundation, the K-Kids need to raise $4,300 more to achieve the new goal.

    K-Kids Treasurer Tara Connolly hopes that by dedicating all the proceeds of the club’s annual Talent Show to the Eliminate Project, the club may surpass their goal before the end of this school year.

    In their report to their sponsoring Kiwanis Club, the K-Kids included a “Challenge Dollar” to East Meadow Kiwanis President Jim Smith and his club.

    “If 9, 10 & 11 year olds can become a Bronze Level Model Club at the Kiwanis Level, we challenge you to do the same or even more,” dared K-Kids President Aline.

    Bowling Green’s Faculty Advisor and Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor Elect Rich Santer is proud of his club. “My K-Kids members are passionate about helping eliminate Maternal Neonatal Tetanus from our world. They have thought this through and have a plan. They set achievable goals, exceed them and, move on to set an even higher goal,” he explained.

    “I think these kids have a system that will encourage more Kiwanis clubs to be model clubs. You don’t have to start by committing at the Gold Level. Start by committing at the Bonze or Silver level, achieve that level and then commit at the next level if your club can,” Santer continued.

    “I think we will achieve the Bronze level this year, the President after me will try for Silver,” predicted President Aline.

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  • Youth protection online training

    New Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines took effect October 1, requiring clubs to educate members, request background checks and report troubling behavior to the proper authorities. Now there’s online training to make protecting the 300,000 kids in our care much easier.

    Club leaders who plan to instruct club members about the Youth Protection Guidelines can use this online training to get the background they need to answer questions. The online module, similar to those used by club officers to learn about their positions, also can bring members up to speed who are not able to attend the club training in person.

    Find this and other youth protection resources at or contact the Kiwanis member services team at 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411, and at for details.

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  • IRS Form 990

    The IRS Form 990 is an informational tax form that most tax-exempt organizations must file annually with the Internal Revenue Service. The form gives the IRS an overview of your Kiwanis club or foundation’s activities, governance and financial information. 
    Club and foundation treasurers are required to file one of three Form 990 reports based on gross receipts on the 15th of the month, 5 months after the end of the fiscal year. For example, if your group’s fiscal year ends September 30, file your report by February 15, 2014. You’ll find steps to follow and details about determining which form fits your group on the Kiwanis website.
    The IRS website also includes tools and resources. Kiwanis International does not have records of your group’s IRS history, but you can contact the Kiwanis International Office’s Finance Department by email at or call 1-800-549-2647, ext. 153 or 146, for guidance.

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  • 99th anniversary of Detroit club

    Happy anniversary, Detroit No. 1 Club! Detroit club members are starting Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary celebration in style by marking their founding on January 21, 1915, as the first Kiwanis club.

    Check out the festivities—including a visit from Kiwanis International President Gunter Gasser and his wife, Christiana—and learn how it all began on the Detroit No. 1 club website. Has 99 ever looked so good? Congrats, Detroit!

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