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  • Introducing Kiwanis International Staff

    John Shertzer’s career has touched a variety of backgrounds, including college student affairs, fraternity education and leadership development, nonprofit consulting and youth leadership. John was born in Bowling Green, Ohio. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Miami University with minors in political science and sociology. He also earned a master’s degree in higher education from Iowa State University.

    As Chief Programs Officer John serves as the designated director of the 501(c)(3) subsidiary, Kiwanis Youth Programs Inc., which includes K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and Key Leader. He leads Kiwanis Youth Programs Inc. through the Service Leadership Programs department and manages long-term strength and growth of clubs. John also serves on the Kiwanis staff leadership team to represent Service Leadership Programs, and provides overall direction for Kiwanis International. 

    John’s hobbies include traveling and exploring, writing, blogging, politics and sports. He has three young boys and much of his free time is spent with his family and their activities. John is also the board chair for a new public charter school in Indianapolis, serving low income families.

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  • Plan your Kiwanis One Day project

    On Kiwanis One Day, every K-Kids club is urged to join the rest of the Kiwanis family—Aktion Club, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Kiwanis—for a day of united service. Kiwanis One Day projects range from beach cleanups to book drives, playground maintenance to pet days at senior centers, health fairs to high school beatifications.

    Kiwanis One Day is inspired by past international president Nelson Tucker’s initiative to create a day that unites the entire Kiwanis family in service. The day provides an opportunity to showcase the Kiwanis family and our commitment to service in every community. Imagine the impact more than 600,000 Kiwanis family members can make in one day of united service.

    Every club is invited to take part in this momentous event. Start planning Kiwanis One Day projects now and don’t forget to share stories and photos of your One Day experiences on Facebook and Twitter. For the most up-to-date information and resources, visit the official Kiwanis One Day page.

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  • Celebrate Eliminate Week 2016

    Whether your club hosts a “penny war” or coordinates a week of “spirit days,” every K-Kids club is needed to participate. And the time to start planning your fundraiser is now. So we’re making it easy:

                 1. A step-by-step guide will help your club plan, implement and
                     celebrate your activities.
                 2. We’ve outlined simple fundraising ideas to make it easy for
                     you to choose your activities.
                 3. If your club participates, the club is eligible for fundraising
                     recognition and a 2016 Eliminate Week patch.
                 4. Get your sponsoring Kiwanis club involved. Double your
                     lifesaving impact and earn the Unity Award for your Kiwanis
                     club and the 1K recognition for your own club.

    Check out all of the great resources online: And don’t forget to submit the Kiwanis-family giving form with any donation to The Eliminate Project. Just US$1.80 will save or protect a mom and her babies—so every penny makes a difference!

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