Congratulations! You’ve held meetings, served your school and community and elected new officers. After a successful year, it’s time to celebrate! Your end-of-the-year celebration might include the installation of new officers, or that ceremony can be held separately. Installation details can be found in the K-Kids Advisor Guide, starting on page 31.
Before the meeting:
i. Introduce officers.
ii. Introduce advisor.
iii. Introduce guests.
b. Icebreakers: Check out these ideas to kick off the meeting.
2. Opening reflection
a. As you begin to plan your club celebration or celebrate during this meeting, ask the group to reflect on the events of this year.
b. Allow outgoing officers a final word to the club. Two suggestions for videos to play: “Love is all — Playing for change” and “Celebration — Playing for Change.”
c. Have outgoing officers share a year-in-review about the club’s projects and impact. Share some poignant stories of your club’s service throughout the year. Afterward, thank all members for their service. Here is a possible source of thank-you messages.
i. Before or after the meeting, update the yearly record of service hours that must be reported to the Kiwanis district and Kiwanis International.
3. Optional: Officer installation (Refer to K-Kids Advisors Guide for details.)
4. Recognition of retiring officers and graduates
a. This section can be led by the new club officers and the advisor.
b. Honor the retiring officers for their service. Your club might have traditional gifts to present — or you may consider starting a new tradition this year.
c. Highlight members going on to middle school. Consider presenting them with special gifts created by club members or purchase special K-Kids items from the Kiwanis Family Store.
4. Club announcements
a. Any remaining service projects should be noted, especially if any will be done during the upcoming school break.
b. Check in with new officers to see how their training meetings are going.
c. Discuss any general plans for membership drives next semester.
d. Announce the next club meeting time and place — if that has been determined.
e. Encourage students entering middle school to continue their Kiwanis family journey by joining Builders Club.
Have a great school break!
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