Empower club officers to lead with gusto by scheduling “Let’s Make a Difference, Club Officers” training. Rethink the traditional lecture-style presentation. Instead, lead an interactive session using the ideas below. Find the fun in what you’re planning. Your positive energy will spread — and officers will be pumped about participating! 

  • Pick a fun meeting theme and use it for meeting invitations, decorations and recognition gifts. How about one of these?  
    • Star Trek: To boldly go where no one has gone before!  
    • Bob the Builder: We can do it! Yes, we can!  
    • Planting Seeds of Service.  
  • Create a playlist of energizing music to play throughout the meeting. 
  • Give club officers a rest to reboot their thinking. Select exercises like icebreakers or teambuilders.   
  • Provide easels and markers for officers to use as they discuss and record meeting expectations and notes.  
  • Create a talking stick and use it to share if officers aren’t taking turns. 
  • Provide snacks that feed the brain. For example, nuts, trail mix and dark chocolate are low in sugar and high in protein. 

Not sure what topics to cover during training? Check out the sample club officer training agenda below, with links to online resources. Decide which item you will cover during the training session and whether officers can review other items at home. You can create club officer binders or share information digitally. 

Club officer training agenda 

  • Open the meeting with music and dance.  
  • Help officers get to know one another with icebreakers and teambuilders 
  • Educate officers about K-Kids by watching the “Introduction to K-Kids” video 
  • Introduce officers to the Kiwanis family by watching short videos about Builders Club and Key Club. Also tell them about your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
  • Explain what a club meeting looks like by reviewing the sample club meeting agenda in the officer guide for presidents. 
  • Explain how to use parliamentary procedure, so that everyone participating in a meeting has a chance to speak.  
  • Show the video “Ways to Do Service” to review addressing community needs through hands-on service, advocacy, fundraising and donating. 
  • Conduct a group discussion about what it means to be a great leader. Record responses on the easel.  
  • Review the responsibilities of each officer, which are explained in the club officer guides 
  • Review the “K-Kids Member Guide” and complete worksheets to help officers identify their strengths. 
  • Review the “K-Kids Service Guide” and the IDEA framework for high-impact service projects.  
  • Set club goals for the year.  
  • Use the K-Kids calendar/poster and list the first K-Kids meetings and activities. 
  • Review criteria for club awards and recognition. Which club officer will share this topic with the club, and who will keep track of the club’s progress?