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  • Kiwanis One Day is on October 28!

    Kiwanis One Day—it’s the day each year when the Kiwanis family of clubs comes together in local communities. Every K-Kids club is invited to join with the rest of the Kiwanis family (Aktion Club, Builders Club, Key Club, Circle K and Kiwanis) for a day of united service. A lot of good work gets done on this day—the kind that increases Kiwanis’ presence in the community and builds awareness about the value of service.

    In fact, Kiwanis One Day showcases the Kiwanis family in each community. Projects run the gamut from beach cleanups to book drives, playground maintenance to pet days at senior centers, health fairs to high school beatifications. Imagine the impact more than 600,000 Kiwanis family members around the world can make in one day of united service.

    For resources to help execute your Kiwanis One Day activity, visit the official Kiwanis One Day page.

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  • It's time to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF!

    For the Kiwanis family, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, fairytale costumes and ghoulish treats. It’s a chance to put the fun in fundraising—and save lives through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy, you can protect a mother and her future newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps for your project:

          1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night
              away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a trunk-or-treat.
              Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake off. The ideas are
              endless.
     

          2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project.
              Then add in your expenses. This total is your fundraising goal.

          3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your
              fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis family
              store.
    Consider asking for donations from local businesses or
              even large chain stores.

          4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels, or make
              your own flier or display. Use them to let everyone know
              about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the
              information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.

          5. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis
              Children’s Fund along with the Kiwanis-family giving form.
              If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat
              for UNICEF by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a
              banner patch.

    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org.

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  • Time to renew!

    The new Kiwanis year has begun! Every year starting October 1, Kiwanis clubs that sponsor a Service Leadership Club like K-Kids can renew it as active until next year. 

    To view the invoice, Kiwanis club secretaries need to log in to their Secretary dashboard and click the Finances tab. If a K-Kids club is not showing, or if a Kiwanis club secretary has any problems during the renewal process, contact the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647, ext. 411. Or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

    If a K-Kids is no longer active or do not planning on continuing in the future, email memberservices@kiwanis.org at your earliest convenience. For more information about the renewal process, visit the renewal center at kkids.org/renewal.

    Sponsorship is a two-way street

    Students get a lot of important benefits from being in K-Kids. So do advisors and other Kiwanis club members. Take a look at some of the ways your sponsorship becomes a true partnership for members of clubs.
    • Joy. There is no happiness like the kind you feel when you help others reach their full potential.
    • Energy and enthusiasm. Ever been around purpose-driven kids? Their energy and enthusiasm are not only boundless, but contagious.
    • Renewed commitment. When you see the difference you’re making in your community, it will reaffirm your own passion for service.
    • Greater impact. One person or club can only do so much. By supporting others, you can expand the good you do in your community.
    • Mentorship. Members and advisors in our Service Leadership Programs help build the next generation of community leaders. 
    • Better health. People who volunteer experience higher levels of happiness, satisfaction and self-esteem, and lower levels of depression.
    • New friends. You’ll make fresh connections with faculty, staff members and other service-minded individuals. 
    • Inclusivity. Many generations and demographics unite to serve and learn from each other.
    • A lasting legacy. When clubs partner together, their service changes lives for the better—in ways that last. 
    • Hope for the future. Spending even a few minutes around service-minded people—of any age— gives you hope for a better world. You will believe in them, and they will make you proud.

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  • Develop members' passion with the IDEA Toolkit

    The second step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Develop the Passion. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at kkids.org/IDEA to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have researched the service need and decided on a service project.

    Goals:
    • Club members will research their chosen service need as a club.
    • Club members will explore their service need with the help of experts.
    • Club members will decide on a service project.
    • Club members will begin pre-planning their service project.
    • Club members will tell others about the service project to spread awareness about it.
    Planning:
    Advisors and club officers should:
    • Read through all outlines and worksheets included in the Develop the Passion section of the IDEA Toolkit.
    • Work together to decide which activities will be accomplished during meetings and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officers will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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  • The August monthly report is ready

    As a K-Kids club advisor, you connect the club to Kiwanis International. Strengthen your connection and make K-Kids better for your members by completing monthly reports

    By now, you should have received a request from your K-Kids district administrator to complete a monthly report for August. Either the faculty advisor or Kiwanis advisor can complete a club’s monthly report. It’s easy! Here's how:

          1. Log in to the Kiwanis online reporting system by using the email
              and password on file with Kiwanis International. If you have any
              problems logging in, follow the instructions at the bottom of the
              webpage.

          2. Select the Monthly Reports icon in the top left corner.

          3. Select the "Go" button on the September report.

          4. Submit the report once completed.

          5. Complete any other monthly reports not yet submitted.

    Completed reports can be emailed to anyone by clicking the envelope icon on the Monthly Reports page. Each report will be available on the first of every month in the Kiwanis online reporting system.

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  • The IDEA Toolkit is coming your way!

    The best way to help young people develop into lifelong servant leaders is to give them personal experience in high-impact service. That’s what K-Kids is all about: members see how they can make a difference and become leaders through service.

    And that’s why we’ve created the IDEA Toolkit: to help guide K-Kids clubs’ advisors as they empower students to find their passion for service and take the lead in service projects that make a lasting impact in their school and/or community. Of course, we know that each club is different. The IDEA Toolkit is tailored specifically for K-Kids members, and it’s designed for advisors and club officers to pick and choose activities they feel would most benefit their club.

    The IDEA Toolkit is comprised of four steps:
    • Identify the Need
    • Develop the Passion
    • Execute the Project
    • Advance the Impact
    Each step contains instructions, handouts and tools for club officers. Advisors and club officers should review the toolkit together before getting started--and then use it as a resource along the way. Although we recommend spending four weeks on each step, there is no set timeline for using the IDEA Toolkit.

    Using Identify the Need
    As your club gets up and running, members will be excited to choose their focus for their first service project. Every school and community needs some kind of service. But how do you know what to do? To answer that question, the first step in IDEA is Identify the Need. First, your club should identify the service need you want to address. In this step, your club will investigate your school and community needs to identify how the club can help.

    Goals:
    • Club members will explore their own abilities and interests to learn more about themselves.
    • Club members will explore possible service needs in their area through personal reflection as well as gathering others’ point of view and observations.
    • Club members will understand how their club can make a difference by asking lots of questions.
    • Club members will choose a service need together as a club.
    Planning:

    Advisors and club officers should:

    • Read through all the outlines and worksheets included in the Identify the Need section of the IDEA Toolkit. View them online at kkids.org/IDEA.
    • Work together to decide which activities to do during meetings—and which ones members should do on their own.
    • Figure out which club officer will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.
    • Have fun and be proud that your club is making a big difference! When your club has successfully identified the need, it will help members feel more connected to the service project they ultimately select.


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  • Help eliminate MNT: Trick or Treat for UNICEF

    Halloween is your club members’ chance to save lives and have fun—for less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy. It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps to pass along to club members so they can plan their project:

    • Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a "trunk-or-treat." Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake-off. The ideas are endless. Click here to find a few!
    • Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal.
    • Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes at the Kiwanis Family Store. Do you need decorations, food or costumes? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores.
    • Promote your event. Check out our social media graphics to promote your event online. Or make your own flier or display. Let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. And share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    • Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, along with the donation form. If your club submits US$250 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for helping the Kiwanis family eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For more information, visit our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF webpage. Or email The Eliminate Project campaign staff.

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  • Background checks for Kiwanis advisors

    Kiwanis advisors to any sponsored Service Leadership Program (Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids) are required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors through Kiwanis International, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting all Kiwanis members.

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete your background check. Please follow the instructions and complete the background check application in a timely manner. For more information on the cost, process or other details about the background check for Kiwanis advisors, visit kiwanis.org/backgroundchecks2016.

    Please note:
    • If you are no longer serving as a Kiwanis advisor, please contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system.
    • If you do not receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check by October 15, contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system
    • Individuals will not be notified if the background check is clear. It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club Secretary Dashboard as clear.
    • All background checks are kept confidential.

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  • Coming soon to advisors! Monthly reports

    K-Kids club advisors are the program’s most important volunteers—because you plant the seeds of hope, learning and service in the minds of our members.

    You also connect the club to Kiwanis International. That connection is another way that you help make K-Kids better for your members. Soon, you will be able to strengthen that connection by completing a monthly report. When you do:
    • You will help keep your club’s contact information updated by regularly logging into our database.
    • You will keep a running record of the club’s activities saved for yourself and for future advisors.
    • You will be able to email completed reports to the leaders of your school (or community organization) and to your sponsoring Kiwanis club to share the work your club has done.
    • Your Kiwanis district administrator will be able access your completed reports and recognize your club’s work during Kiwanis District conventions.
    Other benefits of monthly reports:
    • We will be able to learn more about your school or youth-serving community organization.
    • We will be able track your club activities to learn which causes you supported and how.
    • We will be able to learn more about the advisor experience.
    • We will be able to use data to attract corporations and foundations who could support the K-Kids program. 
    Either the faculty advisor or Kiwanis advisor will be able to complete their club’s monthly report. Stay tuned to find out when reports become available.

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  • Introducing the IDEA Toolkit

    The best way to help young people develop into lifelong servant leaders is to give them personal experience in high-impact service. That’s what K-Kids is all about: members see how they can make a difference and become leaders through service.

    To help members lead the way to high-impact service, Kiwanis International is excited to offer the IDEA Toolkit. Written specifically for club officers, the toolkit guides members through planning and executing a service project of their choosing—from beginning to end. IDEA is comprised of four steps:

    • Identify the Need
    • Develop the Passion
    • Execute the Project
    • Advance the Impact

    Each step contains instructions, handouts and tools for club officers. Advisors and club officers should review the toolkit together before getting started—then use it as a resource along the way.

    Although we recommend spending four weeks on each step, there is no set timeline for using the IDEA Toolkit. We understand that every K-Kids club is different. If you aren’t sure an activity would be approved or appropriate, it is your responsibility to check with the proper authorities.

    To learn more about the IDEA Toolkit and review the activities, visit kkids.org/IDEA.

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