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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

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  • Membership kits coming in September

    The 2017–18 membership kits will be mailed to all active clubs in September. To help ensure your club receives its kit with enough materials, reach out to the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary and have them complete the following steps by August 31:

    1. Round up info. The sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary needs to get the number of K-Kids members for the 2017–18 year and the address to which the kit should be mailed.

    2. Log into KiwanisOne. On the secretary dashboard, under Sponsorships, select the “pencil” icon located next to each K-Kids club that your club sponsors.

    3. Update the club info. Confirm or update the membership count.

    4. Update the mailing address. Verify or update the mailing address to which the membership kit should be shipped.

    The sponsoring Kiwanis club will be asked to pay the renewal fee for the K-Kids club in October. The invoice for the club will appear under the Finances tab at the top of the Secretary dashboard at the beginning of the Kiwanis fiscal year.

    Membership kits include everything a club needs to be successful. Please coordinate with the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary to complete these steps by August 31 so the K-Kids club has resources to start their year of fun, fellowship and service!

    Important notes:
    • If the faculty advisor information needs to be updated, send a detailed email to If the Kiwanis advisor information needs to be updated, make this change on the front page of the Secretary dashboard under Sponsorships.
    • If a K-Kids club will not be active in 2017–18, email at your earliest convenience so that a membership kit will not be mailed in September.
    For more information about renewing your K-Kids club, visit

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  • Gear up for a great year

    Each K-Kids club sponsored by a Kiwanis club should have two advisors: a Kiwanis advisor and a faculty advisor. The Kiwanis advisor supports club members and the faculty advisor in all their endeavors—and serves as the liaison between the sponsoring Kiwanis club, the faculty advisor and the school administrators. The faculty advisor works closely with the club, is familiar with the school’s (or community organization’s) procedures, and acts as a liaison between the youth club, the Kiwanis club and school (or organization) administrators. (See page 16 of the K-Kids advisor guide for more information on advisor roles and responsibilities.)

    The roles may be slightly different, but they both matter. And each works best when the people who fill those roles work together. So get the year off to a smooth start: Meet with your fellow advisor. Review club bylaws, the advisor guide, the Kiwanis Youth Protection guidelines, and your advisor checklist.

    Once you are both on the same page, schedule a meeting with the school principal (if applicable) to go over plans and goals for the year. This will help tremendously when the club considers potential member contests, service projects, parent engagement ideas, fundraising activities and awareness-building events. Most of all, it will help to strengthen the bond between your club and the school.

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  • The 2017-18 K-Kids membership kit

    Club members and advisors can expect to find the following amazing resources and materials—and more—in the membership kit:

    • K-Kids/Builders Club advisor guide. Created for both the faculty advisor and the Kiwanis advisor, this guide is filled with information and tips for supporting a K-Kids club. You can download a digital copy or purchase additional printed copies at the K-Kids Store (in the meeting items/literature section).
    • IDEA Toolkit. Written specifically for club officers, the toolkit guides members through planning and executing a high-impact service project of their choosing – from beginning to end. Each step contains instructions, handouts and tools for club officers. It’s also available online at
    • Officer guides and table tents. Each K-Kids club officer receives a guide that specifically addresses the responsibilities of his or her position. Table tents for club officers also serve as a tool during club meetings.
    • Officer, advisor & member buttons. Each K-Kids club officer and club member receives a button during an installation ceremony. (Refer to your advisor guide.) Club officers should designate a day each week (preferably the club meeting day) for members to wear their buttons at school and show off their K-Kids pride.
    • Member handbooks. This resource is packed full of essential information that helps members understand what K-Kids is and what experiences they will have. It also includes fun activities that further engage members with high-impact service.
    • Pledge poster. Encourage club officers to display the official K-Kids poster in your club’s meeting room. It will be a great tool for members to reference as they recite the pledge during club meetings and events.
    • Contest flier. Check out this year’s contests and discover how your club members can heighten their leadership skills by entering.
    Membership kits are sent to clubs who paid their renewal fee in 2016–17, and to all clubs that charter in 2017–18. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your membership kit, call the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647, ext. 411, or send an email to

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