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Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world, one child and one community at a time.
The Carolinas District of Kiwanis International covers both North Carolina and South Carolina with 175 plus clubs and close to 6,000 members.
Our Defining Statement: To assist the clubs to serve one child and one community at a time in the Carolinas District.
Our Core Purpose and Values: To improve lives through fellowship in service.
Our Vision: To be the leading civic organization providing service to others.
Our Mission: To offer service and leadership opportunities to those who desire to serve the needs of children, youth and adults in our communities.
Life is good in Carolinas Kiwanis! September saw the chartering of two new Kiwanis Clubs: The Kiwanis Club of Clayton and the Blue Ridge Young Professionals Club. Our Charter Presidents are Jack Tucker of the Clayton Club and Cody Hoilman of the Blue Ridge Club. Congratulations to both clubs, their charter members and to the club openers, sponsoring Kiwanis Clubs and club coaches who have agreed to shepherd these new clubs through their first year.
On October 1st our Kiwanis International President, Jim Rochford, with Tiger Team member Kendra Skidmore arrived in the Carolinas to help us build a new Kiwanis Club in the community of Kannapolis, North Carolina. To build a new Kiwanis Club takes planning and team effort. It was truly a learning experience for all of us who participated in this club opening. Hard work paid off and the initial recruiting effort yielded twenty paid members with another dozen pending applications. We were able to try some of the strategies we learned during our regional club coaching days. We are now much more confident in our ability to recruit corporate memberships. Hats off to our own Carolinas Key Club Governor, Katie McNiffe, who joined a team as they went out on appointments. The week culminated in a Kiwanis International webinar about the opening of our new Carolinas Kannapolis Kiwanis Club.
There are many wonderful things that we want to accomplish to improve the lives of children in our local communities and around the world. To do this we must reverse the decline in membership from our local clubs, to our divisions, to our district, and throughout our entire Kiwanis International organization. This past year we offered regional club coaching days to help strengthen existing club membership as well as to help increase club membership. Based on positive participant feedback your Carolinas Board has unanimously approved the continuation of regional club coaching days for the coming year. We are open to suggestions for new topics that clubs might want to have presented.
This year, our goal is to open eight to thirteen new Kiwanis Clubs throughout the Carolinas District. If our membership is to grow we must not only focus on the membership of existing clubs but we must also open new clubs. Opening a new Kiwanis Club takes a team effort involving club openers, a sponsoring club, club coaches and “Boots on the Ground” Kiwanians who are willing to go out on appointments to meet potential new club members, share the Kiwanis story and encourage people to become a part of our Kiwanis Family. Many of us are reluctant to get involved in opening a new Kiwanis Club. It involves stepping out of our comfort zone and taking a risk, but the rewards are great. When you love Kiwanis and you live Kiwanis, then you want to share Kiwanis! As we grow the number of Carolinas Kiwanis Clubs we can serve more communities and consequently have an even greater impact on the lives of children. Why should we be passionate about opening new Kiwanis Clubs? Because: Our Carolinas’ Kids Need Kiwanis!
Mary Jo Brubaker
Total Raised for the Carolinas: $3,336,340.42 (94.91%)*
$178,975 still needed
*As of Jan 23, 2017
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