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  • Kiwanis family celebrates measured progress

    Fewer babies dying from tetanus

    The Kiwanis family’s efforts through The Eliminate Project are making a big difference. The number of babies dying from neonatal tetanus dropped 15 percent between 2010 and 2013, according to a new report by the Child Health Epidemiology Reference Group. One baby now dies every 11 minutes—with approximately 9,000 fewer babies dying each year. But 134 newborns still die every day.

     

    Find out Kiwanis’ latest fundraising totals during the next Worldwide Report Day on November 12, 2014, when we’ll showcase our progress at http://sites.kiwanis.org/Kiwanis/en/theELIMINATEproject/Progress/WorldwideReportDay.aspx. We’re on the verge of turning a global effort into a worldwide achievement with the strides we’re making toward our US$110 million goal. Help keep the momentum going!

  • Get travel tips from CKI magazine

    Break free with CKI magazine

    Plan your great escape with the newest edition of CKI magazine. Whether you’ll road-trip it to the 2015 CKIx in Indianapolis, serve abroad after graduation or study classical languages in Europe, we’ve got you covered. Read about:

     

         How travel has changed others’ lives—and how it can change yours, too

         Which apps should go with you and why you should start planning now

         Ways to go on someone else’s dollar—and how to make the most of a “staycation”


    Read it now 

  • Join with your Kiwanis sponsor

    Honor Kiwanis family 


    November is Kiwanis Family Month. Celebrate your local Kiwanis family by contacting your sponsoring Kiwanis club to see if they have a project with which they need help—or ask if a Kiwanis member can speak to your club. Find out what your sponsor club has been doing and how you can support their efforts in the coming year. Your Kiwanis sponsor is a great resource; stay in touch!

  • Trick or treat for UNICEF: It’s time to celebrate!

    You did it! Thanks for making 2014 the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF yet. Your Circle K club saved the lives of moms and babies because you chose to collect coins instead of candy. Now it’s time to celebrate! Announce your accomplishment. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social to recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. And don’t forget to send in your hard-earned funds.

    Send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) for at least US$250 along with your completed gift form by December 31 to be eligible for a Trick-or-Treat banner patch. Funds should be mailed to:

    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office

    Kiwanis International Foundation

    3636 Woodview Trace

    Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA

    ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

    Write the club name or club number on the memo line of the check.

    What’s next? If your club loved being a part of the worldwide effort to raise funds for The Eliminate Project through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, mark your calendars for “"Show Your Love, Save a Life".” In February, Circle K clubs around the globe will host one of four trademark events to raise funds and awareness. Jump-start your club’s lifesaving event with this fundraising guide. More information will come soon.


    Thanks again for being part of our worldwide effort to change history and save lives!

  • See what's coming up

    Don’t miss out on CKI’s awesome service, fellowship and leadership opportunities. Get pumped about what’s coming up next semester—and learn more about an event that’s happening right now! 

    NOVEMBER | Kiwanis Family Month
    Kiwanis Family Month is just getting started! You still have plenty of time to celebrate being part of the worldwide Kiwanis family, which includes not just CKI and Kiwanis, but also K-Kids, Builders Club, Key Club and Aktion Club, as well as programs such as Key Leader, Bring Up Grades and Terrific Kids. 

    DECEMBER 2 | Giving Tuesday
    For the third year, the Kiwanis International Foundation is proud to be an official partner for Giving Tuesday, a global campaign dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, our foundation will participate in Giving Tuesday by raising funds for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. The Children’s Fund supports grants to Kiwanis clubs, districts and district foundations—and grants to Kiwanis’ Service Leadership programs, including CKI Leadership Academy. For 5 years, the Leadership Academy has received grants from our foundation to support members attending the program at a reduced cost. This year our foundation has set a goal of raising US$30,000 on Giving Tuesday, December 2. Meeting this fundraising goal for the Kiwanis Children’s Fund would cover the cost of a CKI Leadership Academy grant to reduce costs for attendees, so show your support for CKI Leadership Academy and many other Kiwanis-family programs by making a gift to our foundation on December 2. 

    FEBRUARY | Fundraising for The Eliminate Project
    CKI members will “Show Your Love; Save a Life” around Valentine’s Day to raise money for The Eliminate Project. Get the details and watch for updates about this year’s campaign in upcoming publications. 

    FEBRUARY AND MARCH | District conventions 
    CKI's 2015 district convention season takes place throughout February and March. Find out more about your district’s event

    APRIL 5–11 | CKI Service Week 
    Join other Circle K International clubs around the world during CKI Service Week, beginning April 5 and culminating on Kiwanis One Day on April 11, 2015. Keep an eye out for announcements via CKI publications and social media. 

    JUNE 24–28 | CKIx
    Prepare yourself for the the greatest CKI experience as the Circle K International convention and Large Scale Service Project converge in Indianapolis, Indiana. Not only will you be part of the Circle K experience, but you’ll also help Kiwanis celebrate its centennial birthday. Complete information will be available in mid-December.

  • Kick start your planning for Kiwanis Family Month

    It’s time to begin preparing for Kiwanis Family Month! The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees has set aside the month of November for Kiwanis family members everywhere to increase involvement and interaction on every level of the organization. To help kick off the planning process, we’re giving you a few ideas to get you started.

    • Show your club’s appreciation to your sponsoring Kiwanis Club by hosting an appreciation meeting.
    • Send your sponsoring Kiwanis club president a letter thanking the club members for their support and wishing them a happy Kiwanis Family Month.
    • Invite Kiwanis family members to one of your November meetings, service projects, or fundraisers.
    • Work with local newspapers to develop articles saluting your Circle K as well as the other Kiwanis family clubs. Send news releases to newspapers and radio and television stations. Make sure you explain in each news release that it is Kiwanis Family Month.
    • Encourage Circle K officers to call their Kiwanis Family counterparts and wish them “Happy Kiwanis Family Month” as well as wish them success and support during their year.
    • Host a “Key Club” reunion on your campus.
    • Have you heard of “secret santa”? In honor of Kiwanis Family Month, you could anonymously deliver or mail small gifts to your sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    • Use your social media tools by making a public tweet or Facebook status proclaiming it’s Kiwanis Family Month and thanking your Kiwanis sponsor. Be specific and really identify how they make a difference.
    • Kiwanis Family Month celebrations do not have to be between different Kiwanis family members. Find another Circle K in your area to host a joint service project or social event.
    • Kiwanis Family Month is an excellent time to get the word out about Circle K in your community. November is a great recruitment month.
    • Ask the mayor’s office or local government official about proclaiming a day or week of November in honor of Kiwanis Family Month and recognize the Kiwanis organizations and programs in your community.
    Do you have a great project? We'd love to hear about it! Post your project ideas and photos, if available, on our Facebook page.  

  • Your K-Family Kwestions Answered!


    The 2014-2015 CKI K-Family Relations committee is committed to helping you prepare for the kickoff of K-Family Month in November: an entire month dedicated towards strengthening and celebrating our bonds with the entire K-Family. This video message provides fun and interesting facts on the K-Family, provides service project ideas, and provides advice on how to approach different branches of the K-Family with proper etiquette. Click [HERE] for some great advice from the K-Family Relations Committee (you must give your name, email address, and district to view their message). If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact the Kiwanis Family Relations Committee Chair Kelly Chan

  • 10 no cost or low cost Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF fundraising ideas




    We promised to share more fundraising ideas for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. We have ten no cost or low cost ideas for your club. Remember, you can tweak these ideas to fit your club and your campus. Try one from the list below—or come up with your own!


    1.       Offer to rake leaves or help members of the community prepare for winter by assisting with outdoor projects such as power washing decks, painting or staining decks, cleaning and putting outdoor furniture into storage, cleaning out gutters, repairing sidewalks and driveways, or removing perennial plants for the winter. Advertise your services in the community and ask those community members who are interested to make appointments. Payment for your services is a donation to The Eliminate Project.

    2.       Hallow-Grams: Sell small bags of candy for US$2 in the student center during lunch. The person who buys the bag of candy can write a note and attach it to the bag of candy. Club members will deliver the bags of candy and notes to the appropriate person. Include information on the tag about The Eliminate Project such as “The cost of this bag of candy will buy the vaccines to save and protect the lives of a mother and her future children!”     

    3.       Pumpkin Decorating Contest: Invite clubs, organizations and floors of residence halls to participate in a pumpkin decorating contest. Set up pumpkins in an area of campus with lots of foot traffic (like the dining hall or the student center) and ask people to vote for their favorite decorated pumpkin. 1 cent = 1 vote. The pumpkin with the most votes wins a prize (hint: try to get prize items donated). The proceeds from voting go to The Eliminate Project.

    4.       If you live in an area where companies offer “Ghost Tours” ask the company if they would be willing to donate some of the proceeds from a night of tours to The Eliminate Project if you partnered with them to assist in some tasks (such as greeting guests or preparing materials such as pamphlets and promotional items).

    5.       With permission from the college or university, tape the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes to the vending machines around campus. Encourage those who are purchasing things from the vending machines to share some of their spare change as well.

    6.       Host “Cookies for Coins.” Bake Halloween cookies and sell each for 60 cents (the cost of one tetanus vaccination) or trade a cookie for coins donated to your UNICEF Trick-or-Treat box.

    7.       Set up a large jar of candy corn in a cafeteria or residence hall. Let students guess how many pieces of candy corn are in the jar. Charge US$1 per guess. The winner gets the jar of candy and the proceeds from the activity go to The Eliminate Project.

    8.       Host a costume contest in your residence hall. Participants pay US$2 to enter. The winner gets a Halloween-themed prize package. Tip: See what fun, crazy items you can find at a dollar store to give out as prizes. They’ll be inexpensive, which means more of your profits will go directly to The Eliminate Project.

    9.       Host a “pound sale” auction at your next club meeting. Ask each member to bring something to auction off that weighs about one pound. The twist: The item must be wrapped. Let a club member serve as the auctioneer. Highest bid wins. Have fun unwrapping them in front of the group! Tip: Make the auction more festive by hosting an “orange and black” auction. The concept is the same, but the wrapped items are either orange or black.

    10.   Invite your friends over to a Halloween costume party, with one condition: The “costume” is a white T-Shirt they can decorate as they please. Have prizes for the most creative T-shirts. Include a US$2 entry fee to cover the cost of prizes (or solicit the prizes as donations) and make a gift to The Eliminate Project.      


    Need more information?  Visit  Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF . Visit  fundraising ideas for additional ideas!


  • 5 no cost Trick-or-Treat For UNICEF fundraising ideas

    Summer has ended and you’re back in the school routine. October will be here before you know it. Now is the time to begin planning your club’s Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF activities. We have five no cost ideas to get you started.


    1.       Conduct a pocket change-collecting campaign in the residence halls, dining hall or campus quad. Ask students and faculty to donate their loose change to help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    2.       If you have a fountain on campus, ask the administration to donate the “wishing well” coins to The Eliminate Project.

    3.       Plan to attend one of your sponsoring Kiwanis club’s meetings in October. Show up in costume and trick-or-treat for UNICEF.

    4.       Ask members of your club to grab Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF boxes on Halloween (during daylight hours), spread themselves out at all of the pedestrian crossings on campus and ask people walking and driving by to donate.

    5.        Ask club members to bring different board games and cards and host a game night on campus. Charge an entry fee for each game played. The winner gets half of the total money raised by that game. For example: If four people pay US$2 each to play Candyland, the winner of the game gets US$4. The rest of the funds go to The Eliminate Project. Hours of games could add up to huge donations.       

    Need more ideas? Don’t worry, we will be sharing additional no and low cost fundraising ideas in the coming days!

  • Ready for Worldwide Day of Play?

    Nickelodeon’s 11th annual Worldwide Day of Play—the day the screen goes dark for three hours so we can go outside and play—is Saturday, September 20, 2014. How will you and your friends enjoy the day?

    Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon has written the Worldwide Day of Play Partner Playbook with event ideas, free resources and instructions so your friends, your club and your school can join the movement. You could host a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball shoot-out or soccer tournament. How about a bike rodeo to teach kids about bike safety and healthy living? Make your event simple and ask your sponsoring Kiwanis club to help you organize your event.

    September 20 is almost here, so get started on your Worldwide Day of Play celebration today! Learn more and register at www.nick.com/play.

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