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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.
Well, your MidYear Conference is in the books. I say “your” because it really did match up with the activities and topics that you requested be made available. Our Idea Fair featured a dozen requested topics such as Seventy-five Great Program Ideas for Your Kiwanis Club Meetings, How to Easily and Effectively Read with Elementary Age Children, How to Select and Develop a Signature Project for Your Club, and 12 Tips for Successful Membership Campaigns. Additionally, a full slate of forums, including Engaging and Retaining Members, Publicizing Your Club, Strategies for Community Partnerships, and Techniques for Effective Fundraising, were all presented by knowledgeable successful Kiwanians.
The personal testimonies from all of our SLP representatives were outstanding. Morgan Yelverton, our Key Club Governor, and Matt Walsh, our Circle K Governor, both made it perfectly clear how you and your fellow Kiwanians make a positive difference in their lives every day. And, when Paige Ratterree, representing Aktion Club, and dealing with her own disabilities, explained how her Kiwanis Aktion Club filled a huge void in her own life by giving her a chance to help others less fortunate than she, it deeply touched the heart of everyone in the huge assembly hall.
Then, our Keynote Speaker, Gary Faircloth, President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina, shared his own personal story beginning with his being placed in our Kiwanis Cottage at the age of fifteen. “I hate to imagine what might have happened to me if it weren’t for being placed in that new home,” he said. His life story is one of personal success and triumph over adversity. Importantly, his life was directly impacted by the caring and generosity of the Kiwanians who built that Kiwanis Cottage on the Boys and Girls Home Campus. It made us all proud to have had a part in his inspirational story. We will revisit his story in the near future.
And, while all that was going on indoors, Myrtle Beach was having ideal weather outdoors, and as always, offered a huge assortment of resort attractions and shopping to take advantage of during free time. Yep, it was a great weekend!
But, what if you didn’t attend the Conference and missed it all? Well, you have two more chances to get in on at least some of it. First, there are a series of Club Coaching Days, one of which is certain to be within and hour or so of where you live. The next one will be in Jamestown on April 8th. Additionally, you’ll want to attend our District’s Annual Convention which this year will be in North Charleston, SC, August 18 – 20. It will be an event on an even larger scale than the conference I’ve just recapped. I hope to see you there for still more fellowship, fun and sharing!
Thanks, my friend, for standing on the side of good, and being a Kiwanian.
Take care, God bless and be well.Les King, Governor
Total Raised for the Carolinas: $3,336,340.42 (94.91%)*
$178,975 still needed
*As of Jan 23, 2017
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