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  • It's time to Trick-orTreat 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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  • 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 Builders Club is invited to join with the rest of the Kiwanis family (Aktion Club, K-Kids, 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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  • The August monthly report is ready



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

    By now, you should have received a request from your Builders Club 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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  • Time to renew!

    The new Kiwanis year has begun! Every year starting October 1, Kiwanis clubs that sponsor a Service Leadership Club like Builders Club 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 Builders 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 Builders Club 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 buildersclub.org/renewal.

    Sponsorship is a two-way street
    Students get a lot of important benefits from being in Builders Club. 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

    buildersclub.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:
    • Members will research the service need the club has chosen and learn why it exists in their community.
    • Members will connect with community experts to explore possible service projects.
    • Members will choose a long-lasting service project for their club to plan and execute.
    • Members will bring awareness to the service need and invite others to join their efforts.

    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 answer this question: Which activities will be done during meetings, and which ones should members do individually?
    • Figure out which club officer will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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