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  • Background checks for Kiwanis advisors

    Kiwanis advisors to any sponsored Service Leadership Program (Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids) are required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors through Kiwanis International, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting all Kiwanis members.

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete your background check. Please follow the instructions and complete the background check application in a timely manner. For more information on the cost, process or other details about the background check for Kiwanis advisors, visit kiwanis.org/backgroundchecks2016.

    Please note:
    • If you are no longer serving as a Kiwanis advisor, please contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system.
    • If you do not receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check by October 15, contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system
    • Individuals will not be notified if the background check is clear. It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club Secretary Dashboard as clear.
    • All background checks are kept confidential.

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  • Help eliminate MNT: Trick or Treat for UNICEF

    Halloween is your club members’ chance to save lives and have fun—for less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy. It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps to pass along to club members so they can plan their project:

    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. Click here to find a few!

    1. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal.
    2. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes at the Kiwanis Family Store. Do you need decorations, food or costumes? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores.
    3. Promote your event. Check out our social media graphics to promote your event online. Or make your own flier or display. Let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. And share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. 
    4. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund, along with the donation form. If your club submits US$250 Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF donations by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for helping the Kiwanis family eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. For more information, visit our Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF webpage. Or email The Eliminate Project campaign staff.

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  • The IDEA Toolkit is coming your way!

    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 Builders Club is all about: members see how they can make a difference and become leaders through service.

    And that’s why we’ve created the IDEA Toolkit: to help guide Builders Clubs’ advisors as they empower students to find their passion for service and take the lead in service projects that make a lasting impact in their school and/or community. Of course, we know that each club is different. The IDEA Toolkit is tailored specifically for Builders Club members, and it’s designed for advisors and club officers to pick and choose activities they feel would most benefit their club.

    The IDEA Toolkit 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--and 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.

    Using Identify the Need
    As your club gets up and running, members will be excited to choose their focus for their first service project. Every school and community needs some kind of service. But how do you know what to do? To answer that question, the first step in IDEA is Identify the Need. First, your club should identify the service need you want to address. In this step, your club will investigate your school and community needs to identify how the club can help.

    Goals
    • Members will explore possible service needs in their area through personal reflection, club activities and gathering others’ perspectives and observations.
    • Members will present their ideas and understand how their club can make a difference.
    • Members will work together to decide what service needs to address with a project.
    Planning
    • Advisors and club officers should
    • Read all the worksheets and activities in the Identify the Need section of this toolkit. View them online at buildersclub.org/IDEA.
    • 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.
    • Have fun and be proud that your club is making a big difference! When your club has successfully identified the need, it will help members feel more connected to the service project they ultimately select.

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  • Coming soon to advisors! Monthly reports

    Builders Club advisors are the program’s most important volunteers—because you plant the seeds of hope, learning and service in the minds of our members.

    You also connect the club to Kiwanis International. That connection is another way that you help make Builders Club better for your members. Soon, you will be able to strengthen that connection by completing a monthly report. When you do:
    • You will help keep your club’s contact information updated by regularly logging into our database. 
    • You will keep a running record of the club’s activities saved for yourself and for future advisors. 
    • You will be able to email completed reports to the leaders of your school (or community organization) and to your sponsoring Kiwanis club to share the work your club has done. 
    • Your Kiwanis district administrator will be able access your completed reports and recognize your club’s work during Kiwanis District conventions. 
    Other benefits of monthly reports:
    • We will be able to learn more about your school or youth-serving community organization. 
    • We will be able track your club activities to learn which causes you supported and how. 
    • We will be able to learn more about the advisor experience. 
    • We will be able to use data to attract corporations and foundations who could support the Builders Club program. 
    Either the faculty advisor or Kiwanis advisor will be able to complete their club’s monthly report. Stay tuned to find out when reports become available.

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  • Member kits to arrive in September!

    It’s that time of year! The 2017–18 membership kits will be mailed to all active clubs in September. To help ensure that the Builders Club receives its kit with enough materials, reach out to the secretary of your sponsoring Kiwanis club. Have that person complete the following steps by August 31:

    1. Round up info. The sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary needs to get the number of Builders Club members for the 2017–18 year and the address to which the kit should be mailed.
    2. (Kiwanis club secretary) Log into KiwanisOne at reporting.kiwanisone.org. On the secretary dashboard, under Sponsorships, select the “pencil” icon located next to each Builders Club that the Kiwanis 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 Builders Club in October. The invoice will appear under the Finance tab at the top of the Secretary dashboard at the beginning of the Kiwanis fiscal year.
    Membership kits include membership pins, cards, advisor guides and much more! Please coordinate with the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary to complete these steps by August 31—so the Builders Club will have the 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 memberservices@kiwanis.org. 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 or Builders Club will not be active in 2017–18, email memberservices@kiwanis.org at your earliest convenience so that a membership kit will not be mailed in September.

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