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  • Connecting with Builders Club members



    Builders Club members are exploring their independence. As an advisor, you’re a key figure—an adult role model and mentor. Here are five ways to lay the foundation for a meaningful relationship with members:
    1. Learn and use their names. When you address someone by name, you show that person respect. Show members that they’re important by taking the time to learn and use their names.
    2. Celebrate individuality. Middle school students are trying to figure out who they are and what place they have in the world. They might be exploring ways to dress, act and talk. Embrace their individuality and uniqueness, rather than judging or stereotyping.
    3. Share a little about yourself. Take time to tell personal stories or share some of your interests and hobbies. The more comfortable your students are with you, the more relaxed and receptive they will be.
    4. Take an interest in their lives. Learn a little about each member. Find out some of their hobbies, what kind of music they like and what they do in their spare time.
    5. Smile. Young people rely heavily on nonverbal communication and watch those around them for nonverbal cues. When you give anyone a smile, it’s welcoming and inviting—especially for someone of middle-school age.

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  • Member kits to arrive in September!

    It’s that time of year! The 2018-19 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. Log into the Membership Update Center at www.kiwanis.org/login.
    Choose the Kiwanis club that sponsors the Builders Club.

    2. Select the secretary dashboard icon from the menu on the left side of the screen.
    Scroll down to the Sponsorships section and select the pencil icon next to the Builders Club that the club sponsors.

    3. Update club information. Confirm or update the membership count.

    4. Update the mailing address. Verify or update the mailing address (include the attention address line) to which the membership kit should be shipped. If a mailing address is not updated, the kit will be mailed to the Kiwanis club secretary.

    Repeat steps 2-4 for each Builders Club that the club sponsors.


    WHAT WILL I RECEIVE IN THE BUILDERS CLUB PROGRAM KIT?
    The program kit includes essential tools to help you guide club members throughout the year. Learn more about the items included in each renewal kit.

    WHAT IF I NEED MORE MATERIALS OR HAVE QUESTIONS?
    If your Builders Club has more members than provided in the member kit, supplemental kits can be ordered starting October 1 through the Kiwanis club’s secretary dashboard or from the Kiwanis International Member Services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada) or e-mail memberservices@kiwanis.org. Additional kits cost US$25 and include member materials for 30 members. Payment must be received before additional kits will be shipped.

    WHAT IF I ENCOUNTER ISSUES WHEN RENEWING ONLINE?

    Contact the Kiwanis International Member Services team at 317-875-8755 (worldwide) or 800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada) or e-mail memberservices@kiwanis.org. We'll work with you to complete the registration process.

    Thank you for supporting Builders Club!

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  • Show off your Builders Club!


    Sharing with your sponsoring Kiwanis club
    It’s important for club officers to share an end-of-the-year report with the sponsoring Kiwanis club. It's the best way to let Kiwanians know the Builders Club is making a difference — and to thank them for making it possible. 

    Since the Kiwanis advisor is a direct link to the sponsoring Kiwanis club, he or she can help Builders Club officers request time to present at an upcoming Kiwanis club meeting. And you can help the club officers develop their presentation.

    Here are ideas of what to include:
    • Service success. Share pictures and stories from the year's service projects. Include personal quotes from members and describe how the club has made a difference in their lives. Tell Kiwanians what members learned from volunteering, and why the club is important to the school and community. 
    • Numbers. Show Kiwanis club members how much they matter. Offer a club report that includes the number of students in the club, total dollars raised, total number of service projects—and any other relevant information. Highlight whatever is most important for them to know.
    • Feedback. Were any of the Builders Club’s projects similar to the Kiwanis club’s? Ask the Kiwanians — and get ideas for next year's service projects. Build momentum for the two clubs to be involved with each other in the future. 
    • Invitation. Can your meeting space accommodate extra guests? If so, encourage Kiwanis club members to attend the final meeting or the year-end party. This is a great way for Kiwanians to introduce themselves and observe Builders Club culture first-hand. 
    Most importantly, thank your sponsoring Kiwanis club! Ask Builders Club members to create thank-you cards ahead of time and distribute them to Kiwanians after the presentation.

    Sharing with your school leaders
    After presenting to the sponsoring Kiwanis club, encourage club officers to give a similar presentation to school leaders. When they see how students are partnering with adults to create a positive change in the school and community, school leaders will be encouraged to support Builders Club — and engage them with new opportunities. Remember: the faculty advisor is a direct link to the school, so he or she could help the club officers personally invite school leaders to an upcoming Builders Club meeting.

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  • Congratulations, contest winners!

    Hard copy submissions:

    • First place winner: Seminole Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Second place winner: Capitol Hill Montessori Builders Club, Capital district
    • Third place winner: St. Mary's Catholic School Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district

    Online submissions:

    • First place winner: Sierra Vista Middle School Builders Club, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Second place winner: Corner Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district 



    Congratulations to:

    • Wyndham of Capitol Hill Montessori Builders Club, Capital district
    • Tania of Jamestown Middle School Builders Club, Carolinas district
    • Carolina of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle – Central Builders Club, Florida district
    • Reese of Huntsville Middle School Builders Club, Missouri-Arkansas district 



    Congratulations to:

    • Faculty advisor Amey Watts of Pathways Academy Builders Club, Alabama district
    • Faculty advisor Glenroy Dixon of St. John’s College Builders Club, Bahamas district 
    • Faculty advisor Lesa Warrick of Capitol Hill Montessori Builders Club, Capital district
    • Kiwanis advisor Drumont Bowman of Hampton Roads Academy Builders Club, Capital district 
    • Faculty advisor Julie Draulans of Cypress Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Faculty advisor Alexis Reul of Corner Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Faculty advisor Stanley Glover of Marshall Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Faculty advisor Suzanne Croke of St. Mary’s School Sycamore Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district
    • Kiwanis advisor Annette Crow of Huntsville Middle School Builders Club, Missouri-Arkansas district 
    • Faculty advisor Tamara Long of Huntsville Middle School Builders Club, Missouri-Arkansas district 
    • Faculty advisor Ted Nieto of Lynn Middle School Builders Club, Southwest district 
    • Faculty advisor Christine Garza of CAS Builders Club, Southwest district
    • Kiwanis advisor Jonathan Moss of Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Builders Club, Southwest district 



    Congratulations to:

    • Isabel of Pathways Academy Builders Club, Alabama district
    • Alona of Capitol Hill Montessori School Builders Club, Capital district
    • Taylor of Glenview Middle School Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district
    • Brooklynn of St. Mary’s School Sycamore Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district
    • Alena of Goshen Middle School Builders Club, Indiana district
    • Chase of Goshen Middle School Builders Club, Indiana district
    • Tzu-Chin of Montford Middle School Builders Club, Florida district 
    • Trevor of Corner Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district 
    • Dominic of Lewiston Porter Middle School Builders Club, New York district 
    • Avery of Lewiston Porter Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • Brynn of Lewiston Porter Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • Donald of Lewiston Porter Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • Destiny of CAS Builders Club, Southwest district 



    Congratulations to the following distinguished clubs:

    • Pathways Academy Builders Club, Alabama district
    • Crossroads Christian Builders Club, Alabama district
    • Causey Middle School Builders Club, Alabama district
    • ACMS Builders Club, Alabama district
    • Sierra Vista Middle School Builders Club, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Kolb Middle School Builders Club, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Seaford Middle School Builders Club, Capital district
    • Kanapaha Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Montverde Academy Builders Club, Florida district 
    • Charlotte Prep Builders Club, Florida district
    • Trafalgar Middle School Builders Club, Florida district 
    • Pembroke Pines Charter Middle-Central Campus Builders Club, Florida district
    • Corner Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Seminole Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Union Park Middle School, Florida district
    • Cypress Lake Middle School Builders Club, Florida district
    • Marietta Middle School Builders Club, Georgia district
    • East Coweta Middle School, Georgia district
    • Marietta Sixth Grade Academy Builders Club, Georgia district
    • Immaculate Conception School Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district
    • St. Mary’s Builders Club, Illinois-Eastern Iowa district
    • Goshen Middle School Builders Club, Indiana district
    • Wawasee Middle School Builders Club, Indiana district
    • Scottsburg Middle School Builders Club, Indiana district
    • Kingsland Jr. High Builders Club, Minnesota-Dakotas district
    • Fridley Middle School Builders Club, Minnesota-Dakotas district
    • Lead-Deadwood Middle School Builders Club, Minnesota-Dakotas district
    • Huntsville Middle School Builders Club, Missouri-Arkansas district
    • East Middle School Butte MT Builders Club, Montana district
    • St. John's Builders Club, Nebraska-Iowa district
    • Washington Middle School Builders Club, Nebraska-Iowa district
    • Colebrook Builders Club, New England district 
    • Hackettstown Middle School Builders Club, New Jersey district
    • South Jersey Home School Builders Club, New Jersey district
    • Alfred G Berner Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • North Shore Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • Lew-Port Middle School Builders Club, New York district 
    • Carle Place Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • Lima West Builders Club, Ohio district
    • South Sci-Tech Magnet Builders Club, Ohio district
    • Liberty Arts Magnet Builders Club, Ohio district 
    • E. H. Markle Intermediate School Builders Club, Pennsylvania district
    • Donegal Jr. High Builders Club, Pennsylvania district 
    • Lynn Middle School Builders Club, Southwest district
    • Mohave Accelerated Learning Center, Southwest district
    • Joyce Clark Middle School Builders Club, Southwest district
    • Telesis Junior Academy Builders Club, Southwest district
    • CAS Builders Club, Southwest district
    • Fountain Hills Middle School Builders Club, Southwest district
    • Sapulpa Jr. High Builders Club, Texas-Oklahoma district
    • Bullard Middle School Builders Club, Texas-Oklahoma district
    • Eastern Hills Middle School Builders Club, Texas-Oklahoma district
    • Pardeeville Middle School Builders Club, Wisconsin-Upper Michigan district

    Congratulations to the following honor clubs:

    • Shasta Lake Builders Club, California-Nevada-Hawaii district
    • Jamestown Middle School Builders Club, Carolinas district
    • Thomas Jefferson Middle School, Florida district 
    • Bemis Junior High Builders Club, Michigan district
    • Woodmere Middle School Builders Club, New York district
    • North Builders Club, Ohio district 
    • Liberty Arts Magnet Builders Club, Ohio district
    Reports will continue to be accepted until August 15, 2018. Any submissions after that date WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 
    This list will be updated every Wednesday until August 16, 2018.








    Notice any information that needs to be updated? Let us know by contacting the Kiwanis International member services team at 1-800-549-2647 ext. 411 or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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  • Honor your club's supporters


    Appreciation doesn’t need to be formal to be profound. Volunteers who feel noticed and appreciated are much more likely to keep supporting your club — and to spread the word about the work you’re doing. No matter how much people have helped your club, they all deserve recognition for their contributions.

    In the United States, there are a few upcoming opportunities:
    Here are some ideas to get members started:
    • Make a bulletin board. Decorate using a theme and incorporate the names and photos of all the volunteers who have supported the club. Take a photo of the bulletin board and incorporate it into club communications, such as a newsletter or social media channels.
    • Pick up the phone. Either individually or as a group, members can reach out to thank each volunteer. Record the call and show your sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    • Put it in writing. Host a card-making meeting where members are encouraged to get creative. Use stickers, incorporate photos of past service projects, or craft pop-up art to make each thank-you note personal and meaningful.
    • Host a recognition event. Ask a local business to help sponsor a breakfast, lunch or award ceremony. It’s a great way to get help with hosting. Incorporate a public recognition aspect to mention volunteers’ specific contributions.
    Need more ideas? Check out the Builders Club Pinterest board for more fun and easy examples.

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