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  • Keep youth safer with new guidelines

    If Kiwanis is to remain the premier provider of youth service programs, Kiwanis must hold itself to the highest standards to protect the more than 300,000 youth in our care — and ourselves. The Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines are updated and the new rules go into effect October 1.

    Clubs are now required to:

    Educate and inform members about the new guidelines each year, using updated training materials including a presentation, guide and worksheet.

    Have a clear background check of any member serving as an advisor to any Service Leadership Program club. Develop a club policy on background checks if you don’t already have one.

    Report any troubling behavior to the appropriate personnel at an event and to law enforcement personnel, if appropriate, following all local, state, provincial and federal laws regarding reporting. The trainer’s guide will help you better understand what behavior is defined as troubling.

    Kiwanians guard the youth in our care because it’s the right thing to do. The updated Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines will make that crucial responsibility easier. Visit www.kiwanisone.org/youthprotection and check out the archived webinar for more details. Or contact the Kiwanis member services team at 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411, and by email at memberservices@kiwanis.org.



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  • Halloween’s a spooky-good time to raise MNT funds

    Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF is your club’s chance to lend a helping hand this Halloween. You can host a talent show, dance, trunk-or-treat, pumpkin carving or decorating contest, haunted house, ghost run—or whatever your club thinks will be the most fun.

    The funds you and other Kiwanis-family clubs collect will once again support The Eliminate Project. So all those coins—which have added up to more than US$1.1 million the past two years—will save and protect mothers and babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus.

    Now is the time to plan your activity. Order collection boxes, get ideas and learn about recognition and goals for club fundraising at www.TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat.

    Get your school involved. Get your entire community involved. Get the word out so we can beat last year’s total and save or protect even more lives this year!

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  • Learn key leadership skills in a weekend

    How can you learn to change the world for the better in just two days — not to mention, yourself? By attending a Key Leader weekend! You’ll learn to be a servant-leader, make new friends and form strategies to help your school and community become better places.
     
    Plan now to go to one of these Key Leader fall 2013 weekends.
     
    September 20-22: New Brunswick and the Wisconsin Dells
    October 4-6: Arizona and Pennsylvania
    October 11-13: Colorado and Missouri
    October 18-20: California, Colorado, Georgia, Oregon, Virginia and the British Virgin Islands
    October 25-27: Indiana, New Hampshire, Nova Scotia and Ontario
    November 1-3: Iowa and Ontario
    November 8-10: Arkansas and Nebraska
    November 15-17: California and Ohio
    November 22-24: New Jersey
     
    Learn more from Key Leader success stories, get tips from the Online Registration Checklist and then register now! You’re a weekend away from becoming a Key Leader.



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  • Renew your K-Kids, Builders Club for new year

    Clubs: Thank you so much for sponsoring K-Kids and Builders Clubs! What a great opportunity Kiwanians have to help youth build and grow their leadership skills and become better people. A new school year means it’s time register your K-Kids and Builders Clubs to ensure your students have the updated materials they need in time for the kickoff meeting.

    There are two equally-important steps you must complete:

    ● Send your $150 per-club sponsorship fee to the Kiwanis International Office
    ● Register your clubs at the Club Renewal Center to prompt the mailing of program kits to your club. Kits include member buttons/pins, officer buttons/pins, cards, handbooks, certificates, posters and advisor resources.

    Being a leader means being prepared. Get everything ready for another great K-Kids and Builders Club year with the right materials at the right time by renewing now. And make sure the club advisor’s contact details are current so they’ll receive the email updates they need from Kiwanis International, too.

    The Kiwanis member services team can answer your questions and send additional supplies when you call 1-800-KIWANIS, ext. 411 (USA and Canada), or email memberservices@kiwanis.org.

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