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  • Sneak Peek: Program kits

    The Builders Club kits received an exciting makeover this year! Members will find resources and materials to help make 2015–16 a memorable year, including some new items: officer guides, table tents and a calendar. Once your Kiwanis club secretary has renewed the Builders Club, the member kit will be mailed to the school or address indicated at time of payment. 

    Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s kits:

    • Revised member handbooks. Encourage students to refer to the handbook regularly. This year, it includes a calendar for planning events, and it’s handy for sharing information with parents. 
    • Member cards and pins. Ensure members receive one of each so they can show their Builders Club pride. Designate a day each week (preferably the club meeting day) for members to wear their pins at school.
    • Officer and advisor pins. In addition to the member pin, give each advisor and officer a pin to reflect his or her title. Host a club officer installation to honor new officers. A suggested outline for this ceremony event is on page 34 of the advisor guide.
    • NEW! Calendar poster. Help members stay on track throughout the school year by hanging this poster in your club meeting room and keeping it updated with meeting dates and service projects. The calendar also serves as a recruitment tool, showcasing all of the ways a potential new member can get involved. 
    • NEW! Officer guides. Here’s a fresh addition to the kits: guides designed specifically for each club officer role (president, vice president, etc.). Each guide is unique to a position’s responsibilities, but all are designed with the same basic structure—with job descriptions, tools to help plan or prepare, resources and helpful websites, and checklists of responsibilities. 
    • NEW! Table tents. Another addition for 2015–16, a table tent has been created with the title of each club officer to use during club meetings. Consider laminating them to keep them in good condition, or collect them after every meeting. 
    • Advisor guide. Created for both the faculty advisor and the Kiwanis advisor, this guide is filled with information and tips for supporting a Builders Club. You can also download a digital copy or purchase additional printed copies.



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  • Service project interviews

    An advisor inspires club members to find their inner passion for service and to become leaders. A great way to do this: allow club members to plan every step of the club’s service projects. 

    The first step to a student-led service project is for members to complete service project interviews. Have club members interview people in the school and community to get a better idea of what service projects are needed. Once this research is completed, have members share their findings with each other and discuss which causes they would like to support during the Builders Club year. The club should then decide how many—and which—service projects they will plan for the year and set a timeline for each one. When members make the club’s decisions, they will be more closely connected to the core issues they’re addressing. And they will be more invested in their projects’ success. 



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  • Worldwide Day of Play

    Nickelodeon inspires kids to take action and make a difference in the world. Through the Worldwide Day of Play initiative, Nickelodeon will celebrate kids’ love of play this September on Saturday, Sept. 26. The network will suspend programming from noon to 3 p.m. in order to encourage kids to get up, get out and get active! Plan activities for the day and help K-Kids members get outside and get moving with Kiwanis Vision Partner Nickelodeon by hosting an event like a jump-rope-a-thon, basketball game or soccer tournament. 

    For more ideas, view Nickelodeon’s top ten ways to get out and play. Consider hosting an event with other Kiwanis-family members, and register your event as an official Worldwide Day of Play event to make this year the best yet. Learn more about how you can encourage children to get up and get active at thebighelp.com.  



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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: It’s almost here!

     
    October is right around the corner, and the fun is just about to begin.

    Is your club ready to join Kiwanis-family clubs around the globe for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF 2015? The donations collected by your Builders Club will help eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus from the face of the Earth.

    Hopefully by now, your club has selected this year's project for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, and you're ready to turn your plan into action. 

    Here are four simple steps to plan your project. 

    • Set a goal. After you determine your project, estimate what you'll raise and then subtract your expenses. This is your fundraising goal. Motivate club members by sharing the number of lives they'll save. If you can save or protect 555 lives, you will be eligible for the 1K patch. 
    • Get your supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores. If you still need boxes, you can order them from the Kiwanis store
    • Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels or make your own displays, letting everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club. You can even ask them to match the funds you raised and your Kiwanis Club will be recognized with the Unity Award—a great honor!
    • Submit your donations and be recognized. Send your donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by Dec. 31, 2015, your club will earn a banner patch. Learn about other recognition opportunities at TheEliminateProject.org/slprecognition. You can do it!
    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. Visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org for more information.


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  • Kiwanis Youth Protection Week

     
    Kiwanis International is a premier provider of youth-service clubs and programs. When it comes to youth safety, Kiwanis holds all members to the highest standards of conduct and awareness. This is Kiwanis Youth Protection Week, during which Kiwanis clubs are educating members on youth safety—and ensuring that the clubs are in compliance with the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines.


    Kiwanis advisors to Builders Club
    are required to have a clear criminal history background check on file with the Kiwanis club and to be in compliance with all school policies regarding youth safety. 

    Faculty advisors to Builders Club are encouraged to read the Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines and share the school’s own youth protection policies with the sponsoring Kiwanis club.

    Together, Kiwanis advisors and faculty advisors play an important role in the protection of Builders Club members—and providing an environment in which they learn to become leaders in their communities.

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