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  • Service: Evaluating community needs

    Before your Builders Club chooses its next service project, members should spend a little time observing the needs of the school and community. What issues or problems do members see in their daily lives—and how can their club help? Encourage them to keep track of their observations by writing them down. At the next club meeting, each member can talk about what they discovered.

    Part of being service-minded is noticing the issues and conflicts around you in your everyday life and recognizing that you can make a difference. Here’s a way that Builders Club members can practice this very important leadership skill:

    At a club meeting, the club officers can challenge fellow members to observe their surroundings and what issues or problems they see. In addition, club members can reach out to their peers, parents and school administrators to see what problems they notice as well. Here are four questions club members can ask themselves when taking notes:

    • What would make my school or community better?
    • What problems exist in my school or community that my club can help solve?
    • Who do I know or see that could use my club’s help?
    • How can my club’s next service project leave a lasting impact on our school and/or community?
    At the following club meeting, members can get into groups and share their notes and findings. The groups can then choose one or two issues that they believe the club should focus on with their next service project. Each group should make a short presentation. Then the entire club can discuss the presentations and decide together what service project they would like to start researching and planning.


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  • Icebreaker: The observation game

    To prepare for the “evaluating community needs” exercise, your club could practice making observations with this icebreaker: 

    1. Club members get into two lines facing each other. If there is an odd number of members, the advisor can play the game too. 
    2. Give everyone 30 seconds to look at the person they are facing, paying attention to all the details about their partner. 
    3. The members in one line now turn facing the other way while the other line of members changes something about themselves. For example, a girl might take off a hair bow, or a boy might untuck his shirt. 
    4. When the members in the first line turn back around, they have to guess what their partner changed. 
    5. Now switch—let the first line make the change and the second line guess the difference.


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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Let’s celebrate!

    Builders Clubs around the country rocked Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year. Now it’s time to celebrate the moms and babies your club protected. Announce your accomplishment to the school. Recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus with a certificate or a thank you card. Share your stories and photos with us at Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org, Facebook and Twitter—or mail your letters, drawings and photos to the campaign office. 

    And don’t forget to transform your hard-earned funds into lifesaving vaccines. Once you’ve collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund) and your completed gift form to:

      The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
      Kiwanis Children’s Fund
      P.O. Box 6457 - Dept #286
      Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA
      ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

    To ensure your club receives proper recognition for its efforts, be sure to write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check, and mark “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” on your gift form. Clubs that submit more than US$250 by December 31, 2016, will receive a special banner patch.

    Thank you for helping make this the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF year yet and for making a difference for moms and babies!

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