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  • 3 Simple ways to empower club members

    One key responsibility to being a Builders Club advisor is empowering students to lead the club and make decisions. Here are 3 simple ways advisors can help life the confidence of club members:

    • Ask for their input. When members wonder what the club should do next, ask them for their thoughts. If they respond by asking you, help them along by asking, "Well, what do you think?" With the encouragement to think through their problems, members can come to their own solutions and feel more determined to conquer the problem.
    • Give specific praise. Everyone enjoys receiving recognition, but specific praise can really impact a member. When you give praise to a member, be sure to explain exactly what the member did to be successful. 
    • Point out their individual strengths. As an advisor, encourage individual members to take on responsibilities and tasks that play to their strengths. Members will feel more engaged with an important role and contribute to the club's success.

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  • Builders Club activities around the world!

    There are more than 45,000 Builders Club members around the world. Ever wonder what other clubs are doing? Check ou these recent success stories!

    • We welcomed our first Builders Club in Japan! The Builders Club of ACMS in Alabama created this amazing video to welcome the Builders Club of Otemae Junior High School in Japan. Welcome to the Kiwanis family!
    • The Builders Club of Finley Middle School recently received recognition for their work in identifying a need for a school food pantry, and working together to create one. Now every student in the school has a place to get personal care items and food to last them through the weekend. Amazing work by these club members!
    • When news broke that a local cemetery discovered that American Revolutionary War soldiers had been found buried in their plots, the Builders Club of Ogdensburg Free Academy jumped into action to fundraise over $2,500 for a monument to be built in the soldiers' honor. 
    • The Builders Club of Kraft Meadows Middle School created adorable superhero capes that serve as blankets for small children at a local shelter housing women and children seeking refuge from abusive situations. The club not only spent time creating the capes, they also worked together to hold a fundraiser and advocate for the project.
    Want to hear more stories like these? Follow Builders Club on Facebook and Twitter! That’s where great stories are always being shared. And don’t forget to share your stories by tagging @BuildersClub.

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  • 3 ways to connect with Key Club

    Builders Club puts students on the path to lifelong servant leadership. Help them stay on that path after middle school: Encourage members to join Key Club in high school. In fact, get them familiar with the program now! We have three ideas for making a lasting connection.

    Ask Builders Club officers to contact Key Clubs in your area and see if the two clubs can collaborate. Here are three suggestions:

    • Attend each other’s meetings. This is a great way for the two clubs to support each other and even combine their efforts as they make a difference in the community. When members are regularly in each other’s presence, the clubs can learn from each other and share ideas.
    • Serve together. Encourage the club presidents to coordinate a project in which members from both clubs serve side by side.
    • Be social. A great way the two clubs can get to know each other is through fellowship. This can be something as simple as a pizza party or a tour of the high school. It’s an opportunity for middle school students who are curious—maybe even a little nervous—about high school to have a relaxed setting to explore and ask questions. Builders Club members should take the opportunity to ask Key Clubbers what it’s like to be in high school. Work with your members to brainstorm questions, so they go in feeling comfortable asking the teens about their experiences. 

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  • Spread the love: recruit new members

    Do your members love being a part of Builders Club? Ask them to brainstorm ways they could get even more members to see how awesome it is! In fact, a recruitment drive makes it a group effort. Here are five steps Builders Club members can follow: 

    • Discussion. The club officers could lead a discussion on why the club needs more members—and how inviting other students to join can have a positive impact on them.  
    • Brainstorm. The club can discuss how to motivate other students to join. Questions to help facilitate brainstorming include: What are simple ways that we can ask others? Should we hold a special event? Are there places such as announcements or bulletin boards where we can post an invitation? 
    • Plan. The club should start planning the details of their recruitment drive: the responsibilities of each member, the timeline and deadlines for the event, talking points regarding why students should join, etc.  
    • Execute. Encourage members to show their Builders Club pride as they host their recruitment drive. Members should be able to express why others should join, how to join and what the club's upcoming activities are. 
    • Celebrate. Once the new members are initiated and welcomed into the club, celebrate with a small party or member rewards. 
    For a list of recruitment ideas, refer to page 46 of the K-Kids & Builders Club guide.

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  • New year, new service project

    In November's edition of the BC Wire, we shared how Builders Club can evaluate community needs—and make an informed decision on what service project would best address them. The next step is for the club to gather information about the cause and who would benefit, and for each individual member to develop a connection with the project. Here are a few ways to encourage each club member to become passionate about the service project: 

    • Get them curious. Middle school students are curious by nature. Let them ask questions and research answers.  
    • Bring in an expert. When possible, bring in an outside community resource to help explain the need and how the project will benefit people.  
    • Personal reflection. Have each member take a few moments to write a personal letter to themselves about what the service project means to them. Ask them to think about why they want to participate and what they already know about it.  
    • Let the students plan and lead. Members feel empowered—and connected to a cause—when they put their leadership skills into practice.  
    Help your club hit the ground running in 2017—put their enthusiasm and curiosity to use in your community!

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