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  • Send your #TOT4UNICEF funds by December 31!

    Submit funds
    Thank you for joining the fight to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus! Once your club has collected all donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund) and this completed gift form to:

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

    It’s important to send your funds directly to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. That way they can keep track of all funds raised. Remember, clubs that submit $250 or more will receive a special banner patch. Other recognition awards are also available.

    Celebrate
    And now that the hard work is done, share what your club did! Recognize members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus with a certificate. Announce your club’s accomplishment to the school and your sponsoring Kiwanis club. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social. No matter how your club celebrates, share your stories with us at Campaign@TheEliminateProject.org, Facebook and Twitter—or mail your letters, drawings and photos to the campaign office at the address listed above.

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  • Executing service projects with IDEA

    The third step of the IDEA Toolkit is called Execute the Project. The four goals are outlined below, and tools and resources are available at buildersclub.org/IDEA to guide you through the process. By the end of this step, your club will have completed a service project of their choice and learned skills such as budgeting, fundraising, event planning and more.

    Goals:
    • Members will set goals and reflect on their progress throughout the planning period.
    • Members will coordinate event details and collaborate on a successful service project.
    • Members will learn about budgeting and financial literacy.
    • Members will document the service project and bring awareness to the cause.
    Planning:

    Advisors and club officers should:
    • Read through all outlines and worksheets included in the Execute the Project section of the IDEA Toolkit.
    • Work together to answer this question: Which activities will be done during meetings, and which ones should members do individually?
    • Figure out which club officer will lead the club through each activity and how to get the best results.

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  • 6 Social Media and Photo Tips

    Social media is an efficient way to boost awareness. And a simple photo can say more than a paragraph of text—helping you share information, highlight achievements and communicate what your club is passionate about.

    Here are six tips for using social media and photography to show what your Builders Club is all about.

    1. Stay connected. "Like" the official Builders Club page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Feel free to share any images or stories that you think your community would like to see.

    2. Be responsible. Obtain a signed photo release form (found on page 59 in the advisor guide) and save it for every Builders Club member in your club. Be sure that you don’t post a picture of any member who does not have a photo release form on file.

    3. Keep it real. Photos of real events and activities help convey your club's culture. Snap a photo of your Builders Club in action. Take photos that capture an emotion. Capture moments at charter ceremonies, member and officer installations, hands-on service projects, advocacy efforts and fundraising events.

    4. Keep it in focus. Don't use blurry or small photos. Crisp photos look great on different types and sizes of devices and computers.

    5. Keep it simple. When describing your photo, give readers all the information they need to understand your post. But be concise—include only important details like club name, school name, location and activity. Try to keep text to two or three sentences.

    6. Be strategic. Use the @ tag to alert specific people that you're talking about them, giving them a heads-up, and are open to them responding. And always tag @BuildersClub so we can share your club's hard work!

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  • Kiwanis and youth protection

    Together, Kiwanis advisors and faculty advisors play an important role in the protection of Builders Club members. It’s all part of providing an environment in which they learn to become leaders.

    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.

    Kiwanis advisors to Builders Club are required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International on file with the Kiwanis club, and to follow all school policies regarding youth safety. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting Kiwanis members too.

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary to update your information in the Kiwanis secretary dashboard of the Kiwanis online reporting system. Once your status is updated, you will receive an email with instructions on how to complete your background check.

    All background checks are kept confidential. Individuals will not be notified if the background check is clear. It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club secretary dashboard as clear.

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  • It's time to Trick-orTreat for UNICEF!



    For the Kiwanis family, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, fairytale costumes and ghoulish treats. It’s a chance to put the fun in fundraising—and save lives through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy, you can protect a mother and her future newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus.  

    It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps for your project:   

    1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a trunk-or-treat. Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake off. The ideas are endless.
    2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then add in your expenses. This total is your fundraising goal.
    3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis family store. Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores.
    4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels, or make your own flier or display. Use them to let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    5. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by December 31, 2017, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit TheEliminateProject.org/trickortreat, or contact campaign@theeliminateproject.org.

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