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  • Member kits to arrive in September!

    It’s that time of year! The 2017–18 membership kits will be mailed to all active clubs in September. To help ensure that the Builders Club receives its kit with enough materials, reach out to the secretary of your sponsoring Kiwanis club. Have that person complete the following steps by August 31:

    1. Round up info. The sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary needs to get the number of Builders Club members for the 2017–18 year and the address to which the kit should be mailed.
    2. (Kiwanis club secretary) Log into KiwanisOne at reporting.kiwanisone.org. On the secretary dashboard, under Sponsorships, select the “pencil” icon located next to each Builders Club that the Kiwanis club sponsors.
    3. Update the club info. Confirm or update the membership count.
    4. Update the mailing address. Verify or update the mailing address to which the membership kit should be shipped.
    The sponsoring Kiwanis club will be asked to pay the renewal fee for the Builders Club in October. The invoice will appear under the Finance tab at the top of the Secretary dashboard at the beginning of the Kiwanis fiscal year.
    Membership kits include membership pins, cards, advisor guides and much more! Please coordinate with the sponsoring Kiwanis club secretary to complete these steps by August 31—so the Builders Club will have the resources to start their year of fun, fellowship and service!

    Important notes:
    • If the faculty advisor information needs to be updated, send a detailed email to memberservices@kiwanis.org. If the Kiwanis advisor information needs to be updated, make this change on the front page of the Secretary dashboard under Sponsorships.
    • If a K-Kids or Builders Club will not be active in 2017–18, email memberservices@kiwanis.org at your earliest convenience so that a membership kit will not be mailed in September.

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  • Resources for advisors

    Thank you for being a Builders Club advisor. You’re a mentor, coach and role model for members. It’s an important role—so we make numerous resources available to you. In fact, August is a great time to start getting familiar with them. Your resources include:

    • Builders Club advisor online education courses. All advisors have access to interactive training that delivers the knowledge and resources needed to guide and mentor a successful Builders Club. Whether you're a new or experienced advisor, these training courses will enhance and strengthen your skills.
    • Builders Club advisor guide. Designed to help you support members throughout the school year, the guide has a calendar checklist, service and fundraising project ideas, and much more! A printed copy will be included in the renewal kit. If you prefer, you can use the digital copy online
    • Builders Club website. The advisor resource page on the Builders Club website has downloadable forms and templates—such as a photo release form, Builders Club brochure and the advisor’s monthly checklist.


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  • A new IDEA is coming soon!

    Builders Club is excited to unveil the IDEA Toolkit, a resource for high-impact service. The toolkit will be included in the 2017–18 member kits this September. It has been created to guide club officers through the steps of leading a service project that leaves a big impact on the school and/or community.

    High-impact service occurs when members are fully invested in the project. Such an experience positively affects both members and beneficiaries, and the results last beyond the present. Coming in September 2017, Builders Club will introduce the IDEA Toolkit for club officers. IDEA is a four-step process for clubs to complete a high-impact service project of their choosing from beginning to end. The four steps to IDEA are:

    Identify the Need
    Develop the Passion
    Execute the Project
    Advance the Impact

    The toolkit includes club activities, handouts, discussion notes and more to help club officers lead their club through a high-impact service project: researching needs in their community, brainstorming solutions, planning and reflecting on the process. Stay tuned for updates on the IDEA Toolkit by following us on Facebook and Twitter.


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  • Celebrate your club’s year!

    Did your Builders Club do incredible things this year? Are you proud of your members and their accomplishments? Encourage club officers to share the good news with the school and sponsoring Kiwanis club!

    As the end of the school year approaches, it’s a great time for club officers to give the sponsoring Kiwanis club and the school administration a full report on what the Builders Club has achieved. Here is some of the information club officers can include in the presentation:

    • Service success. Share pictures and stories from the year’s service projects, and share what club members have learned from volunteering.
    • Numbers. Show how important the Builders Club is to the school and community by sharing a club report, including the number of students in the club, total dollar amount raised, number of service projects, etc. 
    • Invitation. Encourage the Kiwanis club members and/or school administration to come to the school year’s final Builders Club meeting or the year-end party.
    • Feedback. Ask for ideas on next year’s service projects—and how the Builders Club can be even more successful next year.
    Most important, share a message of thanks to the sponsoring Kiwanis club and the school administration for their support.



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  • Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

    Teacher Appreciation week is May 1–5. It’s a perfect occasion for Builders Club, since teachers have a huge impact on club members. Here are five unique ways the club can celebrate their teachers during the week:
    • Tell” on the teacher. Encourage members to write a letter to the school administration or principal describing all the ways in which their favorite teacher has gone the extra mile. Ask whether the teachers can be recognized at a school event. 
    • Decorate the school. Builders Club members could make posters and other decorations that feature messages of appreciation. Post them in the hallways—and maybe even hang streamers from classroom doors.
    • Offer a snack cart. Members could each bring in a fun snack item. Place the snacks on a cart for members to take turns wheeling around the building, offering a snack and a few words of appreciation to each teacher.
    • Organize a car wash. Invite teachers and other school staff to a free after-school car wash in the parking lot. 
    • Present certificates of appreciation. Invite teachers to the next Builders Club meeting—where each one can be presented with a member-made certificate that includes personalized reasons why he or she is appreciated.
    Share how your club celebrated by tagging @BuildersClub when posting your stories and photos on Facebook or Twitter.

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