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  • New Year's resolutions: Start a chain reaction

    This year is coming to a quick end, and 2013 is right around the corner. Have you talked about New Year's resolutions with your members? Many of us are guilty of making a resolution to get into shape and by February 1, we've already given up. Work with your members to set goals they really want to keep such as getting all A's or being a better sibling. If each of your members sets a goal, the impact may start a chain reaction around the school.

    Are your Builders Club members willing to start a chain reaction of compassion? Students' resolutions may range from managing their time better to impacting 150 people's lives by the following New Year's. Take time at your meetings to discuss the members' resolutions and talk about any improvements that can help them reach their goals. Checking up on the goals will hold the members accountable for the difference they wanted to make. Why not have some fun and make a colorful poster?

    We'll explore how to keep the resolutions throughout the year in the January issue of the BC Wire.

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  • Service projects for the holidays

    The holiday season is the perfect time for your club to do several different types of service projects. From cards for the troops to ornament making, your members hopefully wont go without service this season.

    Glass ornaments
    Go to your local craft store and stock up on clear glass ornaments. These nifty little decorations can give your service projects for the rest of the year! Fill them with things that you’re thankful for in November, glitter or beads to hand out to teachers during December, or grow clovers in there for St. Patrick’s day.

    Cards for the troops
    Provide a welcome “touch of home” for our troops during the holiday season.  Each year cards are collected between October and early December and then distributed at military installations, veteran’s hospitals, and in other locations. 

    Please observe the following guidelines to ensure a quick reviewing process:
    Every card received will be screened for hazardous materials by Pitney Bowes and then reviewed by Red Cross volunteers working around the country.)

    -Ensure that all cards are signed.
    -Use generic salutations such as “Dear Service Member.” Cards addressed to specific individuals cannot be delivered through this program.
    -Only cards are being accepted. Do not send or include letters.
    -Do not include email or home addresses on the cards: the program is not meant to foster pen pal relationships.
    -Do not include inserts of any kind, including photos: these items will be removed during the reviewing process.
    -Please refrain from choosing cards with glitter or using loose glitter as it can aggravate health issues of ill and injured warriors.
    -If you are mailing a large quantity of cards, please bundle them and place them in large mailing envelopes or flat rate postal shipping boxes. Each card does not need its own envelope, as envelopes will be removed from all cards before distribution.

    All holiday greetings should be addressed and sent to:
             Holiday Mail for Heroes
             P.O. Box 5456
            Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

    The deadline for having cards to the P.O. Box is Friday, December 7th.
    Holiday cards received after this date cannot be guaranteed delivery.


    Cut out a place-mat size piece of paper and different colors of leaves. Write on the leaves what you are thankful for. Glue the leaves onto the place-mats and then laminate them. You can also add other things like tic-tac-toe boards or holiday themed jokes. These make easy gifts for teachers, Kiwanians or parents.

    Other ideas
    Try making concrete plates out of aluminum pie pans and have members leave hand-prints in them. I’m sure many clubs do food drives this time of year, but what about making holiday themed dinners for babies? Buy tradition holiday dinner baby foods and add in a special bib and spoon to complete the package. Donate them to local charities or agencies for teen moms.

    Have more great seasonal service projects? Send them to Nicole Harris at

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  • Builders Club Contests: The Eliminate Project Book

    We are well into the new Builders Club year and some clubs are getting a head start on their contest projects. Clubs are working hard on their scrapbooks and writing drafts to their speeches. If you have taken a look at the 2012–13 contest booklet, you will notice that there is a new contest this year. Every year we have a Builders Club book contest, but this year we added one more book, The Eliminate Project book. Builders Club members will be able to create a one of a kind book that showcases everything that they've learned about The Eliminate Project. This can turn into a great tool to use later on to educate new members on what the project is all about. 

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  • Kiwanis Family Month

    Anyone can go out and do service, but with Kiwanis, you are a part of something much larger. From our youngest K-Kids to our oldest Kiwanians, we have generations of members who are passionate about service and making a difference. November is a time to celebrate that family. Here are some ideas to help you get started. 

    Project Ideas

    • K-KIDS What was your favorite childhood book? Take the time to read your most loved book to K-Kids members and tie in a fun service project that relates to the story that you can do together.
    • KEY CLUB Invite Key Club members to your meeting and do a hands-on service project or to talk about high school.
    • CIRCLE K College can get pretty stressful. Why not take the time to send your local CKI club notes of encouragement and a sweet snack?
    • AKTION CLUB Make a poster of your club members handprints to share with Aktion Club. Write the phrase “High 5 for being awesome, Aktion Club!”
    • KIWANIS November is also a month to be thankful, so why not tell your Kiwanis Club why you are thankful for it?

    Kiwanis Family links

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  • 5 tips for building up Builders Club

    1. Students are stepping up to be leaders. Giving students that chance to step up and be that leader is one of the best parts of Builders Club. Just because a student isn’t president doesn’t mean that there aren’t other opportunities. Make him or her a chair of a committee for The Eliminate Project or encourage him or her to take charge of a service project. Always let students know when they are doing a great job either verbally or with a special note. It may not be a big deal to you, but it just might mean the world to them.

    2. Positive reinforcement always makes a difference. Sometimes middle school students are way too cool to participate. Why not add a sweet incentive? Any student who completes five service hours a month gets a full-size candy bar of his or her choice. Make a chart of different levels the kids can reach. If you reach your goal of service hours as a club, host an ice cream party! A little positive reinforcement might just jump-start all sorts of motivation. At the end of the year, recognize your MVV (Most Valuable Volunteer).

    3. Invite speakers to your meetings. For example, if you're making care packages for firefighters to give to little kids who have lost everything, invite a firefighter to come in and talk about it. Making kids aware that there are other children in their own community who have nothing might really deepen that passion for service.

    4. Do service projects and fundraisers with the K-family. Working with K-Kids will make your members feel like role models. Working with Key Club or Circle K members will make them feel cool because they know an older kid. Take it one step further and create a buddy system.

    5. Get your club involved with the school. Try out projects such as a school-wide dance or kickball tournament. Make Builders Club the club that every kid wants to be a part of. This will make your members proud to wear their Builders Club gear (if they weren’t already before) and help increase your membership.

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