From October 3rd to the 5th, the International Board met for the fall meeting. There, we made major headway with our committee work. I serve on the Growth and Communication Committee, where Jenalee Beazley, Rip Livingston, Nicole Lema, Liz Moore, and I discussed a number of issues: Twitter Chats, webinars, the Key Club Magazine, the Brand Guide, and international growth. We additionally attended a myriad of helpful presentations at the Kiwanis International Headquarters. Overall, it was quite a productive weekend.
Similarly, after the Youth Opportunities Fund deadline on October 15th, the appropriate committee (composed of Barry Seng, Rip Livingston, and myself) began looking through submissions to determine which clubs would be awarded a grant. We will be meeting this upcoming weekend, from November 14th to 16th, to make final decisions about awards.
In addition, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF was certainly a huge success this year. As Key Club’s primary source of fundraising for The Eliminate Project, Key Clubbers throughout the world took the initiative to go trick-or-treating, so we will reach our 2015 goal to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus. Single clubs alone were able to raise thousands of dollars. Even though Halloween has passed, you all should continue to fundraise for The Eliminate Project! At our most recent meeting, the International Board set a goal for Key Club International to raise $1.4 million; it’s up to you all to make that dream into a reality.
As this next month continues on, there are a number of things for you all to keep in mind. First and foremost, I want to remind you all to submit videos for the Kiwanis Family Video by Wednesday, December 31st. Contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this proccess. Furthermore, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times for service; this autumn, go out into the community and help those who are less fortunate. Volunteer at a local homeless shelter, or help prepare meals for patients at a nearby hospital. It doesn’t matter how you choose to help, as long as you offer your service to the community around you.
Finally, even though it’s just November, start preparing for International Convention 2015 right now! With our celebration of Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary, we have a number of awesome programs scheduled for this event, including a concert from Hellogoodbye. Indianapolis also has a variety of surprising things to offer, whether that is outdoor opportunities, theme parks, or museums. Start fundraising now because ICON 2015 is definitely an event you don’t want to miss!
November is certain to be a busy month (#thestruggleisreal), but in the spirit of Thanksgiving and the end of the year, stay true to the central tenet of Key Club International: service. If, for any reason, you need to contact me during the next few months, please don’t hesitate to reach out. As always, I am here as a resource, guide, and friend for you all.
Happy November, everyone!
Yours in service,
Georgia, KIWIN’S, & Pacific-Northwest