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Risk Management and Youth Protection - 11/30/2017
Submitted by: Dan Leikvold
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Given the nature of our organization and its relationship to Service Leadership Programs and volunteer work done in the service of children, most Kiwanis members will be involved at some point in some type of project with youth. Therefore, in order to avoid an incident involving a youth and/or club member(s), Kiwanians need to hold themselves and our fellow members to the highest standards of conduct and awareness. To this end, every Kiwanian needs to be trained in risk management and youth protection.

Below are many resources that outline Kiwanis’ policies related to working with youth and provide training materials to implement a training at your club, division or district event. The...

December Update - 11/30/2017
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard
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Greetings! The holiday season is upon us and it is a great time to get involved in Kiwanis service and help others in your community! We wish all of you and your families a very happy holiday season.

Governor Elect Candidates: If you are interested in running for Governor Elect for 2018-2019, please submit a picture and a short biographical sketch not to exceed 600 words, along with an endorsement from your home club, to the District Kiwanis Office, P.O. Box 735, Dalton, MN 56324 no later than February 15, 2018 to be included in the March issue of the MINNEKOTAN. Candidates can announce their intention to run at a later date, but may not be able to have an article in the MINNEKOTAN or district...

The Formula Team in Action - 11/29/2017
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder
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Wow, we are off to a great start. Division 4 was first to open a new Club this Kiwanis Year. Welcome to the Kiwanis Club of Sturgis 321 which will meet every 3rd Tuesday at the Veteran’s Club on Main Street in Sturgis in the evenings at 6-7 P.M.

Division 7 Formula Team led by Randy Schmidt along with Governor Dan, International Trustee-Greg Beard, Theresa Looby, Denny Cornell, David Harms and myself spent 4 days pounding the pavement in Kasson/Mantorville, MN to work on opening a club soon.

We had 47 new members reported to our District from Kiwanis International. This consisted of 14 from Minnesota, 11 from North Dakota and 6 plus a new club opening of 16 for South Dakota. Please...

Time For Giving - 11/29/2017
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder
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Christmas is a time for giving so why not consider some of the options the Minnesota-Dakota District Educational Foundation, Inc offers for scholarships. It is registered as a charitable non-profit corporation with the Secretaries of State in Minnesota, North and South Dakota. All gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

$100 could buy a Vantine Life Fellowship recognizing a Kiwanian and or other members of their family. This could be a gift to a special member, a friend, spouse or a Club gift recognizing outstanding work or a gift for a retiring Club President, Lieutenant Governor or Fund Raising Chairperson. Think what $100 could do to help our youth continue furthering their education....

Service Programs Are The Life of Kiwanis - 11/28/2017
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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Last week Jeff Anderson and I were honored to be asked by Governor Dan to attend the dedication of a joint venture Scholastic Reading Oasis in Lead, South Dakota. It was placed in the Boys and Girls Club in Lead. Kiwanis was the energy behind placing this Oasis. They found a way to get this done even though they are a small club with limited resources. They asked the Optimists, Elks and another donor to be part of the joint venture. The children and the club are excited about this gift. The Elks Club even purchased tables for a room where the Oasis is located. Yes they have their own special room.

Why doesn’t your club look at this and other ways of getting a Reading Oasis...

ICON: Hotels - 11/28/2017
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, OTIC Chair
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Las Vegas offers a wide variety of hotels, but only two will put you in the heart of convention action. Whether you opt for Paris or Bally’s, your hotel will include a pool, a spa, and a salon to make you feel great on your way out shopping or down to the casino. Summer shows at Paris will include “Circus 1903” and “Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man.” Bally’s stages will host “Masters of Illusion,” “Paranormal – The Mind Reading Magic Show,” and “Solid Gold Soul.”

For fine dining at Paris, check out Gordon Ramsay Steak. The Eiffel Tower restaurant includes a great view of The Strip and a menu section just...

Here comes the Holiday Season - 11/28/2017
Submitted by: Kathy Welle
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Greetings from the incoming MN-DAK District Chair for Kiwanis Int’l Children’s Fund.

Following Chuck Schroder, who held the position for 19 years, will be a challenge. However, with all your support,
we will continue to make MN-Dakotas District proud. Thank you Chuck for your assistance.

I joined Kiwanis Club of Col. Hts.-Fridley in 2000. I am the immediate Past Lt. Governor for Division 7 until 9/30/2018. How time flies when you are having fun. By the time you read this, it will be okay to wish everyone an early Merry Christmas. Scary!

Kiwanis is promoting a new program called Children’s Fund Telethon. As the District Chair, I am in the process of making contact with...

New Kiwanis Partnership - 11/28/2017
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder
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United Medicare Advisors is now a new Partner with Kiwanis International. Our partnership with United Medicare Advisors brings value to our members by helping U.S. Kiwanians get information about Medicare options and rates. Work with United Medicare Advisors to better understand Medicare and secure a top-rated Medigap plan with their complimentary quotes and consultations. They can be found at https://www.unitedmedicareadvisors.com/umakiwanis1/

Don’t forget our partner with Visa. Carry Kiwanis with you wherever you go. Increase your impact every time you shop, dine or travel with a Kiwanis Visa Rewards Credit Card. Tis the Season. Use your card everywhere Visa is accepted and Commerce...

K-Dollars - A Fun Fundraising Idea - 11/27/2017
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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Pull out all the ones in your wallet, and check the letter in the Federal Reserve Seal. Is it a K? If so, put that aside for your next club fundraiser. Whether finishing your Eliminate pledges, starting your Kiwanis Children’s Fund contributions, or building funds to qualify for a grant, use K-Dollars as a fun tactic to boost your collection.

Thinking of our Veterans - 11/27/2017
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Sharon Scudder
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The Sturgis Golden “K”s Satellite Club had a special project that was introduced by a special quiet member. Marilyn Krogen volunteers at the Veterans Clothing Office at the Fort Meade Veteran’s Hospital in Sturgis, SD. She saw a need at the hospital that the Satellite Club could help with and thus went forward to solicit for New Boxer, Briefs, T-Shirts and Socks for the Veterans who were in the hospital. This is the 3rd year that the project was done and was very successful this year. Many of our partners involved were the Black Hills Federal Credit Union who is a corporate member and all the Banks in Sturgis, Shopko, Cambell Supply, and all the citizens in the community who...