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Service Leadership Programs - 02/28/2018
Submitted by: Dan Leikvold
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The goal of Kiwanis International is to inspire people of all ages to grow into skillful, caring, and service oriented leaders by helping them learn how to help others. All Kiwanians are aware of what their local Kiwanis Club is about, but are less familiar with the other membership programs found within the Kiwanis Family.

There is a wide variety of service and leadership opportunities designed for people of all ages. Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs (SLPs) are leadership and character-building programs often hosted in a school or other community entity and sponsored by the local Kiwanis club. SLPs have existed since the first Key Club was formed in 1925. Since then, millions of students...

March Update - 02/28/2018
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard
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Lt. Governor Elect Candidates: We are still in need of Lt. Governor Elect Candidates for 2018-2019 in some divisions. Contact your current Lt. Governor if interested. The Lt. Governor Education program will take place on April 27-29 in Fergus Falls.

Governor Elect Candidates for 2018-2019: As of this date we do not have any candidates for District Governor Elect 2018-2019. Contact the District Office for more information.

Member contact information: Remember that members can update their own contact information and other information that is on record with the Kiwanis International database. If your email address, regular mailing address changes, etc. you can go at any time and make...

Kiwanis Children's Fund - 02/27/2018
Submitted by: Kathy Welle
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From Kiwanis Children's Fund

*Club secretary newsletter – Starting this month, quarterly emails to club secretaries that will include five short messages about our causes and how we can serve their club. We aim to help educate club members by asking secretaries to share these items at their meeting.

*Annual Fund Update –Through the end of December, we have raised $402,530 towards our team goal of $1.8 million. You can help us meet this goal by encouraging members to consider supporting the Children’s Fund with an individual gift.

*2016-17 Today Clubs – Congratulations to the 1,063 clubs that achieved Today Club recognition for your generous support...

March Is The Time for New Members and New Clubs - 02/27/2018
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder
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I want to thank you all for the hard work you have being doing in your clubs. Not only is the service the best in your community, you continue to work on asking and bringing in new members. I want to recognize the following for their efforts from October through February. If I missed anyone, please contact your secretary to make sure that they have submitted their information to International. Also if you sponsored a member but are not listed below, we do not have you listed as a sponsor for a new member. It is very important that you complete the part of the application for Sponsorship when you bring in a new member. You deserve the Credit and we appreciate you.

Division 1 Todd Humphrey, Richard...

District Kiwanis Outreach Fund - 02/27/2018
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard
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The Minnesota Dakotas Kiwanis District established the Outreach Program to help Key Club and Circle K District Boards financially. All Outreach dollars are used by Key Club and Circle K for travel to build new sponsored youth clubs, expenses to attend Kiwanis District Conventions, Kiwanis special meetings, supplies, and equipment above the sponsored youth budgets.

The Outreach dollars are only used for our sponsored youth District Boards. No adult or Kiwanis member benefits from Outreach dollars. Kiwanis Clubs should send checks to the Kiwanis District office. Separate savings accounts are set up for Key Club and Circle K and funds are recorded and dispersed when deemed necessary.

For Information...

Service is the word - 02/26/2018
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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I hope all is going well with your club’s service projects.  If you have questions about any programs let me know if I can help you.

I want to remind you about the Scholastic Books coordinator, Angie Oshia, coming to our District for a visit. This will be the first time she will have visited our District since taking over the position from Stephanie Davern. She will be here on March 19th. She will be speaking at the Watertown S.D. club on the 19th. The club would like to invite you to attend their meeting on the 19th in Watertown at noon at the Ramkota Hotel.

After going to the Lead /Deadwood area on the 20th she will return to Sioux Falls, S.D. and attend the Wednesday noon...

Submitted by: Theresa Looby
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The Kiwanis family recognizes the role children play in society and defining the culture of the world. To prepare children to lead, Kiwanis has introduced Clubs for all ages. Each Club provides an opportunity for children to excel whether it be K-Kids, Builders, Key Club, Circle K or Aktion Club. In this article we will discuss the youngest Kiwanis children.

K-Kids is a world of energetic children searching for activities in which to participate. This energy is utiized in the Kiwanis K-Kids programm to develop LEADERSHIP and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT.

K-Kids is built on a foundation of three programs and three components to develop leadership skills and character education.

LEADERSHIP is achieved...

District creates new Facebook page - 02/26/2018
Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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The Kiwanis Clubs of Minnesota-Dakotas has a new Facebook page.

LIKE us: fb.me/KiwanisOfMinnDak

And TAG us in your posts so we can share your amazing successes!

How Will Your Club Celebrate? - 02/26/2018
Submitted by: Nancy Cornell Builders Club Administrator
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Builders Club Week is March 19-23. How will you celebrate? If your club sponsors a Builders Club, let them know how much you appreciate their service to the school, community and beyond. Be creative and surprise them. If you are the Kiwanis adviser to a Builders Club, go to the Builders Club website for ideas for each day of the week.
Kiwanis advisers to Builders Club, please keep your Kiwanis Club secretary apprised of any changes in the advisers for Builders Club. The club secretary needs to keep these updated using the secretary's dashboard.

Now is a good time to review the Annual Achievement Award to determine if your Builders Club is on track to be a Distinguished Club. It is an online...

THANK YOU SO MUCH - 02/25/2018
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder

I want to Thank You all for your thoughts and prayers for my son who had a massive heart attack, while refereeing a college basketball game on New Year's Eve day. He had to be shocked with an AED unit and CPR by a Dr. and Trainers. They flew him back to Sioux Falls where quadruple by pass was preformed.

He is doing real well and will start jogging next week and will be back reffing next year. God does answer prayers. Lois and I and his wife and daughters want to thank you all so much. KIWANIS IS TRULY A FAMILY.