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Membership Goals - 02/28/2017
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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On February 17th, I had the honor of meeting International President Jane Erickson and 9 other western US Governors in Phoenix, AZ. The big topic of discussion was the health of our Kiwanis Clubs and the ways in which our clubs influence and support the children of the world.

We have slowed the decline in numbers by implementing The Formula and working with strategic I-Plans at the International, District and club levels but we still have a ways to go to make sure Kiwanis continues to be able to help our communities and the children of the world. So far this year, 195 new members have joined our Kiwanis clubs. I want to thank each of you that sponsored a new club member. That number is...


100th MN DAK District Convention - 02/28/2017
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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I hope each of you are looking into attending our 100th MN DAK District Convention on August 11 to 13 in Watertown, SD. Judie Rosendahl is heading a great team that is going to make this a great convention for Kiwanians and their families.

I have posted a picture of the recent MN DAK Circle K District Convention where every Circle K club was represented as a challenge to each of you to have your club send someone to our 100th District Convention.

One highlight that has already been tied down is a night at the Terry Redlin Center. You will view many of his original outdoor life and wildlife paintings as well as a dinner served on site.

There will also be information on the District's...


March Update - 02/27/2017
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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District Convention Director Position Opening: Judie Rosendahl our current District Convention Director has indicated that she will be stepping down after this year’s convention. Anyone interested in this volunteer position should contact Governor Elect Dan Leikvold or Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas for additional information. If possible we like to have someone appointed to the position as soon as possible so they can work alongside Judie during this year’s convention.

Lt. Governor Elect Candidates: We are still in need of Lt. Governor Elect Candidates for 2017-2018 in some divisions. Contact your current Lt. Governor if interested. The Lt. Governor Education program...


BIG CHANGES COMING - 02/26/2017
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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There are many changes coming to the Kiwanis International Foundation. Today we will talk about the first one. It is no longer called the Kiwanis International Foundation. It is now called "THE CHILDREN'S FUND" and rightfully so. The foundation has always been about helping children by changing the world ONE CHILD and ONE COMMUNITY at a time. We are all about children. So it is fitting that we be called the "CHILDREN'S FUND".

I will be talking more next month about other changes that will be taking place and how it is for the betterment of Kiwanis. But we still need the help of each of you and your clubs by contributing the $10.00 pr member and donating to a...


March for March of Dimes - 02/26/2017
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, MN-DAK Partnership Coordinator
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Happy March my fellow Kiwanis members. I want to thank the Fargo/Moorhead and Grand Forks clubs for stepping up to helping with our International Partners at IHOP. Good luck in helping the Miracle Network and making the community aware of Kiwanis.

Today, I would like to feature our Partner, the March of Dimes. Help 380K Babies Born Too Soon Walk. When you walk, you help moms have healthy pregnancies, support families in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit and fund research to fight birth defects and premature births. Register with a March of Dimes representative in your area or on line. Register your club to participate in fundraising for $100, you will get a T-shirt and opportunities to volunteer...


Eliminate Project - 02/26/2017
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We have all been a part of another Kiwanis International program designed to improve the world one community and one child at a time. We have been working on our District goal for the Eliminate Project by pledging and donating over $1.5 million thus far. That is just over 50% of our target when the project began in 2010. All clubs have been assisting and now we need to complete our pledges and consider contributing more funds to meet the end goal.

Thanks for all your help, let's keep going as long as there are babies dying from maternal and neonatal tetanus in the world.


Minn-Dak Educational Foundation - 02/26/2017
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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I am in the process of reviewing scholarship applications for our $856 scholarships to be awarded to students entering post secondary
education at a college or tech school in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Superior, Wisc. This year three of us are reviewing 51 applications from Division Six. Other groups of three are reviewing applications from the other divisions.

The review is both challenging and rewarding. The challenge comes in determining scores to grant on various items such as GPA class rank, need, school and community activities, personal letter from the student as well as a letter of recommendation from some other adult. The reward is in seeing what great students we have...


Kiwanis Service - 02/25/2017
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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Kiwanians, I think we need to continually be reminded that we are needed in our communities as well as around the world. Thank you for all the good work you do!

This morning in church we continued in a series on " The gods of War."  These gods are Money, Sex, Power, Me, and Pleasure.  Dedicated Kiwanians put children ahead of themselves. Me isn't of first importance.  Kiwanians don't fall for the temptation of placing themselves, the me attitude, ahead of other's wellbeing.  We need to ask ourselves, am I more satisfied in serving others or serving myself, me?

Give the gifts of Wisdom and Experience to the next generation. You are what...


Builders Club Needs You - 02/25/2017
Submitted by: Nancy Cornell
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The vision of Builders Club is "To develop competent, capable, caring leaders through the vehicle of service." However, for youth to achieve this they need you- a caring Kiwanis Club. Has your club considered sponsoring a Builders Club? If not, why not?

There are over 140 Kiwanis Clubs in our district but only 21 Builders Clubs. And three of these Builders Clubs are sponsored by one Kiwanis Club- the Kiwanis Club in Mankato, MN.

Youth need opportinities to perform service, build character, and develop leadership. Help them find these opportunities. Sponsor a Builders Club.

To get started go to www.kiwanis.org/charter. Under the "Youth" tab click on "Start a Builders...


International Convention Website - 02/24/2017
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, OTIC Chair
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For all your Kiwanis International convention needs, visit http://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2017/. Under the “Register” tab, you can find information about volunteering at the event, travel insurance, and a link to register online. Remember that registration prices are scheduled to increase on April 14 and May 15. Use “Attend” for recommendations about hotels and tours. Look for everything else under “Experience.” Preview the schedule and education sessions. Print the delegate form, and share the candidates and amendments with your club for advice on how you should vote at the House of Delegates. We will be voting for vice president, three trustees for the...


Kiwanis Members Encouraged to Attend Key Club Convention - 02/23/2017
Submitted by: Mary Beth Townsend
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The Key Club District Convention is only 6 weeks away and we would like to invite interested Kiwanis members--especially those who sponsor an SLP or are thinking of sponsoring one in the future--to attend this amazing event.

This year's convention will be held at Breezy Point Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota. The cost for students to attend is $225. The cost for adults is $315 for those sharing a room with another attending adult and $410 for those in a single room. Registrations are due March 7th.

At the convention, advisors receive much-needed training and support. Students attending receive officer training, participate in contests, elect their district board members, and complete service...


Convention Corner - 02/23/2017
Submitted by: Jeff Anderson, Watertown Kiwanis
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The Watertown Kiwanis Club enthusiastically invites you to the 100th Anniversary of the Minnesota Dakotas District Convention. This once in a lifetime event will be held August 11th, 12th and 13th at the Ramkota Hotel/Event Center. We are encouraging you to bring your spouses for festivities, food and fabulous tours, plus educational forums for our members, a terrific speaker and a Friday night celebration at the Terry Redlin Art Center filled with fun and surprises. I hope each club will strongly consider sending several of their members to this monumental event. Our District Convention Committee is working hard to make this convention one to remember.

Be looking for your club's packet...


Ukulele gift - 02/23/2017
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittarn
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Fargo South Point Kiwanis members were invited to a Ukulele concert that was presented by the students at Bennett Elementary school in Fargo. The Ukulele concert was made possible because the South Point Kiwanis Club presented the school with 5 student ukuleles and one instructor ukulele.

Bennett School is the second elementary school in the Fargo school system to receive the ukulele package from the Fargo South Point Club.

There are more schools in the area that will be receiving similar packages from the club.


Marshall Area Kiwanis Volunteers at local food shelf - 02/21/2017
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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Marshall Area Kiwanis volunteered at Marshall Kitchen Table Food Shelf on 2/15/17 and helped put together personal care item packages. Pictured are SSG Gary Ortiz and Renee Suby.

Fridley High School Key Club’s 2017 Teeter Totter Marathon - 02/18/2017
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Daegia Vang,
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Every year the Fridley High School Key Club holds its Teeter Totter Marathon. This year the Teeter Totter Marathon took place on the weekend of February 17th to 20th. The Teeter Totter Marathon is a fun three day event where two participants teeter totter for several hours and raise money with pledges while enjoying the company and bonding with each other. The marathon has many time slots and shifts that go on continuously day and night!

Over 29 Fridley Key Clubbers participated, along with 11 Columbia Heights Key Clubbers, and 9 Builder’s Club members. There were five Kiwanians and several parents who joined in on the marathon fun! From this marathon the Fridley Key Club raised...


Minute To Win It Challenge Fundraiser - 02/16/2017
Club: Grand Rapids - Submitted by: Bernie Backes
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Thursday, February 2, the Grand Rapids Noon Kiwanis Club turned fundraising upside down by hosting the 1st Annual Minute To Win It event at the Timberlake Lodge.

Ten non-profits were sponsored by a local business. Almost $6,000 was given away with $2500 being the grand prize.

The non-profits participating in the challenge included:

  • Youth for Christ, sponsored by Brad A. Nelson, Thrivent Financial
  • Reif Center, sponsored by Dr. Lee Jess Dentistry
  • YMCA, sponsored by Erickson’s Itasca Lumber
  • MN Deer Hunters Association, by Lake Country Power
  • Grace House, sponsored by Mines & Pine
  • Kiesler Wellness Center, sponsored by Northern Lakes Dental of Grand Rapids
  • Star of the North Humane...

Hayes Elementary Valentine Party - 02/16/2017
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Daegia Vang, Fridley High School Key Club Vice President
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The Fridley High School Key Club volunteered at the annual Hayes Elementary Valentine Party on Friday, February 10th from 3:30PM to 5:30PM. Over 10 Key Clubbers from Fridley Key Club helped out at the event. At the Valentine party, the Key Clubbers helped gather the attendees from their classrooms to the cafeteria to get an afterschool snack.

Afterwards, we set up the party and the fun-filled activities for the Valentine Party attendees. We ran the different stations of games which included: putting on tattoos, bingo games, and a coloring station. There were also some Key Clubbers who dressed up as hearts to help encourage the kids to dance! After...


Interaction is Key- Capital Gift for Library in Shoreview - 02/15/2017
Club: North Suburban, Saint Paul - Submitted by: Shannon Schuweiler
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On December 9, 2016 the Kiwanis Club of North Suburban Saint Paul donated $35,000 to the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries for the Shoreview Library Capital Campaign. This generous gift funds two large interactive installations created by the Minnesota Children’s Museum plus $10,000 worth of new children’s books for the lending collection. One of the interactive installations, the tree stump, has been installed and, with its animal costumes and other props, is a fun and cozy place for the youngest library patrons.

This summer the other large piece funded by the Kiwanis Club will be installed. It is a “Park Office” with props that will help children imagine themselves...


K-Kids Pennies for Patients - 02/14/2017
Division: Division 6 - Submitted by: Loreena Luetgers
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WORTHINGTON — Prairie Elementary students, staff and teachers had a fun and sticky Friday afternoon, as students had the chance to throw pies in teachers’ faces for a good cause.

As a way to raise funds for “Pennies for Patients,” an effort to give financial support to children with cancer, students in all grade levels were encouraged to donate money throughout January. Those students who collaborated had the chance to put their names in a drawing and, if picked, could throw a pie in a teacher’s face.

Screams from hundreds of students resounded in the school’s gym Friday when they were told that the school fundraised $8,549.79, which was over the $6,000 goal...


ST. ANTHONY AND THEIR SLP’S JOIN TO PACKAGE MEALS - 02/03/2017
Club: Saint Anthony - Submitted by: Mary Dierbeck
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Members of St. Anthony and their sponsored clubs, Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids and Aktion Club came together in January to package food for our school children for Nourish 282. Nourish 282 is a part of the Sheridan Story, www.sheridanstory.com. This program provides weekend food “backpacks” for 200,000 Minnesota children who need nutrition after they leave school for the weekends. 13 Key Clubbers, 10 Builders Clubbers, 6 K-Kids, 4 Aktion Club members and 13 Kiwanians, had a wonderful experience working together to package 2600 meals. This is the second year for the project.

The packages consist of fruits, vegetables, proteins, rice, pasta or oatmeal and soups/entrées. The...


Marshall Area Kiwanis Donates $500 to Big Buddies - 02/01/2017
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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Kiwanis Club of Marshall Area donated $500 to Big Buddies of United Community Action Partnership on 1/25/17. The donation will be matched by the United Way, as part of "A Thousand Points of Light" campaign with Big Buddies, for a total of $1,000 donation through this act! Kiwanis is excited to contribute to such a wonderful organization!

Pictured: Kiwanis members: Tyler Bowen (Bremer Wealth Management), Trista Link (New Horizons Crisis Center), Shelly Castaneda (Big Buddies), and Renee Suby (Kiwanis Secretary)

District I-Plan draft completed - 01/31/2017
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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On January 20th the Strategic Planning Committee completed its work on the Draft I-Plan for the Minnesota Dakotas Kiwanis District. Once the review is completed, the plan will be e-mailed to the club presidents for their information. The District will be working on eight strategies to improve such things as member retention and new club formation, how to improve participation in the district convention and whether to add a new division 8 out of Divisions 6 and 7.

In February, I will be meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, with International President Jane Erickson and the other Region 4 Governors to discuss ways of improving the Kiwanis Experience in the Minnesota Dakotas District.  I will also...


February Update - 01/30/2017
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Governor Elect Candidates: If you are interested in running for Governor Elect for 2017-2018, 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, 2017. Your information must be received by that date to be published in the March MINNEKOTAN. Candidates can announce their intention to run at a later date, but will not be able to have an article in the MINNEKOTAN or district website. Governor Elect candidates must be a Past Lt. Governor. The election will take place at the District Convention next August. A complete list of rules and...


Love is in the Air - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, Dist. Partnership Coordinator
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Happy Valentines Day to all my fellow Kiwanis members. We know you are all full of love for our organization, the communities and children you serve. Keep up the love by sharing time with our Kiwanis Partners.

This month, we are focusing on our Kiwanis Partner, IHOP. It is National Pancake Day on March 7, 2017 from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. On this day many IHOP Restaurants are offering free Buttermilk short stacks until 10 p.m. in exchange for donations to help raise money for Children’s Miracle Network (another Kiwanis Partner).

Kiwanis club members are encouraged to volunteer to put purpose behind the free pancakes. Kiwanis members greet guests, encourage donations, spread the word about the...


Service - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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To all service minded Kiwanians, that is all of us. I heard of many great service projects that each of your clubs are participating in from your Lt. Governors during our district’s Tri-K board meeting. Thanks for helping the children in your communities!!

Kiwanis is continuing to put Scholastic Book Oasis in communities throughout the MNDAK District. I was told that several are being built now. Thank you. The second Reading Oasis has been placed on an Indian reservation , the Rosebud in South Dakota at the Hedog Elementary School in Pomerlee , S.D. Dedication will follow this spring when the weather gets better .

I am promoting "sex trafficking prevention education " for our...


DISTRICT GRANTS CHANGE - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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The Kiwanis Children"s Fund helps the Kiwanis Family extend its impact around the world - and it continually looks for ways to improve the grant programs to help even more Children.

The Children's Fund is excited to announce an upgrade to one of our most important programs. Beginning October 1, 2017: Eligible Kiwanis International districts can apply for a grant equal to 15 percent of total district annual fund gifts made the previous administrative year. That's TRIPLE the percentage available in previous years. So the more undesignated gifts to the Children's Fund that originate from our district, the larger the grant our district may receive.

You May know this program as...


The Language of Love - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, OTIC Chair
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The International Convention registration is now open at http://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2017/register  Why not practice a little French? A few French/English cognates to enjoy are radio, dentist, and hockey. What a relief to be able to say chocolate, pizza, salad, and taxi with familiarity during your stay this summer! If you opt to visit the Paris Science Museum, you are likely to recognize the words for physics (physique), biology (biologie), and astronomy (astronomie).

Now let’s cover a few of the words you might want to study...

Good morning/afternoon – bonjour (bon shoo)
Good evening – bonsoir (bon swa)
Good night – bonne nuit (bon nwee)
Goodbye –...


Convention Corner - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl
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Many wishes to you for a great year ahead in 2017! The District Convention committee has begun planning for our 100th Convention. We will be in Watertown, SD August 11-13 at the Watertown Event Center with rooms at the Ramkota Hotel. Many activities are being planned including Friday night at the Terry Redlin Center. We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and as usual, making new Kiwanis friends. We have a keynote speaker who is top of the line with much to share with us! Let's mark our calendars now for August 11-13, 2017!

Why do we attend our District Convention? I received this testimonial after the convention last year.

"Thank you for an enjoyable District Convention....


Be a Century Club - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Denis Cornell
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The Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis Educational Foundation Inc. is dependent upon contributions from Kiwanis members and clubs throughout the district to build foundation assets in order to continue providing scholarships to high school students in our district. A Kiwanis Club in the Minnesota-Dakotas District becomes a Century Club with an annual suggested contribution of $100.00 that can be taken from the Charitable or Administrative funds of your club. Last year your foundation awarded more than fifty $865.00 scholarships to high school students in the district and we plan to award scholarships in the same amount this year.

This year the Century Club contributions are lagging behind. As of January...


Division Star Awards - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Denis Cornell, Administration Director
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Each year one outstanding Kiwanis member from each of the seven MN-DAK divisions is selected for recognition at the district convention in August. The Division Star Award is an excellent vehicle for clubs to recognize the exemplary service of members for recognition should they be selected as the division recipient. Each club is allowed to nominate one outstanding member for this recognition. Clubs must submit Division Star Award nominations to their Lt. Governor no later than April 1st and Lt. Governors must submit the Division Star selectee to the District Secretary-Treasurer no later than May 1st. It is critical that these deadlines be met to allow for plaques to be acquired and for the Division...


Building a Builders Club - 01/29/2017
Submitted by: Nancy Cornell, Builders Club Administrator
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Now is the time for your club to consider sponsoring a Builders Club. Builders Club members are middle/junior high students who learn the value of being servant leaders by engaging in service to their school, community and beyond. They bring excitement and enthusiasm to your Kiwanis club.   Go to www.kiwanis.org/charter. Under the “Youth” tab click on “Start a Builders Club”. You will find information on how to approach a school, obtaining advisors and students, by-laws and much more. Check it out.

Congratulations to the new CHS Helping Hands Builders Club that chartered on January 11, 2017 with 38 members. Thank you to the Crookston Kiwanis Club for engaging students...


Eliminate Pledge - 01/28/2017
Club: Rochester Day Makers - Submitted by: Dick Odell

The Kiwanis Day Makers Club is rapidly closing in on our 5 year “Model Club” pledge to save 39,000 women’s lives from contracting birthing tetanus for both them and their babies. Model Club Pledged $70,000 in 2012.

Our retirees-based club has focused our fund raising activities in both our community and encouraging our members to consider personally supporting the fund raising activities by funding Kiwanis Zeller or Kiwanis Hixson fellowships. Fund raising activities were supported with 1,000’s of hours of our club members with Herberger’s, Kwik Trip, restaurant, pizza, badges, golf ball drops, car washes and other community activities by all our members. These...


Reading Oasis - 01/28/2017
Club: Rochester Day Makers - Submitted by: Dick Odell
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What started a year ago came to fruition Friday, 1/27/17, as the Kiwanis Day Makers assembled the Reading Oasis modular center, book shelves, labeled books and placed them on the shelving units. Kiwanis Day Makers partnered with IBM ($2,000 community fund grant), the Rochester School Board and Gage PTO ($2,775), and individual member contributions ($725) to raise the $5,500 necessary to obtain the matching funds from Scholastic Book Fairs for the Oasis project.

The Reading Oasis provides a dedicated space designed to spark students' interest in books and help strengthen their reading and comprehension skills. The Reading Oasis includes: • 1200 books • listening library (30...


Builders Club Serves Youth - 01/28/2017
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern G. Hagedorn
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The Rapid City Club provides the gifts for the Rural America Initiatives Head Start program close to the Builders Club. This year two members of the Service Learning Programs Committee decided to purchase gifts that encouraged reading and that provided warmth for the child. Each of the 30 children received a long lasting hard-bound Christmas story book which the parent could read to them, or an older child in the family could also read to other children in the family. They also received a warm flannel throw. Both would last more than a year and more value than a toy or candy.

The Builders Club brought wrapping paper and wrapped the gifts while listening to Christmas music and eating cookies...


Harvey ND Kiwanis Group Participates in FMSC Food Pack - 01/27/2017
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Pictured Kailey Lemer, Drake-Anamoose FBLA and Sandy Teubner, Harvey Kiwanis President


Harvey ND Kiwanis group participates in Feed My Starving Children Food Pack

Harvey Kiwanis members were informed at their January monthly meeting, about the Feed My Starving Children project by Drake-Anamoose FBLA member Kailey Lemer. She presented an interesting program on where the packaged food goes and the volume of meals the organization has prepared over the past two years. She also invited volunteers from age 5 and up to come to the Anamoose school on Saturday, Jan 14, 2017 to work 2 hour shifts to package food. Their goal was to raise $22,000 for 100,000 meals at 22 cents a meal. Kailey invited...


Being a Buddy - 01/27/2017
Club: Hibbing - Submitted by: Scott Mescher
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Jack Trenberth of the Hibbing Kiwanis Club and others volunteered their time packing food kits for kids as part of the Buddy Backpack Program of the United Way of Northeastern Minnesota. Over 750 kids receive the packs each week in St. Louis and Koochiching counties, meaning more than 25,000 meals will be served this school year.

(Hibbing Daily Tribune)

Caring Baskets - 01/27/2017
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Katrina Mraz
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The Fridley Key Club recently implemented a new project, the making and delivering of “Caring Baskets”. This project started as a result of a young child going through serious health concerns. The Board realized that there were others out there going through similar concerns and they wanted to reach out to show their love.

Consequently, the Board made a decision to deliver a minimum of two to four baskets per month. The Board accepted recipient names from the members and acted on them. After identifying the recipient, the nominee would find out what this person liked such as chocolate, stuffed animals, books, coffee, games, candy and toys. A list was developed and distributed to...


Spreading Christmas Joy - 01/27/2017
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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The West Middle School Builders Club met at their regular December meeting to spread a little Christmas joy to patients at the Sioux San Hospital. These patients would be hospitalized over Christmas and have no family with which to spend the holiday. Some students used their creative skills to create a card from scratch, while others recycled old Christmas cards adding their own greeting inside the card. Approximately 30+ cards were created. This was one of their December service projects.

Coat Collection Big Success - 01/26/2017
Club: Black Hills, Hot Springs - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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The Hot Springs club's "Coats for Kids" project has come to a successful close with a total of 423 assorted coats and several handmade scarves and hats. This was a fantastic effort and great community participation. Thanks to Sonny's Fine Foods, First Security Bank, and The Black Hills Federal Credit Union for their help by being collection points for this project. A big thanks is extended to the project director, Shirley Leigh without whom this project wouldn't have been this successful.


Scholastic Reading Oasis at Chisholm Elementary - 01/24/2017
Club: Chisholm - Submitted by: Christine Towner
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On January 13th, the Chisholm Kiwanis Club held an Open House and ribbon cutting for a Scholastic Reading Oasis at the Chisholm Elementary. The Oasis was made possible by a grant from the Owens Family Charitable Foundation along with matching funds from Scholastic. Sherwin Williams donated paint for the project. The school room was transformed into an "oasis" with ocean scenery and palm trees so children can relax while enjoying a book.

KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS DONATES $60,000 - 01/23/2017
Club: Mankato - Submitted by: Sharon Taylor
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The Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors is pleased to announce $60,000 will again be donated to the 84 non-profit organizations that assisted with the event this past year. “Although attendance and donations were down this year due to several rainy nights as well as some bitterly cold weather, we’re able to again donate $60,000 to the nonprofits that helped us this year,” said Scott Wojcik, Kiwanis Holiday Lights president. “We’ve really worked hard to manage our finances in order to plan for years when traffic is down due to weather. That’s helped us make sure we can still give back a substantial amount to the groups that help us out,” he...


Willmar Kiwanis “Peanut Partner” Check Presentation - 01/13/2017
Club: Willmar - Submitted by: Maribeth Williamson
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Each year since 2008, the Willmar Kiwanis has embarked on a “peanut” fundraiser. The club solicits grant applications from non-profits throughout the community. The projects are reviewed and evaluated by the Grants Committee and a winner is selected. This winner is the “Peanut Partner” for the fundraising campaign. The Kiwanis Club then goes to work seeking donations from businesses and individuals in exchange for a box of peanuts. Over the years, the Kiwanis Club has donated over $80,000 to various “peanut partners.” A large percentage of the campaign funds go to the “peanut partner;” however, smaller donations are also made to other nonprofits...


Kindness in Spearfish Award - 01/02/2017
Club: Spearfish - Submitted by: Kay Cox

Marna Bergstrom -Third quarter Kindness in Spearfish recipient- Kiwanis Club of Spearfish

Since 2004, when Keith and Marna Bergstrom moved to Spearfish from California, our community has become a much brighter place. Marna has tirelessly volunteered at various organizations including, 1) The CASA Program for 8-9 years, the Good Shepherd Clinic for 7 years, Queen City Medical (as a greeter) for 9 months, The Happy Times Band (playing a kazoo) for 5 years, and has been very active in her church, the United Church of Christ.  

Marna also does numerous behind-the-scenes projects that have benefitted many. After finding out that several of the patients at the Good Shepherd Clinic had inadequate...


Happy New Year - 12/30/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson, District Governor
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Wishing all of you a happy and joyful New Year. I picked the picture of the Chartering of two new Key Clubs in Willmar, MN, to remind each of us the importance of developing new clubs. Dennis Hier and his wife Jan invited Mon and I to attend this celebration where we saw how wonderful it is to have others join our family of clubs serving the children of the world.

During 2017, our district is looking at forming 6 new Kiwanis clubs. Look around your area and see if there is an opportunity to form a new club near you.

Have you invited someone to attend your Kiwanis club meetings this month? Each of us needs to help our clubs find those people who can become members.

The I-Plan can help your...


January Update - 12/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2017!

Email Addresses: Club Secretaries- Please check your club member information database and make sure that we have the current email addresses for all members in your club that have one. You can update your club members’ information through your online KiwanisOne Secretary access. The Kiwanis International database is where we access email addresses for the District Minnekotan Newsletter and other important communications. Email addresses change often, so please keep them as current as possible. All members can access and change their own profile information by logging into the following Kiwanis Portalbuzz website https://members.portalbuzz.com/Member/User/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fMember
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Kiwanis has a Partnership with the U.S. Army - 12/29/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, MN-DAK Partnership Coordinator
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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  It sounds like Kiwanians throughout the district were busy with their communities and serving the children. The Kiwanis' Partnership this month is featuring the U.S. Army. They are a Vision Partner, which is the highest level and year-round partnership.

Partnership with the U.S. Army is based on a foundation of shared values. The U.S. Army personnel engage in local opportunities and connect with Kiwanis family members by providing access to local battalion support and resources.

Contact your local battalion to speak at a club meeting, take part in a service project and always ASK them to become a member. It is funny to think that the U.S. Army...


LOOK WHERE WE ARE - 12/28/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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We in the Minnesota-Dakotas District are on the move.  As of December 15th our district has contributed $11,505.30 to the Children's Fund. Here are the Region Facts and Figures under the new program, with some specific region highlights:
1. Rocky Mountain District is #1 in the world for individual giving.
2. Minnesota-Dakota's District is 6th in the world for overall giving including clubs and individuals
3. Southwest District is 15th in the world for per member giving.

CLUB UPDATES: Region 4 has a total of 36 Today Clubs already and Rocky Mountain is in the lead with 21.
TOP 5 CHALLENGE: All region 4 districts are in the top 26 in the world. 1. Rocky Mountain leads the...


Planning for Paris - 12/28/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, OTIC Chair
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The Kiwanis International website has a page just for convention information: http://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2017. Here, you can register for the event (soon), connect to hotel deals, and book tours for before and after the conference. You can also review candidates who are running for office and study the amendments on which we will be voting.

If you're looking for a fun way to brush up on your French before traveling to Paris, visit https://www.duolingo.com. Registration is free, and you'll be quizzed on everything from "girl" and "boy" to complex verb conjugations.

It's never too soon to review your travel documents. Is your passport up to date? Will you need a travel visa for any of the...

Minnesota Dakotas Foundation Scholarship Applications Due by January 27 - 12/22/2016
Submitted by: Bill Lardy, Foundation President
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The new year of 2017 has just begun. For graduating high school seniors, it brings an exciting and challenging time as they contemplate their future. For 50 or so of them the Minnesota Dakotas Foundation takes away a little of the sting of the financial challenge in the form of a significant scholarship.

Applications are now available. Yet too often several are not awarded because they haven’t been applied for. Clubs can help make seniors aware of the scholarship and encourage them to apply.

Each club should assign a member to work with high schools to make students aware of the scholarships. Everyone should tell seniors to apply.

This year’s scholarship is worth $865. Many clubs...


Kiwanis Service - 12/19/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan, District Service Director
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Kiwanians , your work is so important to the children you serve locally , in the district , nationally , and internationally. KIWANIANS serve to help America internationally and our communities where we are making each a better place to live.  We want our children to be safe and well educated. Kiwanians need to help children and their parents become aware of their surroundings. Children every day get caught up in sex trafficking.  It's all around us. Many times we hear nothing about it.  It is one of those silent crimes. We can do some things as Kiwanians to help stop this crime. We can make children feel valuable and give them service programs to participate...


Ringing the Bells - 12/19/2016
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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Like many Kiwanis chapters in the district and around the country, the Watertown, SD chapter has supported the Salvation Army’s “Red Kettle” holiday fund raising efforts for decades. Kiwanian Tim Oviatt and his wife Mei joined other Watertown Kiwanians ringing the bells at the local Shopko during the week before Christmas.
 


Marshall Area Kiwanis Volunteers at Heart to Heart local non-profit - 12/15/2016
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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Kiwanis of Marshall Area recently volunteered to help the local non-profit Heart to Heart help assemble food packages. Heart to Heart board members were guest speakers at the November 2 Kiwanis meeting to talk about this organization. Heart to Heart's distribution day was December 17, which gave the gift of food for the Christmas holiday to local families, and gifts to children in the household under the age of 18. Kiwanis was happy to bring volunteers to assist with this noble cause - to help local families in need during the holiday season!
Pictured: Dr. Rob Hennen (HealthSource Chiropractic), Tyler Bowen (Bremer Wealth Management), and Trista Link (New Horizons Crisis Center) stop for...


Oh What Fun! - 12/12/2016
Club: North Suburban, Saint Paul - Submitted by: Shannon Schuweiler
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On December 12, 2016, the North Suburban Club of Saint Paul had their annual holiday party -- with a new twist!

In the past, the club has gathered together at a restaurant with a sit down meal, music, and fellowship. This year we added some other elements to take it up a notch and make it memorable night for all! We started with good food including a nice menu of appetizers with cheese & crackers, meatballs and veggies, delicious baked goods; full dinner of chicken and potatoes; and ended with raspberry tortes.

Following dinner we had some fun! Everyone brought a wrapped white elephant gift. Guests were then able to have some fun by selecting the random gifts or “stealing” the...


Students Meet Authors - 12/11/2016
Club: Sioux Falls East - Submitted by: Kirk A. Zeeck
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The Sioux Falls East Kiwanis Group sponsored books for all Tier II students at Anne Sullivan Elementary in Sioux Falls, SD on Thursday, November 3rd. Tier II students meet daily for 30-60 minutes with their Tier II teacher and behavior facilitator to work on social skills and following directions. Coleen Liebsch, of PS Publishing in Hayti, SD, was present to share positive messages through children's literature. Mrs. Liebsch also introduced other authors via YouTube and Skype. Students were split into three groups (kindergarten and 1st grade, second and third grade, and fourth and fifth grade) to listen to different authors who had written books for their level. Afterwards, each student received...


Lake Agassiz Kiwanis Volunteer for Salvation Army - 12/02/2016
Club: Lake Agassiz, Fargo - Submitted by: Kristi Engelstad
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The Lake Agassiz Kiwanis was happy to volunteer for the Salvation Army this past December. Club members are proud that the money raised during this campaign goes right back to our community.


Kiwanis Park Donation! - 12/01/2016
Club: Grand Forks Kiwanis Club - Submitted by: Paul Fladland, Pres.
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Pictured are representatives of Discovery Elementary School holding a donation of $13,364 towards expanding playground equipment at Kiwanis Park South right by Grand Fork's newest school. We have invested over $75,000 in Kiwanis Parks and dedicated the Ray Fischer Shelter in North Park last September!


December Update - 11/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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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 2017-2018, 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, 2017 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...


Kiwanis Club Recognition Progarm 2016-2017 - 11/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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A couple of months ago Kiwanis International announced the details for the 2016-2017 Club Recognition Program.  You can find a link to more details on the criteria at a link on our district website homepage.

Just this past month Kiwanis International has launched a supporting feature to this program.  It is called the Club Recognition Program Tracker and can be accessed by the club secretary on their Online Club Secretary Dashboard.  The new tracker allows clubs to enter the data as they achieve it throughout the year.  It they enter an item on the online monthly club report and it applies to a recognition category it will automatically enter the number of points earned.  Club...


Happy Holidays from your Governor - 11/30/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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I hope all of you have had a great Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. I was lucky to have my sons here in Moorhead and then we visited my daughter's family in Burnsville. We are looking forward to celebrating Christmas and New Years before the end of the year. I hope each of you will enjoy your holidays according to your religion and traditions and have a wonderful new year.

I am announcing that our District has a new K-Kids District Administrator: Erin Atkins of Box Elder, South Dakota. She will be attending the SLP Training Conference in January. Thank you Erin for filling this important position that has been unfilled in recent years.

I am still in need of Lt. Governors in...


Kiwanis Warehouse Partners with DollarDays - 11/29/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, MN-DAK Partnership Coordinator
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Happy Holidays to all our Kiwanis members.  I want to share some information that may help you now and all through the year with your clubs service projects.  Kiwanis Warehouse PARTNERING WITH DOLLARDAYS is the best kept secret for Kiwanis Clubs.  Kiwanis Warehouse makes projects easier and less expensive by providing what your club needs at low prices.

Thanks to the Kiwanis International partnership with Dollar Days, you get wholesale pricing on items and free shipping that are normally only accessed to larger enterprises.  Those savings add up, so you can buy more and free up your clubs budget for more services and projects.

Kiwanis Warehouse offers more than 200,000 high-quality...


The 17th Arrondissement in Paris - 11/28/2016
Submitted by: OTIC Chair Courtney Taylor
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The 2016 Kiwanis International Convention will take place in the 17th Arrondissement. Take note of an easy trick to know if an address you seek is nearby: if the zip code ends with a seventeen (such as 75017), then the destination is in our administrative district.

The Arc de Triomphe is located in the 17th district, less than one mile on foot from our convention area. For a small fee, you can climb the 40 steps to the top of the monument for a view of the city. After you return to the street, you can enjoy a two-mile tour along the Champs-Élysées. Included in the many sites on this road are stops for fans of the Mercedes-Benz and lovers of Louis Vuitton. Look for a wall plaque...


Eliminate Project - 11/28/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We all need to make sure that our club pledges are honored. We want to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal tetanus this year. If our pledges are met we can ensure that UNICEF can complete the battle.

Check with your club board and treasurer to make it happen. Enjoy the Holidays with family and friends. Look forward to the new year and our finishing our pledges to the Eliminate Project. Thank you!


Membership Growth Process - 11/28/2016
Submitted by: Randy Schmidt, Lt. Gov. Elect, Division 7
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The holidays provide many opportunities to invite others to join our clubs because #KidsNeedKiwanis

View this Membership Process https://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/membership%20process%2011282016.pdf  for ideas on an end-to-end process to recruit new members and activate them. This is helpful for facilitating brainstorming sessions with your Membership Committee, Board and Entire Club.

Your comments/recommendations are welcome at rschmidt.kiwanis@gmail.com

Thank you.

Randy Schmidt
Kiwanis Lt. Governor Elect, Division 7, Minnesota-Dakotas


"Kiwanians Kare" - 11/28/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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SEPARATED BY ROUGHLY 80 MILES, TWO KIWANIS COMMUNITIES UNITE FOLLOWING A DISASTER.

Recent flooding in Baton Rouge, Louisiana hits home with club members in the New Orleans community. After Hurricane Katrina, many of the members experienced the devastation that comes after a natural disaster---from cleanup to the tremendous loss and grief that follows. Luckily, the Kiwanis Family was there to help.

Division 4A in Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee, which includes New Orleans, decided it was their turn to provide support.

"The flood water receded to the point where families could return to assess what was left in their homes," says Cathy Simmons, Kiwanis Club of New Orleans secretary....


Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis Hobo Stew - 11/27/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis held a very successful Hobo Stew Feed for their annual Fall Fund Raiser. Shown here are members of the Sturgis Golden K Club along with members of the Aktion Club.
 


Governor Visit District 4 - 11/27/2016
Division: Division 4 - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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MinDak District 4 enjoyed a day of learning and laughter with the visit from Governor Peter Larson for his Governor's Educational Conference on October 29th.

Pictured are Lt Governors Past Present and Future pictured with Governor Peter Larson accepting books for the Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis Scholastic Book Program.


Sturgis Golden K Collects for Local Veterans - 11/27/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Cheryl Rieniets, VA Voluntary Services Specialist and Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis Ft Meade Volunteer Marilyn Krogen are shown with shorts, socks and T shirts collected for Ft Meade V.A. Hospital for Veterans. Boxes for collection were placed by the Kiwanians around Sturgis. Items collected were valued at $3000.00.


Bismarck Kiwanis Bids For Kids Fundraiser - 11/26/2016
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Bismarck Kiwanis Club will broadcast the annual Bids For Kids Auction on KXMB-TV. Members have collected auction items from over 100 businesses and are organizing for the auction. The item list will be published in the Bismarck Tribune prior to the event and the auction will start at 10:35 PM. Items with a retail value of over $17,000 have been collected. The Club hopes to net about $10,000 that will be used to support children’s programs. Bismarck High and Legacy High Key Club members will help us make this another successful fundraiser.

On November 19 our members also started ringing the bell for the Salvation Army at two locations every Saturday. There...


Key Club Week Review - 11/23/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Mary Bowen
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It's Key Club Week! Meaning showing everyone our SERVICE! At Fridley High School in Minnesota we wanted to share with you our Key Club Week. We did many exciting activities at our school this week and can't wait for next year!

Click the following link to see more  https://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/fridley%20key%20club%20week%20review%20article%202016.pdf


Fill The Dome project - 11/23/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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The annual Fill the Dome project took place on November 22 at the Fargodome and a total of 198,027 pounds of groceries and canned goods were collected by all of the various schools in the Fargo Moorhead area.

Fargo South Point Kiwanis members team up with the students at Madison School, and the members of the club donate several hundred dollars of groceries to the school, so they can continue to participate in the program.

This is the 10th year for the program and 1.7 million pounds of food has been collected and donated during that period of time. The food is all distributed to the Great Plains Food Bank, and from them to needy families in the FM area,

Members from the South Point Kiwanis...


Fargo South Point 2016-17 President - 11/23/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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On October 1, 2016, Kathleen Nesvig became the 16th president of the Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club.  Kathleen has been a member of the club for several years, and has been an excellent volunteer on many of the club's service and fund raising projects.  She attended the district convention in Fergus Falls this past summer and is shown here being pinned by Division 2 Lt. Governor Rachael Disrud.


Not Too Late to Save a Life - 11/15/2016
Club: Fargo - Submitted by: Kiwanis Club of Fargo
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The Kiwanis Club of Fargo is excited to continue pursuing its pledge for The Eliminate Project as we race toward the end of 2016. We challenge other clubs to attack their pledges with the same enthusiasm! Utilize end-of-year giving campaigns from your community’s companies. Invite members to honor a loved one over the holidays with a Zeller fellowship. Redirect your emotions about the election, whether good or bad, toward a cause that we can all agree helps make our world a better place.

Volunteering for Habitat for Humanity - 11/04/2016
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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Kiwanis volunteers were at the Habitat for Humanity house in Marshall, MN on October 19th to help with cleaning before the house dedication on 10/22/16. Members who volunteered were: Jana Reilly (Keller Williams Realty), Erik Vogel (Southwest Minnesota State University Foundation), Trista Link (New Horizons Crisis Center) and Renee Suby.

WILLMAR KIWANIS CHARTERS TWO NEW KEY CLUBS - 11/03/2016
Club: Willmar - Submitted by: Maribeth Williamson
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A good crowd of nearly one hundred persons gathered at the Willmar Conference Center on Monday night, October 24, to witness the chartering of two new Key Clubs by Willmar Kiwanis, the Dream Technical Academy and Willmar High School.

Key Club is the largest high school youth organization in the world, and provides its members with opportunities to serve their community and school, build character and develop leadership.

Willmar Kiwanis President, Rebecca Clayton, presided over the banquet, and she and Mayor Marv Calvin welcomed the many Kiwanians, Key Clubbers, and parents who attended. Pastor David Zylstra shared the Invocation.

Following dinner, Peter Larson, Governor of the Minnesota-Dakota District...

Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers Club reaches “Model Club” status - 11/02/2016
Club: Winona, Sunrisers - Submitted by: Neil Broadwater
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The Winona Kiwanis Sunrisers Club on October 26 celebrated the completion of a nearly five year effort to reach its goal of locally raising $21,750 for Kiwanis International’s ELIMINATE Project. In partnership with UNICEF, Kiwanis International is committing to eliminating maternal/neonatal tetanus, a disease that kills one baby every nine minutes. The ELIMINATE project has been working in 29 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe, where there is little or no access to health care.
Kiwanis International has currently raised over $100 million of their $110 million goal to save the lives of 129 million mothers and their future babies thru immunization and other interventions that will boost...


Little Falls Kiwanis Club partner with the City to improve Play space - 11/01/2016
Club: Little Falls - Submitted by: Kristina Vonberge

The Little Falls Kiwanis Club has increased their membership by 7 new people in the year 2016. They are widening their reach and opening their doors to the community.

The new Kiwanis President Jon Rademacher is also the Little Falls City Administrator and with that connection between the club and the community the club will be working with the City of Little Falls to start improving Washington Playground. The playground has not had new updated equipment for over 20 years. The playground is centrally located in the residential Little Falls area and directly kitty corner the Carnegie Public Library.

The focus will be toddlers and a playground that reaches out to younger children, as that is not...


First Month as Governor - 10/31/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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As the first month of my term as your Governor comes to an end I want to thank my wife, Mon, for her patience and driving ability on all the road trips we have taken. It started with a visit to Devils Lake, ND, for the Division One Governor Conference. We discussed the Division goals for the year, the need for a new Lt. Governor, and raised some money for Eliminate with a silent auction.

We then went to the Key Club Fall Rally, although Mon went on to Burnsville, MN, while I stayed at YMCA Camp Ihduhapi with the Key Club members. I got to stay in the "Bunkhouse" that even had hot showers in the building. There were great team building adventures with the camp staff on Saturday morning,...


November Update - 10/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Directory of Club Presidents and Secretaries: I emailed all club secretaries a directory of all club presidents and secretaries in the district. If you would like a copy contact your club secretary, or send me an email and I will email it to you. The club directory is not posted on the district website, but is available upon request for Kiwanis related purposes. The best place to find meeting times and locations is on the Kiwanis International Club Locator http://locator.kiwanis.org/FindAClub

Minnesota-Dakotas District Leadership Directory- 2016-2017: Just a reminder that you can find a Minnesota-Dakotas District Leadership Directory on our District website. http://mndak.portalbuzz.com/Page/1018
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Minn-Dak FLTC 2016! - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: Hannah Engen
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October can be a busy time of year for college students with Homecoming, midterms, and various other activities. For one weekend in October, though, many Minn-Dak Circle K students got a break from the studying and homework to attend our Fall Leadership Training Conference (FLTC). On October 7th-9th, over 40 students from the Minn-Dak clubs gathered together at Camp Patterson near Mankato, MN, for a fun weekend full of games, service, and learning more about CKI!

Students began arriving Friday night to get signed in and make their “Happy-Grams”. Each student could write their name on a paper bag and decorate it however they wish. The bags were then all set up next to each other in...


Foundation Scholarship Applications Available - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: Jean Collins
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The MN-Dak Kiwanis Education Foundation is sending each Kiwanis club the application for our 65 scholarships. The club president needs to sign the applications and pass them on to the scholarship department of their local high school. Students fill out the applications and their scholarship committee choses the top three to send to the Kiwanis Education Foundation for judging. The Foundation has the application of one Division judged by a committee in another Division. Each Division receives two scholarships. There are three District wide scholarships. A number of designated scholarships are also presented. The judging committees are very impressed by the outstanding applications. These applications...


Sherry Scudder appointed District Partnership Coordinator - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder
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A new position in our district called the Partnership Coordinator is responsible for connecting clubs with Kiwanis International official partners and supporting clubs in developing and maintaining signature projects to their communities. The Partnership Coordinator may also help form new partners in selected regions, applicable to those areas.

Kiwanis has many partners that can be valuable resources. Some of our partners are: I-Hop, US Army, Landscape Structures , Nickelodeon, Rustic Pathways, Up with People, Scholastic, March of Dimes, Children’s Miracle Network, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, JCI (Jaycees International), Sister Cities International, Atlas Flags, Inc, Kiwanis...


Kiwanis Service - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan, District Service Director
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KIWANIANS , Can you believe the new Kiwanis year is already here? So much has been done yet there is so much to do. The good work is never done. You are GOD'S hands in your community.

You all should be very proud as we are the number one district in Kiwanis to place SCHOLASTIC Oasis. We are also the first district to put a reading Oasis on a reservation at the St. Francis Mission School in St. Francis , SD. Soon another Oasis will be placed in Pamerlee , S.D. At the HeDog elementary school. I cleared the way with the details while visiting the school yesterday. Many of you have said you are thinking about putting one in your community. If you have a problem with the public school system...


Division 1 Welcomes Governor Peter - 10/29/2016
Division: Division 1 - Submitted by: Carol Nitschke

Division 1 welcomed Governor Peter at our most recent Conference. It was on Oct. 1st.  The Devils Lake Club hosted the event at the Fireside Inn and Suites. We were given a very interesting overview of the efforts of the Head Start Program in Devils Lake.  Division 1 presented Head Start with a good supply of diapers.

Darlene Vandervorst gave an update on the efforts of the Eliminate Project in our Division. Carol Nitschke, Lt. Gov. Elect filled in for Bruce Klair, District Growth Chair for the Formula.  She went over the goals for the District in terms of membership growth.  She also went over the Top Ten Reasons to Join Kiwanis.

We heard from Katie Ryan-Hanson,...


DID YOU KNOW - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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Did you and your club know that if you sponsor a Key Club or a Circle K Club, that the Kiwanis International Foundation has special scholarships available to them. The Kiwanis International foundation proudly supports these scholarship opportunities through donor advised funds. The following scholarships are made possible by the generosity of donors dedicated to the Kiwanis family, education and community service. They are: The Cunat International Scholarship for Key Club. The Harry S. Himmel Scholarship for Key Club, the John E Mayfield Scholarship for Circle K and the Linda Canaday Memorial Scholarship for Key Club.

Donor advised funds are a great way to set up a sustained giving program,...


Getting Ready for Paris: Fact, Fiction, and Film - 10/29/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, OTIC Chair
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The countdown to the next Kiwanis International Convention continues! This month, let’s discuss some ways for you to study up on Parisian culture from the comfort of your favorite chair.

For a little history, check out John Baxter’s “Paris at the End of the World” about World War I and Charles Glass’s “American in Paris: Life and Death under Nazi Occupation” about World War II. To gain celebrity insight, look at “A Moveable Feast” by Ernest Hemingway or “My Life in France” by Julia Child. “Culture Shock! France” by Sally Adamson Taylor summarizes French culture, and “The Sweet Life in Paris” by David Lebovitz...


Sturgis Golden K Hobo Stew Fundraiser - 10/28/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Sturgis Golden K held another fantastic Hobo Stew Fundraiser with all proceeds to benefit the children of our community. We thank our Aktion Club for keeping tables neat and clean!
 


Dry & Warm Feet For Kids - 10/27/2016
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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The Rapid City Kiwanis Shoe Program, our signature service project, started sometime around 2001. It has been a very successful program that has grown exponentially over the years because of all of the hard work done by the Kiwanians. It was originally set up to help school age children and to predominately serve students in one middle school because of the great economic need at that school. There have been a lot of individuals that have helped our Kiwanis Shoe Program succeed over the years as well as Payless Shoes giving us great discounts along the way. We have received many grants that have helped us grow and we have received the blessing of many schools, school employees, administrators,...


Grand Rapids Noon Kiwanis does Blandin Beach clean-up - 10/27/2016
Club: Grand Rapids - Submitted by: Bernie Backes
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On a beautiful Fall Saturday morning members of the Grand Rapids Noon Kiwanis Club, Grand Rapids Key Club and ICC Circle K got together at Blandin Beach to rake leaves and pick up garage. Two awesome men came with their leaf blowing equipment to minimize the job and two men volunteered their trucks to haul all the leaves to the compose site making a big job easier. A chili lunch was served when the job was completed. We could not have had a better day.


Homeless Sleepout - 10/27/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Mary Bowen
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The Fridley High School Key Club hosted another annual Homeless Sleepout on September 30th. Over 70 Key Club members from Fridley and Columbia Heights’ Key Clubs came to the event. These members raised over $1200 for the SACA Low Barrier Homeless Youth Program while sleeping in cardboard boxes on the FHS Football field. Overall, the Homeless Sleepout was a success this year.

Harvey Kiwanis Celebrates Ribbon Cutting for New Playground - 10/26/2016
Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Harvey Kiwanis Club Hosts Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Centennial Park, Harvey ND

“We had a taste of the cold weather yet to come this fall at our ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday evening, said Harvey Kiwanis President Sandy Teubner. “ I’m sure the cold wind and rain kept a few people away, but we celebrated our newly installed park equipment with Kiwanis, Centennial Park and Chamber of Commerce members in addition to local children and community members. “Kiwanis’ mission is to serve children and this is one of the largest projects in the 93 year history of the Harvey Kiwanis”, said Teubner. Jared Hanson, Kiwanis member and the instrumental lead for the project,...


Jamestown Kiwanis to pack one millionth meal - 10/22/2016
Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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At 25 cents a meal, Jamestown Kiwanis knows every penny counts.

That's why, for the sixth time in five years, Jamestown Kiwanis and 400 volunteers will pack meals as part of Kids Against Hunger. The club hopes to raise $44,000 by the Oct. 29 event. If it can reach that goal, the club will pack is one millionth meal.

Kids Against Huunger is based in Omaha, Neb. It's goal is to end world hunger. To do that, it provides the ingredients: rice, soy, chicken flavor, vitamins, etc., and volunteers pack them. Each pack contains enough to feed six people.

"To save on cost, volunteers assemble the meals. It's really inspiring to see them in action. Throughout the day, we see 400 people from Jamestown,...

Club Donates Trauma Dolls - 10/21/2016
Submitted by: Vern G Hagedorn
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The Rapid City Kiwanis Club donated about 150 trauma doll kits to the Rapid City Youth and Family Services, one of the clubs partners, for use in their community Youth Trauma Counseling Center. The donation culminated a presentation on the services of the trauma center. Pictured (left to right) are club treasurer Kathy Monington, Trauma Counselor Maureen Murray, club president Kevin Sickels, and YFS Director Darcie Decker. Decker was quoted saying "The staff were excited about using these dolls within their Trauma Center. We are grateful to your group for thinking of us."

The Trauma Center was opened in 2012 with a three year grant from Sam's Club. This grant funded training in schools and other...

Celebrating 93rd Anniversary - 10/21/2016
Division: Division 4 - Submitted by: Vern G. Hagedorn
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The "Kiwanis Club of the Black Hills, Hot Springs," will be celebrating its 93rd Charter Anniversary during the 2016-2017 year. When this club was chartered, it was the first Kiwanis Club in the Black Hills. Hence the part of the source of its long name. But I believe it was also for a second reason. At the chartering time, the club was part of the Rocky Mountain District so it was also logical to tack on "of the Black Hills, Hot Spring." Even though it currently has about 15 members, it was the parent of several of the other current Region clubs.

Early in its Minnesota-Dakotas history, Hot Springs held the District convention. For its size it has had a proportionate number...


Mitchell Zombie Run - 10/08/2016
Submitted by: Linda McEntee
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Kiwanis club of Mitchell, SD had their 2nd annual Zombie Glow Run on October 8th. Many of the runners dressed up in costume and participated in the three runs. They had a 1 mile fun run, a 5K and a 10K. Funds raised from this event will be sent to Eliminate to help fulfill the club's Model Club Pledge.

Devils Lake Kiwanis hosts Division Conference - 10/06/2016
Club: Devils Lake - Submitted by: Tammy Reierson
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The Devils Lake Kiwanis Club, recently hosted the Minnesota-Dakotas District Division 1 Conference at the Fireside Inn & Suites in Devils Lake. DL Kiwanis Club members were joined by members from other clubs in the division including Moorhead, Harvey, Jamestown, Mandan, Minot and Rolla.

The conference is an annual event, but it is the first time in over ten years that our local club has had the honor of hosting it. It gave all clubs the opportunity to exchange information about all the wonderful projects each club is supporting in their communities.

Highlights of the event included guest speaker Allison Driessen, Early Explorers Head Start Program, Director in Devils Lake. She presented...


New Officers and Board Members - 10/05/2016
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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Club officers for 2016-2017 were installed for the Marshall Area Kiwanis Club at the American Legion on October 5th, 2016. Kiwanis Lt. Governor Dennis Hier performed the officer and board member installations.

Pictured left to right: Dr. Rob Hennen-Board Member, Erik Vogel-Board Member, Allan Bakke-President, Dennis Hier-Lt. Governor, Paul Goode-Board Member, Renee Suby-Secretary, Jana Reilly-Vice President/Past President, Trista Link-Treasurer

Service is at the heart of the Marshall Area Kiwanis club, and it shares the Kiwanis International vision of being dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time. Marshall Area Kiwanis officially chartered in 2011. The club meets...

Kiwanis Service Award - 10/03/2016
Club: Grand Rapids - Submitted by: Bernie Backes
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On September 27, 2016, at the Forest Lake Restaurant, the Grand Rapids Kiwanis Noon Club presented the first Kiwanis Service Award to two deserving men from the Grand Rapids Community. Jeremy Nelson, from the Grand Rapids Police Department and Rob Rima from the Grand Rapids Fire Department were recognized for outstanding service beyond the call of duty by their Department Chiefs, Scott Johnson and Mike Liebel. Lt. Gov. Cal Saari was the keynote speaker at the luncheon honoring Jeremy Nelson and Rob Roma.


Punt, Pass and Kick competition is Marshall, MN - 10/02/2016
Club: Marshall Area - Submitted by: Renee Suby
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One hundred-seventeen participants took part in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick local competition hosted by Marshall Area Kiwanis on September 17, 2016. The competition was for boys and girls ages 6-15. Pictured are some of the winners, and Kiwanis members Renee Suby and Andrew Suby who helped organize the event. This was the club's third year organizing and putting on the local competition in Marshall. 10 first-place winners move on to a sectionals competition on Oct. 8 in Marshall and could qualify for the Team Championships on Nov. 20, in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings vs. Arizona Cardinals game.

A New Year, A New Governor - 10/01/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson, District Governor
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October 1st starts the Kiwanis Year. I am proud to be serving the District this year as your Governor. I will work with many of you and attend a great many meetings and events. Our challenge is to help bring about Kiwanis International President, Jane Erickson's hope that we "Energize the Dream... That Every Child is Happy, Healthy, Safe and Loved".

You will find that I want to be very involved with the Service Leadership Programs, Key Club, Circle K, Aktion Club, K-Kids, Terrific Kids and BUG. These programs are what separate us from the other service organizations and are the major reasons I joined Kiwanis 21 years ago. One District Position that is sadly missing is our K-Kids...


October Update - 09/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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October is the start of another Kiwanis year. Welcome to our new Governor, Peter Larson and the great team of Lt. Governors and other district leaders. They will be working hard to promote and support Kiwanis in your area. They are there to help local clubs at any time. Just give them a call or send them an email.

2016-2017 Directory of District Kiwanis Officers: A directory of all of the new District Officers and Lt. Governors can be found on our district website.  http://mndak.portalbuzz.com/Page/1018

Important information for processing your club’s membership for the 2016-2017 billing period: Club Secretaries should have received this message earlier from Kiwanis International,...


Kiwanis International Club Recognition Award - NEW - 09/30/2016
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Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson has announced a new Kiwanis Club recognition program for 2016-2017.  View more detail here
https://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/club%20recognition%20program.pdf 

 


Kiwanis Education Foundation - 09/29/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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The Kiwanis Educational Foundation, Inc. is our scholarship foundation. Although I have been confused at times by the name, this foundation is part of the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Kiwanis. It funds scholarships for high school seniors going to post secondary schools in Minnesota, North and South Dakota and Superior, Wisconsin. It is not part of the Kiwanis International Foundation. Every year scholarship applications are sent out to Kiwanis Clubs in the District that are then passed on to the schools in that town or city. Then the returned applications are sorted and matched to the qualifications and the scholarship winners are notified.

Now for the important part: to pay for those scholarships,...


The Eliminate Project - 09/29/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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The following spreadsheet contains information from our Silent Auction at the District convention. It identifies the club and item.
                 
As always clubs are encouraged to send their donations to KI the Eliminate Project as soon as they have funds to contribute. The sooner the funds are turned over to UNICEF, the quicker MNT can be controlled worldwide. Thanks for your help!

http://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/copy%20of%202016%20district%20silent%20auction.pdf

 


Reasons to Visit Paris: Fashion - 09/28/2016
Submitted by: OTIC Chair Courtney Taylor
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“Dress carefully,” advises Fodor’s 25 Best: Paris (2016). “More emphasis is put on appearance in France than in other countries, and smart casual dress is the norm.” The bad news is that you’re advised to leave your comfortable t-shirts at home. The good news is you’ll have some of the swankiest convention pictures yet! Just be sure to set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier than usual – our more relaxed, just-out-of-the-shower look is considered unacceptable in Paris.

Haute Couture is French for “high dressmaking,” a phrase dating back to the mid-nineteenth century. More recently, the term has evolved to describe expensive, trendy...


District Key Club Fall Rally - 09/28/2016
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The District Key Club Fall Rally will be held October 14-16, 2016 at Loretto, Minnesota.  For more information click on the following link to see flyer.    https://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/2016%20fall%20rally%20flyer.pdf

If you would like to attend please email Mary Beth Townsend, District Key Club Administrator   mary.b.townsend@mac.com


DID YOUR CLUB PARTICIPATE - 09/27/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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Another Kiwanis year has come and gone and has your club taken advantage of contributing to the Kiwanis International Foundation's Children's Fund? If not,why not? I would like to thank all the clubs that helped by giving to KIF this year. We didn't make our goal, but we came close and some of our Lt. Governors made the President's Challenge and will be honored at next years district convention.

Now is the time for your club and yourself to make plans for giving to the foundation this coming year. The demand is growing more each day with disasters and grant requests and the growth of our Key Clubs, Circle K, K Kids, Action Clubs. Make sure that your club's budget...


K-Family Float - 09/26/2016
Club: Fargo Rough Riders - Submitted by: Kaylee Arndt (WFPS Key Club President) and Kylee Arndt (WFPS Key Club Secretary)
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This past September, West Fargo Public Schools Key Club, North Dakota State University Circle K, and Fargo Rough Riders Kiwanis decided to strengthen our K-Family Bond by jointly participating in this year’s West Fest Parade. As a group, we got together to create our float consisting of two convertibles. We decorated the float in blue and yellow streamers and balloons as well as signs crafted with our logos. We then walked the parade route handing out candy, t-shirts, and necklaces as well as holding fun signs promoting what we do. 19 K-Family participants and various other supporters came to help us create a fun promotional float! We hope to continue this event and are grateful for the...


Kiwanis Club of North Hennepin Greeters - 09/26/2016
Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Division 7 Formula Team Club Counselsor
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North Hennepin Kiwanis was one of forty nine business/organizational booths set up in downtown Robbinsdale at the annual Meet and Greet Event. We met and visited with many of the community visitors who were very interested in Kiwanis activities in the community. Courtney Heyda, Katie Polz, and I, Kiwanians, along with family members Charlie, Henry, Phoenix and Gil with dog, Scooter, had a very nice time welcoming visitors to our booth with information on Kiwanis and SLP programs. We have participated in this event for several years and gives us a nice opportunity to keep our club visible in the community with our involvement in sponsoring a Little League team, providing services at the annual...


Harvey Kiwanis Playground to Become Reality this October - 09/23/2016
Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Harvey Kiwanis has been fundraising by seeking local donations and grants and state grants this past year to purchase and install playground equipment in Centennial Park. It will soon become a reality! The equipment was purchased in July and the ground has been prepared. Installation is slated for October. Harvey Kiwanis and the community is very excited. "We are so appreciative of our group's fundraising efforts for this project as we are a small but mighty group of 13 members, said Sandy Teubner, President. We are proud to know we are providing our children a state of the art playground and it all came about through our Kiwanis member's drive & determination." Our upcoming...


Mitchell's Zombie Run - 09/21/2016
Submitted by: Linda McEntee
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Mitchell Kiwanis will host it's 2nd Annual Zombie Glow Run. This run/walk has 3 options for participants to choose from: 5K, 10K and a 1 mile fun run.

October 8th - 7pm at the Corn Palace on Main Street.

This fundraiser will help us to reach our Eliminate Model Club pledge.

Sign up at Allsportscentral.com Wear a costume, get a team together and join us for the fun.

Call Linda at 605-770-8644 for more information

Supply Our Children - 09/07/2016
Club: Faribault - Submitted by: Marian Anderson
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The Kiwanis of Faribault has been a part of the Supply Our Children collaborative in the community to provide needed school supplies to children in the Faribault Community. Thanks to a grant of $6,160 from the Kiwanis International Foundation, $1,500 donated from our local Kiwanis group; and great support in the community, school supplies were provided to nearly 1200 students. The Kiwanis project started over 10 years ago by donating school supplies directly to the schools to provide to students in need. It has evolved over the years to partner with community organizations to make the project what it is today.

The picture of people include (left to right): Kesley Novak Bethlehem Academy Key...


Message from the District Governor - 09/01/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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This is the last article I will be writing in the Minnekotan as your Governor. I first of all would like to thank all of you in Minn-Dak that have made this such a GREAT experience. I thank you for your support and your friendship and the opportunity to serve as your Governor. You are doing the projects that support your clubs, your members, your community and Kiwanis International.

We had a great district convention in Fergus Falls the first of August. If you missed it, you missed a lot of information about the I-Plan and many other great things Kiwanis is doing. We had close to 200 people attend and they had a wonderful time visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. We had 24 first timers...


September Update - 08/31/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Kiwanis International and District Dues for the 2016-2017 Kiwanis year are as follows: (same as 2015-2016)
Kiwanis International Dues - $52
Member liability insurance - $13
Directors and Officers Liability - $4
Magazine - $8
MNDAK District dues- $30

The 2016 District Kiwanis Convention was a great success. Fergus Falls and the Bigwood Center was an excellent location. We hope to see all of you at the 2017 District Convention in Watertown, August 11-13. In addition to the educational portions of the convention we also had two district board meeting and of course the District House of Delegates business session. The minutes of those meetings will be posted to our district website within the next...


Convention Corner - 08/30/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl
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I want to thank each of you who attended the District Convention in Fergus Falls! We had a wonderful time and enjoyed being with all the Kiwanians. The ventriloquist on Friday night was well received by everyone in attendance. People commented that it was the best entertainment ever. I am so pleased that you enjoyed it! We had very good forums with good attendance in them. Our keynote speaker was enjoyed as she shared about how she learned to read after graduating from college and her experiences as a teacher for many years. The entire convention was a fun-filled, educational experience with much fellowship thrown in for good measure. Now we will be looking forward to Watertown, South Dakota...


Kiwanis Education Foundation News Items - 08/30/2016
Submitted by: Jack Zierdt, Foundation Secretary/Treasurer
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September brings us to the end of the 2015-2016 Kiwanis year. With this being said, your club still has time to send in the Century Club donation for the Kiwanis Educational Foundation that helps to support the scholarship program. We still have a number of clubs that have not contributed to this part of the Foundation Funds for the present year.

With the coming of September and a new school year, we will began making our payments to the colleges/universities for our 2016-2017 scholarship recipients. The scholarship payments of $865.00 per recipient will be paid out to 52 winners over the course of the first semester and beginning of the second semester of this upcoming school year.

As the...


Kiwanis Service - 08/28/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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Fellow KIWANIANS, Thank you for all the service you are doing in the MNDAK district. One great project that is getting legs in our district is the scholastic book OASIS. The MNDAK district is now the lead district in all of Kiwanis placing Oasis in local grade schools. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK !! We are also the first district to put an Oasis on a Native American reservation. There is another going in soon at the HEDOG elementary school in TODD county, South Dakota. We are all proud to be Kiwanians! Your service is greatly appreciated.

The MNDAK district is soon to kick off a SHOE collection money raising program to help our district keep our dues down, provide money for future conventions,...


Reasons to Visit Paris: Cuisine - 08/28/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, On To International Convention Chair
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“To hungry men and women, its richness can overwhelm the senses.” - John Baxter in Five Nights in Paris

Food
What would be left of French cuisine without bread? From your cost-effective tartine (toast) to the croque monsieur (a “mister’s munch”), not to mention the beloved baguette, bread is a staple. It relates to a person’s fortune, it is political, and it is in every kitchen.

Did you know that les fromageries (the cheese shops) may contain more than two hundred types of cheese? Croissants are less often consumed for breakfast and more often enjoyed at around 4 pm or during the weekend. Restaurants tend to be open 12-2 pm and 7:30-10:30 pm with peak dining...


WE CAN DO IT - 08/28/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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I would like to THANK all those who helped support the Kiwanis International foundation and the District Foundation raffle this year at the convention. We had the best year ever by raising $1,800.00. And a special THANKS to John and Mary for all their help.

The latest report shows that we are still about $10,000.00 short of our goal at the end of July. This does not count what has come in in August. There are many of our clubs that still have not sent in their $10.00 pr member. I know that the Lt. Governor's are going to be contacting these clubs and asking them to send in their contributions.

What a privilege it was for me to be able to present a Founders Circle Eagle to two wonderful...


The Eliminate Project- District Convention Silent Auction Results - 08/28/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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Silent Auction for Eliminate Project 2016
Bismarck K01055 $27
Mandan K03920 $25
Fargo K00342 $20
Fargo Rough Riders K06958 $25
Fargo South Point K15854 $165
Fergus Falls K00523 $100
Viking Land Moorhead K06990 $55
Thief River Falls K05881 $110
Rapid City K02823 $52
Mitchell K00449 $70
South Sioux Falls K04172 $75
Watertown K00330 $50
Albert Lea Day Breakers K08378 $56
Fairmont Early Risers K09258 $30
Worthington Early Risers K06434 $40
Madison , MN K01846 $100
Mankato K00418 $55
Willmar K00932 $143
Columbia Heights/Fridley K05176 $50
North Hennepin of MPLS K05504 $15
So Suburban Twin Cities K18668 $15
Red Wing Golden K K11320 $60
Saint Anthony K05562 $30
Spring Valley K02329 $117
Donation $5
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Kiwanis Park Hosts Variety of Activities - 08/24/2016
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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Construction is nearly complete on a brand new accessible playground at Bismarck's Kiwanis Park. The Bismarck Park Board and Bismarck Kiwanis are cost sharing on this project. On the attached photo you can see the new playground equipment behind member, Keith Lauer. Keith is shown serving summer meals at noon in the park. Our club served meals every Wednesday and Thursday this summer in cooperation with the Great Plains Food Bank. Another August activity was our annual potluck club picnic also located at Kiwanis Park. For the first time this year, Kiwanis Park is the site for BisMarket - a food and craft fair held on Saturdays. The development of a brand new baseball facility adjacent to...


Mandan Golfs! - 08/24/2016
Club: Mandan - Submitted by: Diane Lillis
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The Mandan Kiwanis club just completed their 24th annual Kiwanis Golf Tournament on August 22nd at Prairie West Golf Course in Mandan.

As always it is a well run, fun event. Club members were able to secure 20 foursomes and 35 hole sponsors to raise nearly $12,000.

We started this tournament as a way to give back to the Park Board for allowing us to run our "Mandan Kiwanis Classic Cross Country Meet" on the course in September.

Not only is this a great fund raiser it is an opportunity to showcase our club and members (several of whom golf in the tournament). We also serve a fabulous steak dinner for all the golfers, volunteers and club house staff before prizes and winners are announced!
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WILLMAR KIWANIS INITIATES PEANUT DAY DRIVE - 08/24/2016
Club: Willmar - Submitted by: Dennis Hier, Past Lt. Gov., Div.6

Willmar Kiwanis is in the midst of their 9th consecutive Peanut Day fundraiser. All of the proceeds go to assist organizations in our community who work with children. Beginning with the Shelter House in 2008, or what is now known as Safe Avenues, and continuing to the present day, Willmar Kiwanis has raised over $100,000 to assist these organizations in their work. Each year Willmar Kiwanis sends out numerous applications to the various organizations in our community, inviting them to share their need and apply to be our Peanut Partner. Our Peanut Partner this year is WCER, Willmar Community Education and Recreation. They are starting a scholarship program to help pay the cost of fees for activities...


Crookston Kiwanis in annual parade - 08/24/2016
Club: Crookston Pioneer 100 - Submitted by: Susan Sylvestor
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Crookston Kiwanis have did something pretty cool this year. We were in our town ‘s annual parade for the 1st time.

https://portalbuzzuserfiles.s3.amazonaws.com/ou-87/userfiles/files/crookston%20kiwanis%20pioneer%20100's%202016%20parade(1).pdf

If you are not able to view photos at above link go to  District News Page  http://www.mndak-kiwanis.org/Page/1012

 

 

School supplies from Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club - 08/21/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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The Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club makes delivery of nearly $500 worth of school supplies, including a large sum of back packs to students at Madison Elementary School in Fargo. Madison School is the adopt a school connection with Fargo South Point club members and each year for the past 13 years, the members have budgeted funds plus digging into their pockets to make this happen.

The Madison School area is one where there is need for some help each year, and this allows the students to pick up their supplies at the school, and saves the parents many dollars as well as the pressure of getting all of the needed items for their children. School supplies are provided for the year, so...


South Sioux Falls Kiwanian Melvin Lewis celebrates 100th Birthday - 08/19/2016
Club: South Sioux Falls - Submitted by: John Lewis
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My dad, who celebrated his 100th birthday on June 28th of this year, has been a South Sioux Falls Kiwanis member for 54 years. For approximately 40 years he maintained perfect attendance. For 15 years as club secretary, he typed all documentation on his old fashioned typewriter. He received a “Hixson Fellow” award for his service as club secretary.

Dad has especially enjoyed the Kiwanis Roast Beef Dinner fundraiser, which allowed his competitive spirit to emerge. It is not surprising that he became the top ticket seller for many years. His customers still ask, “When is the roast beef dinner? I don’t want to miss it!”

My father has always believed in community service....


MinnDak Key Club’s Fall Rally - 08/18/2016
Submitted by: Emily Rice

Hey, Kiwanians! It’s nearly fall, which means Key Clubbers are going back to school.
With the season change comes one of the most exciting and entertaining Key Club events of the year:
Fall Rally!

Fall Rally is an annual district­wide Key Club event where Key Clubbers come together to train club
officers, work on service projects, and even experience and explore high ropes courses! Fall Rally
will be held at Camp Ihduhapi on October 14th­-16th. You can get more information by contacting any
of the Key Club District Board members.

This event is a fun and amazing opportunity for the Key Clubs in your division. Please make sure to
encourage and invite your Key Clubbers to come and...


Annual Nickel-Jamboree - 08/17/2016
Submitted by: Daniel Aja
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Recently the Fridley High School Key Club participated in helping run the annual Nickel-Jamboree. The Nickel-Jamboree is a small scale carnival that allows anyone in the community, who wishes, to play carnival games and win prizes at the cost of a couple nickels. The students ran a variety of games ranging from the “Animal Toss” to the “Pool Pitch”. Overall this carnival was a great opportunity to grow relationships within our community while having fun!
 


K-Kids Donate to Eliminate - 08/15/2016
Club: Fargo - Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber

Local kids from Horace Mann–Roosevelt Elementary School K–Kids Club donate one thousand dollars to the Eliminate Project.

View television coverage  www.kvrr.com/news/local-news/kkids-raise-1000-for-fargo-kiwanis-club/41127014

 


DL Kiwanis Club Hosts Art in the Park - 08/09/2016
Club: Devils Lake - Submitted by: Suzie Kenner
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Members of the local DL Kiwanis Club host a number of events every year, including the annual Arts in the Park event. According to Stephanie Armstrong, a long- time member of the Kiwanis Club of Devils Lake, “Arts in the Park was first organized by people looking for ways to use the Roosevelt Park Band Shelter”. Currently, three service organizations are each assigned a month during the summer to reserve an act each Tuesday night during their month.

“Arts in the Park is a fun time and is enjoyed by young and old alike”, Armstrong said. The event is FREE and open to the public. Music starts at 7:00 pm . The DL Kiwanis Club has a terrific line-up scheduled in August, closing the season with “Karaoke”...

WOW! The cost of going back to school!!! - 08/03/2016
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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The First United Methodist Church of Watertown, SD sponsors an annual back-to-school supplies giveaway for Watertown area students in need in early August. The Kiwanis Club of Watertown has again donated to the church's most valiant program and members of the club assisted with the giveaway on Saturday morning, August 6. Jeff Anderson, Kiwanis Club of Watertown president, presented the church with a check for $1,000 to support the purchase of school supplies for the event. Pictured left to right with Anderson are Jeanne Paulson, Sue Togel and Sandra Weidner, project representatives from the First United Methodist Church.

Governor's comments - 07/30/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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It has been a busy past week. I put on about 1200 miles and visited four clubs in southern Minnesota. Monday I was at the Mankato Club and they had their annual Picnic in the Park they have helped build. It was a PERFECT day in the park shelter. They had a very good turn out and an excellent program. Tuesday I spent in Rochester at the 9:00 am club at the Athletic Club. What a great place to meet and the members were very excited about all the service projects they are doing. They had a whole table of clip boards with different projects to work on. A very project driven group.

Wednesday I attend the new club just chartered in Planview-Elgin-Melville. What an exciting time to be at the charter...


August Update - 07/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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District Convention: Our District Convention in Fergus Falls is just a few days away. Lots of preparation and planning has been happening to ensure that this will be another great convention. It will be a great opportunity to learn new ideas, meet new friends and enjoy great Kiwanis fellowship. I hope to see you there. Further information about the convention can be found in the MINNEKOTAN and on the district website.

Club Secretaries: Be sure that you have submitted all of your monthly online club reports for the 15-16 year. Remember that the September report (last report of the year) is due by October 10th, 2016. When you use the monthly online reporting system you will not be asked to submit...


Convention Corner - 07/29/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl
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The Convention Committee is so looking forward to seeing you at the Minnesota Dakotas District Convention in just four days! A great convention has been planned for you including a great ventriloquist show on Friday night, great forums both Friday and Saturday, and a great keynote speaker who I am sure will inspire us! Everyone who is involved has been working hard to ensure that the time spent at the convention will be well worth your time and effort! There will be time to socialize with fellow Kiwanians and time to get new ideas for your local club.

Fergus Falls is located in a beautiful area of Minnesota and the Kiwanis clubs there are excited to be our hosts!

There is still time to register...


EVERY GIFT MATTERS - 07/28/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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In local Kiwanis clubs, members change children's lives - by working, serving and volunteering together. For the Kiwanis family, the Kiwanis International Foundation is where you EXTEND your Kiwanis impact. Each gift to our foundation helps children in many places, in many ways. In fact, your generosity helps sustain the work of the Kiwanis family--often in ways that would otherwise remain beyond the resources of Kiwanis clubs and districts. When you make a gift, we make it work. Then you see the results, TODAY, TOMORROW, and FOREVER.

We will be celebrating on Friday evening at the Honors Reception at the district convention, by honoring several people. One such recognition will be the FOUNDERS...


The Eliminate Project - 07/28/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We are looking forward to our District Convention in Fergus Falls August 5-7 at the Bigwood Convention Center. There will be silent auction items for you to bid on throughout the Convention. The proceeds will be forwarded to the Eliminate Project and the club bringing the item will receive credit.

To bring you up to date, the following data is as of June 23rd. Kiwanis International has pledges and gifts totaling $101,420,941. We have $1,472,322 in pledges and gifts. The per member average for Kiwanis International is $474.00. We have 23 clubs that have reached or surpassed that amount. We have 31 Model Clubs. Alas, there are 14 clubs that have not donated any dollars to the Project. Let's...


Because You Give - 07/28/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, Immediate Past Governor
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"Because you give" is a new video that you or your Kiwanis group can watch on the Kiwanis International website.

It shares the impact that our donations have made in changing the lives of children near and far. Because of the generosity of our Kiwanis Members many clubs in the MN-DAK District have received grants to help with their projects. The Kiwanis International Foundation appreciates all you have given. We have a few clubs that may have forgotten to mail in their checks so it's not too late.  We are so close to our goal this year so send or bring your donations to the District Convention to allow the Foundation to continue helping Clubs do their projects that benefit...


Your Club Budget and Your Foundation - 07/28/2016
Submitted by: Denis Cornell, Past Governor
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The Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis District Education Foundation depends on donations from clubs and individuals to build the assets necessary to continue providing scholarships to students attending institutions of higher learning within our district and in Superior, WI. As each club plans for the new Kiwanis year beginning on October 1st, the club president should ensure that the Century Club Donation to the Minnesota-Dakotas District Kiwanis Education Foundation is included as a line item in the club budget. Only the interest on the foundation assets is used toward scholarship awards. This year the Minnesota-Dakotas Education Foundation awarded 52 scholarships of $865.00 each.

A great way to recognize...


Reasons to Visit Paris: Art - 07/28/2016
Submitted by: OTIC Chair Courtney Taylor
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The Horses of Marly, L’Apparition, Le Radeau de la Méduse – art and Paris are inextricably linked. You may be familiar with the great works of a selection of French artists, including Édouard Manet and Edgar Degas (Realists), Pierre-Auguste Renior and Claude Monet (Impressionism), Georges-Pierre Seurat (pointillism), Paul Cézanne (Post-Impressionism), and Henri Matisse (Fauvist). While visiting Paris for the 2017 Kiwanis International Convention, make time to visit at least one art museum. The Musée du Luxembourg is one of the oldest in Europe, having been opened in 1750. The Musée du Louvre is best known for containing the Mona Lisa and the Venus...


WILLMAR KIWANIS TO CHARTER TWO NEW KEY CLUBS - 07/27/2016
Club: Willmar - Submitted by: Dennis Hier
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SLP'S (Service Leadership Programs) are a vital part of the Kiwanis family. Kiwanis International has programs for every age group giving our young people the opportunity and joy of developing their service and leadership skills to help make our communities and world better.

The Key Club is one of those vital organizations. Founded in 1925, it is the world's largest high school service organization. That is why Willmar Kiwanis takes great pride in announcing that we will charter not one Key Club this fall, but two, Willmar High School and The Dream Academy. Charter Night is Monday, October 24, at the Holiday Day Inn Conference Center in Willmar.

The High School has had a good Key Club...


MnDak District 7 Clubs at St Paul Saints Baseball - 07/27/2016
Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Secretary, North Hennepin/South Suburban TC
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The northern clubs including Columbia Heights-Fridley, North Hennepin, South Suburban TC, North Suburban St Paul, Stillwater, Woodbury, St Anthony and St Anthony Aktion all joined together and attended the St Paul Saints baseball game on Monday, 7-25-16 at a night game. Lt Governor Elect Kathy Welle and many club members and family members had a great night watching the St Paul Saints play the Sioux City Explorers at the beautiful new CHF field in downtown St Paul. It was a game worth watching with great fellowship and just a plain good old time. The Kiwanis received a warm welcome at the stadium and helped make the evening a nice memory. A very special time together.


Kiwanis Club of North Hennepin/Sochacki Park Adopt a Park 7-29-16 - 07/27/2016
Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Secretary
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Kiwanians Courtney Heyda and Katie Polz and all the kids picked the best day to do Sochacki Park, Robbinsdale, MN quarterly clean up. North Hennepin Kiwanis adopted this park over 20 years ago and it has gone through many changes including currently being updated and in the planning stages to be a transportation hub for one of the Twin Cities Blue Line networks. This park is located in a southern part of the City of Robbinsdale and shared with the City of Golden Valley neighborhood and will now add this new dimension. Our city parks are a big part of our community and our club will continue to provide the service to keep it nice for everyone. Have a nice summer.


Kiwanian Making a Difference - 07/20/2016
Club: Early Risers, Worthington - Submitted by: Loreena Luetgers

I am a member of Worthington Early Risers Kiwanis.

This summer, I was fortunate to see how our club can and is affecting children in this city. We collect new and used books to donate at the local food pantry. I am also a volunteer there and speak to the children about reading and offer them books to take and keep. Their smiles are absolutely heartwarming.

One morning a family with three grade school children came in. The students were so excited to receive books and especially “chapter books”. We visited awhile and they acknowledged my name and thanked me.

Later that day, my granddaughter and I were cleaning up trash at a park that our club has adopted. I saw four kids sitting...


Harvey Kiwanis Offers Local Speech Students an Audience for the Speeches - 07/19/2016
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner

Harvey Kiwanis has offered up their group to be an audience for local summer speech students to present their speeches. June Prom’s students have come to present demonstration speeches or persuasive speeches for several summers now. The class is an accredited college class where the students earn 3 credits. June stated "It's a small audience for them rather than a large college class".

Pictured are Devany Stutlien and Sarah Engelhart demonstrating how to make glitter glue jars – a “homemade snow globe”. Sandy Teubner, Pam Stewart and Tim Huseth were willing to help them out with their speech by making the glitter jars. The students mentioned how the glitter...


MLB Umpire Speaks At Minot Golden K Meeting - 07/15/2016
Club: Minot, Golden K - Submitted by: Gary Ochsner

Minot, North Dakota native and MLB umpire Gary Cederstrom shared his knowledge and a unique perspective to America's pastime at the July 13th, Minot Golden K meeting. Cederstrom is a veteran of 22 years as a MLB umpire. He has umpired in three World Series, 2005, 2011 and 2015; as well as six League Championship series. He has also umpired notable games such as being the third base umpire when Rickey Henderson stole third to break Lou Brock's career stolen base record. He umpired two no-hitters, Matt Garza 2010 and Johan Santana 2012.

The 36 Golden K members at the meeting asked several questions with laughter echoing throughout the room during the casual question and answer time. He...


Albert Lea Daybreakers Celebrates 40th Anniversary - 07/08/2016
Club: Albert Lea - Submitted by: Catherine Buboltz, Past Club President
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Albert Lea Daybreakers Kiwanis celebrated its 40th Anniversary on June 28, 2016 at the Edgewater Park Cottage in Albert Lea, MN. Current and past members as well as spouses of deceased members all joined in the celebration of the daybreakers club. Current club president, Matt Greibrok, led the ceremony. Member, Joel Erickson, provided the invocation. MN-DAK Division 6 Lt. Gov. Jim Bock recognized the many efforts of this club over the past 40 years. Charter member, Dick Polley, led the group in sharing stories of the efforts of this club and the fun that has been had over the past 40 years, while doing good in the community of Albert Lea, MN. Daybreakers Kiwanis is proud of its heritage and was...


July Update - 06/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Don’t forget to register for the Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention!! Registration is $160 until July 15. After July 15 registration is $185. The preferred method of registering to is to do it online and pay with your credit card. If you are not able to register online let me know and I will email you a registration form that can be printed and returned by US Mail with a check. Also if you are attending as a voting delegate be sure your club secretary submitted the Club Delegate Certification form.  More convention information can be found on our district website at:  http://mndak.portalbuzz.com/Page/1010  

District Kiwanis Convention House of Delegates:  There...


District Convention Registration - 06/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Don’t forget to register for the Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention!! Registration is $160 until July 15. After July 15 registration is $185. The preferred method of registering to is to do it online and pay with your credit card. If you are not able to register online let me know at secretary@mndak-kiwanis.org and I will email you a registration form that can be printed and returned by US Mail with a check. More convention information can be found on our district website at:
http://mndak.portalbuzz.com/Page/1010


Message from the Governor - 06/30/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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About 26 members and guests attended the International convention in Toronto, Canada. The Convention was GREAT. There were a number of great forums to attend and get educated on. I attend a number, but the one that touched me the most was the one on inclusiveness. We are a changing world, changing state and also a changing community. We must look beyond all the racial differences and nationalities in our communities and try to include all people in our clubs. This was a 2 hour town hall type meeting with a panel that directed the conversation. I learned a lot from discussions and points of view were very open and straight forward. They discussed everything, and of course there were many different...


CLE Offered at District Convention - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Colleen Hyde
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Club presidents and anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend the CLE session offered on Friday, August 5 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

CLE (Club Leadership Education) is an opportunity to learn about the administrative side of Kiwanis. It is a short course on developing leadership skills, learning about conducting meetings and connecting to your division and district leaders. Networking with other club leaders, and learning about resources available will pave the way for a successful leadership experience.

If you will have a leadership role in your club for the 2016-17 year this is your chance to prepare yourself for success! If you have already attended CLE in your division in the last few...


Eliminate Project - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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Kiwanians from around the world just met in Toronto,CAN for the 101st International Convention. One of the major messages from the convention involves the importance of clubs honoring their pledges to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus in the world. We need to remember our pledges and complete our promise to the mothers and children of the world.

Please consider taking part in our Eliminate Silent Auction at the District Convention in Fergus Falls this August 5-7th. Clubs donating items will be credited with amount paid for the item. This be reported to Kiwanis International as a donation for The Eliminate Project.

There are some countries waiting to begin the process of Elimination but...


101st Kiwanis International Convention - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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Another year, another great convention. Kiwanians flooded Toronto during the last full week of June to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis in Canada. We attended education sessions, celebrated successes, and made plans for the future. Workshop topics included membership, service leadership programs, and Kiwanis partnerships. We celebrated the elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus in Niger and considered what needs to be done to fulfill the remainder of our pledges. We discussed the possibility of online voting, the value of separating the district secretary and treasurer positions, and a number of new concepts related to international dues.

The House of Delegates contained the usual amount of...


Convention Corner - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl, District Convention Director
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MNDAK Kiwanis District Convention
Bigwood Event Center, Fergus Falls, MN
August 5-7, 2016

Only a little over a month before our 99th MNDAK Kiwanis Convention to be held at the Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota! To receive the lower room rate at the hotels in Fergus Falls, you will need to book your rooms by July 15. Also, be sure to register by July 15 online to receive the lower bargain rate for your registration to the convention. You may view the list of available hotels on the MNDAK website.

We will be having a special Governor-team meeting with everyone who is new to the convention this year. Also everyone who has never attended a MNDAK District Kiwanis Convention will be...


CAN YOUR CLUB USE A GRANT? - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: E.Chuck Schroder
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The Children's Fund is the foundation's annual fund that is used to support grants to clubs, districts, district foundation and Kiwanis family programs like Key Club and Circle K. The Foundation wants to partner with clubs, Districts and district foundations and support local projects that will make an impact in the lives of children by providing grants to worthwhile projects.

Recently, the foundation reviewed a record number of grant applications. But with limited resources, the foundation could only fund less that 27% of those requests. THE FOUNDATION NEEDS YOUR HELP. Please consider setting up a gift from your club or yourself so our foundation can extend your impact. When clubs and...


Minnesota Dakotas District Education Foundation: Where Shall We Go - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Bill Lardy, Foundation President
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At the last foundation board meeting it was decided to undertake forming a strategic plan, just as the District Board has done for the District itself. The foundation board determined that the strategic planning committee will consist of the board itself plus District Secretary Steve Handegaard and three or four persons at large. As foundation president I will chair the committee.

The foundation board has no preconceived ideas as to the final plan but it did raise questions, among them: should the foundation mission be changed, should that door even be opened, what should be done to get Designated Scholarships reinvested in our program.
The Board welcomes all thoughts and comments from any and...


District Convention Memorial Service - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Denis Cornell
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Since 2012 we have held a Memorial Service at the Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention to honor those Kiwanians who have passed away since our last convention. This service is a way to recognize the tremendous Kiwanis service to the children of the world by those who have passed away. During the service, the names of those who have passed away are read and a carnation is placed in a vase in their honor. Following the service, the carnations may be taken back to your club or to loved ones of the deceased. This year the convention will be held in Fergus Falls and we will once again hold a Memorial Service on Sunday morning, August 7th. Please send the names of those from your club who have passed...


Making it Happen - 06/29/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan, District Service Director
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Kiwanians , You are making it happen in the MINDAK district!

I have heard from many clubs who are working on extraordinary projects. The SMIF, SCOLASTIC BOOKS, DIAPER PROGRAM, GIFT BOXES, and many local programs. You are helping the children know they are carried about by adults.  You are helping feed them, giving them coats and winter boots, scholarships, and play ground equipment.  You are proving what KIWANIS is all about.  Immunizing mothers around the world against TETANUS in new born babies. You are giving leadership and service opportunities through Circle K , Key clubs , Builder clubs , and K Kids. You are helping leave this world a better place to...


Kiwanis + Rotary = Clean Camp - 06/28/2016
Club: Jamestown - Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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Jamestown, N.D.'s local Kiwanis and Rotary club partnered for an annual service project.

The two clubs together support Camp Rokiwan for children. The camp hosts camps for young people as well as family reunions and other events every summer.

Twenty or so members worked together to clean kitchens, cabins, dining halls, etc. in June.

"This project is about more than house keeping," said Jamestown Kiwanis President Katie Ryan-Anderson. "It's about what we can do when we work together."


Kiwanis Club of North Hennepin and City of Robbinsdale Little League 2016 - 06/28/2016
Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Secretary
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The City of Robbinsdale Little League team, the Blue Jays, had a great game schedule playing 11 regular season games. The team of 8 and 9 year olds had a fun and fulfilling season-playing each game to its fullest. By the final game of the season on Tuesday, June 21 at the Robbinsdale Middle School field, the team showed their sportsmanship and fun at playing the game. Courtney and I and the Kiwanis club of North Hennepin had a great season as team sponsors and the team and parents were very welcoming to us. The coaches were good examples of fair play and teaching the team the best way to play-have fun! This was our first year as sponsors and look forward to continuing after seeing the benefits...


Bentz receives Kiwanis Division Star Award - 06/27/2016
Division: Division 1 - Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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Don Bentz was speechless when he received the Kiwanis Division Star Award Monday at the Jamestown Kiwanis Club meeting. The award is a top honor for a member within the 11-club district including Jamestown.

Bentz’s lack of a quick joke surprised Krysten Perkins, a member of the club who nominated Bentz for the honor.

“He’s known for his jokes,” she said. “He’s an easy-going, loving life-type of guy.”

Bentz did joke that the round of applause he received after the award was presented was “irrational exuberance” on the part of club members.

Perkins said Bentz is known for much more than keeping meetings light and fun.

“Once...


Challenge Coin - 06/27/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Dr. Tom Jackson, Jr., President of Black Hills State University, is shown presenting a challenge coin to all Veteran's of the Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis Club.

Thank you, Veterans!
 


Donations - 06/27/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis recently presented checks to several Non-Profit Organizations which work with children within the community.


Kiwanis Club of Minot sponsors stage in Music Director's memory - 06/21/2016
Club: Minot - Submitted by: Carla Dolan
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The Festival in the Parks is making its way back to Minot, and the Kiwanis Club of Minot wants to make sure a past member who was key in making this event happen year after year, is recognized. Hardy Lieberg had been the Kiwanis Club of Minot band leader for many years and a band leader for the Festival in the Parks as well. As a matter of fact, he founded and chaired the festival for 20 years. Hardy passed away May 8, 2011. But his memory lives on. This summer the July 4 Festival in the Parks event will be back after a few years away and the stage will be named after Hardy thanks to a donation by the Kiwanis Club of Minot. While we celebrate our country's independence, we also recognize...


Minot Golden K Donates Ticket Booth - 06/21/2016
Club: Minot, Golden K - Submitted by: Gary Ochsner
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Minot Golden K as one of their service projects provides gate security and ticket selling services for Magic City Youth Baseball games at Corbett Field in Minot. Golden K began this service 26 years ago as the result of a conversation between a Golden K member and the Minot American Legion Baseball Coach. The baseball team had difficulty getting volunteers within their program to sell tickets and watch the gates. Often there were times no one was available to be at the booth or gates.

Golden K members have diligently manned the ticket booth and gates since that time. Originally this project was for the Minot Vistas American Legion Baseball program but has expanded to include the Minot Metros...


Harvey Kiwanis Scholarships - 06/15/2016
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Harvey Kiwanis awarded four scholarships to graduating seniors this past May. Winners of these scholarships were as follows:

Iona Tebilius & John J Tebilius Designated Scholarships -McKenzie Lautt and Corey McClintock

Harvey Kiwanis Designated Scholarship - Sarah Engelhart

Marvin Frey Scholarship - Haley Edinger (not pictured)

Harvey Kiwanis is happy to congratulate these students and wish them well in their future educational paths.


Over 90 Recognition - 06/14/2016
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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Kiwanis’ 37th annual Over 90 Recognition Luncheon for the area’s most senior of citizens was held at Lunkers Restaurant on June 6 with 72 seniors and 41 of their guests in attendance. Kiwanians sitting with the special guests gave a report on each of the seniors including where they have lived, military service, occupations, children and grandchildren, advice to young people and favorite memories from growing up. Entertainment was provided by Mary Larson who sang music from the “Sound of Music”. She was accompanied by Blair Titze. Also, 10 year old Jaida Wilson, the winner of the Boys & Girls Club talent show sang her award winning song. Several old favorite songs were sung and door prizes were...

Madison Kiwanis builds playground - 06/08/2016
Club: Madison - Submitted by: Jeanene Munsterman
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The Madison, Minnesota Kiwanis club took advantage of Kiwanis International 100th anniversary playground promotion and worked with Landscape Structures to build a new playground. The Madison Kiwanis had built the original playground in 1984. That playground had outlived its usefulness. It was time to replace it. Kiwanis members, with guidance and assistance from Flagship Recreation, installed the equipment. The City of Madison updated the park area where the playground is located with Kiwanis Members landscaping the playground area.


DL Kiwanis generates record sales at recent French Toast Feed - 06/01/2016
Club: Devils Lake - Submitted by: Suzie Kenner
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Devils Lake, ND– May 20, 2016 – Concessions, French toast feed, bicycle safety course and holiday meals are among the many service projects the local Kiwanis club members have offered for many years serving the children of the world.

Pete Hager, Board Member of the Kiwanis Club of Devils Lake announced today that the club generated record sales during their recent annual French Toast Feed. “It’s truly an honor to be involved in an organization so well supported by our local community”, said Hager. “Most importantly, it’s an honor to serve alongside men and women who are dedicated to improving the lives of children, in their communities”.

The French Toast Feed has historically been a major source...

Message from the Governor - 05/31/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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Thanks to Cal Saari and his team for putting on a great visit in Hibbing. There were six clubs represented and Two Key Club members on hand. They have a very active Key Club in Hibbing and are doing a lot of great service projects. We spent some time on Membership and also the Oasis book project. Several clubs wanted to get more information and that is always a good sign.

A number of us are getting our bags packed for Toronto and International Convention. I have never been to Toronto and I am looking forward to the convention and the visit. We have good news from International that Kiwanis has reached their goal for the Eliminate Project. These next two years will be spent getting in all the...


Convention Corner - 05/31/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl
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In just two short months we will be coming together for our MNDAK Kiwanis District Convention

August 5-7, 2016
Bigwood Event Center, Fergus Falls, MN

In two short months we will be enjoying our 99th Minnesota Dakotas District Convention! Please register for the convention and make your hotel reservations by July 15. Remember to register for the MNDAK Khorale if you wish to be a part of that fun event. The rehearsal will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening before the convention starts.

Last month I announced that anyone who wishes to advertise in our Convention booklet is asked to send me the information and a $35 check for a business card size advertisement. I would like to have that...


What is Your Club's Signature Project? - 05/30/2016
Submitted by: Bruce Klair
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When people ask you about your Kiwanis Club, how do you respond? What is the first thing you want to tell them about your club? People join Kiwanis for the friends and fellowship. They stay in Kiwanis because of the service projects they support. Does your club have a "signature" project that you can easily explain to potential members, and is it something that people in your community are familiar with?

How do we define a signature project? It should be an activity your club does on a regular basis, at least once a year.

It should be brand enhancing. It should elevate Kiwanis recognition in your community with media mentions, public relations and opportunities for Kiwanis to attach...


June Update - 05/30/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Club Election Reports for 2016-2017: Thank you once again to Club Secretaries for submitting your Club Election Reports. The reports were due June 1, so if you have not entered your information online, please do so ASAP. Please include email addresses whenever possible. It is very important that we receive this information in a timely manner so that directories and mailing lists can be compiled. The new Kiwanis year that starts in October is only 4 months away.

It is Kiwanis Convention time again! Both the District and International Conventions will provide some great learning and fun times this summer. To date Minnesota-Dakotas District has 21 members and 5 guests attending the Annual Kiwanis...


Governor Elect Updates - 05/30/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson, Governor Elect
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Minnesota Dakotas Kiwanis Foundation Scholarships not applied for
Each year the foundation has designated scholarships that are not applied for. This year there were two scholarships designated for Valley City High School students that no one applied for. One designated scholarship for a Brookings, SD High School was not applied for as well as one scholarship for a Winthrop High student. If you are unsure if your club has purchased a designated scholarship for your local high school please contact me and I will look up on my copy of the current designated scholarships. Please use my email address: phlarson@midco.net

Image and Investment
Image - Our Kiwanis Image. Our goal is to enhance the Kiwanis...


Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Draws Large Audience - 05/29/2016
Club: Mandan - Submitted by: Wilfred Volesky

On Thursday, May 12, 2016 the Mandan Kiwanis hosted their annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast to the largest audience in many years. The prayer breakfast is the Club’s way to meet the goal of “giving primacy to the human and spiritual rather than to the material values of life”. This event gives us the opportunity along with many community members to reflect on the health of the spiritual side of our lives. Each year the Mayor of Mandan speaks about the highlights the city of Mandan has experienced and a special speaker who presents a spiritual message to the participants.

This year the spiritual presenter was Mark Unterseher, who was a Mandan High School graduate and currently...


Bismarck Kiwanis Presents Checks - 05/27/2016
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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On May 17 the Bismarck Kiwanis Club presented six scholarships to high school seniors. There were three Bismarck Kiwanis Club $1000 scholarships and three $865 Minnesota-Dakota Kiwanis District Education Foundation awards. Thank you Reva Kautz and your committee members for your work.

Our Club also presented a check for $5000 to CHI St. Alexius Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. These are the proceeds from our April 3 annual pancake breakfast. It was an exceptional fund raising year for us, thanks to our many helpers: Boy Scouts, Aktion Club Members, Bismarck High School and Legacy High School Key Clubs, CHI St. Alexius NICU staff and Bismarck Kiwanis members and spouses. We are also greatful for...


EVERY GIFT MATTERS - 05/26/2016
Submitted by: Chuck Schroder
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You can make a difference in your own hometown, and you can reach children in other parts of the world. Every gift matters. From individual gifts to club donations. From annual gifts to planned giving. From the kindness of your heart to children near and far.

OUR MISSION:
To assist Kiwanis International in serving the children of the world.

OUR MEMBERSHIP:
Every Kiwanis Club member: 251,000+ in 80 nations and geographic areas are members of the foundation.

ESTABLISHED:
The Kiwanis International Foundation was established in 1939.

MANAGEMENT:
a) Kiwanis International foundation Board of Trustees.
b) Kiwanis International Foundation Executive Director.
c) Kiwanis International Foundation Chief...


Minot area schools benefit from Kiwanis weekly programs - 05/25/2016
Club: Minot - Submitted by: Carla Dolan
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Kiwanis Club of Minot members enjoy the weekly programs as they learn about the community, but they aren't the only ones to benefit. Minot grade schools do as well. That's because each week, the speaker signs a book purchased by Kiwanis. The dozen or so collected each quarter are given to an elementary school in Minot. The school can either add them to their library or give them to kids as a reward for good grades, deeds or whatever. Over the years, Kiwanis Club of Minot has given hundreds of books away. Just one more way Kiwanis is supporting kids in our community!

* The picture is of Renae Rudolph,(R) Perkett Elementary Principal, accepting books from Kiwanis Club of Minot president...


Kiwanis Service - 05/25/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan, District Service Director
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Kiwanian's, We are speeding toward the next District convention August 5-7. I hope you have been thinking about different ways to service children in your communities. Reevaluating old service programs each year is important. Are they continuing to do as you want them to? REJUVENATE you club by considering another program. Many times the club doesn't have extra funds to start a new program even if they wanted to. Consider other options other than raising the money with another pancake feed. Ask community benefactors if they would like to help serve children in the community. There may be a club member who would sponsor a book oasis if ask. Ask and it will be given. Think of new ways outside...


Kiwanis Scholarship Recipients Honored - 05/19/2016
Club: Early Risers, Worthington - Submitted by: Loreena L. Luetgers
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Quinn Bents and Bryan Doeden were recognized by the Early Risers Kiwanis Club of Worthington on Thursday for receiving an $865.00 scholarship from the Minnesota Dakotas Education Foundation.

Worthington School District No. 518 was awarded two scholarships this year; one was a designated scholarship that is given each year, from the former Golden K Kiwanis Club, because of a significant donation given years ago. The second scholarship was awarded to another Worthington student from throughout the Minnesota-Dakotas District from many senior’s applications.

Quinn Bents has been active in music, sports and various other activities. She is currently employed at a clinic in Worthington. Quinn will...

MARCH OF DIMES MONEY MADNESS - 05/16/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Justin Brown
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On May 10 - 12 the Fridley High School Key Club sponsored a project called “March of Dimes Money Madness.” Key Club has a long standing relationship with the March of Dimes Foundation, an organization which improves the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature births and infant mortality. The Foundation is a useful way to make high school students aware of the problems of premature births and get students involved with making a change.

The Chair of this project, Justin Brown, asked teachers if they would dress up in crazy costumes for three days. Each participating teacher would have a money bucket at the “March of Dimes Money Madness” table in the cafeteria. The teacher with the...

Harvey, ND Kiwanis & Harvey Junior High Partner for Kiwanis One Day Project - 05/11/2016
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Harvey Kiwanis Club and Harvey 7th & 8th Grade Students Come Together for a Day of United Service on Ditch Cleaning Efforts – May 5, 2016

Kiwanis One Day gives clubs around the world an opportunity to unite in service.

Harvey Kiwanis Club member Dave Voeller had a great idea this spring which was to involve the junior high students with “Kiwanis One Day” that was celebrated world wide by 700,000 fellow Kiwanis club members as a united day of service on April 2nd but we waited for better weather in May for our project.

“Kiwanis One Day gave service clubs around the world the opportunity to work together on one day, proving that our global service organization can...


Bye-bye birdcage! - 05/11/2016
Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson, District PR Coordinator
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Good day Minn-Dak!

Kiwanis International has BIG, FUN, EXCITING plans for implementing the Image end of the I-plan. The first step: consistent branding. Let’s make sure we’re using the same, updated logo. That unifies our voice and makes it more powerful!

To start, phase out old logos. Brochures, agendas, banners and t-shirts with the birdcage logo — as you replace them, please remember to use the new logo. Want a logo unique to your club? Kiwanis can provide! http://bit.ly/1YmnGv1

Let me know what I can do to help in this, or any other, endeavor. KatieA@nplains.com, 701-251-8888

In alignment with Kiwanis’ strategic plan, the I-Plan, and as Kiwanis International seeks...


Kiwanis Dolls delivered to Children's Miracle Network - 05/11/2016
Club: Moorhead - Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Moorhead High Key Club members and Moorhead Kiwanis members delivered 70 Kiwanis Dolls to the Children's Miracle Network at Sanford hospital in Fargo. The dolls are given to young patients as a diversion because they can draw on the blank dolls and the caregivers can use the dolls to demonstrate what is going to happen to the child. Another use of the dolls has been to prepare a child to see their parent or other relative who is a patient at the hospital and may have dressings and tubes that could alarm them. This is our fourth year providing Kiwanis dolls.


Message from the District Governor - 04/30/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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From April 8th to the 12th I spent time in Hot Springs, Lead, and Rapids City, South Dakota. I want to thank Vern Hagedorn and all the members out in that part of the country for the great hospitality and the great time I had visiting their clubs. We had a CLE class on Saturday for all those going into new leadership positions next year and we did a service project that afternoon. We made flower pots from newspapers and had quite a production line going. This would be a great service project to do in any club some spring. I Attended the Lead Club Board Meeting and saw all the service projects they are involved in. They do a lot of great projects for their community.

I had some free time to explore...


District Convention Registration and Information - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Online Registration is now open for the 2016 District Kiwanis Convention being held in Fergus Falls, August 5-7, 2016.

The link to the “online registration” can be found on our Minnesota-Dakotas District website www.mndak-kiwanis.org

Please note that the convention registration fee increases after July 15th. Early registration is encouraged to aid us in planning.

The following information is now available on our District Website. (Club secretaries are also being sent hard copies of the following information by U.S. Mail.)

-Call to Convention Information from District Sec/Treas
-Call to Convention Information from Convention Director
-Club Delegate Certification Form
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Congratulations 2014-2015 Distinguished Clubs - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder
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I would like to announce and congratulate the 2014-2015 Distinguished Clubs for a job well done. It takes teamwork to accomplish this recognition. I am proud of you and thank you for working so hard during my year as District Governor. Certificates and patches will be presented at the District Convention in Fergus Falls, MN in August.

Here are the Fabulous Eleven:
Kiwanis Club of Mankato
Austin Noon
Jamestown
Kiwanis Club of Willmar
South Sioux Falls
Brainerd
Spearfish Kiwanis
Fargo Rough Riders Kiwanis
Kiwanis Club of Thief River
Sturgis Golden K
Fargo South Point

Keep up the good work. See you in August.

Immediate Past Governor
Sherry Scudder
 


Inspiration and Impact - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Inspiration -- Membership and Engagement. Our goal is to build, retain and support a growing Kiwanis membership network.

Impact -- Meaningful Service. Our goal is to perform meaningful service, with service to children as our priority.
If you want more information on how to Inspire your membership and club and Impact your community, come to the Minnesota Dakotas District convention on August 5th to 7th in Fergus Falls.

These are parts one and two of the Kiwanis International's strategic I-Plan to support building up the membership of Kiwanis. To accomplish this we need to make Kiwanis important to our members and community. This means finding those service opportunities that impacts our...


Last Chance for Registration - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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If you missed the April 1 early-bird deadline, fear not! You can still register at www.kiwanis.org/convention/2016/register until May 15. Following that date, costs will increase and will be available only on site in Toronto. Current prices include $475 for the premium package, $300 for registration only, and $200 for the platinum pass. The alumni gathering has sold out, but all other events still have tickets available as of this writing.


Hold on to those New Members - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Bruce Klair
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How often do we bring a new member into Kiwanis only to see them leave after that first year? What has happened to disillusion them? First we must look at what attracted them to your club in the first place. Many members join for the opportunity to socialize and network with other movers and shakers in your community. They stay once they see what a difference they can make in their communities serving along side their new friends and fellow Kiwanians. Perhaps they enjoy the speakers and programs where they hear about community happenings. Then they begin to feel the rewards they experience when they put a smile on a child.

Members join because they want to belong to something meaningful. They...


Youth Protection Manager - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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The District still needs a volunteer to be the District Youth Protection Manager. You will receive training in Indianapolis on the expectations for holding this position. The biggest item will be to contact clubs and assist them in creating or updating their Youth Protection Policies. With our emphasis on youth, I hope to hear from someone who will accept this challenge. Contact me at phlarson@midco.net or at 701-261-7012.


May Update - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Call to Minnesota-Dakotas District Kiwanis Convention, August 5-7. 2016: The Official Call to Convention letter will be sent by U.S. Mail to all Kiwanis Club secretaries the first week in May. The mailing contains the registration/delegate certification form and other information. You can also access and download the same District Convention Forms and Information on our district website Click here

Online registration is open now. Online registration requires card payment. Look for the “Sign-Up” button at the above link. You can also find a listing of available hotel options. District Convention registrations are due by July 15. Registrations after July 15 will incur an additional...


Convention Corner - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl, District Convention Director
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Only three months until our district convention so be sure to mark your calendar now as you willl not want to miss this great event! Your club will be receiving the packet of convention materials in the mail in a few days. Please take time to review and share them with your club. The deadline for registration and reserving rooms is July 15th.

We have booked ventriloquist James Wedgewood for our Friday night entertainment. We are expecting that to be a fun time! Come prepared to laugh!

The Bigwood Event Center in Fergus Falls is a lovely place for our convention. They have completely redecorated so it will be nice and fresh for us. Our time spent at the convention promises to be a time to learn...


Scholarships Awarded - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: Jack Zierdt
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Your Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis District Educational Foundation has awarded the annual scholarships to graduating High School students from the District. The judging of the annual scholarship applications was done by Kiwanis members throughout the district during the months of February and March. The award letters were sent out to the 52 winning recipients during the month of April. The recipients of the scholarships will be attending institutions of higher learning in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota or Superior, Wisconsin. One of the recipients will be receiving the special scholarship from Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club in memory of Pat Rittgarn in the amount of $250.00 and another will...


PLANNED GIVING - 04/29/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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When you give to the Kiwanis International Foundation, you can make a difference in your own hometown, and you can make a difference in the lives a world away. A planned gift extends your Kiwanis impact even beyond your own lifetime.

Planned giving is easier than you might think. When you make a gift to the foundation, we make it work. Remember: your estate doesn't have to be large to make a difference. Planned giving is a way to make a greater impact over a lifetime than you could have made through personal income alone. Your planned gift to the Kiwanis International Foundation enriches children's lives from grants for Kiwanis-Family service projects to scholarships. By including the...


Another Year Done - 04/28/2016
Submitted by: NDSU Circle K
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NDSU Circle K finished the year the same way it started: with food, a service project, and a dedicated group of students. As per tradition, this final meeting ended with happy change collected for the Eliminate Project. In addition to telling what made them glad this week, members were asked to announce their favorite service project from the preceding year. The answers varied between projects conducted during meetings and around the community - braiding dog toys, sewing trauma dolls, dressing up for a Halloween carnival, and more. Already, they are making big plans for next year...


Baxter K-Kids Raise Money for Eliminate - 04/28/2016
Club: Baxter Lakes Area and Friends - Submitted by: Jean Collins
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Baxter K-Kids this year decided to raise money for Eliminate by Stick Mr. Raske one of their advisers. The students sold 18 inches of duct tape for $1.80 which would save one mother and her babies from maternal and neonatal tetanus and a horrible death. On April 1, Mr. Raske agreed to be stuck to the wall by all Baxter Students. Each class took turns duct taping Mr. Raske to the wall. Students were amazed when the stool Mr. Raske was standing on was removed and he still stuck to the wall. This Project raised over $650. During the last five years K-Kids at Baxter have raised over $5000 for Eliminate. These K-Kids really care about saving mothers and babies worldwide.


Kiwanis Grocery Dash - 04/26/2016
Club: Early Risers, Worthington - Submitted by: Loreena Luetgers
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The lucky winner of the Kiwanis Grocery Dash raffle fundraiser held by the Early Risers Kiwanis Club was Steve Hohensee of Worthington. Steve had two minutes of running, while pushing his grocery cart, through Fareway Stores, Inc. in Worthington on Monday evening. Fareway closed the store at 8:00 p.m. so no customers would be in his way. Steve’s wife, Carmen, gave him a kiss as she said “good luck” and Steve started. He received as many groceries that he could put in the cart in two minutes, which came to $529.51. Steve had a great time as the club members and employees cheered him on.

The club members spent many hours selling tickets individually and at Fareway. Last...


Bismarck Annual Pancake Breakfast Another Success - 04/26/2016
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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On April 3rd Bismarck Kiwanis had another successful annual pancake breakfast. We served about 650 meals and grossed approximately $8,000. Thank you all volunteer workers: Boy Scout Troop 1326, Aktion Club, Bismarck and Legacy High Key Clubs and Bismarck Kiwanis members and spouses for all the work they did. We also have to thank the many businesses and individuals who purchased tickets to support this effort. Proceeds this year are dedicated to the St. Alexius CHI Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Their wonderful staff were a great help at our breakfast. Recipients of the profits of this annual breakfast are rotated each year.


Kiwanis Club of St Louis Park 28th Annual Kite Fly 2016 - 04/24/2016
Club: St Louis Park - Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Division 7
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The Kiwanis Club of St Louis Park picked the best day for their 28th annual Kite Fly on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at the Louisiana Oaks Park in St Louis Park. The club sponsors including Citizens Independent Bank of St Louis Park, Park Dental of St Louis Park, the Minnesota Kite Society and the Kiwanis Club of North Hennepin sponsored 200 kites and all were given out to the kids in the first hour of the event. It was sunny, warm and windy so nice weather to spend the many hours enjoying the fun. Along with the St Louis Park club, St Louis Park GK, North Hennepin club, Lt Gov Elect Kathy Welle, Columbia Heights Fridley club, the Boy Scout Pack 379 of St Louis Park and Ambassadors from the St Louis...


Jamestown Kiwanis Helps Project Ignite Light - 04/22/2016
Club: Jamestown - Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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Project Ignite Light gives abused children security and hope. Based in Rodgers, N.D., the organization provides “Bags of Hope” to every reported abused child in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The bags are free for the child and delivered through local advocacy centers.

Jamestown Kiwanis helped support that effort through a Breakfast & Blankets event on April 2. The club, along with community volunteers, created about 40 blankets and collected several dozen pairs of pajamas. The club also served a pancake and sausage breakfast to all who volunteered.

“We love this project because it benefits children – vulnerable children,” said President Elect Amanda...


Kiwanis ONE DAY Project - 04/22/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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A Deep Clean project, at the Boys and Girls clubs in the Fargo/Moorhead area was conducted by members of several of the members of local Kiwanis clubs.

Members of the South Point club, Rough Riders and the Fargo Kiwanis clubs joined together to do a deep clean one of the Fargo club buildings, and the Moorhead clubs conducted the same project at one of the Moorhead facilities.
Some of the workers are shown in this photo.


Corporate Membership - 04/22/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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Fargo South Point Kiwanis club increased their volunteer numbers by 35 or more. University of Jamestown, Fargo branch became a corporate member of the South Point Kiwanis club during this past year. The actual new member gain for the club was one, but the number of volunteers that can be activated is a good number. We have had 10-15 additional volunteers available for many projects this year and this allows us the privilege of taking on much larger service projects.
It's a win win for everyone, as each University student must have 50 hours of volunteer work before they graduate.
Pictured are several of the students that worked at the annual special Olympic pancake breakfast.


Introduction to the 2016-2017 Circle K Minnesota-Dakotas District Governor - 04/22/2016
Submitted by: Trevor Nicholas
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Hello Kiwanians,
My name is Trevor Nicholas, and I currently attend the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology in Rapid City, SD, where I am finishing up my third year of studying to earn a degree in Mathematics.

On the weekend of February 26th, 2016, the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Circle K International held their annual District Convention in Brookings, SD. During this Convention, I was elected to become the new 2016-2017 District Governor.
Before I talk about the goals I have for my term, I thought I'd give a little bit of information about myself.

I grew up in Belle Fourche, SD, which is only about an hour away from the School of Mines, so I have lived in the Black Hills my...


K-Kids "Build" a School Brick by Brick - 04/18/2016
Club: Anoka, MN Area Inc - Submitted by: Jan Clemens
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The K-Kids Student Council group from Ramsey has completed their project "Cents for Sudan". Students brought in baggies with coins and for each donation they made. They were given a brown brick to write their name on. Then they pasted their brick on the Sudan School and watched with amazement as the building grew. They even needed "additions" put on. Along with the donations from Ramsey students, the Anoka Area Kiwanis Club, and other personal donors they raised almost $5,000.00. Everyone's generosity was so heartwarming. The money was brought to The Royal School International and the women have already started making the bricks. Once the school is complete they will name...


Anoka Key Club Serves up a Tastey Project - 04/18/2016
Club: Anoka, MN Area Inc - Submitted by: Jan Clemens
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On Sunday, April 17th, five students from the Anoka Key Club served a meal at the Ronald McDonald house. Meals were served to the families of children receiving treatment at the University of Minnesota hospital. The Key Club students shopped for, prepared, and served a meal of tacos and Spanish rice - with Rice Krispie bars for dessert. It was a fun and rewarding volunteer experience!


Kids On A Mission - 04/16/2016
Division: Division 4 - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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The first graders at Corral Elementary School in Rapid City, SD were on a mission! Their teachers, led by Mrs. Schroeder, explained the Kiwanis/UNICEF Eliminate Project. The students set a goal of raising enough to save one mother for each of the 484 students in the school. A Kiwanis video was shown to make the school's students aware of the project.

In preparation for the school-wide Family Service Night, the first graders made some of the "Little Big Mac" cookies to sell. These cookies are made to resemble a "Big Mac" hamburger, complete with the hamburger, lettuce and ketchup. The "hamburger" is a chocolate covered mint cookie which is then topped...


The Fridley Key Club Celebrates Kiwanis One Day - 04/07/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Mary Bowen
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Seven Fridley High School Key Club members and advisor Mary Bowen gathered with 12 Kiwanis Clubs, 6 Key Clubs and one Circle K at an awesome Kiwanis One Day Service Event held Saturday, April 2 at Bridging. A total of 132 were in attendance. Bridging is an organization which provides furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.This event involved the construction of 84 dressers from kits which were donated by the various Kiwanis and Key Clubs.

The large group divided into teams of four or five people. They then went to their work stations where tools were waiting for them. The fun began when one looked at the directions! The first dresser took about 45...


Kiwanis One Day-"Building Dressers" - 04/07/2016
Division: Division 7 - Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Club Secretary
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The Division 7 northern clubs teamed up and built dressers on Kiwanis One Day, Saturday, April 2, 2016. There were 134 volunteers including Kiwanians, Circle K, Key Club and friends and worked from 9a-12:30p building 84 dressers at the Bridging, Inc. facility, Roseville Mn. Bridging, Inc. provides household items including furniture and needed items to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty in our community. This is our fifth year at Bridging and have made many friends with the workers and leaders in the community. Pictured are Kiwanians from the Kiwanis Club of North Hennepin and South Suburban Twin Cities and Lakeville North High School Key Club and Lt Gov Elect Kathy...


Special Olympics breakfast volunteers - 04/05/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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The value of corporate members was visable at this year's Special Olympics pancake breakfast in Fargo on April 2nd. Fargo South Point Kiwanis club recruited the University of Jamestown, Fargo campus to be a corporate member. The students have to have several hours of service prior to graduation so it's a win win situation. Pictured are 7 of the 11 that helped serve.


April Update - 03/31/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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District Kiwanis Convention: Mark your calendars….the Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention will be held August 5-7, 2016 in Fergus Falls, MN. All clubs should be represented at this annual convention. More information will be coming soon!

Monthly Club Reports: Thanks again to club secretaries that submit their club reports online each month. Your reports provide very valuable information to the district officers and Kiwanis International. (Reminder to club secretaries: Be sure that your club monthly reports are submitted online by the 10th of each following month.)

Club Elections: Just a reminder that your club election results will be due June 1st. Club secretaries should submit the...


What is the Kiwanis I-Plan? - 03/31/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Have you seen the term I-Plan in the Kiwanis magazine and wondered what it was? Come to the District Convention in Fergus Falls on August 5th and 6th and attend the forums where the Kiwanis International Strategic Plan (I-Plan) will be featured.

There are four parts to the I-Plan: Inspiration, Impact, Image and Investment. Each forum at the District Convention will relate to one of these four topics that will help you revitalize your club, making it more meaningful to you, your community and the children of your community.

I hope to see many of you in August to help you see how Kiwanis can grow in your community. Kids need Kiwanis. If we keep losing members and do not find ways of inviting...


60 years of service and still going strong! - 03/31/2016
Club: Minot - Submitted by: Carla Dolan
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Sixty years is a long time to be a part of anything, but boy are we happy Ben Tollefson chose Kiwanis! April 1, 1956 Ben was recruited by Orlan Tollefson to be a part of something he considered important to the community and soon, Ben realized that too. Ben was a state lawmaker for 22 years and worked for Northern State's Power Company, now Xcel Energy. On March 29 of this year, President Elect Alysia Huck of Minot State University presented Ben with his 60 year pin and certificate for his dedicated service. Ben said he has always enjoyed the programs and the friendships of the group. Thank you Ben for making Kiwanis of Minot what it is today!


Message from the District Governor - 03/31/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber
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Plans have been put into place to have an informational meeting in Hawley, MN the 5th of April. The formula team and Past Governor Cindy Braseth, now the Club Opener, have contacted several individuals in Hawley and they have been well received. Some of us from Fargo-Moorhead will also be going down to help and visit with prospective new club members. So, if you know of anyone in Hawley, Minnesota that would be interested in getting more information and possibly joining the new Hawley Club, please let us know.

April 9th has now been scheduled for a Governor visit to Hot Springs, SD.  Vern Hagedorn has put together a place and time for a visit to Hot Springs. I will also be in Lead,...


Shifting Prices - 03/30/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, On To International Convention Chair
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Not only is April 15 the deadline for taxes, it is also the last date before registration prices are expected to go up for the 2016 Kiwanis International convention in Toronto.

In addition to paying registration in order to secure your spot at some of the special events, make sure you have your travel documents in order. Check the date on your passport.

Check out the tours being offered in Toronto and around Canada so you don’t miss the chance to learn about our hosts. Once you know how long you’ll be staying, decide whether you’ll be traveling by plane, train, or automobile, and make your hotel reservations.

Kiwanis International is encouraging Minn-Dak members to stay at...


Turtle Mountain Kiwanis Promotes Literacy - 03/29/2016
Club: Turtle Mountains (The) - Submitted by: Clint Reinoehl
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The Turtle Mountain Kiwanis hosted a pancake and sausage feed with the proceeds going to the Bottineau County Imagination Library. $772 was raised to help promote early literacy. The Imagination Library provides age appropriate books monthly for children ages newborn to age 5. The program has been very successful in our county and is operated on donations. Having fun and serving the children of the world!


Kiwanis & Marketplace - 03/29/2016
Club: Turtle Mountains (The) - Submitted by: Clint Reinoehl
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Brad Knudson of the Turtle Mountain Kiwanis Club judges student projects at Marketplace for kids on March 14th. Over 400 students from around the Turtle Mountain Region gather at Dakota College at Bottineau for a day of learning and fun. The students are brought together through the statewide program Marketplace for kids learning about career options, business opportunities and igniting the ideas of entrepreneurship. The students also have the opportunity to showcase a project exploring their opportunities for creating a product and/or starting their own business. The students are also encouraged to compete with their projects on the state level at the ND State Fair. There have been several products...


Harvey Kiwanis' Raising the Bar - 03/29/2016
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Paying for Play - reprinted from North Dakota Living Magazine, Northern Plains

Harvey Kiwanis raising $45,000 in Phase I for playground equipment. Total estimated project cost= $105,000.

Harvey Kiwanis wanted to raise the (monkey) bar. They saw a need for their community.

“This year, we wanted to do something on a larger scale,” said Club President Sandy Teubner. “Kiwanis’ mission statement is that we are a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child at a time." A playground for the community aligns with our mission”.

For 92 years, Harvey Kiwanis has served this area. They have organized school supply drives on the...


Eliminate Project - 03/29/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We have entered the next phase of our Eliminate Project. As you have heard we have met our $110 Million dollar goal in pledges. Clubs are continuing to send their donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation. We need to increase our efforts so that Kiwanis and UNICEF can in fact eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. As of March 23rd, Minn-Dak has gifts and pledges totaling $1,470,467.16.  That means we have saved or protected 816,926 lives over the past Five years.

Now is the time that all clubs need to send their donations in to Kiwanis. Remember that the check is made out to Kiwanis International Foundation with a notation on the Memo Line that it is for the Eliminate Project....


Foundation Makes Difference in Lives - 03/28/2016
Submitted by: Jean Collins
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Minnesota-Dakotas Kiwanis Educational Foundation is solving some problems for almost sixty high school seniors in our District. Students that applied for the Foundation Scholarships shared situations that are making it hard to go to college. Some of the problems are: high cost of college, sickness in the student’s family, large families where more than one child is in college, students that have health issues and students with special requirements for entering the college. The Foundation scholarships will help the winners in their first year of college.

The Scholarship Applicants are a very talented group of high school seniors. Some interesting things about these young people are they...


Child Protection Symposium - 03/28/2016
Submitted by: Kathryn Wyatt, President St. Paul Kiwanis

The following symposium may be of interest to Kiwanis members in the Twin Cities area.

The Boy Scouts Council of the Twin Cities is hosting this event on April 12: Best Practices on Child Protection Symposium. This event is geared for staff and volunteers who work with youth in some capacity. And will feature experts from the Gunderson National Child Protection Training Center and the Wetterling Resource Center.

I think this event could be great for Kiwanis Clubs to attend if they work with high school or other youth groups through their clubs-or host a K Club.

Here is a link to the full information and registration. http://www.northernstarbsa.org/2016symposium/

Please let me know if you...


Has Your Club Applied? - 03/28/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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Congratulations to the Kiwanis Club of Faribault, MN. for receiving one of the 17 grants from the Kiwanis International Foundation for their Supply Our Children Program. They were selected in February 2016. The foundation gives grants twice a year and our district has been selected just about each time for at least one grant.

If your club has a project that you need help with, fill out an application and submit it. They can be found on the Foundation's web site. If you get turned down, re-submit it again and rework the the application. The money is limited and can only go so far and that is why we need to have our clubs contribute the $10.00 pr member to the foundation each year so we can...


Youth Protection Manager - 03/26/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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The District needs a Youth Protection Manager. The Kiwanis Motto is "Serving the Children of the World" and our district needs a volunteer to make sure that our clubs do everything in their power to protect those children we serve.

Your duties will be:
• To advocate within the district the importance of youth protection to both the youth served by Kiwanis and the Kiwanis members, as well as the necessity of complying with Kiwanis Youth Protection Guidelines.
• To help clubs understand their responsibilities in youth protection.
• To be a connection between Kiwanis International and the Kiwanis district/youth clubs on issues of youth protection.

This position has...


Lt. Governor Elects needed - 03/26/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Division 1 (Western North Dakota) and Division 6 (South Western Minnesota) still need Lt. Governor Elects for 2015/2016. Many past club presidents in these divisions have been asked by the current Lt. Governors to fill these positions. They have not received a positive response. If you have considered accepting one of these positions and have not been asked or declined earlier for whatever reason, please contact me and let us discuss whether you can be part of my leadership team starting Oct. 1, 2016.

Our District is also looking for Lt. Governor Elects for the 2016/2017 year to start on Oct. 1, 2016. Training for these positions is before the August District Convention in Fergus Falls.
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Invitation to Key Club District Convention - 03/25/2016
Submitted by: Mary Beth Townsend, District Key Club Administrator
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Hello Minnesota Dakotas District Kiwanians It's amazing how time flies! The Key Club district convention is rapidly approaching. Were you hoping to attend?

Key Club convention will be held in Willmar, MN April 8th-10th at the Willmar Lakes Convention Center. We have a block of rooms at the Best Western Plus and Holiday Inn connected to the convention center.

A brief agenda:
Friday
*Our event begins with registration from 3-5pm on the 8th
*Dinner and an amazing guest speaker at 6pm (Kevin Wanzer)
*Caucusing for district offices after dinner
Saturday
*Workshops including officer and advisor training, one led by Kevin, and service projects
*Talent and other contests and judging
*Talent show...


District Citizenship Award - 03/25/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty

TO ALL KIWANIS CLUBS IN THE MINNESOTA-DAKOTAS DISTRICT:

Each year the Past District Officers Association (PDOA) selects a person or persons from within the Minnesota-Dakotas District to receive the "Citizenship Award." Nominees are submitted by Kiwanis Clubs of the Minnesota-Dakotas District. The award recipient(s) will be recognized at our annual Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on Saturday, August 6, 2016.

There is not a formal application form. If your club wishes to submit a nomination, please:

1. Submit a nomination of a person or persons who have been a part of a heroic deed this past year (between July 2015 and June 2016).
2. Include a short...


SERVICE - 03/23/2016
Submitted by: AL VANDERLAAN
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Spring started this week . Are you ready to spring into a new time of service? I hear from clubs that are in the process of putting a READING OASIS together. If you have questions feel free to contact me for advice.

In my home town where we have placed multiple OASIS'S the schools are already seeing benefits. The children are helping the Kiwanians become enthusiastic about what is happening. Children respond well to those who are willing to help them . Kiwanians get as much out of the interaction as the children. Become encouraged and regenerated by providing the benefit of an OASIS in your local school system . Don't forget to ask the private schools. They may be...


Kiwanis North Suburban Golden K of St. Paul Provides Members with Great weekly programs - 03/21/2016
Club: North Suburban Golden K, St. Paul - Submitted by: Ric Soderstrom, Sr.

Since the formation of the Kiwanis Club of North Suburban Golden K of Saint Paul over thirty years ago one of the features of this club has been its dedication to providing its members with a broad range of weekly programs to educate, enlighten and, yes, even entertain. Each year the club brings in about fifty speakers covering areas of interest ranging from the weather, politics, aging, fraud, genomics, and motivational speakers just for fun. As new members join, they provide some insights into their lives through bios at one of those weekly presentations. They also have had many of the organizations they sponsor give updates on how the club’s funds are used and how their services help...


Message from the District Governor - 02/29/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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This last week of February your Governor will be spending time in Groton and Brookings, South Dakota. We start with a visit in Groton on Wednesday and end up in Brookings on Thursday. Then I will be spending time at the Circle-K Convention in Brookings this weekend. This should be an exciting time as these young folks know how to have a good time. I will have a chance to visit with Bruce Berven, our International Board Trustee who is also attending the Circle-K Convention.

The second weekend in April I will travel to Hot Springs, SD for a Governor's visit and the end of April to Chisholm and Duluth for a Governor's Visit. We have several other regions that are looking at dates for their...


March Update - 02/28/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Lt. Governor Elect Candidates: We are still in need of Lt. Governor Elect Candidates
for 2016-2017 in some divisions. Contact your current Lt. Governor if interested. The Lt.
Governor Education program will take place on August 4th in Fergus Falls.

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 those updates on your record. Just go to the following link. If you do not have a password you will be asked to create one. Give it a try. See if your information is up to date. Here is...


Dan Leikvold Announces Candidacy for District Governor Elect- 2016-2017 - 02/28/2016
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Dan Leikvold of the Lead, South Dakota Kiwanis Club has announced his candidacy for District Governor Elect- 2016-2017. The election for this position will take place at the District Kiwanis Convention in Fergus Falls on August 6, 2016.  Following is some background information from Dan.

I live in Lead, South Dakota.  My wife Tracy and I have a daughter, Taylor and a son, Braeden.  We enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and walking our dogs in the beautiful Black Hills.  We relish spending time with family and being able to travel to interesting places. 

I have worked as a school teacher, principal, and superintendent for the last thirty-two years.  I have been a member...


District Kiwanis Convention Corner - 02/27/2016
Submitted by: Judie Rosendahl, District Convention Director
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The Convention Committee is hard at work planning a great convention for all of us in Fergus Falls on August 5-7, 2016!  We are making some changes and our goal is to make the convention relative to everyone! We trust that you will come away from the convention feeling rejuvenated and eager to do more “ to improve the world, one child and one community at a time.”

We are looking for vendors to display their products. We are planning a vendor reception where everyone will hear a little about the vendors product. We anticipate that will be a positive experience for both vendors and the Kiwanians. Please encourage anyone you know to take part in our convention as a vendor. Please...


Kiwanis Club of South Suburban Twin Cities - 02/27/2016
Club: South Suburban Twin Cities - Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Club Secretary
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"Feed My Starving Children" packaging meal event took place in Apple Valley on Saturday, 2-6-16 where 1000 volunteers attended. The Kiwanis Club of South Suburban Twin Cities including Amy, Troy, Gail, Courtney and Delaney joined the Lakeville HS Key Club members including VP Hanna, Melissa and several others pack meals. By the end of the event, over 4 million meals were packaged! The Key Club members enjoyed the time together and we hope to continue to be involved in more service projects together. We look forward to our next project!


Eliminate Project - 02/27/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We have reached the pledge goal of $110 Million dollars. The pledge of about $3 Million from the International Foundation
added to the $107 Million dollars pledged by individuals and clubs made this possible.  Now we have to ensure that the club pledges are reached so that we truly can eliminate MNT in the World.

Here in Minn-Dak we have NINE clubs that have exceeded their model club pledge. What's great is they haven't stopped.  They are continuing to raise dollars for the Project. I believe the next report from Kiwanis International will show another 8-10 clubs that have met their pledge amounts.

We still need the donations of many individuals to the Zeller level to ensure...


How do we Attract Young Professionals - 02/27/2016
Submitted by: Bruce Klair
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I constantly hear that we cannot attract younger members. Younger members do not want to volunteer. The Generation Xers and the Millennials are too involved in their lives to be in our club. You’re probably right. Young people do not want to be a part of all the trappings of your present Kiwanis club. But they do volunteer. Did you know that the 33 to 44 year old age group have the highest percentage of volunteer participation of any age group? (31% according to one study). But they want to volunteer on their own time, at their own schedule, doing things that they can see are making a difference to their communities.

Young professionals bring great ideas and energy to any club. There are...


Kiwanis Interclub Award Criteria Changed - 02/27/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Please note that the criteria for receiving the Interclub Award has changed.  At the recent District Kiwanis Board meeting the board changed the number of unique required visits from 8 to 6.  See more information about the award on our website.  click here


Scholarship Judging Time - 02/26/2016
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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It is scholarship judging time in Minn-Dak. In each of our divisions groups of three Kiwanians are reviewing scholarship apps from High School Seniors from our three States.  This year we have received 197 applications.  In Division 5 we are evaluating 39 applications.  This process is to be completed by March 25th. Each Division reviews applications from a different division.  The scholarship amount this year is $856 which will be awarded to 55 students. The student must attend a college or university in the District.

The students are evaluated on six different categories with different points allocated per category. The categories with points are: Academics (15); School...


District Leadership - 02/26/2016
Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Have you ever wondered about what Kiwanis International is all about? Would you like to expand your understanding of what Kiwanis is doing outside of your own club? Do you want to be part of the articles you read in the Kiwanis magazine? Think about joining the Minnesota Dakotas Leadership team. We need Lt. Governor Elects, we need someone to coordinate the K-Kids program in the district, and a Youth Protection Manager. All you need to do is contact myself at phlarson@midco.net or Leadership Development Coordinator: Judie Rosendahl at mjrose@frontiernet.net and we can advise you about the job description and responsibilities that come with these positions. Please think about joining, the feeling...


TODAY, TOMORROW, FOREVER - 02/26/2016
Submitted by: E. Chuck Schroder
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TODAY. With annual gifts to the Kiwanis Children's Fund (Kiwanis International Foundation Annual Gift) donors extend their impact by supporting programs and initiatives that help Kiwanian's change the lives of children TODAY.

TOMORROW. With our Global Campaign for Children, the Kiwanis family makes a positive impact on the lives of Children worldwide. The campaign gift a club or person makes now will change the world tomorrow. As you likely know, Kiwanis has partnered with UNICEF for the Eliminate Project. The Kiwanis family is helping change history by raising US$110 million to eliminate maternal and Neonatal tetanus.

FOREVER. With a planned gift to our foundation, a donor can change...


Service - 02/25/2016
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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Thank you Kiwanis for all the great service projects I keep hearing about .

The Book projects seem one of the main drives and connecting factors throughout the MnDak district. Please continue to work on new locations to place an Oasis. From my experience so far I think if you have trouble in the public schools pushing back, contact the private schools . The three Christian schools Watertown worked with seem to have greater needs than the public schools . They are more appreciative in my experience. So was the Boys and Girls club.  Remember any place where you put an Oasis has to have a school associated with it.

The SMIF book project is in good hands with Darryl Meyer heading...


Fridley Key Club Donates Blankets to Bridging - 02/25/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Katie Stevenson

A giant chocolate ganache cake greeted Fran Heitzmen as he descended the steps of the Fridley auditorium on Thursday, February 25th, to receive a gift from the Fridley Key Club. Fran, the founder of the non-profit Bridging, had come to collect the 105 blankets made by Key Clubbers throughout the year for a project they called Blankets for Bridging.

Students, advisors and project partners had spent the year buying fleece, tying blankets and soliciting donations for Bridging, the largest furniture bank in North America. With warehouse locations in Roseville and Bloomington, Bridging has furnished over 70,000 homes since its foundation in 1987.  Over 240 people come through the doors each...


Legacy High Key Club Chartered - 02/25/2016
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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Bismarck, North Dakota has grown a lot in the past 10 years. In August 2016 a new high school opened in northeast Bismarck. It is a wonderfully designed facility that is one of the best in North Dakota and is called Legacy High School. A new high school provided an opportunity for a new Key Club. High school staff and students worked with the Bismarck Kiwanis Club to organize our second Key Club. The club chartering documents were submitted to Kiwanis International in January 2016. The newly chartered Legacy Key Club received their gavel and stand from Kiwanis International on February 24th. Thank you to Gina Solemsaas, Legacy teacher and Key Club advisor for working with these great students....


Grand Forks Aktion Club Chartered - 02/25/2016
Club: Grand Forks Kiwanis Club - Submitted by: Paul Fladland
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Pictured at the November 5, 2015 Grand Forks, ND Aktion Club Kiwanis Charter Banner Presentation are from left to right: Tracy Livingood, Pres; Paul Fladland Club Advisor and Jay Almlie, Pres of Grand Forks Kiwanis (sponsoring club); Jill Brenna, Sec; Alexandra Johnson Champlin, Aktion Club Coordinator. Although the club had been meeting monthly since the fall of 2014, it took awhile to get signatures from guardians/members. The club chartered with 20 members and they normally do a project each month making gifts to deliver to folks at skilled nursing facilities in the community, and, will be involved in the future with Grand Forks Kiwanis for local projects and our annual picnic at Kiwanis Park....


Mankato Kiwanis Book Project - 02/24/2016
Club: Mankato - Submitted by: Karen Rekstein

The Mankato Kiwanis is on a mission to give out as many books as possible to children who may not have them.  See news article in the local newspaper for more information.   Click here


Kiwanis Club of Minot willing to stay up all night! - 02/23/2016
Club: Minot - Submitted by: Carla Dolan
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The Kiwanis Club of Minot will be in need of sleep after April 2, but it's all for a good cause. This is their annual Minot High School After Prom Party. The group has been holding the event for more than 30 years. Their hope is to keep juniors and seniors safe the night of prom by offering them a chance to continue celebrating into the wee hours of the morning. Kiwanis offers food, games, and fantastic prizes! Fifty members are needed to make this successful and those members unable to attend that night will help by securing prizes and funding. The group effort pays off as hundreds of students attend each year. So be sure not to call any of us on Sunday, April 3, we surely will...


Moorhead High Key Club Delivers Books - 02/23/2016
Club: Moorhead - Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Treasurer Tanner and Secretary Olivia of the Moorhead High School Key Club delivered over 200 slightly used Scholastic books to Churches United, a Moorhead, MN. shelter for the homeless. These books were collected from the Key Club members own libraries since the start of the year to provide reading material for the children and young adults living at Churches United. Nick, who holds a reading session for the young children was very happy to have new age appropriate material to read to them and will encourage others at the shelter to read these almost new books. Learning to read is the most important gift a person can receive. It is hoped that these books will encourage those young minds at Churched...


Zeller Award Winner - 02/22/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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The Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club presented a Zeller award to one of its very fine members, Lowell Johnson.  Lowell is a retired college instructor and a very loyal and hard working member of the Fargo South Point Kiwanis club.  The South Point Kiwanis Club provided 9 Zeller awards during the time they were working on their Model club status that they achieved when they completed their pledged amount.  

Loyal members like Lowell are the back bone of Kiwanis and we are very proud to have him in our club.  Other Zellers were presented to other members and family members, as well as one that honored a very hard working office manager and secretary of Madison Elementary...


Valentine Singing - 02/22/2016
Club: Olivia - Submitted by: Don Orth
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Hi Kiwanians. Don Orth here.........Secretary of the Club in Olivia, MN.

On Valentine's Day, 1977, my son died of a brain tumor. He was a 17 year old senior at BOLD High School. He was a four sport athlete, good student, in band and choir, and headed for College at St. John's University. He survived the disease for 14 months and died in our living room at 12:40 PM on February 14th, Valentine's Day.

I didn't know how I would ever get over this. I didn't know how I would survive future Valentine's Days. Then in 1998 our Kiwanis Club was looking for a fund raiser and we read in the Willmar newspaper about a group of Barbershop singers that traveled the area singing to people...


Ukuleles at Bennett School - 02/22/2016
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club members donated Ukuleles to Bennett Elementary School. This is the second Elementary school in the Fargo area to receive Ukuleles for the music program.  Madison School received the same gift a year ago. The donation includes a teaching ukulele for the teacher and 5 student ukuleles for the students.

This form of music is a method of teaching the fundamentals of music and has also become a very popular method of teaching music.

The South Point members have also targeted more schools in the area that will be receiving this type of gift in the future.


Builders Club packages food for starving children - 02/19/2016
Club: Moorhead - Submitted by: Peter Larson
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Horizon Middle School Builders Club members and Moorhead Kiwanis members along with many other community members worked a two hour Feed My Starving Children shift in Fargo, ND. This was a Builders Club service project where they selected the project and the Kiwanis members helped. During this shift over 49,000 meals were packaged to provide nutritious meals for starving children around the world. Loud, fast music kept the energy up for the entire shift which left us tired but very satisfied with the results of our labor. After the event, the Builders Club continued our day of service by working at the FM Emergency Food Pantry for another 3 hours. We repackaged bulk pinto beans and broke down...

LEAD-DEADWOOD KIWANIS CLUBS CELEBRATE - 02/16/2016
Club: Lead - Submitted by: Bob Phillips and Dan Leikvold
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The Kiwanis-Family of Lead-Deadwood recently held an “All Club Meeting” of the four Kiwanis Clubs in the local area. Over sixty-five members and guests enjoyed an evening of entertainment, food, and information as well as getting to know people from the other local clubs. The meal, catered by Lotus Up in Lead, was enjoyed by guests from Hot Springs, Sturgis and Rapid City who joined in the festivities that took place Monday, February 8, 2016, at the CMC in Lead.

The idea for the affair came from Past Lt. Governor Dan Leikvold and involved the Lead-Deadwood Middle School Builders Club, the Lead-Deadwood High School Key Club, the Kiwanis Noon Club and the parent club, the Kiwanis Club...


Harvey Kiwanis Sponsors Boy Scout Charter - 02/03/2016
Club: Harvey - Submitted by: Sandy Teubner
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Harvey Kiwanis Group President, Sandy Teubner, presented Mark Friedt, Boy Scout Troup #534 committee chairperson, with a check for their 2015 Boy Scout Charter. They have been a sponsor for number of years and enjoy having the connection with the Boy Scouts. Harvey Kiwanis just finished their fall/winter fundraiser project which is collecting deer hides from community hunters in dumpsters that are then picked up by a dealer in furs/hides. Proceeds are then added to our project fund to cover such projects as the Boy Scout Charter and school supplies for Back to School Day. Our current project is raising funds for playground equipment in Centennial Park. Look for more info to follow in the future.....we...


February Update - 01/31/2016
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Governor Elect Candidates: If you are interested in running for Governor Elect for 2016-2017, 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, 2016. Your information must be received by that date to be published in the March MINNEKOTAN. Candidates can announce their intention to run at a later date, but will not be able to have an article in the MINNEKOTAN or district website. Governor Elect candidates must be a Past Lt. Governor. The election will take place at the District Convention next August. A complete list of rules and...


North Hennepin 2015 Scholarship Award - 01/31/2016
Club: North Hennepin, Minneapolis - Submitted by: Gail Heyda, Secretary
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North Hennepin Kiwanis proudly presented 2014-15 scholarship award to Tracey Warsett, graduate from E J Cooper High School, at our January 18, 2016 club meeting. Pictured include Courtney and Gail Heyda, Tracey, Howie Fisher, scholarship committee member, presenting check for $1000.00, Stacy Ondov and Mort Reminick. Tracey and her mother, Estee, attended our luncheon meeting and is currently attending the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, studying sociology of law, criminology, and deviance. It was a great visit and we wish her well in her studies. Thanks, Tracey.

Message from the Governor - 01/31/2016
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber
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This past weekend the Strategic Planning committee and your Lt. Governors spent meetings in Fergus Falls for our Mid-Winter Board meeting. The Strategic Planning went thru the eight Goals on the Strategic Planning report and changed and revised some of the wording and changed some of the dates to bring the report up to the five year plan. This is a five year planning report and working document. We plan to present this finished document to the Board of Lt. Governors in August for their approval.

We also introduced the I-Plan to the Board and in the next year will merge our plan into the Kiwanis International Plan. It should be noted that Minn-Dak has had a Strategic plan for a number...


Is Your Club a "Century Club"?? - 01/30/2016
Submitted by: Denis Cornell, MN-DAK Education Foundation Trustee
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Is your club a "Century Club"?? The Century Club program of the Minnesota-¬Dakotas Education Foundation offers an on¬going youth service project for every club. A Kiwanis Club in the Minnesota-Dakotas District becomes a Century Club member with an annual suggested contribution of $100.00 that can be taken from Youth Activities funds, Project Profit funds or Administrative funds.

The foundation depends on Century Club contributions of $100.00 from clubs in our district to build foundation assets and to continue providing scholarships to high school students throughout the district. Last year the Minnesota-¬Dakotas District Education Foundation awarded fifty-two $865.00 scholarships...


HAVE YOU ASKED - 01/30/2016
Submitted by: E. C. SCHRODER
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Have you asked your club if they have given to the International Foundation this year yet? If you haven't, why haven't you? Now is the time for clubs to make their donation of $5.00 pr member before they get too busy and are unable to do it. The ANNUAL GIFT PROGRAM is the main stay of the foundation.

I received a call the other day asking me some questions about becoming a Diamond Hixson. First of all, you need to donate $1,000.00 to become a first level Hixson. For every $1,000.00 that person gives to get another Hixson, gets them to the next level and is called diamond levels. For example, if this person has given a total of $2,000.00 to the Hixson program, they would be a level...


Looking for Lt. GOVERNOR CANDIDATES - 01/30/2016
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder

February is the month the Lt. Governors are obligated to find a Lt. Governor-Elect or designee to join the team.

We have so many excellent members out there who have been a club president or Secretary who would make wonderful candidates. We just need to find you.

Please contact your Current Lt Governor if you are interested. I would be glad to answer any questions you might have regarding the position, responsibility, and the commitment.

Stand up and let us know who you are!!!!!

Sherry Scudder
Lt Governor Recruitment Chairman
605-347-7718
ShareKiwanis@gmail.com


Toronto Registration is Open - 01/30/2016
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor, On To International Convention Chair
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Registration for the 101st Kiwanis International Convention in Toronto is open! A few of the features this year will be astronaut Chris Hadfield speaking at the opening session and singer Jewel performing at the gala. Ticketed events include a fellowship breakfast, the Kiwanis International Foundation reception, and the gala night. Alumni and members of sponsoring clubs are invited to an alumni gathering and a Circle K celebration breakfast. Circle K International and Aktion Club will be hosting conferences in Toronto at the same time, which provides an extra opportunity for networking.

If previous articles have piqued your interest in Toronto, but you’re a little hesitant to embark on...


Granite Falls Kiwanis Popcorn Stand - 01/30/2016
Club: Granite Falls - Submitted by: Leslie Bergquist, Popcorn Stand Co-Manager
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The Granite Falls Popcorn Stand has been a long running tradition on the corner of Prentice Street and Seventh Avenue in downtown Granite Fall, MN.The Popcorn Stand has been in continuous operation since 1922, and is now open seasonally from May 1 to Labor Day, 7:00 to 9:30 pm, every day. The 36 square foot building was donated to Granite Falls Kiwanis in 2002 and has been the major fundraiser for the organization. The Popcorn Stand is operated solely by Granite Falls Kiwanis volunteers. This coming summer, plan an evening destination to Granite Falls and enjoy the best buttered popcorn and 1919 root beer found only at the Granite Falls Kiwanis Popcorn Stand.


DIVISION STAR AWARDS (Formerly Region Star Award) - 01/30/2016
Submitted by: Denis Cornell
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Division Star Awards - 2015-2016

1/28/2016 - District: Minnesota-Dakotas - Submitted by: Denis Cornell, District Aministration Director

Rationale: There are many Kiwanians in our district who serve their clubs and their communities with unwavering commitment who are never recognized. This award is an opportunity for clubs to acknowledge those efforts by nomination, and to publicly recognize and honor them before their peers at the district convention, should they receive the award for their Division. Another goal is to motivate Kiwanians to attend a district convention to either receive this award or to support a fellow club member as he/she is honored for this award. A final goal is to encourage...


Builder Club - 01/28/2016
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Debbie Looby
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Sturgis Builders Club Officers are shown here organizing their Disney Ball to be held in March. They have been very serious in their planning and have learned many things!

FRIDLEY KEY CLUB DUCT TAPES TEACHERS - 01/28/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Daniel Ajagbusi
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Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals provides aid for over 100 Fridley citizens a year; however, this can’t be done without generous donations from the community. Recently, the Fridley High School Key Club hosted a duct taping contest for CMN in order to raise funds and awareness. It was held from 7:50 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. on Friday morning, January 15th. Two teachers, Ms. Bailey, English, and Mr. Nalepka, Math, volunteered to be taped to posts in the high school cafeteria.

Duct tape was sold for three feet for a dollar. For each donated dollar a balloon logo was signed in the donor’s name and pasted to the cafeteria wall. As Key Clubbers began collecting money and distributing...


Cars to Y.E.S. Day Care Reading Buddies Program - 01/28/2016
Club: South Sioux Falls - Submitted by: Arlyce Daugherty
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On December 22nd five of our South Sioux Falls Kiwanis readers, Bill Daugherty , Nola Connor, Mary Lou Savold, Allen Herrboldt and John Lewis, met with our 30 Reading Buddies to give each one a homemade wooden car for Christmas.

As a special Christmas gift from our club to the children in our Reading Buddies program at the Y.E.S. Day Care Center, we handed out wooden cars, made by a Kiwanis member of the George, Iowa Kiwanis Club. A smiling car label with a Christmas wish, made by Nola Connor, was attached to each car by club members during a club meeting.

The Reading buddies program has been providing a reading experience to Y.E.S. Day Care Center children over the last five years. Each Tuesday,...


Kiwanis Opens Skating Rink - 01/28/2016
Club: Fergus Falls - Submitted by: Steve Handegaard
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Families gathered on the ice at Lake Alice in Fergus Falls for the grand reopening of the ice skating rink. There were about 500 people present for the outing held by the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis Club. Its fundraising paid for the warming house to be open and for the rink to be created and maintained by the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department.

For more photos and information see the following article that was published in the Fergus Falls Daily Journal.

http://www.fergusfallsjournal.com/2016/01/lake-alice-is-open-for-skates/


Lights Fantastic - 01/23/2016
Club: Mankato - Submitted by: Matt Norland
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This article also appears  on the Kiwanis International website:

Click here

The holidays are over, but for the Mankato, Minnesota, Kiwanis Club, the good cheer just keeps coming. If past results are any gauge, its 120-member roster will be bolstered throughout the coming year with newcomers attracted by Kiwanis Holiday Lights, the club’s signature project.

“It’s really built our brand,” says immediate past-president Matt Norland. “When someone’s already experienced Kiwanis through this event, it’s easy to ask them to come to a meeting. It’s a great calling card.”

He reckons the four-year-old festival has attracted close to a dozen...


St. Anthony Inducts Youngest Member - 01/20/2016
Club: Saint Anthony - Submitted by: Mary Dierbeck
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St. Anthony proudly inducted their youngest member last week.

Brandi Hidde is a graduate of Grand Rapids High School in 2014. Brandi has moved to St. Paul and is studying at St. Thomas for a Business Marketing Degree. Brandi was very active in Key Club and Kiwanis in Grand Rapids and checked for clubs in our area. I met with Brandi and convinced her that our club would be a good fit. She started coming to meetings and getting to know all of us. She has already put her skills to work setting up a Facebook page for our Club.

In the picture is Paul Redlinger doing the induction and myself as Club President and Brandi's sponsor. Paul and I are both Past Lieutenant Governors for our District.


Christmas With Dignity event - 01/11/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Abigail Ladwig

Friday, December 18th, Fridley Key Clubbers met up at the high school to carpool to the Christmas With Dignity event. Christmas With Dignity is held annually at the Hospitality House in Minneapolis. The purpose of this event is to provide a safe shopping experience for parents with low income to go and get Christmas gifts for their kids for very cheap. What volunteers do at the event is act as a shopping cart for the parents and carry all the gifts the parents would like to gift. They also help them out with picking gifts. Throughout their shopping experience there are raffles going on and if a parent is drawn then they can get the option to buy a bigger gift for their kids. When they are all...


Blanket Project - 01/11/2016
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Abby Ladwig
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Each year Fridley Key Club has a specific project they are working on and this year the project is to collect and donate blankets. In April, Fridley Key Club would like to donate at least 91 blankets to the Bridging Organization. Bridging provides furniture for little to no money to people transitioning from poverty or homelessness. The founder of the organization is turning 91 this year and that’s how the idea to make 91 blankets came up. The Bridging organization needs a minimum of 100 blankets a week so Fridley Key Club’s goal may be 91 blankets but more will be gladly taken! Fridley Key Club will be accepting new or gently-used blankets and we are asking for donations from the...


Educational Foundation, Inc - 12/31/2015
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder, District Foundation Board Trustee
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HURRY - HURRY - Deadline Approaching January 22, 2016

All Kiwanis Clubs please contact the high schools in your areas to remind them that the Kiwanis Educational Foundation Scholarships Deadline is January 22, 2016 and all applications must by postmarked by that date.

The Kiwanis Educational Foundation Scholarship is a grant program of the MN-DAK District of Kiwanis International. The Educational Foundation is a registered charitable non-profit corporation and all gifts are tax deductible.

Scholarships may be applied for by a student who is a legal resident of Superior, WI, Minnesota, or the Dakotas. Some requirements are a completed application with all required information, school transcript,...


January Update - 12/31/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2016!

Minnesota-Dakotas District Kiwanis Convention:  Be sure to mark this on your calendars now and plan to attend.  Our district convention will be held August 5-7, 2016 in Fergus Falls.  Be sure to view the "invitation video" on our District's website homepage.  

Email Addresses:  Club Secretaries- Please check your club member information database and make sure that we have the current email addresses for all members in your club that have one.  You can update your club members’ information through your online KiwanisOne Secretary access.  The Kiwanis International database is where we access...


Message from the District Governor - 12/31/2015
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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By the time you read this article it will probably be January 2016. Where did 2015 go? The older I get the faster the time seams to fly by, and all the things that I had planned to get done are still out there, NOT DONE.

In the Mn-Dak District we have a lot of work to get done by the end of October. We have new clubs to build, under strength clubs to get back to 20 members and education in the Formula and the I-Plan. We need to educate our new Lt. Governors coming in for the next year. As some of you have heard we are going to have Lt. Governor training this year just before the District Convention in Fergus Falls. We need to increase our attendance at the District Convention and by doing both...


Reward Offered - 12/29/2015
Submitted by: Peter Larson, Governor Elect
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Governor Elect Peter Larson is looking for Kiwanis members to work on his team starting Oct. 1, 2016.
Team members needed are:

1. Lt. Governor Elect for Division 1
2. Circle K Chair
3. Kiwanis Kids Chair
4. Partnership Coordinator
5. Public Relations Coordinator
6. Kiwanis International Convention Chair
7. Key Leader Chair
8. Human and Spiritual Values Chair
If you are interested in any of these district positions or know of a Kiwanis member who would enjoy working in these positions contact me at phlarson@midco.net

I will provide a position description for your review and we can discuss the opportunity.
Kiwanis International provides education for the Lt. Governor, Circle K chair, Kiwanis...


Things are on the move in the Foundation - 12/29/2015
Submitted by: E. C. Schroder
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I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and that the snow came in time for all to have fun, (the kids that is). We at the Schroder household had a very Blessed Christmas and Santa was good. I would like to wish you all a very Happy and Joyous New Year.

This month I would like share some good news. IRA Charitable Rollover Legislation is Back---for 2015 and Beyond. This information was given to us by Nathan Stelter, Vice President of Business Development with The Stelter Company. If you a donor missed your chance to take advantage of the charitable IRA legislation in the past, you are in luck! On December 18, 2015, the president signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of...


Builders Club News - 12/29/2015
Submitted by: Nancy Cornell, Administrator
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Congratulations to the Stillwater Junior High Builders Club (Stillwater, MN) for chartering in November and congratulations to the Horizon School Buillders Club (Moorhead, MN) for becoming active again. Other Builders Clubs that chartered in 2015 are the Lead-Deadwood Middle School Builders Club (SD), the Sturgis Area After School Program Builders Club (SD), Watertown Middle School Builders Club (SD), and the Lakefield JCC Middle School (MN). This makes a total of 25 Builders Clubs in the Minnesota-Dakotas District who are providing service to their schools, communities and beyond. Thank You to the Kiwanis Clubs who have stepped up to sponsor a Builders Club and help students find their heart...


Happy New Year! - 12/29/2015
Submitted by: Bruce Klair
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Happy New Year! The Holidays are behind us and I hope everyone had a great holiday season with friends, family and fellowship. January is a great time for resolutions and re-committing to those tasks we have been putting off. That includes inviting friends to share our Kiwanis Club. Now is a great time to review who is on our club’s membership committee and ask them again to update us on their membership plans. If the membership chair and committee haven’t been active, now is the time to develop a plan.

Ever since Kiwanis introduced The Formula, there has been a lot of good material to help us in bringing more people into Kiwanis and spreading the Kiwanis message to prospective members...


Mandan Kiwanis Christmas Party and Awards Luncheon - 12/25/2015
Club: Mandan - Submitted by: Wilfred Volesky

The Mandan Kiwanis Club held their annual Christmas Party and Awards Dinner on Monday, December 7. The Christmas Party was held to help members celebrate Christmas and to present awards to deserving members. Three members were presented with the Legion of Honor award and eleven members were recognized for Perfect Attendance at weekly meetings.

The Kiwanian of the Year award, which is given to a member whose efforts were instrumental in helping the President have a successful year, was presented to Barb Bakken.

The H.G. Vander Vorst Community Builder Award Award was created to honor Charter Member and Past District Governor H. G. “Van” Vander Vorst in 2004. The award is presented...


Talking in Toronto - 12/24/2015
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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The countdown for the Toronto convention continues! Many of the agenda items will be similar to years past, but let's look at a few differences between Canada and the U.S., particularly regarding language.

Although some of the unique pronunciations may not be all that unusual to Minn-Dak residents, a few of the spelling differences may be unexpected. Like England, Canada adds a U to words like colour and neighbour. Maneuver has an extra O (manoeuvre), and take the z out of analyze in favor of an S (analyse). Be sure to take off an L for fulfil, enrol, and instalment, and make note of the Cs in licence and defence.

Centre and cheque are correct, and you'll need to ask for a washroom...


NE Kiwanis Holiday Party - 12/23/2015
Club: Northeast Minneapolis - Submitted by: Reily Johnson
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A record setting fifteen Fridley High School Key Clubbers and Advisor Bowen assisted at the NE Kiwanis Holiday Party in the Minneapolis Armory on Wednesday, December 12. This annual party is held for challenged children in the metro area. Over 175 children plus their caregivers attended.

Key Clubbers participated in face painting, working carnival games, helping serve lunch, dancing with the children, distributing Santa bags and providing cleanup. The Teddy Bear band made their annual appearance and they were a big hit. Children dragged Key Clubbers onto the floor to sing and dance with them, it was a blast! The young attendees look forward to this event as well as the Key Clubbers.

The festive...


Fridely Builders Club - 12/23/2015
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Mary Bowen
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The Fridley Builders Club gathered last week and made 250 Santa door signs for two senior nursing homes in their area. Each student added their own personality to Santa.


The Busiest Month Of The Year - 12/23/2015
Club: Bismarck - Submitted by: Paul Schadewald
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December is always the busiest month of the year for the Bismarck Kiwanis Club. It starts with bell ringing for the Salvation Army at two locations. 22 members participated in this service project this year. The scheduling and some of the ringing was handled by our oldest member, Dr. Herb Wilson.

Bids 4 Kids is our major fundraiser and was held on December 4. Members picked up donations from more than 120 businesses. On auction night our club members plus members from our two Key Clubs –Bismarck High and Legacy High held this television auction. This was our 45th annual auction and it netted about $7000 this year. Brett Mealio and Dennis Kelly coordinated this event and, as usual, it went...


Kiwanians serve the Rosebud Indian Reservation - 12/22/2015
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan
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Kiwanis clubs from North and South Dakota as well as Minnesota put Kiwanis Gift Boxes together in November and early December . They were accumulated by the Watertown, S.D. Kiwanis club and delivered to the Rosebud Reservation in S.D. on December 9th.  I believe this was a very successful service program. The children receiving the gifts were very excited about their gifts. Thank you for those clubs participating!  Next year I would like to expand this service so that each one of our three states in the MnDak district can provide gift boxes to several reservations, at least one in each state.  Please discuss this program with your club members and be prepared for making a commitment...


Minot Kiwanis Club works hard this fall for children's charities - 12/22/2015
Club: Minot - Submitted by: Carla Dolan
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Some might say singing in public is a bit embarrassing, or giving up a Saturday to flip pancakes and stand most of the morning is a lot to ask, but the Kiwanis Club of Minot is up for the task and raising money for children’s charities at the same time. The group held its annual Pancake Day in October, and in December, wrapped Christmas gifts for Mainstream Boutique downtown, sang Christmas Carols around Minot and ushered at the Lorie Line Concert. The extra work paid off, as the group raised nearly $12,000! Who would have thought that by simply flipping a pancake or singing a song, a child could attend a camp they might not otherwise afford or a student would have something to eat on a...


Roughrider Country Kiwanis Club - 12/22/2015
Club: Rough Rider Country, Dickinson - Submitted by: Ninetta Wandler, Past President

Happy New Year! Everyone has been busy with the Christmas season. Wilfred Volesky our Lt. Governor came and installed our officers and talked about the benefits of belonging to a wonderful group such as Kiwanis. Thank you Wilfred for taking the time to visit us. See you in the new year!

Ninetta Wandler Past President


Afterschool Christmas Party - 12/22/2015
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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Dave Halverson of Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis Club reads to young children at the Elementary Afterschool Program. Sturgis Golden K Satellite Club sponsors parties quarterly for the students which includes a reading area, game area and craft area.


Kiwanis Care and Share - 12/12/2015
Club: Sturgis Golden K - Submitted by: Deb Looby
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DeWayne Hayes of Sturgis Golden K Kiwanis is shown assigning routes to drivers of the Annual Care and Share Blue Bag Community Food Drive. Over 8000 pounds of food was donated along with various checks.


Service Clubs meet with Governor Dayton Rep on Dental Health - 12/10/2015
Submitted by: Peter Larson, Governor Elect
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Governor Elect Peter Larson and representatives from Rotary, Lions and County Commissioners met with Lauren Gilchrist- Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton on the state of oral health in Minnesota. Dr. Amos Dienard presented the Minnesota Oral Health Project report on the lack of a dental home for most children on public assistance and the affects of that on their dental health. These children suffer from such things as pain from abscess, difficulty eating which may delay growth and development, and possible pronunciation problems. As Kiwanis members we should educate ourselves on this significant childhood health risk and work to educate members of our communities. One source to look...


December Update - 11/30/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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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 2016-2017, 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, 2016 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...


Builders Club making a difference - 11/17/2015
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt

Watertown, SD Kiwanis Club sponsored Builders Club is well on its way to making waves in Watertown’s Middle School, where a nucleus of about 20 students in 7th and 8th grades is recruiting members for the newly charted club. Kiwanian Curt Trego has attended meetings to assist in educating the “builders” on Kiwanis objectives of giving back to the community. Former Watertown High School Key Club advisor Tricia Gerlach is the Builders Club advisor.

The Watertown Builders partnered with the high school’s Key Club on a service project at the Watertown Boys & Girls Club for a Halloween event and plan to assist with the community’s holiday banquet as well as prepare...


Key Club Week - 11/17/2015
Club: Columbia Heights-Fridley - Submitted by: Abby Ladwig and Kati Stevenson
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Every year, the first week of Kiwanis Family Month is an excellent opportunity for Fridley Key Club to show the community who they are. From November 2nd-6th, Key Clubbers all over the school made sure to show their Key Club spirit! Monday’s theme was “Show your K in every way”. On this day, Key Clubbers made sure to wear their club shirts and pink flamingo headbands to grab fellow students’ attention and to get them to ask about the club. This brought in new members who were eager to sign up for such a fun service club!

Tuesday was “Kudos to the Key Players”. It takes many people to have a successful club, and it’s not just advisors, so this year Key...


Kiwanis Service - 11/04/2015
Submitted by: Al Vanderlaan, District Service Director

The new Kiwanis year is jumping out to a great start in the area of service. I have been told by several clubs throughout the District that they are working on Scholastic Book Oasis's. Let me know the details of where you are in the process of building them. If you need help and have any concerns, please contact me. 

A Scholastic Oasis is now at the Saint Francis Catholic Grade School in Saint Francis, South Dakota. The Watertown Kiwanis club sponsored the Oasis with financial help of the Catholic Church. A dedication will happen in December. I have been told by Scholastic that this is the first Oasis on a reservation. The Mndak District is number one!

A new Service program is implemented...


Monthly Club Report Changes - 11/02/2015
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The monthly report, completed online by club secretaries each month, fulfills your club’s requirement to Kiwanis International to provide data that will improve our programs and track signature club projects and partnerships. Kiwanis has revised the monthly report to be more user-friendly and align and support the I-Plan, Kiwanis’ new strategic plan. The new October report in English will be available around November 1st.

The new online monthly report will feature five sections that correspond with the strategic plan:

Club information (for review only)

Inspiration (membership and engagement data)

Impact (meaningful service data)

Image (Kiwanis branding and PR data)

Investment...


November Update - 11/02/2015
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Directory of Club Officer and Club Meeting Locations:  A few days ago I emailed all club secretaries a directory of all clubs in the district.  If you would like a copy contact your club secretary, or send me an email and I will email it to you.  The club directory is not posted on the district website, but is available upon request.

Minnesota-Dakotas District Leadership Directory- 2015-2016:  Just a reminder that you can find a Minnesota-Dakotas District Leadership Directory on our District website. 

Monthly Club Reporting:  Special thanks to the club secretaries for their excellent monthly reporting this past year.  The information submitted is very valuable. ...


October Update from the Governor - 10/01/2015
Submitted by: Kent Hochgraber, District Governor
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In just a few days all of us newbies will start our term for 2015/2016.  All the new Lt. Gov. have their conferences set up and may have an agenda put together for the day. I will be traveling every weekend starting the 1st of Oct. to until the 21st of Nov. visiting the seven divisions. We will be doing some training and education for new Presidents and Secretaries and Treasurers.  We will work on some Service projects and drink a lot of coffee and have some very good fellowship. This does promise to be an exciting year.   Our theme for this year is BACK TO THE BASICS.  We have been successful with The IDD project, and now the Eliminate project is wrapping up with much success...


Changes Coming Soon to District Website and MINNEKOTAN Newsletter - 10/01/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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District Website and MINNEKOTAN Newsletter changes coming soon:  

I just want to give you a “heads-up” that there will be some changes coming to our district website and the MINNEKOTAN newsletter in the next month or two.  We will be moving our district website to a new and redesigned platform.  It is a gradual process of migrating the old information to the new site, so not exactly sure when the new website will be online.  Our district newsletter is also a function of the website so there will be some changes there also.  The content of the website will remain primarily the same, but it will have a different look and things may work a bit differently.  If...


October Update - 09/30/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Club Secretaries be sure to update your online membership roster before October 10th:  Club Secretaries should go to their online “Club Secretary Dashboard” and check to be sure all non-returning members are deleted by October 10.   If you have members on your roster that you know will not be returning…don’t wait…delete them now.  After October 10 Kiwanis International will bill you according to whoever is still on your roster after October 10th. 

We appreciate your assistance maintaining accurate membership records and reporting your membership changes on time. If you need assistance with your membership records, contact the Kiwanis helpline...


Annual IRS Tax Reporting - 09/30/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Remember that all clubs must file the appropriate IRS 990 Tax form each year. Nearly all Kiwanis Clubs are on an Oct 1 to Sept 30 fiscal year, so that means your next tax return is due no later than February 15, 2016. Failure to do so will result in fines and loss of nonprofit status. Further information can be found on the Kiwanis International website. Click here


2015-2016 Club President serves his club at 97 years of age - 09/30/2015
Club: Hendricks - Submitted by: Al Molascan, Club Secretary
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The Kiwanis Club of Hendricks was established in 1961.  The Club still plays a valuable role in this rural Minnesota town with a population of 713 according to the State provided entrance sign.                   

In the tradition of Kiwanis, new officers were installed by Lt. Governor Dennis Hier on September 21, 2015.  However, it is believed that the new President, Chris Hoversten for 2015-16 is a unique man in many ways.  One might say that he is a man who brings a rich history of life experiences to his new role.  He was born on a farm east of Hendricks. He graduated from high school at a nearby town.  He attended...


Eliminate Update - 09/30/2015
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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The World Health Organization conducted validation surveys in Cambodia and India earlier this year, and the results show both countries have eliminated maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). These landmark achievements will save the lives of countless women and their newborns.   

Click here for more information


Message from Immediate Past Governor Sherry - 09/29/2015
Submitted by: Sherry Scudder
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Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!   

I know that many Kiwanians are humble when it comes to recognition but I want to recognize and thank my Lt. Governors of 2014-2015 for the dedicated service they gave their cubs this year.  I appreciate all the work that was done on club visits, recruiting new members, planning Regional Educational Visits and just plain caring about the members of the clubs in their divisions.   

I say farewell as Governor but Hello as a Kiwanian who is willing to help and serve.  I can never say it enough, Thank you, Thank you, and Thank you for being a part of my team.   

Steve, you deserve a medal as District Secretary, YOU KNOW...


Jamestown Kiwanis to feed hungry children - 09/28/2015
Club: Jamestown - Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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Jamestown Kiwanis along with 400 volunteers are feeding the hungry. For the fifth time since 2011, Jamestown Kiwanis is coordinating a Kids Against Hunger meal-packaging event. The event is set for Nov. 14. Fellow Kiwanians are asked to help. Packaging shifts are set for: 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.  to 3:30 p.m. at the James River Valley Fitness (former YMCA). 

“With the help of generous donors, our goal this year is to raise $50,000, which is $10,000 more than last year, said Janna Bergstedt, marketing manager for First Community Credit Union and past-president of Jamestown Kiwanis. So far, we're at $38,000.” 

At prior events, volunteers came together from...


"WE MADE IT" THANK YOU - 09/27/2015
Submitted by: E.CHUCK SCHRODER
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I want to congratulate the district for the job you members did. We have made our goal of $31,857.00. We are at $31,974.66 and there is still money coming in. We have 5 out of the 7 divisions that have made their goal and the presidents challenge. None of this would have been possible without you the members of this great district and our leadership with you, the Lt. Governor's and of course our Governor Sherry. I wish that there was a way that I could publish the report, but it is too large. I have sent copies to the Lt. Governors for their information.

We are being able to "SERVE THE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD" because of this. We are also being able to help with disasters right here...


Kiwanis Club of Brookings, SD Installation of Officers - 09/25/2015
Club: Brookings - Submitted by: Carol Rettkowski
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Division 5, Lt. Governor Mark Nelson recently visited the Kiwanis Club of Brookings to install the 2015-2016 officers and to participate in the "Special Recognition Ceremonies" of several of their members.  Pictured are 2015-2016 Officers:  President-Elect Tim Peters, Treasurer Mary O'Neill, President Carol Rettkowski-Gregg and Secretary Cindy Foerster along with Lt. Gov. Nelson.


Kiwanis Club of Brookings ~ Special Recognition - 09/25/2015
Club: Brookings - Submitted by: Carol Rettkowski
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Division 5 Lt. Governor Mark Nelson joined in the festivities as the Kiwanis Club of Brookings celebrated five of it's elder members.  These "young-at-heart" people, all over 80, are an average age of 88, have a combined total of 222 years dedicated to KIWANIS and are very active in all of our fundraising events and service projects.  Their commitment is unwavering.  We had a large group celebrating with these wonderful KIWANIANS.  Left to right:  Frank Denholm, 64 years; Pastor Jim Thvedt, 50 years; Lloyd Darnall, 53 years; William Wadsworth, 44 years; and MK Hugghins, 11 years, with Lt. Gov. Nelson.    


Minot Golden Kiwanis in parade - 09/22/2015
Club: Minot, Golden K - Submitted by: Richard Sabol, Sec.
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Minot Golden Kiwanis participated in the Minot State University(MSU) homecoming parade. Members aboard the float were greeted with many waves and smiles along the parade route.


Rough Rider Country Kiwanis Club - 09/22/2015
Club: Rough Rider Country, Dickinson - Submitted by: Ninetta Wandler
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Greetings,

Hope everyone had a great summer as it is hard to believe it is gone, but not forgotten as the weather has been great.

This will be my last letter as I will be passing the gavel to Jason Jacobs on the 1st of October.  It has been a crazy last 2 years but a good crazy.

We had a fund raiser cordinated by Becky Byzewski at Taco Johns where we raised $282.00, thanks to everyone that helped.

Also pictured here we have Tom Wyckoff presenting a check to Les Dykema for $500.00 for our band instrument program for any repairs that might be needed.

Ninetta Wandler
Soon to be past president


ICON: Touring Canada on your way to Toronto - 09/21/2015
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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It’s never too soon to start thinking about the next Kiwanis International Convention!  The 2016 convention will take place June 23-26 in Toronto, Canada.  Information will continue to fill the KI website (http://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2016), but here are a few fun activities to include in your budget for touring the Canadian side of Lake Ontario. 

Explore Niagara-on-the-Lake with a self-guided heritage tour.  For a longer walk, go to Mississauga’s Waterfront Trail.  Take your family to MarineLand with its marine shows, wildlife exhibits, and amusement park. On the north end of Lake Ontario, the Kingston Waterfront Pathway offers a variety of sites and...


Message from the District Governor - 08/31/2015
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder, District Governor
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The above picture was taken at the Rapid City Kiwanis 100th celebration at Memorial Park in Rapid City. Although we had poor weather at first, it was not enough to stop the festivities. We had a round of dancers who performed; they must have brought out the sun because it warmed up real nice by noon. We had delicious food and great music. I want to thank the Rapid City Club for including me and showing your support of Kiwanis, the mission and the children of the community. You do so much with all your programs. 

We only have 35 days left to get our goals accomplished for this 2014-2015 term. I appreciate all the help we have received in membership growth. We have gained some members but...


PDOA Citizenship Award Presented to Melanie Bailey - 08/31/2015
Division: Division 1 - Submitted by: Gary Ochsner, Lt. Gov, Division 1
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During the Minnesota-District Annual Convention in Grand Forks the Past District Officer’s Association Awarded the Citizenship Award to Melanie Bailey. Melanie was in California and unable to attend the convention.   

Melanie returned to Devils Lake on August 10th and was presented the award at the Devils Lake Kiwanis meeting August 11th.   

Pictured left to right Division 1 Lieutenant Governor Gary Ochsner, Melanie and Devils Lake Kiwanis President Colleen Batton.   

On October 11, 2014, Melanie was a senior at Devils Lake High School competing in the North Dakota EDC Cross Country meet at the Ponderosa Golf Club in Glyndon, Minnesota when she encountered...


September Update - 08/31/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Kiwanis International and District Dues for the 2015-2016 Kiwanis year are as follows: 

     • Kiwanis International Dues - $52 (was increased by $10)
     • Member liability insurance - $13 (was increased by $1)
     • Directors and Officers Liability - $4 (same as last year)
     • Magazine - $8 (same as last year)
     • MNDAK District dues- $30 (same as last year)

The 2015 District Kiwanis was a great success. 
Grand Forks and the Alerus Center was an excellent location. We hope to see all of you at the 2016 District Convention in Fergus Falls, August 5-7. In addition to the educational...


Brainerd Kiwanis News - 08/30/2015
Club: Brainerd - Submitted by: Dennis Lamb
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The Kiwanis Club of Brainerd has partnered with The Salvation Army and will be co-sponsoring the Back to School Backpack Program this year and into the future. A check for $700 was recently presented to Carole Paschelke, Brainerd Salvation Army Family Services Director. The money will be used to purchase backpacks and school supplies for area youth. Close to 600 backpacks were distributed last year so kids could begin the school year with needed supplies.   

Dennis Lamb, President of the Kiwanis Club of Brainerd stated, “This is the type of program Kiwanis whole-heartedly supports and we are very excited to be able to partner with The Salvation Army on this project.” The...


Good-Bye MN-DAK - 08/29/2015
Submitted by: Stewart Ross, District Service Director
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I write this article for the Minnekotan today with a bittersweet feeling.  As many of you know, Liz and I are leaving our great district for Florida!  We will be moving to the Ft. Myers area on November 1st.  I retired from Minnesota State University in May of 2014 and Liz retired from her accounting position at the Mankato Clinic just a couple of weeks ago.  So we now move on to the last phase of our lives, living in sunny Florida.   

We have so many wonderful memories related to Kiwanis International, our district and of course the clubs we have been members in.  We have so many great friends now that we never would have met had we not been involved with Kiwanis!...


Keep Those Members - 08/29/2015
Submitted by: Bruce Klair
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This is the time of year when clubs are reviewing their membership rosters and making the necessary adjustments for the next Kiwanis year.  Every year at this time we are surprised by the number of members that have lost their Kiwanis spirit and have decided to drop their Kiwanis membership.  

Kiwanis clubs lose members for perfectly understandable reasons:  death, sickness, economic hardship, business concerns, retirement or transfer to another Kiwanis club. But many members leave for reasons that could be prevented.  Does your club offer a membership filled with fun, fellowship and meaningful service?  Take time to review your club's habits and how they affect the...


Greetings from an International Trustee: - 08/28/2015
Submitted by: Bruce Berven, KI Board Trustee
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I'm pleased that I have been assigned as Board Counselor for Minn-Dak district again this upcoming Kiwanis year. 

We had the opportunity to attend your recent convention in Grand Forks - Barbara and I thoroughly enjoyed your mid-western hospitality, excellent entertainment at Talent Night, the diaper collection, and Steve Siemens' marvelous presentation. Congrats to Liz Lawrence-Ross and her committee for their hard work. 

You have an excellent service project in the thousands of children's books distributed over the past 3 years, along with opening Reading Rooms coordinated with Scholastic Books. 

I'm confident your district will continue with the many fine service...


We Pray for Children - 08/28/2015

There have been numerous requests for the following prayer that was shared at the District Convention in Grand Forks"

We Pray for Children 
by Ina J. Hughs

We pray for children 

     who sneak popsicles before supper, 
     who erase holes in math workbooks, 
     who can never find their shoes. 

And we pray, for those 

     who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, 
     who can't bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, 
     who never "counted potatoes," 
     who are born in places where we wouldn't be...


WE ARE IN THE FINAL HOUR! - 08/28/2015
Submitted by: Chuck Schroder
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I want to thank all those who supported the raffle at the district convention this past month. We were able to raise a little over $1,500.00 for the two foundations. Things went very well and I hope you all enjoyed the convention. Great job Liz.

We are so close to reaching our goal, ($31,857) for the year. We are only about $3,000 short. If we can get a couple of Hixson's and if your club hasn't sent in their annual gift yet, and they do that, we will make it. Let's make Minn/Dak district shine.

The International Foundation came out with a new flyer and it was in the convention packet. It is called "RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES" and it lists all of the ways to support the foundation...


Turtle Mountain Kiwanis Women's Golf Tournament - 08/28/2015
Club: Turtle Mountains (The) - Submitted by: Clint Reinoehl
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The Turtle Mountain Kiwanis held their 2nd Annual Women's Golf Tournament on July 17th at the Bottineau Country Club. This was the second year and a great time was had by all. This was a 9 hole scramble and raised $750 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Having fun in the Turtle Mountains and helping children of the world! It just doesn't get any better!


The Eliminate Project - 08/28/2015
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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We showed an $8,000 increase in donation on the Aug. 16th report.  That means our clubs are starting the flow of funds to the Project and we are saving babies in the world.

At our Convention in Grand Forks, the Silent Auction and two raffles brought an additional $4,330 donation to the Project.  This is the highest amount donated through a silent auction for The Eliminate Project in Minn-Dak. This was at a convention that saw the least number of Kiwanians attending. 

We are now well over $100 million and have less than $10 million to go to complete our pledge of $110 millionto assist UNICEF in their effort to conquer Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus.  There are only 15 countries...


Division 4 Celebrates - 08/27/2015
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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The Rapid City Kiwanis Club held its Kiwanis International Centennial Celebration on Saturday, August 22nd.  Hot dog or hamburger on a bun, package of chips, slice of birthday cake (see the Governor's article), and a can of soda.  To make the event more festive, music of the 20's and 30's was played and entertainment was provided by a group of belly dancers, also typical of the time.  The club's new brochure was on the picnic tables (weighted down with rocks to counter the 50-60 mph winds).  Our club is proud to have provided this celebration to recognize a century of service to the youth of the world by Kiwanians.  Special thanks to Lorie Melone for her...


Austin Early Risers celebrated its 40th anniversary - 08/27/2015
Club: Austin Early Risers - Submitted by: Cindy Jenson
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The Kiwanis Club of Austin Early Risers celebrated its 40th anniversary on August 26, 2015. In attendance were 3 charter members from 1975. President Eric Olson led our meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as leading the group in “America the Beautiful” in spirit of the first meeting. President-elect Eric Shoars delivered the Invocation. A wonderful breakfast was served. Mayor Tom Stiehm declared it "The Kiwanis Club of Austin Early Risers Week." Darryl Meyer, Immediate Past Lt Gov., spoke on the mission of Kiwanis and its origin. Charter members shared their memories of Kiwanis.  


Oasis - 08/27/2015
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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More than 70 students, parents and staff of St. Martin’s Lutheran School joined members of Kiwanis Club of Watertown, SD, Doug and Jan Sharp and the city’s mayor Steve Thorson on August 24 for a ribbon cutting and the dedication of the school’s new Reading Oasis. The “oasis” features 1,200 books in a special reading environment to encourage students to read more books and enhance their reading skills. Financial support from the Sharp Family Foundation made the “oasis” a reality, with books for all grades including preschool supplied by Scholastic Books of Minneapolis. Kiwanis Club of Watertown, working with the Sharp Family Foundation and Scholastic Books,...


Jamestown Kiwanis to raise $50,000 for hungry children - 08/26/2015
Club: Jamestown - Submitted by: Katie Ryan-Anderson
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For the fifth time since 2011, Jamestown Kiwanis is coordinating a Kids Against Hunger event. Kids Against Hunger packages and sends meals consisting of vegetables, vitamins, rice and soy for hungry children in the U.S. and abroad. Meal recipients need only to add water and boil the ingredients for 20 minutes. Meals are distributed internationally as well as in North Dakota and Minnesota through Great Plains Food Bank. 

“With the help of our generous donors, our goal is to raise $50,000. Last year, we raised $40,000. Extra money means extra meals for hungry children,” said Janna Bergstedt, KAH organizer and past-president of Jamestown Kiwanis. 

An anonymous donor is willing...


ICON: Touring the States on your way to Toronto - 08/26/2015
Submitted by: Courtney Taylor
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It’s never too soon to start thinking about the next Kiwanis International Convention!  The 2016 convention will take place in Toronto, Canada, running June 23-26.  Information will continue to fill the KI website (http://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2016), but here are a few fun activities to include in your budget for touring the U.S. side of Lake Ontario.

Thinking about bringing your younger kids on this convention?  Be sure to plan a trip to Old McDonald’s Farm in Sackets Harbor, NY.  While in town, visit the Sackets Harbor Arts Center, home of the Arts Association of Northern New York.  Continue up the Lawrence River to the AquaZoo, America’s only...


Education is the key to membership - 08/24/2015
Submitted by: Loreena L. Luetgers
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Time is short for those club officers, president-elects and secretaries, that haven’t completed their Club Leadership Education (CLE) online, as the deadline is September 30th at midnight.    

The last classroom session was given at the District Convention with great discussion and questions.  Many of the attendees left with fundraising ideas, service project ideas and overall help with membership and answers to “what do we do…” questions.  So, if you didn’t attend a group session this year, the recommendation is from the attendees that everyone should next year.  At the close of the session I asked if anyone wanted to share what the session...


School supplies for Madison School - 08/23/2015
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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For the past several years, the Fargo South Point Kiwanis Club has delivered a large supply of school supplies to Madison Elementary school in Fargo. As many of the parents in this area of Fargo do not have transportation to attend the school supply day in downtown Fargo, the South Point Club purchases and delivers the supplies to the school so when a child needs supplies or moves into town it saves them the trouble of going and purchasing them. This supply is kept in storage at the school and when items are needed the parents or students can check with the office to see if they are available at a no cost basis. Shown in the photo are, Margaret Mowery, Kathleen Nesvig, Mary Ann Berg, and Rande...


Watertown, SD Kiwanis $1,500 donation - 08/18/2015
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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At an early August rummage sale at the First United Methodist Church in Watertown, SD, the church staff noted that back-to-school supplies that had been collected from several summer programs, were the most sought after items of the entire sale, supplies of which were quickly depleted.  In recognition of this demand, Kiwanis Club of Watertown, SD donated $1,500 to the church and staged a second give away of back-to-school supplies on Saturday, August 22. Pictured is Kiwanis president-elect Jeff Anderson presenting the donation to Sandra Weidner and Jeanne Paulson of the First United Methodist Church.  


District Conference Newbie. I Loved It. - 08/11/2015
Submitted by: Judy Gulden
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Goodwill, light hearted kidding, kindness, enthusiasm, sincerity, wisdom and optimism were abundant during the 2015 District Conference. This was my first time attending a district conference. I loved it. 

I listened, observed, participated, learned. I met members and officers of all ages. I now know about the on-line Kiwanis club available to everyone residing in Region 7 and I had a chance to have a nice talk with the new Lieutenant Governor of my Region, the accomplished Robyn Undenberg. 

I appreciated the quality planning of the conference, the details, the setting and ever present hospitality. It was easy to start a conversation with any one. A spirit of camaraderie was always...


Message from the District Governor - 08/01/2015
Submitted by: Sharon Scudder, District Governor
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Henry Moore said, “One never knows what each day is going to bring.  The important thing is to be open and ready for it.”  Now that we are nearing the time for our convention it is truly amazing how fast the time has come and gone.  It is true that Kiwanians are the most flexible people I have ever worked with.  You are ready, willing, able and always finding people to help.  Thanks for all you do but we still need your help to plan the days ahead at the Kiwanis District Convention on August 7-9, 2015 in Grand Forks, ND.  You can help by attending and bringing members from your club with you – you won’t regret the time of sharing and learning...


August Update - 07/31/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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District Convention: Our District Convention in Grand Forks, ND is just a few days away. Lots of preparation and planning has been happening to ensure that this will be another great convention. It will be a great opportunity to learn new ideas, meet new friends and enjoy great Kiwanis fellowship. I hope to see you there. Further information about the convention can be found in the MINNEKOTAN and on the district website. 

Kiwanis International Convention House of Delegates: You can view a summary of action taken on amendments presented at the Kiwanis International Convention in Indianapolis at the following link: Click here

Please note that the House of Delegates did approve a $10 increase...


The Eliminate Project - 07/29/2015
Submitted by: Bill Daugherty
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Next week we will be in Grand Forks, ND for our District Convention. I want you all to consider your ability to contribute to the Eliminate Project.  At the Convention I will have forms and Zellers available for a $1250 donation.  There is also the Centennial Award available to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of Kiwanis.  This award is based on a donation of $1500.  There will be forms available and pins to present for this effort.

I am hopeful that there will be some clubs willing to pledge being a model club.  There is a 20% match available to any club pledging to be a model club.  There is a five year window in which to complete the club pledge.

Another opportunity...


You, Your Club Budget and the Minnesota-Dakotas Education Foundation - 07/29/2015
Submitted by: Denis Cornell
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As  your club plans for the new Kiwanis year beginning on October 1st, each club president should ensure that the Century Club Donation to the Kiwanis Minnesota-Dakotas Education Foundation is included as a line item in the club budget. Your Century Club Gift to the Minnesota-Dakotas Education Foundation provides funds necessary to continue building the foundation assets.  Only the interest on the foundation assets is used toward scholarship awards.  This year the Minnesota-Dakotas Education Foundation awarded 56 scholarships of $865.00 to high school students planning to attend a college or university within our district. 

A great way to recognize a club member or officer...


Centennial Celebration Planned - 07/27/2015
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn, Secretary
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The Rapid City, SD club is planning a huge celebration to recognize the Kiwanis Centennial on August 22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  Something is being offered for every age in the Memorial Park Band Shell.  There will be something for everyone.  There will be a variety of activities for youth, a display of club projects, and information on Kiwanis.  Music appropriate to the 1920's will be played.  Since this is noon time event, a light lunch of a pop, hot dog or burger, and a bag of chips will be available for a modest cost.  The event is open to the public, and fellow Kiwanians who want to celebrate with us.


New Marketing Idea Implemented - 07/27/2015
Club: Rapid City - Submitted by: Vern Hagedorn
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Karen Pearson, President Elect of the Rapid City club, has developed the trifold boards shown in the attached photo as part of a new marketing technique.  The boards serve two totally different purposes.  The marketing purpose is to show the service projects of our club, as demonstrated at our Pizza Ranch fundraiser. The second function is for use at our weekly club meetings.  The Kiwanis and Centennial logo are removed on the center panel.  Progress is shown under each of the service project logos.  As an example, the total amount donated to the Eliminate Can is changed weekly.  The service hours given service hours given to upkeep of the Kiwanis Mary Hall Nature...


HAS YOUR CLUB APPLIED FOR A FOUNDATION GRANT? - 07/26/2015
Submitted by: Chuck Schroder
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Does your club have a project that you could use some help with funding? Well why not think about the  Kiwanis International Foundation Grant Program? You can visit Kiwanis.org/foundation/grants for detailed information about the grant program including the online application, or have your club representative stop by the foundation booth at the district convention and visit with me and pick up an application. 

We have had several grants given to clubs in our district in the past few years. But you won't get one if you don't apply. This is why it is so important that clubs contribute to the annual club gift program. At the present time we are only $6,856.34 from reaching our...


A Note from the MN-DAK Director of Service - 07/26/2015
Submitted by: Stewart Ross
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As the MN-DAK Director of Service I am always amazed by what our Kiwanis Clubs and members do in the name of service for their communities and beyond.  This past year, 27 Kiwanis Clubs in Southern Minnesota were part of a book project for the second year in a row.  Due to the success of the first project, Tim Penny and his staff at the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) entered into agreement for year 2.  Instead of receiving 5000 free children books from SMIF as in the first year, SMIF gave our clubs 10,000 free books.  Year two was another great success with member participation in reading the books to young children and distributing them.   

The final...


North Dakota State Fair Parade - 07/23/2015
Club: Minot, Golden K - Submitted by: Richard Sabol, Secretary
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The Minot Golden K participated in the 50th Anniversary North Dakota State Fair parade. Numerous members, children and grandchildren rode on the float and handed out candy to many people along the parade route. This is one of the many ways the Golden K gives back to the Minot area.


Zeller presentation to Jim Noehl - 07/23/2015
Club: Fargo South Point - Submitted by: Larry Rittgarn
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Fargo South Point Kiwanis secretary Larry Rittgarn is shown presenting a Zeller award to honor a very good Kiwanian that has been so loyal to the organization. James (Jim) Noehl, is being honored with a Zeller award for all of the support he gives each year, plus all of the years he has been involved. 

Jim has been a member of 3 clubs and served each of them very well, by serving in the officer position of most of them as well as being a Past Lt Governor of the Minn-Dak District. Jim now resides in Texas in the winter months, but still finds time to help with all of the spring, summer and fall activities of the South Point Club. 

Over the past years Jim has provided 40 or more back...


Jamestown Kiwanis Club Donates Items to Summer Parks Program - 07/22/2015
Club: Jamestown - Submitted by: Janna Bergstedt
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Members of the Jamestown Kiwanis Club recently donated 100 items to the Jamestown Parks and Rec summer parks program. In commemoration of Kiwanis International’s 100th anniversary, the club is donating 100 of various items throughout the year. Brandon Gange, park program supervisor, was in attendance to accept the gifts on the Parks & Rec’s behalf.  The summer parks program offers free supervised activities for children ages 6-12 at Meidinger, Nickeus, McElroy and Leapaldt Parks. Some of the activities include arts, crafts, hiking, fishing, and biking.    

Other donations included: 
100 canned goods for the food pantry – February 
100 personal/hygiene...


Partaking in Stillwater Traditions - 07/21/2015
Club: Stillwater Area (The) - Submitted by: Judy Gulden
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Stillwater Kiwanis and Key Club helped by a few swell family fans were part of the annual community celebration and parade called Log Jam this year. What a blast we had! We offered "Log Roll", a game of chance for all ages before the annual Downhill Derby on Friday afternoon, July 17. Our event was entertaining for everyone - real fun in the sun. Then on Sunday, July 19, we were an entry in the celebration's wrap-up, the annual parade. Our Kiwanis Banner preceded our hardy parade walkers escorting members that were riding in a Scooby Doo van. The van was recognized by all the kids watching the parade.  Other members watching the parade cheered on their Kiwanians by ringing...


Kiwanis North Suburban Golden K of St. Paul Celebrates 200th Blog on website - 07/13/2015
Club: North Suburban Golden K, St. Paul - Submitted by: Ric Soderstrom, Sr.

About four years ago the Kiwanis Club of North Suburban Golden K of Saint Paul board of directors undertook a project to upgrade their website (WWW.GOLDENKAYER.ORG).  They felt it needed a new fresh look and something to help generate enthusiasm for the club and attract new members. The cornerstone idea to make it a living and changing site was the addition of a weekly blog.  This idea was particularly appealing because this club meets every Tuesday for social, business and education.  That turns out to be 50 blogs a year given the club takes time off for Christmas and New Year’s weeks, so 200 blogs turns out to be four year’s worth of meetings, speakers and some insights...


July Update - 07/01/2015
Submitted by: Steve Handegaard, District Sec/Treas
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Don’t forget to register for the Minnesota-Dakotas District Convention!! Registration is $160 until July 6. After July 6 registration is $185. You can register online and pay with your credit card or you can access and print a copy of the District Convention Registration form and related information on our district website at:   Click here   

Thank you once again to Club Secretaries for submitting your Club Election Reports for 2015-2016.   The reports were due June 1, so if you have not entered your information online, please do so ASAP! Please include email addresses.  It is very important that we receive this information in a timely manner so that directories...


36th Annual Over 90s Luncheon - 07/01/2015
Club: Watertown - Submitted by: Tim Oviatt
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Watertown, SD Kiwanians hosted their 36th Annual Over 90s Luncheon for the area’s most senior residents on June 9th.  With several more than 100 years old, 113 guests and their caregivers or drivers joined Kiwanians on Lake Kampeska for lunch, some laughs and singing several patriotic songs as well as a few old favorites.  The program featured the director of the local historical society and county museum, who shared fun facts and figures from the 1940’s and early 1950’s when the guests were entering adulthood. Events ranging from WWII, fashion, popular foods, transportation to the advent of television kindled many memories for the guests.  A Kiwanian sat at each...