Welcome to a new Kiwanis Year. The administrative Year 2018–2019 promises to be exciting and full of fun. Our efforts will be centered around you, the members of this great Eastern Canada and Caribbean District. We will be inspiring you to commit, serve and grow your club, division and district with the ultimate goal of moving Kiwanis from a Good organization to a Great Organization.
My first message to you is about our Theme: “Inspire to Commit, Serve and Grow”.
You are a Kiwanian because you were invited to our organization by someone who felt you could add value to what we were currently doing. That was perhaps a year, five years or thirty-plus years ago.
Let us examine ourselves. Are we satisfied with the organization as it is? Does Kiwanis still meet our expectations? The record shows that our membership is declining. How do these statistics affect our organization, clubs and communities? Why do our members leave? The answers to all these questions are rooted in our desire to be inspired to do more and assist our fellow Kiwanians to grow personally.
As leaders, we have one primary responsibility that if properly executed, can shut the backdoors of our clubs and increase community service.
One definition of the word inspire is “to fill someone with the urge or ability to do or feel something” (oxforddictionaries.com). I would like all of you divisional and district leaders to ask yourselves… “What can I do to fill Kiwanians with the urge to serve in Kiwanis? How can I INSPIRE Kiwanians to Commit, Serve and Grow?”
As leaders, we sometimes get lost in the doing and fall short in inspiring others to do. Leadership is not about a designation, it is about influence, inspiration and impact.
INFLUENCE- Spreading the passion you have for Kiwanis
INSPIRE- Filling Kiwanians with the urge to serve
IMPACT- Getting positive results
How do we put this into action?… WE PREPARE AND MOTIVATE!
We need to be committed to the objects and purpose of Kiwanis, which will in-turn motivate us to serve the children of the world. This motivation and commitment would then move us to seek the assistance of family, friends, and colleagues.
While this would result in additional service hours within the community, the greater goal is that, it inspires us to lead those who want to be a part of us and our purpose-driven attitude to the organization. This will lead to an overall growth of the organization. Like in all business, money is needed to service the projects.
We must be able to work this theme “INSPIRE TO COMMIT, SERVE and GROW”to help meet our expectations. When choosing a project, club members must be committed to ensure its success. Others in the community will see what we are doing and want to be a part of the activity. Those seeing and wanting, is the trigger for you to inspire them to serve. Eventually you will invite them to your meeting. One new member is a plus growth for the organization. The domino effect is that we now have one more hand to do service. One more member to contribute to the financial pot, which would help at least four more needy persons or assist with the children we are mandated to help. We can apply the concept of the Flywheel in Jim Collin’s book “Good to Great and the Social sectors: A monograph to accompany Good to Great”. We keep doing what we are doing until we accomplish our goal. Once the wheel begins to spin the first time, the second time around is less effort. As the momentum builds up, we bring in the first member, the first new club or that new signature project.
I encourage you to inspire others to commit to Kiwanis, serve to achieve our objectives and grow our District. This is my goal for 2018–2019. Wishing each of you a healthy and successful year.