Governor Robert Spellen
“BUILDING LEADERS TO LEAD”
In response to the issues related to the George Floyd death and subsequent events, The Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District board supports the Kiwanis International statement that was issued on June 3. In addition, the Board invites the SLP Governors to address the August Board meeting. We want everyone to strive to help fulfill our Kiwanis Vision Statement which is: “Kiwanis will be a positive influence in communities worldwide-so that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.”
|A MESSAGE FROM KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR STAN SODERSTROM|
|Watching the civil unrest in the United States in recent days, our organization’s initial response was to encourage calm and patience — and to listen.
In recent days, we have heard from some members who have told us that is not enough.
We are listening. We are learning. And as we do, we also want to be clear on where we stand.
Kiwanis International does not tolerate racism. We know that black lives matter. We value inclusion from every community in every nation. We also know there’s more work to be done.
We know that in the United States, citizens have a right to protest, to advocate and to petition their government for redress of grievances. We support both the responsible exercise of this right and the freedom to use it without the fear of physical violence.
We are saddened by the vandalism and violence but can understand how we’ve gotten here.
The Kiwanis family will continue to stand for bringing people together to make a difference in any and every community we can. Our solution is not to be the loudest voice on any specific issue, but to help everyone see that resolution can only come by listening and working together. That has been a successful strategy for Kiwanis for more than a century, and it can be the only path forward for our members in the United States and around the world.
Dear Fellow Kiwanian’s
A new administrative year 2019 – 2020 is about to start, and I can guarantee you that this year will be promising, successful and building many new leaders to make this world a better place for our children.
Yes…this is what we are going to concentrate on this year:
” Building Leaders to Lead”
We all have joined this wonderful organization Kiwanis for a reason. A reason to make and improve the lives of the so many children out there that are suffering for one reason or the other we have promised and pledged that we will look after them and the only way we can do this is by having and building leaders to take that lead.
Leadership is a complex topic. What does it mean to be a good leader, how do good leaders know when to lead and when to step back, and how is it to be an effective leader.
Leadership is not a person or a position. It is a complex and moral relationship between people based on trust, obligation, commitment, emotion, and a shared vision of the good for the future of all.
Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure the impact lasts in your absence.
Leaders need to provide a strategy and direction and give members the tools that enable them to gather information and insight from around the world. Leaders shouldn’t try to make every decision. They should delegate. As a leader, you can be tough on yourself and you raise the standard for everybody; however you should be very caring because you want people to excel at what they are doing so that they can aspire to be you or a leader in the future.
The challenge of leadership is to be strong, not rude; be kind, not weak; be bold, not a bully; be thoughtful, not lazy; be humble, not timid; be proud, not arrogant; and have humor without folly.
- Leadership is about impact, influence, and inspiration.
- Leadership is a privilege to better the lives of others.
- Leadership is the ability to communicate something people want
- Leadership is someone who holds her or himself accountable for finding the potential in people and processes.
Ultimately, leadership is not a glorious crowning act. It’s about keeping your team focused on a goal and motivated to do their best to achieve it, especially when the stakes are high and the consequences really matter. It is about laying the groundwork for others’ success, and then standing back and letting them shine.”
- Never dream about success you have to work for it and
- Success is the difference you make in people’s lives.
So I encourage you to go out there and show that we are the leaders building the future for our loved ones, “The Kids”. I ask that each one of you be that individual and let us build on the future, let us grow new clubs, new SLP programs, and grow membership. More clubs, more members we can better and improve the future of our Kids.
Dream of success, work for Success and you will see the difference you make in the lives of the Children of the world.
“Kids need Kiwanis and Kiwanis needs Kids”
Governor Robert (Bob) Spellen
2019 – 2020
Building Leaders to Lead.