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The 2019 Signature Project contest is now open!

We hope your club will sub­mit the best sig­na­ture project from our dis­trict for recog­ni­tion at the Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al con­ven­tion at Walt Dis­ney World® Resort in Flori­da. The sub­mis­sion dead­line is 12 a.m. EST on Feb­ru­ary 25th, 2019.

As in past years, each par­tic­i­pat­ing dis­trict will hold its own selec­tion process to decide which club project to sub­mit. Please do not make no sub­mis­sion direct­ly to Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al. You are to sub­mit your project infor­ma­tion along with attach­ments and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments to the email: signatureproject@kiwanisecc.org. This will pre­vent the prob­lem of mul­ti­ple sub­mis­sions from our dis­trict. Please see attached the 2019 sub­mis­sion instruc­tions which will assist you in prepar­ing your sub­mis­sion. Answer all ques­tions and include sup­port­ing doc­u­ments.

A def­i­n­i­tion of sig­na­ture projects and their cri­te­ria is also avail­able online. Ulti­mate­ly, a sig­na­ture project is a recur­ring vivid demon­stra­tion of a Kiwa­nis club’s impact in its com­mu­ni­ty. It can be any­thing from play­ground con­struc­tion and park cleanup to fes­ti­vals and fundrais­ers.

Exam­ples of past win­ners include the Down Syn­drome Foun­da­tion-Nation­al Cen­tre in Kuala Lumpur in the Malaysia Dis­trict; the Kiwa­nis Spe­cial Games host­ed by the Kiwa­nis Club of Los Altos in the Cal­i­for­nia-Neva­da-Hawaii Dis­trict and a book project spon­sored by the Kiwa­nis Club of Varese in the Italy-San Mari­no Dis­trict.  Also, for your ref­er­ence our dis­trict sub­mis­sion 2018 won by The Kiwa­nis Club of Down­town Kingston; Nor­man and Cecile Jar­rett Lit­er­a­cy Improve­ment Pro­gram made the top 10 Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al selec­tion last year in Las Vegas.  All the win­ners and final­ists from the con­tests in 2017 and 2018 are archived online. The con­test gives Kiwa­nis – and clubs and dis­tricts – an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case a project that makes a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­ni­ty while pro­vid­ing ideas and inspi­ra­tion to oth­er clubs.

Here’s an overview of the contest’s sub­mis­sion process:

DISTRICT LEVEL:

  • Sub­mis­sions must be made by 12 a.m. EST on Mon­day, Feb­ru­ary 25, 2019. Any sub­mis­sions after the dead­line will not be advanced to the judges.
  • The top three dis­trict win­ners will be select­ed by the com­mit­tee.
  • One dis­trict win­ner will be select­ed from those three and advanced to the Kiwa­nis International’s Com­mit­tee.
  • The top three dis­trict win­ners will be announced pri­or to the Dis­trict Con­ven­tion in Strat­ford, May 16th-19th, 2019 and each will be pre­sent­ed with an award at con­ven­tion.

KIWANIS INTERNATIONAL LEVEL:

  • Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al will announce ten final­ists before ear­ly con­ven­tion reg­is­tra­tion ends, giv­ing every win­ner an oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend the 2019 Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al Con­ven­tion at the reduced rate. All top 10 final­ists will receive a cer­tifi­cate.
  • The top three win­ners (gold, sil­ver and bronze) will then be select­ed by the com­mit­tee and three addi­tion­al judges who rep­re­sent Kiwa­nis International’s part­ner affil­i­ates. The gold, sil­ver and bronze prize win­ners will be announced at a lun­cheon on July 27 at con­ven­tion and at the clos­ing ses­sion of the Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al con­ven­tion on Sat­ur­day, June 29. The gold, sil­ver and bronze win­ners receive a plaque.

If you have ques­tions about the sub­mis­sion process please email signatureproject@kiwanisecc.org or call Impact Com­mit­tee Chair­per­son Chris­tine King at +1–242-427‑0701. Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al has pre­pared 31 exam­ple ques­tions for you to con­sid­er when mak­ing your sub­mis­sion. You can down­load them here.

We look for­ward to all the sub­mis­sions! Thank you for par­tic­i­pat­ing. We’ll see you at Strat­ford.

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