As we move into our new Kiwanis year we are looking back at some of the most unusual months that many of us have experienced. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused serious health and economic concerns to all. It has been an awakening, we have learned from this experience that we can adapt and move forward. Our Kiwanis meetings can take place successfully online until we are able to safely meeting in person. Some Clubs are having better attendance at their virtual meetings and are having more Inter Clubs and a greater variety of speakers due to the ease of not having to travel. If your Club is not meeting it is imperative that you ask your LG for help on how to set up Virtual Club and Committee meetings.
Clubs have replaced some of their Service Projects that they have had for many years with new innovative ones. These new projects have allowed us to continue to serve our communities as our members want to do service work. This is where we meet future members and they get to know us as there is no better way to bring in new people to our clubs than through community service.
During this past year as Vice Governor it has allowed me to learn a great deal on how our District functions. This coming year I will serve as Chair of our Service Leadership Programs. It will also be a learning experience as many of our schools are protecting their students by not allowing extra-curricular groups and our Kiwanis Liaison is not allowed to enter schools. However our SLP Clubs working with their Administrators want to continue meeting and keep their Clubs together. These young men and woman are our future and when you meet them you quickly realize that we will be in good hands in future years. It is important that we follow our SLP members as they graduate. As a reminder SLP graduates from Key Club or Circle K receive two free years of membership if they join a Kiwanis Club. We have to be proactive and ensure they receive an invite to your Club as they leave school or University. This group certainly understands why service and volunteering is so important.
I look forward to supporting Governor Delores’s goals as we move into our new Kiwanis year. It will be exciting as more people than ever, realize how important families are, as well as wanting to serve in their communities to help make their town or city a better place to live. This is a perfect opportunity for our future as that is exactly what Kiwanis is all about as we continue to serve the children of the world. I’m looking forward to working with you to help make this happen.
Governor Elect 2020–2021