The Positive Power of Passionate People
“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
Dear Fellow Kiwanian:
This week I am spending three days with The Formula Initiative and the Eye of the Tiger leadership team. I am proud to be standing shoulder to shoulder with half of the 2017 – 2018 class of governors in the Americas in Orlando, Florida. Two weeks from now, I will spend time working with the other half of this amazing group in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our goal is to bring the Kiwanis brand back to locations that are in need of a greater Kiwanis’s touch. They will divide us into three teams at each location, and we will go out knocking on doors, getting applications and persuading community leaders of the merits of becoming a Kiwanian. The heartwarming experience, passion, optimism and excitement of these new club openers just galvanize my faith and inspiration in the Kiwanis heart.
As you know, The Formula, as our major membership strategy, provides resources and counselors to strengthen our low membership clubs and to open new clubs in new communities. It is extremely important for us to keep our clubs viable in this next century, not only by creating new clubs and bringing new members in the front door but also by making the existing clubs personally rewarding so that the current members don’t walk out the back door.
While the Kiwanis I-Plan gives us a plan of action to keep us relevant for the next generation, the real formula for a successful Kiwanis club ultimately boils down to three elements. I call them my three P’s: our people, our programs, and our projects.
The first element is the fellowship and lifetime friendships that you form with other Kiwanians. Many of the members I have come to know, especially within my club and district, have become life-long friends. We go out to eat together, to each other’s and our children’s weddings, parties, take trips together, and genuinely enjoy each other’s company.
Secondly, fun and well-organized meetings with consistent quality programs make it gratifying to come every week to a Kiwanis gathering. I look forward to meeting every weekly morning at my club because I know there is going to be a least one new tidbit of information that I can take back to my home, work or family.
And finally, and certainly not least, the service projects that we as Kiwanians provide to our community, our state, and the world can and do positively change lives. The way we help so many people, all through one organization, leaves you with a warm sense of satisfaction.
It is with great humility and optimistic anticipation that I seek to be elected your Vice President at this upcoming Convention in Las Vegas. While I realize the challenges that await any Vice President in these days and times, I believe that Kiwanis International is the most progressive and effective community service organization in the world. At 600,000 members strong, Kiwanis International has paved the way for volunteers around the globe in service to our youth and fellow man – in so many ways that one can only be tremendously proud to say that he or she is a Kiwanian. I truly feel Kiwanis clubs all over the world are making a difference in their communities, especially in the lives of children.
Kiwanis has been an important part of my life, and I am sure that it is so with many of you. I look forward to working with President Jim Rochford, President-Elect Poly Lat and Vice President Daniel Vigneron, all of the Trustees, and other dedicated individuals in making this already great organization even better.