June 21st, 2018
Dear Fellow Kiwanians and Friends,
As a Kiwanian, I am casting my vote for Terry White for Kiwanis International Vice-President. Terry’s credentials as a dedicated Kiwanian have been well-documented over the past 40 years since he first became a member of Kiwanis.
The demand for experienced, knowledgeable and most of all caring members and officers could not be greater. Terry meets and exceeds all of these criteria. Terry’s dedication to professionalism and being a positive voice for Kiwanis won my support.
Terry is a true advocate for all Kiwanians, and he will help ensure that every child has the chance to maximize their potential.
I wish Terry the very best at the upcoming Kiwanis International Convention and urge my fellow Kiwanians to cast their vote for Terry White.
See you in Las Vegas!
Governor New York District Kiwanis
June 03rd, 2018
I encourage every delegate to our Kiwanis International Convention to be held in Las Vegas to vote for Terry White for our next Vice President. Terry is a dedicated and committed Kiwanian who will uphold the traditions and objects to the fullest. I had the pleasure to serve with Terry, as Governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi-West Tennessee District in 08-09. He has the leadership capability to serve the children of the world and our great organization, and he has my unqualified recommendation.
May 26th, 2018
I am Denny Kiroff, Former Governor of the Michigan District during the 2008-09 line of Governors under the Presidency of Donald Canaday, one of the best Presidents to be know on the Kiwanis horizons of achievements.
I had the honor and privilege of working alongside Terry White as the Governor of Indiana District, at that time on many mutual projects which were fruitful for Kiwanis International and our own home districts.
He has shown great ambition and passion for the Kiwanis goals and mission, to which he devoted his time to making those goals happen, not just in Indiana but where ever it was necessary to do or be to accomplish those tasks.
Taking direction as was given to him to make things happen for the good of the cause whenever the opportunity presented itself to make Kiwanis International grow with membership, leadership, and vision of helping others less fortunate.
In his occupation as a prominent successful lawyer, he has met many people situations and dealt with many the problems that come with the vocation. These have all been successful as carried by the records left behind and this carries true to his Kiwanis side of life of which he is equally dedicated to performing to the best of his ability. If not in his ability alone, but with others of like mind and passion to getting things done correctly and to the point.
He is a dedicated family man with a family that many would be thrilled to be a part of and it shows in the way, his family supports him in his quest of following Kiwanis all these years and now to the golden opportunity to being elected to the Vice Presidency of Kiwanis International.
I, Denny Kiroff, as a friend, fellow Governor and dedicated Kiwanian believe in my heart, this man Terry White, is the right person for the position of Vice President of Kiwanis International to be elected and I am making my full endorsement of him for all to hear, note and make the right choice to advancing Kiwanis forward into the future by voting for Terry White.
Denny G. Kiroff,
Past Governor of the Michigan District 2008-09
It is my honor and pleasure to recommend Terry White for the high office of Vice President of Kiwanis International.
I have known Terry for many years, having worked with him during the three times he served as Lieutenant Governor and as Governor of the Indiana District the year I served as Kiwanis International President in 2008 to 2009.
Terry is a dedicated servant leader, putting the good of Kiwanis always first in all of his decisions and actions. Terry is an outstanding speaker and will be a great Kiwanis representative as he travels throughout the Kiwanis world.
I strongly urge you to vote for Terry for Vice President of our great organization. He will move Kiwanis forward to meet the many challenges Kiwanis faces today.
– Donald R. Canaday
The famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his friend Dr. Watson once went on a camping trip. They pitched a tent, went fishing, ate their dinner and prepared for bed.
As they lay down for the night, Holmes said: “Watson, look up into the sky and tell me what you see.”
Watson replied, “I see millions and millions of stars.”
“And what does that tell you?”
Watson, knowing his friend’s amazing power of observation and deduction, thought carefully before answering. “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets,” he said. “Theologically, it tells me that God is great and we are small. Meteorologically, it tells me that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. What does it tell you, Holmes?”
Holmes answered calmly. “Watson, old friend, it tells me that somebody has stolen our tent.”
Sometimes we as Kiwanians fail to acknowledge and appreciate the most obvious things that have enriched our lives and those of others. Through my endeavors to be your International Vice President, I have observed one salient common denominator amongst my fellow Kiwanians. While Kiwanians do so many good deeds for so many people in need, we do not spend enough time letting the world know of our actions. We take it for granted that our altruistic efforts are noticed by the general public within our communities. While we should be humble in our humanitarianism, we should not hesitate to tell the Kiwanis story, for if we do not let others know how great it is to be a Kiwanian, we will not be able to carry on our rich heritage and future kindnesses.
“Kiwanis is a global organization dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.” That defining statement not only identifies who we are, but is an ever watchful reminder of the challenge that we have undertaken to help our fellow man, not only now but also in the years to come. But we cannot accomplish those goals without scores of hands and minds dedicated to the Kiwanis ideals. Raising and keeping new members into our ranks is vitally important to maintaining our vibrant organization. That is why I pledge to earmark a significant amount of my focus toward getting the word out about Kiwanis through a public relations campaign that has been unequaled in the history of Kiwanis International.
In an earlier era, when the world seemed smaller and life simpler, Kiwanis was widely recognized in countless communities. Today, while the organization is still in many communities with strong and active clubs, the communications media has expanded dramatically, and a growing plethora of worthy causes and special-interest groups have risen to compete for the public’s attention and support.
The role of Kiwanis public relations is, therefore, more vital to a club’s success than ever before. If the communications explosion has made the job more challenging, it has also created a wealth of new opportunities. There have never been so many ways and opportunities to tell the Kiwanis story!
Public recognition of Kiwanis will benefit our clubs in a variety of ways. In the community, it will help to introduce prospective members to the organization and make it easier to solicit public support for Kiwanis service work. Within the club, it will help build pride in membership that leads to better meeting attendance, greater participation by members in fundraising and service projects, and stronger retention. Thus, public relations’ responsibilities fall naturally into two categories: external and internal.
External public relations is often equated with publicity, but it’s more than that. The basic purpose of external public relations is twofold: to increase recognition of the Kiwanis name and to increase public understanding of Kiwanis’ community-service role.
Internal public relations includes all those aspects of club life that create a positive attitude about Kiwanis among members. We must ensure that new members are recognized and made to feel at home, the Kiwanian who wins an honor is complimented on his or her achievement, and the Kiwanian who is ill is remembered with a card or visit.
Utilizing the Formula’s and the I-Plan’s objectives are winning strategies which will go a long way in enhancing Kiwanis awareness around the world. In these next few months and at the convention in Las Vegas, I look forward to sharing with you and learning from you, more ideas toward making our beloved Kiwanis International an even better organization.
The Elimination Project
Just a few weeks ago we received wonderful news about the Eliminate Project. The World Health Organization’s Validation Survey confirmed that the Philippines had eliminated maternal neonatal tetanus. Thanks to the generosity of Kiwanis members around the world, UNICEF and its partners, 44 countries have now officially declared victory over the pain and suffering of MNT. While we have reached our fundraising goal, raising $110 million in cash and pledges since 2010, we have only actually received paid gifts in the amount of $77,556,351.00 as of December 31, 2017. That represents 70% of our fundraising goal. So, you can see that our job is not done yet.
Now, more than ever, we are determined to finish what we started. Mothers and babies in 15 countries depend on Kiwanis. They’re waiting for us to fulfill our pledges – so we can turn promises into funding; funding into vaccines; and vaccines into lives saved and futures protected. The end of this disease means the beginning of better health for so many of these families. For the two years prior to my becoming an International Trustee, I had the privilege and honor of serving as the Eliminate Project chairman in the district of Indiana, and it was a heartening experience for me to be a part of such a worthwhile effort to rid maternal neonatal tetanus from the earth.
To me, Eliminate defines what Kiwanis is all about. We are an association of men and women who enjoy each other’s company while working together for the common good. It is personally enriching to be a part of an organization that embraces such kindness towards those less fortunate in our world. We are all kindred spirits in this great organization we call Kiwanis. Together we are able to do so much more than we can apart. Together we are able to accomplish so many more things to champion justice, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, house the homeless and protect those who cannot protect themselves.
I think of the women and families in Madagascar, Laos, Iraq, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Sierra Leone, and the Philippines who can now safely give birth and hold their newborns without the fear of tetanus. I am grateful for all that our clubs are doing to save women and babies from a tortious death. Our gifts are protecting the connection between women and babies and keeping families whole. Through our time, passion, perseverance, gifts and advocacy, we are doing so many good things.
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
– Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa
Days such as these are a time of reflection – an occasion to consider… our relationship with each other as human beings. And we’re reminded of our basic obligations: to recognize ourselves in each other; to treat one another with compassion; to reach out to the less fortunate among us; to do our part to help repair our world. As we head into the finishing of this indispensable project, I am thankful for every effort that Kiwanis has made to show its compassion for our children.
We have laid a new foundation in Kiwanis with this effort to eliminate maternal neonatal tetanus, and I, for one, am proud to call myself a Kiwanian.
January 8th, 2018
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.