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Following is information on Kiwanis and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West prepared by Germaine Barr, Secretary of our Club and Past Lieutenant Governor. We would love to see you at a Tuesday luncheon meeting!
Kiwanis is a global organization of member-volunteers
who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
Kiwanis members from around the world dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours and invest more than US $107 million annually in projects that strengthen communities and serve children… We help shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, mentor the disadvantaged and care for the sick. We develop youth as leaders, build playgrounds, raise funds for pediatric research and much more. We believe that helping children helps the world.
Working together, Kiwanis members achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone. When you give a child a chance to learn, dream and succeed, great things happen.
Some Kiwanis Facts:
• Founded in 1915, Kiwanis celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2015 with one million members.
• The Kiwanis motto is: Serving the children of the world.
• The International office is in Indianapolis, Indiana.
• Originally a male only organization, women were admitted as full members in 1987.
• There are 8,500 Kiwanis clubs in more than 80 nations.
• Within Kiwanis there are 52 Districts each with a Governor. Ottawa West Kiwanis is in the Eastern Canada & Caribbean • • District which is part of Region C.
• Our District has 28 divisions each with a Lieutenant Governor (LG). Ottawa West is part of Division 13.
• The Lieutenant Governor oversees all Clubs in his/her Division and reports to the Governor. These positions are elected on a yearly basis.
• We are the only International District within Kiwanis. In 1962 Bahamas wanted to join and were welcomed by the Canadian arm of Kiwanis. Since then 17 other Caribbean countries have been added to the District.
Common Acronyms within Kiwanis:
DST – District Secretary Treasurer
LGE – Lieutenant Governor-elect
LG – Current Lieutenant Governor
PLG/DLG – Past Lieutenant/Distinguished Lieutenant Governor
GE – Governor-elect
IPG – Immediate Past Governor
DG – Distinguished Governor
VG – Vice-Governor
SLP – Service Leadership Programs
AKTION – provides adult citizens with disabilities an opportunity to develop initiative and leadership
BUG – Bring Up Grades. Recognize students who raise their grades into an acceptable range
BUILDERS – for junior high/middle school students aged 12 to 15. Enables members to make a personal contribution to their school, community and peers.
CIRCLE K – collegiate service organization embracing the tenets of service, leadership and fellowship. Develops quality leaders and citizens.
KEY CLUB – largest high school service organization. Involves high school students ages 15 to 19. Develops young leaders and citizens.
KEY LEADER – Teaches leadership over a weekend at camp.
K-KIDS – provides young people between the ages of 6 and 12 the opportunity to develop self-esteem, good character, leadership skills, morals, high standards and respect for others.
TERRIFIC KIDS – recognition program that promotes character development, positive self-esteem and perseverance.
Responsibilities of Members of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West:
Attend Meetings: We meet the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 12 noon. Meetings keep you informed about activities of the Club; help you get to know other members; learn about community groups, and be inspired by guest speakers.
Pay Dues: Dues cover Kiwanis International and local administrative expenses. This means that all funds raised by the Club can be devoted to community projects as determined by the Club. Our dues are $132 per year prorated according to the month you join.
Participate in hands-on projects: Our current projects include:
- Lobsterfest: This is one of our most important fundraisers and is usually held in May. Many hands are needed to sell tickets, prepare food, serve meals, find sponsors, and run a silent auction.
- Fashion FUNraiser: It is held in November and also requires members to sell tickets, set up tables, supply and serve the food and be a fashion model.
- Kiwanis Music Festival: Volunteer members staff the various venues to help the Festival which is usually held in April.
- Aktion Club (for mentally challenged adults): Here we help serve meals at their gathering once every few months.
- In from the Cold: This is an initiative of the Parkdale United Church. We assist by serving meals two or three times a year.
- Christmas Breakfast: This is the Club’s special holiday event. Members from other Clubs are invited. A guest speaker and sometimes entertainment by a Kiwanis Music Festival participant are featured. A group of members gather to prepare bags of toiletries which are given to a local charity for distribution to the homeless.
Join a committee to enjoy the comradeship of your fellow members and contribute to the success of the Club and its activities. Our Club has the following committees:
- Community Service
- Membership Development/Retention/Growth and Education
- Public Relations/Marketing
- House and Reception
- Service Leadership Program
The responsibilities of each committee are outlined on the Club’s website. Find a committee that interests you, become involved and share your ideas. New members bring new ideas and enthusiasm which are always welcome.
Visit other clubs (Inter-Clubs). There are seven Clubs in our Division: Ottawa West, Goulbourn, Manotick, Nepean, Pembroke, Perth and Sage.
When Clubs have their Charter nights (the anniversary of when the Club was organized and chartered) or have fundraising activities, we try to attend. We encourage them as they encourage us. By exchanging ideas, seeing other Clubs in action, and mingling with other members, we get a good perspective on Kiwanian mentality. Here we make good contacts and may develop lasting friendships
Attend District and International Conventions. These are held once a year. The International Convention is usually held in June and the District Convention in August. These conventions offer great training for all Kiwanians. This is where the business of the District takes place, where by-laws are amended as necessary and where the District Governor is elected for the following year.
Since we are an International District we can meet with other cultures and as those who have attended will attest, they provide fun, learning experiences and great memories.
Be a Team Player. It’s simple. Together we achieve what one person cannot accomplish alone.
Keep an eye out for what is needed in the community. Being aware of what the community needs helps create bonds in the community and gives visibility to our Club. The Community Service Committee is ready to listen to any ideas that members bring to their attention.
Have fun! We enjoy the fellowship and camaraderie within the Club and having fun is part of being in the Kiwanis family.
Kiwanis gives you the opportunity to learn. Like Toastmasters we give everyone the opportunity to stand up and speak. At Club meeting, the President will ask you to give an invocation (prepare a toast), introduce or thank a speaker, be a greeter so that you get to know the members. Take these opportunities to grow.
Board of Directors:
Any member may attend the Board of Directors meeting, although they do not have voting privileges. However, knowing how the Board works gives you an in-depth view of the Club.
You may discover that you have leadership skills and want to become President or Treasurer or Secretary, or Chair of a Committee. Don’t hesitate to make this known as there are members who have held these positions and will be happy to share their knowledge and help you accomplish your goals.
Above all, be happy, enjoy the time spent at the Club meetings knowing that you can make a difference.
Keep in mind, “Service is a small rent to pay for the space we occupy on this earth.”
Kiwanis Club of Ottawa West
1485 Laperriere Avenue,
Ottawa, ON K1Z 7S8