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LEVERAGE RELATIONSHIPS
Club openers, California-Nevada-Hawaii District team

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ALAN GUIRE
Kiwanis Club of Strathmore


Back in 2014–15, then-Governor Alan D. Guire used Kiwanis’ 100th anniversary as an opportunity to strengthen Kiwanis membership in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District. 

Three leaders emerged to help Guire: Mahmood Bashir and Valarie Brown-Klingelhoefer, lieutenant governors of Division 35 and 43, respectively, along with Anna Wu, a member of Division 35’s Eliminate Project team. 

“Of the 12 new clubs that were opened in our district that year, two opened in Division 35 and another in Division 43,” Guire says. 

Their success continues. This past October, they opened five clubs in the district and another three in other districts. 

“We have helped introduce close to 135 members into our Kiwanis family,” Guire says. 

Together, the four volunteers contribute their individual talents to the group’s success, including organizational management, strategic planning, group facilitation and life-coaching skills. 

“Our passion, love and enthusiasm for Kiwanis shows and is contagious,” Guire says. “We possess strong people skills and have a lack of fear when asking and talking to people. Mahmood, Valarie and Anna are good at starting conversations. They have an ability to listen and to make something a person says relatable to Kiwanis, tapping into a person’s desire to serve and take care of children. We are all good team players. It takes more than one to get the job done.” 

“Opening new clubs should be about serving the community,” says Guire, who also offers these tips for opening clubs: 

  • Be organized and do your homework on the community before you start the process.
  • Establish an organizational meeting date, location and time before inviting prospective members to join.
  • Speak in positive terms. “’We are opening a new club in this community,’” Guire suggests. “Not, ‘We are exploring the possibility of opening a new club.’”
  • Set up a social-media identity from the start to generate excitement and to refer prospective members to.
  • Don’t be afraid to approach people. Talk from the heart and let people understand why they should be in Kiwanis. Listen to what they have to say and relate to them, but show them a way to be involved in something bigger and more impactful.
  • Follow up as soon as possible. Stay in touch. It’s important to keep checking in with new members to make sure they know how to get engaged, stay engaged and find something to love about Kiwanis. 

“If you don’t ask, you won’t receive,” Guire summarizes. “Remember that life is about relationships; leverage them.” 

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MEMBER SPONSOR 
ANNA WU
HACIENDA HEIGHTS, CALIFORNIA 

Wu opened her first club in 2017-18 with 25 members and another on Halloween with 40 members, most of whom she recruited.  

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CLUB OPENER
TERRY CUNEFARE 
EAST PEORIA, ILLINOIS 

Cunefare was new-club chair in 2001-02, leading the world with 20 new clubs. He hasn’t let up. By the time this article appears, he’ll be well into double figures for this 2017-18 year. 

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GOVERNOR 
CHANG-CHING HSU 
TAIWAN 

Chang-Ching was the first governor to reach double-digit new club openings, aiming for 50—or higher—this year. 

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STAFF 
BRAD BOYD 
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA 

Boyd helped the Kiwanis International Board open three clubs this past October, bringing more than 70 people into the Kiwanis family.