Greetings from the Kiwanis International Foundation! I hope you’re all enjoying seeing this newsletter in your inbox every month. As always, our foundation is doing tremendous work around the world. Our latest round of grants, approved in February and totalling nearly US$600,000, will propel 27 projects toward greatness.
And we’re helping our members and leaders achieve greatness themselves. With President-elect Bob Parton taking the reins, our foundation had a successful district chair training in April. We welcomed nine new chairs. I’m confident that this new group of leaders is going to do great things for our foundation. We just keep getting better every year.
One way we do it is by informing members and leadership through events such as Kiwanis’ international convention next month in Tokyo-Chiba, at which I’ll be leading our foundation’s business session. I hope to see some of you over there!
In early April, my wife, Ruth, and I had the opportunity to take part in an Eliminate site visit in Northern Haiti where we witnessed first-round maternal and neonatal tetanus inoculations. Nearly one hundred four-person teams walked through the streets. We went from door to door (in the bush, we literally went hut to hut) looking for girls of childbearing age in order to give them the tetanus toxoid vaccine. After only four days in the north, we achieved an inoculation rate of more than 60 percent. I know that our involvement with UNICEF and The Eliminate Project is not only the right thing to do, but it is working beyond my expectations.
The work of the Kiwanis International Foundation and The Eliminate Project wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for you Kiwanians who give of your time and money in support of something that is truly changing lives around the world. I thank you for your continued support.
Lance M. Incitti
Kiwanis International Foundation