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Get Back that Worldly Perspective

Apr 26, 2011
Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Kiwanis exists beyond the doors of your club’s meeting place—let alone outside your city’s (or even your country’s) borders. New members might not realize at all how far Kiwanis extends.

If you need help putting the “International” back in your Kiwanis club, try some of these ideas:

• Check out Kiwanis.org’s Center Stage club spotlight for stories about projects Kiwanians are doing around the world.

• Recognize a Kiwanis country at each meeting or social. For example, make and serve bratwurst and sauerkraut with other members for a special German-themed social. Or host a paper-crane-folding contest at the end of your meeting to acknowledge Kiwanis clubs in Japan.

• Invite Kiwanians who have attended an international convention to speak about their experiences. If your speakers are still in contact with Kiwanians from other countries they met at a convention, ask what projects their friends’ clubs are doing. You might even ask for photos.

• Share your own international experience. If you’re headed to Geneva for this year’s convention, remember that every souvenir and new acquaintance represents another story to share with new members.
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