Advice for clubs during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic

COVID-19 & THE KIWANIS FAMILY

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IMPORTANT NEWS FOR CLUBS

RECRUITING IN A TIME OF ONLINE MEETINGS

Just because your club is meeting online doesn’t mean you can’t invite guests to a meeting or host a membership drive. Here are some ideas to boost your club’s membership.

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HOW TO EASE GRADUATION BLUES

For Key Club and CKI seniors, key milestone moments faded in an instant. Take this psych professor’s advice to help them cope with the chaos.

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GRANTS HELP KIWANIANS SERVE KIDS

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund is helping clubs around the world serve kids during COVID-19 pandemic.

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COVID-19 RESPONSE PROGRAM

The Kiwanis Children's Fund COVID-19 Response Program was designed to quickly award grants to kick-start projects that help children and families who have encountered hardships due to the pandemic.

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BE CREATIVE DURING THIS CRISIS

No matter how your club meets in these unprecedented times, be creative. This is an opportunity for your club to do things differently. Embrace it. Have fun with it. Try new things.

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NEW MEMBER FEE TEMPORARILY WAIVED

To encourage existing Kiwanis clubs to continue to invite new members, the Kiwanis International Board approved a new member fee waiver to bolster membership and help Kiwanis clubs perform the service needed in the wake of this pandemic and beyond.

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2020 KIWANIS CONVENTION CANCELED

The Kiwanis International Board of Trustees declared a condition of emergency exists because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 KEY CLUB CONVENTION CANCELED

The Key Club International Board concluded that holding a convention in San Francisco, California, this year would be a health threat to Key Club members, their families and all individuals traveling to and from the convention.

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2020 CKIx CANCELED

After extensive conversation with our leaders and in consultation with local, state and federal health agencies, it was decided that it is inadvisable to hold the convention this year.

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CARES ACT AFFECTS CHARITABLE GIVING

The CARES Act includes incentives for charitable giving during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about the expanded tax deductions for giving to charities such as the Kiwanis Children’s Fund.

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IDEAS TO HELP YOUR CLUB THRIVE

Looking for ideas to help your club thrive during this time of social distancing? Now is a perfect time to define your club's purpose, evaluate your service projects and create a list of people to invite to your next service project.

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CELEBRATE GRADUATING SENIORS

Graduating Key Club seniors have dedicated their time and energy to service and leadership through the years. They deserve to be recognized for what they have accomplished.

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ORGANIZATIONS TACKLE COVID-19 EFFECTS

We are redoubling our commitment to medical workers responding to COVID-19, and finding ways to take action to help communities worldwide, in collaboration with Lions Clubs International, Optimist International and Rotary International.

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HOLDING CLUB ELECTIONS

The Kiwanis International Bylaws require that clubs hold annual meetings and the election of 2020-21 officers by May 15. If your club was planning to hold elections soon, you can postpone that meeting to see if restrictions ease by the deadline, or you can follow these guidelines to conduct elections through an online voting website or app.

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STAY SAFE AND CONSIDER A REMOTE MEETING

A message from 2019-20 Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron: We are asking all clubs to postpone all events — including in-person meetings, projects and fundraisers — through the month of April.

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ONLINE MEETINGS CAN KEEP CLUBS TOGETHER

The eKiwanis Club of Greater Chicago, the Kiwanis Club of Friends Across Borders Jamaica and an online club in California are among the clubs successfully meeting online. Learn from their experience and tips.

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USE ZOOM FOR YOUR MEETING

Need to get your club together? Use ZOOM to meet through video conferencing. It works whether you're using a computer or a phone. The free version is available at zoom.us and allows a 40 minute meeting for up to 100 people.

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CLUBS COVERED FROM CORONAVIRUS RISKS

Will the Kiwanis insurance policy cover clubs if someone gets COVID-19 (coronavirus) at a club event? Kiwanis International’s corporate risk officer says yes, but use common sense.

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CLUBS RESPOND TO THE CRISIS

REACHING KIDS AFTER QUARANTINE

Sometimes, things change. Events have been planned, donations have been promised to good causes — and suddenly, all events for the foreseeable future are cancelled. And still, kids need Kiwanis.

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PANAMA CLUBS RALLY TO HELP NEIGHBORS IN NEED

The Panama District of Kiwanis provides food and supplies to vulnerable communities during COVID-19 pandemic.

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Helping where it's most needed

See how a Kiwanis club in New York collaborated with restaurants and a local library to provide meals for COVID-19 first responders.

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ITALIAN KIWANIANS SUPPORT FIGHT AGAINST COVID-19

In Italy, clubs addressed the COVID-19 pandemic by working with an actress to encourage donations to buy needed equipment, and by supporting medical personnel who are caring for patients and families who need economic help.

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Indiana District sews masks for military

When a need arises, Kiwanians rally. That’s how the Indiana District helped make 2,500 facemasks to send to military members in Afghanistan.

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GRANTS HELP CLUBS DELIVER HOPE DURING CRISIS

Kiwanis clubs are using Children's Fund grants to ease the strain put on organizations that serve families in need.

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CLUBS USE GRANTS TO BUY COMPUTERS FOR KIDS

Too many kids don’t have access to a computer. Now grants from the Children’s Fund are helping Kiwanis clubs tackle the digital divide.

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Illinois Kiwanians quickly start up a pantry as coronavirus hits

A newspaper columnist who accused a Kiwanian of hoarding milk finds a much different story after asking a few questions.

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Community benefits from Kiwanis, partners to provide hot meals

One call led to another and pretty soon the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, had hot meals for 500 people and groceries for 100 families. The mother-daughter duo who worked on the project says doors open when Kiwanis comes calling.

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JAMAICAN KIWANIANS SAY #WECARE

Kiwanis clubs on Jamaica’s southern coast have developed a three-phase program to address challenges brought on by COVID-19. The #WECARE initiative increases access to personal protective gear, hand-washing stations and more.

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KIWANIAN CREATES DEVICE TO HELP

An Indiana Kiwanian recently featured in Kiwanis magazine now is making headlines for helping health care workers save lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The intubation hoods he creates protect against virus spread during a crucial treatment procedure.

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CANADIAN KIWANIANS KEEP THE MUSIC PLAYING

Event cancellations are common now, but an undaunted Ontario Kiwanis club is using modern technology to preserve a treasured decades-old music festival.

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LUNCH WITH A LEADER

Join us for these weekly conversations between Kiwanis leaders around the globe and Chief Communications Officer Ben Hendricks discussing topics related to the Kiwanis experience. Watch on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. ET on facebook.com/kiwanis. Recordings are posted here.

   

July 1: Focus on membership

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Get ideas for finding new members and using social media to promote your club. Our guests this week: Brian Tenclinger, area director manager; Rogena Woods Mitchell, club opening specialist-logistics lead; Steven Hadt, brand journalist.



June 17: Announcement of 2020 Signature Project Contest winners

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Every year, Kiwanis International recognizes the best signature projects from around the world. Join us as we announce the 2020 gold, silver and bronze award winners!



June 3: Mental Health Q&A

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Thank you for joining us for a discussion on mental health. When we recorded this, we were looking at mental health in regard to life during a pandemic. But now, so much more is happening. Many of our communities are hurting, and overall, we’re all just overwhelmed. We’re frustrated. We’re confused. We don’t understand how, in 2020, racism and social injustice continue to exist. This is a societal issue rooted in diversity and inclusion, which are of paramount importance to all members of the Kiwanis family. We decided a discussion on mental health could benefit all our members, especially now.

May 27: Improving your signature project

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What's your club's signature project? Learn how to make your signature projects even bigger and better! Our featured guest is Randy Stephenson of the Kiwanis Club of Montgomery, Alabama, the winner of the 2019 Signature Project Contest for its Alabama National Fair.


May 20: The importance of play

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Join the discussion on inclusive play — what it means, how to determine what your community needs and where to find resources to start a playground project. This week's Lunch with a Leader features John McConkey, an inclusive play expert with our partner Landscape Structures Inc., and Andrew Sloan of the Kiwanis Club of Barron, Wisconsin, the 2019 winner of the Legacy of Play Contest.



May 13: Fundraising during a crisis

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Unsure how to raise money for kids in your community during the COVID-19 pandemic? Join our discussion about how Kiwanis clubs are finding new ways to financially support those in need, featuring Rae Levenson of the Cooper City Kiwanis Club and Lora Hoover of the Kiwanis Children's Fund.


May 6: Being a leader in uncertain times

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Leadership is more than a title. It's keeping the connection alive. 2015-16 Kiwanis International President Sue Petrisin has advice for clubs, divisions and districts.


April 29: Find opportunities during this crisis

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Be devoted to the mission. Stay flexible. Share the benefits. Join Rocky Mountain District Governor Derek Manley to discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic is creating opportunities for Kiwanis clubs on this week's "Lunch with a leader."


April 22: Declaration of a condition of emergency

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2019-20 Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron and Executive Director Stan Soderstrom give an update after the Kiwanis International Board of Trustees declared a condition of emergency exists because of the global pandemic.


April 15, 2020: Engage new members and revive your club

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Learn how a Kiwanis club in the Carolinas District is planning for the future by identifying potential new members now, and get tips on what your club can do. Featuring Chris Martz, Director of Global Membership & Education, Kiwanis International and Mary Winfree, President of Kiwanis of Robeson-Lumberton and Carolinas District of Kiwanis Region 5 Trustee.

April 8, 2020: Helping first responders

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Hear how Kiwanis clubs in New York and New Jersey are helping first responders, featuring Tony Iovino of the Kiwanis Club of Oceanside, Chris Marra of the Oceanside Library and Kristen Fischer of the Kiwanis Club of Point Pleasant.

April 1, 2020: Use technology to meet and serve

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Get tips on how your club can use digital tools to help kids. We're talking with Kiwanis club leaders who use technology to meet and serve.

March 25, 2020: Kiwanis & COVID-19: A conversation with our leaders

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2019-20 Kiwanis International President Daniel Vigneron and Kiwanis International Executive Director Stan Soderstrom discuss























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