Lunch with a leader video series


The Lunch with a Leader video series provides in-depth conversation on topics important to Kiwanis clubs in the age of coronavirus.


November 10: Homecoming


Join us today to learn how you can get members of your youth programs back to service with Homecoming. Our featured guest is Michelle Study-Campbell, executive director of Kiwanis Youth Programs.

October 6: A New Kiwanis Year

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It’s time to pass the torch from one Kiwanis leader to another. Kiwanis International Immediate Past President Art Riley says farewell, and 2021-22 Kiwanis International President Peter Mancuso challenges members to remember 20 words of wisdom for the coming year.

September 15: A continuum of impact for children

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Find out how you and your club can support the Kiwanis causes. Hear from Norm Velnes, president of the Kiwanis Children's Fund, and Pam Norman, chief philanthropy officer at Kiwanis International.

August 25: Meet our Key Club International leaders

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Meet Salma Eldeeb of the Florida District and Melanie Kim of the Georgia District, Key Club International's president and vice president for the 2021-22 year. Find out their plans for the upcoming school year.

 August 11: Meet our CKI leaders

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Today's special guests: Kyle Lank and Leah Reiser, the new Circle K International president and vice president. Learn how the Kiwanis family has shaped their lives and find out their vision for CKI during the 2021-22 year.

July 14: Leave a lasting legacy

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Leave a lasting legacy with a club anniversary project! Learn how during today's Lunch with a Leader. Our featured guest is Elizabeth Warren, marketing manager for the Kiwanis Children's Fund.

June 2: 2021 Kiwanis Education and Leadership Conference

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Join us for this special edition of Lunch with a Leader! We're sharing plans for the 2021 Education and Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Get inside information on the education sessions, speakers and entertainment. Don’t forget — you can still register for #KiwanisCon21 virtual attendance through June 7 at

May 11: A match made in Kiwanis

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It's a match made in Kiwanis! Meet John and Valerie Crawford, whose love story officially started at a Kiwanis Key Leader event. Find out how this Kiwanis couple from the California-Nevada-Hawaii District manages leadership in two divisions and several clubs.

April 14: Celebrating Key Club graduates

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Join us for ideas how you and your club can celebrate the achievements of graduating Key Club International members! Listen in to learn about Key Club Senior Night, graduation gear for celebrations and more. Featured guests today are Laura Holloway, Key Club International program specialist; Lauren Harp, Kiwanis International retail operations administrator; Samantha Wagner, Circle K International specialist; and Ethan Arredondo, Circle K International trustee.

March 24: Learn more about the 2021 Kiwanis Education and Leadership Conference

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The March 24 Lunch with a Leader features Art Riley, 2020-21 Kiwanis International president, with details on the Education and Leadership Conference — where members will learn how to increase the positive impact clubs make in kids’ lives.

March 9: Get ready for Membership Month

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Join us to learn from clubs large and small about ways to find and engage new members. Featured guests are Sylvia Ramirez, Kiwanis Club of Chelsea, Massachusetts; Herb Triplett, Kiwanis Club of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky; and Emily Sharp, Kiwanis International Area Director for the Northeast United States.

February 24: Kiwanis Amplify

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Want to amplify your leadership skills — in Kiwanis, in your career, in your community? Join us as we talk about Kiwanis Amplify, a new leadership program for Kiwanis members.

February 10: Ready. Set. Click for Content.

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Today, we’re showing how easy it is to click for content when you use the Ready-Made Meeting kit from the Kiwanis Children's Fund. We’ll also share the new Virtual Meeting Kits for Key Club International, Kiwanis Builders Club and Kiwanis K-Kids. Featured guests are Erin Silcox of the Children's Fund and Laura Holloway and Nik Koulogeorge of Kiwanis Youth Programs.

January 27: Kiwanis heroes on the COVID front lines

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Today, we're talking with two former Key Club International members who became first responders in their community — roles that have allowed them to expand their Kiwanis service. Keep a lookout for the March issue of Kiwanis magazine, which will feature more heroes from the frontlines of COVID-19.

January 13: Who was Walter Kiwanis?

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It's a history mystery! Join us to learn more about the 8-year-old boy who helped Kiwanis discover its mission to serve the children of the world. Featured guests are Curtis Billue, writer and illustrator of "History mystery ... Just who was Walter Kiwanis?" in the December 2020 issue of Kiwanis magazine, and Debbie Button, member of the Kiwanis Club of Ridgetown, Ontario, who knows the story well.

December 16: Did you know?

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Kiwanis International’s area directors share ideas for member recruitment, working with youth groups, keeping members engaged and more — tips you can use now and into the new year.

November 25: Pandemic Fatigue

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What can you do when pandemic fatigue sets in? Watch this Lunch with a Leader and learn some coping skills.

November 11: We can do service

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Join us for this week's Lunch with a Leader featuring Jean Long Manteufel, governor of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of Kiwanis and her can-do approach to service.

October 28: Pancake Karnival

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Flexibility and planning helped a long-time festival survive in a new way. This advice from the Pancake Karnival could help keep your events and fundraisers on track despite the global pandemic.

October 7: 2020-21 Kiwanis International President Art Riley

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Get to know 2020-21 Kiwanis International President Art Riley on today's Lunch with a Leader. Education and professional development programs are the focus of his presidential term so that Kiwanis remains strong and can always serve the children of the world.

September 23: Youth Protection

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Learn what Kiwanis is doing to keep our youth safe and find out what you can to do help. Our featured guests for today's discussion on youth protection are Aaron Lundberg and Audrey Oliver of Praesidium, as well as Michelle Study-Campbell, executive director of Kiwanis Youth Programs.

 September 9: Virtual Key Leader

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Join us to learn more about Virtual Key Leader during today's Lunch with a Leader! Our guests are Josh Hiscock, Key Leader facilitator from the Capital District, and Margaret Lee, Key Leader participant from the Ohio District. 

August 26: Drive for 100

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The Nebraska-Iowa District has grown during the pandemic. Join us to learn how their "Drive for 100" has successfully attracted new members. Our guests today are District Governor Lenora Hanna, District Administrator Lisa Brichacek and District Membership Chair Gary Wattnem.

August 12: Virtual fundraising

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Join us to learn how to hold a virtual fundraiser! Anna Wu, a member of two young professionals clubs in the California-Nevada-Hawaii District, will walk us through a four-step process to online fundraising success.

July 29: Meet the 2020-21 Circle K International president and vice president

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Meet Tana Early and Joey Cain, the new Circle K International president and vice president. Learn how the Kiwanis family has shaped their lives and find out their vision for CKI during the 2020-21 year.

 July 15: Meet the 2020-21 Key Club International president and vice president

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Meet Alex Drahos and Caroline Bushnell, the new Key Club International president and vice president. Hear how the Kiwanis family has shaped their lives and learn more about their vision for Key Club during the 2020-21 year. Also joining us today: Greg Stowers, Key Club International director.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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