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A year of good for kids

| Dec 01, 2021

2021 Year in Review

Kiwanians exemplified that kindness stops for nothing. In fact, the desire to help others grows exponentially during tough times.  

In a world of continued uncertainty, members and clubs found creative ways to ensure children stayed healthy, inspired and ready to learn.

Here are just some of the brightest Kiwanis moments of 2021.

 

KIWANIANS ON THE FRONT LINE

While a horrifying pandemic quickly raged, many Kiwanians stayed on the front lines ready for the fight. Meet a few of these heroes. 

 

SIGNATURE SERVICE

Kiwanis members change the world — one child and one community at a time. From playgrounds and parks to festivals and fundraisers, signature projects are the hallmarks of what Kiwanis clubs are known for in their communities. Kiwanis International held a Signature Project Recognition Program and Contest to celebrate the great work being done by clubs. See the bronze, silver and gold winners in Tier I for clubs with 27 or fewer members and Tier II for clubs with at least 28 members.

The 2022 contest application opens January 9, 2022. Learn more and check whether your club's project is eligible to enter.  

 

A NEW LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

2021 saw the launch of Kiwanis Amplify, a leadership program for those who want to amplify their ability to lead a team. More than 700 Kiwanians from 41 districts around the world participated in interactive online modules to develop skills they can use in their professional and personal lives.  

Improve your career, your community and yourself: Registration is now open for the next class that begins in March 2022.

 

MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE

This year, in addition to the annual Kiwanis One Day on October 23, Kiwanis clubs participated in the inaugural Celebrate Community program October 11-16 by hosting joint service projects with members from Lions International, Optimists and Rotary International clubs.

 

SUPPORT FOR CLUBS AND KIDS

Thanks to generous donors, the Kiwanis Children’s Fund helped Kiwanians make a difference in the lives of more than 105,000 children through grants primarily in the areas of health and nutrition, education and literacy and youth leadership development. It also supported the education of outstanding Key Club International and Circle K International students through scholarships. 

Applications for 2022 scholarships are open. Encourage CKI members and graduating Key Club seniors to apply before February 1, 2022.

 

AND THE WINNER IS...

Congratulations to the Kiwanis Club of Stuart, Florida, the winner of the 2021 Legacy of Play contest! Sponsored by Kiwanis International and its partner Landscape Structures Inc. (LSI), the annual contest awards US$25,000 in playground equipment to a Kiwanis club that best demonstrates the need for a new playground.

Stay tuned! Kiwanis and Landscape Structures will team up again in early 2022 to award a Kiwanis club an Aquatix® AquaSmart™ Package splash pad, valued at up to US$50,000.   

 

LUNCHTIME LEADERSHIP LESSONS

Our Lunch with a Leader webcast series continued in 2021, sharing Kiwanis family stories ranging from a "history mystery” to discussions with the 2021-22 Key Club and CKI leaders to the Kiwanis event that brought two lovebirds together. Catch up on past webcasts. 

 

A HAPPY REUNION

Kiwanians celebrated the return of hugs and high fives at the in-person Kiwanis Education and Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, in June. Thousands more attended the conference virtually. Attendees heard from motivational speakers, including Captain "Sully” Sullenberger, developed leadership skills in workshops and enjoyed a barbecue and musical performances by Larry Gatlin and Lorrie Morgan.

 

MEET YOUR NEW LEADERS

At the Kiwanis Education and Leadership Conference, Peter Mancuso of North Bellmore, New York, USA, was elected 2021-22 president, and Bert West of Divide, Colorado, USA, was elected 2021-22 president-elect. Katrina J. Baranko of Albany, Georgia, USA, was elected as 2021-22 vice president. A record five women serve on the 2021-22 Kiwanis International Board of Trustees. Read more. 

Start making plans to attend the 107th Annual Kiwanis International Convention on June 8-11, 2022, in Indianapolis, Indiana.

 

SERVICE LEADERSHIP PROGRAMS

As the pandemic continued and students could not always meet in person, Kiwanis developed Meeting Kits that youth members could use for online or in-person meetings. Members had access to topics ranging from civic engagement and anti-bullying to mental health awareness and a kindness campaign. During the Homecoming campaign to get SLP clubs back to service, 268 Key Clubs returned. And CKI had 100 in-person and 216 online attendees for its Education and Leadership Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. More than 700 attended the Key Club Education and Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, USA, online and in person.  

Key Club alumni also made news: Former Key Club International President Bill Nelson was named administrator for NASA, and 2013-16 Key Club International alum Jackie Young won the gold medal in 3x3 women's basketball at the Tokyo Olympics.  

 

LOOKING TOWARD 2022

As we head toward Kiwanis’ 107th birthday in January, many unknowns remain — so flexibility and creativity will be more important than ever.

One of our most popular magazine stories from 2021 said it best: Give what you can while taking care of yourself. And most important of all, have fun. Here's to another year of helping kids!

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