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Kids need you—Kids need Kiwanis

| Nov 03, 2017

Kids need Kiwanis—Kiwanis needs you

Kids in Clayton, North Carolina ... Valle de Atriz, Colombia … Choletais, France ... Kathmandu, Nepal and in 199 other communities will have the opportunity to thrive because new Kiwanis clubs opened in their communities. 

During the 2016–17 administrative year, Kiwanis opened 203 clubs. District, division and club leaders pulled out all the stops to finish the year strong and have much to celebrate.  

Kids need Kiwanis—Kiwanis needs you "I'm energized by the increases in clubs and new members we made during the past year," said 2016-17 Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson. "I'm also aware that we need to continue our efforts and engage more members so we can provide the help that so many kids need. Our work is a great catalyst for the 2017-18 year, and I look forward to seeing continued success." 

A few of the bright spots from the year: The 2016-17 year was the second-highest club-opening year on record in the past 14 years, and the retention gap narrowed to below two percent. The number of new clubs grew 28 percent over the 2015–16 administrative year, and in Taiwan, Kiwanis added nearly 1,000 new members. In addition, Kiwanis International launched the new Signature Project Recognition Program to showcase and ignite meaningful club service worldwide and honor clubs for their work serving the children of the world. 

Kids need Kiwanis—Kiwanis needs you "Momentum is a leader's best friend," Erickson said, quoting author John Maxwell. "We've started a revolution with opening new clubs. I'm certain this important trend will continue this year and into the future, because it's a job we have to do. Kids need us so they can reach their full potential—to be happy, healthy, safe and loved. Kids need Kiwanis." 

Erickson said it was personally rewarding to see the 2016-17 Kiwanis leadership team working so hard to achieve these goals. "Every Kiwanis club member should be inspired to invite a friend, colleague or neighbor to a service project or fundraiser to see the impact they can have on the life of a child," she said. 

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