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  • Contest information is now online!

    Enter a Builders Club contest!
    Encourage your Builders Club members to enter a Builders Club contest. It’s a fun way for kids to discover their strengths.  And because there are contests for both clubs and individual club members, students can find something that fits their comfort level. 

    Know of some creative club members? They could give a speech, write an essay, or use their artistic abilities to create a poster. If you’re more interested in encouraging collaboration among members, suggest that they work together to create a picture book, put together a scrapbook or write a detailed account of what they consider to be the club’s best single service project. 

    This year’s contest themes ask Builders Club members to look inward and reflect about how what they do day to day affects others. Themes focus on empathy, caring, inclusiveness, leadership, character building and happiness. Here‘s a quick look at the updated contest booklet and themes for the 2014–15 year. Check out the contest entry and recognition process for more information about how contests are judged and recognition is awarded. 

    Reward your amazing members
    Honor your Builders Club Member of the Year or Outstanding Service Leadership award recipients with free certificates! Download the fillable and printable certificates on the Contest Information page

    It’s important to educate club members at the beginning of the year about the recognition they could receive so they understand what needs to be done to earn it. The Builders Club Member of the Year criteria is not provided. Establishing the criteria as a club is a great way for everyone to be involved! Brainstorm together and display the award criteria in a prominent area.

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  • Start planning for the new year!

    The beginning of the new year is the perfect time to recruit new members. Encourage your club to hold a membership drive. Here are some tips:

    People join people. It's likely most club members joined because they were asked by a friend. Encourage members to share their experience with friends and ask them to join.
    Establish goals. How many members does your club need to accomplish its service goals for the year? Help your club set a realistic goal and then brainstorm how to get there.
    Take action. Hang posters, make announcements about meetings, hold an ice cream social, do a mini service project during lunch (such as making bookmarks for the school library or a senior center). Be visible and show the school how exciting it is to be in Builders Club.

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  • Club service project: Gratitude letter

    According to research by Key Club partner Project Happiness, “The more that gratitude and appreciation are practiced, the more this perspective becomes second nature. The scientific explanation is that repeated behavior changes the neuropathways of the brain. It’s a simple and effective way to shift a student’s mind to positive, which enhances learning and gets the day off to good start.” 

    Consider starting your club meetings with a “gratitude check-in.” Each club member talks about three things he or she is grateful for that day. Another way your club members can show appreciation is by writing a gratitude letter to someone who has influenced or inspired them. Have members either mail or hand deliver their letters. Here’s a letter template that your club can use for this project. 

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  • Club service project: Donating placemats

    At your next club meeting, encourage your club members to be creative and crafty. Gather art supplies (markers, crayons, construction paper, stickers, etc.), and ask each club member to create a holiday placemat. Then let your club members decide where they’d like to donate their placemats to bring cheer to those who might need it. Suggestions of places to donate: homeless shelters, nursing homes, hospitals and food banks.

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  • Trick or treat for UNICEF: Let's celebrate!

    You did it! Thanks for making 2014 the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF yet. Your Builders Club saved the lives of moms and babies because you chose to collect coins instead of candy. Now it’s time to celebrate! Announce your accomplishment to the school. Hold a pizza party or ice cream social to recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. And don’t forget to send in your hard-earned funds.

    Send a check or money order (payable to the Kiwanis International Foundation) for at least US$250 along with your completed gift form by December 31 to be eligible for a Trick-or-Treat banner patch. Funds should be mailed to:

    The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
    Kiwanis International Foundation
    3636 Woodview Trace
    Indianapolis, IN 46268, USA
    ATTN: Trick-or-Treat
    Write the club name or club number on the memo line of the check.
    What’s next? If your club loved being part of the worldwide effort to raise funds for The Eliminate Project, then mark your calendars for Eliminate Week, May 4–8, 2015. Kiwanis-family clubs around the world will focus on raising funds and awareness for The Eliminate Project. Every Builders Club is needed to participate. Stay tuned for more information and resources.
    And thanks again for making a difference and saving lives! 

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