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  • The March BC Wire is here

    The March BC Wire Newsletter is available online. This newsletter is produced monthly for club advisors. It includes community service project ideas, fundraising ideas, and much, much more. Don't stop after reading October's newsletter, take a moment to look over past issues.

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  • New fundraising ideas for MNT fight

    Need fresh fundraising ideas to support The Eliminate Project this spring? Show your community that Kiwanis really is all it’s quacked up to be with a duck race or turn spring cleaning into cash with a community garage sale.

    Download Volume 2 of the idea book for The Eliminate Project to find easy fundraising ideas (and encourage your club’s sponsored youth programs to use the SLP idea book, too). Both are helpful tools that can maximize your club’s fundraising efforts to save moms and babies from tetanus. Each project includes a timeline, to-do list, reminders and tips about putting your own twist on the idea.

    What will you and your club do to help raise US$110 million by 2015? Now is the time to plan! And remember to share your club’s creative ideas by sending details to; then others can benefit from your experience, too.

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  • Mark 100 years, starting now

    Get ready to celebrate 100 years of Kiwanis International! The 100th anniversary website with everything you need to make the most of your club’s commemoration is now live.

    At, you’ll find tips about how to prepare for your celebration, learn more about Kiwanis history and feel the pride of belonging to our enduring organization. Plan to make your own history by attending Kiwanis anniversary events throughout the year, and ready yourself to keep serving the children of the world far into the future. Check out the Kiwanis 100th anniversary site now!

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  • Easy service projects

    Need a fun service project that you can do during your meeting? Here are two cheap projects that let your members express their creative sides—and make children’s hospital stays much more enjoyable.

    Hospital floors can be very slippery—which can lead to injuries when children who are stuck in the hospital want to play. Make playtime safer by simply decorating the bottom of children’s socks with puffy paint. 

    • White children’s socks
    • Puffy paint in a variety of colors
    1. Place the sock with the bottom of the foot facing up. (Only paint the part of the sock that kids will stand on.) 
    2. Start decorating! Have fun drawing fun images or writing inspirational messages. Remember: Use small amounts of puffy paint at a time to keep it from bleeding through to the other side. 
    3. Let the socks air dry after members are finished decorating them. 
    4. Once they’re dry, donate them to a children’s hospital.
    When children stay in the hospital, they typically get a boring white pillowcase. Add some fun to their stay by decorating and donating more colorful ones.

    • White pillowcases
    • Permanent or craft markers in multiple colors
    • Cardboard pieces (slightly smaller than the pillowcase)
    1. Place the cardboard inside of the pillowcase to prevent the color from bleeding through.
    2. Get creative and draw! Think about things that would make a child happy: a sunny landscape, flowers, animals, clouds, anything you can dream of!
    3. Donate the pillowcases to a nearby hospital.

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  • Electing new officers

    The school year isn't over quite yet, but it's already time to think about electing new club officers for next year! April is the ideal month to begin the election process. This leaves plenty of time to make a smooth transition from current officers to new ones, which will help your club hit the ground running at the start of next year. Help ensure officers are prepared to take office October 1, 2014. Usually, the election process takes place over the course of three consecutive meetings. Here's a suggested procedure that can be modified to fit the needs of your specific club: 
    • Announce new officer elections, explain the responsibilities for each office, and encourage nominations for each club position. You can find detailed information about each office on page 5 of the Builders Club advisor guide.
    • At the next meeting, allow candidates to campaign. Set aside time for each candidate to present visions and ideas (their "platform") for the upcoming year. 
    • Hold elections at the third meeting. Conduct by secret ballot. Then share results with the school/site administration and your sponsoring Kiwanis Club.
    Find more information about elections, installation of officers and officer training.

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