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  • Service: Evaluating community needs

    Before your Builders Club chooses its next service project, members should spend a little time observing the needs of the school and community. What issues or problems do members see in their daily lives—and how can their club help? Encourage them to keep track of their observations by writing them down. At the next club meeting, each member can talk about what they discovered.

    Part of being service-minded is noticing the issues and conflicts around you in your everyday life and recognizing that you can make a difference. Here’s a way that Builders Club members can practice this very important leadership skill:

    At a club meeting, the club officers can challenge fellow members to observe their surroundings and what issues or problems they see. In addition, club members can reach out to their peers, parents and school administrators to see what problems they notice as well. Here are four questions club members can ask themselves when taking notes:

    • What would make my school or community better?
    • What problems exist in my school or community that my club can help solve?
    • Who do I know or see that could use my club’s help?
    • How can my club’s next service project leave a lasting impact on our school and/or community?
    At the following club meeting, members can get into groups and share their notes and findings. The groups can then choose one or two issues that they believe the club should focus on with their next service project. Each group should make a short presentation. Then the entire club can discuss the presentations and decide together what service project they would like to start researching and planning.

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  • Icebreaker: The observation game

    To prepare for the “evaluating community needs” exercise, your club could practice making observations with this icebreaker: 

    1. Club members get into two lines facing each other. If there is an odd number of members, the advisor can play the game too. 
    2. Give everyone 30 seconds to look at the person they are facing, paying attention to all the details about their partner. 
    3. The members in one line now turn facing the other way while the other line of members changes something about themselves. For example, a girl might take off a hair bow, or a boy might untuck his shirt. 
    4. When the members in the first line turn back around, they have to guess what their partner changed. 
    5. Now switch—let the first line make the change and the second line guess the difference.

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  • Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: Let’s celebrate!

    Builders Clubs around the country rocked Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF this year. Now it’s time to celebrate the moms and babies your club protected. Announce your accomplishment to the school. Recognize your club members’ contribution to eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus with a certificate or a thank you card. Share your stories and photos with us at, Facebook and Twitter—or mail your letters, drawings and photos to the campaign office. 

    And don’t forget to transform your hard-earned funds into lifesaving vaccines. Once you’ve collected all of your donations, send a check or money order (made payable to the Kiwanis Children’s Fund) and your completed gift form to:

      The Eliminate Project: Campaign Office
      Kiwanis Children’s Fund
      P.O. Box 6457 - Dept #286
      Indianapolis, IN 46206 USA
      ATTN: Trick-or-Treat

    To ensure your club receives proper recognition for its efforts, be sure to write your club name or club number on the memo line of the check, and mark “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” on your gift form. Clubs that submit more than US$250 by December 31, 2016, will receive a special banner patch.

    Thank you for helping make this the best Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF year yet and for making a difference for moms and babies!

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  • Get ready for Kiwanis Family Month

    The Kiwanis family is bigger than just your club. It has clubs for every age and ability: adult Kiwanis clubs, Circle K clubs for university students, Aktion Clubs for adults with disabilities, Key Clubs for high school students, Builders Clubs for middle school students and K-Kids for elementary school students.

    Take a moment this month to appreciate what other clubs in your area are doing. Reach out and share your love of the Kiwanis family with a fundraiser, service project or shared activity. Need ideas? We’ve got you covered. 

    No matter how you celebrate Kiwanis Family Month, spread the word on social media. Download the “My Family Rocks” image or “Proud Builders Club Advisor” image to share on your personal accounts. For your club, there are a Kiwanis Family Month Facebook cover photo and a “My Kiwanis club proudly supports our Builders Club” image. 

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  • It’s time to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF

    Halloween season is here! For the Kiwanis family, Halloween means more than spooky decorations, fairytale costumes and ghoulish treats. It’s a chance to save lives and put the fun in fundraising—through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. For less than the cost of a bag of Halloween candy, you can protect a mother and her future newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus.
    It’s easy to participate. Here are five simple steps for your project.

    1. Pick a fundraiser. Collect funds door-to-door. Dance the night away alongside vampires and werewolves. Host a trunk-or-treat. Enjoy an old-fashioned pumpkin pie bake off. The ideas are endless. Take a look at some of them on our website!
    2. Set your goal. Estimate what you'll raise through your project. Then add in your expenses. This total is your fundraising goal.
    3. Get supplies. Do you have everything you need to host your fundraiser? Order collection boxes through the Kiwanis family store. Consider asking for donations from local businesses or even large chain stores.
    4. Promote your event. Print out Trick-or-Treat labels, or make your own flier or display. Use them to, let everyone know about the upcoming event and how they can donate. Share the information with your sponsoring Kiwanis club.
    5. Submit your donations. Send your donations to the Kiwanis International Foundation along with the Kiwanis-family giving form. If your club submits US$250 in donations for Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF by December 31, 2016, your club will earn a banner patch.
    Thank you for committing to help eliminate MNT. For more information, visit, or contact

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