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  • Celebrate World Prematurity Day on November 17

    Celebrate World Prematurity Day on November 17 and throughout the entire month of November by participating in 10 Baby Steps! Help your school host an event to raise awareness about premature birth. Be sure to Like March of Dimes Team Youth on Facebook and share your event details and pictures to the page! 


    The first 200 registrants will receive a prematurity awareness package to help make your event a huge success! Not only that, you will have the chance to win recognition across the country for your event! Go to to register your event.

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  • New and improved contests!

    This year, Builders Clubs will be able to enter new contest categories each month. To make more frequent contests easy, we’ve simplified the submission process: Clubs can submit entries online, and the voting process will promote a club’s service through social media. And if that isn't incentive enough, winning clubs will receive a $100 shopping spree at

    About the judging process

    One contest will be promoted each month, and each month will feature a consistent process:

    Week 1: Entries are accepted.
    Week 2: Entries are shared through Facebook, and recipients will be
                 encouraged to vote on their favorites.

    Week 3: Entries receiving the most votes will be available for viewing
                 online. A group of district administrators will then vote for
                 the top winner.
    Week 4: The winner is announced (details to come). That club’s
                 advisor goes to the Kiwanis Dollar Days portal at
                 Kiwanis MarketPlace to select and order $100 worth of free

    Tried and true contests are still part of the mix

    Annual Achievement Report (Distinguished / Honor Club)
    The Annual Achievement Report remains the same. Clubs are encouraged to complete the online form and submit it to Kiwanis International. A banner patch will be mailed to the faculty advisor the following school year. Winners will be posted online.

    Leadership Award
    The Kiwanis International Leadership Award submissions will still be emailed or mailed to the district administrator, who will then select the winning district entry and forward it to Lisa Pyron at Kiwanis International. The traditional recognition items (medallion and gift card) will be sent to the winners.

    The Scrapbook Contest includes two entry options: an online version and a traditional, physical version. Physical scrapbooks will be mailed directly to Kiwanis International. If district administrators want to use scrapbooks during their district convention, they can email Lisa Pyron to make arrangements.

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  • Kiwanis advisors: Background checks

    On October 1, 2016, Kiwanis advisors to any sponsored Service Leadership Program (Aktion Club, Circle K, Key Club, Builders Club and K-Kids) will be required to have a clear criminal history background check conducted and verified by Kiwanis International. By offering a standard, comprehensive background check for all Kiwanis advisors through Kiwanis International, we can be confident that all Kiwanis clubs are protecting those we serve—and protecting all Kiwanis members. For more information, visit

    If you do not already have a background check completed through Kiwanis International, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to complete your background check. Please follow the instructions and complete the background check application in a timely manner. For more information on the cost, process or other details about the background check for Kiwanis advisors, visit

    Please note:

              If you are no longer serving as a Kiwanis advisor, please
              contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person
              update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard
              of the Kiwanis online reporting system.

              If you do not receive an email with instructions on how
              to complete your background check by October 15
              contact your Kiwanis club’s secretary and have that person
              update this information in the Kiwanis Secretary Dashboard
              of the Kiwanis online reporting system

              Individuals will not be notified if the background check
              is clear.
    It will, however, be marked in the Kiwanis club
              Secretary Dashboard as clear.

              All background checks are kept confidential.

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  • 5 ways to connect with members

    In middle school, students begin to feel more free and explore their independence. They look beyond their parents for adult mentors and role models. As a Builders Club advisor, you’re one of those key people. Here are five ways to lay the foundation for a meaningful relationship with members:

              1. Learn and use their names.

                  When you address someone by name, you show that person
                   respect. Show members that they’re important by taking
                   the time to learn and use their names. 

              2. Celebrate individuality. 

                  Middle school students are trying to figure out who they are
                  and what place they have in the world. They might be
                  exploring different ways to dress, act and talk. Embrace their
                  individuality and uniqueness, rather than judging or

              3. Share a little about yourself. 

                  Take time to tell personal stories or share some of your
                  interests and hobbies. The more comfortable your students
                  are with you, the more relaxed and receptive they will be. 

              4. Take an interest in their lives.

                  Learn a little about each member. Find out some of their
                  hobbies, what kind of music they like and what they do in
                  their spare time. 

              5. Smile. 

                  Young people rely heavily on nonverbal communication
                  and watch those around them for nonverbal cues. When you
                  give anyone a smile, it’s welcoming and inviting. And it’s
                  especially important for someone of middle-school age.

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  • Start preparing for Prematurity Awareness Month

    The problem of prematurity involves babies being born too soon, often with birth defects and complications that affect them for life. In fact, there are so many challenges for these babies and their families from day one that tomorrow is a dream.

    In the United States, about 380,000 babies are born too soon, and premature birth is the most frequent killer of babies. The March of Dimes is working to create a world in which fewer babies and families spend weeks and months in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Your Builders Club—and your Kiwanis club—can help make it happen.

    Beginning this September, Give them tomorrow unites the efforts of the March of Dimes, corporations, organizations and individuals to generate awareness, engagement, and funding to solve the problem of prematurity. Throughout the fall, the March of Dimes will encourage supporters and consumers nationwide to take action. For instance, people can send a hand-delivered card to a family in the NICU, helping them join a social movement around sharing their baby’s firsts and engaging with World Prematurity Day on Nov. 17.

    Encourage your club and fellow Kiwanians to Give them tomorrow. Every baby deserves a fighting chance.

    Do something today!

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