To celebrate the centennial of Kiwanis International, the Georgia District has committed to giving the “gift of play” to the Matthews Boys and Girls Club here in Mableton. This project is budgeted at $75,000 and local Kiwanis Clubs are working hard to raise the last $10,000 needed.

MIC members and friends have supported the Boys & Girls Club for many years with our Secret Santa program. We are asking all MIC members and friends to consider supporting this Kiwanis Playground effort as well. You can purchase personalized bricks to pave the way for the new playground or sponsor the project with a tax-deductible contribution. Contact Kiwanis with any questions about the project. Consider getting involved with the Greater South Cobb Kiwanis Club, too.

The groundbreaking is set for February 21st at the Club, located at the corner of Floyd and Fontaine Roads. Playground construction will be completed in April. The Boys & Girls Club has provided after-school and summer programming for Mableton children for decades. This playground will give kids more options for healthy, outdoor activity at a time when too many of us, regardless of age, are far too sedentary. Let’s work together to make fun, outdoor play a part of growing up for everyone.

Kiwanis International Centennial Tour

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On February 21st, our District has the proud honor to welcome President Dr. John Button as part of his 12 city Centennial Tour Celebration! In the morning, we will do a ribbon cutting for a Centennial Playground at a Boys and Girls Club in Powder Springs. You will receive more information and details about that event from Victoria Turney, our Centennial Celebration Chair. This email is your invitation from the Kiwanis Club of Atlanta to invite you to attend the Centennial Reception later that afternoon at Zoo Atlanta!

Make plans now to join Kiwanians from across the district and several neighboring states at The Centennial Tour Reception with President Button will be Saturday, February 21st, 5 – 7 pm in the Ford Conservation Room & Eco Hall at Zoo Atlanta! Then the fun continues until 9 pm with birthday cake, music and dancing with the B.A. Project, a fabulous group comprised of several Kiwanians! J The reception will feature heavy hors d’ouerves and cash bar, all for the minimal cost of $35 per person.

Make it a great family afternoon for only $8 more! For only $43 per person, you can view America’s only twin pandas and enjoy the other highlights of the Zoo. There will be childcare available onsite during the reception, provided by a local Key Club Chapter! The child care will feature lots of fun, games and pizza!

And if you are traveling from out of town, we have arranged a limited # of rooms at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta for only $99 per night. Reserve now before they disappear and call the hotel directly at 404.577.1234 or click on the following link for special online reservations: CLICK HERE FOR HYATT ATLANTA RESERVATIONS

Attached is the registration form which must be completed and returned to Alexia at the Georgia District office by February 7, 2015. And if you want to take advantage of the childcare, you must purchase a ticket (with or without zoo entrance) for each child, and provide the age(s) of your child(ren).

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Karen Losin, member of Kiwanis Club of Atlanta, and Reception Committee chair, at karenlosin@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you February 21st at the Zoo! J

Karen Losin
Chair, Centennial Tour Reception
Kiwanis Club of Atlanta
karenlosin@gmail.com

Zoo Promotion

NEWS THAT WONT MAKE YOU DEPRESSED

To the world, you might be one person, but to one person, you might be the world.
— Bill Wilsonsmall

Most of us perform acts of kindness every day without even realizing it. Perhaps you helped a sibling with their homework, held a door open for someone, smiled and said hello to a stranger, or maybe you walked a friend’s dog or helped rake a neighbor’s leaves. Perhaps you covered for someone at work or made cookies to cheer up a friend in need.

All too often, we are asked to do “random acts of kindness” but it is often overwhelming and we don’t know where to begin. The Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb gives you a place to begin bringing kindness into everyday life.

Through our various programs and initiatives that we have in place you can begin to become the effectual change that you wish to see in the world.

GET READY TO HELP CHILDREN AND FAMILIES WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY?

READY TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

KIWANIS IS READY FOR YOU!

Reach out to one of the members within the Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb and let them know you would like to join.

VISIT OUR CLUB:
Visit one of our local meetings or offer to speak at a meeting. It’s an excellence way to learn about Kiwanis, make contacts and let Kiwanis members know more about you.

EXPLORE KIWANIS CULTURE:
Our club is volunteered base. Traditionally our meeting take place biweekly. We typically volunteer each month to assist with club service projects. In a typical year, Kiwanis clubs worldwide organize more than 150,000 service projects—both locally and globally—and Kiwanis members dedicate more than 12 million hours of service.

GET INVOLVED:
New members bring fresh energy and ideas to Kiwanis clubs. We invite you to reach out, learn more and get involved. Together, we can change the world, one child and one community at a time.

What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

When does Kiwanis meet?

The Kiwanis Club of South Cobb meets biweekly on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at Austell Treadmill Complex, 5000 Austell Powder Springs Rd, Austell, GA 30126

What do you do at meetings?

The meetings begin with the Kiwanis pledge and singing of “God Bless America” or another appropriate patriotic song. The club president begins the meeting by introducing and greeting our guests followed by committee announcements regarding upcoming events and projects. Our speaker of the week serves as the final portion of the meeting. Meetings generally range from 1 – 1.5 hours.

How much does membership cost?

The Kiwanis fiscal year is from October 1 through September 30. Annual dues are $160 due by October 1st. st.

How do I join Kiwanis?

You’re invited to attend a meeting as a guest of a current member. If you join, that member will be your sponsor. Or you may attend a meeting and meet the fine men and women who make up our Club and learn more about Kiwanis. You will receive a membership brochure and application. Upon completion of the application form, approval of the Board of Directors, and payment of fees, your sponsor will schedule your induction ceremony. It’s a simple, dignified ceremony where you are welcomed to the Kiwanis Club and receive a Kiwanis lapel pin and to wear to meetings.

What does Kiwanis expect of new members?

We expect you to attend club meetings as regularly as possible and participate in Kiwanis service projects and fund-raisers. You are also expected to serve as an active member of at least one committee. We do not require perfect attendance.

Our promise is to you…

-You will have an opportunity to share your experience, knowledge and time with the community – “serving one child and one community at a time.”

-An interesting opportunity to relax, converse with friends, and listen to interesting speakers.

-Fellowship with other Kiwanians in Greater South Cobb. You are encouraged to broaden your knowledge of Kiwanis and how to better serve our community by participating in inter-clubs to the other clubs in our Division and attending Georgia Kiwanis training sessions.

How/Where/When did Kiwanis begin?

The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, Michigan, USA on January 21, 1915. A year later the Kiwanis Club of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, was chartered, and Kiwanis International grew rapidly into a leading service club in these two founding nations. In 1962, worldwide expansion was approved, and today Kiwanis clubs are active in every part of the world.

What is the Kiwanis Motto?

“We Build.”

What does the name “Kiwanis” mean?

The name “Kiwanis” was coined from an expression in an American Indian language of the Detroit area, “Nunc Keewanis,” which means, “we trade” or “we share our talents.”

How many Kiwanis clubs/members are there?

There are more than 8,600 Kiwanis clubs with nearly 300,000 members in 89 nations and geographic areas.

What is a Kiwanian?

An active or retired business and professional man and woman who is a member of a Kiwanis club.

What is the “average” Kiwanian?

The average Kiwanis member is 55.1 years old, a college graduate, married, and a homeowner. He or she is an owner or manager of a firm in the $25 million or less range.

Are women allowed to be Kiwanians?

Membership was opened to women in 1987. There are now more than 51,000 women members, and one in seven club presidents is a woman.

What other organizations does Kiwanis sponsor?

Kiwanis International sponsors several service clubs for young people: Circle K International has 11,000 members on 570 university and college campuses; Key Club International has 215,000 members in 4,600 high schools; and Builders Clubs have been organized in 2,000 junior high and middle schools. Other members of the Kiwanis family include K-Kids in elementary schools, young European adults in Kiwanis Junior and Aktion Club, which involves persons with disabilities in community-service activities.

How much community service is done by Kiwanis clubs around the world?

In one year, Kiwanis clubs sponsored 147,000 service projects. To do so, Kiwanians raised and spent nearly $70 million and contributed 6.2 million hours of volunteer time.