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Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb News


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.

Join Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb




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 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.

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.

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.

Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb – FAQ’s

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.

Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb Partners


For nearly 100 years, Kiwanis International has been an organization of members dedicated to serving children. Today we have nearly 600,000 members in 80 countries, and our members have made a positive impact in millions of lives.

Now we’re ready to work with you to serve the children of the world. Our vision is to create long-term strategic partnerships with corporations – and our corporate relations team is eager to get the conversation started.

Let’s work together to develop revenue and resource streams that help the Kiwanis family continue its service in local communities around the globe.


For Kiwanis International, partnerships are an exciting opportunity—and the right partnerships are paramount. We welcome corporate partnerships that align with our mission and preserve the trust of our members and the communities, children and families we serve. Our partners’ products, services and reputation must:

•be compatible with and complementary to Kiwanis’ mission and values

•reflect a high degree of integrity

•demonstrate a track record of high-quality products or services

Kiwanis International offers you opportunities to reach people where they live, work, play and serve.

Greater South Cobb Kiwanis Projects


The Greater South Cobb Kiwanis Club supports the Terrific Kids program, which promotes character development, self-esteem and perseverance. Students in elementary schools work with their teachers to establish goals to improve behavior, peer relationships, attendance or schoolwork and to reach their goal during a specific time. Students that meet their goals are considered Terrific (Thoughtful, Enthusiastic, Respectful, Responsible, Inclusive, Friendly, Inquisitive and Capable).

Our club sponsors the program at Bryant Elementary. The program rewards character development and is very popular with guidance counselors. Once a month, students who meet their goals get recognized as Terrific Kids. Our club provides banners, bumper stickers, Kiwanis stickers, cups and pencils, and a member speaks to the kids and parents and hands out the awards.


Doing well in school is important, and we like to reward kids who work hard to raise their grades. Our club recognizes students that raise their grades to an acceptable range and either maintain or continue to improve them from one grade period to the next through the Bring Up Grades program, known as B.U.G. The payoff for the hard work? A place on the school’s B.U.G. honor roll, a party, and other prizes.

Similar to Terrific Kids, the B.U.G. Program provides prizes and incentives to middle school aged children for improving grades over the previous marking period. Bringing up any grade at least one level can qualify the child for recognition.



Key Club is part of our Kiwanis family. Key Club is for high school students, giving them the opportunity to develop leaderships and character skills while performing community service. Our club supports a Key Club at Pebblebrook High School.

It is a self-governing group; students elect their own officers and o their own projects. Our club members are mentors for Key Club students, instilling the importance of giving back to our community. We try to lead by example by attending Key Club meetings, train and advise club officers and their faculty sponsors, take part in Key Club projects and work with Key Club members to help out with Kiwanis projects.



Kiwanis International has joined forces with UNICEF to change the world for millions of mothers and babies. With The Eliminate Project, the Kiwanis family will raise US$110 million by 2015.

Tetanus is a painful and deadly disease, causing extreme sensitivity to light, sound and contact—even preventing the comfort of a mother’s touch. The Eliminate Project is our chance to help protect the connection between mother and child.
Thanks to our Global Campaign for Children, the gift you make now will help us change the world tomorrow. In fact, the Kiwanis family’s generosity will save or protect 61 million mothers and babies. It’s a monumental effort—to protect one of the most intimate bonds on Earth.

Greater South Cobb Kiwanis Committees


The Committee on Club Administration (Meetings) is responsible for providing the most effective club meeting possible. Areas of focus include the club meeting program, physical, reception, fellowship, and inter-club relations, as well as other areas that the committee may deem pertinent.

Chair: Henry Lust


The Committee on Membership Growth and Retention strives to increase membership according to the standards provided in the bylaws. The committee considers all membership information forms and submits its recommendations to the board of directors. The committee also develops an effective orientation and induction ceremony for new members and promotes regular attendance by all members at club meetings.

Chairs: Ray Tiyamiyu and Herschel E. Chalk III


The Committee on Community Service implements projects on citizenship, civic improvement, community beautification, conservation, health, literacy, public affairs, safety, or help for senior citizens and disabled persons.

Chair: Lt. Gov. Ron Davis


The Committee on Finance & Fundraising is responsible for preparing a budget of estimated income and expenses for submission to the board of directors. In addition to coordinating the fund-raising functions of the club by developing and devising innovative fund raising projects.

Chairs: Bob Poe, Ray Tiyamiyu and Rhonda Jones


The Committee on Human and Spiritual Values should implement projects that support spiritual development, provide human companionship and comfort, or offer counseling and guidance. Projects can encourage interfaith and interdenominational religious activity.

Chairs: Ray Tiyamiyu and Pastor Korede Akindel


The Inter-Club Committee is responsible for scheduling inter-club meetings to other clubs both in and outside of the Division.

Chairs: Celeste Houston and Ray Tiyamiyu


The Committee on Youth Services is responsible for projects that address the school-aged youth. Projects can address character education, club activities, leadership development, literacy and mentoring.

Chairs: Ron Davis and Delphine Lagroon


The Committee for Speakers arranges thought provoking and engaging speakers to address and inform club members and guests on current issues and areas of interest.

Chairs: Rev. Coakley Pendergrass and Ray Tiyamiyu


The Committee for Media and Marketing is responsible for promoting awareness of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis and assist other committees with communications and public relations techniques to include effective marketing, branding, outreach, recruitment, communication methods and media.

Chairs: Herschel E. Chalk III, Landis Casterlow and Ray Tiyamiyu


The Project Eliminate Committee is responsible for providing awareness and generating funds to support Kiwanis International cause to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus across the world.

Chairs: Rev. Coakley Pendergrass and Ray Tiyamiyu

Outdoor Classroom Built By Kiwanis Of Greater South Cobb

Floyd Middle School Will Use Classroom to Move Curriculum Outdoors

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Mableton, GA. — Sept. 29, 2014 — In the interest of helping an area middle school bring learning outdoors, the Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb and other local Kiwanis chapters built an outdoor classroom.

A ribbon cutting was celebrated at Floyd Middle School’s new outdoor classroom site on August 29, 2014 with members of the Kiwanis Club as well as teachers, administrators, district employees and students. A video of the ribbon cutting is currently available at https://www.youtube.com/user/gsckiwanis

Built by Kiwanis Club volunteers, the new classroom will enable students to go outside and connect with their natural environment, studying parts of their common core curriculum and Georgia performance standards in an outdoor environment.

“We wanted to provide a tool that would allow educators to take a hands-on approach and move their educational curriculum outdoors,” said Ray Tiyamiyu, Kiwanis of Greater South Cobb President.

Lt. Gov. Ron Davis, a dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Smyrna Club, was the main lead and coordinated the project.

“Outside every school building exists a blossoming world of natural studies with all types of structures that can do a better job of teaching than video tapes and computers,” he said. “Children often learn best by doing, and this classroom will help them do just that.”

Three clubs joined the GSC chapter to build the outdoor classroom, including the Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis, the Smyrna Kiwanis and the East Cobb Kiwanis. Key volunteers included Bob Poe, dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Lost Mountain Kiwanis; Warren Kris, dual member of Greater South Cobb Kiwanis & Lost Mountain Kiwanis; Lt. Gov. Charles Lollis, member of Smyrna Kiwanis Club; Victor Koch, Engineer and volunteer who designed the outdoor classroom; Bobby Gifford, President of East Cobb Kiwanis; and Billy Rogers dual member of Marietta & Lost Mountain Golden Kiwanis.

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About the Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb
The Kiwanis Club of Greater South Cobb is one of the newest clubs in the state of Georgia. The chapter was organized and chartered by Kiwanis International in February of 2014. The club concentrates their service on children of the Austell, Mableton and Powder Springs communities. They sponsor a wide range of youth leadership and character development programs for children of all levels and ages in addition to a host of other programs including leadership camps, art and music showcases, mentoring, reading and match assistance for elementary students, field trips, teacher appreciation events, and service projects designed to introduce youth to the value and the joy of serving their school, community, and nation.

For more information about the Greater South Cobb Kiwanis, go to www.gsckiwanis.org. Follow Greater South Cobb Kiwanis on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and YouTube.