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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.

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.

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

Kiwanis International

KIWANIS is an international, coeducational service club founded in 1915. It is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States and is found in more than 80 nations and geographic areas. Membership in Kiwanis and its family of clubs is nearly 600,000 members strong, annually raise more than US$100 million, and report over 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children.

Kiwanis International is a volunteer-led organization headed by a Board of Trustees consisting of 19 members: 15 trustees, four elected officers, and an executive director. The trustees serve three-year terms, with five trustees elected each year. As set out in the Bylaws, nine trustees are elected from the United States and Pacific Canada Region, one trustee is elected from the Canada & Caribbean Region, two trustees are elected from the European Region, two trustees are elected from the Asia-Pacific Region, and one trustee is elected “at large” from any region other than the United States and Pacific Canada. The elected officers included (in order of progression): vice president, president-elect, president and immediate past president. These officers, along with the United States and Pacific Canada Region trustees, are elected at the annual convention of Kiwanis International. All trustees and officers are unpaid volunteers. The executive director is a full-time employee who is responsible for the organization’s paid staff and serves as a non-voting member of the Board.

There are seven regions in Kiwanis: Africa; Asia-Pacific; Canada and Caribbean; Europe; Latin America; Middle East; and United States and Pacific Canada. The United States and Pacific Canada Region incorporates the 50 states of the United States as well as British Columbia and the Yukon Territory of Canada.

There are fifty-three administrative areas called districts. District boards typically consist of a governor-elect, governor, and immediate-past governor, secretary, treasurer, and several trustees or lt. governors. Districts are further divided into service areas called divisions, comprising 5 to 20 clubs and headed by a lieutenant governor. Clubs have boards consisting of a vice president (and/or president elect), president, immediate past president, secretary, treasurer, and typically about five directors. At both the district and club level, secretary/treasurer may be combined by one person and may be a volunteer or a paid employee; all other positions are unpaid.

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.