Volunteering In Your Community Print E-mail
Kiwanis Hands America needs volunteerism now more than ever. Social and charitable programs continue to shrink, tax bases are evaporating and public and private funding aren’t at the levels they used to be. Volunteering helps to bridge the gap created by this shortage of resources in your community. Volunteering and civic duty are certainly not new concepts to this country, but could always use a revitalization. Volunteerism is what has made this country great and has helped this great country through hard times.

Why volunteer? The reasons are numerous. It is a great way to give back to your community that played a part in developing the person you are today. It strengthens the community you live in. It helps those that are less fortunate. It is a great was to build relationships, both personal and professional. It is an invaluable substitute for money you may not have to donate. It allows you to gain and foster leadership skills. It can benefit your career by helping you learn different skills, developing current skills, help you to experience other career avenues that you may want to explore, and at the very least, it looks great on a resume.

So please, find an organization or cause that you believe in and join. It starts with one person to make a world of difference.

“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy
 
Joining Kiwanis Offers Opportunities Print E-mail
Kiwanis Members Kiwanis International is one of the many service organizations in the country and around the world. Kiwanis’ goals include helping children and developing stronger human relationships and communities. Kiwanis was founded in Detroit, Michigan by Joseph C. Prance and Allen S. Browne in 1915. The organization is currently based in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 8,400 clubs in 96 nations and over 600,000 active members.

Kiwanis has many types of clubs. In addition to traditional Kiwanis clubs, there is the Aktion Club for adults living with disabilities, Circle K Club for university students, Key Club for teenagers, Builders Club for adolescents, and Kiwanis Kids for primary school students.

Kiwanis members volunteer more than 6 million hours and raise almost $100 million per year. The charities and organizations served by Kiwanis are numerous. Kiwanis works with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and has worked towards the elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus and iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) worldwide. Kiwanis clubs also have the ability to help local organizations and charities. The familiar Kiwanis Peanut Day utilizes peanut sales to raise nearly $60 million for local charities. Merrillville Kiwanis Club has helped local organizations such as Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Ronald McDonald House, Reach Out and Read, Camp Lawrence, March of Dimes, Salvation Army, Merrillville High School Scholarship Fund, Boy and Girl Scouts, and the Merrillville Kiwanis Dictionary Project, which aims to supply every third grade student in Merrillville with a dictionary.

Joining Kiwanis offers opportunities for both you and the people and community around you.
 
Kiwanis Club’s Projects Boost Local Kids and Community Print E-mail

Merrillville Noon Kiwanians (from left) Jeff Marlatt, Erika Kelly and George Thomas plan the group's upcoming membership Round Up Day.By Sue Ellen Ross
Post-Tribune correspondent

Merrillville, IN, August 22, 2008– As a high school teacher, Barbara Koby’s focus was always on her students.

Although Koby, a Crown Point resident, is retired now from the Merrillville school system, her focus has not changed.

Her work with the Merrillville Noon Kiwanis Club attests to this.

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Merrillville Noon Kiwanis Enjoys Growth, Plans for More Print E-mail

Merrillville, IN, August 21, 2008 The Merrillville Noon Kiwanis is experiencing a surge in new memberships this year and is preparing for even more. Sandy Holeman, from Anderson Chevrolet, is the club's most recent inductee.

The group will host their annual Round Up event on Thursday, August 28. While visitors are always welcome at club gatherings, members are encouraged to put forth extra effort to bring family, friends or co-workers to this special meeting.

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Merrillville Noon Kiwanis Hosts Round Up Print E-mail

Merrillville, IN, July 15, 2008 The Merrillville Noon Kiwanis will host their annual Round Up event on August 28. Club members bring family, friends or co-workers to this special meeting. “This event serves a dual purpose,” said club President Barb Koby. “Obviously, it’s one method for increasing our membership. But more importantly, it’s a way to expose the message of our club and Kiwanis International to the community.”

Secretary/Treasurer Bruce Woods adds, “Guests are always welcome, but the Round Up event supplies a focus for soliciting membership and increasing awareness of our community programs.”

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