Message from Governor Roger Blair January 2014
Here we are in a brand-new calendar year, and three months into the Kiwanis Administrative Year. Those of you in key leadership positions have been at the helm for three months now. With a quarter of the year behind us, it's time to renew our resolve and efforts for the remainder of the year ahead of us.
For those 14 Divisions that I have visited, you know well my expectations for this year. This District has three areas of emphasis: growth, The Eliminate Project, and Service Leadership Programs. I am not asking you to abandon your other worthwhile endeavors, but I am asking that you go the extra mile to assist in those three areas.
During the initial three months, we have seen a net 120 new members (54 clubs gained 137 new members and 11 clubs lost 17 members) added to our rolls - an average of 6.7 new members per Division. With 25 new members, Division 10 leads the way. A total of 6 Divisions, a quarter of the total, had 72.5% of the growth. Among individual Clubs, Franklin County, TN leads the way with 8 new members. They were followed closely by Paris, KY with 7 new members - a 77.8% gain.
If your Club and Division had robust growth during this quarter, the challenge will be to build on that growth and minimize attrition. Remember that annual membership growth is measured by the overall gains minus the overall losses. If that result is one or more, that Club or Division will have completed one of the requirements for being distinguished.
For those Clubs or Divisions that have not added new members, now is the time to get started. Surely, each of you knows someone that would make a great Kiwanian. So, just ask. Adding new members, especially younger ones, can do marvels for the energy of a Club. Often times, those new members will know someone else that they can bring into the Club. Another person that you know really well, and that would make a great addition to your club is none other than your spouse.
An area where we are off to a slower start than I had hoped is in building new clubs. We are having trouble getting people to step forward and volunteer for the task of being either a new club builder or a club counselor. Locating clubs in areas with no clubs is key element to our overall growth strategy. So, I ask each of you to carefully consider taking on one of these jobs, and let either your Lieutenant Governor or anyone on the Growth Team know of your willingness to serve.
Our worldwide service initiative, The Eliminate Project, continues to gain momentum under the leadership of Sue Fleschner. I believe that as people learn more about the great strides that are being made in the elimination of maternal and new-natal tetanus, they become more willing to join the quest themselves. As of November 16, 2013, our District had received gifts or pledges of $818,500, and saved or protected 454,731 lives. This is an accomplishment that we can all take pride in. If you need a program on Eliminate, contact Sue Fleschner.
Our Service Leadership Programs continue to thrive under very capable leadership, but there is room to do more. I encourage every club to begin sponsoring or increase your sponsorship of Aktion Clubs, Circle K, Key Clubs, Builders Club, Kiwanis Kids, or Key Leaders.