Kiwanis International


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


Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District

The Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District is an organization of 186 individual clubs, divided into 6 Regions, made up of 24 divisions that encompass the majority of these two states. There is approximately 5,779 Kiwanis members working toward the goal of "Helping the Young Children of the World."  

The Nebraska-Iowa Kiwanis District is one of 47 districts worldwide in Kiwanis International. Members include men and women of all ages, faiths, and employment status. Service Leadership Programs are supported throughout the District.

Message from the District Governor

                                                                  JODY MELCHER                                       

Thank you for the opportunity to serve you as Governor of the best District in Kiwanis this past year—Nebraska-Iowa!


Thank you for inviting us to dinners, Division Council meetings, fundraisers and service projects that allowed us to serve the children in your communities and around the world.  We ate delicious meals and heard about wonderful things going on in Divisions 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 16, 17, and 19.  I had the opportunity to meet and visit with many members of Divisions 19 and 20 at a forum type session in Omaha.  We packaged food for children in other parts of the world in Divisions 9 and 23.  We filled backpacks for kids in crisis in Division 3 and with food for the weekend in Division 8.  We ate pasta at a fundraiser in Division 24 to benefit local food pantries.  We attended Aktion Club Olympics in Division 2.  We saw the beginnings of a wonderful park in a needy area of Mason City in Division 1.  Another highlight of this year was attending the Aktion Club Regional Conference in South Sioux City, Nebraska mid-September.  I was privileged to conduct their leadership training.  What awesome enthusiastic leaders they are! Thanks to Andy Bradley for his part in planning the weekend.  There were participants from Missouri-Arkansas, Illinois-Eastern Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska-Iowa.  Thanks to all of the advisors that brought members to this fantastic event.   In all Joe and I visited 18 of our 24 Divisions and had a great time!  This District and its members are AWESOME!


Thank you to my Lt. Governors who did such a great job working with clubs in their Divisions.  Also, thank you to the District Chairs and SLP Administrators for all of the work you have done.  I appreciate all of you and the work, time, and care you put into making this District great!


I think Joe would agree with me when I say that we have had the time of our lives.  It has been one of the best years of our lives seeing people we have known for years and making new friends.  We never stopped being amazed at the difference all of you are making.

Now let’s think about our theme for this year—Dream, Believe, Achieve.  Think about the dreams you had for our children this year.  Did you believe in your dreams and work hard at them?  Did you achieve your dreams?  If you did, you helped children achieve their dreams of having enough food to eat, of feeling safe, of having quality health care and immunizations, of feeling important, cared for, and loved.  And isn’t that what Kiwanis is all about?  If you helped children achieve their dreams this year, give yourselves a pat on the back.  I thank you, and our children thank you!


We have come to the end of our Dream, Believe, Achieve year.  Beginning October 1 with Jim Dane, we will see that it is GREAT to be a Kiwanian.  I believe the two years go hand in hand.  If we Dream and Believe in Growth, Retention, Eliminate, and Avocate for children and use Teamwork, we can continue Achieving our dreams.

 Thanks for a great year!


Jody  Melcher
Nebraska-Iowa District Governor

Quick Links

KI Youth  Protection 
Guidelines (Oct 2016)

2015-16 District 
Leadership Guide

25 Alive Campaign

NE-IA Youth  Protection 
Guidelines (Oct 2016)

District By-Laws

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Minutes DCON2016

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District I-Plan
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