Message from the District Governor
It’s a time of hope and promise. The weather is starting to warm up. The sun seems to be shining a little more and a little brighter. Grass is greening up. Flowers are blooming and trees are budding out. The days are getting longer. These are the promises of nature.
How about the promises of Kiwanis? Membership in Kiwanis means that we promise to do our best to serve the children in our communities and around the world. For all of us, this has become a way of life. Our clubs are always thinking about ways to serve children.
At the International level, we recently made good on our biggest promise yet. We have raised $110 million in cash and pledges to Eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus around the world. Wow! The International Foundation currently has about $56 in cash. The rest is in pledges that still need to be fulfilled. The Nebraska-Iowa District needs to raise about $875,000 yet by 2020 to finish it’s pledge to Eliminate. We can do it! Milford and Lenora Hanna, our District Eliminate Chairs, have a great idea for finishing this pledge. Please read about it in the newsletter and consider how you can participate.
At the local level we serve children in many ways. Our clubs provide warm clothing for children during the winter. We provide backpacks in crisis situations, with school supplies, or with food for the weekend. We read to children and give them with their very own books to keep. We donate dictionaries to students in 3rd or 4th grades. We sponsor fun days dedicated to children. We package food for children around the world. Our clubs donate money to community resources that help families. We sponsor SLP’s. We have food drives, clothing drives, and the list goes on. Our District has been working to end hunger in Nebraska and Iowa. Many clubs are working hard to make this happen. There is no excuse for having hungry children and families in our communities. Imagine our communities without Kiwanis. Who would fulfill our promise? If we dream about ways to serve our children, believe in our dreams enough to work hard, we can achieve them. We can have a District full of children who have enough food, books to read, good health care, feel safe, loved and important in others’ lives.
Thank you for believing in the promises of Kiwanis. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of children everywhere. You are appreciated more than you know!
Nebraska-Iowa District Governor