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Welcome Back!

Greet­ings, Fel­low (e)Tigers,

Wel¬≠come to the Eye of the Tiger eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis Club for the 2019‚Äď20 Kiwa¬≠nis year. Thank you to return¬≠ing mem¬≠bers for the part that you played in open¬≠ing 434 new clubs in the 2018‚Äď19 Kiwa¬≠nis year and 411 new clubs in the 2017‚Äď18 Kiwa¬≠nis year and also achiev¬≠ing net growth in that year. Thanks to you, we have strength¬≠ened the orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion that we dear¬≠ly love, helped oth¬≠ers learn how to open new clubs, and brought in many new mem¬≠bers of diverse ages, eth¬≠nic¬≠i¬≠ties, and gen¬≠ders to serve the chil¬≠dren of the world. And wel¬≠come to our new members.

We owe a big thanks to Imme­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent Gary Levine for his out­stand­ing lead­er­ship dur­ing our first year of exis­tence and to the oth­er offi­cers, Sec­re­tary Alan Guire and Trea­sur­er, Valar­ie Brown-Klin­gel­hoe­fer; and Board Mem­bers Kat­ri­na Baranko, Bob Larsen, and Car­son Schreiber for their lead­er­ship. Thank you also to our Kiwa­nis Inter­na­tion­al Imme­di­ate Past Pres­i­dent, Sage, and Head Tiger Jim Rochford for his always wise lead­er­ship, coun­sel, and inspi­ra­tion. And thank you and kudos to our cur­rent Assis­tant Sec­re­tary, Julia Levine, for devel­op­ing this newsletter.

I hope that you are famil¬≠iar with our fan¬≠tas¬≠tic web¬≠site devel¬≠oped by Past Pres¬≠i¬≠dent Gary Levine: Kiwanistiger.com and with the field guide on the site. It lists our goals:

  • Open a new Kiwa¬≠nis club at the site of the Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Convention,
  • Train Kiwa¬≠ni¬≠ans how to open new Kiwa¬≠nis clubs, and
  • Per¬≠pet¬≠u¬≠ate and con¬≠tin¬≠ue to devel¬≠op the Eye of the Tiger new club open¬≠ing method¬≠ol¬≠o¬≠gy honed in the 2017‚Äď18 Kiwa¬≠nis year.

And, of course, part of our mis­sion from our very first meet­ing is to devel­op lead­ers at dis­trict and inter­na­tion­al lev­els in the cul­ture of grow­ing Kiwanis.

Toward that end, we agreed at our first board meet¬≠ing of this year to add mem¬≠bers to our club in the North Amer¬≠i¬≠can dis¬≠tricts in which we do not cur¬≠rent¬≠ly have mem¬≠bers: Kansas, Ken¬≠tucky-Ten¬≠nessee, Min¬≠neso¬≠ta-Dako¬≠tas, Mon¬≠tana, Nebras¬≠ka-Iowa, New York, Ohio, Pacif¬≠ic North¬≠west, South¬≠west, Texas-Okla¬≠homa, Utah-Ida¬≠ho, West¬≠ern Cana¬≠da, and Wis¬≠con¬≠sin-Upper Michi¬≠gan. So if you know like¬≠ly mem¬≠bers from those dis¬≠tricts, please bring them into the club. We also need mem¬≠bers from around the world; we are for¬≠tu¬≠nate to have Richard Lim of Malaysia as one of our mem¬≠bers, and we want to add mem¬≠bers from Asia Pacif¬≠ic, Europe, South/Central Amer¬≠i¬≠ca, and Africa. We are ask¬≠ing every cur¬≠rent mem¬≠ber to recruit one new mem¬≠ber into the Eye of the Tiger eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis Club.

Many coun¬≠tries around the world cel¬≠e¬≠brate a har¬≠vest fes¬≠ti¬≠val by giv¬≠ing thanks. I under¬≠stand that in Malaysia, the cel¬≠e¬≠bra¬≠tion is in May; in Cana¬≠da, it is in Octo¬≠ber; in the U.S. it is in Novem¬≠ber. At Thanks¬≠giv¬≠ing time, I think of all the things for which I am thank¬≠ful. I am thank¬≠ful for each and every one of you and your self¬≠less giv¬≠ing of time, tal¬≠ent, and trea¬≠sure to open new Kiwa¬≠nis clubs. We must keep Kiwa¬≠nis strong and vital to serve the chil¬≠dren of the world.

Let’s grow!

Grate­ful­ly,

Barb Thomp­son

2019‚Äď20 Pres¬≠i¬≠dent

Eye of the Tiger eKiwanis

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