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Dear Fel¬≠low Mem¬≠bers of the Eye of the Tiger eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis Club,

Hap¬≠py New Year! I hope that you enjoyed and cel¬≠e¬≠brat¬≠ed your Decem¬≠ber hol¬≠i¬≠day and new year with time with friends and fam¬≠i¬≠ly. New year, new ener¬≠gy, new mem¬≠bers, new clubs! Now it is 2020‚ÄĒa new cal¬≠en¬≠dar year and one-fourth of the way through the 2019‚Äď20 Kiwa¬≠nis year.

To avoid a decline in mem¬≠ber¬≠ship, we must exceed the num¬≠ber of new clubs opened last year. Clear¬≠ly, our time to build new clubs is NOW. A look at local, nation¬≠al, or inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al news tells us that the need for Kiwa¬≠nis is still great.

Char­lie and I are cur­rent­ly vis­it­ing our son & his fiancé in Roatán, Hon­duras, at the small hotel-restau­rant-bou­tique that they own and run here. I was thrilled when they asked us if we would like to do a ser­vice project with them for a local school that serves chil­dren whose lives have been affect­ed by AIDS. They have a con­nec­tion with the school as two of their wait­ress­es are also teach­ers at the school.

Our son & his fiancé want to inves­ti­gate ser­vice projects for the stu­dents because so many of their guests tell them that they want to give back to the com­mu­ni­ty, which is very poor. This ser­vice may become part of the menu of activ­i­ties offered to guests, many of whom scu­ba dive in the morn­ings, and then have time to serve others.

The desire to serve is strong in mil¬≠len¬≠ni¬≠als and younger, and the need is great. Kids need Kiwa¬≠nis! Kiwa¬≠nis needs YOU and me to keep the orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion strong and healthy and to con¬≠tin¬≠ue to orga¬≠nize clubs in com¬≠mu¬≠ni¬≠ties that are not yet served by a Kiwa¬≠nis club. Remem¬≠ber that char¬≠ter mem¬≠bers of new clubs orga¬≠nized Jan¬≠u¬≠ary-Sep¬≠tem¬≠ber 2020 do not have to pay club dues and fees again until Octo¬≠ber 2021.


Thank you for mak¬≠ing a dif¬≠fer¬≠ence in so many ways by open¬≠ing new clubs. Thank you for hav¬≠ing the Eye of the Tiger. The time is NOW! I can hear you R‚ÄĎO-A-RRRR!



Barb Thomp­son

Pres­i­dent, Eye of the Tiger eKiwanis

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