President's Message July

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Greet­ings Fel­low Tigers,

As you all know, one hun¬≠dred years ago, at the 1919 Kiwa¬≠nis Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Con¬≠ven¬≠tion in Birm¬≠ing¬≠ham, Alaba¬≠ma, USA, Kiwa¬≠ni¬≠ans pur¬≠chased the orga¬≠ni¬≠za¬≠tion from founder and orga¬≠niz¬≠er Allen S. Browne. That pur¬≠chase led to a need for a new con¬≠sti¬≠tu¬≠tion and under¬≠ly¬≠ing prin¬≠ci¬≠ples or ‚Äúobjects.‚ÄĚ 

More than 800 pages of sug¬≠ges¬≠tions for the new con¬≠sti¬≠tu¬≠tion were sub¬≠mit¬≠ted and con¬≠sid¬≠ered. Includ¬≠ed in those 800 pages were six sug¬≠ges¬≠tions for the objects sub¬≠mit¬≠ted by New York Gov¬≠er¬≠nor Lew Mitchell.  Kiwa¬≠nis mem¬≠bers approved those six state¬≠ments, with minor changes, at the 1924 Kiwa¬≠nis Inter¬≠na¬≠tion¬≠al Con¬≠ven¬≠tion in Den¬≠ver, Colorado.

The six objects have remained unchanged since being approved in 1924. In 1974, Kiwa¬≠nis Mag¬≠a¬≠zine edi¬≠tor David Williams wrote, ‚ÄúToday they remain an inspi¬≠ra¬≠tion and a bea¬≠con for any of us who choose to redis¬≠cov¬≠er them.‚ÄĚ

So, we can look to the past to help us lead in the present. We face a glob­al pan­dem­ic, the effects of racism, shaky economies, and many oth­er seri­ous prob­lems. For­tu­nate­ly, the fol­low­ing Objects of Kiwa­nis still pro­vide an inspi­ra­tion and bea­con for our work as Kiwanians.

  • To give pri¬≠ma¬≠cy to the human and spir¬≠i¬≠tu¬≠al rather than to the mate¬≠r¬≠i¬≠al val¬≠ues of life. 
  • To encour¬≠age the dai¬≠ly liv¬≠ing of the Gold¬≠en Rule in all human relationships. 
  • To pro¬≠mote the adop¬≠tion and the appli¬≠ca¬≠tion of high¬≠er social, busi¬≠ness and pro¬≠fes¬≠sion¬≠al standards.
  • To devel¬≠op by pre¬≠cept and exam¬≠ple, a more intel¬≠li¬≠gent, aggres¬≠sive and ser¬≠vice¬≠able citizenship. 
  • To pro¬≠vide through Kiwa¬≠nis clubs a prac¬≠ti¬≠cal means to form endur¬≠ing friend¬≠ships, to ren¬≠der altru¬≠is¬≠tic ser¬≠vice and to build bet¬≠ter communities. 
  • To coop¬≠er¬≠ate in cre¬≠at¬≠ing and main¬≠tain¬≠ing that sound pub¬≠lic opin¬≠ion and high ide¬≠al¬≠ism which make pos¬≠si¬≠ble the increase of right¬≠eous¬≠ness, jus¬≠tice, patri¬≠o¬≠tism and goodwill. 

Thank you for being a Kiwan­ian and a mem­ber of the Eye of the Tiger eKi­wa­nis. Thank you for step­ping up to serve the chil­dren of the world and to address the prob­lems that we face. Thank you for uphold­ing the Objects of Kiwa­nis and for con­tin­u­ing to add clubs and mem­bers to main­tain those objects.

Lead on.

Sin­cere­ly,

Pres­i­dent Barb Thompson

Eye of the Tiger eKi¬≠wa¬≠nis Club

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