December 2008
David Maloney, Editor
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Fighting to Save Children in Africa
by Raga S. Elim, Ph.D., Chairman, Capital District Committee on International Understanding

The more money we raise, the more African children we can save. We will keep you updated on our progress towards our goal of $25,000 by means of the thermometer shown to the left. As of today we have raised $1675. Donations toward this Initiative are tax deductible....more

Local Key Club Featured in Video
by Nicole McDermott

Watch this inspiring video featuring the Key Club of West Springfield High School in West Springfield, Virginia, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Tysons Corner, Virginia, in the Capital District...more

Botetourt Club/Education Center Charity Partnership Marks 20 Years
by Clarence Renshaw, President, Botetourt Kiwanis

Thanksgiving 2008 marks the twentieth anniversary of a special relationship between the Kiwanis Club of Botetourt, the students at Botetourt Technical Education Center, and more than 600 grateful people in Botetourt County. For the past two decades, the students and members of the community service organization have joined together to help make Thanksgiving and Christmas brighter holidays by collecting and buying food to present to needy individuals and families in the County...more

Suburban Frederick Club Raffle Winners Flying High
by Dave Maloney

A recently-held fundraising raffle resulted in a mother-son team winning a helicopter flight donated by Willem and Alice Meiners of (Willem and Alice have flown "around the world" in this helicopter.) Watch the movie!

Goodbye "Capital Builder" Hello "MiniBuilder"
by Dave Maloney, Editor

Recently the Capital District Board of Trustees voted to discontinue the printed version of the Capital Builder. This decision comes on the heels of a recent survey to which many club members responded with some excellent arguments both for and against doing away with the Capital Builder...more

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Key Leader Program Set for March 27-29
by Nicole McDermott

Key Leader is Kiwanis's weekend leadership education program for high school students (of any grade level, and there is no limit to the number of students who can attend per school). Our Capital District Key Leader event will take place March 27-29, in Millersville, Maryland, at Arlington Echo. This is a camp location about 10 minutes from Annapolis and about 45 minutes from the D.C. metropolitan area. We hope every Kiwanis Club in the Capital District will sponsor at least one student (preferably more!) to attend. It costs $150/student to sponsor a Key Club member OR $175/student to sponsor a non-Key Club member. Students do not need to be Key Club members to attend. Please consider the possibility of inviting a student from a local high school without a Key Club to attend and introducing that student and his/her family to the Kiwanis Family. It might be a situation where the family would otherwise have had no connection to the Kiwanis Family. The other possibility to is nominate a Key Clubber to attend. No matter who you sponsor, the student(s) will benefit greatly from the experience. Key Leader is not taking place during any holiday, spring break, or testing weekends, and it is one month before Key Club DCON so there are no conflicts there.

This is a hugely valuable program that complements the objective of Kiwanis -- service leadership. Key Leader teaches students to be leaders through service and focuses on five principles -- integrity, respect, excellence, growth, and community. Please help us reach our goal of getting at least 60 students to attend Key Leader by making this a priority for your Kiwanis Club! Speaking as a product of Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs, it will be time and money well spent.

For more information, please contact Nicole McDermott at or 703.917.8877.

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