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  May 2009

May '09 eBuilder Front Page

A Letter from Kiwanis International President Don Canaday

Dear Kiwanis Leader:

While membership should be a focus for us every month in Kiwanis, I call on Kiwanis members to place a special emphasis on membership in May, membership month for Kiwanis.

We need to grow and the children and communities we serve need us to grow. So I challenge you to think about how you recruit members. Are you talking with school principals, administrators, church leaders, mayors, friends and neighbors? Do you follow through with prospective members?

I challenge you to look for people with Kiwanis hearts, men and women willing to share their time, talent and treasure for the benefit of others. There are millions of them out there who just need us to invite them to become Kiwanis members.

I challenge you to think about building loyalty. In these busy times, what is your member retention strategy? Do you have one?

I challenge you to renew your members. Are your meeting times convenient? Are meetings interesting and fun? Are your service projects relevant and do they make a difference?

I challenge you to fundraise so that you can help children in need. In times such as these, we need to continue to find ways to give more and more often.

I challenge you to use every tool in your membership toolbox, and to think about other things you can do. Invite a potential member to lunch, or plan a cookout for a few of your Kiwanis friends and invite people you think would be outstanding Kiwanians.

The challenge belongs to us all to grow Kiwanis so we can keep the promises for children and communities today and tomorrow.


Don Canaday, President
Kiwanis International

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