The district welcomes new leadership and a new year of opportunities
A Publication of the Texas-Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International
Coloring Book Contest
reetings Fellow Kiwanis!!! During the past seven months we have seen many changes in the world and especially in our own back yard. We can either let these changes define us or we can define ourselves by overcoming the challenges. I believe the Texas Oklahoma District of Kiwanis International has stepped up, took the lemons we were given, and made lemonade. We embraced technology to continue meeting and started looking for new and innovative ways to serve. Our Service Leadership Programs (SLP) did this almost seamlessly, especially Key Clubs and CKI. We need to look to our SLPs to help us perform better in the virtual world. Now that we have embraced these new ways, let’s continue to use them to grow. Get creative and think outside the box for not only meetings but also fundraising. This presentation takes only about 20 minutes but gives some excellent ideas. https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=3354199097933600&ref=watch_permalink Looking ahead, there will continue to be challenges this year. We will have lower membership to start and a very tight budget, but I also expect the Mighty T/O to come out of this year shining. I don’t think I have ever seen a better group of Lt. Governors, Trustees, Chairs, club officers, and members. Our district staff are second to none and always available to help. Marshall Kregel is continuing with us as Marketing Director, but as many of you already know he has multiple talents and a Kiwanis heart. Susan Hennum will continue as our District Growth Chair bringing new and innovative ideas to help us grow. We have added a team of former CKI and Key Club members to help us bring new members from Key Club to CKI and Kiwanis as well as increase the number of CKI that transition to Kiwanis clubs. I believe this will be the year that will provide us the opportunity to grow. My focus will be on communications up, down, and throughout our district. I will be meeting with the Lt. Governors monthly to get evaluations of their divisions. I expect club officers to provide relevant information to their Lt. Governors to ensure we are meeting the needs of our communities and that the district is meeting the club needs. I plan to have quarterly district meetings on ZOOM to receive information our members consider important. If you miss those meetings, please pass the information to your Lt. Governor, Trustee, or email me directly. I look forward to getting out to visit Kiwanis clubs across Texas and Oklahoma and participate in their projects. I want my regional visits to be an opportunity to get to know you, your SLPs, and communities. The Mighty T/O is well known and respected throughout Kiwanis International, let’s work together and show them what we can accomplish!!
From the Governor
3 Governor's Message
8 Coloring Book Contest
12 A Look at Clubs
22 District Content
"Art Riley was elected president of Kiwanis International, Peter Mancuso was elected president-elect and Bert West was elected vice president during Kiwanis International Council, a special meeting of the board of trustees, past presidents, current district governors, the European Federation president and the Kiwanis Asia-Pacific chair. The Kiwanis International Board convened the Council on July 25, 2020, due to the cancellation of the 105th Kiwanis International Convention...
All new officers for 2020-21 are:
Art Riley, president
Peter Mancuso, president-elect
Bert West, vice president
Kip Crain, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Chuck Fletcher, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Michael Mulhaul, U.S. & Pacific Canada trustee
Michel Fongue, at-large trustee
Trustees from the Asia-Pacific District were elected during the Asia- Pacific District Convention held in Nepal in March. They are Buheita Fujiwara of Tokyo, Japan, and Wilfredo G. Aguilar, Koronadal City, South Cotabato,Philippines. " - https://www.kiwanis.org/news/newsitem/news/newsitem/riley-mancuso-west-elected-next-leaders-of-kiwanis
New Leadership for Kiwanis International 2020-2021
texas oklahoma district
The first Kiwanis Club in what is now the Texas-Oklahoma District, was officially completed February 10, 1917, at Dallas, Texas, with a membership of 200. Due to the increasing number of clubs across the country members realized the need of setting up the District organization. In October 1918, the Dallas Club selected one of its members to serve as interim Governor of the Texas-Oklahoma District until an organization conference could be arranged. The first meeting was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and on February 10, 1919, the Texas-Oklahoma District was organized.
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night of music
The Lake Grandbury Kiwanis Club held their Voice of Granbury Audition Night. The winners are featured above, Lizz Schellhorn (2nd place) and Michael Powell (1st place).
Help in Louisiana
Pastor Brad McKenzie , Governor Elect for the Texas Oklahoma District, joins fellow Kiwanians and CKI volunteers down in Louisiana. The group helped distribute hamburgers and supply kits in the city of Vinton.
KIWANIS TEXAS-OKLAHOMA DISTRICT
A grand occasion
The Kiwanis Club of Paris, Texas celebrated their 75th anniversary September 15th, 2020. They were joined by the TO Kiwanis District Governor and Immediate Past Governor.
TIME FOR SOME HOOP
Quitman- Lake Fork Kiwanis Club completed setting up a basketball court! The Kiwanis logo is proudly displayed on the back board.
THE CLINIC RECIEVES AID
The Kiwanis Youth Services’ Children’s Clinic was awarded $40,000 from the Denton County CARES program. This money will be applied towards hiring staff as well as covering prescriptions and other health costs.
Quitman- Lake Fork Golf Tournament
Quitman- Lake Fork Kiwanis Club has arranged a golf tournament with the Quitman Chamber of Commerce. The event takes place October third. The entry fee covers golf, the cart, a meal, gift bags and a raffle ticket.
Joe Marshall, past TX-OK Governor of ‘91/‘92, celebrated his 95th birthday on September 12th, 2020.
PLEDGE TO AID
The Plano Kiwanis Club has pledged to work with their community to provide children with much needed reading material during these difficult times.
A Pancake celebration
The Kiwanis Club of Paris, Texas donated their pancake batter and syrup, meant for their annual pancake day, to those in need in Louisiana.
A REASON TO CELEBRATE
The Galveston Kiwanis Club celebrated its 100 year anniversary on September 24th, 2020.
The Lockhart Kiwanis Club spent three hours of their Saturday constructing a wonderful ramp for their community.
The Texas Oklahoma District began its coloring book adventure over this summer. The district successfully printed its first coloring book issue in August 2020. The first issue print was sold out within hours as it was presented for the first time during our district convention. Since then the district has ordered more copies and continues to sell them via the district's online store.
Since the first issue print, the district continues to collect designs. Since the first issue, an issue called the "Hero Book", created by Susan Hennum, has been in the works. The Hero Book, a treat for our clubs, a wonderful activity/coloring book that focuses on heroes in our communities. More details are yet to come as we finalize details.
Coloring Book Contest
The first issue included designs from the following students: Isabella Ignacio, Desiree Bowman, Daniela Covarrubias, Christine Nguyen, Amy Ha, Katelyn Tran, Tiffany Dinh, Tiffany Doan, and Ben Lai.
The district has received designs for the second issue and is now in the process of putting together the second issue. The district is currently accepting designs for the third issue coloring book.
A new district project created by Marshall Kregel, TX OK Kiwanis District Marketing Chair 2019-2020.
What isSue are we on?
What is going on with this project?
WHose designs were used in the first issue?
An important reminder: students are able to submit multiple designs, thus will be awarded a cumulative monetary prize for their contributions. For example, one of our contestants had 4 designs chosen for print, thus they were awarded $40. Likewise, each design submitted counts as 2 service hours and is also cumulative.
What is going on?
What to know
Hero Book winners
The Texas Oklahoma District has come up with a fun project! The district is looking to create a series of coloring books to publish. These books will represent what Kiwanis is all about. The pages will be filled with designs of service projects, events, and goals that represent who we are. Who better to draw what we do than the people who do it? Thus, the district is in search of artists! Since we have so many projects and events, the district will assign a topic to each artist to depict.
If you are interested in participating visit our google form: https://forms.gle/pEuqTDNLN38K31Ja7.
100 designs will be chosen, those artists will receive a $10 gift card.
coloring book contest
When you fill out your entry form, a member from the district will contact you using the information you have provided. This will be to assign you your design topic. By entering the contest you agree to relinquish ownership rights of the design you submit, if it is chosen. We want to be completely transparent with artists. Because the design will be for TX-OK Kiwanis material, the district wants to be able to have control of the use of the image. Fear not, artists will still be given credit for their work in the coloring book. We recognize all the creativity and talents of all artists and simply wish to be as transparent as possible. Thank you for making Kiwanis so great!
The Texas Oklahoma District is looking for artists!
McKinney Kiwanis club
Covid versus Kiwanis
SUBMITTED BY Dub & Liz Norrid
The McKinney Kiwanis Club was affected by the virus, but we were not down and out. The club started having Zoom Meeting the first part of April and have had about 25% of our members join in on the meetings. Our club began meeting in person on July 9th. We were not able to meet at our normal place because the church was closed. So, we began holding our meeting at Chestnut Square until we are allowed to return to the church. Our meetings are also broadcast over Zoom so that all of our members can attend. We are getting our lunch meal catered by Chicken Express. We are very fortunate that we have been able to return to many of our activities: Meals on Wheels, Ramp Module Builds, Ramp Builds, and our Triathlon Fund-Raiser. We are all looking forward to getting everything back to 100% normal and serving our community.
The pandemic may have caused a halt of normalcy, but it can never stop Kiwanians.
A Look at Clubs
Jacksonville Kiwanis club
Scholarship recipient featured online
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Plano Club of Kiwanis
Club proudly announces winner
SUBMITTED BY Jeanette Kelley
Plano East Senior High School student winner of Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis Foundation Sophomore of the Year.
Ishaan Javali was selected from hundreds of applications to receive this scholarship award because of his numerous activities in math and computer clubs at school. Leading through sharing, organizing, and ultimately earning his Beta Club a third place at a state wide competition. Additionally, Ishaan volunteers in the community which allows him to meet a broad range of people outside school enhancing his life skills and benefiting others.
This scholarship is not based on academics but rather on leadership qualities. The goal is to seek out, recognize, and develop leadership potential starting with high school sophomores. The TX-OK Kiwanis Foundation strives to encourage and prepare the next generation for civic and corporate leadership roles.
Kiwanis Division 2 has also awarded Ishaan a complementary scholarship that will be available to him upon high school graduation. Plano East Senior HS is the magnet school for the International Baccalaureate Program for Plano ISD. Sophomores are eligible to attend this program as well.
Parents: Praveen Javali and Arathi Kumarswamy of Plano. Kiwanis Club of Plano is celebrating 50 years of service for children and young adults in Plano.
Our media platforms are www.kiwanisplano.org and www.facebook.com/kiwanisplano.
The Jacksonville Kiwanis Club was featured on the Jacksonville Progress online news page. The feature presents student, Julianna Dublin, receiving the Sophomore of the year award. The article quotes Jacksonville ISD Public Information Officer, Grace Traylor, saying, “Jacksonville ISD is so proud of Julianna receiving this prestigious designation” . To check out this article and explore the Jacksonville Progress news source please click here.
Kiwanis Club of Arlington
Education Relief Packs
SUBMITTED BY Evelyn Herrera
An old tradition of Kiwanis is perfect attendance. Our club has 2 members with perfect attendance, one with over 55 years of service and the other with 42 years. No person can ever hope to attend all club meetings; however, Kiwanis does allow for making up missed meetings in several ways as outlined under 347.1 Perfect Attendance Make-up Credit Opportunities in KI’s Policies and Procedures (7/24/2020) manual, p. 116. The usual opportunities include attending club board meetings, committee meetings, and service projects. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has dramatically affected the way clubs currently operate. Additionally, these Kiwanians are usually part of the age vulnerable group and sometimes not the most comfortable with technology as many clubs have switched from face to face meetings to virtual meetings with technology.
Fortunately, KI Procedures do allow for flexibility: “Each club may adjust this list of suggest make-up credit opportunities at its discretion.” KI has been conducting “Lunch with a Leader” video series, most Wed. Noon (CT) on Facebook Live at: https://www.facebook.com/kiwanis . Most of these past videos are archived at: https://www.kiwanis.org/news/covid-19-kiwanis-suggestions/covid-19-lunch-with-a-leader . Most videos are 12-20 min. in length and cover a wide variety of topics that any member may find interesting. I find such activities would not only keep our members connected and engaged but would be a good substitute activity during COVID-19.
Sometimes even these opportunities may not be suitable for our older Kiwanians. In those situations, your club board should consider suspending attendance requirement till well after COVID-19 has been resolved. When inquiries were made of member services at KI, their response: “With these uncertain times, we're leaving attendance policies up to the clubs. If your club would like to suspend those requirements until such a time as you are able meet in person again, we trust your judgment and discretion in doing so.”
I encourage your club to seek opportunities to keep your all members engaged.
The pandemic has caused quite a huge impact on children. From a rise of domestic violence, lack of finances, difficulty with online school, and food disparity, children have been facing several immense challenges this year. The Kiwanis Club of Arlington sought out to aid children going through such disparities. The club partnered up with the Arlington Public Library and set out on making 500 Education Relief Packs. These packs not only contained educational supplies for the new school year, but it also included fun activities such as watercolors, coloring books, and reading books! Both the club and the library also made sure to add in resources that would come in handy for those in need.
During times of immense difficulty we must not forget that activities filled with fun and relief are part of basic needs that children need met. Nothing is worth more than a child's smile! The club looks forward to possibly continuing a similar project next summer.
If you would like to know the sources we used to purchase our materials please feel free to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club of Bartlesville
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The Kiwanis Club of New Braunfels, TX is featured on the Bulverde Spring Branch Back Porch News in support of law enforcement. Below is the snippet of the article featuring the club.
Kiwanis Club of New Braunfels, TX
Bulverde Spring Branch Back Porch News
SUBMITTED BY Michael Clark
South Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club
Delivery of Care packages
SUBMITTED BY Andy Eason
At South Oklahoma City Kiwanis Club weekly meeting of 26 Aug. 2020, it was mentioned by Lula Richardson (one of our new members this year) that Season’s of Change had an availability of over 90 backpacks along with school supplies that were packed inside. These items along with a large supply of socks and t-shirts were ours for distribution if we had a need where they could help. Club members worked together and within a few hours were able to find that Highland Park Elementary School not only could use them, they had already run out of backpacks for returning students, and they were running low on school supplies for students in need. So on Thursday 27 Aug. 2020 at 2 in the afternoon we were able to deliver a truckload of supplies to the school. We are happy to say that these supplies will make a difference and that Highland Park facility and Principal Dr. Donna Cloud were grateful and appreciated our help in supporting their students! Thank you to the many club members that helped make this happen and a very Big Thank You to Seasons of Change and Lula Richardson for their continued support and contributions they make to the children in our community. Together we can make a positive change and improve our communities, states, and nation, one child at a time. We can make a difference!
Stars for Our Troops
Retired tattered American flags are re-purposed and converted into cards.
Members of our club created 3000+ Star for our troop pouches that are passed out to Veterans/First Responders during 9/11 ceremony.
Kiwanis Club of Kyle Buda in partnership with the Kyle Police Department and Unforgettable Families and Friends will award 50 children with school supplies.
If you would like to take a look at all of the fun things this club has been up to check out their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/KyleKiwanis. To contact them email them at email@example.com.
Summer Fan Drive
Members of Kiwanis Club of Kyle/Buda and the Kyle Police Department delivered the fans. Thanks to Walmart in Kyle, Texas(Manager James Blank) for approving the Walmart Community Grant for the citizens of Kyle to receive new fans
This program encourages kids 12 years old and younger to read.
Winners will be awarded with safety gear and a new bike.
Over 250 books will be given away during this contest.
The pandemic Kyle/Buda Kiwanis Club has found multiple ways to keep busy and pass the time! The club has had fun with several events such as the Bikes 4 Books Summer Reading Program, Stars for Our Troops, Back to School Supply Drive, and a Summer Fan Drive.
Back to School Supply Drive
Bikes 4 Books Reading Program
Kiwanis Club of Kyle/Buda
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Dreams of Conventions Past
Submitted by Courtney Taylor
We’ve seen a lot through the last decade of Kiwanis International Conventions. Remember the year that the audio system stopped working – or the year that the power went out altogether? How about when our board of directors pranced out on the stage, dressed for each decade of Kiwanis? As we stay home to stay safe, let’s take a walk together down convention-memory lane.
Ten years ago, in 2010, we packed our bags for Las Vegas. We listened to Colin Powell, laughed at Jay Leno, and oohed at Cirque du Soleil’s KÀ. We were introduced to The Eliminate Project by Teo Leoni, and the Year of the Fire commenced with President Sylvester Neal.
A year later, we hopped on a plane to Geneva. Jane Goodall shared her adventures and wisdom with us. Jamie Lee Curtis joined us as Dr. François Gasse further educated us about tetanus vaccines, and Alan Penn took the reins as president.
Back on US soil in 2012, we paraded through the streets of New Orleans, danced with Richard Simmons, and celebrated 25 years of women in Kiwanis. Tuohys shared the true story that inspired the 2009 film, The Blind Side. Amanda Shaw entertained us with her fiddle, James Carville and Mary Matalin made us laugh, and President Tom DeJulio turned our attention to Our Children, Their Future.
We celebrated 50 years of Kiwanis in Europe during the 2013 convention in Vancouver. We reignited the Olympic Sarah McLachlan received the Kiwanis World Service Medal for her work with children, and she melted us with her singing and piano playing. We also enjoyed music from The Midtown Men. The Formula started with its Love It, Share It, Live It campaign. President Gunter Gasser reminded us that We Build Bridges for Children to the Future.
In Tokyo-Chiba, we celebrated 50 years of the Asia-Pacific region. Cultural exhibits exposed us to local flora, fashion, and food. Prince Akishino addressed us on stage, and delegates learned how to fold origami and write Japanese calligraphy. This year’s World Service Medal was Table for Two, an organization striving to end hunger in Africa while simultaneously reducing obesity in developed nations. Incoming President John Button took the lead as we faced The Way Ahead.
In 2015, we commemorated 100 years of Kiwanis. This trip to Indianapolis included hopscotching in the airport, touring the KI office, and eating hotdogs before a baseball game at Victory Field. We learned from Tim Harris, an entrepreneur with Down syndrome, and we ate pancakes in Monument Circle. Kiwanis leaders showcased the evolution of our organization, and Judson Laipply shared the evolution of dance. To top off our celebration, Sue Petrisin was installed as the first female president of Kiwanis International.
Toronto was our next stop, right at the base of the CN Tower. Chris Hadfield described the pursuit of his childhood dream to be an astronaut, all the way to being the first Canadian to walk in space. We jumped on the stage with Choir! Choir! Choir! and jumped back to our seats as Jewel shared her life story and her songs. President Jane Erickson encouraged us to Energize the Dream, and #kidsneedkiwanis made its debut.
The Paris convention in 2017 had heightened security, but that didn’t lessen the revelry. Our entertainment included an accordion and a mime. We celebrated Bastille Day along the Champs-Élysées with a parade and airshow by day and fireworks by night. We heard from Ruby Bridges and her teacher, both of whom took some of the first steps toward the integrated schools that we enjoy today. President Jim Rockford kicked off his year dubbed Eye of the Tiger and focused on club building.
Back to Sin City in 2018, we learned about empowering children with special needs using a theater program called the Penguin Project. Aktion Club member Dina Buno discussed the documentary about life – and love - with Asperger's syndrome. We enjoyed listening to a fake Elvis Presley and Rod Stewart as well as the real Rudy Ruettiger and Three Dog Night. President Poly Lot embarked on a year that demonstrated how important Kiwanis is, even in the face of some of life’s greatest challenges.
Mickey and Minnie were just the beginning of big names we saw at the Orlando convention in 2019. Jim Collins spoke to us about shifting our clubs from good to great, and Alex Sheen shared how his tribute to his father, a campaign to do things simply “Because I Said I Would,” was changing lives. Delegates joined us for the first time from Nepal, the newest district to Kiwanis International. Justin Willman entertained us, and former Key Clubber Dr. Tammy Chang spoke about preparing youth for the future. We closed out the event by cheering for Poly Lat one last time, welcoming President Daniel Vigneron, and dancing to Eagles hits with Don Felder.
This year, we didn’t have the pleasure of listening to Captain Sully, Gayle Smith, or Anna Vinci. We weren’t allowed to meet up with old acquaintances or gather for a house of delegates. The internet is our only option for expanding our knowledge of service, growth, and youth programming.
But the world will go on, Kiwanis will go on, and we’ll see you next year in Salt Lake City.
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The winner of the Aktion Club Scrapbook Contest is the Aktion Club of Santa Fe Place, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Moore, OK. The scrapbook features the Aktion club in action! From volunteering to having fun the digital scrapbook showcases the beauty of Aktion club and Kiwanis.
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AKTION CLUB SCRAPBOOK CONTEST WINNER
In line with international convention customs, the international council session started with the anthems for Luxembourg and the United States. President Daniel Vigneron greeted delegates in Indianapolis by video from the Kiwanis Office in Ghent, Belguim. He mentioned the only other years that the council has been used en lieu of a convention, 1943-1945. He encouraged us to keep our organization on a firm foundation as we face the continued challenges of this pandemic.
Executive Director Stan Soderstrom directed us to the printed and digital versions of the annual report and spoke instead about leading in a time of uncertainty. He acknowledged that, while we cannot predict the future, we can predict what skills we will need. He discussed three primary issues: financials and increased costs, the global pandemic and economic crisis, and social unrest. Regarding the third point, he encouraged clubs to study the inclusiveness captured by the Objects of Kiwanis. He reminded us that Kiwanis is all about community and neighbors helping neighbors. His parting mantra was, “If you need help, ask. If you can provide help, offer.”
The delegate report followed. Presently, members of the international council totaled 92. Eighty-five people had registered, including 19 board members, 20 past KI presidents, and 46 governors and regional directors. Based on those numbers and Robert’s Rules of Order, quorum for this event was 43 delegates.
The resolutions were read by Past Kiwanis International President Paul Palazzolo. Five memorial resolutions were provided with full bios of the people we lost in the recent year.
Raymond W. Lansford, 1984-1985
Frank J. Dinoto, 1986-1987
Anton “Tony” Kaiser, 1987-1988
John Button, 2014-2015
Florencio “Poly” Lat, 2018-2019
The elections followed council approval of the resolutions. President-Elect-Designate Peter Mancuso of New York District and President Designate Art Riley of Capital District were nominated and approved for their future positions. After a short break for the attendees in Indianapolis, nominations and speeches took place for the positions of US & Pacific Canada Trustees, the At-Large Trustee, and the Vice President. Five people ran for three US & Pacific Canada Trustee positions. The winners were Chuck Fletcher from the Kentucky-Tennessee District, Kip Crain from the Ohio District, and Richard Mulhaul from the New Jersey District. Two candidates sought the At-Large Trustee position, and Michel Fongue from the New Zealand-South Pacific District won. Five people ran for Vice President, and the winner following a runoff election was Bert West of the Rocky Mountain District.
Vice President Mancuso welcomed us when the video feed resumed in the evening to “Celebrate Great.” In his farewell speech, President Vigneron reminded us that members are the most important part of our clubs. The more we have, the more we can accomplish.
Trustee Greg Beard reviewed the 2020 Signature Project Contest categories and judging. Texas-Oklahoma clubs that qualified as finalists were the Kiwanis Club of Edinburg in Tier 1 (clubs of 27 or fewer members) and the Kiwanis Club of Paris in Tier 2 (28 or more members). The 2018-2019 Kiwanis International Distinguished Service (KIDS) Award was given to those who achieved President Lot’s recruitment goals. Recipient districts were Rocky Mountain, Eastern Canada and the Caribbean, Belgium-Luxembourg, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippine Luzon, Philippine South, and Taiwan.
Following the awards, Executive Director Soderstrom thanked the trustees who will be retiring at the end of this year and congratulated the newly-elected board members. President Riley said that we must look ahead with determination and optimism. He focused on the fifth object of Kiwanis, particularly building better communities. He said we must act now. He challenged us to open 350 new clubs in the year ahead. As the world continues to grow, the needs of communities will continue to grow as well. It is our job to create leaders to fills those needs. “Kiwanians have always been dream makers.” Children achieving their dreams will build better communities.
If you would like to see the excitement yourself, visit https://www.kiwanis.org/convention/2020-kiwanis-international-council/. Even though we already know who will be serving on the 2020-2021 board, each candidate shared
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Kiwanis International Council 2020
Submitted by Courtney Taylor
As we start our new Kiwanis year you may be thinking .....WHAT IN THE WORLD HAPPENED TO OUR 2019/2020 KIWANIS YEAR??? This past year with the majority of it being in the middle of a Pandemic has surely been a challenge membership wise for everyone. How do we dust ourselves off and get back on track?
1. BIG NEWS...... Kiwanis International has extended the deadline for no for no new member fees for existing clubs... WHAT??.....
That is right folks and guess what... The Texas Oklahoma District Board voted unanimously to follow suit! So, from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 you can sign up new members with NO NEW MEMBER FEE!!
2. If you are still not meeting, please contact your Lt. Governor and have them set you up with a zoom meeting. We understand that some of your restaurants are still not open or some of your members are hesitate to get back together so this is the perfect time to check in with everyone. Having trouble using zoom? Contact our fabulous Marketing Director Marshall and he will get you all set up.
3. October is a great time to bring in new members, especially with no new member fees, but remember your club must have something that attracts them. Are you needing help with a service project or fundraiser.... there are all kinds of things you can do during this time. Check out the coloring books on our District Website....
4. Now that we are all starting to come out of the fog, check your social media pages. If you have a website, is it up to date? Having an out of date website is detrimental to your club. It is better to take it down until you can get it updated. Facebook pages – If you are not using your Facebook you are missing out. It is the number one way for people to find you. Need help getting your Facebook updated or maybe you don’t even have one?? Contact our marketing team but remember, every day we post something that you can use. We have rolled out a new ad campaign to attract new members to your club. Be sure to grab those posts and share them!
Good luck to all the new officers.
Submitted by susan hennum
Autumn is in the air and what better time than now to join a Kiwanis Club. Your Texas Oklahoma Growth and Marketing Team have joined forces to roll out a new campaign aimed at filling the void for those folks who are looking to get involved. This past year has been a little bit stressful with a full-blown pandemic so if you are wanting to get involved but don’t know how look no further.
Each week we will have a different post pinned to the top of our Facebook page. Simply go to the District Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/texasoklahomakiwanis and grab the picture and share it on your Facebook page.
Once someone goes to our website there is a similar picture with a contact number. Individuals who send a request for more information will be sent to the local Kiwanis Club. Each week we will have a different ad.
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“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
― Thomas Campbell
In Loving Memory
Phyllis A. Vogel, 84, of Georgetown TX, died peacefully at home on September 5, 2020.
She was born July 21, 1936 in Brooklyn NY to Miriam and Samuel Ginsberg. She attended Tilden High School and Brooklyn College. Phyllis married Stanley Vogel on her 20th birthday and was happily married for 49 years until his passing in 2006.
Phyllis was an executive secretary at CBS and ABC Television in New York City until she and Stan started a family in 1959. Phyllis returned to the workforce after her 3 children went to school, in Randolph NJ. She was a nursery school teacher and later co-founded Sugar & Spice Nursery School. She continued to attend college part-time while working and raising 3 children and earned her Bachelor’s degree from Kean College (NJ) in 1973. She went on to work atCerberus Pyrotronics as a staff accountant. In the early 1990’s Phyllis & Stan moved to Hampstead NC so he could play golf year round and she could enjoy the beach. Phyllis worked at Meridien Marketing in Wilmington for many years and then she and Stan moved to Georgetown TX in 2006.
Phyllis is survived by her children, Jackie Zurkammer of Georgetown TX, Stacey Ellis (Chris) of Farmerville LA and Douglas Vogel of Cedar Park TX, grandchildren Ashley Romero (Jason), Jessica Vogel all of Lawton OK and Jacob Henson, Fort Collins CO, 3 great-grandsons and many dear friends and family. She is also survived by her brothers Daniel Ginsberg (Diane) of Marlborough MA and Allen Ginsberg (Judy Ottmann) of Belfast ME.
Throughout her life, Phyllis was involved in numerous civic and religious organizations. She was very active at Temple Shalom in NJ, and she was the first female president of the congregation. She was a proud lifelong Democrat. In Georgetown she was active in the Sun City Democrat Club and served as secretary for several years. She arranged the trailer for the Red Poppy Parade. She was also very active in the Sun City Kiwanis Club, a life-time member of Kiwanis International. One of her biggest accomplishments was running the Literacy Program for many years. She had plenty of help from her fellow Kiwanians but it was “her baby” and she enjoyed reading to the children at Georgetown and Jarrell elementary schools and giving each child their very own book to keep. Phyllis was named the 2011 TX-OK Div 24 Kiwanis “Layperson of the Year”. Through Kiwanis she was also a Salvation Army bell ringer for over 10 years, a Holiday Home tour docent and garage sale concession volunteer. Phyllis served as a Williamson County poll worker for many years and then became an election judge. She worked nearly every Williamson County primary and election. The only time she sat still was when she was reading a good book or doing the New York Times crossword puzzle.
At Phyllis’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be madeto the American Kidney Fund (kidneyfund.org), Sun City Kiwanis GoFundMe page (https://gf.me/u/yk5m7p), Hospice Austin (hospiceaustin.org) or Salvation Army (salvationarmyusa.org).
From the Editor
ello , as we begin a new year I encourage all of our clubs to submit content. As you might have noticed this issue is interactive! From slideshows to videos to links we want to open the world of our Kiwanians to content they might not always get a chance to see. If you have some fun videos or a an immense amount of photos, send them our way!
A new year full of new opportunities and new content! I am excited to see the journey our district will venture on this year.
Please send content for KI Notes to firstname.lastname@example.org.