KIWANIS MAGAZINE Voices message
On the road to its destiny
we make our six Objects
more relevant to
needs, Kiwanians will
speak out loudly for the
welfare of every child and
act more boldly for every
health, safety, ability
to read and, in some 28
impoverished nations, a
Make no mistake about it. Kiwanis is on
the road to fulfilling its destiny as the
leading service organization improving lives while providing opportunities for members to improve and transform their own lives.
Let me describe three reasons why I believe Kiwanis itself is being transformed,
and poised to become the go-to organization making the most positive influence
in communities worldwide: 1) We have a
distinctive brand; 2) we have the opportunity and the means to enhance our image worldwide; and 3) we will continue
to provide meaningful service that impacts the welfare of children.
First, a word about our distinctive
brand: a distinctive Kiwanis-family
network like no other. Imagine, more
than 600,000 members of our family and
countless thousands more in all engaged in meaningful
Kiwanis service to local and global communities. It is a distinctive brand
that touts the fact that more than half of our family network is under the
age of 25.
Under the outlines of the multi-year strategic plan approved by your Kiwanis International Board this year, initiatives are being designed so that
words in a written plan become action. The youth representing our brand
will no longer be who come and go in and out of our
Kiwanis lives. These are our partners in service, and must remain the key
members of our family network. Kiwanis will empower them to change the
way we structure our organization. Accordingly, they will be the ones to lead
Kiwanis into its next century.
In this distinctive family network, we have an extraordinary
members and friends of Kiwanis who labor in their communities, responding to that are both controllable and out of our
control. With more than a dozen uncontrollable events this past year, like violent storms and violent human acts, Kiwanians were there to respond with
caring hands-on support and funding.
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Tom DeJulio Kiwanis International President