KIWANIS MAGAZINE Voices
What they say
Both concepts patriotism and justice are
found in the sixth Object. Describe a service
project that reveals these concepts.
Tom DeJulio President
clubs undertake projects
addressing youth-related concerns,
they demonstrate a patriotic
fervor to their nation that will be
judged by how it treats its children
and their future. The Eliminate
Project ridding newborn tetanus
is a patriotic call for every nation
to deliver justice to its most
Gunter Gasser President-elect
patriot loves his community
and his country. justice when
people living there have the
same personal securities.
it patriotism and justice to help
the aggrieved party in case of
a disaster? My club helps in
emergencies, knowing that
communities can be local or
Peter Mancuso President,
such service project is handing
out miniature flags as people enter
and leave courthouses on days such
as the U.S. Flag Day when most
courts are open. Patriotism arises
from pride in nation, and a
court system that fairly dispenses
justice greatly instills such
John R. Button Vice president
club has been an active
participant in communityrehabilitation programs for
young offenders. We provide
oversight, support and positive
interaction with these young
people as they attempt to get
their lives back on the straight
and narrow path to contributing
At our annual conventions, I report to the delegates on the state of
the organization, on its finances, on the membership of the entire
Kiwanis family. This year, in Vancouver, I chose to also add details of
The Eliminate Project and the fundraising campaign that supports
it. Usually my part of the business session garner much
response ... until this year. had numerous calls and emails thanking me for sharing the information on the progress of the campaign.
Because of that, chosen to repeat some of that information here.
First, our fundraising campaign is on track. By the end of
June, we had raised US$35.7 million, which is right where we
projected our campaign to be.
Since 2011, we have been building a campaign structure that
reaches into every Kiwanis district, division and almost every
club. In all, more than 6,000 members are serving the campaign
in a multi-year role. Now that built our team, time to
accelerate our efforts and save lives in the remaining 28 nations
where maternal and neonatal tetanus remains a health threat.
Sixty-three percent of our clubs have participated in the campaign to date, and our goal is to exceed 80 percent. very
pleased with this progress. We believe our greatest progress will
come from clubs that choose to become Model Clubs by making
a multi-year commitment of US$750 per member. Congratulations to New Jersey for being the first district to achieve 100
percent club participation for The Eliminate Project.
To date, raised US$12 million from cash and pledges
from 454 Model Clubs. Our goal is to achieve more than US$44
Thirty-two clubs have stepped up to become 100K clubs, committing to at least a US$100,000 gift. To date, raised US$4 million
and believe we can reach the US$10 million goal from 100K Clubs.
We expect Lead and Major Gifts, governments and corporate donors to play an increasing role in the last two years of the campaign.
What I find most gratifying is that more than 3,730 Walter
Zeller Fellowships a gift of US$1,250 have been donated
since the campaign began. More than 70 new Walter Zeller Fellows were honored at Kiwanis International convention, which
equates to nearly 40,000 lives saved. truly exciting.
never know the names or see the faces of the women
and children we help, but we do
know giving a chance at life
to millions of children who otherwise see a first birthday.
Kiwanis, I hope proud of our
Once again, making a
Thank you for serving.
Stan Soderstrom Kiwanis Executive Director