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By Savannah Cerullo
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Bartow Kiwanis Update - week of Oct. 5


Last updated 10/7/2020 at 4:34pm

Greetings, Kiwanians,

This week:

October Speaker Coordinator James Clements and Speaker Chair Sarah Case have pulled out all the stops to bring you . . . we're not sure yet. Our scheduled speaker had a last minute conflict so next week's speaker remains a work in progress. However, it'll be great. Fabulous. Best speaker ever. Everybody says so. (That was a Trump impression, in case it didn't come across. It's hard to capture his cadence in text.)


I rolled out the details for 52 Weeks of Service at club today. You've heard it before, but it bears repeating. Kiwanis is a service organization Therefore, it is my belief that we need to be seen serving. Kiwanis has a difficult time recruiting Millennials and Gen Zers. Even though those age groups have strong inclinations to serve their community, they view service organizations as inactive, check-writers. Through our 52 Weeks of Service Project, we can demonstrate that Kiwanis is vital and active in service to our community.

Every week of my presidency, at least one Bartow Kiwanian will participate in service. Running charity 5Ks, picking up trash, volunteering for VISTE, whatever it is you do (and you do so much already) counts towards our goal. So how do we make your service "count" for this project? Simply shoot me an email about it, providing the details. And if you know of an upcoming service project we can plug, please tell me (and keep on telling me because I forget things).

For the purposes of this project, our weeks run consistently with our meetings, Friday to Thursday. Week 1 was Sept. 25 to Oct. 1, and Adam Riley and John Keating kicked us off. Week 2 started Oct.2! So let me know what you'll be doing to serve our community. And take photos that we can share on social media. Use the hashtag #52WeeksofService and wear your (coming soon) 52 Weeks of Service shirt!

Participation Awards

No, this is not getting a ribbon for just for showing up. It's getting MONEY just for showing up, or almost. Throughout the year, Kiwanians will receive points for participation, and the three Kiwanians with the most points will receive prizes at our next Pin Passing Ceremony in the form of gift cards: $200 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd. How do I earn points and win these fabulous prizes, you ask? Well, you PARTICIPATE! Every time you attend a Kiwanis event (meetings, DCMs, socials, etc.), you get a point. Every time you participate in a service project and report it for our 52 Weeks of Service Project, you get a point. Every time you recruit a new member, you get FIVE points. CAVEATS: I can't win because that wouldn't be fair, and board meetings DO NOT count for points. ALSO: Points have to be reported within seven (7) days of earning. You can't come to me in September to report points you earned in January.

So you got it? Participate. Earn points. Win money. If you have questions about whether or not something "counts", just ask me. If you were at Club today, in person or via Zoom, you've already got 1 point. John Keating is currently leading the pack with 2 points because he came to Club and participated in a service project.


• We still have months that need Speaker Coordinators: January, March, July and August. Please sign up to arrange speakers for one of those months if you have not already done so.

• Mike Rushing has graciously volunteered to chair the Christmas Party Committee, and he needs committee members. If you would like to help with our annual Christmas Party, please let Mike or me know. And remember, committee meetings count for Participation Points!


Oct. 9, noon – Club Meeting: TBA

Oct. 13, 6 p.m. – Board Meeting: Boswell & Dunlap

Oct. 16, noon – Club Meeting: Boys and Girls Club, Inc., with Mike Borders and Leo Longworth

Oct. 23, noon – Club Meeting: Mosquito Control

Oct. 30, noon – Club Meeting: TBA

As always, don't forget to like Bartow Kiwanis on Facebook, follow us on Twitter (@BartowKiwanis), and check out our pictures on Instagram (@BartowKiwanis).


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