Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jul 10, '12

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, July 10, 2012

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Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Jack introduced his friend - and lifetime Kiwanian - Jerry Onis who was visiting today.

Lloyd thanked us for the help with the parking and program sales at the rodeo this weekend.

Then Lee introduced herself as the speaker and then called on Dave to talk about the EliMiNaTe status.

Dave told us that the last major Kiwanis International fundraiser, the IDD program to provide iodine to stabilize the diets of children in developing countries, took four years to raise one million dollars. Just two years in, the EliMiNaTe program has raised 14.3 million dollars. However, Kiwanis International is carefully following procedures to insure that the money is all channeled in the right direction and used for what it needs to be, which is delaying the distribution in some areas. Even with everything properly checked, it takes 6 months to a year once funding is available for a country before the program starts to take effect, since the first things that have to happen is education and training of the administrators and caregivers.

Dave related his story of visiting a UNICEF board meeting early on in the EliMiNaTe project, and hearing the donation amounts of other sponsors. Kiwanis is making a very major donation in the form of the EliMiNaTe project, which is why UNICEF has been so cooperative with the requirements from Kiwanis on fund direction and marketing and name recognition. Since its inception, UNICEF has reduced the number of curable or treatable disease related deaths in children by almost 50%, while the global birthrate has nearly doubled.

Lee then talked to us about her experience as a first time attendee to the Kiwanis International Convention. Her badge marked her as a first time attendee, and that also mostly dictated her track through the programming. She learned about fundraising ideas, the club excellence program, and how to do a community analysis among other things.

She also informed us that the big issue at the convention, a significant dues increase, as well as eliminating the discounts for clubs in nations with lower income levels, was actually removed from the floor it was so unpopular - defeated before it got to a vote! Lee felt she really got a lot out of being there, and is excited to start her term as our new president in October.

There were 12 delegates from Montana, and Silver Bow Kiwanis was the best represented with Lee and Dave present.

Lee is also working with club treasurer Steve to bring a revised version of the policies and procedures to the club for approval. This is necessary both to bring our club more in line with International, but also to bring our documentation more in line with how our club actually operates.

Lee Miller, International Convention
Chicken Strips and Fries
Event Updated
5:11 Tuesday, July 10, 2012