Silver Bow Kiwanis

Silver Bow Kiwanis Kiwanis Club Meeting, Jul 23, '13

12:00-1:00 Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Larger map and driving directions

Butte Perkins
2900 Harrison Ave.
Butte, MT 59701

Dave Curry gave us an update from the Kiwanis International Convention in Vancouver. Very exciting is that the EliMiNaTe project is internationally on track to meet the five year goal, but even more exciting is that Sue Petrisin was elected into the Vice President position, meaning she will be President of Kiwanis International for the 2015-2016 administrative year. Not only is Ms. Petrisin the first woman to serve as Kiwanis International president, but she is the first woman to serve as international president of any of the largest service organizations!

Then Tim brought our attention to the Schwans catalogs on the tables. We can start placing and collecting orders. Please have one household order per sheet (make copies if you need). We need to have $3,000 in sales to get the best pay-back from Schwans. Remember, order sheets need to be returned to Tim no later than August 6 so we have have people's purchases on hand for pick up August 10 at AnRiRa.

Also, we have ice cream sales with Schwans at Evel Kneivel Days this Saturday, July 27 from 10-4. We really need two people (or more) there all the time, and we're looking for two hour shifts. We'll be located on Dakota Street just south of Broadway - in the middle of the car show!

So, our program this week was a TED Talk by Dan Pallotta on the ethics of charitable fundraising.

Dan starts his talk stating that business - and the private sector - can and will lift the majority of people up financially, but that they leave behind the most needy, and that is where charity comes in, particularly health and human services charity. Philanthropy and charity of this sort is the market for love. However, most people, especially in the United States, don't like it when people make money by helping people. As a society we generally force people to make a choice: do well for yourself OR do good for the community.

Charity has had 2% of the GDP since the early 1970s - it hasn't grown in 40 years. Socially we don't allow charity to use money to lure good talent, we don't allow charity to spend money to advertise, we don't allow charity to take risks to innovate and possibly earn more money, we don't allow charity time to develop programs and increase returns, and we don't allow charity to get startup funding or other moneys to spend on growing the organization in order t make more money. These are all things that businesses do and do very successfully, but they are prohibited to charity. In the last 30 years, only 144 non-profits have grown to over $50 million organization, but in the same time 46,136 private companies have crossed this threshold.

Watch Dan Pallotta at to see the whole 19 minute presentation.

TED Talks on Ethics of Charitable Fund Raising
Country Club Melt and Fries
Event Updated
4:50 Tuesday, July 23, 2013