Thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve you as your Governor for the 2013-14 Kiwanis Year. I appreciate your friendship and hospitality whenever and wherever I visited in the WI-UM District. All of you are making a difference in your community and in the lives of children around the globe.
From the shores of Lake Superior and Lake Michigan to our borders with Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota, ours is a great district. 108 of our clubs have been serving their communities for over 50 years or longer. These clubs have stood the test of time. Congratulations. Two of our longest serving clubs, Milwaukee and Racine, were formed in 1916; soon to be followed by Kenosha, Downtown Madison, Green Bay, Fond du Lac and Oshkosh in 1917.
287 of our members have been serving their clubs, communities and children for 40 years or longer. Now that is dedication! Congratulations to you all.
This year, so far, we have raised over $106,000 for Kiwanis World-wide service project, Eliminate, to eradicate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) from places where it still exists.
The Governor’s project, to help build the state-of-the-art accessible pool at the Easter Seal Society Camp Wawbeek, near Wisconsin Dells, was completed and opened to the campers in early June. The dedication was on July 16, 2014. This is a major accomplishment for our district, knowing that thousands of campers with disabilities will use it for the next 60 or more years. Thank you to all the Kiwanis clubs for their generous contributions, and to Ken Saville for his hard work. It is not too late to contribute. We still need to raise ~ $15K.
WI-UM membership increase, as of now, is 70 members. We have four more weeks to make sure that all our clubs have a net increase of at least one member. There are large numbers of communities in our district which are unserved by Kiwanis. What a great opportunity for us! To meet this challenge, Kiwanis International has started a multi-year, Global Campaign for Growth: The Formula Team. Contact me if you would you like to serve on the Formula Team—a team of Club Openers and Club Counselors. Let us all work together to open Kiwanis Clubs in these communities. Success is a team effort.
Our Service Leadership Programs are doing well. WI-UM Circle K chartered two new clubs, leading to a total of 18 clubs, and a record membership of 613 (vs. 516 earlier). WI-UM Key Club program charted 5 new clubs, leading to a total of 135 clubs and a membership of 7411. Builders Club added one new club leading to a total of 31 clubs. WI-UM Aktion Club program added one new club leading to total of 15 clubs and a membership of 361.
Together we will create a new vision for Kiwanis. Let us all go to Kiwanis 2015 International Convention in Indianapolis to celebrate Kiwanis 100th anniversary and the start of our next century. See you there!
Gurdip Brar, Ph.D.
Governor 2013-14, WI-UM District
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