Kiwanis International is a global organization of members of every age who are dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

The Wisconsin - Upper Michigan District was established in 1918.  Now over 90 years later, the Wisconsin - Upper Michigan remains active with six regions and 180 clubs.

Members in every corner of the district are committed to developing future generations of leaders through guidance and example.  They are ordinary people performing extraordinary work in your community every day.  From revitalizing neighborhoods to organizing youth sports programs, from tutoring to building playgrounds, Kiwanis willingly perform countless projects to help children.

Message from the District Governor


Spring is around the corner. Before long, crocuses will be blooming, followed by daffodils and tulips. What a great time to plan a club social and invite your friends, colleagues, community and business leaders to show them what great things your club, our district and Kiwanis International are doing.

Recently, I visited Manitowoc Golden K to award four Zellers to distinguished Kiwanians. Including the two Zellers awarded earlier, they have honored six Kiwanians. This donation to Eliminate will save over 4000 lives. Congratulations.  

Our Membership is growing: Our membership, as of 1/31/14, increased by 47 members. Congratulations to all the Club Presidents and to Lt Governors John Collins, Melissa Histed, Charles price, Jim Buskel and Gordon Drake for achieving positive membership growth. Let us ALL work together to make our membership and our service to our communities go up.

Our Service Leadership Programs (SLP) –Key Clubs, Circle K and Aktion clubs are growing:  Two Key clubs were recently chartered; paper work was filed for one Circle K club and one Aktion club is about to start. Congratulations to SLP leadership.

Governor’s project:  Ken Saville is chairing the building of accessible camp Wawbeek Pool, near Wisconsin Dells:   Thanks to all the Kiwanis clubs for their donations. The Monroe Club, by donating $2000 to this project, is challenging other clubs is to meet or beat their donation.

How to be a distinguished Club?   To be a distinguished club:

  1. Clubs should have a net increase in membership à +1 or more
  2. Sponsor a new Kiwanis Club, may do it jointly with other clubs
  3. Clubs should participate in CLE, mid-year or Dcon
  4. Sponsor Service Leadership Program, provide service projects for children
  5. Clubs should support the Eliminate Project or KIF

Kiwanis International President is coming to our district. President Gasser will be in Milwaukee on 5/2/14 and Middleton on 5/3/14. Please plan to attend.

Kiwanis International convention, Chiba, Japan: 6/17 to 6/20/14

District Convention: 8/15 to 8/17/14, Middleton: Suggestions?

New Appointments: Former Governor Dale Vannes has accepted Youth Protection Manager Position; former Trustee Ron Sollner is Chair of our Community Services Cmte; Kathy Nieber- Lathrop, Middleton Kiwanis member, is our new Convention Chair (Jackie Erzinger has moved to Minnesota).  

Club Presidents please plan your spring membership drive: Each new member brings new ideas and increases service to your community. I would be delighted to come to your membership socials. Together we will take WI-UM district to new heights.

Gurdip Brar, Governor 2013-14, WI-UM District  

What if you could save a baby's life?

With The Eliminate Project, you can. Maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT) kills one baby every nine minutes. But three doses of a 60-cent vaccine can protect mothers and babies. Kiwanis and UNICEF have joined forces to bring this vaccine to 38 countries, eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. What can you do right now? Learn about MNT and advocate for the cause. Participate in our fundraisers. Over the next few years, the work we do will change the world. Find out more at www.TheEliminateProject.org.

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