It’s official. Our August District Convention has been cancelled as a physical meeting but may resurrect as a virtual 1-day convention for handling business and elections using Zoom software and sharing the “feed” onto Facebook so lots of folks can watch. Lots of details to be worked out but we will share the notes over the next few weeks. #KidsNeedKiwanis
Dear TX-OK Kiwanians,
As the world is watching the COVID-19 outbreak unfold, at this time I would encourage all clubs to go by the recommendations that Kiwanis International sent out:
As we’re all impacted by the spread of COVID-19 to some degree, Kiwanis International wants to keep members and the kids we serve safe during this time. We are asking all clubs to postpone all events — including in-person meetings, projects and fundraisers — through the month of April.
I know that practicing social distancing over an extended period will be challenging. We need to be responsible citizens and not fall prey to the temptation of resuming our normal routine too early. We simply do not know enough at this point on what the final outcomes will be – even as we hear initial patients are recovering.
However, this does NOT mean we should stop all Kiwanis activities! The most important thing we can do right now as an organization is to stay in contact with EVERY member. I would recommend that club leaders make regular contact with members and check on their welfare on a regular basis. There are any number of ways we can continue the work of Kiwanis. A few examples include:
In order to help clubs maintain some sense of normalcy, the Texas-Oklahoma District is offering free of charge the use of the online meeting software, Zoom, for the club’s board meetings. We are also offering this for Division Council Meetings as well. To set this up please contact Marshall Kregel at email@example.com.
Due to travel restrictions I will begin working with Trustees and Lt. Governors to set up Governor Visits via Zoom. Due to contract and financial considerations, a decision on whether to cancel or postpone the Kiwanis International Convention will be announced at the end of April (and forwarded to all the districts by the KI staff in Indianapolis).
Thank you all for your continued support. Each, and every one of you and your clubs will be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. If anyone should have any questions, please feel free to reach out to myself or any of our district leaders.
Yours in Service,
Governor Robin Meyer
KIWANIS AT WORK!
On February 20, 2020, the Jacksonville Kiwanis Club presented a check to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals to fund the purchase of a Neonatal Ventilator for the CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital -Jacksonville Emergency Department.
Previously unequipped to property handle the delivery of a baby, CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital- Jacksonville has been making strides to best serve the community in times of emergency. With help from funding through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the Emergency Department is now better prepared to care for newborn babies, should the need arise.
“It doesn’t happen too often, but it does happen,” said Dwain Coates, clinical director of the Emergency Department, speaking of deliveries in the CHRISTUS ER, Jacksonville. “We delivered twins earlier this year. Sometimes people don’t know where else to go so they come here. We need to be best prepared to take care of the babies and the families who count on us.”
Kiwanis International is a global organization of members dedicated to serving the children of the world. Kiwanis and its family of clubs—nearly 600,000 members strong—annually raise more than US$100 million and dedicate more than 18 million volunteer hours to strengthen communities and serve children. #KidsNeedKiwanis
Francine Eikner has helped Kiwanis clubs in Texas and Oklahoma raise $2.5 million dollars to save lives by vaccinating young women and babies in developing countries against tetanus. She has helped save over 1 million lives around the world! That’s just one reason to join Kiwanis – FIND YOUR CLUB