TX-OK Kiwanis District of Kiwanis 3010 W. Park Row Dr, Suite 100 Pantego, TX 76013 txokdist@swbell.net 817-640-7711

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:

  1. Many clubs or divisions are moving to on-line meetings, whether by telecom or the internet. This can be extended to the committee level as well to use this format to plan for activities when we can resume them in person (especially membership recruitment).
  2. This is a good time for club secretaries to catch up — check to see if your membership roster is current, member contact information is correct, file outstanding monthly or election reports. Also, this is a good time to make sure that your club’s incorporation status with your state or DC is current.
  3. The same goes for club treasurers to make sure the club’s books are current and any outstanding invoices have been paid. 
  4. As I mentioned before, committee activity can take place over the internet or telephone. This is an excellent opportunity to pause and review your club activities and projects. For instance, your nominating committee can continue their work remotely to recruit those to serve on your Board of Directors for 2020-21. Club elections may have to be delayed but will need to be held at some point in the spring. 
  1. Reach out and check on your service leadership program leaders.
  2. If your club is running a scholarship award project, your committee can still work remotely on selecting and planning for a recognition ceremony.
  3. Your club meeting planner can continue to arrange/reschedule club programs at meetings (once they resume).
  4. Work on the grant application your club has been talking about applying for! The bottom line is that the work of Kiwanis does not have to stop. Clubs should have a plan ready to go when we can resume in person activities. Look for opportunities to still meet your community’s needs.

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 mkregel@hotmail.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

April 2020 Edition of Ki-Notes now available! Great stories from around the district. Click on the picture below to open Ki-Notes as a PDF file. Caution, this is 38 pages of cool team efforts!!

 

Kiwanis International is a global community of clubs, members and partners dedicated to improving the lives of children one community at a time. Today, we stand with more than 550,000 members from K-Kids to Key Club to Kiwanis and many ages in between in 80 countries and geographic areas. Each community has different needs, and Kiwanis empowers members to pursue creative ways to serve the needs of children, such as fighting hunger, improving literacy and offering guidance. Kiwanis clubs host nearly 150,000 service projects each year.

Click on the link below to go to a page where you can enter your zip code and find a club close to you.

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Saving Lives: Francine Eikner and the ELIMINATE Project

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

Allen Club Service Project

Kids Need Kiwanis.  One meal at a time.  There are still kids who go hungry because of damage from Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle. The Allen Kiwanis Club lead the way in making sure these kids never have to go without a hot meal.  FIND YOUR CLUB HERE  #KidsNeedKiwanis