Many know the concept of a 30-second elevator speech. If you are in an elevator or with a group of colleagues or friends, and someone asks you, "What Kiwanis is?" how would you answer? For a one-sentence reply, we recommend quoting Kiwanis' new Defining Statement: Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.
This should be helpful for a more detailed explanation:
Kiwanis International is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Our members, Kiwanians, are service-minded men and women who are united in their commitment and compassion for others.
Any community need can become a Kiwanis service project, especially the needs of children. Kiwanis service projects range from efforts that help local communities to Kiwanis International's Worldwide Service Project to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders.
Kiwanis members dedicate more than six million volunteer hours and invest more than US$100 million in service projects to strengthen communities and serve children every year.
At Kiwanis, we want to ensure that all children have the opportunity to lead healthy, successful lives. We believe by helping one child, you help the world.
Cell Phone Courtesy Month This month is dedicated
to encouraging the increasingly unmindful corps of cell phone
users to be more respectful of their surroundings and those around
them. For info: Jacqueline Whitemore, etiquette expert; 561-586-9026
National Foreign Language Month Attempt to learn a foreign language this month. Experience life outside your country while staying home. For info: Jonathan Earling, 847-963-0570.
National July Belongs to Blueberries Month To make the public aware that this is the peak month for fresh blueberries. For info: North American Blueberry Council;
National Purposeful Parenting Month Encourages parents to incorporate "purpose" in their parenting. Designed to elevate the level of parental effectiveness. For info send SASE to: Teresa Langston, director, Parenting Without Pressure (PWOP), 1330 Boyer St., Longwood, Florida 32750-6311; 407 767-2524.
For related Kiwanis International YCPO (Young Children
Priority One) parenting resources, click here.
National Recreation and Parks Month To showcase and invite community participation in quality leisure activities for all segments of the population. For info: Information Resources, National Recreation and Park Association; 703-858 2170.
July 4 10:
Freedom Week To disseminate throughout the world information about freedom and liberty. For complete info and many famous quotations about freedom and liberty, send $4 to cover expense of printing, handling, and postage. For info: Stanley Drake, president, International Society of Friendship and Good Will, 8392 Roswell Road, Ste 434, Atlanta, Georgia 30350-1870.
Independence from Meat Day Declare your freedom from flesh foods. Your fiery Fourth will be fantastic with a good-for-you vegetarian barbecue. For info: Vegetarian Awareness Network, Communications Center, 800-USA-VEGE.
Special Olympics Day Official anniversary of the first ever International Special Olympics Competition, which unfolded in 1968 at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois. For info: Betty Ann Hughes, senior media relations manager, Special Olympics; 202-824-0338
For emails and web sites of above see: http://www.kiwanis.org/pr/inciter/
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