If you are interested in serving your community, and having fun at the same time, then please consider learning more about Kiwanis and then consider joining us. The word “Kiwanis” comes from the native tongue, and means “we have fun” or “we make noise.” Kiwanis members have fun, form enduring friendships, render altruistic service, and build better communities. We do this at our Monday luncheon meetings, while working at our Thrift Sale, during committee meetings, and volunteering for many other activities such as Warm the Children and ringing bells for the Salvation Army. We very much welcome your interest in Kiwanis.
Interested in becoming a member? Please send an e-mail to MembershipGrowth@a2kiwanis.org.
How to become a member:
Those who wish to join our club must be invited by current members, must be in good standing in the community, and must be at least 18 years old. Our weekly noon meetings on Mondays are an excellent forum for prospective members to meet other members, officers, and Directors. The club covers the cost of two meals for each prospective member. A member who sponsors a new member is rewarded with two free-meal vouchers. A member who recruits three to five new members within one administrative year is eligible for the Achievers Pin and Ruby K Award, respectively.
Members who wish to sponsor prospective members ask them to fill out and sign a Membership Application form. The sponsor then signs the form, adds the name of an endorser, and returns the form to the Secretary. The Secretary arranges for an applicant’s name and other pertinent information to be published in two consecutive issues of the Club News, and forwards the completed application to the facilitator of the Past Presidents, who arranges for the applicant to be interviewed by a Past President.
After an interviewer recommends acceptance of the application, the Secretary notifies the applicant and submits the application to the Board of Directors for approval. After the Board’s approval, the Secretary places a new-member badge in badge rack, and the President schedules a formal introduction ceremony with the applicant and sponsor present.
Annual club dues for 2016-2017 are $180, of which $38 is for District dues and $62 is for Kiwanis International dues, liability insurance, and the Kiwanis Magazine. To motivate new members to participate in club activities, sponsors are asked to work with them to accomplish several tasks required to earn a full-fledged member badge. New members become full-fledged members once they:
- complete the new member orientation program
- work on a sale activity
- actively work on a club committee
- give a 3-minute talk
- participate in two additional club activities, such as:
- serve as a greeter at the weekly club meeting
- attend a Board meeting
- attend an interclub
- participate in at least one Kiwanis-sponsored community activity, such as:
- Maxey Boys Training Center visit
- Warm The Children program
- Salvation Army bell ringing
- Meals on Wheels delivery
- Mott Children’s Hospital visit
Interested in becoming a member? Please send an e-mail to MembershipGrowth@a2kiwanis.org or call 1-734-665-0450.