First, I want to thank outgoing president Debra
Seeman, for her leadership over the past year.
Serving in a leadership role required you to make additional sacrifices
of time in order to make our club better and serve the community. Also, I appreciate all of our board members –
outgoing and the incoming members, along with our committee chairs.
I have always been interested in building
things. From a young boy in 4-H involved
in woodworking, to building larger things like barns, storage sheds, garages,
and even small bridges. I’ve enjoyed
teaching my boys how to use a saw and swing a hammer as well.
Maybe that’s why I was drawn to Kiwanis. Building things. Important things, like relationships and
helping to build stronger communities seemed like a perfect fit when I was
searching for a service club. That’s
why, while thinking about a theme for the coming year, BUILDING SERVICE FOR OUR COMMUNITY came right to mind.
How can we build service for our
community you ask?
First, we can completely embrace the “I-Plan” which is recommended by Kiwanis
International. It includes the
INSPIRATION – OF EACH OTHER AND OTHERS OUTSIDE OF KIWANIS
IMPACT – MAKING REAL THINGS HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY
MAKING SURE OUR LOGO, OUR BRAND IS OUT FOR ALL TO SEE
INVESTMENT – GIVING TIME, MONEY AND OTHER RESOURCES FOR THE
BETTERMENT OF ALL
And, I’d like to add two more to this
list of ‘I’ s: Over the coming year, I’ll be challenging each of you for new ideas, as well as invitations – for new guests and prospective members.
Building service for our community will
of course be more than these areas of focus.
The most critical part will be your involvement and rededication to our
Kiwanis mission of service. Looking at
our entire club membership, we have around a thousand years of total
service. Great experience to help make
our Club excel in the coming year!