We hope you enjoy reading about the two wonderful September students of the month, Gloria Calderon and Emma Tran, and the amazing Teacher of the Month, Brandon Williams from T.A. Howard Middle School in this week’s newsletter. The newsletter also congratulates Kiwanian Phil Stover for his receipt of the Gary Whetzel – Heart for the Community Award at last Thursday’s Community Prayer Breakfast.
Mansfield ISD is partnering with the Salvation Army to assist those in need, and our Club is requesting your assistance.
If you would like to help, please donate one or more of the following items:
- Cases of bottled water
- Cases of Gatorade
- Granola bars
- New Toothbrushes
- New Toothpaste
- New and unopened disposable diapers
- New and unopened disposable baby wipes.
Please, bring donations to our Kiwanis Club meeting either this Friday, September 1 or next Friday, September 8 and we will deliver them to our Builders’ Club campus at Mary Orr Intermediate School. The materials collected will be delivered to the local Salvation Army for distribution to evacuees and shelters.
Many Kiwanians have wondered what they can do to help in the wake of the severe flooding brought on by Hurricane Harvey in the South Texas area. The serious wind damage and current flooding have wrought extreme damage to homes and businesses all along the coastline from Corpus Christi to Louisiana. There will be no such thing as too much help.
The immediate need is supplies for the shelters. Kiwanis International has arranged with partner Dollar Days to ship supplies directly to the shelters. You can go to their website at www.dollardays.com and click the button for Disaster Relief supplies. Or call them at 877/837-9569. Be sure to tell them you are with Kiwanis. We have been told that Dollar Days will put the supplies ordered directly onto a truck heading for South Texas and the shelters. If your club has collected relief packages, contact T-O Disaster Relief Chair Marshall Kregel at email@example.com.
Help will be needed for future weeks and months. There was so much destruction that it will take some time to recover. Much rebuilding will need to take place. That takes money. Look on the T-O website front page at www.txokkiwanis.org. You will see a Paypal “Donate” button which can be used to send cash immediately. Or send a check marked as a donation to the disaster relief fund to Kiwanis T-O District Foundation, 3010 W Park Row Dr #100, Pantego, TX 76013. The foundation is a 501C3 organization and all donations are tax deductible.
We do have some point clubs in the South Texas area which are working directly to get supplies to those who need them most. We could use some more clubs in the area for this purpose. We need locations that can receive the shipments that are fairly close to the shelters and contact info for those locations. If you can accept trucks with supplies and store them temporarily, please contact Marshall.
Prayers are also needed for those whose lives have been so harshly disrupted and for those who are giving their all to help.
Thanks to all who are working so hard to assist!
TX-OK District Secretary
Please also check out this week’s newsletter for information on how you can help our friends and family in need after Hurricane Harvey. Thank you for your service!
My term serving as your Lt. Governor is coming to an end and I want to thank each of you for supporting me in this role. Several have attended interclubs as I toured Division 39 during the year.
The sad news is that no one has stepped up to serve as the division’s lieutenant governor for next year.
Nevertheless, I want to give you a few things to consider as we end one fiscal year and start another.
First, while supporting your local club and all the service opportunities that your club conducts, Division, District, and International support is also important. We send dues to the upper levels of the organization, but attendance at meetings shows true support by each club. I would encourage you to attend the Governor’s Visit, September 23 and the Texas Oklahoma District Convention in Abilene next year. Incoming officers need to attend training to get ideas from other officers in the Division.
Second, support of our Key Clubs is paramount to our existence. The kids who join Key Club have what it takes to make a difference in our communities over the next decades. Make an effort to attend a Key Club meeting or fund raiser during the year. You will be impressed.
Finally, we absolutely must grow our club membership. I have been telling you this for two years and we have done a good job. But as we all know, adding one or two new members usually means we stay flat due to attrition. In an effort to boost our efforts, several members have contributed to a letter that we will distribute to our Key Club members to take home to their parents. We have the potential to get this letter into the hands of nearly 1,000 parents or guardians of the kids we serve. Just think, if only 10 of those come to a meeting and join, we have increased our membership by almost 50 percent. We will most likely edit this letter during the year and ask you to bring five or ten names and addresses of people you know so we can mail the letter to other potential members. We must grow!!! A club that is not growing is dying and I do not want this club to die.
Thank you again for all you do as difference makers in Mansfield. Keep it up because kids need Kiwanis.
Lt. Gov. Div. 39
Angela Callaway with Fabulous Faith’s Foundation stopped by our meeting on Friday, August 18th to introduce Mansfield Kiwanis to the foundation and invite members to volunteer and/or participate in the Fabulous Faith 5K on Sat., September 23, 2017. Fabulous Faith’s Foundation was created to provide support for medical facilities such as Cook Children’s Medical Center, The Ronald McDonald House, pediatric cancer research and families that have been affected by pediatric cancer. The mantra for Fabulous Faith’s Foundation is We Believe in a Cure.
Please consider helping the foundation by participating or volunteering at the 5K. For more information or to register to participate please visit their website.
Please click below to enjoy the Mansfield Kiwanis Newsletter for August 24, 2017.