Kiwanis leaders head for evolving outreach efforts

Saturday, March 30, 2019
Norma Clinton of Monett, lieutenant governor for the Kiwanis Club from the Missouri-Kansas-Arkansas district, and Cathy Lewis, right, were Monett Kiwanis Club members attending the recent mid-winter district meeting in Bentonville, Ark. Frank Washburn of Monett, former district governor, also addressed the group. Contributed photo

Online connections, youth outreaches described at regional meeting

A delegation from the Monett Kiwanis Club attended the four-day mid-winter conference from the Missouri-Arikansas-Kansas district.

According to Cathy Lewis, one of the Monett delegate, along with Norma Clinton, current lieutenant governor and Frank Washburn, pas lieutenant governor, the meeting unveiled two new images for the service organization.

Governor Gary Baker led the presentation about eCentennial clubs, where men and women hold meetings online, functioning the same way as clubs that physically gather weekly. Service to children remains an essential component of clubs meeting online.

Details were revealed about satellite clubs that will function with internet gatherings. Leadership talked about how the business day has evolved out of the traditional 9-5 slot, working against the traditional weekly gatherings. Mileage between towns becomes less of an obstacle with new ways to connect. Baker described how use of modern technology can enable service and youth groups to pursue the same goals formed nearly a century ago in a modern context.

The session also focused on youth clubs, going beyond the model of the Key Club, which the Monett Kiwanians have sponsored at Monett High School. Key clubs also provide a scholarship program to help college bound students. Aktion clubs have been developed to help students with disabilities. Builders clubs have been established to reach out to students from grades five to eight. At the University of Missouri, CircleK offers a way to continue a commitment to college Kiwanians. Successful clubs maintain youth outreaches in their communities.

Spencer Marrow, Key Club governor from Doniphan, told the group, "Our high school teens need men and women like yourselves who serve as role models to know how to support community endeavors and service for all ages. We learn by this close relationship with you."