Kiwanis International is celebrating its’ entry into a Golden birthday. At 100 years old, Kiwanis International is a force to reckoned with , in the good fight to support and nurture children internationally. They’re accomplishments can be found and measured on a global scale. One such initiative is The Eliminate Project, which has Kiwanis International and UNICEF joining forces on a mammoth life-changing project.
‘The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 49,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch’
Recent updates show that together, the organizations have raised $91 million of the US $110-million goal While there is still much work to be done, the disease has been eliminated from 16 of 39 countries.
Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. UNICEF has reported that Kiwanis-raised funds are now at work in more than 89 nations and more than 80 million children in the developing world will be born free of iodine deficiency disorder this year. The Kiwanis International family raised more than US $80 million to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders–heralded as one of the most successful health initiatives in the world.
However, none of the global initiatives are possible without ‘boots on the ground’. In the community of Sault, there are three chapters of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore, Kiwanis Club of Sault Ste. Marie and Kiwanis Aktion Club of Lake Shore.
On Wed. Sept 16th,2015, Kiwanis Lakeshore held its’ weekly luncheon meeting at Marconi Club, and invited Sister Pat Carter, HSCDSB, to share an update on ‘Terrific Kids’. In a nutshell, ‘Terrific Kids’ supports children achieving goals associated with being a good person, citizen, within the school system, of Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. Children are celebrated by their school, teachers classmates, and given certificates donated by Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore. Terrific Kids certificates are presented to one child per month from each classroom within the HSCDSB. Families and caregivers of the student recipient are encouraged to attend the monthly certificate presentation.
“Moving into the 7th year, ‘Terrific Kids’ programme has shared over 5,000 certificates with young people in our school system.” shared Sister Pat Carter, champion and liaison for ‘Terrific Kids’ “This programme helps me to do my job well. In my role as a Faith Animator, Growing in Virtues and the monthly certificates offer tangible opportunities for children to live out their faith, and to be rewarded and acknowledged for it. It is a real self-esteem boost for the children, and increases a child’s sense of wanting to be a good person.” Terrific Kids was first introduced to Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore by member Giselle Chiarello.
In a geographic region that includes Wawa,The Sault, Hornepayne, Chapleau, Massey, Blind River, Espanola and Elliot Lake, Ontario, Sister Pat Carter’s ‘Growing in Virtues’ programme, supported by the ‘Terrific Kids’ certificates keeps her very busy. “We need these opportunities for children to be celebrated and acknowledged for goodness.” Sister Pat thanked the Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore for helping children in our District to grow in their faith, and exemplify the virtues of being a good person in community of faith. Sister Pat shared the following list of virtues, as highlighted each month during the school year.
September – Faith
October – Courage (Fortitude)
November – Wisdom (Prudence/Discernment)
December – Hope
January – Wholeness (Temperance/Self-control)
February – Love
March – Kindness, Discipleship and Solidarity
April – Respect, Stewardship and Reverence
May – Patience, Community and Compassion
June – Justice
At the conclusion of the presentation, Sister Pat was presented with her own ‘kudos’ to a job well done, and received a special commemorative Kiwanis pen from Kiwanian Dave Shier.
As Kiwanis International moves into its’ 100th year, another significant milestone took place at the Annual Convention this past summer.
‘In July, 2015, Susan A. “Sue” Petrisin was elected as the first female president-designate of a major international service organization following elections at the 100th Annual Kiwanis International Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. Kiwanis celebrated 100 years of service to children of the world. Petrisin, of East Lansing, Michigan, USA, will assume her duties on October 1, 2015. She is associate director of alumni programs for the Michigan State University Alumni Association and has been involved in Kiwanis for nearly 25 years as a member of the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing. She also has held multiple leadership roles with Kiwanis youth programs.’ http://www.kiwanis.org
To learn more about becoming a member of Kiwanis Club of Lakeshore visit http://www.lakeshorekiwanis.com