So you are interested in joining our club. GREAT! Below you find information to answer many of your questions.
Our annual dues are $100 per year payable in October. They are used to support the operations of our club, the Nebraska-Iowa District, and Kiwanis International. New members pay a flat fee of $55 that covers their dues until the following October.
We are a lunch club. First time visitors are welcomed by eating free of charge. After that you will be expected to pay $14 for the lunches ($10 for salad bar only) you eat at the meeting. We don't bill. There will be a bowl passed around at every meeting to collect your check or cash if you ate.
We meet on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at noon at the Longbranch Best Western on Twixt Town Road. We go through the buffet, eat, and socialize for the first 20 minutes of the hour. After that, the president calls the meeting to order, we say the pledge of allegiance, listen to an invocation, and then get down to business. The meetings end at 1:00 P.M.
The first Wednesday is generally a business meeting. We plan our projects and talk about upcoming events. The third Wednesday we usually will have a speaker lined up to entertain and inform us. Business discussions at this meeting are usually kept short and sweet to allow the speaker ample time.
Although we have awards for perfect attendance, your attendance at the meetings is not required. Makeup opportunities exist for those that want to keep their perfect attendance record intact. If you can't stay for the entire meeting we just ask that you leave quietly when necessary.
The Larger Organization:
The Kiwanis Family has over 600,000 members. It includes Kiwanis clubs and their sponsored organizations. These Sponsored Organizations And Programs (SOAP) are K-Kids clubs for 3rd to 5th graders, Builders Clubs for 6th to 8th graders, Key Clubs for high school students, Circle K for college students, and Aktion Clubs for disabled individuals of all ages.
The clubs are joined together to form divisions. Each division has a Lt. Governor who is responsible for clubs in their division. Division 9 consists of Marion Sunrisers Kiwanis, Cedar Rapids Kiwanis, Hi-CREW (Hiawatha Cedar Rapids Edgewood), North Liberty Kiwanis, Marengo Kiwanis, Williamsburg Kiwanis, Vinton Kiwanis, Linn-Mar Key Club, Xavier Key Club, Kennedy Key Club, Prairie Key Club, Mount Mercy Circle K, and Marion Metro Kiwanis.
The divisions are joined together to form districts. The Nebraska-Iowa District has 24 divisions that include most of the territory of both states. Each district has a Governor who is responsible for all the divisions. The Lt. Governors lead and assist the clubs in each division. There is a board of regional trustees that preside over the administration of the district. Check out the link for more information on the NE-IA District.
Each year the NE-IA District has two meetings. The first is called the mid-year conference. It offers workshops to the members and holds an awards luncheon. It is usually held on a Saturday in February. The second is called the district convention. It also offers workshops for the members. In addition we hold elections for the district officers. It is usually held on a weekend in August.
The districts around the world are joined together to form Kiwanis International. Kiwanis International is run by a President and elected trustees from literally around the world. Check out the link for more information on Kiwanis International.
Each year Kiwanis International holds an International Convention somewhere in the world. Workshops are provided for the members and we elect the International Trustees and President. It is usually held around the end of June or the beginning of July and lasts 3-4 days over a long weekend.
Attendance at these district and international meetings is voluntary. They are fun and informative. You should try to attend at least one.