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Today's Date: 10/22/2017 Serving the Children of the World™





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  What is Kiwanis?

Kiwanis is a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time.

Kiwanis International is a service organization that supports children and young adults around the world. Kiwanis was founded in 1915 and is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Kiwanis members in over 8,400 clubs around the world provide millions of hours of community service each year.

Club service projects often are linked to the Kiwanis program, "Young Children: Priority One." Other service projects help the elderly, promote literacy, support youth sports, and support specific persons in need. Worldwide, the entire Kiwanis family is committed to eliminating the devastating effects of iodine deficiency disorders (IDD), the world's leading preventable cause of mental retardation.

Kiwanis is divided into districts, and each district is divided into divisions. We are in the Illinois-Eastern Iowa district (I-I) in Division 8. The special service project for our district is Spastic Paralysis. Every year Kiwanians throughout the district raise thousands of dollars for research of diseases of the central nervous system. International and District officers provide support to club officers. Also, the Division, District, and International levels sponsor events such as dinners and conventions where we can meet and share ideas with other Kiwanians from all over the world!

In addition, Kiwanis plays a special role in developing future generations of leaders by sponsoring Builders Clubs in middle school and junior highs, Key Clubs in high schools, and Circle K clubs at the collegiate level.

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  How is eKiwanis different from traditional Kiwanis clubs?

All club business for eKiwanis is completed via the internet: through email lists, a chat room, and the website. No weekly meetings are held at a particular location; they are held only in a chat room, so you can join in from any computer! Other than that, eKiwanis is exactly the same as traditional clubs - dedicated to service.

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  How much time will I have to commit?

No minimum attendance at projects, chats, or events is required for a member. That's the beauty! You decide when you want to participate and what you want to do according to your schedule. Chats are for fun and to decide what to do next so you'll want to chat in on as many as you can. Sign up only for the projects you want to do and have time for. The only commitment we ask is that you show up when you sign up or find someone to go in your place so we don't let the charity organizations down when they are counting on our help. If you'd like to take on some more responsibility, there are many positions available in the club and many committees to take part in for more fun! We encourage every member to be on at least one committee to help shape the group. Committees meet approximately once a month via a chat or in-person.

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  How much email should I expect?

Typically, a few email messages a week. Generally these are reminders of upcoming events and chats and then recaps/minutes of those events and chats. If you sign up for events or join a committee, you should expect a few additional email messages each week.

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  What are the computer requirements?

  • An email address
  • A Web-browser with cookies enabled and javascript. We recommend Internet Explorer 6
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      Where and when are service projects and social events held?

    We schedule a variety of service projects throughout each month and plan a social event or "Face-2-Face" get together approximately every month. Some projects and events will occur on weeknights and some on weekends. Some will be held in the city and others in the suburbs. We attempt to provide a variety of events, times, and locations to accommodate everyone's schedules. We encourage you to help coordinate a project or event in a location or at a time convenient for you!

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      What are some sample service projects?

  • Toy Collection and Wrapping for the holidays
  • Walk-a-thons
  • Helping disadvantaged children and families for the holidays
  • Food pantries
  • Volunteering at retirement/nursing homes
  • Volunteering for organizations that have people with disabilities
  • Various roles at local charity events
  • Kiwanis Peanut Day to raise money for the community
  • Please also take a look at our Calendar of Events
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      What are some sample social events?

  • Gathering at a local coffee shop or restaurant to meet Face-2-Face
  • Ultimate frisbee or softball pick-up game (or any other sport you like)
  • Cubs/Sox game or even the Schaumburg Flyers!
  • Cultural event/show
  • Interclub events with other area Kiwanis clubs
  • Again, that's in addition to what's posted here and whatever you decide! Please also take a look at our Calendar of Events
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      How much are dues?

    Dues are $50 bi-annually every April and October. For those joining mid-way through the fiscal year, the bi-annual dues are prorated. Kiwanis International also offers a discount to those who were in a Kiwanis Sponsored Youth organization (K-Kids, Builder's Club, Key Club, Circle K, etc) and are under the age of 25.

    You can either mail a check to our Treasurer or send the money via PayPal to paypal@ekiwanis.org. Note a small convenience fee will be charged when paying with PayPal.

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      What do my dues pay for?

  • Liaisons from District and International to counsel our club and give us fresh ideas.
  • District newsletter of projects around Illinois and Eastern Iowa.
  • Kiwanis magazine of projects around the world.
  • Insurance for all attendees at projects.
  • Web site and other operations costs.
  • Being part of a larger global organization helping to change the whole world, one club at a time.
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      How do I become a Member of eKiwanis?

    Print and fill out the Kiwanis International Member Application. Then send it and and a check for your pro-rated dues to eKiwanis Club of Greater Chicago. For the address of where to send the information, email information@ekiwanis.org.

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      When are upcoming chats?

    Our business chat schedule is as follows:

  • 1st Wednesday of the month
  • 3rd Wednesday of the month
  • To join our chats, email information@ekiwanis.org for information.

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      What are the Officer roles and responsibilities?

  • President - Run chats and board gatherings, keep everyone on task and follows-up with officers on their individual projects.
  • Vice-President - Oversees Committees, fills in for President when the President is absent, makes sure member needs are being met.
  • Secretary - Records service hours of club members and reports activities monthly to International, keeps attendance records for chats and handles other administrative details required by International.
  • Treasurer - Records financial transaction for the club, submits membership dues and follows-up with members regarding their membership financial status, reimburses member expenses for the club and "keeps the books straight," works with Fundraising Committee for both administrative and charitable fundraisers.
  • Webmaster - Updates and maintains club web site and related e-mail addresses, publishes new material for web site and handles technical problems relating to the site or chat. This is a non-voting position of the board.
  • Board of Directors - There are 5 members on the Board of Directors plus the Immediate Past President. Directors have 2 year terms with half the Board being replaced each year. These members have a vote in Board Meetings and advise the current Board. You may hold both a Directorship and a Chair position at the same time.
  • Committee Chair - Runs monthly committee meetings, spearheads activities of committees and delegates responsibilities to committee members, reports to club on committee progress after each committee meeting, encourages members to participate in the events planed by their committee. These members are considered part of the Board and are encouraged to come to all Board Meetings, but do not have voting privileges.
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      What are the committees?

  • Service - Arranges community service projects and publicizes them to the club, encourages members to take leadership role in planning the events they would like to see happen
  • Membership / Public Relations - Organizes membership events and handles member/membership needs/concerns. Also publicizes eKiwanis to charity organizations that might need our help and works with other committees to provide publicity for our public events
  • Fundraising/Peanut - Arranges fundraisers for charitable donations and administrative funds. Also plans and executes our Annual Peanut Days, our largest fundraiser.
  • Social - Plans the social gatherings and handles social aspects of other events (like a membership night or service project)
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      For more information...

    Kiwanis International

    eKiwanis Charter & Rules (coming soon)

    eKiwanis Privacy Policy (coming soon)

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