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The Keystone Kiwanian Volume III, Issue 2

International Convention in Paris

March 2017

Global Generosity

The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International

Club Updates









District Inbox: Kevin reflects on SLP – Kiwanis relations and recruitment


Kiwanis Night at the Phillies: Don't forget to save the date for Kiwanis Night at the Phillies. They will be playing the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, June 17th. Get your tickets soon!


Around the District: Bald Eagle – Nittany Valleys and Easton check in.


On y va Paris: Learn about the upcoming Kiwanis International Convention in Paris this July. Also take note of the sights you won't want to miss while you're in one of the most famous food, culture, fashion, and art capitals of the world.

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District Inbox: Early Childhood Learning By Executive Director Kevin Thomas Many times I have heard Kiwanians say that they wish more of our former Circle K members, Key Clubbers, and other former Service Leadership Program members would join Kiwanis. I would like that too. But at the same time many of them are. The Editor of this publication, Brett Cutright, is a former Key Club member and Circle K District Governor. Our District Webmaster and President of the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation, Kristina Badali is a former Key Club member and Circle K District Governor. Our Immediate Past Governor Jen Vare is a former Circle K member. Four current District Chairs are former Service Leadership members. Six of the seven Service Leadership Program Administrators are former Circle K and/or Key Club members. All of these people play important roles in Kiwanis in Pennsylvania. I see Kiwanis membership inquiries for former Key Club and Circle K members who want to join Kiwanis. One recently joined the Kiwanis Club of Sewickley. So we are getting former Key Club and Circle K members to join Kiwanis and become contributing members after they finish their years in school. But, admittedly, we would like to have more as we are only getting a relatively small percentage. We need more. To do that, we need to remember that our K-Kids, Builders, Key, Circle K and Aktion Clubs are ongoing projects that require our ongoing attention. They are not separate organizations from Kiwanis with which we occasionally interact with. They are sponsored by Kiwanis and are a service project(s) of a Kiwanis Club.


But what distinguishes them from the other projects and programs we do is that they can and should be our partners in service. That means we should try to involve them in our Kiwanis service projects. It also means we Kiwanians need to support and be involved in their service projects. It also means we need to listen to and respect their ideas and suggestions and be open to the way they want to do it—not rejecting things out of hand because we think we know better. If we want more Service Leadership members joining Kiwanis, we need to make the relationship with them one that is open, respectful and welcoming. You see, what you say and how loudly you say it often determines the reality you get. To paraphrase Joel Osteen, you are planting seeds when you talk and at some point you will harvest those seeds. If you want apples, be sure you are planting apple seeds. If you want corn, you need to plant corn seeds, not cactus seeds. You can’t talk negatively and expect a positive result. You can’t talk deficiency and expect abundance. If we want more Circle K’ers and Key Clubbers to join Kiwanis, we need to make sure our relationship with them is strong, supportive and based on a two-way partnership of equals. My experience tells me that if that is the relationship we create, if that is the reality we create, we will see even more former Service Leadership Program members join Kiwanis and that many will make contributions that make us a stronger, more vital organization. Let’s all work to create that reality.


Around the District

Bald Eagle Nittany Valleys' Christmas Workshop By David Shickel The Kiwanis Club of Bald Eagle and Nittany Valleys, in partnership with the Keystone Central School District (KCSD) and the #KeystoneCares Initiative, sponsored a Santa’s Workshop for Kids event at the Mill Hall Volunteer Fire Company. On the Saturday before the event, club members led by committee co-chairs Lisa Sente and Penny Meyers, transformed the fire hall into Santa’s Workshop complete with a gingerbread house entryway and decorated main hall. Club members were assisted in preparing for and conducting the event by volunteers from KCSD, #KeystoneCares, the Clinton County Housing Authority, the Clinton County Children and Youth office, and family and friends of club members. Seven members of the Lock Haven University Circle K also helped conduct the many fun activities for the kids.


It’s a good thing the club had extra support this year because Santa and Mrs. Claus welcomed 302 young people along with family members which made for a festive (and at times crowded) atmosphere. Youngsters were able to craft wooden ornaments containing their pictures and make other holiday craft items at four different stations. They also enjoyed cookies and hot chocolate and participated in drawings for gifts. Of course Santa was on hand to listen to children’s gift wishes. See Workshop on page 13.

Below: KCSD Superintendent Kelly Hastings helps out at craft table.

Around the District Easton Makes Pancakes By Bill Walters

Above: Easton Area K-Kids and Builders Club members help out in the kitchen. Below: Everyone helping make pancakes in a very busy kitchen.

Back in November, 13 Easton Kiwanis members were joined by 41 members from our four K-Kids and Builders Clubs. For over two hours the kids took charge and served 180 meals of pancakes and sausage to customers at Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar on the Easton – Nazareth Highway. This was a fun-filled fundraiser to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Easton’s newly dedicated Reading Oasis Room. The money raised will be used to purchase additional books for the Reading Oasis. And while the kids not only “worked” and had fun, they too had a chance to have a pancake breakfast themselves. The Flapjack Breakfast was a chance to partner with our youth clubs to provide a service to another local club, The Boys & Girls Club of Easton.


On y va Paris By Jen Gräb This summer hundreds of Kiwanians will head to Paris, France for Kiwanis’ 102nd convention. Held from July 1316, at the Paris convention center, attendees will vote on our new leadership, visit exhibits, and attend educational forums. Kiwanis International Convention is similar to our own Pennsylvania District Convention, but on a much larger scale. Registration: Registration has already opened on the Kiwanis International website ( convention/2017/register). Registration for the convention affords you the opportunity to attend every general session: the Opening Session (featuring Ruby Bridges, who was one of the first children of color who integrated New Orleans’ all white public school system), the Business Session, and the Closing Session. Registration also includes the exhibits and educational forums. Registration is $330 until April 14th, and then rises to $385 until May 15th. After May 15th registration is $440 and may occur on site at the convention. Hotels: Two hotels, the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile and Le Méridien Etoile are available to be booked at preferred rates. The Hyatt Regency is attached to the convention center. Their rate is €190 for a single. The Le Méridien Etoile, located across the street from the convention center and fully renovated in 2016. Their rate is €199 for a single. Both hotels charge an additional €20 for an extra person. Safety Concerns: An email sent by Kiwanis International President Jane Erickson in late January described some of the safety precautions taken by Kiwanis International. Those precautions include the investment in increased security measures for the convention and the requirement that all members must be registered to gain admittance into convention venues. No one will be able to enter without first formally registering. Attractions: Paris has its fair share of attractions, but the biggest attraction in Paris during the International Convention this summer, might be Paris’ Bastille Day celebrations. Patricia Schultz’ book, 1,000 Places To See Before You Die, lists the celebration as a must see, and notes, “[n]umerous events across town culminate with a grand parade down the beautiful Champs-Elysees and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower.” More attractions are on the next pages. Right: King Louis XIV (1643 – 1715) of France on a horse.



Musée d’Orsay – A museum housed in the Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station. Home to works by Delacroix, Manet, Monet, Courbet, Cezanne, van Gogh, Renoir, Whistler, and Matisse.

Musée Picassso – Home to the greatest single collection of Pablo Picasso's paintings, sculptures, ceramics, drawings, engravings, and manuscripts.

Eiffel Tower – More than likely the most iconic structure in Paris, built as for the 1889 Universal Exhibition, the Eiffel Tower is 1,056 feet high and provides a 40 mile view from its observational platform.


Cathedral of Notre Dame – Perhaps the most famous church in the world. Construction was completed in 1345. A 300+ step journey to the top affords an up close view of the Church’s gargoyles and views of Paris.

Basilique du Sacré-Coeur – Located in the 18th arrondissement, has a 273-foot central dome, and inside one of the world’s largest mosaics.

Louvre – One of the world’s most famous art museums. The Mona Lisa, and Venus de Milo are among the 400,000 works of art in its collection. The Louvre is divided into seven departments: Egyptian antiquities; Asian and Islamic antiquities and art; Greek, Etruscan, and Roman Antiquities; sculptures; paintings; prints and drawings; and objets d’art.


Arc de Triomphe – erected in 1806 by Napoleon, it is the largest triumphal arch in the world. Observation desk and exhibition halls are located at the top.

Centre Georges Pompidou – Hosts the National Museum of Modern Art, the largest museum of modern art in Europe.


Generosity Around the World By Kiwanis Editor Brett Cutright

I was browsing through BBC News a few months ago and stumbled across an article about the most generous countries in the world. I thought this was very interesting and relevant. The survey and poll was conducted by Gallup and compiled in the 2016 Global Civic Engagement Report. The report concluded that of the 7.4 billion people on Earth (in any given month), 1.4 billion people donate money to charity, 1.0 billion people volunteer their time, and 2.2 billion people help strangers. The top five countries were Myanmar, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and Sri Lanka. Buddhist Myanmar donations were mainly religiously driven. But due to more open borders and increasing political stability, donations to orphanages and other organizations are increasing. The country was named the "Friendliest Country in the World" in 2015. Many Americans view volunteering and donating as a civic duty and believe in "paying it forward." Similarly, Australians believe in making sure everyone has a "fair go." This egalitarian ideal has been ingrained into their national identity. The country of 24 million people "punches above their weight" by donating tens of millions of dollars to tsunami and bushfire victims and starting global campaigns like "Movember." New Zealand, another "small" country of only 4.5 million people shares similar values.

Buddhist and Hindu majorities in Sri Lanka drive the generosity in the country. Diverse projects like free food stalls, donating labor, building houses for the homeless, road side cleanups, blood donations, hospital volunteering, and more are some frequent events. To read the full article on BBC go here. To download the 2016 Global Civic Engagement Report go here. The Most Generous Countries by Category Most Likely to Donate Money Myanmar/Burma Indonesia Australia Malta New Zealand Most likely to Volunteer Turkmenistan Myanmar/Burma Indonesia Sri Lanka United States Most Likely to Help a Stranger Iraq Libya Kuwait Somalia United Arab Emirate See Generosity continued on page 13.

Above: Flags of Myanmar, Australia, and the United States Page 14: Flags of Sri Lanka, New Zealand, and Canada


To Be Continued...

Generosity continued. Around 60% of the people in Turkmenistan volunteer their time. Part of reasoning is due to a government sponsored day for volunteering called, "Subbotnik." This day also fell near the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which may have led to a large increase in volunteering. A whopping 91% of Burmese citizens donate money. Most of that is to Buddhist monasteries that support monks'

lifestyles. A more democratic government is also contributed to the increase in donations. Unfortunately, Iraq's top spot (81%) of most likely to help a stranger is mostly due to their ongoing civil war. Helping strangers and other people have become a common way of life. Canada deserves an honorable mention as it usually places high in the three categories and ranked sixth overall in 2016.

Workshop continued. This is the third year BENV Kiwanis has sponsored Santa’s Workshop. The event was free to the community that was made possible by generous donations from area businesses, fundraisers, and friends of Kiwanis. Based on the many happy attendees, both young and not so young, Santa’s Workshop was a great success again this year. So much so that the club is looking for a larger venue to hold next year’s event!

Left: Attendees enjoy the Santa’s Workshop activities.


District Calendar 18 March

29 April

9-10 June

Kiwanis Midwinter The Penn State Hotel State College, PA

District Board Meeting Harrisburg, PA

Lieutenant Governor Training Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA

17 June

24 June

13-16 July

Kiwanis Night at the Phillies Philadelphia, PA

District Board Meeting Harrisburg, PA

Trivia 10-13 August District Convention Doubletree Hotel Lancaster, PA

Paris and Los Angeles are bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.


Las Vegas 2019

Orlando 2018

Save the date for these future International Conventions!

Salt Lake City 2021

Indianapolis 2020

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