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The Keystone Kiwanian Volume III, Issue 4

Summer Travels Recap

September 2017


Around the District

The Official Publication of the Pennsylvania District of Kiwanis International







District Inbox: John and Kevin share their final thoughts on the year.


Photos From Paris: Take a look at the fun and fellowship that took place at International Convention in Paris back in July!


ELIMINATE Updates by Country: Learn about the progress ELIMINATE is having on individual countries what its next steps are going to be.


Lancaster Success: Governor John thanks the Lancaster District Convention Planning Committee and see some photo highlights!

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Around the District: Wyoming Area helps their local EMS, Edinboro races ducks, Sheraden spruces up their town with new flags, and much more from other clubs!

The Keystone Kiwanian is Pennsylvania Kiwanis District Office 2793 Old Post Road, Suite 12 Harrisburg, PA 17110 Office: (717) 540-9300 Fax: (717) 540-1018

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District Inbox: New Year Reflections By Executive Director Kevin Thomas As I am writing this near mid-September, clubs are starting the annual process of “cleaning up” their rosters so I am seeing member deletions. There is a myriad of reasons for deletions, some certainly necessary and others I often wonder about. Among those in latter class are members that are deleted for attendance. Of all the reasons I see, attendance is the most frustrating and least legitimate reason I can find. Surely, there is a way to save those members who are not attending meetings as much as is desired by the club or someone in the club. And why exactly is it we are throwing out of Kiwanis dues paying members that might not come to meetings as much or as often as some of us think they should? Oh, I can hear it now. Among the reactions will be this: How can they be a Kiwanian if they are not coming to meetings? We only want active, participating members. And, of course, there are several more just like that one. But know this: There are many members that can’t attend meetings for a host of reasons but contribute at our projects and fundraisers. Most new members joining today don’t join for our meetings but to support our projects and activities. And some members who never attend a meeting make meaningful contributions to Kiwanis. But, finally, even if a member does nothing but pay dues isn’t that a contribution? We really started our focus and work with early childhood learning and development in the 2010-2011 year. In six years, here is some of what we have accomplished in this area of work: • Distributed over 17,000 quality children’s books.


• Over 70 educational programs of various formats and types have been conducted at Kiwanis meetings, events, and conventions. The most recent of these was the very excellent Early Childhood Development Summit we had at our District convention in Lancaster. • On an annual basis, read to over 22,000 children in daycares, preschools, and schools. • Partnered with over 15 Early Intervention/ Home visitation programs such as the Nurse Family Partnership. • Distributed over 201,000 of the Early Childhood Learning guides (Everyday I Learn through Play, Learning is Everywhere, and Kindergarten Here I Come). This includes, this past spring, providing every family in the Philadelphia City Head Start program a copy of Kindergarten Here I Come. • In 2017, provided 7,500 foster families with children in the third grade or younger a copy of the 2017 PA One Book, Daniel Finds a Poem. • Became a strategic partner with the Pennsylvania Early Learning Investment Commission. • Became an advocate for quality early childhood programs. This included becoming a supporting organization for the Pre K for PA campaign, sending letters to state elected officials, holding an event at the Pennsylvania Capitol building, and visiting state senators and legislators. See Kevin on page 17.

District Inbox: Goals Summary By Governor John Gräb The 2016-2017 Pennsylvania Kiwanis year is coming to a close. Yesterday, I participated in the Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the new ADA compliant playground for the youth in the Adams County/Gettysburg Area, that was a welcome addition for the youth. We established several goals for the District at the beginning of the year. Mainly to add 658 new members, as of today, we are at 365 new members. It will be interesting to see how the “September Massacre” will affect our final numbers. We had hoped to open six new clubs. We currently have three, Collegeville, Summit, and Linglestown Area. Thanks to all who have helped in the opening of these new clubs. Each club was asked to develop an “IPLAN,” as was the district. There were several changes in International’s directions, and this may have fallen by the wayside. Clubs are developing a “Signature Project” to define their presence and commitment to their respective communities. Finally, we had hoped to pay some of the pledges to the Eliminate Project. Several clubs in Pennsylvania helped this. Thanks to those clubs that have stepped forward. Best wishes to incoming Governor Judy Raub and incoming Governor – Elect Phil Weber. I am available to assist whatever may arise with your clubs. Please feel free to contact me. Thanks for a great year!

Right: Governor John out and about in Pennsylvania during the year.


International Conv

A photo collection from Pennsylvania


ention 2017: Paris

a International Convention attendees.


MNT Elimination Pro

By Ben O

*As of July 31, 2017

The ELIMINATE project has made great strides to irradicate maternal and neonatal tetanus throughout the developing world since its inception. The following are a list of progress updates by country and how close the are from eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus from their borders. Haiti achieved MNT elimination validation in July 2017! Globally 43 out of 59 priority countries have been validated for MNT elimination. In addition, the Punjab Province in Pakistan and 16 out of 17 provinces of the Philippines have been validated. Currently, 16 countries are still at risk for MNT.


The Philippines may undertake a validation assessment later this year in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao. The South East Region of Nigeria has scheduled its validation survey for October 9-30, 2017. The pre-validation assessment in the South West Region of Nigeria was conducted from May 2-12, 2017 and the mission recommended corrective activities in some communities before a validation survey could be requested. Kenya has scheduled a pre-validation assessment for September 4-15.

ogrammatic Updates

Osterhout Chad is preparing for a pre-validation assessment for mid-October.

Guinea is planning a review of the risk analysis to guide final immunization activities.

Pakistan’s Sindh Province completed TT SIAs and is preparing for a data review and prevalidation assessment to be conducted in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Mali is finalizing a review of the risk analysis with support from the WHO, UNICEF Headquarters, and the Regional Office.

Tetanus toxoid supplemental immunization activities (TT SIAs) conducted South Sudan’s Unity and Upper Nile States are completing the third round of TT campaigns amid insecurities. The Democratic Republic of Congo is conducting corrective rounds of TT SIAs, targeting 407,960 women of reproductive age (WRA), following recommendations from the data review conducted in November 2016. The following countries are planning TT SIAs Angola is planning additional TT SIA rounds following a recommendation based on the pre-validation assessment conducted in February 2016. The country is currently responding to yellow fever outbreaks and will be submitting a revised plan of action for 20 districts in 2017.

South Sudan is planning the third round for the Western Bahr el Ghazal State to be conducted in 2017. Pakistan is finalizing an action plan for TT SIAs in the KP and Baluchistan provinces, to be implemented during the second half of 2017. Papua New Guinea plans to complete campaigns in 4 high-risk provinces in 2017, targeting 438,036 WRA. Sudan has postponed plans for the third round of TT SIAs in its 77 phase-2 districts, targeting 3 million WRA, with the new date to be decided soon. Yemen plans to conduct the second round of TT campaigns in October 2017, targeting 500,000 WRA in 46 high and intermediate risk districts.


District Convention 2017 By John Gräb Colossal Kiwanis Kudos to 2017-2018 Kiwanis District Governor – Designate Judy Raub, and Kiwanis Children's Fund Trustee – Designate Ben Osterhout, for chairing the 100th Pennsylvania District Convention in Lancaster. The committee they assembled did an amazing job planning for off-site social events with the Pig (rest his soul) roast on Thursday evening and the dinner on the Strasburg Railroad on Friday evening. A great kick-off to the workshops and forums available for attendees to purview. The accommodations and meals provided additional opportunities for social interaction and some Kiwanis R&D (Rob and Duplicate) with ideas for fundraisers and community service ideas, garnered from table mates during the meal. The Sunday morning speaker was fantastic, phenomenal, outstanding to say the least. Driving home the point we also as Kiwanians have the opportunities to be


"HEROS" in our own local areas by providing a plethora of services to improve those communities and the children within. Feedback received from those who responded to the surveys will be shared with the planning committee for next year's convention.



Gettysburg – Adams Ready to Play By Maureen Johnson

Above: Gettysburg – Adams Kiwanians, part of the District Board, and Foundation Board Members at the opening of the new playground in Gettysburg.

The Gettysburg – Adams Kiwanis Club recently helped fund and build a new playground in our community. Building took place during August and was officially "opened" in September. The York/Adams Early Intervention Program was there with some of their clients to have a fun play date. Funding for the big project came from other major donors, the Board of Directors from the Gettysburg Area Recreational Authority, and the volunteers that gave us many hours of their time to construct the park. Many members from the Foundation

and District Board were present at the ribbon cutting ceremony.


Flags Over Sheraden By Marianne Muraska Eleven years ago, the Kiwanis Club of Sheraden embarked on a mission to do something special in our ever changing community. This occurred after some of our members travelled to a Kiwanis meeting through Murraysville and saw American flags posted along the highway and marveled at the beauty of seeing our country’s flags so predominantly displayed. We took this idea of displaying flags to our club membership and developed a plan to raise Flags over Sheraden that year beginning with Memorial Day. Planning for fundraising began with support from our community, local businesses, Sheraden Community Council and American Legion. When news of our plan was revealed, we did fairly well in raising money to make this idea a reality. Flyers were distributed at our pancake breakfasts, posted in church bulletins and word of mouth was our biggest help. We purchased 30 flags, poles, brackets and non-furling kits in May of 2007. Since our community is part of the City of Pittsburgh, our main street is well traveled and the flags had to be mounted on the wooden utility poles along Chartiers Avenue. A team of our young, tall members volunteered to work on mounting the brackets while standing atop another member’s truck. The flags were flying tall and proud for Memorial Day. We left them up until the 4th of July and returned them back to the poles on Labor Day, Patriots Day and Veteran’s Day. Each year we raised the flags in the community and had to replace most of the flags at some point during that time due to bad weather. At the end of last year, a majority of the poles were in bad shape, we lost several of the flags and poles during bad storms and


knew we could not put them up again this year. Our club secretary took it upon herself to start a letter fundraising campaign with the approval of the club membership. She mailed out 150 letters to active community members, organizations and the few businesses left in the community. In a period of 4 months the club raised about $2,500. Letters of thanks were sent to each donor. We were reminded that the Pennsylvania District Kiwanis Foundation offers grants to clubs who are embarking on projects in their communities. So we proceeded to apply for a grant asking for $3,000 to meet all of our plans to expand our flag project to every pole along Charters Avenue in Sheraden, more than doubling our original plan on 2007. See Sheraden on page 17. Above: President Elect Jenn McLaughlin from the Sheraden Club placing USA flags on the new poles.

Wyoming Area Helps Valley EMS By Steve Harmanos

Above: Margie Smith Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation, Tiffany Callaio, Kristina Badali PA Kiwanis Foundation, Maureen Gallo PA Kiwanis Foundation, Wyoming Area Kiwanis members Kelly Shaup, and Mike Coolbaugh.

The Wyoming Area Kiwanis Club recently applied for and received a grant from the Pennsylvania Kiwanis Foundation for $1,500 to supply local area EMS units with “Trauma Bears� to alleviate distress in young children facing stressful situation. The Kiwanis Club will supply the bears in conjunction with our two sponsored Builders Clubs from Wyoming Area and Wyoming Area Catholic schools. President Bob Orlando thought of the project and utilized the assistance of Region Director Mike Coolbaugh to contact local EMS units about

the availability of the Bears for their use. The bears will be adorned with Kiwanis blue colors and will have the Kiwanis and Builders Club logos on the front. Club Secretary Tiffany Callaio said the bears will be a link between our Builders Clubs and young children in the community who are the victims of traumatic emergency situations such as automobile accidents, house fires or domestic violence. The bears will hopefully provide comfort to those affected children.


Edinboro's Duck Race By Patti Loomis

As has become tradition, each year on the 4th of July, the Kiwanis Club of Edinboro holds its annual DUCK RACE. Thousands of plastic ducks are numbered and placed in the creek. They “swim” downstream where they are captured one by one. Prizes are awarded to the first 200-plus people whose ducks cross the finish line. Duck tickets are sold by Edinboro Kiwanis members as well as the General McLane Key Club and Marching Band, Hermitage House Key Club, and Fort LeBoeuf Marching Band. These funds help the students with their projects throughout the year. The club’s largest fundraiser of the year, proceeds from the race are used by the Kiwanis Club to sponsor youth athletic teams in the Edinboro area, support programs for pre-school children, and offer scholarships to high school students.


Above: The ducks leisurely make their way downstream to the finish line. Below: President-elect Rick Wyman will do almost anything to sell duck tickets!

Centennial's Parisian Service Project By Jim Janosik Why in the world would anyone paint socks? Or come to Paris to paint socks? Well, in keeping with their tradition of an annual service project at the International Convention, members and guests of the Centennial eKiwanis Club convened in Paris to share their creativity and artistic skills as they puffy painted the bottoms of socks that were then donated to a local children’s hospital. “The project was not only easy and fun to do, but we enjoyed the camaraderie as we did it,” states Club President Jimmy McCorlew. “The club contributed funds to this from our annual pin sales, but it was also generously underwritten by club member Chuck Gugliuzza who was elected an International Trustee in Paris.” The puffy painted socks help make them anti-slip for when kids are walking (or running) around the hospital floors.

Right: Centennial Internet Club Kiwanians decorate socks for a local children's hospital in Paris at International Convention.


To Be Con Kevin continued. • Saw clubs across Pennsylvania adopt and partner with day cares and preschools. This included providing scholarships for families to afford quality facilities, scholarships for staff to advance their education, support for facilities improvements, providing early learning guides, and providing age appropriate books. • Saw several clubs partner with groups and organizations to open playgrounds which are accessible to all young children. • Through this area of work, attracted literally hundreds of new members to Kiwanis and was a key focal point to the opening of several new Kiwanis clubs. We all profess to want new members. When we get them, we often ask them to quickly take leadership positions. But then when they assume those positions, we often challenge the new ideas and new methods that new people bring us. Perhaps it is because we don’t like being moved beyond our comfort zone. Perhaps, we think we are only offering constructive criticism. Perhaps, we think we know better (and perhaps we do). Whatever the reason, we are quick to be critical of younger members and leaders. We need to stop that practice. We need to respect new ideas. And if we do feel advice or direction is needed, we need to be mindful on how we offer that advice. Our words and actions have driven newer members and leaders away from the organization. We need to offer ideas and words that make new members and leaders think of the possibilities rather than what is wrong. Enthusiasm and support create energy and action. Negativity


and criticism close doors and possibilities. Kindness and connectivity create access, build relationships and create opportunity. Care and concern create warmth and friendship. We always need to celebrate our achievements and accomplishments. In 1986, we had 120 Key Clubs with about 5,500 members, 22 Circle K Clubs with about 400 members, only a handful of Builders Clubs and no K-Kids or Aktion Clubs. Today, we have 29 Circle K Clubs with 750 members, 160 Key Clubs with 11,254 members, 22 Aktion Clubs with 454 members, 61 Builders Club and 60 K-Kids Clubs. We have established a youth leadership program, Key Leader. And most importantly, we increased the service being done in the schools and communities where these clubs are located. Thanks for being a Kiwanian! Sheredan continued. We were proud of our work and decided to thank the community and the Foundation again. We ordered two banners to display in the community, reminding everyone how we were able to purchase those flags. The club made a decision to keep the flags up until the Fourth of July and then to take them down and raise them again for Labor Day and each patriotic holiday that follows. Thank you to the Pennsyvlania District Kiwanis Foundation for their support to help in making this project a reality.



Kiwanis Countries and Territories Here are the answers from last issues trivia challenge: "Name as many countries and territories that have Kiwanis Clubs." I tried to make this list as complete and accurate as possible. This is based on August 31, 2017 figures and new clubs are constantly being built in new countries every month!

The Americas


Asia – Pacific

Antigua and Barbuda Bahamas Barbados Canada Colombia Dominica Ecuador El Salvador France (French Republic) French Guiana Guadeloupe Martinique Grenada Jamaica Mexico Netherlands (Kingdom of the Netherlands) Aruba Curaçao Panama Paraguay St. Lucia Suriname Trinidad and Tobago United Kingdom (British Overseas Territories) Bermuda Cayman Islands Turks and Caicos United States

Albania Austria Belgium Czechia *Denmark (Kingdom of Denmark) Faroe Islands France Germany Hungary Iceland Italy Liechtenstein Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal Romania San Marino Slovakia Spain Sweden Switzerland Ukraine United Kingdom

Australia Cambodia *China (Special Administrative Region) Hong Kong Fiji France (Overseas Collectivity) French Polynesia France (Special Collectivity) New Caledonia India Indonesia Japan Malaysia Nepal New Zealand Philippines Singapore Sri Lanka South Korea Taiwan Turkey United Arab Emirates Vanuatu

*The national/subnational entity has a Kiwanis Club, while the country proper does not. Indicates a constituent country, territory, subnational entity, etc.


Africa Democratic Republic of the Congo Mali Morocco Senegal Sierra Leone

District Calendar 7 October

7 October

20 October

Foundation District Board Meeting Altoona, PA

Region III Governor's Visit Altoona, PA

Region I Governor's Visit Conneaut Lake, PA

21 October

28 October

4 November

Region II Governor's Visit TBD

Region VII Governor's Visit TBD

Region VI Governor's Visit TBD

11 November

2 December

20 January

Region IV Governor's Visit Lock Haven, PA

Foundation District Board Meeting Altoona, PA

District Board Meeting Harrisburg, PA

17 March

28 June – 1 July

9-12 August

Kiwanis Midwinter Conference The Penn Stater State College, PA

International Convention Las Vegas, NV

District Convention Doubletree-Greentree Hotel Pittsburgh, PA


Shopping with Scrip By District Treasurer Cody Derhammer

The Great Lakes Scrip Center was founded in 1994 with the goal of making fundraising easier and more enjoyable. Twenty-three years later, they serve 30,000 nonprofit organizations which have raised over 500 million dollars for their causes. The business model is really quite simple. An organization gets its members to sign up for the program and order gift cards through it. Each type of card has a rebate percentage associated with it. This percentage is given back to the organization every time a card is purchased. This makes fundraising as easy as a slight change to the members normal shopping habits. By purchasing gift cards to places they would normally shop and giving them to friends and family as gifts, members are able to raise funds quickly and effortlessly. In the case of PA Circle K, these funds will be given back out to the members of the district in the form of bigger and better district events. If members embrace and utilize this new fundraiser, then InterPACK and DCON will be cheaper and filled with more fun activities. It really is a gift that keeps on giving. Signing up for this program is simple. Just go to, click on register, and follow the link for families to join an existing scrip program. Then use the PA Circle K enrollment code, 311FAD8754481, and fill out your personal information to get started. After that you are free to begin browsing scrips 767 different vendors to see what you like. Thank you so much for supporting this fundraiser and the district. Happy Shopping!!!!

For questions regarding the Scrip program, contact District Treasurer Cody Derhammer at

Keystone Kiwanian September 2017  
Keystone Kiwanian September 2017