Greater Vancouver Island
Division 17

LtG Newsletter - October

As this is my first newsletter as your 2019--2020 Lt. Governour let me express my sincere appreciation to my Team; Past Intl.Trustee/ Past Gov. Patrick Ewing, Past Lt. Gov. Robert Beers, Past Distinguished Lt. Gov. Susan Menzies and very much needed PC guru Carla Cacovic.

These fellow Kiwanians are here. along with myself, to assist you and your club. Do not hesitate to call on us. I love doing Inductions of new members etc.

I would like clubs this year to focus on Fun and Awarding and Honouring volunteers and members of your club. Everyone likes to be appreciated.

SPECIAL NEWS: Division Conference 2 November from 12:00pm to 3pm at the Duncan Kiwanis Village. Plan on having many members of your being there.

Also note that 26 October is Kiwanis One Day.

A review of the Minutes of the meetings that you have been forwarded to me, and what I heard when I was at your meetings. For example: In no particular order;

  • Duncan: Really liked the comments from their new President, Susan Menzies, “True change can only come when power is transferred to young people unhindered by cynicism. That’s why supporting youth in your community is do important. Through Kiwanis we can help unleash the power of the young people in your community to make a real difference. I hope you will be inspired to continue our efforts in the upcoming year.”
    • They made $1000 donation to the Canadian Foundation in support Bahamas Relief. Well done. They also received $2000 from the Canadian Foundation in support of Kiwanis Team Summer Theatre Camp. The club brought in 5 new members this past year. That’s a 25% increase. Maybe we should be asking Susan at the Div. Conf. how they did it? We all can learn? Is it because they have jokes at every meeting?
  • Sidney & Saanich Peninsula: Purchased History of PNW First 100 Years for their club. Good idea all clubs should look at doing the same. Our Kiwanis history is important. In order to encourage membership they lowered dues to $50 for new members and $100 for current members.
  • Courtenay: 70th. Anniversary was celebrated with Governour Jerry Deas and he inducted a new member. I inducted the club officers present. President Andy Quinn was in Victoria with the Cops For Cancer. So we called him and inducted him by phone. A first for me. I have been informed that the Trivia Night on 19 October has been sold out, but if you still want to attend contact me as I may have a spare seat at my table.
  • Nanaimo: They are a breakfast club, but are considering having one meeting a month in the evening. More info to follow. On 24 they will be raising the flag at City Hall.
  • Powell River: Oct.25th & 26th. They are going to assist in a “Ghost Train” from 5 – 8 pm, open air market and Henderson Haunted House at 7pm. Cops For Cancer Both Rob & Kathy had they shaved their heads in support. Well done, I hear that over 1 million was raised to support the cause.

I would appreciate all Secretaries passing on copies of there minutes to me. That way I can pass on any good idea’s to the other clubs, and also advise me of all changes to their club officers for 2019-2020. IT is with sadness that I must advise that the Kiwanis Club of Parksville and Qualicum Beach has ceased operations effective 30 Sept.2019.

Final note: For all the officers who served for 2018-2019 I applaud you. You have served your clubs and your communities well. I am in awe. And for the new Officers for 2019-2020, congratulations, we are here to serve. Thank You Yours in Kiwanis, Thomas Sturge