President's Blog

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Here, you will find important information about Kiwanis and what our club does in our community.

March 15, 2017

“We are members of the Kiwanis family, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to improving the world one child and one community at a time.
We will be a positive influence in communities worldwide
So that one day, all children will wake up in communities that believe in them, nurture them, and provide the support they need to thrive”

Governor Anthony Louis Affatati, Sr.
New Jersey District, Kiwanis International
Administrative Year 2016-2017

Kiwanis is a verb. It’s something you do. Lots of Kiwanians do it a couple of hours a week – some purpose in Kiwanis-service to our communities, especially to benefit the most needy members of our communities

Meetings, sometimes laced with horseplay and seemingly senseless “fines” accompanied by sometimes mediocre food, laughter – and sometimes tears, build bonds among Kiwanians that strengthen the Team for the times when there is serious community service work to be done.

Sometimes Kiwanis service is simply paid for by Kiwanis Clubs with funds that members have earned through Fund Raisers. All clubs have Fund Raisers from time to time. For example, Kiwanians in many communities have quite a reputation for the pancakes they make on cool spring mornings. Thousands of Kiwanis clubs throughout the world have made millions, maybe billions of pancakes and little pork sausages….all you can eat, and steaming cups of coffee…all you can drink, earning pennies per transaction but collectively gathering millions of dollars to be returned entirely to the community’s neediest.

Kiwanians sometimes sell athletic programs, hot dogs, peanuts, soft drinks, popcorn, candy, fruit, cookies, magazines, rummage, art objects and raffle tickets and countless other items for whatever profit is possible. It’s common to see Kiwanians, whose professional skills may normally command tens of dollars per hour, selling half-ounce packets of peanuts for whatever the traffic will bear – sometimes netting less than the legal minimum wage. May kiwanians could more easily just pay the money instead and some do but most Kiwanians, somehow equalized by the experience, understand the benefit of being a member the of The Team

– Anthony Montagna, President of the Kiwanis Club of Holmdel