Together We Serve
2012-13 Illinois-Eastern Iowa District Governor
2012-13 Governor Assistant North
Kiwanis Club of Westchester
||Dave & Janet Butler
2012-13 Governor Assistant's South
Kiwanis Club of Tuscola
the current Governor of the Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis, I
would like to welcome you to the 2012 – 2013 Kiwanis Year. If you are a
current Kiwanian, I call on you to rededicate yourself to serving the
Children of the World. If you are not yet a Kiwanian, I encourage you to
reach out to the Kiwanis Club nearest you and to join with us in our
efforts to make the world a better place.
As our Defining Statement indicates, Kiwanis is a worldwide organization
of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one
community at a time. Although a key word in this statement, “volunteer”
is only an indication of the monetary compensation that we receive for
our efforts. It is, by no means, an indication of the level of
commitment that Kiwanians give to their communities. Indeed, through the
hundreds of thousands of service hours performed each year, the world
is truly a better place because of Kiwanians.
During the 2012 – 2013 year, Kiwanians will not only have an opportunity
to continue in service through the existing District programs such as
the Spastic Paralysis Foundation and the Service Leadership Programs,
but we will also have the an opportunity to embrace the world wide
service project “ELIMINATE”, in which Kiwanians all over the world are
banding together to eliminate Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. The goal is
to raise $110 million by the end of 2015 so that we can celebrate the
conquering of this disease in the same year as we celebrate the 100th
anniversary of Kiwanis. This effort, the second worldwide service
project in the history of Kiwanis, will once again establish Kiwanis as
an international force for good in the world.
The Illinois-Eastern Iowa District of Kiwanis has a long history of
Kiwanis excellence. Over 7,000 Kiwanians have unselfishly given of
themselves wherever and whenever a need has been identified. It will be
my responsibility to see that the district continues in this history of
excellence. And ideally, we will be successful in challenging and
inspiring the district to even higher levels of service and excellence.
First Lady, Alyce, and my theme for the year is Together We Serve. I was inspired to select this saying because of what we as Kiwanians do at the Club level, the Division Level and the District Level. Together We serve the children of the world.
Yours in Service,
2012-13 I-I District Governor