A MESSAGE FROM
2020-2021 Governor Mary-Lynn Desjarlais
Hello my friends,
As I look forward to being your District Governor, I look back at my years as a Kiwanian. I would like for all of us to be Kiwanians and not just members of Kiwanis. I believe in our friendship and mission. I have been reminiscing about all of the meaningful service, good friends and great times I have had as a Kiwanian, which led me to pick this great name for my year’s District Newsletter, THE KIWANIAN. The Kiwanian will be sent to every Kiwanian on a bimonthly basis. Make sure that your club secretary has entered everyone’s email correctly in order to receive all of our news.
Here are some thoughts for the beginning of the new Kiwanis year:
KIWANIS ONE DAY IS OCTOBER 24! Now is a great time to set up a service project for your club and division. The Key Clubs in your area would love to work on a project with you. Kiwanis International has a great One Day Toolkit to inspire your club. This is a great opportunity for an outside project with social distancing, to reconnect with your club members and meet your awesome Key Club and CKI members. Have I mentioned membership yet? A service project is a great way to introduce your club to a potential new member.
Please think about meeting with a Title I elementary school this month to discuss a new BUG (Bring Up Grades) program at that school. This is a program that can reenergize your club where you can feel the tangible results to improve the life of many elementary school children. This program is one of my “Kiwanis Moments” and I know that it will become one of your favorites as well.
I am available to attend many Division Council Meetings (DCM) through the magic of Zoom. The LTG liaison is Terri Davis; she is phenomenal and schedules my calendar. We are evaluating with our LTGs setting up the Governor visits in person, which we hope can start in January.
KI just sent out a newsletter talking about the orientation for incoming officers and board members, referring to their three official duties. I took the liberty of amending some of the language (I call it Florida style) as follows:
The duty of care: The leader should always act in the best interest of the organization, acting as a steward of the organization’s members, finances and programs.
The duty of loyalty: The leader should always demonstrate putting our mission ahead of personal wants or benefits.
The duty of integrity: The leader’s faithfulness to the mission should always lead to act ethically and with integrity under all circumstances.
These duties seem instinctive and natural, but are helpful to remember. When a club is struggling with a void in leadership or personality conflicts, it is good to remind ourselves of our duties. It helps us to find our center core beliefs.
I am looking forward to serving as your Governor and following those duties to Kiwanis every single day.
Governor - Florida District of Kiwanis International