The 2016-2017 NZSP English language Bulletin Judge is Stella Penn from the Kiwanis Club of Drury.
I feel privileged to have been asked by Governor Kiki to judge the English language
Bulletins for this year.
I am currently Bulletin Editor for the Drury club, a position I really enjoy and I
feel that the Bulletin is an important part of the club culture. It is a way of
putting on record all club activities; it keeps members, past members, other clubs and
interested parties, in the loop about club happenings and above all it keeps absent
members up with the play.
All Bulletin Editors will have their own individual way of doing things and some choose to produce Bulletins monthly and others twice a month, whichever suits.
Here are just a few things I will be looking for from your Bulletins this year :
Appearance and layout
- The heading should be clear and eye catching with Kiwanis branding and the name
of the club very visible.
- It should state contact details for at least the President and the Bulletin
- Articles should be clearly defined with headings and where possible include
- There should be a summary of the previous meeting and of the address by the
guest speaker, keeping it brief but comprehensive.
- If there has been a board meeting since the last general meeting a report of
this should be given.
- Any other matters or dates which have arisen since the last meeting should also
- Details of interclubs or visits from other Kiwanians should be reported in the
- This could be the opportunity to involve club members by including this in the
roster system. The Education Spot could include items of Kiwanis history,
part of the club's history, a special project or District matters such as
Convention or District Foundation. The list is endless.
- This is the place to celebrate member's birthdays or anniversaries, to extend
get well wishes, to offer congratulations for any special milestones, or even to
extend thanks to a member for exceptional service. This is also the place to
welcome any new members and to give a brief resume about them. This will all
help to make your members feel part of the Kiwanis family.
Dates for the diary
- Include a list of all the upcoming meetings, projects and divisional activities
to enable members to plan ahead.
- Slot in the occasional joke and add a parting thought or thought of the
day. Again this could be where club members can be involved by including
"thought of the day" on your roster system, it is so important to involve other
members in the compiling of your Bulletin.
- You are most probably doing all the above already, so keep up the good work.
- I look forward to receiving your Bulletins so please send as a PDF or Microsoft
Word document to :
Yours in Kiwanis,
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