|Corporate membership in Kiwanis Clubs
- as approved 4 March, 2017|
|This page explains corporate membership in Kiwanis clubs in New Zealand.
| Introduction :
||Volunteerism and the Business Community|
| Executive Summary :
||What this proposal contains|
| Overview :
||What is Kiwanis and who are Kiwanians|
| Community Links :
||Partnering with Kiwanis and the community|
| Values :
||The Objects of Kiwanis|
| Administration Summary :
||Overview of the New Zealand - South Pacific District of Kiwanis|
| Community involvement :
||Examples of Kiwanis projects in the New Zealand - South Pacific
| How our members gain :
| Definition :
||Corporate Membership and what it entails|
||What a typical Kiwanis meeting involves|
||Examples of Projects and Fund Raising|
| Reciprocal Business :
||Reciprocity and acknowledgement of key-partners|
| Next Steps :
|Volunteerism and the Business Community
Increasingly, businesses are seeking ways to engage with customers and the
Staff of insurers and banks for example, are encouraged to be proactive in
local-activities and be seen partaking in volunteer roles in the communities.
Many such roles exist but many are narrowly focused e.g., play-centre or school
boards of trustees.
One of the constraints encountered, is resistance towards any tie that requires
individual membership and commitment with individuals fearful of becoming
The world-wide organisation, Kiwanis International, makes it easy for staff of
business houses to engage in community service without the onuses and
responsibilities demanded by one-on-one individual membership of committees and
Clubs within the New Zealand-South Pacific District of Kiwanis are keen to extend
the hand of fun, friendship and fellowship to staff members of businesses through a
new initiative called Corporate Membership whereby a business, or branch of a
company, becomes the club member, rather than the individual staff member who
attends meetings and thereby adds to their knowledge, friendships, and networking,
simply by representing their employer.
This document is intended only as an introduction to the New Zealand operation of
It also discusses an initiative which is new to Kiwanis in New Zealand; that of
Corporate Memberships whereby a business or branch of a business is the "club
member" and is represented by a nominated staff member. This nominee may be
Corporate membership of Kiwanis provides business houses with an existing and
effective means to create a conduit to the community and a healthy association
with its citizens. It is also inexpensive, structured, and internationally
As an introduction, we hope this paper lays the groundwork for on-going discussion
with you about establishing you as a corporate partner / member of Kiwanis
Across the board benefits accrue to staff nominees. These include personal
development skills, building confidence and network skills as well as the personal
satisfactions gained from "making a difference" and achieving in the community.
We would therefore like an opportunity to meet and discuss this proposition with
your human resources and staff development personnel.
|What is Kiwanis, and who are Kiwanians?|
- Kiwanis is a global organisation of men and women volunteers (in about
80 countries) dedicated to serving the needs of children and improving the
lives of children and improving their world, one child, and one community at a
- Kiwanis was founded in USA over 100 years ago (1915).
- Kiwanians serve the children of the world; and do so in many different
- Kiwanis recognise that children are 10% of the present but 100% of the
- No two communities are exactly the same. Kiwanis also recognise that no
two children are exactly the same, but their needs are often similar.
- Twice in recent years Kiwanis International has combined with UNICEF to
improve the health and lives of children. The first was to eradicate
Iodine Deficiency Disorders (IDD) and the second (and current worldwide project)
is to eliminate Parental Neo-natal Tetanus (ELIMINATE) - from which a life used
to be lost somewhere in the world, every 9 minutes.
- Worldwide Kiwanis and its family of clubs has about 600,000 members who raise
than US$100 million annually and dedicate more than 18 million
volunteer hours a year to strengthen communities and serve children.
Members of every age attend regular meetings, experience fellowship, raise funds
for various causes and participate in service projects that help their
|Partnering with Kiwanis|
Partnerships with businesses in the local community present Kiwanis with unique and
exciting opportunities that may not otherwise exist but for the likes of corporate
members in Kiwanis.|
A "right partnership" is highly advantageous to all parties and accordingly, Kiwanis
welcome corporate partnerships that align with our mission (see above), and which
preserve the trust of members and the communities alike plus the children and
families we serve. Our partners' products, services and reputation must
Some of the benefits we offer our corporate partners are :
|• ||Be compatible
with and complementary to Kiwanis' mission and values;|
|• ||Reflect a high degree of
|• ||Demonstrate a track record
of high-quality products and services.
To do this we offer :
recognition as an active supporter of the community and its
|• ||direct pathways to
responsible ways to support children and future customers;|
|• ||enjoyable ways for staff
to engage with the community beyond the workplace.
Similarly our partners provide revitalization within Kiwanis clubs through new and
valued conduits to the community. Kiwanis work co-operatively with well chosen
partners whose own services and senses of social responsibility strengthen our work
and together add overall value and impact and more effectiveness to voluntary
services in the local community.
|• ||Social events, meetings with
|• ||Self development of the
individual with feelings of self achievement gained from knowing they are making
a difference to the lives of others;|
|• ||Friendship, fun and formation of new
|• ||Development of social
|The Objects of Kiwanis|
To give primacy to the human and spiritual rather than the material values of
To encourage the daily living of the Golden Rule in all human relationships.
To promote the adoption and the application of higher social, business and
To develop, by precept and example, a more intelligent, aggressive, and serviceable
To provide, thorough Kiwanis clubs, a practical means to form enduring friendships,
to render altruistic service, and to build better communities.
To cooperate in creating and maintaining that sound public opinion and high idealism
which make possible the increase of righteousness, justice, patriotism, and
|Administration of Kiwanis in New Zealand|
For ease of administration, Kiwanis International has divided the world into
districts. New Zealand clubs are part of the New Zealand-South Pacific
Each District has an elected Governor and Executive Board, and is in turn, divided
into divisions. Each Division has an elected Lieutenant Governor to assist the
Board and President of each club in his or her Division.
|Community Events and an overview of (some)
- Historically, in New Zealand, Kiwanis clubs have been the instigator and
organizer of "Science Fairs" for school children of various ages. These
are run in association with groups of local business sponsors and science
- Children's days out. These events, including kite-flying days,
teddy-bears picnics, bike-safety days, sports tournament, beach dig etc., are
often organized by local authorities who call upon Kiwanians and others to
assist. This may involve supervising play equipment, handing out
materials, arranging prizes members and or cooking and serving barbequed
- Schools support. This takes many forms and ranges from providing rewards
for helpful and deserving children who might not be rewarded for academic or
sporting achievements - to providing milo (or other hot/cold drinks) in schools,
sponsoring outside tutorships not covered in the school and providing books for
- Making and supplying Kiwanis "hospital dolls" that enable medical staff to
show a child what part of their body is to be operated on or treated, and
- Running book fairs, sales tables, fashion shows, fun quiz nights, boot sales
- for a chosen organization, school, St John or Red Cross, or other
- Collecting and packing pre-used school equipment and supplies for the lesser
privileged children of Vanuatu and other South Pacific islands. Generally
two full containers are sent to our Kiwanis club in Port Vila or Fiji each and
every year with transport costs being covered by fundraising by Kiwanis clubs in
- Arranging, running and staffing events like annual Christmas parties for
under-privileged, physically or mentally challenged and less able children who
might not otherwise experience the joys of Christmas.
|How our volunteers gain|
Our members and volunteer helpers benefit in many different ways including :
|• ||great support
from dedicated people who enjoy helping build lives for the future;|
|• ||being part of a vibrant,
world-leading, innovative organisation that changes lives;|
|• ||fun, fellowship and
rewarding roles that fulfil inner needs and self-development;|
|• ||networking and new
friendships that are politically and religiously neutral.
|Corporate Membership Explained|
- The employer (a business or corporation or other similar entity - or branch or
branches thereof) is defined as a "Corporate member" of a Kiwanis club.
- The corporate membership entitles (as per 1 above) one person from that
company to attend meetings of the host Kiwanis club and report back to other
staff members on matters of interest, upcoming needs for any manpower to assist
with projects or fund raisers in the community, or relevant social events.
Other staff members of the company are also welcome to attend Kiwanis meetings
from time to time as guests.
- A subscription (equivalent to a normal individual membership subscription is
paid by the Corporate member) for each nominated attendee-member. (NOTE: An
annual subscription of most Kiwanis clubs is about $90 - $120 pa.)
- When a nominated individual member is transferred or moves on, a replacement
nominated person is named by the Corporate member.
- Nominated persons are, in all respects, a member of his or her host Kiwanis
club and are entitled to wear a Kiwanis badge, logo-clothing, attend club
meetings (usually 2 per month), cast a vote, receive monthly club bulletins and
e-mailed releases of news and worldwide events, community stories and other
publications e-mailed by Kiwanis International, attend education days as well
as be entitled to nomination for attendance at conferences and various
|Format of a typical Meeting explained|
Meetings are typically held in the evening on a nominated day of the week.
Some clubs meet for a meal and meeting. Other clubs have meal meetings
scheduled throughout the year.|
Guest speakers are invited to provide a talk on matters that are of interest to
members. These talks can be on community affairs, needs within the community,
hobbies or interests, medical subjects, municipal affairs, travel, interesting or
unusual jobs etc.
Reports are received from conveners and updates on upcoming events are provided to
members. Jokes, a sheriff's session and a read "Parting thought" conclude
meetings. No meeting is allowed to drag-on into the evening. The idea is
to make meetings fun and informative, as well as serving the regular contact and
fellowship between members.
|Projects and Fundraising explained|
These are chosen wisely and are generally not long-term or overly ambitious.
They recognize the limitations of clubs towards providing intense work-loads or
undue physical involvement. Current favourites are marshalling at sports
events, collecting monies for car parking, sausage sizzles and running quiz
|Reciprocation with Corporate Members and Key Partners|
Initially, Kiwanis was set-up as a networking fellowship, later changing its focus
upon altruistic and benevolent objectives. However networking between members
still remains highly evident across many aspects of life.
As a community service organization we do not have an abundance of funds to invest
but as business members, we would find ways to encourage public deposits to our
charities, increase your foot-traffic and engender other ways to support and promote
- Furnish this report and respond to any queries that may be raised.
- Meet to discuss a proposed Corporate Membership (CM).
- Decide on a likely timetable to welcome nominees of the CM.
- Decide on collateral material to inform staff of intending CM.
- Set timetable to speak with staff at morning tea or lunch breaks.
- Invite and welcome all nominated CM persons to a Kiwanis club.
NZ-SP District home page /
NZ-SP District home page for the
general public /
International web site