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Bridge the gap

Bridge the gap

5 fun ways to connect with Kiwanis-family clubs during Kiwanis Family Month

When you think of family, you probably think about mom and dad, grandma and grandpa and your favorite aunt and uncle. But your family is really much bigger than that. You’re a member of Key Club, and that means you’re part of the Kiwanis family. The Kiwanis family is made up of different clubs and programs for youth and adults around the world. Your Kiwanis Family is more than 580,000 strong. The friendships you make within your club--and within the Kiwanis family--could be some of the strongest you’ll ever know. Just like your immediate family, your Kiwanis family looks out for you and helps you grow in both service and leadership. There’s so much you can offer and learn from other members of the Kiwanis family. You just need to reach out and bridge the gap!

November is Kiwanis Family Month--an entire month dedicated to spending time with your Kiwanis family. Do you know about all the Kiwanis family clubs and programs? There’s K-Kids, BUG and Terrific Kids for elementary school students, Builders Club for middle school students, Key Club and Key Leader for high school students, Circle K International for university students, Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, and Kiwanis for adults over 18.

How can you bridge the gap and spend some quality Kiwanis family time? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

1. Discover your family. Do some research and find out more about the Kiwanis-family clubs and programs in your area. Just knowing about the clubs in your community is a great first step.

2. Reach out. Invite someone from another club to attend one of your club meetings this month.

3. Crash the party. (Well, not exactly. Let someone know you’re coming.) But do plan to stop in to another Kiwanis-family club’s meeting or service project so you can see what goes on--and maybe even get ideas for your own club.

4. Work together. Plan a fellowship event or service project with other clubs in your area. Even reaching out to other local Key Clubs can lead to fun, fellowship and inspiration.  

5. Plan to attend Key Leader. Do you know about Key Leader? It’s a weekend leadership experience for teens. And it’s a Key Club program. Students who go to Key Leader says it changes their lives. Wanna know more? Find out all about it at

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