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The Kiwanis District Convention is Aug 16 – 18 in Orlando.

Help Grow Our Membership in 2024

How did the 4th become a National Holiday?

For the first 15 or 20 years after the Declaration was written, people didn’t celebrate it much on any date. It was too new and too much else was happening in the young nation. By the 1790s, a time of bitter partisan conflicts, the Declaration had become controversial. (Sound familiar?) One party, the Democratic-Republicans, admired Jefferson and the Declaration. But the other party, the Federalists, thought the Declaration was too French and too anti-British, which went against their current policies. By 1817, John Adams complained in a letter that America seemed uninterested in its past. But that would soon change.

After the War of 1812, the Federalist party began to come apart and printed copies of the Declaration began to circulate again, all with the date July 4, 1776, listed at the top. The deaths of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams on July 4, 1826, may even have helped to promote the idea of July 4 as an important date to be celebrated. Celebrations of the Fourth of July became more common as the years went on and in 1870, almost a hundred years after the Declaration was written, Congress first declared July 4 to be a national holiday as part of a bill to officially recognize several holidays, including Christmas. Further legislation about national holidays, including July 4, was passed in 1939 and 1941.

HAPPY 4th of July!

Focus on Membership

Keep Inviting New Members

You’ve invited them, now what?
If a potential member came to a meeting, then they must be interested in Kiwanis. Have you called them since they attended? They might have some questions and you can find out what their impression was of our Club. If you don’t have the answers, then let one of our officers know and we will follow up.

Important Days of Summer

It may not seem like it, but summer is a busy time in Kiwanis. Since our new year begins on Oct. 1, elections have been held for the new regime and training is underway to help make clubs stronger and more effective within their communities.

A Club Leadership Education workshop on Saturday, July 20th to be held locally for all interested leaders. Next is our District Convention on Aug 15 – 18 where Florida Kiwanians come together to learn and fellowship. YOU are invited to both.

Inspirational Moments for Kiwanis
Henry David Thoreau wrote:
“It’s not enough to be busy. The question is, what are you busy about?

We Kiwanians can answer that question with pride. We’re busy with fellowship and service, working to benefit others, not just ourselves.

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Contributions or to Pay Dues

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SLP Advisors Needed

Our Service Leadership Programs are very important to this Club and great advisors make great clubs! Our role as club advisor is to help the faculty advisor with support from our Club and let them know that Kiwanis is here to help them succeed.

We need club advisors for Bozeman and N Bay Haven Key Clubs and Chautaugua Aktion Club. This could be your chance to get involved. See Debbie to volunteer.

For all you trivia buffs, let’s test your Kiwanis knowledge.
How many Kiwanis Clubs existed at the time of the second convention held in Detroit in 1917?
Attend a meeting to find out the answer.

Last month's answer- (Allen Browne)

Grants and Scholarships

Are you interested in a Kiwanis Grant to support a community or school activity or a Community Service Scholarship?
Grant Application Guidelines

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Thanks to Eric Krebs for his work.