Missouri-Arkansas District

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MO-ARK Membership Contest 2021-2022

Mo-Ark board authorizes second Membership Contest

St. Joseph, Cave City take early leads in Membership Contest

The second Missouri-Arkansas Membership Contest is under way, and several clubs are off to a fast start after only one month. The competition, which is intended to encourage member recruiting, continues through March 31.

Competition is in two groups of clubs: Group A, for clubs with 30 or more members, according to the official Kiwanis International Membership Report as of Oct. 1, 2021; and Group B, for clubs with fewer than 30 members, according to the official KI Membership Report as of the same date.

The winners of $15,000 in community service grants will be determined as those clubs with the greatest percentage of membership increase between Oct. 1 and March 31. Using percentage of increase as a basis gives small clubs a chance to compete against larger ones.

Five grants, varying from $500 to $3,000, will be given in Group A. Seven grants of $500 to $3,000 will be given in Division B, which includes about twice as many clubs.

According to the Nov. 1 KI report, the leaders are St. Joseph, Mo., in Group A and Cave City, Ark., in Group B.

St. Joseph, which is in Mo-Ark Division 2, leads Group A with an increase of 19.4% as of Nov. 1. The club started the Kiwanis fiscal year with 31 members and has already added six.

St. Charles (Mo.), a Division 6 club, ranks second at 9.3%, and Crestwood-Sunset Hills (Mo.) is third at 8.6%. Of the 36 clubs in Group A, 11 recorded membership increases in the first month of the year — all in Missouri.

Cave City’s performance in the first month was especially impressive. The Division 17 club went from 9 to 13 members — a 44% increase.

Marshall, Mo., added five members to its starting roster of 26 — a 19.2% climb. Mountain Home, Ark., was right behind with a 19.1% increase, raising its membership list to 25. Three smaller clubs were close behind — St. James, Mo., with 18.2%, Cabool, Mo., and Maplewood, Mo., each with 15.4%.

Kiwanis International has done away with the new member fee so new members pay pro-rated dues upon joining. A new member is not added to the official count until KI has received both the membership application and the required dues.

Membership Contest grants may be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Clubs must be in good standing to qualify for a grant. An accounting will be required in writing within 90 days of receipt of a grant.

A second Membership Contest has been approved by the Missouri-Arkansas District Board of Directors, to start Oct. 1 and continue until March 31, 2022. The district completed its first contest earlier this year.

All clubs in the district are eligible to compete in one of two divisions, depending on their official membership total on Oct. 1. Group A will be for clubs with 30 or more members; Group B will be for clubs with fewer than 30.

The district board, meeting via Zoom on Sept. 28, approved the use of $15,000 to be distributed as grants to clubs that have the largest percentage of membership increase between Oct. 1 and next March 31.

Grants would be awarded as follows to Group A winners: first place, $3,000; second, $2,000; third, $1,000; and fourth, two awards of $500 each.

The Group B winning grants would be the same, except that four grants of $500 each would be awarded for fourth place.

As of Aug. 31, the district had 45 clubs with 30 or more members, and 119 with fewer than 30, which is why more grants will be awarded in Group B. Grant winners would be determined as those clubs with the greatest percentage increase in membership, according to the official KI Membership Report as of April 1, 2021. In case of ties the money for a certain place will be split evenly.

These grants could be used only for service projects, community improvement projects and new educational scholarships, not for general and administrative purposes. Dues for members added during the contest period must be paid before a grant check will be written, and an accounting will be required in writing within 60 days of receipt of a grant.

Mo-Ark Governor Carla O’Brien of High Ridge, Mo., said: “We have a strategic plan for membership for the year: to grow our Hands For Service by at least 500 members, please do your utmost to be a partner in achieving that goal to rebuild and reenergize all of our clubs!”

For questions, contact District Secretary Mary Vaughan at kiwanismoark@outlook.com or 314-581-0497.

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Be a part of the Hixson tradition.  As Kiwanis International’s first president, George F. Hixson paved the way for the leaders who would follow.  In 1983, the Kiwanis International Foundation honored his inaugural presidency—and more than 50 years of Kiwanis service—by establishing the George F. Hixson Fellowship.  As a way of recognizing people who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis’ history of generosity, the George F. Hixson Fellowship is bestowed upon donors who give $1,000 or more to our foundation.  With your one-time gift or two-year pledge, you support the Kiwanis Children’s Fund—helping fund grants to Kiwanis Service Leadership Programs as well as Kiwanis clubs, districts and district foundations.  

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User Notes

Shorthand: You can reach this site at www.moarkkiwanis.org or by searching on Google or Bing.

Welcome to the new MO-ARK Website. This a bit of an overview. The information is all the same but the presentation is different with a broad screen device like a laptop or desk top and a narrow screen device like a smartphone. My comments compare my desktop experience with my Amazon Fire 7.

Both have links at the very top to the MO-ARK Facebook page and KI’s Instagram page.

Broad screen has the main menu horizontally across the top of the screen. We have nine main topics with additional pages listed alphabetically below them. A powerful search box that lets you search the text on all 90 pages.

The main screen is in two columns with text on the left and the top postings on the MO-ARK Facebook page on the right. Below that is an alphabetical list of all 90 pages by title.

Narrow Screen has the Facebook and Instragram links at the top. Click the small white button on the upper right to see the menu. It presents the text as a single column followed by the search box, Facebook posts and then the alphabetical list at the bottom.

We have retained the News column as one of the pages at the top.

I think you will find them both informative but note the broad screen has a bit more umph.

It’s been fun and challenging putting the website together. If you spot any errors or dead links, etc, please pass them along. Suggestions for improvements are welcome.

Paul Eckler
MO-ARK Webmaster