Missouri-Arkansas District

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Contact us at 636-575-4070 or email: [email protected]

Welcome to the Web Site of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International. Kiwanis has a plan for service in your community and we invite you to join us.

For more about Kiwanis see: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/about-kiwanis/

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August 15-17, 2024 at the Doubletree Westport Hotel in St. Louis

Meet me in St. Louis for the annual District Convention. This convention is filled with Service, Education, and even a Ballgame to root for the hometown crew as the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Los Angeles Dodgers. It’s a win-win since it’s also Cardinals Jersey Giveaway night!

All the details can be found HERE!

Or see the MO-ARK Website Conventions page at https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/conventions/

Angie Oshia
Missouri Arkansas District Secretary
824 S. Suncrest Dr. 
Hillsboro, MO 63050
[email protected]

For a June 12 update (from the recent Kiwanigram article) see the Conventions page https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/conventions/

Ron Hill for Governor Elect

MO-ARK Secretary Angie Oshia has announced Ron Hill is running unopposed for MO-ARK Governor Elect.

Ron Hill is a native of Arkansas born in Beebe. He graduated from Beebe High School. He is a University of Central Arkansas Alum where he played football for State College of Arkansas and is a member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. He joined Kiwanis in Conway in 1995 and was the Faulkner County fair parade Grand Marshall in 2003. He was Kiwanian of the year in 2004 and Faulkner County Man of the year 2016. He is past President, Lt Gov., and Trustee of Region 9. He was elected Governor-Elect for Missouri-Arkansas District in 2018 and served as Governor in 2019-20, a year shortened by Covid.

He had a wild idea of building a sign welcoming people to Conway. The idea grew to incorporate five civic groups. With the help of countless people he oversaw the building of two signs on each end of Conway to greet people as they pass through.

He has worked with Conway’s youth for 51 years coaching both girls and boys in football, basketball, softball, and baseball. He was Arkansas Amateur Baseball Association (AABA) State Commissioner for baseball for 11 years. He has assisted in track meets from 5th grade to the Meet of Champs. As a founding member of Grace Methodist Church; he has taught youth Sunday School for many years.

Gov. John Hoffman appointed him Young Children Priority One chair for Arkansas for 2 Years. He also served as Eliminate chair for Arkansas. He owns Hill Seifert Concrete with his grandson. He got into concrete when he was hired to run a pool company. Later he formed his own company.

Ron is married to Karen, a Special Education teacher, he has two daughters, two step-sons and six grandchildren.

He enjoys playing cards and traveling, but keeping up with the grandkids keeps him busy. His vehicles carry lawn chairs as part of their equipment complement.

He would like each member of every Kiwanis club in the MO-ARK district to invite one person each month to attend their club meetings, and for each club to send a new member to either education day or the District Convention.

Together we can make MOARK the envy of all Kiwanis clubs.

Achieving Club Excellence

KI encourages clubs to use its Achieving Club Excellence Survey to spot areas your club could improve.

The survey is now available as a Word file making it possible to fill out on your computer or device, save, and email to your club survey officer.

KI provides instructions. https://www.kiwanis.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/03/MEMBER_SURVEY.pdf

See more on the MO-ARK Website Membership page: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/membership/

Key Leader 2024

John Goss asked me to post Key Leader dates this year–

April 26-28, 2024: Camp War Eagle, Rogers AR

October 11-13, 2024: Camp Mihaska, Bourbon, MO

November 1-3, 2024: Camp Tanako, Hot Springs, AR

Distinguished Club 2022-2023

MO-ARK has announced this year’s selection as follows–

Kiwanis Club of Meramec Valley Community

Kiwanis Club of South County-St. Louis

Kiwanis Club of Wright City

Kiwanis Club of Springdale

Kiwanis Club of Downtown Springfield

Kiwanis Club of Batesville

Kiwanis Club of Crestwood-Sunset Hills

Kiwanis Club of Bridgeton

Kiwanis Club of Siloam Springs

Kiwanis Club of Normandy

Governor’s Column

See the most recent column here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/governors-column/

International Convention

July 3-6 International Convention in Denver, CO

Registration is now available. https://www.kiwanis.org/members/kiwanis-convention/registration-options/?_zs=NuOge1&_zl=h4wO9

MO-ARK Distinguished Club 2022-23

See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2023/09/2022-2023-Distinguished-Criteria-MOARK.pdf

MO-ARK History Book

The MO-ARK History committee headed by Les Mace announced the new history book at the convention. See the flyer and more info on the history page: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/district-history/

Facebook Tools — MO-ARK Convention 2023

At the 2023 MO-ARK Convention, Bryce Kinder had a Powerpoint explaining how advertising on Facebook can be used to recruit membership and to advertise fundraisers, etc. The Powerpoint is now available.

A similar presentation from 2023 Education Day is posted on the Membership page, also the permanent home of the Facebook Tools Powerpoint.

BJKYK Seeks Board Members

On October 1st each year a few members of the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Board complete their term of office. New Kiwanians are invited to serve for two to three years.

The time commitment is about 26-28 hours a YEAR! Some sweat equity might be involved. If you can’t donate labor, you could tell the BJKYK Story to other Kiwanis clubs across Missouri and Arkansas (or other civic, youth groups). The rewards are many; you might even get a s’mores hug from a happy scout!

Please consider making this a commitment for 2023 or even 2024. The Board has set up rolling years of service so that a few new faces are added at beginning of each Kiwanis Fiscal year.

For more information call Sam Taylor, President or Dolores Stamps, Secretary at 479-799-1687 or any other member of the current Board.

You will be blessed! KIDS NEED KIWANIS!

Dolores A Stamps
For BJKYK Board

Flexible people never get bent out of shape!
[email protected]

For more info, see the Beatrice Johnson Kiwanis Youth Camp page

Facebook Advertising for New Members or Your Events

At MO-ARK Education Day, Sarah Moreland Byrne, of Kiwanis International, presented “Strategies for Using Social Media as Club Tools,” focusing on Facebook. Her presentation can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV33UGHc40k.

She suggested advertising on Facebook for events or new members. Ads can go to a defined group up. Design your group to reach 10k prospects near your zip code. You can apply numerous parameters to reach your target audience. Age 30+? Begin at morning coffeebreak, 9:30 am, when they may be looking for something to do later?

For more see the Membership Strategies page: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/membership-strategies-2022/


West Little Rock Kiwanis Charter — December 6, 2022

Attending members with Membership Chair Barb Thompson, Immediate Past Governor Carla Proetz O’Brien, and Governor Roy Ockert
Presentation of the club charter: West Little Rock: Club President, Club Secretary, Club Treasurer, IP Governor Carla
West Little Rock Club Officers with Governor Roy Ockert
Thank you speech by Arkansas Food Bank representative – canned goods and cash donations were collected at Charter night

Mo-Ark History Book 2023

The last Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis District History Book was published in 1995, which means that we have a lot of “catching up” to do as we prepare for the 2023 edition.

We will have printed history books to sell during the District Convention next August. The Earl Collins Foundation will provide the books, with all proceeds to go to the ECF.

Listed below are the chapters and members showing the area of Mo-Ark history that they have agreed to research and write a chapter about:

Aktion Club, Dolores Stamps; BJK Youth Kamp, Jerry Martin; Builders Club, Bill Dooley; Circle K, Richard Hammond; Community Service, Les Mace, Conventions, Jennifer York; Earl Collins Foundation, Les Mace; Key Club, Jim Fritz; Key leader, John Goss; Kiwanigram, Mary Vaughn; Kiwanis Children’s Fund, Roger Jespersen; Kiwanis International, Paul Sherman; MoArk Mid-Year, Susan Lafond; MoArk Trivia, Les Mace; Past Governors, Carla O’Brien; Past Lieutenant Governors, Tom Wiles; Website, Paul Eckler.

The oldest edition of a Kiwanigram that I have on hand is for October 1926. It contains a lot of information along with other older editions in the 1930’s and 1940’s.

The timeline is to have any information, questions or suggestions forwarded to the writers of the chapters no later than December 31, 2022.

Mo-Ark History 2023, Community Service and Service Leadership

An added feature of the Mo-Ark History 2023 book is to feature a section highlighting individual club Community Service and Service Leadership. As we know, community service with an emphasis toward children is the bottom line of Kiwanis. Please include the name and location of your club and information about Community Service or Service Leadership and events. The committee will select the ten best Community Service and the ten best Service Leadership projects to include in the history book.

Mo-Ark History 2023, Articles

Photos from club projects are encouraged. Preference will be given to photos of Kiwanians participating in and interacting with children at service projects.  Please include a brief description of each photo and the names of the Kiwanians featured in the photo. The photos should be submitted by email and have the suffix or ending of .jpg or .jpeg. Preferably with a dots per inch (DPI) of 600 or more.

All articles shall be submitted in Word format.

Chapters to be included in the Mo-Ark 2023 History Book shall be submitted to Les Mace by e-mail to [email protected] no later than January 31, 2023.

Les Mace., CHAIR

November 11, 2023

Secrets of the District

At the 2022 MO-ARK Convention in Springfield, MO-ARK Secretary Mary Vaughan gave a presentation on this topic. Download her slides as a pdf below.

Kiwanis International president Bert West (left) of Divide, Colo., installs Roy Ockert of the Kiwanis Club of Jonesboro as governor-designate of the Missouri-Arkansas District while Roy’s wife Pat waits to apply a governor’s pin. The installation took place Saturday night during the 72nd annual District Convention at Springfield, Mo. Ockert will officially become governor on Oct. 1.
Photo by Ron Sitton
(Borrowed from the Springfield South Kiwanis Misprint Newsletter)
Mary Vaughan’s last convention as MO-ARK Secretary. My last convention is in the books! A great time was had by all! A great way to go out! Thanks Missouri Arkansas Kiwanis District! I have loved taking care of you all!!

The August Kiwanigram is now available. See: https://dwyq4sa1lz55y.cloudfront.net/uploads/sites/315/2022/08/Kiwanigram-August-2022.pdf

Candidates for Governor Elect at the MO-ARK District Convention

Dr. Wil Blechman Fellowship

Kiwanis has announced a new fellowship for those who donate $2500 to Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Proceeds will go for service to young children rather than Eliminate.


Key Leader Returns for 2022

See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/key-leader/

Membership Strategies – 2022

See Roy Ockert’s video and forms here: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/membership-strategies-2022/

KI Waives Enrollment Fees for former SLP Members



Upon recommendation of the Board Committee on Audit and Finance, it was moved and adopted:

That the Kiwanis International Board approves the following change to Procedure 342.2 –

Enrollment Fee:

342.2 –Enrollment Fee (4/13)

Prorated dues, magazine, and insurance are waived for: Kiwanis club members who join
another Kiwanis club within a six-month period during the same administrative year and for
former [deleted Key Club or Circle K] club members of a Kiwanis International Service Leadership Program. (10/90) (10/19)

Missouri-Arkansas Kiwanis, Inter-Club Rules, 2021-2022

The new Inter-Club rules have been issued. See: https://k14.site.kiwanis.org/governors-interclub-contest/

Carla’s Song

Below is the MP4 of Katie Page of OFallon Club singing We Are Family – Kiwanis Style. Also attached are the lyrics. Feel free to disseminate as you see fit – cover the earth!

We are going to ROCK this year!

Warmest regards,Carla A O’Brien

MO-ARK Kiwanis Governor

Carla’s SongDownload

(Save on your cellphone for easy access.)

Carla OBrien Elected Governor; Roy Ockert Elected Governor-Elect

It was my honor to be elected and installed Saturday as governor-elect of the Missouri-Arkansas District of Kiwanis International. In this photo taken by Kiwanigram editor Diane Baker of Batesville, the newly installed governor, Carla O’Brien of High Ridge, Mo., presents me with a governor-elect badge and pin. Actually, we won’t take office until Oct. 1. The installation took place during the 71st annual Mo-Ark District Convention, held Friday and Saturday at the Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro.

Earl Collins Foundation has a new brochure. Check it out on their page or–

ECF BrochureDownload

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
[email protected]